kitesThe annual Kites and Bikes Festival weekend is nearly here and more registrations are needed if the kite flying record attempts are to be successful.

“We have many children participating through schools, but we need more people and families from the Northern Rivers region to register and fly their kites on Sunday March 22 if we are to have a chance at breaking the Australian record for the number for kites flying in the air at the same time,” says Joanne McMurtry, Festival Co-ordinator.

“We really want people and families to register before Sunday – they can go online to or come along to the Festival on the Saturday to register and pick up their kites between 11am and 4pm at Banner Park.”

There is a full program of eco-friendly family fun activities planned for Saturday and Sunday, with bike rides and decorated bike parades, kite making workshops and kite flying demonstrations. 

Sunday is the main Festival day and sees the Country Energy Kite record attempts on the beach at 2pm.

Registration for the kite record attempt is only $10, which includes a kite and a donation to the ‘Our Kids’ Northern Rivers charity. 

“If you cannot get along until Sunday to register, you will need to be early so that you don’t miss out. Registration will only be available until around midday,” says Joanne.

The Festival is being organised by Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce and made possible by principal sponsors Tourism NSW, Country Energy, Hotel Brunswick and the Byron Shire Echo newspaper, and over 100 local and regional businesses.

For further information about the Kites and Bikes Festival visit: or call (02) 6685 1003.

11am-2pm  Bike decorating workshops
1pm- 4pm Kite making workshops

8am – Hinterland social ride starts – Terrace
9am – Biggest kites in Australia flying – beach
10am – Decorated Bike parade – Brunswick Tce
12.30pm –  Biggest Kites in Australia and the Hotel Brunswick Rokakkau Kite fighting Challenge
2pm – Country Energy Kite record attempts – beach
3pm – ‘Tour De Bruns’ begins – Terrace
3pm – Lucky Duck race along the river (sponsored plastic ducks)