Splendour in the Grass: Accommodation and transport guide
Everything you need to plan the perfect trip to Splendour, even on a budget.
Splendour in the Grass 2020 update
The 2020 Splendour in the Grass festival has been cancelled. The next event will take place on 23-25 July 2021. If you purchased a ticket for the original event, your tickets will still be valid for the new dates. Otherwise you can apply for a refund. The co-producers of Splendour in the Grass have stated that they intend to rebook as many of the 2020 artists as possible.
With thousands of punters and more than 100 acts, including Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, the Creator are headed to North Byron Parklands from 23-25 July 2021, it's no wonder Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia’s biggest music festivals.
The memories you're bound to make at Splendour will cost you more than your favourite pair of gumboots, with 3-day tickets starting from $415.91 ($399 for the ticket plus $16.91 in fees). Factor in travel and accommodation and the costs can easily add up.
To keep more money in your pocket for important things (like your outfit and the drink line), we've picked affordable accommodation, travel options and camping equipment to get you to Splendour on the cheap.
Splendour in the Grass tickets
Tickets to the original 2020 event went on sale on Thursday 27 February and disappeared in a flash.
New and preloved tickets are still on sale - though no doubt will go in a jiffy. Head to Moshtix or ticket sites such as Festicket to secure yours now.
For buyers, a resale admin fee charge and booking and transaction fees are added to this purchase. The good news is that the tickets are available at the regular advertised price, so you won't have to worry about being charged a premium for your spot in the crowd.
|3 day ticket (Friday to Sunday – includes Thursday access)||$399 + booking fee and credit card charges|
|Single day ticket (Friday or Saturday or Sunday)||$189 + booking fee and credit card charges|
|VIP Village – 3 day ticket (Friday to Sunday – includes Thursday access)||$599 + booking fee and credit card charges|
|VIP Village – Single day ticket (Friday or Saturday or Sunday, no camping)||$299 + booking fee and credit card charges|
|Camping ticket (5 nights including Wednesday to Monday)||$145 + booking fee and credit card charges|
|Camping ticket – Family campground (5 nights Wednesday to Monday)||$145 + booking fee and credit card charges|
Splendour in the Grass accommodation that isn't camping
Splendour In The Grass offers on-site camping at the North Byron Parklands for $145 per ticket, including a mandatory booking fee and credit card charges. Access to the camping area starts at 10am on the Wednesday and you can stay until 8pm Monday. If arriving by car, you’ll also need to purchase a vehicle pass.
If you'd prefer not to spend five nights camping and would like to avoid festival showers at all costs, there are a few off-site options available.
Here are three possibilities, depending on which style of travel you're after. The dates available are 22-26 July 2021. Note that these prices and availabilities are accurate at the time of writing (16 June 2020).
To secure your accommodation at the right price we suggest you book your room as soon as you secure your tickets.
- Wollongbar Motel: $556 total or $278 per person (twin share), Carlyle Street, Byron Bay
- Glen Villa Resort: $406 total or $203 per person (twin share), Butler Street, Byron Bay
- Byron Springs: $760 total or $380 per person (twin share), Oodgeroo Gardens, Byron Bay
These prices and availabilities were sourced on hotels.finder.com.au where you can search for more accommodation options.
Byron Bay transport
Cars and campervans
Where there are festivals there will be campervans. At Splendour, campervans up to 7.5m long and caravans up to 6m long are allowed. If your vehicle is longer than this, you will need to email email@example.com to confirm that you will be allowed to park on the grounds.
If you do wish to park on the grounds, you must pre-purchase a vehicle pass through Moshtix.
You can hire campervans from your main city and drive it to the festival. Prices depend on how many berths you require and what sort of amenities (e.g. shower) you’d like in your campervan. Just bear in mind that there are no powered sites and generators are not permitted.
A great site to book and compare campervan prices across various companies is DriveNow. Companies it compares include: Mighty, Travellers, Britz, Go Cheap, Camperman and Jucy.
Car hire deals to Byron Bay
Shuttle buses and public transport
If you don’t have your own car, there are shuttles available from the Gold Coast and Brisbane, departing from the airport. Many shuttle services that would normally offer transfers to Byron offer the North Byron Parklands as a drop-off point during Splendour.
Here's an idea of what you should expect to pay each way for a shuttle to the site:
- Byron Bay Shuttle: $32 from Gold Coast Airport; $62 from Brisbane Airport
- Steve's Airport Transfers: $20 from Ballina Airport
- Brisbane2Byron Express Bus: $42 from Brisbane City; $58 from Brisbane Airport
- Gold Coast Airport Express: $32 from Gold Coast
- Lift Byron Bay Service: $32 from Gold Coast Airport; $62 from Brisbane Airport
Whether you’re driving up or taking public transport and camping on site, gear is a must. Tents start from $139.98, with pricing depending on quality and size. Let’s face it, you’re only going to sleep in it anyway, so here are our cheap picks for various sizes.
Retreat 40 tent from $139.98 for two person
Retreat 80 tent from $279.99 for three person
Retreat 280 module tent from $699.99 for five person
About Splendour In The Grass
The important stuff
When: 23-25 July 2021
Where: North Byron Parklands
Splendour in the Grass is an annual music festival that has filled the winter festival void in Australia over the last 20 years. Catering for a smorgasbord of genres including indie rock, hip hop, electro and alternative, the festival has played host to thousands of musicians from home and around the world since 1991. The festival is traditionally held around Byron Bay and runs over three days in July, drawing thousands of musos each year.
Who's playing at Splendour In The Grass this year?
The 2021 Splendour in the Grass line-up hasn't been finalised yet. However, it's likely to boast similar artists to those that were supposed to feature at the 2020 festival. Here's who was on the bill:
- FLUME (ONLY AUS SHOW) - Has been replaced with Gorillaz for 2021
- THE STROKES
- TYLER, THE CREATOR
- YEAH YEAH YEAHS
- MIDNIGHT OIL (THE MAKARRATA PROJECT)
- GLASS ANIMALS
- DENZEL CURRY
- DUKE DUMONT (LIVE)
- VIOLENT SOHO
- MURA MASA
- KING KRULE
- DILLON FRANCIS
- DOM DOLLA
- TIM MINCHIN
- KING PRINCESS
- SAMPA THE GREAT
- THE JUNGLE GIANTS
- OLIVER TREE
- CUB SPORT
- PETIT BISCUIT
- GERRY CINNAMON
- G FLIP
- JACK GARRATT
- THELMA PLUM
- JULIA JACKLIN
- LIME CORDIALE
- TIERRA WHACK
- METHYL ETHEL
- JULIA STONE
- MALL GRAB
- JACK RIVER
- BAKER BOY
- THE CHATS
- CONFIDENCE MAN
- SOFI TUKKER
- STELLA DONNELLY
- STILL WOOZY
- TRIPLE ONE
- BRUNO MAJOR
- ROLLING BLACKOUTS CF
- NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
- JOY CROOKES
- SHANNON & THE CLAMS
- HOOLIGAN HEFS
- ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
- JARREAU VANDAL
- ALICE IVY
- ADRIAN EAGLE
- GREENTEA PENG
- BABE RAINBOW
- BRAME & HAMO
- SLY WITHERS
- MICKEY KOJAK
- THE BIG MOON
- MAKO ROAD
- GEORGE ALICE
- DRO CAREY
- DJ SCORPION
- THE SOUL MOVERS
- LILLIE MAE
- THE LAZY EYES
- MISS JUNE
- LEX DELUXE
- PINK MATTER
- ANDY GOLLEDGE
- CRY CLUB
- CHARLIE COLLINS
- MEMPHIS LK
- TRIPLE J UNEARTHED NATIONAL
- TRIPLE J UNEARTHED LOCAL
- DENA AMY
- JORDAN BRANDO
- SHANTAN WANTAN ICHIBAN
- AK SPORTS
- SAUTI SYSTEMS
- CAROLINA GASOLINA
Feature image: Splendour in the Grass
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