Saying Goodbye to 13 students today!

We are so proud to send these students on their way to either travel, head home, or go back to work with a greater understanding of the English Language than before they arrived. Sad to see these students leave but happy that we got to spend the time we did with them. Graduation was a long one today.

photo 31Anais- Switzerland

Anais was with us for 8 weeks and ended her courses in the IELTS class. Her teacher said she is amazing, clever, funny, and a pleasure to teach. She will now start travelling in Australia before heading to London.

photo 2Priscila- Brazil

Priscila was with us for 6 months and worked all the way up from Elementary to Upper Intermediate. Her teachers said she was an excellent student and a pleasure to have in class. Priscila said she did not want to give a speech so that she wouldn’t cry. But she also said thank you for the amazing experience and that she didn’t want to go.

photo 3Graziella- France

Graziella was with us for 13 weeks and ended in the Intermediate class. She had great attendance, always did her homework and asked excellent questions. She is off to start travelling for 3 months and will then return to see us here in Byron.

photo 1Manuel- Switzerland

Manuel was with us for 4 weeks in the Upper-Intermediate class. His teacher said he was a pleasure to have in class, was very charming, and polite. He is heading off to start travelling. Manuel thanked his teachers and everyone and said to stay happy.

Marianne- Switzerland

Marrianne has been with us for 6 weeks and is from the Pre-Intermediate class. She was always on time, did her home work, did extra studies, and even never missed a class. Her teacher also said she has a beautiful sense of humor. She will now leave us to travel Australia for 5 weeks.

Vanessa- China

Vanessa has been with us for only one short week and studied in the IELTS class. She said it was nice to be a student again and hopes to find time to come back and that it was nice to meet everyone.

Joan- Spain

Joan was with us for 3 weeks in the IELTS class. His teacher said he is really sweet and a little shy. Joan claims that he is not shy when speaking in Spanish though. He said he forgot to prepare something to say but said thank you to everyone for helping him better his English

photo 4Benedict- Switzerland

Benedict was with us for 8 weeks and was in our Intermediate class. His teacher said he was a great student except the few days after a Cheeky Monkey’s night! He said he had a great time here and thank you everyone.

photo 11Manuela- Switzerland

Manuela was with us for 8 weeks in our Upper-Intermediate class. Her teacher said she was an amazing student with a high level of English. She said she had an amazing time her and amazing friends and said thank you to every one for improving her English.

photo 21Silvia- Italy

Silvia was with us for 6 weeks and studied in our IELTS class. Her teacher said she is a very clever student and great to have in class. Silvia said thank you to her teachers and said she is heading to Brisbane but will make sure to visit!

photo 5Nathalie- Switzerland

Nathalie was here for 4 weeks and was in our advanced class and was a surfing in action student! Her teacher said she was very pleasant and a good student and the class will miss her. She said thank you to her teacher Julia and her class mates and said everyone should try surfing.

Noam- Switzerland

Noam was here for 8 weeks and studied in the IELTS class. He was not present during graduation.

Marvin- Switzerland

Marvin was a returning student to us but returned for only one week. He did private studies with Paul and really worked hard over the week.

Phew. We will miss all of you next week. Please visit our Facebook page every now and then and stay in touch.

Weekly Activity Update!

Next week we have quite a few awesome activities for you all to participate and enjoy! We start a new calendar month stepping into March with loads of awesome activities the whole month. (Make sure to check the previous update with the March Activity Calendar!) But this week the activities are as followed:

Yoga12.1.15Monday – Yoga!

Join Stephanie our Yoga instructor in Room 6 at 2:15 for a relaxing and invigorating session. Many of our students often enjoy this activity every week on Monday and it starts your week off just right!

photo 1Tuesday – Coffee Lounge

Students gather at 2 in the student lounge for coffee, Tim Tams, and good conversation. It’s a great way to get to know different or new students! Many friendships start at Coffee Club and we also have different games and activities that we use to get to know one another well and practice our English!

photo 1 - CopyWednesday – Ping Pong Competition

One of our most popular activities, the tournament puts students against each other in head to head competition in an attempt to win the big prize! We have very talented students and the competition gets very heated and even if you don’t want to participate, it’s just as fun to watch!

IMG_5561Thursday – Swiss Cooking

Join Yvonne this Thursday for some fondue! Enjoy making and eating all of these delicious treats for a fun and cultural food experience. Make sure not to miss this!

photo 4 - CopyFriday – Beach Soccer

Meet out front at 2 and follow Grant down to “The Wreck” just left of main beach past Fish Heads for an awesome game of Soccer. Don’t want to play? At least come down and hang out with your fellow students and enjoy the beach and sun! Bring your swimmers!

Those are the Awesome activities we have going on this week! Hope to see you all there!

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pros are Coming!


This weekend on Saturday is the start of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast! Up at Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta see all your favourite pros at the first ever WSL (Previously ASP) Prime event! The event will pit previous world and event champions like Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Taj Burrow against each other. All the surfers will be competing to bring home the most points to start of this seasons tour.

It is also the start to the Roxy Pro Gold Coast. It’s not just the men that will be going head to head, but the ladies will be going at it as well. With favorites such as Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Carissa Moore.

It’s a rare opportunity to be so close to a Surf event like this so take advantage of it! Hopefully I will see you all up there at some point!

More information can be found at



Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Winners Board
2014: Gabriel Medina (BRA)
2013: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2011: Kelly Slater (USA)
2010: Taj Burrow (AUS)
2009: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2008: Kelly Slater (USA)
2007: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2006: Kelly Slater (USA)
2005: Mick Fanning (AUS)
2004: Michael Lowe (AUS)
2003: Dean Morrison (AUS)
2002: Joel Parkinson (AUS)

The Lexis Student Guide to the Galaxy… I mean Weekend


Congratulations everyone we made it past the Cyclones! Lots of things going on these next couple weekends. If you say you were bored it’s your own fault. Or you aren’t reading my awesome guide to the weekend also your own fault. Thursday night we have student night at Backpacker World Travel at 9pm. 5 PM at Aquarius this Friday we have the Student night with Grant! Say “hello” for free BBQ and drinks and discounts and even live music!!! Also go see Joe if you are interested in going to Dream World over the weekend!


Looks like we’ve seen the last of the heavy rain for a bit. PHEW. should be partly cloudy all weekend so go out and enjoy the sun again! Should be a steady 26 degrees through out the weekend at the high and about 19 degrees at night. Back to the summer weather!

Going for a Movie?

Palace Cinemas


SAT/MON 1.00pm


THU-FRI/TUE 1.40pm, 4.15pm, 6.50pm, 9.20pm

SAT/MON 1.35pm, 4.05pm, 7.00pm, 9.30pm

SUN 12.00pm, 4.00pm, 7.00pm, 9.30pm

WED 2.00pm, 4.35pm, 7.00pm, 9.30pm


THU-FRI/TUE 1.55pm, 9.05pm

SAT/MON 11.00am, 8.40pm

SUN 10.25am, 8.45pm

WED 4.25pm, 9.15pm


SUN 1.00pm

WED 11.00am

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THU-FRI/TUE 9.20am, 4.30pm

SAT 10.30am, 4.30pm

SUN 9.25am, 4.25pm

MON 10.15am, 4.30pm

WED 9.25am, 12.00pm


THU-SAT/MON-WED 10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm, 6.00pm, 8.30pm

SUN 10.20am, 12.50pm, 3.30pm, 6.00pm, 8.30pm


THU-FRI/TUE 11.10am


THU-FRI/TUE 9.10am, 11.55am, 7.05pm

SAT/MON 2.35pm, 6.40pm

SUN 2.30pm, 6.40pm

WED 9.00am, 2.30pm, 7.15pm

Gig Guide

Freedom FightersFriday 20th February:
The Northern – King of the North, Royal Artillery, Barefoot Alley, DJ Taya Mills
The Rails – (7pm) Dan Hannaford Band
The Beach Hotel – (5pm) Leigh James (9pm) Mosman Alder & Thieves
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Supamaorifulla
The Brewery – (2pm) Freedom Fighters ($20)
Ginger Pig – (9pm) Ginger Pig DJ’s

bettyblissetSaturday 21st February:
The Northern –  The Voyages, This Old Sunn, Chesta Hedron, DJ Simon Bird
The Rails – (7pm) Betty Blissett
The Beach Hotel – (9pm) Wanderlust Party
Woody’s – (8pm) DJ Sanchez
The Brewery – (7:30pm) Toast
Ginger Pig – (8pm) DJ Bango

danhannafordSunday 22nd February:
The Northern – Dan Hannaford
The Rails – (2pm) Writers At The Rails (6:30pm) Blind Willie Wagtail
The Beach Hotel – (4:30pm) Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission (8pm) DJ Taya
The Brewery – (12pm) Brewery DJs
Byron Markets – (9am) Wandering Eyes, Si Mullumby, Telegraph Tower


Byron Market – Sunday – Butler Street Reserve

Byron Artisan Market – Saturday – Railway Park Evening 5pm – 9pm

Quicksilver Pro!

This weekend on Saturday is the start of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast! Up at Snapper Rocks see all your favourite pros at the first ever WSL (Previously ASP) Prime event!

That’s some of the awesome things to do this weekend so go out and have fun and enjoy!

Jobs in the Byron Shire this week!


Backpackers World Travel are looking for outgoing, vibrant, well-travelled sales staff to join our experienced and passionate team in Byron Bay. With stores Australia-wide and a growing global network we’re there for our customers every step of the way.

We plan trips for people from all over the world and work closely with many English Language Schools and Universities.
Ideal candidates will have travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. You must be able to commit to a minimum of 6-12 months and have a strong command of the English language (both written and oral).
Backpackers World Travel uses both the Website Travel and Galileo booking systems, so any experience in these areas is welcome.

Essential requirements are outstanding communication skills, strong sales experience, proven customer service ability, plenty of energy, a can-do attitude flexibility and a passion for travel. A second language would be ideal. Our stores are lively places full of international travellers and students, with the music pumping and lots of laughter. To be successful you need to be confident, target driven, a little bit cheeky and a fantastic multi-tasker.

Emial your resume and cover letter to and tell us why we should embark on this journey with you – be part of our world!

Admin Legend Wanted

Admin Legend Wanted to join the Natural Therapist and Association alternative – IICT in Byron Bay. Part-time, flexible hours. We need someone who can think on their feet; create happy members by solving problems. Our business is the combination of people and their information. If you like to work towards a goal independently with the backup of an experienced team, we would love to hear from you. Applications close March 2nd. For full details about the position and application requirements, visit:

Cleaner Wanted

Experienced cleaner required 3 morning’s p/week approx 2.5 – 3hrs per shift. Please note this is a 5.30 am start and own vehicle is a must. Please contact Amber 0477020244


Indie Travel is a Backpacker Travel specialist, and we are currently recruiting for a new SALES GENIUS with a killer instinct to achieve results to come and join are fun, funky and driven team in sunny Byron Bay, to help backpackers organise and book their exciting tours around Australia!
Benefits of the job include:
DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL SAM on 0450381801. ALTERNATIVLY; Email:  or  Ask for Lee/Sam and apply in store with your resume and short covering letter come in and tell us why you think you’d be perfect to join our Wicked Travel Team!
Immediate interviews & trials being held.

Horse Trail Guide

Looking for a competent, experienced rider who has been in the saddle recently. Preferably someone who has done competing in eventing, show jumping or has previous experience as a trail guide. Looking for someone with sound horse knowledge acompanied with years of experience.
Need only apply if you are above the age of 25, between 55-70kg, hard working with good interpersonal skills.  Free food and shared accommodation, Wifi available along with an hourly wage of $13.25. Guaranteed 50h per fortnight, 5 days on 2 days off.  Please note that this position is located in an extremely remote area, you will be living in the oldest most pristine rainforest in the world (along with all its creatures)… This job is made for a specific type of person, but trust us when we say that you’ll love it so much you’ll never feel like you’re working!!  Come join our team! Email us at

Handy Man Wanted

Handyman wanted to do minor carpentry type jobs Inc fitting door lock, Weather strips to door, Etc etc call 0403022356

Helper Wanted

Helper wanted for house keeping , general duties, washing dishes ,cleaning floors , preparing food , washing windows, other light duties, in exchange for all food and accomodation.  Work is 2 and a half hrs per day , for your own clean and comfortable room with own bathroom attached, and vegetarian food provided. Can help with second year visa. Beautiful property close to Byron Bay.Lots of free time to explore the beautiful beaches and national parks.Please send an email with info about yourself to

Breakfast Chef

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Breakfast Chef to become a valued member of the Fishheads kitchen team.  Are you organized, calm and enjoy a fast paced open kitchen? If so and you are passionate about producing top quality food and prepared to relocate to beautiful Byron Bay then this could be your lifestyle change you have been looking for!  If you possess the above qualities, are ambitious, and seek a rewarding & challenging career working at Fishheads beach front seafood restaurant, forward your resume without delay to Thank you for taking the time to read this advertisement.  No phone enquires will be taken. Only suitable applicants will be contacted.

Byron Fresh Café Barista

Byron Fresh Cafe is looking for an exp barista to join the busy team
We are looking for a bright, friendly person who has had min 2 yrs exp as a barista producing high volume and high standard of coffee.
If you are confident under pressure please apply.
– Must be available nights, weekends & all public holidays including Easter long weekend/School holidays/Bluesfest
– Must hold a current NSW RSA
– 30+ hours
Please only apply if you are currently living in Byron Bay, have sound English skills, and have accommodation. Please apply by emailing your resume to Only those successful will be contacted. No travellers please, minimum of 3-6 months commitment required.


Qualified Chef , 1st or 2nd yr apprentice chef & Kitchen hand Looking to join our dynamic young team. Resume to:


needed for occasional ESL recordings. Contact Phil 0435095750 Email:


3 to 4 days casual at Mojo Surf head office in Byron Bay. Previous sales exp & excellent computer skills required. Email CV to:


Exp Head Chef, reliable, with passion for food. For a full-time position 5 days a week + Friday nights. Exp Barista for a casual position with good communication skills. All rounder and well presented. Call 0423371660

Skateboarding with Flavio!!!

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Back in action this month was our favorite Skateboard Coach Flavio! After a broken foot last month and just getting off his crutches a week ago Flavio was teaching up a storm and even got on a board for the first time from his injury! Our students had a blast playing games and having competitions like limbo and S.K.A.T.E and balancing on one foot all on a skateboard!

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Awesome Activities For March!

We have quite a lot going on this month in March. Including a few new activities. For example we are holding some cooking activities! We have another travel talk with Joe this month! We also are seeing a return of Flavio and Daniella for our Skateboarding and Salsa classes. Cambridge courses will also be coming to an end and we will be having an end of Cmbridge BBQ as well! Look forward to seeing you all at these awesome activities!!!MARCH 2015