SCHOOLIES celebrations have wound back in Byron Bay and overall the young school leavers have been praised for their behaviour while partying in the town.
Inspector Greg Jago of Byron Bay police said there would still be an increased police presence until this weekend, however, the bulk of the extra police resources for schoolies had left.
"We had 15 public order and riot squad police, four mounted police and five officers from the Sydney Transport Command who have now finished," Insp Jago said.
There were 440 incidents recorded by police during schoolies, mostly street offences including offensive behaviour, public consumption of alcohol and move-on directions and there were a number of inspections of licensed businesses, Insp Jago said.
"That figure is comparable to previous years," he said.
Insp Jago said numbers of schoolies were down this year, with estimates ranging from 6000-7000 instead of the 10,000 predicted.
That figure is backed by VIA Byron president Cameron Arnold of Apartments Inn Byron who said it was an anomaly to previous years, and predicted next year would attract larger numbers.
"We have been booked out for three months now for schoolies in 2014," he said.
Schoolies Hub co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi described this year's schoolies as "the best it's ever been" with less alcohol seen at Apex Park than in previous years.
Ms Yazdi said the volunteer organisation would now be appealing to the State Government for funding the Hub in 2014.