BYRON BAY TANGO FESTIVAL 2019
Here is some practical information on how to get to Byron, where the festival venue is, where to stay and what to see and do. Please feel free to post on the festival Facebook with additional information. Offers of accommodation from Byron tango folk particularly welcome!
Festival Venue. All events are at Byron Community Centre, found in Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Most events will take place in the main auditorium. The daytime practicas will be upstairs in the Balcony Room. The registration desk will be open from 5pm on Friday 23rd August. A bar will be operating from 2 hours before the start of Milongas.
Map of Byron Bay. Here’s a map that can be downloaded. The Community Centre is labelled (circle with red dot in centre). Keep your accommodation within walking distance of the Centre as Byron Bay Shire Council has a 2hr paid parking limit. Avoid driving...
Getting there. Fortunately the festival coincides with the low season for air travel. . This means cheap flights within Australia and from New Zealand. There are three airports serving Byron: two regional airports at Ballina and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) and the airport at Brisbane. Dancers beyond Australia and New Zealand have a wide choice of flights to Sydney and Brisbane international airports. Shuttle buses will take you to central Byron, or drop you off at your accommodation, from any of the airports. It is wise to book these ahead of arrival.
Accommodation. Check out the official Byron Bay guide (good as a starting point for most activities and information) and Byron Bay Accommodation for guidance. AirBnB is also a good option. I would recommend Wake up! at Belongil Beach as a good option for shared basic facilities in a stunning location. Take the free shuttle bus or take a 15 min walk to the Community Centre. The famous Arts Factory is another budget option, also with a free shuttle bus or 10 min on foot to Centre. Up-market accommodation such as East on Byron is also a viable option when shared by 4-6 people.
Shopping and places to visit. Jonson street and the parallel Fletcher street are chockers with all manner of shops, restaurants, massage and alternative therapies centres. Take a drive to nearby towns of Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Brunswick heads, or a bus tour to Nimbin. Again the Byron Bay Guide is a good source of information.