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Byron at Byron presents

Byron at Byron presents

Dr Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan

Inject some adrenalin into your life.

The Byron at Byron is thrilled to present extreme health experts Dr. Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan for a night of mind-blowing inspiration.

This husband and wife team has set three World Records in extreme sport, including the world’s highest BASEjump in a wingsuit over the Himalayas. The achievement is made even more remarkable by the fact that Heather was a corporate executive who was afraid of heights.  Over six years she trained with Glenn to become physically fit, mentally focused and emotionally tough enough to climb a Himalayan mountain and fly off the top.

“Heather’s transformation was inspirational,” said Glenn. “She had never planned to climb anything higher than the corporate ladder but by overcoming her fears she attained much more than she ever imagined possible”.

By changing her diet and exercise regime she changed her body fat content and became physically strong. Through techniques like meditation and visualization she overcame her fears and by joining Glenn on a ‘Vision Quest’ their relationship “was deepened and enriched beyond measure”.

Accompanied by spectacular photos and videos, Heather and Glenn will share their story and their process at the Byron at Byron.

Dr. Glenn Singleman is a world famous professional adventurer, expedition doctor and award winning documentary filmmaker. He has accompanied expeditions to Antarctica, the North West Passage, the Himalaya and the Andes. He was a part of James Cameron’s recent expedition to the deepest part of the ocean; the Marianas Trench and has accompanied the Hollywood director on expeditions to the Titanic and the hydrothermal vents. His own films have won 25 international awards and been seen by hundreds of millions of people. He has twice been named as one of the ‘Top 5 Presenters in Australia’ and is a popular media commentator on extreme sport, fear and managing risk.

Heather is an award-winning author of two non-fiction books and freelance photojournalist. Before her radical career change she was a corporate executive managing International and Australian businesses. She has received a ‘Spirit of Adventure Award’ from Australian Geographic and has presented to hundreds of audiences around the world.

Heather and Glenn have been married for 18 years and together have four children. They have appeared twice on Australian Story as well as 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, 7:30 Report, Sunrise, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Revealed and Wide World of Sports (to name a few).

Join them as they share their recipe for being brave, being healthy and having a great relationship. Hear how you too can tap into the wilder side of life over some intriguing menu choices that will match the flavour of the evening.

“We are so excited to bring two great Australian adventurers as a part of our Byron at Byron Presents series” said General Manager of The Byron at Byron Lyn Parché. “We kicked off this series with the irrepressible Bettina Arndt, and haven’t looked back. Australia has so many creative people to inspire us along our journeys. We are lucky we live in such a beautiful place so that we can entice them here to share their stories”.

Thursday July 10, 7:00pm.

$70 including two courses and a glass of wine.

Bookings are essential. Please contact 02 66392105 or


Sunrise Bistro set for December opening

Sunrise Bistro set for December opening

With the first stage of construction of the Sun Bistro in Sunrise Beach well underway, local residents are looking forward to a December opening.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic that we are going to have a ‘local’ here” said Sunrise Beach resident Jon Hinfelaar. “There’s very little in the way of restaurants so we’re looking forward to having somewhere you can eat and drink. We really need something like this, Suffolk Park has one. It will mean less congestion on the roads and will help with a sense of community”. 

The function centre that has operated at the North Byron Beach Resort site for the past 19 years is in the process of being relocated in four parts to the Sun Bistro site on Bayshore Drive.

“There were some initial mechanical issues with the moving gear but we are on our way now ” said Development Director Jeremy Holmes.

The Sun will be a family friendly local bistro/tavern servicing residents of Sunrise Beach and residents, workers and visitors of the Arts and Industry Estate.

The recycled building will be refurbished and extended over the next six months.

In a busy week for the North Byron Beach Resort team the Byron Shire Council unanimously approved the resort central facilities application, which includes the construction of a conference centre, restaurant, day spa, resort lobby and reception. Construction is expected to commence within two months, for a late 2015 opening.

“We sincerely thank Sunrise and Arts and Industry Estate residents for their support and their patience while we readied ourselves to commence construction on the Bistro” said Jeremy Holmes. “We will do our best to minimise disruption whilst construction is underway and keep our websites updated with the latest development information, as well as continue our local newsletters. We strongly encourage the community to sign up to our database, either on the website or by contacting us.


Woodlock do it their way

Woodlock do it their way

A national tour that initially sold out weeks in advance on a marketing budget of $150, 3 new shows added and only 2 shows with tickets remaining, #39 on the digital ARIA charts and no radio airplay. Ever. Oh, and no label.

These are just some of the queer facts about Woodlock, a folk-pop-rock act from Melbourne playing a sold out national tour right now.

The Melbourne based band are brothers Eze and Zech Walters and Bowen Purcell. They built the love around their music through busking in Bourke Street Mall, where they developed their fan base, many of whom are now among their over 15,000 facebook followers.

Their first EP “Lemons” has sold over 15,000 copies on the streets since April last year. It has now been followed by “Labour of Love”, showcasing the maturity and development in their sound.

The polished and revived Woodlock sound comes with the help of ARIA award-winning producer Wayne Connolly (Josh Pyke, Boy Bear and The Paper Kites) who took the trio from Melbourne under his wing for two weeks of intensive recording at Alberts Studio’s in Neutral Bay, Sydney.

“I think people like our music because we have an enthusiastic drummer, he’s really smiley” joked Eze Walters of percussionist Bowen Purcell. “Zac and I have been writing and playing music together since we were little. We were home schooled and mum was really creative in the way she taught us. She would write songs for us to learn things, like the seasons and the countries. She would dress us up and we’d do plays. We got put in school for the last two years because I was fighting with mum. We tried to do music but failed. We were good at playing but not so much the theory”.

“Two years ago we quit our jobs, bought a caravan for $200 and did it up so it was legal. We thought we’d travel around Australia, busk and pick fruit. The fruit picking was hard and our busking went off. I guess that’s when we committed to our music full time”.

Woodlock – Labour of Love

In the top 100 on the digital ARIA charts; 97.ha:

Has stayed in the top 10 on the singer/songwriter charts on iTunes since the EP was released on 16th May

Link for some free streaming, Check out ‘The Garden’, which will be the band’s second single.

Sneak-peak preview to ‘My Throne’ video clip

(Keep in mind it is only 70% finished!)








TUE 24 JUNE – SHEBEEN – MELBOURNE (Limited tickets)


SAT 28 JUNE – SUB – MELBOURNE (U/18’S) (Limited tickets)


Record sale for Byron town

Record sale for Byron town

A residential record was set in Byron township last week and it wasn’t beachfront. Set on a 1,000sqm lot, the home in the old part of Byron Bay sold for the full asking price of $3.5 million.

The sale was made by Graham Dunn and Jeremy Bennett at Byron Bay Property Sales, who are responsible for four of the top six sales within the Byron township* itself since the beginning of 2012.

“The positive change in the market is the number of people moving here to live” said Graham Dunn. “Whereas eighteen months ago there were more investors buying, more recently and particularly in the past six months, people are moving here to live”.

Dunn cites improvements in flights as a factor, as well as the increased ability to work online from home. “A lot of business people are buying as they can now easily commute” he said. “The FIFO market is significant. And perhaps more interestingly, the baby boomers are starting to come. They’re sick of the rat race, they are into quality of life and they do their homework. One couple who came from Adelaide did a search of places which had great weather and were accessible. Byron won them”.

Ned Rockman recently purchased through Byron Bay Property Sales. “I’ve loved it up here for many years” he said. “I’m almost 45 and I don’t want to spend the second half of my life in Melbourne. I want to spend it here”.

Byron Bay Property Sales also hold Byron’s most impressive portfolio of luxury holiday rentals. They have Christmas booking up now, with some properties renting for $40,000 per week to families already taken.

“One thing about Byron Bay it’s got soul, there’s a sense of community” said Dunn.