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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve 2017/18

New Year in Byron Bay will feature for 2017/18:

  • Soul Street New Year's Eve - family and youth friendly activities in the centre of town culminating at 9pm
  • First Sun New Year's Day 2018 - early morning, family friendly event at Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Falls Music & Arts Festival held at North Byron Parklands

The streets and parks of Byron Bay, and the Cavanbah Sports Centre, are alcohol free zones to ensure a safe and community friendly atmosphere.

  There are NO FIREWORKS or beachfront events on NYE

Soul Street New Year's Eve

Soul Street is Byron Bay's New Years Eve family friendly street party, hosted by Byron Community Centre. With Jonson St closed off, it becomes the colourful hub of this interactive town gathering. Together we will see out the old year and ring in the new one as we celebrate the magic of our wonderful Byron community. There will be cabaret, music, dance, kids play zones, comedy, drag shows, food stalls, DJs, henna, tarot, circus, graffiti workshops and the list goes on!...

The event runs from 4pm - midnight. It is an alcohol free event and with all of these immersive Byron Bay Experiences you and your loved ones will be entertained, safe and included from start to finish. 

Contact the Byron Community Centre to find out how you can sponsor or be involved in this fabulous community event

To ensure safe management of this event, Jonson St will be closed from 6am on 31/12/17 and reopen at 8am on 1/1/18. See information about road closures below and a downloadable map on the right hand side of this page. 

Free parking will be available in Butler Street Reserve, a short walk from the Byron Bay CBD. Catch a Falls Festival Shuttle bus along the roads into town for a flat fee of $5. Buses travel along Ewingsdale Rd and between Byron Bay town centre and Suffolk Park.

In addition, Blanchs Bus Lines will provide New Year's Eve services . 24 HOUR TIMETABLE ENQUIRIES PHONE 6686 2144 or

Please assist our staff and POLICE by not bringing alcohol on to buses.

Held at the North Byron Parklands from Dec 31 to Jan 2, and featuring an exciting program of acts from across Australia and the world, festival goers can also camp for free.

The Falls Music & Arts Festival Byron Bay give priority access to local residents to special single New Year's Eve tickets and full event tickets outside of the ballot process. Tickets are sold out!

Further information at

First Sun New Year's Day 2018


Welcome the first break of day in 2018 at the most Easterly point of Australia’s mainland. First Sun, Byron Bay’s New Year’s Day event is held at the Cape Byron Lighthouse from 5am to 8am. This family-friendly event offers visitors and the local community the chance to start the New Year with conscious intention of peace, health and happiness into their 2018.

Come join us as we listen to relaxing music from 5am and receive the first light of New Year’s Day. The morning’s activities will offer guided meditation, crystal bowl soundscapes, yoga, peaceful intent and more. All activities are free.

Please ensure you are comfortable in these early hours by bringing a yoga mat, warm clothing, a torch, blanket, sunglasses/hat and water.

Parking is advised at Clarkes Beach carpark from 4am. We recommend walking to the lighthouse from here. A guided walk will depart at 4:15am. As an alternative for those unable to walk, free shuttle buses will operate between 4:30am – 8am.

Please note that the Cape Café will be open from 4:30am for early tea, chai and coffee and later, will also offer light breakfast options for all dietary requirements (cash or card accepted).

Please note parking restrictions apply from Clarks Beach up to the Lighthouse and Lighthouse road will be closed from midnight 31/12/17 to 8am 1/1/18. 


Road Closures and Traffic Information


Road closures in Byron Bay for New Year's Eve only include:

  • no parking from 6am 31st December 2017 in Lawson Street South car park, Main Beach car park, Middleton St car park and in Bay Street between Jonson and Middleton Streets;
  • Jonson Street will be closed between Byron and Lawson St from 6am, 31st December 2017 to facilitate the market stalls and Soul Street NYE event.
  • All closures will conclude by 8am 1st January 2018.

Signed detours will be available and delays can be expected.

The taxi rank will move, for the duration of the road closure, to the main bus stop, with the main bus stop temporarily relocated to the taxi rank just south of the main bus stop (northbound) near Marvel Street.

Taxi's also offer the Nightrider bus in peak times, leaving from the taxi rank for a $5 flat fee to Sunrise and Suffolk Park.


Alcohol Education

A short hip hop video has been developed to showcase the natural beauty and things to do in Byron Shire as an alternative to drinking and anti-social behaviour. Titled 'What are you doing to yourself in Byron Bay', the video targets locals and visitors. The video can be viewed here.

Council are also working with accommodation providers and other partners to reduce alcohol consumption on premises prior to going out (commonly referred to as pre-fuelling). An advertising campaign including Community Service Announcements on NBN, Prime and BayFM, cinema advertising and extra signage has also been implemented.

To find out more please contact the Community Development team on 6626 7000.