Byron Bay is the place to be this festive season. From family fun events to one of the best music and arts festivals in Australia, there’s something for everyone in this years line up of New Year’s Eve events.
Located just a short bus trip from the Gold Coast Airport, Byron Bay is the perfect destination to celebrate with friends and family – the charming beach town will be humming with activity! Take a look at our top picks to ring in the New Year in Byron Bay:
The Falls Music and Art Festival
From December 30 to January 3, music and art enthusiasts will flock to the Falls Music and Art Festival at North Byron Parklands to experience some of the top music acts and art performances in the world. This year’s line-up includes Disclosure, Elliphant, Bloc Party, Peking Duk, Miami Horror and more.
As well as the boogie-nights themed party on December 31, the festival also features an extravagant fiesta, an art camp and a festival village. On top of this, the recently announced water park, Palm Springs, is set to cool off festivalgoers with a 9-metre tall, 20-metre long water slide alongside four refreshing pools. Not only that, festival attendees can camp at the event grounds for free!
Other creative delights at the festival include circus and art workshops, yoga and meditation sessions and comedy sketches.
Soul Street New Year’s Eve
Byron Community Centre will be hosting Soul Street New Year’s Eve – a night of family fun and exciting activities in the town centre. Jonson Street will come alive with interactive shows, market stalls, delicious food, local performers, face painting and amusement rides. The drummers, circus performers, and fire twirlers are the icing on the cake on what is set to be an entertaining night
A family-friendly, alcohol-free event, this will be a fun and safe street party for all ages. Jonson Street will be closed from 12noon onwards, with the activities kicking off from 4pm until 10pm.
First Sun New Year’s Day
The good folks at the Byron Community Centre are continuing the family-oriented activities with an invitation for all to join in on their silent meditation on the first day of 2016. Starting at 5.30am, the meditation group will start the New Year with Intention while enjoying peaceful music and relishing the first glorious sunrise of 2016 at the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
First Sun is Byron Bay personified – community spirit, health and wellbeing, natural healing, and enjoying some of the best natural scenery in Australia.
Bars in Byron Bay
You can also head to one of the many bars in Byron Bay for a new years celebration. Try The Beach Hotel for an epic New Year’s party with cocktail bars and DJ sets. Cheeky Monkey’s, the Byron Bay Brewery, The Northern and Railway Hotel are also popular choices for those wanting a big night out!
Head to the beach
If none of these options take your fancy, simply head for the nearest beach in Byron Bay and watch the sunrise with your nearest and dearest.
Article written by Stephanie Pemberton.
LIFT Byron Bus Service provide bus transfers from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay and from Byron Bay to Gold Coast Airport 7 days a week with drop offs/pick ups at The Falls Festival from 29/12/2015 to 03/01/2016. Bus transfers from Gold Coast Airport to The Falls Festivals usually take 35 minutes. Please book in advance HERE or call 0423 512 875
GOLD COAST AIRPORT TO BYRON BAY VIA THE FALLS FESTIVAL
Departure Gold Coast Airport : 7:45am > Drop off at The Falls> 9:25am > Arrives in Byron Bay at 9:45am
Departure Gold Coast Airport : 11:15am > Drop off at The Falls> 12:55pm > Arrives in Byron Bay at 1:15pm
Departure Gold Coast Airport : 2:10pm > Drop off at The Falls> 3:50pm > Arrives in Byron Bay at 4:10pm
Departure Gold Coast Airport : 4:45pm > Drop off at The Falls> 6:25pm > Arrives in Byron Bay at 6:45pm
Departure Gold Coast Airport : 7:20pm > Drop off at The Falls> 9:00pm > Arrives in Byron Bay at 9:20pm
BYRON BAY TO GOLD COAST AIRPORT VIA THE FALLS FESTIVAL
Departs from Byron Bay at 6:50am > Pick up at The Falls at 7:10am > Arrives at Gold Coast Airport at 6:50am
Departs from Byron Bay at 10:40pm > Pick up at The Falls at 11:00am > Arrives at Gold Coast Airport at 10:40am
Departs from Byron Bay at 1:55pm > Pick up at The Falls at 2:15pm > Arrives at Gold Coast Airport at 1:55pm
Departs from Byron Bay at 4:30pm > Pick up at The Falls at 4:50pm > Arrives at Gold Coast Airport at 4:30pm
Departs from Byron Bay 7:10pm > Pick up at The Falls at 7:30pm > Arrives at Gold Coast Airport at 7:10pm