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Byron Bay preparing for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve

The focus on New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay will be on good, old-fashioned family fun with people of all ages encouraged to celebrate in Jonson Street on 31 December. 

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the top half of Jonson Street will be closed again and transformed into Soul Street – a pedestrian zone where people will be able to enjoy food and be entertained in a safe, alcohol-free area.

“New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay is not somewhere for young people to come and drink and party,” Mayor Richardson said.

“This night is for anyone interested in a low-key approach to New Year’s Eve for all ages and I am asking for families to step out in force to enjoy what Byron Bay does best…great music and a celebration of our community,” he said.

“Our message to New Year’s Eve revellers is that aside from family-friend entertainment, Byron Bay’s streets and parks will be alcohol-free zones.

“There will be no fireworks at midnight and definitely no entertainment on the beach and there will be a lot of police around to make sure that New Year’s Eve is safe for our community,” Mayor Richardson said.

“And in true ‘Byron’ style there is the First Sun event at 5:15am at the Cape Byron Lighthouse which is a celebration of the start of 2018 with meditation and yoga.

For more information about Soul Street, parking and traffic changes and First Sun go to

For interviews contact Mayor Simon Richardson on 0427 076 834.

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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.