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1. Posted by canuck10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

I had read a while ago that Byron Bay may be shutting down for new years. wondering if anyone has anymore information about this..? I am looking for a wicked place to spend my x-mas/nye but more than likely won't have the money to keep myself in sydney for that long so I will be somewhere farther north. Please share any info you have on Byron bay or any suggestions of somewhere better for an 18 yr old to party heavy without having to had to book a hostel by now. thanks

2. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

i used to be from that region and when i was visiting recently there was lots of local debate about this...

it is not that they are actually shutting down byron - rather they are making harsher liquor laws for the night. this will make is illegal to have open liquor bottles in unlicensed areas - they were considering making bottle shops shut at 9pm but i dont think that is going through anymore...

also you wont be able to drive in without a permit and they are reserved for residents to the area.

its not shutting down though. they are just trying to make it so the area (and the people) are not completely trashed...

if you want to read more about it go to
that is the website for the local paper - and one of the articles on the issue...

3. Posted by canuck10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

excellent. thanks very much for the article. guess i'll just have to keep up to date to see how things play out on this one. ps. does anyone know if hostels will need to be prebooked for that time of year? thanks

4. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

hostels will almost def be booked out... the whole place usually has no vacancy. i would book as soon as possible because it really gets crazy at that time of the year.