New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve 2016/17
New Year in Byron Bay will feature for 2016/17:
- 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 2017 - 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
As creative directors, the Byron Community Centre will host a family friendly event featuring interactive shows at allocated spots along Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Full of market stalls, food stalls, face painters, numerous local bands in Railway Park, buskers, circus performers, fire twirlers, drummers, amusement rides and children's activities galore. Come down to the heart of Byron and celebrate with us the talent we have in this region as it fills Jonson St between 4pm -10pm on New Year's Eve.
This will be an alcohol free event to help keep our streets safe, family oriented and in support of Byron's vision of reclaiming the streets on New Year's Eve.
To ensure safe management of this event, Jonson St will be closed from 12noon on 31/12/16 and reopen at 8am on 1/1/17. 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:
* ROUTE 1 SUFFOLK PARK (to Bus Zone opposite Woolworths)
Operating between Suffolk Park, Byron Hills Estate & Baywood Chase Estates via Beech Drive only then Byron Holiday Park via Broken Head Road / Bangalow Road to the bus zone opposite Woolworths between 7.00pm Saturday 31/12/2016 and 1.30am Sunday 01/01/2017 approx every 20 minutes at a flat fare of $4.00.
* ROUTE 2 SUNRISE BEACH ( to Bus Zone opposite old hospital site)
Operating between Arts & Industry Estate, Sunrise Beach Estate, Belongil Fields via Ewingsdale Road to the bus zone opposite the old hospital site on Shirley St between 7.00pm Thursday 31/12/2015 and 1.30am Friday 01/01/2016 approx every 20-25 minutes at a flat fare of $4.00.
Buses can be hailed along the route - please signal the driver from locations where it is safe for the bus to pull over and signal clearly (especially at night).
* BUSES TO LENNOX HEAD AND BALLINA
Buses will depart from the bus zone opposite Woolworths to Lennox Head & Ballina departing at 2.00am at a flat fare of $10.00.
24 HOUR TIMETABLE ENQUIRIES PHONE 6686 2144 or www.blanchs.com.au
Please assist our staff and POLICE by not bringing alcohol on to buses.
Held at the North Byron Parklands from Dec 31 to Jan 4, 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. Watch their website for any updates and ticket releases.
Further information at www.byron.fallsfestival.com.au
First Sun New Year's Day 2017
The early bird catches the first sun. Come and be part of our early morning, family friendly event at Cape Byron Lighthouse. Be a part of our silent Sunrise meditation with a 5.30am sharp start. Start the new year with 'Intention' considered while listening to relaxing music as the first glimpse of the sun breaks through the skies.
This is a way to celebrate the true Spirit of Byron Bay – peaceful, happy, healthy and inclusive. You can partake in free yoga or Hawiian Flying which will conclude the morning. Start your New Year with a radiant healthy start – healing and wellness from the inside out!
Presented and hosted by Byron Community Centre, First Sun is designed to capture the true essence of Byron Bay - the beauty, healing, bliss, creativity and unique community that Byron Bay has to offer and to radiate this message for the year ahead. The event aims to deliver a clear intention for all of peace, respect, cohesiveness, inclusiveness and a united community.
Catch the shuttle from Clarks Beach Carpark to the Lighthouse (running from 5am to 8am). Please note parking restrictions apply from Clarks Beach up to the Lighthouse and Lighthouse road will be closed from midnight 31/12/16 to 8am 1/1/17.
Road Closures and Traffic Information
Road closures in Byron Bay for New Year's Eve only include:
- no parking from 6am 31st December 2016 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 in stages between Byron and north of Marvel St from 12noon and between Lawson and north of Marvel from 1pm, 31st December 2016 to facilitate the market stalls and Soul Street NYE event.
- All closures will conclude by 8am 1st January 2017.
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.
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.