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Spotlight on Schoolies in Byron Bay. Where to Stay, Play and Party!

A favourite for school leavers from Sydney, Gold Coast and the wider NSW region, Byron Bay packs out for Schoolies every year. It’s not hard to see why, not only is it located on the beautiful beaches on the east coast, this town and its people have a unique personality that is equal parts quirky and cool.

Read on for our top tips on where to stay, play and party when you hit up Byron Bay for Schoolies week.

Where to Stay

On a Budget? Check out the Arts Factory Lodge. This property is well situated, it is only a 10-minute walk to the town and the beaches. It has a chilled out vibe and is located on a lush 5-acre subtropical haven. There is a pool and a spa for daytime hangs.

A Schoolies favourite, the Byron Beachfront Apartments is located right on the beach, you don’t even have to cross the road to get your toes in the sand. The apartments are very spacious, and have everything you need, a BBQ area for chilling, and wifi access for all your Facebook/Insta needs!

Looking for the best location? Look no further than the Bayview Beachfront Apartments. With an absolute beachfront location and just a short walk to the town, this accommodation is in prime position for Schoolies week. These self-contained apartments are set on numerous levels and overlook tropical gardens, the pool deck, Byron town centre and the main beach. These luxury apartments offer free WiFi and a private balcony or courtyard.

There are heaps more options for accommodation in Byron Bay for Schoolies. Click here to check them out.

Where to Play

Walk Up to the Lighthouse

A visit to Byron Bay isn’t complete unless you trek up to the iconic lighthouse, for a selfie or two. This lighthouse sits up on a hill, looking over Byron Bay, and is marked as the most easterly point of Australia. The walk up there isn’t too hard, so don’t think you have to be a fitness champ to head on up. Once you get up there the views are epic, looking down at the ocean as it crashes into the rugged rocks, and right on over to the whole of Byron Bay. If you’re lucky you might spot some dolphins too!

Go Sea Kayaking

For the adventurous schoolie, Sea Kayaking is a wicked time. So what is Sea Kayaking you ask? First, there is the adrenaline rush of paddling your kayak over the waves without capsizing, but once you have conquered that you are rewarded with a stunning day on the ocean with the dolphins and sea turtles. Check out Go Sea Kayak here.

Visit The Farm

For the more chilled out schoolie, The Farm at Byron Bay is a relaxing day out with your besties, to recharge before you’re back in party mode for the night. Grab some lunch, take a wander among the farm animals and soak up the sunshine in this low-key haven.

Learn to Surf

There is no better hangover cure than diving into the ocean. Why not step it up a notch and sign up for a surf lesson. There are loads of surf lesson providers in Byron Bay that can cater to beginners if it’s your first time. Byron Bay is nestled among some of the best beaches in Australia, it would be a crime to not to make the most of it!

Where to Party

Central Byron comes alive at night with amazing live music and vibrant nightlife options, venues like The Beach Hotel, Great Northern Hotel, The Rails, Cheeky Monkeys and Cocomangas are all of legendary status in Byron Bay. Official events are held in some of the best venues in Byron Bay, info for these is released around August. These are the parties you want to be at, to be among the Schoolies crowd and celebrate the end of the school days with your fellow school leavers.

So does Byron Bay Schoolies sound like a bit of you?

Click here to book now. Byron Bay is super popular and sells out fast, so if you’re keen, don’t wait to lock in your spot! You can book your Schoolies in Byron Bay for a deposit of only $200. Got questions? Just drop us a line on

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