Gold Coast friends (from top) Eric Huang, Monica Boys, Alli McGuigan, Candice Job, Chantelle Sinclair and Rhys Solomon joined others recovering from New Year’s Eve at Byron yesterday.
Gold Coast friends (from top) Eric Huang, Monica Boys, Alli McGuigan, Candice Job, Chantelle Sinclair and Rhys Solomon joined others recovering from New Year’s Eve at Byron yesterday. Kate O’Neill

Decade starts in laid-back style

HORIZONTAL was the favoured position and a greasy breakfast the meal of choice for hundreds of revellers recovering from New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay yesterday.

Crowds also flocked to the beach to wash off the old year and welcome in the new.

Gold Coast visitor Chantelle Sinclair said after two days of no sleep that she and her friends would spend the day snoozing on the beachfront. Some had also opted for a kebab breakfast to help with the recovery, she said.

Chris Ellis, of Brisbane, spent ‘a fantastic night’ dancing at Trip Kicks at the Great Northern Hotel, followed by a welcoming of the New Year on the beach with hundreds of other party-goers.

He and his friends Jess Orttier, also from Brisbane, and Simon Timms, from Lismore, would relax at the beach for a few hours yesterday morning before making their way to a doof party at Kyogle.

Meanwhile, Sydneysiders Lauren Ireland, Chad Lewis and Sharon Ireland headed to a local cafe for the traditional bacon and egg recovery breakfast.

“It’s always nice to have a big greasy breakfast the morning after,” Lauren said.

In years past, rubbish would be strewn all over the town and beachfront on the morning after the biggest party of the year.

But thanks to the extra bins and skips provided, and the early morning clean-up by a Byron Shire Council waste team, the seaside town was looking remarkably tidy by 9am.

Veda Turner, of the Green and Clean Awareness Team, said rubbish was much less of an issue than it was 10 years ago, thanks to the toned down celebrations and better education.

“I came through town around midnight and it was certainly low-key in terms of the last decade,” he said

“When I went down to Clarkes Beach for a swim this morning there were a few bottles on the side of the road and some empty cans on the beach, but it was fairly mild.”



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