If you are heading to Byron Bay this month don’t miss the Sample Food Festival at Bangalow on Saturday September 13th, 2014.


Plan to spend the whole day wandering around tasting the finest of ingredients from chefs and farmers who will be showcasing produce from the local region. There will be events throughout the day including the Northern Rivers Food Cooking Stage with presenters including Scott and Luke from My Kitchen Rules and “Wild Kitchen” Chef Clayton Donovan with Pam Brook from Brookfarm. Presentations will run throughout the day from 8am until 4pm. There will also be live music, market stalls with arts, crafts and produce to buy.

You can view the full program on the Sample NSW here. We suggest downloading the program so you can plan your day.



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The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival will be held this year from the  24th – 26th October 2014.  Byron offers the perfect location to host the festival, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage and the creative energy.

The 3 day event focuses on a fusion of ’Surf Culture Now’, featuring surf art, photography, live music, surf history, events and workshops.
Other highlights will include the not to be missed Tee Pee markets on the Saturday, plus youth art events, a swap-meet as well as the Go Pro Short Film Competition.

An Invitational Surf Art Exhibition will be held on the Wednesday night at The Atlantic Byron Bay, showcasing artwork from respected highly influential local and international artists from the surf industry. Their Artwork will be on display throughout the Festival.  Stay tuned for artist announcements to be released in the lead up to the event.

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is in its forth year, bringing together a creative global surfing community in a non-competitive environment.  The Atlantic is proud a sponsor of the festival, located in the heart of Byron Bay.


The Channon Markets are on this week end. If you are staying at The Atlantic  for a few days its worth a drive in the hinterland to spend a few hours at The Channon.

Australia’s oldest running art and craft market, The Channon was first conceptualized in 1976 under the still strongly held ethic “Make It, Bake It, Grow It”. Join visitors both local and afar who verge on the thousands to this normally peaceful village to experience this iconic craft market.

The most colourful and vibrant in the country, you can spend hours meandering around the stalls. Get your fortune told, seek advice from spiritual healers, listen to musicians under the marquee and try the local treats alfresco style.

Second Sunday of every month, 9am-3pm @ Coronation Park, The Channon. More info:


The official whale watching season commences in a couple of weeks.  In late Autumn the whales begin their migration for the  winter to their breeding and calving grounds in the warmer waters, north as far as Harvey Bay, returning south during Spring.

Cape Byron is well known as one of the best vantage points, the Lighthouse offering the best view. The famous lighthouse walk is a two hour return adventure, known as “one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours on the States coast”, according to National Parks NSW.

The walk is a 3.7klm loop taking in views of Byron Bays stunning beaches, including Wategos, The Pass and Tallows Beach to the South. The hike will take you through rainforests and across cliff tops with stunning views out across the ocean and hinterland.

During the whale migration season make sure you allow extra time to take in the amazing sights of the humpback whales and also keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles.

For those who would prefer an easier walk you can park at one of the many stops and shorten the walk or alternatively parking is available at the Lighthouse for a small fee, but keep in mind it will be very busy during whale season.

If you are looking for accommodation in Byron Bay during the whale watching season look out for our Mid Week Special offers.

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The fabulously loveable James Gordon is running his Things Of The Sea workshops at Splash over the weekend of May 15-17 at Atlantic….tickets still available.

Splash | A weekend of workshops and creative conversations hosted by Paper Runway will be held in The Lodge at Atlantic Byron Bay and promises to be a weekend of inspiring creativity.

Book in for one or a couple of the amazing workshops via Paper Runway and make a weekend of it by staying at Atlantic. Workshop presenters include award winning stylist Sibella Court will share her tips, Sydney’s paper artist James Gordon will help you create some paper magic, the Cool Edies will help with styling tips. Holly Hipwell will host a flower workshop, Sabine Pick will challenge you with her creative calligraphy…plus so much more.

For more information please go to :

Workshop bookings :

Accommodation bookings call us at Reception on 02 6685 5118


This year the Byron Bay Film Festival [BBFF] will open on Friday 28 February through to Sunday 9 March. Celebrating its eighth year, the festival will run over 10 days with 5 venues as a platform for the the power and story telling in film. Showcasing independent film talent BBFF caters to a wide audience, including families, movie buffs, artists, locals and tourist alike.

The categories including short films, features, animation and documentaries and with over 200 on offer BBFF provides attendees the opportunity to see some of the amazing films that would never normally be screened on our shores, celebrating local and international cinematography.

The BBFF program has just been released, for more information :





As sponsors of the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2013 we’ve been allocated our very own courtesy bus pick up. If you are staying with us during the festival your trip to the site will be even easier. The courtesy bus picks up every half hour from Atlantic (just hail the driver) and takes you to the site.

With a stellar line-up including Archie Roach, Maxine McKew, Simon Crean, Ross Coulthart, Michael Leunig, John Cantwell, Peter FitzSimons, Sarah Turnbull, DBC Pierre, Andrea Goldsmith, Peter Carey, MJ Hyland, Anne Summers, Cate Kennedy and George Megalogenis, audiences will be spoilt for choice. And Sunday 4 August sees a marquee dedicated to young readers, hosted by Maddie and POSSUM, from Prime 7. A diverse range of local writers will also add spice to an already flavoursome program. “Whether you find pleasure in poetry, performance, history, humour, fiction, non-fiction or journalism, you’ll discover writers and conversations to sate your cravings. You’ll be challenged, you’ll be surprised, you’ll have encounters with big thinkers, you’ll laugh and probably you’ll cry, but you’ll be richly rewarded.” The entire program is available online. Don’t delay: features will sell out and workshop numbers are strictly limited.



Byron Bay has been listed as the No.1 Hot Spot for whale watching by NSW National Parks.

Every year the Humpback Whales slowly make their way north past Byron Bay on their annual migratory route to the warmer tropical waters and returning south during Spring.  As they say location, location, location and the Byron Bay Lighthouse offers a brilliant location for whale watching.

More information here at Wild About Whales
Photo credit Wild About Whales




Thomas Campbell Artist Residency #6

We are pleased to announce that the successful artist for The Art Park / Atlantic Artist Residency #6 is Thomas Campbell from the USA.


Thomas was born in Laguna Beach, California in 1969 and currently lives in Bonny Doon, California, USA. 

He is a self-taught painter, sculptor, photo­grapher, filmmaker and music producer. The nexus of Campbell’s creative centric life was nurtured by skateboarding culture in the 1980′s and 90′s.


Thomas grew up surfing and skating in southern California before moving to New York in the 1980s, where he immersed himself in the skate/street art/punk/hip hop/hell-raising scene that rotated around the central axis of Alleged Gallery. In that setting he came to know and be associated with the artists that would go on to make up San Francisco’s Mission School painters and the generation that would be at least loosely defined by the Beautiful Losers exhibition in 2004.


Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris,Tokyo,Denmark, The Netherlands,San Francisco,Los Angeles, and Morocco. Currently Campbell spends most of his time in his home studio in Bonny Doon, California working on paintings, sculpture and other artistic junk. From 1997 to 2009 Campbell produced and directed three feature length surf films The Seedling, Sprout and The Present. The filming of which has taken him to the far corners of the earth (Indonesia,Cape Verde, Sri Lanka,South Africa and New Zealand to name a few).


Campbell is also the creative director of Galaxia, a small, independent record label based in Santa Cruz, Califor­nia, that he has run with his partner Greg Lamson since 1992. Galaxia has released recordings by artists such as Tommy Guerrero, The Mumlers, Ray Barbee, Peggy Honeywell, The Mattson 2, The Amalgamated Sons of Rest (Will Oldham, Jason Molina and Allister Roberts), Tomorrow’s Tulips and The Black Heart Procession. Most of these artist have appeared in the soundtracks to Campbell’s films or have played live at his various screenings and exhibitions.


Have a look at his work at

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