New Byron Bay must-do!

| 26 November , 2009 | 3 Replies

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By Carla Caruso, Diamonds & Whirls

What two words do Sydneysiders associate most with summer holidays? It\’s simple: Byron Bay.

The beachside town – about 800km north of Sydney and 90km south of the Gold Coast – is always a hotspot for the style set as the weather warms up.

And now there\’s even more reason to slip on a kaftan, perfect your tan and fantasise about changing your postcode (until reality – and the cooler weather – kicks in).

Byron Bay has a new-look watering hole! On Wednesday, the Byron Bay Brewery and Buddha Bar/Restaurant – home of the Byron Bay Premium Ale – unveiled its hip, new revamp at a high-profile media event. (Expect it to be a mecca for fashionistas this summer.)

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Faces at the launch included glamour guru Krystal Forscutt (who revealed she\’s heading back to LA soon to keep chasing her acting dreams), fashion guru Donny Galella, TV personality Naomi Robson, media identity Bessie Bardot, and chk-chk-boom girl Clare Werbeloff.

Bessie Bardot

Along with live music and circus acts, celebs and VIPs also nabbed a beer tasting with head brewer Stefan Walker. (The small, on-site brewery – which patrons can view from the bar area – does an all-natural brew, with no added sugars or preservatives. And, it pumps out 100 kegs of the liquid gold per week.) Walker enthuses: “We think that fresh is best and that people will respond to something that is real and naturally produced.”

Krystal Forscutt Nathan Bracken Barry Schadel Peter Sinclair Brooke Daniels

The bar and brewery space actually began life in 1898 as a piggery. It was later converted into a live music venue by artists and hippies in the 1980s and ‘90s.

The noughties has seen it given a whole new lease on life, now boasting several bar areas, pool tables, a beer garden, premium beer, food, wine, entertainment, and huge plasma screens.

And, it\’s certainly an idyllic place for a drink as the sun sets. In fact, with the ocean-like, blue floor and swaying trees out the back, you could even mistakenly believe you were at the beach.

Heading to Byron Bay this summer? It\’s worth sashaying in for a visit – your summer hair braids swinging in the breeze. Upcoming acts at the venue include Sara Storrer, Glen Shorrock and The Potbelleez.

For more on the brewery, visit


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  1. I agree that Byron Bay is looking forward to become most popular and number one place for holidays.And the bar is adding stars in their Luxury

  2. Lucy says:

    Looking forward to heading up there this NYE!! very excited to pop into the Buddha bar!

  3. Deano Power says:

    Beautiful shots and a great post Carla, hope you have an awesome day. We managed to create a brief video of the opening for Byron Bay Food. You can find it at

    It’s shaping up to be a cracking summer, might have to sneak in a few Byron Bay Ales.

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