Arts & Culture

Behind sunsets, fashion and amazing food, one of the things that makes the Byron Shire so special is the sheer amount of incredible art and culture.  This also sees a strong connection to traditional Aboriginal Culture, much of which is strongly embraced throughout the Shire.

The Arakwal National Park’s name originates from the people of The Bundjalung of Byron Bay, whose strong connection to the reserve was recognised in 2001. Shortly thereafter, Indigenous Land Use Agreement was signed and exchanged between the tribe and the NSW State Government. Arakwal National Park is a short distance from the town centre and is home to an array of amazing wildlife such as rare birds, the Superb Fairy-wren.

The Arts and the Industrial estate at North Byron is home to a myriad of local designers, craftsmen, galleries and showrooms all dedicated to showcasing the incredible amount of constructed beauty and artistic talent on offer in the Byron Bay area. 

Byron township is also home to several world-class art galleries that represent a myriad of both establishing and emerging visual artists.

The richest of the shires shire’s creative arts, talents and skills can be uncovered on the famous “Arts Trail” – a circuit of the Industrial Estate which showcases the gems of local artists, art shops and galleries.  Check out the website for a handy phone-friendly guide before you head out there – byronartstrail.com.au

Byron Bay is home to the 30 years running “Bluesfest”, formerly known as ‘Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival”, a 5-day event which, over the years, has seen performances from a diverse array of world-class artists such as John Butler Trio, Buddy Guy, Kendrick Lamar and Joss Stone. Bluesfest is an all ages event, offering an abundance of arts and craft and delicious street foods that the whole family can enjoy. The Byron Bay festival lineup is also graced by the inevitably “sold-out” Splendour in the Grass and, new to the bill, “Falls Festival”.

Keep an eye on our “Events” page for updated info on festivals big and small – there are always interesting and unexpected options popping up there!

Things to do

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Circus Arts Byron Bay

Fun and thrill of flying trapeze and circus for kids and teens every NSW & QLD school holidays!

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Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

Only a short scenic journey into the Byron Bay hinterland you will find Crystal Castle with its peaceful ambience and exquisite natural splendour as a place of wonder for everyone. Welcome to the home of the world’s largest and most beautiful natural crystals set in the extensive and tranquil Shambhala Gardens.

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Explore Byron Bay Aboriginal Tours

We invite you to join us on a special Aboriginal tour within Cape Byron or at Broken Head. Our tours are guided by Delta Kay, an Arakwal Bundjalung woman who is passionate about sharing local Aboriginal culture.

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Brunswick Picture House

A stone’s throw away from Byron Bay, the Brunswick Picture House is an unforgettable glance back at retro Australiana. From “wow factor” social events and razzle dazzle cabarets to intimate music gigs and everything in between, Brunswick Picture House is a space that makes people smile, cry, burst out in laughter or get up and dance.

2023-03-13T12:18:05+10:00

Explore Byron Bay Bangalow Bush Tucker Tours

On this tour, Delta Kay takes guests along the stunning Byron Creek, located within Bangalow Parklands. Delta Kay is an Arakwal Bundjalung woman who is passionate about sharing local Aboriginal culture and pointers on our edible bush tucker.

2023-01-23T13:08:41+10:00

Byron School of Clay

Join us in the middle of the vibrant arts and industry estate for a fun, hands on and enriching pottery experience at our creative studio.

2022-01-20T12:56:06+10:00

Lone Goat Gallery

Lone Goat Gallery is a contemporary art space, presenting emerging and established artists from the Northern Rivers region and beyond. Located in the Byron Bay Library building in downtown Byron Bay, just a short walk from Main Beach - a quiet cultural haven among the hubbub of town. 

2023-10-05T13:54:03+10:00

Habitat North Beach Byron Bay

Byron's newest neighbourhood, where you can shop, drink, dine and pamper yourself. Located in North Beach only a stroll from the Solar Train or if you drive we have plenty of free parking!

2024-01-25T10:14:56+10:00

Bangalow Heritage House Museum & Cafe

Pop in to the cafe for tea and scones or lunch on the verandah or view the diverse displays outlining the rich history of the area. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays.

2023-01-26T09:52:41+10:00

Palace Cinemas Byron bay

Palace Cinemas Byron Bay On lively Jonson Street in the heart of Byron Bay, we invite you to indulge, escape and experience [...]

2023-11-13T13:37:34+10:00

Ninbella Gallery

NINBELLA is contemporary Australian aboriginal art, contemporary international and local art, sculpture, cultural gift-ware + fair and ethical trade.

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Byron Bay Gallery

Byron Bay Gallery There’s a new fine art space rippling the waters of Byron Bay. In the heart of bustling Lawson Street, above the pedestrians [...]