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New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay 2018/2019 | What’s happening on NYE

The ins and outs of partying into the new year at Byron Bay.

The sleepy town of Byron Bay comes to life over New Year's with restaurant specials, a street party and a music festival.

Curious? You'll want in on this guide to what's on in Byron Bay this New Year's Eve.

Are there Byron Bay New Year’s Eve fireworks?

There are no fireworks or beach parties in Byron Bay to ring in the new year, so if you're looking for sparklers and revellers this isn't the place to be.

Instead, you can expect a cool selection of local parties and events to celebrate the Byron Bay way.

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Best New Year's Eve dinner specials in Byron Bay

  • The Balcony Bar: A cocktail on arrival, a seafood platter, fish tacos, sliders and a wide selection of charcuterie and cheese are what you're in for at Balcony Bar this New Year’s. With three sittings available, live music playing and views of the street party from the bar's balcony, you're making this a luxurious and chilled one this year. Tickets are $110. Event is 18+ only. Families are welcome for an early dinner.
  • Italian at The Pacific: The Italian is going all-out this year with a six-course degustation to tantalise the senses. This dinner special includes sparkling on arrival and starts at 8pm. Price is $155 per person and bookings are essential.
  • St Elmo Dining Room and Bar: This year's New Year's Eve event hasn't been set yet but last year's featured 12 Spanish style dishes and desserts. Stay tuned.
  • Beach Byron: With its beachfront views and quality eats, you can't go wrong booking a seat at Beach Byron to ring in the new year.

Best Byron Bay New Year's Eve events and parties

  • Falls Festival: A festival that needs no introduction, Falls Fest is Byron Bay's indie music arts event. Every year it runs over New Year’s in Byron and this year it calls in big names like Anderson, Paak and The Free Nationals, Vance Joy, Hilltop Hoods and more. Camping tickets are still available (at the time of writing) so get in quick… if you haven't already.
  • Byron Bay Soul Street: Each year Johnson Street finds its soul, transforming into a hotbed of family friendly entertainment. Expect artisan stalls, buskers and circus performances on the roam. Head to Railway Park for live and local entertainment. The party is alcohol-free and runs from 6pm till late.
  • First Sun New Year's Day: Only in Byron Bay will you find a hangover party on New Year’s Day, and only in Byron Bay will they make you get up at the crack of dawn to attend it. You'll find it at the Cape Byron Lighthouse where punters will greet the first sun of the new year with peace and good intentions.
  • Harvest Newrybar: The theme of Harvest Newrybar's NYE party this year is WILD so go ahead and unleash the inner animal in you. It's a night of food, drinks and disco with entry priced at $225 and the party starting at 7pm and ending at 1am.
  • Beach Hotel: December's gig list isn't out yet but you can bet the Beach Hotel has something special in mind to ring in 2019. Watch this space.

Best places to camp on New Year's Eve in Byron Bay

Byron Bay offers numerous camping and holiday parks for an outdoor adventure. Some popular parks with spaces still available include Byron Holiday Park and Broken Head Holiday Park.

Best New Year’s Eve accommodation in Byron Bay

These hotels in and around Byron Bay still have limited rooms available, but if they're sold out you might like to try looking on homeshare sites like Airbnb.


Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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