Schoolies just awesome

Schoolies L-R Katia Amerena 18, Rhys Muir 18, Mikayla Mezo 18 and Mark Britt 18, all of Melbourne, in Byron Bay for Schoolies Week.
Schoolies L-R Katia Amerena 18, Rhys Muir 18, Mikayla Mezo 18 and Mark Britt 18, all of Melbourne, in Byron Bay for Schoolies Week. Patrick Gorbunovs

WITH the final exams for Victorian students finishing last week, scores of southern Schoolies have joined other revellers in Byron Bay for celebrations.

To ensure a safe environment for travelling teenagers, Police Transport Command officers accompanied several hundred of these northern bound Schoolies on an overnight train on Friday from Sydney's Central Station to Casino Railway Station.

No issues with the youngsters were encountered by Police on the XPT, although officers did have to deal with an intoxicated 40-year-old Nabiac man who was reportedly drinking at Taree Railway Station.

Police will continue performing high visibility patrols in Byron Bay with a focus on public transport interchanges for the next few days.

A group of school leavers from Melbourne's Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, including 18-year-olds Mikayla Mezo, Katia Amerena, Oriana Belanti and Allie Natoli, arrived in Byron Bay on Saturday for a week-long stay, and couldn't be happier.

The four girls are part of a "huge" group, as over two-thirds of their grade, "at least", has come to Byron for Schoolies celebrations, Allie said.

The group said they'd been having a great time so far in the Bay, spending most of their time chilling on the beach, enjoying a bit of relaxation after 13 years of schooling.

The girls said they chose to holiday in Byron, what they described as a beautiful, relaxing and chilled town, as apposed to the fast-paced allure of other popular Schoolies destinations.

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi said the Schoolies this year have so far been "really awesome."

She said the kids have been enthusiastically accessing all the services the HUB provides.

"It is open 24 hours a day: it's a safe zone, and if young people need anything, they can come to the HUB and our volunteers can help."

Topics:  byron bay, schoolies, victoria



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