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New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve 2015

New Year in Byron Bay will feature for 2015/16:

  • 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 2015 - 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 31/12/15 and reopen at 7am on 1/1/16. Catch the New Year's Eve Shuttle bus from The Cavanbah Centre to town (running from 3pm to 3am) or ride your bike!

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

First Sun New Year's Day 2016


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 Captain Cook Carpark to the Lighthouse (running from 5am to 9am).


Road Closures and Traffic Information


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

  • no parking from 6am 31st December 2015 in Lawson Street South 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 2015 to facilitate the market stalls and Soul Street NYE event.
  • All closures will conclude by 7am 1st January 2016.

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.

Byron Greeters Program

Are you passionate about where you live?   YES

Are you able to talk to strangers easily?   YES

Do you have an interest in tourism and events?   YES

Then please contact us about being one of Byron's Greeters and be part of something fun and rewarding!

Would you like to be a Byron Greeter? See further information here and register online or email:

Making Things Happen

Byron Bay is a wonderful, creative and caring town. In working with the assistance of many in the community, we have come up with a program to help ensure a Safe Summer.

Byron Shire Council is extending an invitation to businesses and community organisations who want to create positive change for the local Byron Shire community. Making Things Happen is an opportunity to be part of an innovative program that has been developed by locals, for locals. Making Things Happen comprises a suite of events and partnership opportunities created to deliver community outcomes.

To find out more see our webpage Making Things Happen or call our Economic Development team on 6626 7000.