Bay Schoolies 2024
Byron Bay is the fastest growing schoolies destination in the country:
About Schoolies at Byron Bay
Ellen (former Schoolie & Byron Bay local)
is a good place to go to party and relax. It is an awesome place to go with a
heap of friends and enjoy yourself without the enormity of the crowd at the Gold
Coast. A lot of people often go to Byron Bay Schoolies one week and the Gold Coast
the next (if they can afford it!)
Byron Bay Nightspots (some nightspots have closed or changed names since this was written)
- Most Schoolies party here
- it is the most popular spot
- A place where they actually
have good music, which you dance to on top of tables
get very sweaty as it is packed with people
- Theme nights
are held; Wet T-shirt comps every sun night
- It is definitely
the place to meet other schoolies, or cute backpackers / tourists
- Cover charge to get in, drinks are pretty cheap
can have (cheap) dinners there before it all kicks off at around 10:30pm
place , good music
- Tip - Try the "Jam Jars"
- Cover charge to get in
- Opens around 9:30pm
Hotel Great Northern (Pub)
- Good place for a
beer, Pokies/Pool tables as well
- They often have often
have live music in the Backroom eg: 1200 Techniques, Little Birdy, Mgf, 28 Days
have dancing in the Backroom as well
- Doesn't cost to get
into the bar but to get into the Backroom it usually does
shop located behind
The Railways Friendly Bar
- Live entertainment
- John Butler Trio and Whitlams have played there
- Trendy sort of bar
Beach Hotel (Pub)
- Pretty awesome place to go
- Has live music/dancing (not every night though)
view, good of a daytime as well
- Also one of the most popular
- FREE to get in to
crowded (but not in a bad way)
- Bottle shop located underneath
- Pretty tiny-get all your friends
to come with you, its good when heaps of people go.
a cocktail bar located inside
- Often have guest DJ's and
events eg; Boogie Pimps did a set here and Channel V's Room 208 sometimes gets
- Cost - cover charge
Spots in Byron Bay
Byron's beaches are truly awesome!
They are definitely the Schoolies hangout of a daytime and often the site of impromptu
beach parties of a night. They are good surfing beaches as well, just remember
the rules of surf etiquette. If you are looking for some activities of a daytime;
Try a surfing class, or Dolphin Kayaking or snorkelling at Julian Rocks. If you
want to go sightseeing-got to the Lighthouse, it is a pretty breathtaking view.
Please don't trash the beach because it really sucks going to the beach and wading
through glass bottles and used condoms.
Of a daytime there
is cinemas and stuff like that, and going shopping as well. But of a day the best
thing to do when you have a hangover is pass out on the beach/or in the hotel
pool/spa. Byron has loads of clothes shops and lots of cafes. The Juice bar has
really good juice, Earth'n'Sea has really good pizza, In the Pink has really good
ice-cream and Bay Kebabs has truly awesome kebabs!. Please note-Byron has only
one fast food chain-Subway. There is no McDonalds, KFC, Hungry Jacks, etc. There
is a really cheap bakery in the middle of town, its open 24 hours, so at 3am in
the morning it is overflowing with people. Stick with buying your groceries at
Woolworth's. It is definitely the cheapest place for groceries and is packed with
Good Places to Stay
the 5 star hotels near Byron Bay's CBD are pretty expensive, although the extra
money is worth it. Although do read the fine print; if they say no glass bottles
in the room they mean it. The lower star hotels are generally good places to stay.
The best option is to stay in self-contained apartments rather than hotel rooms.
Suffolk Park located just out of town is a good place to stay, renting a beach
house is good idea. Although Suffolk beach can get pretty dangerous-big surf sometimes.
car is not really necessary if you're planning on staying in Byron(close to town.)
There are frequent buses running most of the time. There are also buses going
to the Gold Coast a lot of the time- it is less than an hour's drive away. A car
does come in handy though
If you get bored you can always go to the Gold
Coast. If you are staying out of town- you will need to get a taxi home after
clubbing. At 3am a lot of people have the same idea so getting a taxi home can
sometimes take up to an hour.
Here is some other tips/info
will get fines from the police if you are caught underage drinking/consuming alcohol
in a public place/drunk and disorderly conduct etc
.Don't get caught out.
It really sucks having to pay these fines.
- Friday, Saturday
nights are generally the biggest nights. There are a lot of people on the streets
and the Top Park.
- Do take care. Don't leave your friends
alone. Call the police/an ambulance if something goes wrong. You may have heard
it all before but trust me, it matters.
- Carry spare cash
with you at all times. A little extra can mean another drink, the taxi ride home,
bakery goods at 3am when you are starving
.you know what I mean.
have fun, enjoy yourself!
By Ellen (former
Schoolie + Byron Bay local).