From tickets to accommodation, here's everything you need to plan the perfect trip to Splendour.
With thousands of punters and more than 100 acts, including the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Vampire Weekend and Khalid, 20 July - 22 July 2018 in North Byron Parklands, it’s no wonder Splendour in the Grass is one of Australia’s biggest music festivals.
The priceless memories you're bound to make at Splendour will cost you more than your favourite pair of gumboots, though. Three-day tickets are $399 alone, so when you factor in travel and accommodation, it's easy for the costs to add up.
To make sure that you have more money to spend on the important things (like your outfit and the drink line), we’ve handpicked the accommodation, travel options and camping equipment you’ll need to get to Splendour.
First, you'll need to get tickets
Tickets went on sale at 9am AEST Thursday 19 April and not surprisingly, sold out in a flash.
To curb scalping on alternate websites such as eBay or Stubhub, Splendour in the Grass is offering a resale facility for punters who missed out to pick-up legitimate tickets from those who no longer want their tickets.
To buy or sell Splendour tickets, you will need to register through Moshtix. Sellers can put their tickets up for offer from 9am Monday 11 July 2018 and purchasers can then snap them up from 9am Monday 11 May 2018 until midnight 16 July.
This resale facility charges a $30 resale admin fee to sellers and booking and transaction fees to buyers. The good news is that the tickets will be 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|
|Single day ticket (Friday or Saturday or Sunday)||$179 + booking fee|
|Camping ticket (5 nights including Wednesday to Monday)||$129 + booking fee|
|Camping ticket - Family campground (5 nights Wednesday to Monday)||$129 + booking fee|
If you're not into the idea of camping at the festival, here's some Splendour in the Grass accommodation options.
Splendour In The Grass does offer on-site camping at the North Byron Parklands for $129 per person, including a mandatory booking fee. Access to the camping area starts at 10am on Wednesday 18 July and you can stay until 8pm Monday 22 July. If arriving by car, you’ll also need to purchase a vehicle pass through Moshtix.
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 that are still available.
Here are three possibilities, depending on which style of travel you're after. The dates available are 18-22 July. Note that these prices and availabilities are accurate at the time of writing (23 April 2018).
- Arcadia House: $1,010 or $505 per person (twin share), Cowper Street, Byron Bay
- Byron Sunseeker Motel: $1,018 total or $509 per person (twin share), Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
- Planula B&B Retreat: $1,045 total or $522.50 per person (twin share). Melaluca Drive, Byron Bay
These prices and availabilities were sourced on hotels.finder.com.au where you can search for more accommodation options.
Need a way to get to Byron Bay?
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 show. Prices will depend on how many berths you require and what sort of amenities (e.g. shower) you’d like in your campervan. 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.
The following price guide is accurate at the time of writing (23 April 2018) and may be subject to cost and availability changes. Prices also do not include petrol costs or any extras (e.g. navigational systems and insurance) that purchase during the time of booking.
From Sydney city centre, you’d be looking at prices similar to these for a 6-day hire (18-23 July 2018)
- 2 berth (without shower): $423 via Mighty ($211.50pp)
- 2 berth (with shower and toilet): $746 via Mighty ($363pp)
- 4 berth (without shower): $599 via Mighty ($149.75pp)
Making a proper road trip out of it?
Hiring a car and camping under the stars could be on the cards. From Sydney, you’ll be looking at prices similar to these for a 5-day hire (18-23 July 2018):
- Up to 5 people: Toyota Yaris for $342.85 ($68.57pp based on a 5-person hire)
- Up to 8 people: Kia Grand Carnival 8 seater for $785.04 ($98.13 based on an 8-person hire)
From Brisbane city centre, you're looking like prices similar to these for a 6-day hire (18-23 July 2018)
Making a proper road trip out of it?
Hiring a car and camping under the stars could be on the cards. From Sydney, you’ll be looking at prices similar to these for a 5-day hire (20-25 July 2016):
- Up to 5 people: Toyota Yaris for $344 ($68.80pp based on a 5-person hire)
- Up to 8 people: Kia Carnival 8 seater for $816.17 ($102.02 based on an 8-person hire)
Check out these offers for discounted hire cars:
If you don’t have your own car, there are shuttles available from 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 a sample of what you could expect to pay each way for a shuttle to the site:
- Xcede: $18 from Ballina Airport; $37 from Gold Coast Airport
- Byron Bay Shuttle: $42 from Gold Coast Airport; $60 from Brisbane Airport
- Brisbane Byron Express Bus: $40 from Brisbane City; $56 from Brisbane Airport
Whether you’re driving up or taking public transport, and camping on site, gear is a must. Tents start from $159.50, 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.
2 person tent: Retreat 40 2 Person tent @ $198.98 ($99.49pp)
3 person tent: Vango Pop DS 300 @ $159.50 ($53.17pp)
4-5 person tent: Vango Skye @ $279.50 ($69.88pp for 4-person share or $55.90 for 5-person share)
7 person tent: Retreat 360 Module Tent @ $1,499.98 ($214.28pp)
Splendour in the Grass is fast approaching and looking to be one of the biggest of its kind yet. But getting there does involve a lot of planning and can eat into your wallet quickly. If you haven’t already organised your transport, accommodation or camping gear, it’s time to get cracking to snag the best deal before it’s too late.
About Splendour In The Grass
The important stuff
When: 20 July - 22 July 2018
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 17 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 2018 Splendour in the Grass lineup boasts over 100 artists spread over three days. With the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Khalid, The Wombats and Hilltop Hoods to name a few, it is shaping up to be one of the biggest lineups the festival has ever had.
Feature image: Splendour in the Grass