Despite Council’s hope that once family-oriented activities were over the crowds would disperse, thousands of revellers converged on Main Beach just before midnight in Byron Bay to see the changing of the year from the shore.
What appeared to be several dozen police, including mounted officers and the dog squad, kept watch over the ever-expanding throng and though there were a few heated moments, there seemed to be minimal trouble and the crowd began to head on home at around 12.30am.
Families were out in force all evening with the little ones enjoying the colour and noise of the NYE strip as Jonson Street was blocked off for entertainment and food and market stalls.
It remains to be seen if the Park ’n’ Ride initiative was a success; the carpark at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex was barely half full at both 7pm and 12.30am. Still, there was plenty of parking to be had in town; it would seem that people left their cars at home for the safe non-drink/drive option.
~ Photos Eve Jeffery.