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There are no major events in the Northern Rivers right now. And I think we’re ok with that!
In a funny way, 2020 has allowed all of us, locals and visitors alike to embrace life in the region a little bit differently. Less of the full-throttle hype, more of an even keel; simpler pursuits, often things we wouldn’t have contemplated pre-COVID. And really, that’s not a bad thing! So in that vein, here’s a few options of things to do this month that might be a little mundane or unexpected but aren’t we all just a bit off-kilter these days!
Let’s start easy. Let’s eat some prawns. If you follow our Instagram feed (and really, you should!), you might have seen a wee bit of food porn in form of prawns recently. Cliche or not, we whipped up a batch of butterflied BBQ prawns recently, after I happened to be in Brunswick Heads when the Nelle M trawler was in port with a fresh catch. Holy goodnight they were good prawns. The best I’ve had in a long time and the fun thing is that you buy them right off the boat. Literally. So for a bit of a food adventure, check out their facebookpage to know when to head down to the marina to pick up some of the freshest, tastiest prawns you’re ever likely to find. Grab some cooked, and then take a wander around Bruns; or grab some green ones to cook up back at home. Simple pleasure.
But how about something more challenging, especially with school holidays in mind? How about some circus? There’s two great circus schools in the region, so why not take a class in something while you’re visiting, or enroll in a program if you live here? Try the trapeze; learn to juggle; get circus fit. It’s not just for kids either. Just saying! Check out Spaghetti Circus and Circus Arts for options.
Body contortion not your thing? How about a painting class? With a glass of wine? Dunoon Sport and Recreation Club is hosting a Painting and Prosecco Class on Saturday, 10 October. Good for a bit of fun, if not a masterpiece! Call the Club on 6689 5444 for more information.
For something quintessentially Byron, how about checking out some surfing memorabilia? Newly opened (above the Wreck Surf Shop at 6/4 Jonson St, Byron Bay) is the Legends Surf Museum. Surf memorabilia and surfboards from all over the world. Seven days a week, 9am-5pm, I suspect this will be worth a nose about, even if you’re not a surfer yourself.
And while you’re down in town, why not indulge in something I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I’ve never done… Take the train! Byron is home to the world’s first solar train, the aptly named Byron Solar Train, and really, who doesn’t love a ride on a choo choo! You can even make a day of it. Jump on in town for the ride north, take a long walk along Belongil Beach or explore the Arts & Industry Estate, grab some lunch at any number of the great food options within easy walking distance (think Stone & Wood Brewery, Barrio, Byron Olive Co’s cafe, awesome Street Sushior there’s even a special ride and eat deal with The Sun Bistro) before heading back into town. Nice.
See, we don’t need big ticket events to embrace a beautiful Northern Rivers experience! Happy October!