We have places available in our IELTS course starting 26 March.

IELTS is an intensive exam course; it measures your English language ability. It is also used for entry into University, TAFE or private colleges in Australia.

IELTS is a great course for students who want to improve their overall English ability. The course focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Our IELTS course is taught by an IELTS examiner, who has over 10 years IELTS experience.

IELTS is one of our most popular courses because of Liese, our wonderful IELTS teacher and the great students who study it. Currently the IELTS class has students from Japan, Germany, Spain and Brazil.

If you would like to join the IELTS class make an appointment at reception to see Siobhan.


On Friday night we had one of our popular School-Parties with live music on our upstairs verandah! It was a special one – a “Hat-Party“! Some students were really creative, which compensated for the few people who didn’t were any hat… Thanks to all the students that sang or played an instrument with our band and thanks to everybody for another great party with a lot of friends in a relaxed, ”Byron” atmosphere!

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Spotlight on YOU!

Name: Silon Dall Bosco

Info: Brazilian/Italian

I feel happiest when … I go surfing with my friends

In Byron Bay everybody should … take care of the environment

The world could be a better place if … people became more lovely

I wish English was … fun to learn

Today or tomorrow? Today

Why? Yesterday is past, tomorrow is a possibility but today is a gift! This is why we call it present 😉

I still haven’t … enough vocabulary to arrive where I want

When I was a child, I used to … play without thinking. Now I’m thinking about playing!

I always … feel happy when I see my friends

This time next year … I’ll have travelled around the world

My favourite afternoon school activity is … Yoga

What I am going to do next is … travel around Asia, Hawaii, California, Central America and finally go back to South Brazil

What’s on?


  • Friday:
    • Great Northern, 9pm: Tijuana Cartel + The Mank + Kwershoppe
    • Beach Hotel, 5pm: Beachy Fridays w FOG, GUY +DAN – 9:30pm: Set Sail
    • The Rails, 7pm: SOU’LD
    • Lala Land: Oh Snap!! + AND OH!
    • BB Brewery, 8pm: The Clues/Better Mousetrap EP Launch, inside: Latin Night
    • OPC, 5pm: Garrett Kato
    • Treehouse, 8pm: Bill Jacobi
    • Coorabell Hall: GANGA GIRI w DJ Becca Dakini
    • Bungalow Hotel, 7.30pm: Broadfoot
  • Saturday:

    • Hotel Great Northern, 9pm: Dan Mangan+ Leeder Cheetah Duo
    • Beach Hotel, 5pm: Russ Walker Duo – 9.30pm: DJ Rhythm + Cutloose
    • The Rails, 7pm: The Brad Martin Jam Band
    • Railway Park, 5pm: Mick McHugh
    • Byron Communtiy Centre, 8pm: Peter Westheimer presents Tranzworld Express
    • Lala Land: RHYS BYNON
    • BB Brewery, 8 pm: Earth Frequency After Party 
  • Sunday:
    • Beach Hotel, 4:30pm: Darky Roots
    • The Rails, 6.30pm: The Lucky Wonders
    • BB Brewery: Latinaotearoa feat Bobby Brazuka (NZ/Brasil) Beer Garden
    • Bangalow Market, 10am: Mick McHugh 
  • Monday:
    • Great Northern, 9pm: Garrett Kato
    • Beach Hotel, 9pm: Pool Competition
    • The Rails, 7pm: Bill Jacobi 
  • Tuesday:
    • Great Northern, 9pm: Harry Healy
    • Beach Hotel, 9pm: Matt Hanley
    • The Rails, 7pm: Guy Kachell
    • OPC, 9pm: Locals Night

    For more information see “Echo”!

From Friday, March 2 until Sunday, March 11 the BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is on! With 46 sessions, 5 venues, more than 200 films, the presence of 39 countries and much more, this is “our biggest festival yet”…
For more information see


  • Dendy:

    • The Descendants
    • Contraband
    • The Grey
    • This means war
    • Safe House
    • Any questions for Ben?
    • Hugo (3D)
    • Travelling Light


On a lovely Wednesday afternoon one of the Pre-Int classes went on an excursion to the Byron Bay Skydiving Centre. They went to watch some ‘crazy’ people jump out of an aeroplane. While they were there they were able to practise their English and speak to some of the skydiving participants. They also got to see some experienced Skydivers flying their colourful parachutes.
It was a fun afternoon and all of the studentts enjoyed having their lesson outside of the classroom.

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There is still time left to study either FCE or CAE at the Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS). Our next Cambridge course is starting on the 19 March – 8 June 2012.

Cambridge classes are taught by very experienced and professional teachers.

Frank, the Cambridge coordinator, has been teaching Cambridge courses since they first started, at BBELS, in October 2001.

Cambridge courses are a great way to improve your overall English ability. The courses focus on:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Use of English

You will also get a certificate from Cambridge.

If you are a current student and want to study a Cambridge course make an appointment at reception to speak to Frank or Siobhan.

Fraser Island Trip – February 2012

Day 1: We, 31 students and Max, left the school on Thursday after lunch. After 6 hours on the Nimbin Shuttle we arrived at Dingo’s hostel in Rainbow Beach, where we put our stuff in our rooms and had a dip in the pool. After dinner (Burger & chips) we relaxed at the hostel, had a beer (or two), talked to other people and just had fun.

Day 2: After our last real shower for the next 3 days we had delicious pancakes for breakfast and everybody was excited to get started!  The hostel-staff gave us all the information we needed and helped us to prepare our cars (4 cars with 8 people). They gave us our food-packages and all the equipment for our adventure. Students with a valid driver’s licence were allowed to drive the 4WD during the trip. After we left Dingo’s with an experienced guide, who drove the lead-car, we had a 10 minute ferry-ride to the island. The first stop was at EURONG were we prepared our first meal: sandwiches. After that we went on a 40min walking track to Lake Wabby, a beautiful green freshwater lake, on the bottom of the lake were huge sand dunes.
Next stop: refreshing and beautiful Eli creek, where we had a lot of fun floating down the clear and clean water. Then it was time to set up our camp on the beach … the fact that some people hadn’t ever put up a tent by their own made it pretty funny! After everyone finished dinner we sat down on the beach, played music, talked and had a great night after an amazing first day.

Day 3: After the first night sleeping 2-3 people in a tent (with loads of sand) we went to have breakfast and a morning swim at Eli creek (because of annoying march-flies around our camp). The second destination that day was the Champagne Pools which are naturally formed rock pools. Afterwards we had lunch at the beach, played beach volleyball/football and had a nap in the shade…On the other end of the beach, Indian Head was waiting for us! From there we had an amazing view and we enjoyed a refreshing breeze. Of course we didn’t miss the famous and impressive ship wreck… After such a long sunny day we were more than happy to have a dip in Eli creek to get clean! We enjoyed our last dinner at the camp while a few dingoes enjoyed some chips they had found in our tents… And again we spent a beautiful night together on the beach.

Day 4: After we had tidied up the camp and had put all our stuff in the cars we stopped at EURONG to have breakfast before heading to Lake McKenzie – definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen!!  The water was just the perfect temperature and it is that clear that even if it is about 3-4 meters deep you can see the bottom. After a bumpy ride back to the beach we had our last meal on Fraser Island… Back in Rainbow Beach we had to clean the cars but as compensation we got some free beer and had a dip in the pool at Dingo’s. On our way back to Byron Bay everybody was sleeping and probably dreaming about an incomparable and unforgettable trip to Fraser Island …

Splendour in the Grass is back!

If you like music and festivals then start planning your trip to Byron Bay now. The iconic* music festival ‘Splendour in the Grass’ is back in Byron!

Lots of our students have worked at the festival over the years. You can volunteer and get a free ticket or get a job. Past students have worked in VIP tents serving food and alcohol; others have been picking up rubbish, serving in the food stalls and many other jobs.