Australia Day events in Byron Shire

MANY different events will be held throughout the Byron Shire to celebrate Australia Day.

Mayor Simon Richardson said once again, the towns and villages are hosting a range of activities for the whole family.

"It's a great day to celebrate being part of our wonderful Australian culture," Cr Richardson said.

"Whether you feel like joining a community breakfast in Brunswick or Byron, taking part in the family fun days at Suffolk Park and Bangalow, celebrate the Survival of Indigenous Culture in Byron Bay, or throwing a mullet at Ocean Shores, it's a day about fun and spending time together as a community."

The official 2016 Australia Day will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Byron Bay from 11am to 1pm at the Byron Bay Services Club.

The Australia Day address features local identity Warren Simmons.

Cr Richardson also welcomed this year's Byron Shire Australia Day Ambassador, Dr Clio Cresswell, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney, who has established a diverse career as a mathematician, author and presenter.

The Shire's citizens of the year will also be announced on the day.

"It's always an honour to say 'thank you' on Australia Day to our inspiring locals who give generously to our communities," Mayor Richardson said.

Byron Shire will also welcome 20 new citizens as part of Australia Day 2016 celebrations.

The new citizens have arrived from Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and United States of America.


Program of Events for Australia Day (Tuesday January 26)

Brunswick Heads

Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Mullumbimby)

Time: 7.30am - 10am

Where: Housie Tent, Banner Park, Brunswick Heads

Free bus travel from Mullumbimby Newsagent at 7.30am courtesy of Blanches Coaches and returning to Mullumbimby at 10am, Breakfast $4.00, free Australian flags, live music, singalong

Byron Bay

Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Byron Bay)

Time: 7.30am - 11am

Where: Next to the Byron Bay Surf Club, Main Beach

Light refreshments, free Australian flags, live entertainment

Official Ceremony (Rotary Club of Byron Bay)

Time: 11am - 1pm

Where: Byron Bay Services Club

Australia Day Ambassador, Australia Day Address, Community Awards, Citizenship Ceremony

Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Culture (The Sisters for Reconciliation)

Time: 11am - 2.30pm

Where: Byron Bay Main Beach Park, Cavanbah/Byron Bay

Alcohol free event, music and dancing, kids activities

Suffolk Park

Fun Afternoon (Byron Rural Fire Brigade)

Time: 12noon - 5pm

Where: Gaggin Park, Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park

Free Sausage sizzle, celebration cake, drinks, free Australian flags, children's entertainment, music

Ocean Shores

Aussie BBQ (Ocean Shores Community Association)

Time: 3pm - 5pm

Where: Ocean Shores Public School

To be confirmed: Free Sausage sizzle, ice pops, celebration cake, drinks, Australian flags, music, mullet throwing championship, singalong

For more details contact 6680 1108 or


Australia Day at the Mullum Pool (Brunswick Valley Historical Society/Mullumbimby Pool/Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce)

Time: 3pm - 6pm

Where: Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Memorial Pool

BBQ, inflatables, thong throwing contest, busker


Bangalow Museum and Tearoom (Bangalow Historical Society)

Time: 4pm - 6pm

Where: Heritage House, cnr Deacon and Ashton Streets, Bangalow

Adult and children's supper, childrens entertainment, Ukulele band

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