Archive for the ‘Around Byron Bay’ Category

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Hammer & Hand Collective

June 7, 2009
Hammer And Hand Invite You

Hammer And Hand Invite You

Get along, support locals and share the love. 
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Gumboots mandatory at The Blues Festival

April 10, 2009
The must have item of the 2009 Blues & Roots Festival

The must have item of the 2009 Blues & Roots Festival

 

Do not leave home without your gumboots.  It will come as no surprise to the many regular Blues and Roots goers that Belongil Fields already resembles a swamp.  More years than not the Blues and Roots Festival is wet.  It is more or less the norm.  No sooner have the campers put their tent pegs into the ground and the skies open. 
This year the rain got in before the campers,  with the best part of two weeks worth prior to the big event.  You can imagine the state of the grounds.  To my suprise  there were a fair portion of the crowd last night wearing thongs!  After a while, as their feet became muddier and muddier, it became difficult to determine exactly what was on their feet.   The tell tail trail of mud up the middle of their backs,  flicked up from their thongs was the give away.

Mud or no mud, everybody was out to have a good time.  And as for the couple of showers during the evening, the tents are so massive there is plenty of shelter for everyone.  I did not see any unrest or aggro, just lots of dancing and lots of smiles and of course lots of good music.

My B&R tip..If you are concerned your shoes will not cut it and keep the water out, put a fruit and vegie bag over your socks before you slip your foot into your shoe.  Dry feet make for more dancing!

If you are lucky enough to be attending have a great time.

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Byron Underwater Festival 09

April 2, 2009

 

Diving into Byron Bay

Diving into Byron Bay

Divers get to check out some very beautiful parts of the world and Byron is no exception.  The main dive site, 2.5 km off shore,  is called Julian Rocks  and it is ranked in the top 10 Australian dive sites.  AboriAccording to the traditional landowners, the Bundjalung people, the  rock  was formed when a jealous husband threw his spear at the canoe of his wife and her lover.  The canoe broke in two and sank. Only the prow and the stern stuck out of the water, creating what is now known as Julian Rocks.
This site is highly regarded for its abundant and diverse  marine creatures, especially the  larger ones!

 

So from Monday the 27th of April to Sunday the 3rd of May at Julian Rocks, the 2009 Byron Underwater Festival will be held.  If you have ever wanted to experience this marine environment for yourself, now is the time.  Come and participate – whether you want to learn more about it, dive it, snorkel it, kayak it … or even paint it.

You can check out the full program at http://www.underwaterfestival.com.au/

Go on, get wet!

Julian Rocks

Julian Rocks

Hopefully for the Festival the sun will be shining. (I think the large marine creatures will be there regardless, please try not to swallow your reg..)

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Photo’s of Byron Bay on a sunny day.

March 9, 2009
Looking from Main Beach to the Pass

Looking from Main Beach to the Pass

Byron Bay is an especially picturesque place on a sunny day.  These pictures were taken on Sunday (8th March 2009) all at the top end of  town.

Looking from the park at Main Beach north past The Wreck

Looking from the park at Main Beach north past The Wreck

The Wreck is an iconic Byron Surf spot named after the vessel Wollongbar which broke from its moring and sank during a cyclone in 1922.

The main street, the beach end of town

The main street, the beach end of town

Fiercely defended building restrictions help Byron Bay fend off high rise development.  The low roof lines contribute greatly to the relaxed  feel of this special little town.

A lazy Sunday afternoon at the Beach Hotel

A lazy Sunday afternoon at the Beach Hotel

One of the ever popular ways to spend a Sunday.  Ocean views and live music.  Someone’s got to do it!