END OF SCHOOL: Byron Bay is preparing for the annual influx of Year 12 students from around Australia for schoolies celebrations. Jay Cronan
END OF SCHOOL: Byron Bay is preparing for the annual influx of Year 12 students from around Australia for schoolies celebrations. Jay Cronan

Getting set for schoolies

BYRON BAY is gearing up for schoolies with available accommodation for the post-HSC celebrations almost gone.

The two-to-three week event will officially kick off on November 20, with Queensland schoolies planning to descend on the tourist town in the first week, NSW schoolies in the second and Victorian schoolies in the third.

While it is still about six weeks away, Byron Bay Tourist Information and Visitor Centre manager Katherine Myers said there was not much accommodation left.

“We have had a lot of enquiries and it seems to be pretty full,” she said.

“Most schoolies just want to stay together and hang out in a group. Accommodation businesses either do schoolies or they don’t, as they can be a bit exuberant.

“They are looking for something relatively well-priced and they don’t really care about the extras.

“We are already taking bookings for schoolies next year because, unlike a holiday, they know exactly what they want and what dates they want to stay.”

A spokeswoman for Schoolies.com – a major booking agency for schoolies accommodation – said there was 'limited availability’ for accommodation in Byron Bay for the first week of schoolies and the second week was ‘pretty much full’.

The Byron Schoolies Safety Response is calling for volunteers to help provide safe celebrations during next month’s event.

Sixty-six volunteers worked at The Schoolies Hub last year, a make-shift centre open 24 hours a day over 16 days during the schoolies period.

“A lot of our volunteers were business people. We had school teachers and we had a Byron Shire councillor,” Schoolies Hub co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said.

“It’s just about being able to give a bit of time and it’s somewhere that schoolies can come and get a bit of info.”

Volunteers who sign on before November have the opportunity to receive free first-aid training and youth mental health first-aid training.

The Schoolies Hub recruitment kicks off at the Byron Bay Brewery on Monday, October 11, at 6pm.



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