Your 2019 Festival Guide

Get Festival Ready!

The marquees are up, the stages are set and on Friday we throw open the gates! Read on for our comprehensive guide to the 2019 Byron Writers Festival and get ready for three heartwarming days of ideas, storytelling, debate, laughter, and inspired conversation.

Essential Festival Information

Festival Dates & Times

Friday 2 August to Sunday 4 August, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Due to legal capacity restrictions, 3-Day Passes and Saturday Passes have SOLD OUT. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

Friday and Sunday 1-Day Passes, Kids Big Day Out Passes, Sunday Family Passes and Satellite Events are still available online and from the Festival Box Office on the day (if not sold out prior).  We strongly advise that you book now to avoid disappointment. Visit

Can’t find your ticket?
If you have lost your Byron Writers Festival ticket, workshop, special event ticket or membership number, please click here: LOST TICKETS
You will just need the email address you booked with. Your lost tickets will be sent from Trybooking, please check your junk email if you can’t find them.

How does my e-ticket work?
Tickets are emailed to you via our ticketing site, TryBooking. If you have purchased your ticket online or via the telephone, you should receive your tickets via email (note: mailed FROM TryBooking) with a link to your e-tickets. Be sure to check your junk mail for this email if you can’t find it. Before you approach the Festival Gates:

  • Have your printed ticket with you, with your barcode visible for scanning, OR
  • Have your ticket displayed on your mobile device.

Food, Drink, Books and Markets

BYO bottle for water refills
Byron Writers Festival is a plastic water bottle free event. Please BYO bottles for refills. There will be two water refill stations and a bubbler on site courtesy of our sponsor G Adventures. Byron Writers Festival water bottles will be for sale at the Information tent.

Can I purchase food and drinks on site?
Yes! A range of food stalls will be serving delicious local meals throughout each day of the Festival from our food marquee. Elements of Byron will be offering snacks, light meals and drinks from their resort dining facilities. There are several onsite coffee outlets, as well as the Stone & Wood Festival bar.

More coffee please
This year we will have three coffee outlets in the Festival grounds, including two Zentveld’s cafes – near the Feros Care Marquee, and with the food stalls at the northern end of the site – and the Kokomo Joe coffee caravan at the festival artisan markets. There will also be a coffee cup wash station near the large Zentveld’s cafe so be sure to bring your reusable coffee cup!

Ditch disposables and join the reuse revolution
Did you know that over 1 billion single use coffee cups are sent to landfill in Australia every year? At Byron Writers Festival this year we are asking your help to reduce single use coffee cups: Firstly, you can bring your own reusable cup (simple). Secondly, if you forget your own cup you can borrow one of the resuable Kuppa cups that will be available at the coffee cup wash station (near the large Zentveld’s cafe). You only need to pay a small deposit which you will get back when you return the cup. Alternatively, Zentveld’s will be selling glass reusable cups at their onsite cafe. Thanks to Kuppa Cups and Zentveld’s for helping us reduce waste at Byron Writers Festival 2019!

The Book Room
Come and explore our pop-up Festival bookshop. The Book Room stocks books by all Festival authors, with plenty of room to browse and shop. Most authors will be appearing at the Feros Care Book Signing tent after their session to sign books.

Artisan Markets
The Festival’s onsite marketplace, populated by a select group of local artisans. Browse the amazing creations on offer and take home a memento.

Festival Site Map
View and download a PDF here.

Getting to the Festival

The Festival site is located at Elements of Byron, 144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Solar Train runs from Byron Bay to North Beach Station at Elements of Byron Resort, where the Festival takes place, for a cost of $4 per one-way journey. An extended timetable will be running, with trains leaving Byron Bay CBD on the half hour from 8.15am.

Shuttle bus
A regular Go Byron shuttle bus service to and from the Festival site will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 5.30pm.The cost is $5 each way, paid directly to the driver in cash. More information including a map of pick-up points can be found at on our Travel Page online or by calling the shuttle bus company Go Byron, on 02 6685 5008.

The Festival car park opens at 7.45am. Car parking on site is limited. If driving we recommend arriving 45 minutes before Festival entry. Parking is by donation with collection buckets situated as you walk from the carpark to the Festival entrance.

Disabled Parking
Limited disabled parking is available and our parking volunteers will direct you accordingly. Please have your sticker on display.

For more information and answers to common questions, be sure to check our FAQs online.

Byron Writers Festival