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About Byron Bay Schoolies
Byron Bay is the crown jewel of the Northern New South Wales’ tourist scene. As popular with Australian adventurers as it is with vagabonds from across the globe, its immense beauty and inspiring local way of life have solidified it as an absolute must see on any decent east coast itinerary, and the closer you look, the easier it is to understand why!
Byron Bay is home to less than 10,000 quirky locals who are well renowned for their relaxed outlook on life and enviable personification of the ‘Hakuna Matata’ mantra. Despite its quaint size, however, each year this seaside paradise welcomes more than 2 million tourists (including 6000+ Schoolies) who come to revel in the pristine local landscape, amazing entertainment and blissful year-round weather that makes it easy to understand why this special part of the planet is quickly becoming a hotspot for Hollywood A-listers and the super wealthy.
In concert with the massive hoards of tourists who come to enjoy Byron Bay each year, the local tourism industry and infrastructure has grown to meet the rising demand. Whilst fast-food giants such as McDonalds have never been welcomed to town, there is a broad array of delectable drink and dining venues beaming to be explored, the local music and street art scene is stupendous, especially during events like Byron Bay Schoolies Week and Splendour in the Grass, and there is a long line of local tour operators offering exciting daily adventures that ensure you will never be lost for something to do. And what about the nature?
Byron Bay is lucky enough to enjoy one of the most spectacular naturescapes in the world. Its position on the most eastern point of Australia gives it expedient access to endless miles of beautiful beaches, sensational surf breaks and amazing snorkel and scuba diving opportunities, as well as just about every other water sport that takes your fancy. And on the west, the verdant local hinterland provides a jaw-dropping playground of lush hiking trails, epic lookouts and majestic wildlife that is an absolute dream to explore. In short, whatever your ideal Schoolies getaway looks like, Byron Bay Schoolies has you covered.
Byron Bay Schoolies
Byron Bay Schoolies is one of the best Schoolies celebrations in the country! Whilst it might not crow the same enormity as the gargantuan Schoolies Gold Coast celebration, when Byron Bay’s chill and charming beachside serenity unites with the upbeat Schoolies energy of high-school graduates from near and far, the result is something truly unforgettable. The town is well practised at putting on the perfect Schoolies party, with its local music and street art scene being as big a draw card as its beach parties. And it is also well adept at hosting large crowds, with Byron Bay being home to some of the country’s largest jams, including Falls Festival and the Byron Bay Blues Festival.
Another standout factor that makes Byron Bay Schoolies so special is how Schoolies friendly it is, with many of the town’s top-notch local accommodations opening their doors as Schoolies accommodation over the Schoolies dates. Being relatively small in size, Byron Bay Schoolies offers a slightly more intimate experience, with most of the Byron Bay Schoolies accommodations being within easy walking distance to each other. This not only makes it easy to stay connected with your broader tribe, but it also works to concentrate a lot of the action, giving the celebration an increased feeling of intensity, whilst still reserving you the option to disappear on a beach hike to embrace the immense serenity that surrounds this stunning part of the planet.
Speaking of action, during the Byron Bay Schoolies festival, the town erupts with even more live entertainment than usual, with many of the liveliest local haunts welcoming big-name music acts to help the young revellers in seeing their school years out with a bang. The street performers are all out in force, and as is tradition, the energetic beach parties pump harder than ever, ensuring that everyone has the energy to see the sunrise with their tribe!
If an intimate yet exciting, relaxed but energetic Schoolies celebration amongst some of nature’s most virtuous venues is what you seek, then Byron Bay Schoolies is the place for you!
Things to do at Byron Bay Schoolies
Make the most of the epic aquatics: Sitting on the most easterly point in Australia, this epic town enjoys one of the most pristine seascapes on the planet, making it the perfect playground for Byron Bay Schoolies. Shoreside it has easy access to many sensational surf breaks, as well as endless miles of breathtaking beaches rife for your exploring and enjoyment. There are several stupendous opportunities to get up close and personal with the majestic marine life on one of the local scuba diving adventures and the nearby Julien Rocks was rated by Australian Geographic Magazine as one of the best snorkelling spots in Australia, rating even higher than the obvious choice of north Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
During your Byron Bay Schoolies getaway, do not miss your opportunity to embark on a kayaking tour where you can paddle along with the friendly local dolphins who love to come and say hello. And be sure to keep your eyes out for the last of the passing pods of humpback whales that migrate along the east coast each year between June and November.
Explore the local hinterland: Head inland on your Byron Bay Schoolies trip and you will soon learn that the Byron Bay Hinterland is equally as impressive as its eastward counterpart. Dappled with quaint little villages renowned for their local artisans, exquisite restaurants and epic views, a day trip amongst the mountains is an absolute must. Start your adventure with a coffee from Moonshine Coffee, hailed as one of the best coffees in Australia; follow up with a hike to the 100-metre-high Minyon Falls to be absolutely awe-struck; embrace the local artisan culture with a sculpting experience at The Clay Barn; and after you’ve worked up an appetite, pig out at the unmissable Doma Cafe where you can experience the ultimate fusion of Japanese and Australian cuisine.
Embrace the unique local culture: Certainly not something you will have to look for, as the famously infectious, laid-back, happy ‘hippie’ culture is sure to find you, but something you should take great joy in embracing during your Byron Bay Schoolies stay. Few places in Australia have as strong a local cultural identity as Byron Bay, so be sure to make the most of it and fully embrace the ‘‘live, love, laugh and let the good times roll’ lifestyle for yourself.
How to get to Byron Bay
With more than 2 million visitors coming to Byron Bay each year, the roads that lead to 'Roam' here are well-trodden, with 3 airports, multiple bus services and car access making Byron Bay Schoolies easily accessible for graduates from near and far.
By air, those headed to Schoolies Byron Bay can arrive to either Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport which are each 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 2 hours away respectively. Each of these airports offers easy transfer options direct from the airport to Byron Bay CBD, most major Byron Bay Schoolies accommodations and of course, all the Byron Bay Schoolies Party mayhem.
Access is also easy by road, with regular bus services running from all major cities along the east coast. You are of course also welcome to drive yourself, with many Byron Bay Schoolies accommodations having options for parking. Whilst there are plenty of options to explore the region with local tours, having your own car can give you an extra element of freedom and flexibility which is always a plus. Should you wish to arrive to Byron Bay Schoolies by car, the journey will take approximately 80 minutes from the Gold Coast, 2 hours from Brisbane, 6 hours from Newcastle and just under 8 hours from Sydney.
Byron Bay Schoolies Accommodation
Part of what makes Byron Bay Schoolies so special is the fact that the town has such great tourism infrastructure and so many of the local accommodation options open their doors to Schoolies. Despite this fact however, year-after-year Schoolies Byron Bay continues to be a sell-out and so we recommend getting in early to secure your ideal spot. Depending on your personal preference, Byron Bay Schoolies have a broad range of accommodation options available, ranging from budget campgrounds and hostels with amazing community vibes to boutique retreats, hinterland hideaways and hotels with resort style facilities. Tribe Travel are one of the largest Byron Bay Schoolies Accommodation providers and have access to an awesome array of options to suit your desires. Speak with the team today to lock in your perfect Byron Bay Schoolies slice of paradise today.
What date is Byron Bay Schoolies?
Byron Bay Schoolies 2022 dates:
Week One: 19/11/2022 to 26/11/2022
Week Two: 26/11/2022 to 3/12/2022
Week Three: 3/12/2022 to 10/12/2022
Byron Bay Schoolies 2023 dates:
Week One: 18/11/2023 to 25/11/2023
Week Two: 25/11/2023 to 2/12/2023
Week Three: 2/12/2023 to 9/12/2023
How many days is Byron Bay Schoolies?
Byron Bay Schoolies takes place over three weeks. The weeks are commonly referred to as ‘Week 1’, ‘Week 2’ and ‘Week 3’. Schoolies parties and activities that takes place may vary by the week.
Who can attend Byron Bay Schoolies?
Students that are of high-school graduating age. (i.e. Finishing year-12 or equivalent.) However, if you had left school or pursuing other types of education or work, you are still permitted to attend, provided it is on your graduating year (had you completed high-school). Please note: Schoolies accommodation, Schoolies parties and other activities available to you may vary depending on your age.
How to get to Byron Bay Schoolies?
Getting to Byron Bay for Schoolies is easy! Depending on your departing City and budget, you can select one of four options.
1. Driving to Byron Bay
1625km from Melbourne - 16h 25m (non-stop)
766km from Sydney – 8h 5m (non-stop)
164km from Brisbane – 1h 55m (non-stop)
92km from the Gold Cost – 1hr 15m (non-stop)
2. Flying to Byron Bay
Depending on your departure city, you can fly in to one of the following airports, then catch ground transport directly to Byron Bay.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (NSW)
Brisbane Airport (QLD)
Coolangatta Airport (QLD) – Also known as Gold Coast Airport
3. Ballina Byron Gateway Airport to Byron Bay
Shuttle Bus Transfer: Approximately a 30-minute journey costing around $33 each way.
Taxi: Approximately a 30-minute journey costing around $95 each way.
Uber: Approximately a 30-minute journey costing around $65 each way.
4. Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay
Shuttle Bus Transfer: Approximately a 55-minute journey costing around $35 each way.
Taxi: Approximately a 47-minute journey costing around $170 each way.
Uber: Approximately a 47-minute journey costing around $110 each way.
5. Train (This option is not recommended.)
The train goes as far north as Casino. Then you will need to catch a connecting bus service.
From Sydney (Central Station) to Casino Station – 11h 35m
Connecting Bus from Casino Station to Byron Bay Interchange – 1h 11m
6. Bus to Byron Bay (Greyhound)Please Note: Pricing, routes and travel times are subject to change without notice.
From Sydney to Byron Bay (overnight – multiple stops) – 13h 10m
From Brisbane to Byron Bay (multiple stops) – 3h 30m
From Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) to Byron Bay (1 stop) – 1h 30m
From Melbourne to Sydney (overnight – multiple stops) then Sydney to Byron Bay (overnight–multiple stops) – 35 h (This route requires an overnight stay in Sydney).
How many Schoolies go to Byron Bay Schoolies?
Each year, approximately 6000+ high school graduates from VIC, NSW & QLD attend Byron Bay Schoolies.
How much does Byron Bay Schoolies cost?
As with any holiday, the cost of your trip varies based on the accommodation you stay at and the parties and activities you end up doing. And Byron Bay Schoolies is no different. As a rough guide, Byron Bay Schoolies accommodation starts at $800 per person for 7-nights, Byron Bay Schoolies party tickets start at $150 per person for a 7-night pass. Prices will vary by the accommodation, parties you attend and most importantly, how early you book. Quick tip: Book early and grab a bargain.
What is there to do at Byron Bay Schoolies?
1. Spend your days and evenings exploring one of the many majestic beaches in Byron Bay.
Cosy Corner Byron Bay
Clarkes Beach Byron Bay
The Pass Byron Bay
Belongil Beach Byron Bay
Wategos Beach Byron Bay – Our favourite!
Main Beach Byron Bay
2. Take a morning stroll up to Cape Byron Lighthouse with your Schoolies group.
3. Hire a Surfboard and ride the local waves or take a surfing lesson.
4. Explore the local nightlife and restaurant scene. The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay is an epic hangout spot during Schoolies Week.
What are the Byron Bay Schoolies parties?
To be announced.
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