close view of vegan fake smoked salmon dish from no bones restaurant in byron bay

Byron Bay Vegan – Our picks for the best plant-based dining!

It’s no secret that we love our food in Byron Bay and you probably won’t be surprised to hear there are plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian spots in town. With new plant-based eateries popping up all the time, we thought we should share some of our favourites. We hope you’re hungry!

Yulli’s Kitchen

It might be beloved of vegans who routinely describe it as “the best food I’ve ever had”, but you don’t have to be a vegan to appreciate all the goodness on offer at this Sienna favourite. The menu at Yulli’s Kitchen is 100% vegan and is probably best described as both ‘modern Asian’ and ‘insanely good’. The crispy tofu deserves poetry it’s so good, but you can order anything here with confidence. Whoever is working that kitchen is a magician for modern times, as far as we’re concerned. There’s also a pretty impressive wine list, cocktails and, of course, the full selection of famous, in-house Yulli’s Brews craft beers. Head to their Insta and prepare to drool.

close view of mango slices dessert with comestible flowers from yullis restaurant in byron bay
via instagram: @yullisbyronbay

No Bones

No Bones has found a home in a sweet spot downtown Byron Bay, and thank goodness for that. The food is creative, delicious and oh-so more-ish. Everything is sourced locally (where possible), made in-house and like many other Byron businesses, the No Bones girls do it all with a strong commitment to sustainability and the environment. The cocktail list is also a thing of beauty – try the John Meloncamp or the Grateful Undead. This is a great place for an early family dinner, but if you were searching for a place to take the special plant-based someone in your life… No Bones could be it.

close view of vegan fake smoked salmon dish from no bones restaurant in byron bay
via instagram: @nobonesbyronbay

Byron Bay General Store

The Byron Bay General Store is a local icon. It was established in 1947 and is one of our oldest buildings. When the current owners opened their doors in 2017 after six months of renovations and planning, they were greeted with queues down the street! The General Store is a friendly, laid-back place for locals and visitors and it serves up cracking coffee alongside delicious, great quality food – all sourced from local suppliers. They describe themselves “as mostly plant-based”. We describe them as “delicious”. We’re talking about vegan waffles here, people. They have a cute play area for kids (so good for the parents), the nourish bowls are out-of-this world-good, the people watching is great and you get 10% off your bill if you walk or ride your pushie there. What a time to be alive!

close frontal view of avocado toast with lemon wedge and sesame seeds from the general store cafe in byron bay
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Folk

Folk is one of our favourite spots, and many a meeting was held in their lush garden during the early Sienna days. It might be set in a slightly unlikely location (next to a caravan park), but that doesn’t stop it from being a super-sweet, chilled-out garden café with the most innovative wholefoods menu you ever did see. Do not start us on the joys of their vegan burrito. Okay, just one word: phenomenal. Everything is made in-house with a commitment to vegetarian and plant-based eating. The coffee is consistently excellent and so is the music. Don’t just take our word for it though. Folk has had plenty of love from magazines like Architectural Digest, Monocle and Gourmet Traveller. Get yourself there, stat.

Top view of a plate with vegetarian tacos from folk cafe in byron bay
via instagram: @folkbyronbay

There’s a lot of vegan love in Byron Bay

So while these might be some of our favourite plant-based eateries, Byron Bay is a pretty accommodating place. Most places will ‘veganise’ a dish for you if there is something on the menu you really fancy, and we’re hard-pressed to think of anywhere that doesn’t have at least a couple of vegan and plant-based offerings on their menu. You’re in Byron Bay, baby! It’s just how we roll here.

torakina beach and turquoise water on a sunny day in Brunswick Heads

Best Byron Bay beaches

If you’re coming to Byron Bay for a holiday, you need our guide to the best Byron Bay beaches. And here’s a Spoiler Alert: they’re all amazing. Whether you want a side of people-watching with your beach frolic, or you’re dreaming of a secluded lost paradise-type situation, we’ve got you covered. Let’s hit the beach.

Oh hello, you gorgeous thing, you”. Wategos is a truly stunning spot. It doesn’t matter how many times you wind the corner that heads down to the beach, the site of Wategos is breathtaking every single time. The parking, however, would drive a saint to swear. Let’s just say it’s quite limited. So yes, you may have to do a few laps to get a park but you will eventually be successful. And it’s so worth it. There is plenty of shade, great BBQ facilities and even a coffee van (dreams do come true!) and it’s just so damn beautiful you can easily spend all day there. If you’re feeling sporty, it’s just a short hike to Australia’s Most Easterly Point. Yep, Wategos is pretty much perfect.

drone view of wategos beach in Byron Bay
Photo: byronbay.com.au

Ahh, the serenity! This is the beach to visit if you’re after all the private beach feels. Little Wategos feels secluded and a million miles away from town, but it’s actually just a small hike along from Wategos, proper and is as equally blissful.  To get there, park at Wategos and start heading up the track that leads to the Lighthouse. When you come to a fork in the track, take the path on your left and head down to Little Wategos. It’s important to note that it is best to visit when the tide is low. High tide swallows most of the beach so be sure to check the tide times before you go. You can look in our local paper for this info or just ask a surfer – they’re everywhere and more than happy to talk tides.

sunny day at Little Wategos Beach in Byron Bay
Photo: byronbay.com.au

You’ve no doubt seen the photos. The Pass is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and when you visit you can see why. It’s glorious. On a beach day, you will find local and visiting families set up for the long haul under pandanus palms, and surfers of all skill levels revelling in the crystal clear waters and (mostly) gentle waves. Bring your camera and take the quintessential Byron Bay photo from the lookout. The sunset is usually pretty special too. Come in the morning, stay for the day.

drone view of The Pass beach in Byron Bay
Photo: Nigel Raynard

They don’t call it Main Beach for nothing. What can we say, it’s a very social beach. Main Beach at the top end of Jonson Street is the closest beach to town and many of the international backpackers find themselves at Main Beach to lounge, play volleyball, catch up with new friends and, of course, swim. It’s also where workers from town are most likely to have a cheeky swim during their lunch breaks. There’s often a busker on the lawn, great views of the lighthouse and you can even grab a fresh coconut from the cutest little food stall, Coco Rasta, who camps out at Main Beach most days during summer. What more could you possibly want?

Summer sunny day at Main Beach in Byron Bay
Photo: wavesbyronbay.com.au
Torakina Beach (Brunswick Heads)

And relax. Torakina Beach is a hot contender for Team Sienna favourite. It’s right at the sweet spot where the ocean meets the river and like the rest of Brunswick Heads, it’s so very peaceful. It’s also very sheltered making it an ideal spot for young families. If you’re in Brunswick Heads and need a spot to cool off after lunch and some shopping, this is the haven you are seeking. Head over the bridge on foot and you will find Torakina on the other side of the carpark. We love Torakina so much, we named one of our colours after it.

torakina beach and turquoise water on a sunny day in Brunswick Heads
Photo: elementsofbyron.com.au

Dreaming of blues? Us too. You will find our collection of beach-worthy blues here.

byron bay market stands

The ultimate Byron Bay market guide

Summer is here and in Byron Bay, that means we are in peak market season. If you want to know what’s on where, you’re going to need our Byron Bay Market Guide. Read on for all the market culture you’re ever going to need or scroll through for a handy market timetable.

homemade blue and turquoise ceramic cups at byron bay market
Sienna x Byron Bay markets

As you probably already know, the local markets play a big part in Byron Bay life. It’s a place to meet friends, grab a chai and wander the aisles. Who knows what you’ll discover! It’s the launching pad for many makers and designers – including Sienna. We launched with 13 colours in 2014, and here we are today. Market life was such a beautiful time in our early days, it’s hard work, yes, but it was also so wonderful chatting to our customers, making friends and getting inspired by all the artisans who pour so much love into what they do. A big shout out to everyone who came by our stall to say ‘hi’ and encouraged us to keep going. It meant a lot to this little eco-beauty start-up.

Farmer’s market life

Who loves fresh food? Everyone! We take food pretty seriously here and healthy eating is a way of life for most people. It’s not uncommon to see people carting jars of green smoothie around town to sip on the run, or kids dipping veggie sticks into tahini dip while their mums grab a coffee. (Yes, we know, we know). So it makes sense that there is a strong farmer’s market culture. At the moment, you can catch the iconic Magic Bus to the recently relocated Byron Farmer’s Market. The bus stop is outside the Visitor’s Centre. Come for the farm-fresh veggies, stay for a coffee and a chat. Remember to BYO bags and baskets for the win.

Instagram: @byronfarmers

carrots at the farmer's market in byron bay
herbs and green oinons at the farmer's market in byron bay

Farmers market dates and times

Bangalow Farmers Market, Saturdays 8-11 am
New Brighton Farmers Market, Tuesdays 8-11 am
Byron Bay Farmers Market, Thursdays 8-11 am
Mullumbimby Farmers Market, Fridays 8-11 am

Byron Bay markets

The Byron Bay community markets are just good fun. For a start, there are always great tunes from local musicians and delicious food to be had. But beyond that, the markets are an expression of Byron Bay culture in all its vibrant glory. And while the town itself might have changed a bit, the atmosphere at the market is the same as it has always been. In this crazy world of fast fashion and mass production, the Byron markets are a special opportunity to meet makers and support small business. Grab a unique gift from one of the many talented artisans showcasing their wares or find a fantastic frock from the next generation of fashion success stories. Sit in the shade of a She-Oak, sip on a cane juice and enjoy the vibes.

Instagram: @byron-markets

Byron Bay markets dates and times

Byron Community market – 1st Sunday of the month (and the 3rd Sunday of the month in January)
Byron Beachside market – 8th Jan 2020 + every school holidays
Byron Twilight market – Saturday nights 4 pm-9 pm, Nov – May 2020

byron bay market stands
Jewellery stand at byron bay market
handmade Wood Chopping Board stand at Byron Bay Market
Byron Bay Candles stand at byron bay market
Bangalow market

You can find the Bangalow market nestled under the shade of 11 huge camphor laurel trees, which give the market a certain ‘magical forest’ vibe. It’s really quite a beautiful setting, especially in summer where the shade is a welcome respite from the heat. Bangalow is a historic village about 15 minutes-drive from Byron Bay and there is plenty of parking onsite. It’s one of the area’s most popular markets – we’ll see you there!

Bangalow market dates and times

Every 4th Sunday of the month

Bangalow Market handmade ceramic and cushions stand
Bangalow Market artisanal Soap bars stand
Bangalow Market crystal grid cloth stand
More markets we love
Yep, there’s more.

Byron Flea Market – behind the library on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am-2pm.
Byron Flea is actually a community program aimed at helping local youths gain skills and work experience in a market setting. Even the entertainment is performed by Byron Bay High music students.

The Channon – 2nd Sunday of the month
Beloved for its old-school Byron hippy vibes, the Channon market is out in the hills and feels a world away from bustling Byron. Wonderful.

Brunswick Heads Market – 1st Saturday of the month, 7 am-2 pm.
Combine a high-tide dip in the river with a visit to the market.

Lismore Car Boot Market – 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month
Sienna Founder, Danielle, is a big fan of this market. A veritable treasure trove of plants, homewares and more than one really decent vintage stall.

See the Visit Byron Bay website for more details.

All the dates

First Week of the Month

Brunswick Heads Markets – 1st Saturday of the month
Byron Bay Markets – 1st Sunday of the month (+ 3rd Sunday Dec & Jan)
Pottsville Markets – 1st Sunday of the month
Lismore Car Boot Market – 1st Sunday of the month

Second Week of the Month

Byron Flea Market – 2nd Saturday of the month
Kingscliff Markets – 2nd Saturday of the month
The Channon Markets – 2nd Sunday of the month

Third Week of the Month

Byron Bay Markets – 3rd Sunday December & January
Lismore Car Boot Market – 3rd Sunday of the month
Mullumbimby Markets – 3rd Saturday of the month
Alstonville Markets – 3rd Saturday of the month
Pottsville Markets – 3rd Sunday of the month
Uki Buttery Bazaar – 3rd Sunday of the month
Murwillumbah Markets – 3rd Saturday of the month

Fourth Week of the Month

Kingscliff Markets – 4th Saturday of the month
Nimbin Markets – 4th and 5th Sunday of the month
Bangalow Markets – 4th Sunday of the month
Coolamon Scenic Drive lookout in byron hinterland

A day in Federal – Byron Bay Hinterland

Head for the hills

 

When we first moved to Byron Bay many moons ago, all we wanted to do was explore. So we jumped in our cars to head for the hills. It might sound like a cliché, but our reality looked like the stuff of our daydreams; waterfalls, swimming holes, quaint little villages with the yummiest wholefood and hunting for treasure in artisan stores were all on the agenda. And not much has changed. A trip to the hills is always a good idea, and we’d love to show you one of our favourite spots: Federal. So, whether you are a local or are reading this from the other side of the world, come and take our tour of this creative hub and natural wonderland.

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You’re about to be on ‘hills time’

 

You can’t deny that Byron Bay is almost magnetic in its beauty, but there is plenty to see just beyond the coast. Federal is an easy 23 km from Byron along the Coolamon Scenic Drive – and ‘scenic’ it is. Your first stop should be the lookout as you first turn on to Coolamon Scenic Drive. There are stunning 360-degree views of the coast, Wollumbin (Mount Warning) and lush rolling hills. Take a deep breath and relax. You’re about to be on ‘hills time’.

Coolamon Scenic Drive lookout in byron hinterland
view of the road at minyon falls lookout in byron hinterland australia

On the road to Federal

Drive through the winding hinterland roads with banks of wildflowers, corridors of trees, breathtaking views of the ocean and Byron Bay lighthouse and before long you will find yourself in Federal. It’s safe to say that this is not your typical country town. Artists looking for space to create, join families, hippies, baby boomer sea changers and everyone else you could imagine who have come for a more ‘country soul’ type lifestyle.

Doma Café for lunch

 

Stop in for lunch at Doma (3/6 Albert Street, Federal). Doma was opened by Japanese chefs Takayuki Kuramoto and Takashi Yaguchi in 2012 and is often described as a Japanese/Australian fusion. Everything here is good. You simply cannot make a mistake so pick a spot in the garden and enjoy. Don’t take our word for it though. This humble little café has even been very positively reviewed in the New York Times.

📍 Doma café – Federal
Colour – Florence nail polish

doma cafe outdoor terrace in federal byron hinterland

Time for a caffeine hit

 

Moonshine Roasters is a small, family-owned and operated roastery and espresso bar. They’ve been roasting in the hills for close to a decade and supply loads of the cafes in Byron Bay. Is it time for a coffee? Or a chai? Pop into their House of Shine (447 Federal Drive, Federal) to refuel before you get involved in some retail therapy.

📍 Moonshine Roasters – Federal
Colour – Peace nail polish

Moonshine cafe sign and outdoor terrace in Federal Byron Hinterland

Retail therapy, hills style

 

With its rustic tin walls and sky-high bush poles, The Hills Emporium (441 Federal Drive, Federal) would be worth a visit, even if it didn’t house the most covetable collections of artisan-made fashion and interiors. Owners Kaidee and Bulan make and source items that resonate with their ethical and sustainable ethos and all we can say is… “yes”.

📍 The Hills Emporium – Federal
Colour – Embrace nail polish

view of the hills emporium shop from outside in federal byron hinterland

Wild swimming under a spectacular waterfall

 

Is it time for a wander through the bush and perhaps a swim under a 104 metre tall waterfall? Yes, it is. Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park) is a hop, skip and a jump from Federal but please take care on the roads; they can be slippery if there has been heavy rainfall. There is a lookout with the most glorious views from the top of the falls, as well as lots of micro walks in and around the national park. It’s possible (and wonderful) to swim at the base of the falls or in a pool further down. We all love a wild swim, but some things to remember are that rocks can be slippery and the winds can be wild if the falls are really pumping. The other thing to consider is sunscreen and bug spray – both can disastrously upset the balance of delicate ecosystems.

📍 Minyon Falls – Byron Bay Hinterland
Colour – Marble nail polish

Minyon falls lookout in Byron Bay Hinterland Australia

Federal, we love you

So that’s Federal. Not bad for a village with a population of 700. We hope you have a great day out!

the pass beach in Byron Bay

The nature of Byron

A little bit of history

 

Byron Bay is a little beachside town located in the far-north east corner of NSW, Australia. It is a quick 1.5-hour flight from Sydney and just a couple of hours drive south from Brisbane. It’s also home to Sienna.

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While the town may have a relatively small population – just under 10,000 people – Byron is well and truly on the radar globally and nearly 2 million visitors every year come from all over the world for the glorious beaches, healthy lifestyle and thriving food scene. Did we mention the coffee?

The Arakwal people have lived in this area for at least 22,000 years and were here for many thousands of years before the arrival of non-Aboriginal people. The history of Europeans in Byron Bay didn’t begin until 1770. Most people would find it shocking to learn that prominent industries back then were logging, abattoirs and whaling – a far cry from the eco-epicentre Byron Bay is today. The town was actually an active sea port until 1963. All that was about to change though.

the pass beach in Byron Bay

The Byron feeling

 

The town was discovered by surfers during the 60s and with its beautiful bay and beaches, Byron quickly became the ultimate off-the-grid hippy destination. The Aquarius Festival was held in nearby Nimbin in 1973 and with that, the town’s reputation as a happy, hippy alternative town was established. Byron Bay was now synonymous with surf, sun and fun, a reputation that still holds true today. Locals joke Byron Bay is in a little bubble that’s a bit different from the rest of Australia, and it’s true! The main street is full of eco-stores, vegan food and yoga studios, and, also unlike most small surf towns, Byron enjoys all the international influences you would expect to find in a big city, thanks to all the visitors who have fallen in love and decided to stay. It is a real-life piece of paradise that visitors from all over the world come to discover.

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The Byron classics

 

Here’s our little glimpse of Byron; local style.

Surfing The Pass.

The most popular surf spot, the wave here is a perfect place for longboard surfers who come to surf long waves from the point of the bay to the end of the beach. It’s also a good place to learn!

Images: Grace Nail Polish

Coffee at the Road House.

Just a little out of the centre of town, this café is one of the most popular places for locals to grab a coffee, chai or one of the café’s delicious and super fresh dishes made from locally sourced produce.

Images: Nurture Nail Polish

Walking the lighthouse

If you come to Byron Bay, you need to go and see the view from the lighthouse. It’s accessible by car, but if you like walking, there’s a beautiful path along the beach that hugs the headland the whole way.  After your walk, have a swim in Wategos, one of the most beautiful beaches of the area. ‘Walking the Lighthouse’ is one of the most popular activities for locals with many heading up daily for both the exercise and the ‘walk and talk’.

Images: Spirit Nail Polish

Shopping in town

Byron Bay is full of amazing shops where you can buy from some of Byron’s best loved fashion labels and of course, plenty of organic products. It’s the perfect place to wander around and do a bit of shopping for things you won’t find anywhere else. You won’t be able to resist going home with some of Byron’s wildly covetable, Insta-worthy style.

Images: Blossom Nail Polish

Come and visit us soon!
We’d love to hear your highlights or Byron Bay bucket list!

close up of a young woman's hands held in front of her, showing her light pink nail polish by sienna in the middle of wild flowers

Spring Nail Colours you’re going to love!

If you were to ask any of our team members, they would tell you Spring is collectively our favourite time of the year here at Sienna HQ! Why? New life, warmer days, brighter mornings, and fresh new flowers blooming. That’s exactly what triggered the inspiration for our most recent collection, Eden.

There is so much choice in the nail polish world when designing new colours, shimmer or cremes, block colour or sheer. The possibilities are endless. But for these five new spring nail colours, we decided to keep it simple and look to the native Australian flora for our palette.

Spring nail colours are typically fresh, warm and inviting- a nod to the changing in season. We chose five gorgeous new hues to see you from day to night, casual to dressy.

pastel green nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Elm- Misty Jade Green Crème

This beauty dusty green has been a long awaited and much requested colour. The slight greyish tinge is a nod to the beautiful gum leaves, a colour that looks just as spectacular in the native bushland as it does on you mani!

light pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Fleur- Blushing Bride Pink Crème

One of the spring nail colours we just couldn’t overlook, Fleur is going to be your new favourite pink. Slightly lighter than our best seller Ambrosia, Fleur is soft and delicate but has excellent coverage for such a light shade!

peach nude nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Helena- Apricot Blush Crème

A gorgeous nude for those with fair, warm undertone skin, and a beautifully dusty apricot for everyone else! Helena is an all-round winner, perfectly subtle but with enough kick to take you from day into night.

cherry blossom pink nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Peony- Cherry Blossom Pink Crème

Two pinks in the new collection? Correct! This one is a deeper, brighter shade for those of you who love a pop of colour for your mani! Peony is a cool-toned pink and sits on the pinker side of Bliss.

dark magenta nail polish hand swatch on fair skin tone by sienna

Florence- Magenta Plum Crème

Florence is the deep plum that will be your holy grail! Beautifully rich jewel toned colour provides amazing coverage and is our new go-to for our pedicures!

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We are so excited to bring you this collection with colours that have been requested by many of our customers. Make sure you check the chart below for a comparison of these new colours alongside some of our current range, to find the perfect colour for your spring mani!

colour comparison nail polish glass bottle with timber cap by sienna
top shot of breakfast plates with fruits, pancakes and graola in byron bay

The Sienna HQ list of best Byron Bay Breakfast

Heading to the Bay for the weekend? Looking for a local’s list of the best breakfast this (not so) sleepy little coastal town has to offer? We’ve asked around our Sienna HQ girls and listed together out go-to spots in town for the best coffees and amazing breakfasts that are sure to keep you nourished when you hit the waves!

folk cafe counter in byron bay
Folk

1/399 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

Our menu pick: We venture to Folk so often it’s almost comical… but the turmeric latte never disappoints! Folk source the majority of their produce from their own garden, so the menu is always changing. You can’t look past a staple avocado on toast while you’re visiting though!

top view of acai bowl and coffee at combi cafe in byron bay
Combi

5b/21/25 Fletcher St, Byron Bay

Our Menu Pick: Combi always have amazing fresh juices ready for you to grab and go, and their vegan toasted sandwich is pack so full, you’ll be running on veggie power all day!

barista pouring milk in a coffee
The Topshop

65 Carlyle St, Byron Bay

Our menu pick: A little bit out of town, but the perfect Byron Bay breakfast location for a pit stop after your early morning surf. If you’re an Acai addict- The Top Shop is your go-to.

top view of avocado on toast from Bay Leaf restaurant in Byron Bay
Bayleaf

2A Marvell St, Byron Bay

Our menu pick: If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, chances are you will have to wait a few minutes for a table, and for good reason… Bayleaf is just THAT good. We were delighted by their Matcha Rice Porridge on a recent visit- the perfect winter warmer.

The list of amazing Byron Bay Breakfast locations is never-ending these days… no matter where you choose to stop for the morning, you are more than likely to land on a winner.

Camping site at Bluesfest in Byron Bay

The Festival Survival Guide you need pre Bluesfest!

There is nothing worse than the feeling that you’ve forgotten something important, and when it comes to camping at a music festival, forgetting one of the vital things can make it a very different experience! We’ve done it quite a few times now and consider ourselves old hands at it, so we’ve written a festival survival guide, sharing the tips and tricks we have learnt over the years!

Camping essentials

If you’re camping at Bluesfest, we are going to presume you have the obvious essentials organised- tent, shade, chairs table, cooking equipment etc. What other campsite essentials are you going to need?

  • Disinfectant wipes for any sticky situations
  • More water than you could possibly drink
  • Quick, simple snacks that don’t require any preparation
  • A torch or lantern (don’t waste your phone battery!)
  • Rubbish bags
  • A full tank of fuel in your car- if you’re planning on charging phones through your car, or having it as a refuge from the heat/cold at any point, you don’t want to be caught out!
  • Battery-powered fan to direct onto your face for instantly cooling!
  • Sunscreen to avoid awkward tan lines and unwanted burning
  • Reusable straws- you’ve read about how bad they are for the environment, and you can buy some cute novelty straws to match the fun energy of the festival

Camping site at Bluesfest in Byron Bay
Photo: bluesfest.com.au
Packing essentials

Packing for any trip suitably is quite an art form, so this festival survival guide is a point-you-in-the-right-direction aid. Surely no one has ever packed the perfect amount of clothes for a weekend away? Luckily, if you’re driving to the festival, weight limits don’t apply to how much you can pack into your car! It is also better to be over prepared for a festival, but there are some often forgotten items that you end up wishing you had brought!

  • Enough warm clothes. Even festivals in the middle of summer can get cold if it rains or storms- and Easter weekend at Bluesfest the temperature is starting to cool off at night. Bring enough warm clothes in case any get muddy or dirty.
  • Plastic Thongs for showers
  • Makeup wipes and a face spritzer to keep your skin fresh
  • Body wipes as an alternative to showering if things get crazy!
  • Toilet Paper

packing essentials in small black suitcase for Bluesfest in Byron Bay
Handbag essentials

No festival survival guide would be complete without the go-to bag essentials. The bag you carry for the day can definitely exclude the majority of your day-to-day necessities- so just bring along a small shoulder bag for easy access throughout the day. But there are a couple of key items not to be caught without!

  • Mini hand sanitizer
  • Small poncho folded up in the bottom of your bag (perfect for sitting on the grass or incase a shower comes through)
  • Portable phone charger- just in case you’re on 3% when Tash is playing Jungle and you need to get that quick video!
  • Cash & ID, obviously!
  • A handful a band-aids, if your boots aren’t as comfortable as you hoped!
  • Nurofen and Panadol. We aren’t all perfect and sometimes forget to drink enough water… don’t let a niggling headache stop you from enjoying your favourite artistsAnd do not forget…

young blond woman spinning around at bluesfest wearing spell and the gypsy dress and high brown boots
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The non-essential, essentials

The things that you don’t need to survive, but definitely need to create an aesthetically beautiful campsite, and long-lasting memories…

  • Battery Powered Fairy Lights- for a bit of twinkly atmosphere
  • Inflatable Pool Toys- they also make extremely comfortable seats
  • Disposable Film cameras- because nothing screams festival more than grainy, noisy photos you can develop afterwards
  • Portable Speakers- keep these to a minimum late at night or into the early morning, but always a great mood booster to accompany your morning camping ritual
  • Funky flag or stuffed toy- to tie up high, and make finding your campsite so much easier

There you have it, our tried and tested festival survival guide! Let us know how you go a Bluesfest this year, we can’t wait to see all your beautiful photos! If you’re wanting some ideas on who to see at Bluesfest, check out the artists we are definitely going to be watching!

 

Our 12 favourite Byron Bay attractions

If you’re anything like the Sienna HQ team, you like to have a visual of everything. We love laying everything out in front of us- colours… inspiration… everything! That’s why, when talking about our favourite Byron Bay attractions, we thought it best to visually explain it for you all. We’ve included some of our longtime go-tos-The Farm, Espresso Head and The Mez Club, as well as some newer drawcards- Lightyears and Wild Goat Events. So now you can get a good visual guide of what beaches are the closest for you to wander down to after a lazy afternoon sojourn.

1 – The Farm- Located on Ewingsdale Road, just off the exit from the highway is everyone’s favourite, The Farm. Spend your time amongst the sunflower fields, or visiting Three Blue Ducks or the gorgeous Flowers at the Farm.

2 – Habitat Byron Bay, is the new local favourite, situated in the Industrial Estate. Find a huge range of Sienna colours in there, alongside many other Byron Bay brands.

3 – Stone and Wood brewery is the ideal location for the beer fanatics. Sample all of their award winning brews, also located in the Industrial Estate.

4 – The World’s First Solar Powered train take your fancy? Take the trip from town out to Elements in Sunrise and back to experience it for yourself!

5 – A new favourite of ours with their vibrant atmosphere and amazing Vietnamese inspired food- Lightyears is the new restaurant that has quickly become a go-to for visitors and locals alike.

6 – The Mez Club is undoubtedly a must-visit for beautifully presented and equally as deliciously tasting cocktails, in the centre of town.

7 – In need of a coffee while in town? Espresso Head will have you sorted!

8 – There’s one thing you can’t miss if only on a short visit, and that’s watching the first sunrise in the country, from the most Easterly Point of Australia, at the Byron Bay Lighthouse. Our friends at Wild Goat Events will make it even more special for you, with their Toast The Sun events. They set up a gorgeous Moroccan inspired picnic, with flavours inspired by founder Katie’s travels around the world. We were lucky enough to share a picnic sunrise early last year, and know that you will love every second of it.

9 – The Byron Bat General Store is another new kid on the block, taking over the space that was one Mac’s Milk Bar. With lines out the door, you can be sure for delicious food and coffee there.

10 – Baz and Shaz Fruit and Veg is the spot to purchase all the groceries you may need while visiting the area, located in Suffolk Park.

11 – Harvest, located in the historical town of Newrybar, is the restaurant at the top of many people’s list, and for good reason. With produce all sourced locally, fantastic service and in a gorgeous location, you won’t be saying no to this one!

12 – One green acre, located in the Bangalow Bowlo is the perfect location for a last Sunday afternoon bite to eat. With a number of options to keep the vegans happy, it’s quickly becoming a favourite of ours.

Are there any Byron Bay attractions that we have missed? Let us know about your favourites, or any other spots you would like to read about!

Protestors Falls Byron Bay

The top 3 waterfalls in Byron Bay

We are so lucky to have some absolutely beautiful waterfalls an easy day trip from Byron Bay. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon or a midweek meander, these are the spots Byron Bay locals turn to. Some of these waterfalls are easily accessed via a short walk, while others require a bit more planning and a decent hike to reach. Be sure to check out our favourite swimming spots when you’re ready to hit the coast again.

Killen Falls

Killen Falls (Killen Falls Drive, Tintenbar) is perfect if you only have an hour or so to spare. A small carpark leads to the viewing platform overlooking the falls, or take the short track down to the bottom of the falls. The path can get slippery, so be careful if it’s been raining.

Killen Falls Byron Bay

Minyon Falls

Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park) is one of the largest waterfalls in the area. Water thunders down from 104 metres and it is absolutely spectacular after rainfall. The lookout at the top of the falls is a short walk from the carpark –and it is no exaggeration to say the views are stunning – with granite cliffs and dense bushland as far as the eye can see. Be sure to bring your camera. If you’re looking for a full-day adventure, the Minyon Falls walking track allows you to wander through the forest past beautiful creeks leading to the bottom of the waterfall. The track is 13km return, so be prepared with plenty of food and water to last you throughout the day.

Minyon Falls Byron Bay
Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/tk_five_0/show/

Protestors Falls

Also in the ranges of the Nightcap National Park, the World Heritage-listed Protestors Falls is another definite stop if you’re travelling through Northern NSW.  It’s a short walk to Protestors Falls from the carpark but expect some short, steep hills. You’ll be able to rest and refuel with a picnic at Terania Creek on the way back. At the time of writing, swimming is prohibited in all creeks nearby to protect the habitat of the Fleay’s Barred Frog.
Protestors Falls Byron Bay
Photo credit: Bradley Bow

Leave no trace

We all know the importance of leaving no trace. So please be sure to be self-sufficient and leave the area as you found it. It’s a good idea to check official websites before visiting if you have any questions or to check directions – patchy mobile reception means you may not be able to rely on GPS. We hope you love exploring our local waterfalls and experiencing all this incredible area has to offer!