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February is a great month in the Northern Rivers. Summer is still in full swing, but the crowds are a bit quieter and things feel a little more chilled. There’s plenty going on, and lots of ways you can experience the beach – and the Hinterland – like a local. Here’s a few ideas to put into your calendar for the next month.
You can’t come to the Northern Rivers without enjoying a bit of live music and one of my favourite local musicians is Tim Stokes. Fantastic music and a great guy too. We gifted his CDs for Christmas presents and I have his stuff on high rotation on Spotify. You can catch him around town a few times this month including Rails Hotel in Byron (4 February), Bangalow Hotel (7 February) and at Bangalow Market (23 February). More dates on his website too.
With fire and drought on our collective minds so much of late, another great option when visiting our region is to do something to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the local koala population. Supporting local habitat is a perfect option and you can help Bangalow Koalas at one of their upcoming tree planting days. The next one is at Booyong on Saturday 22 February (9am sharp). There’s no weeding or digging, just planting trees in pre-dug holes and mulching. You just need to volunteer an hour or so. There’s even a sausage sizzle thanks to Bangalow Lions (vego sandwiches too).
Another great option to help the local environment while you’re visiting our region is the Take 3 x Byron Bay Community Beach Clean-Up on Thursday 13 February. The concept is simple: you’ll help clean up our oceans by picking up at least three pieces of rubbish from Main Beach. Kicking off at 2pm, the first 60 registrations will even get an invite to an exclusive Stone & Wood Brewing after party to celebrate everyone’s efforts in keeping Byron beautiful!
You could round out the day by heading over to Mullum for a bit of ukulele action. Billed as a community sing and strum, the idea is simply to get together and have a bit of fun over ukuleles. You don’t have to be a uker to have a blast with this one. There’s a gathering on 30 January and then a special Hawaiian themed night on Thursday 13 February.
But back to the ocean… The Byron Bay Surf Festival runs from 14-16 February and you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy this Festival. The program includes films, art, music, markets and of course, a bit of surf action along the way!
If that’s a little too energetic for you, something a bit more chilled is the Eltham Film Night. The next night is 29 February, with a screening of The Guilty. I’m not much of a film buff, but I understand this is a Danish thriller. It’s rated M so leave the kids with a babysitter and go enjoy some community spirit and support the locals raise funds to restore the Eltham Railway Cottage.
See what I mean? There’s lots going on to enjoy, so make sure you get out amongst it when visiting the region this February. I dare you to do something a bit outside your comfort zone…