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Schoolies in Byron Bay

Schoolies dates 2016

Week 1 - 19 - 26 November
Week 2 - 27 November - 4 December

Schoolies – 'look after your mates'

Have a great Byron Bay holiday, but please look after each other.  That’s the key message from Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson to the end of year School leavers arriving in Byron Bay.

“Let you hair down and enjoy our magnificent Shire, but be responsible for yourself and friends and be respectful of the town.

“It can be tempting to go overboard, but it just not worth the risk of harm to yourself or anyone else. You’ve come to the best place in Australia to relax and chill out, make it memorable for all the right reasons and not the wrong.

“Make new friends and explore the region, but drink responsibly, pick up your litter, swim between the flags and not at night, and don’t drink and drive.  And most importantly look after each other.”

Mayor Richardson said the Schoolies Hub on Main Beach was a great safety net for the young adults partying over the coming weeks.

Staffed 24 hours a day with local volunteers, the Schoolies Hub is a good starting place if you do need help. Our friendly locals haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be young and will assist wherever they can.

Mayor Richardson also went on to thank Schoolies Hub Co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi and the many volunteers who are working at the Hub over the coming weeks. 

“In the true Byron Shire spirit, there are many local parents, grandparents and community supporters who will be on duty to look after the young school leavers. Thank you for your time and support of young people and caring for the town of Byron Bay,” he said.


Nicqui Yazdi with Mayor Simon Richardson at the Schoolies Hub in Byron Bay

Schoolies Safety Response Group

The inter-agency group includes members from: Byron Youth Service, NSW Police (Byron Bay), Byron Liquor Accord, Byron Hospital, North Coast Area Health, Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron's Core Values, Byron Bay High School, Cape Byron Security, INTRA/ The Buttery, BUDDI, Byron United, The Red Frogs, Cringe the Binge, Holiday Letting Organisation (HLO), Byron Visitor Centre and Byron Shire Council staff.

Key Messages


  • Respect Byron Bay both in terms of the natural beauty and the community
  • Tread lightly - take only photographs - leave only footprints
  • Honour this sacred place

Be Responsible

  • Be responsible about alcohol and drug consumption, beware of drink spiking
  • Take care of yourself, your mates and consider others
  • Know your boundaries and stick to them
  • Drink lots of water and eat well
  • Stick with your mates (don't go anywhere with anyone you don't know)
  • Know where to go for help
  • Know the rules in your accommodation place
  • Be mindful not to litter
  • Move between locations in a quiet manner, particularly at night


  • "Chill Out", relax, enjoy and appreciate what Byron Bay has to offer
  • Engage in activities available to enjoy Byron Bay and surrounding areas including walks, water activities, cycling, appreciation & scenic tours, food, air activities, horse riding, and art activities.