All you need to know about Splendour in the Grass accommodation and transportation

We have all the details for those that left their Splendour planning to the last minute.

With thousands of punters and more than 100 acts, including the likes of The Cure, The Strokes and Flume, 22 July - 24 July 2016 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 amount to almost $300 alone, so when you factor in travel and accommodation, it’s easy for the costs to add up.

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 $125 per person, including the mandatory $5 booking fee. Access to the camping area starts at 10am on Wednesday 20 July and you can stay until Monday 25 July. If arriving by car, you’ll also need to purchase a vehicle pass for $60 through Moshtix.

If you’d prefer not to spend four 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. Note that these prices and availabilities are accurate at the time of writing (28 June 2016).

  • The Quiet Retreat Resort Style: $432 or $216 per person (twin share), Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
  • Dolphin’s Motor Inn: $1275 total or $637 per person (twin share), 32 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
  • Glen Villa Resort: $1369 total or $684.50 per person (twin share). 80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay
The Quiet Retreat Resort Style
Glen Villa Resort
Dolphins Motor Inn

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 campgrounds@splendourinthegrass.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.

The following price guide is accurate at the time of writing (28 June 2016) 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 (20-25 July 2016)

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):

From Brisbane city centre, you're looking like prices similar to these for a 6-day hire (20-25 July 2016)

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):

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:

Camping gear

Whether you’re driving up or taking public transport, and camping on site, gear is a must. Tents start from $119, 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 @ $119.98...
3 person tent: Vango Pop DS 300 @ $159.50 ($53.17pp)
Wild Earth
4-5 person tent: Vango Berkeley 500 5 Person Fami...
Wild Earth
6 person tent: Retreat Compass 6-person shelter @...

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: 22 July - 24 July 2016

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 15 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 2016 Splendour in the Grass lineup boasts over 100 artists spread over three days. With the likes of The Strokes, The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches, James Blake, At The Drive-In and Violent Soho to name a few, it is shaping up to be one of the biggest lineups the festival has ever had.

Browse the full Splendour in the Grass lineup

Friday, 22 July

  • The Strokes (only Australian show)
  • The Avalanches (only Australian show)
  • Violent Soho
  • Hermitude
  • Band Of Horses
  • The 1975
  • Leon Bridges
  • James Vincent McMorrow (only Australian show)
  • The Kills
  • Years and Years
  • Illy
  • Peter, Bjorn and John
  • DMA’S
  • Jack Garrett
  • Motez
  • Emma Louise
  • Nothing But Thieves
  • Robert Forster
  • Fat White Family
  • Methyl Ethyl
  • High Tension
  • Roland Tings
  • Sampa The Great
  • Lucy Cliché
  • Dro Carey
  • World Champion
  • Kllo
  • Nicole Miller
  • Ribongia

Saturday, 23 July

  • The Cure
  • At The Drive-In
  • Santigold
  • Matt Corby
  • Sticky Fingers
  • What So Not
  • Gang of Youths
  • Crystal Fighters
  • Ball Park Music
  • Snakehips
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
  • Lido
  • Beach Slang
  • Boo Seeka
  • Slum Sociable
  • LDRU
  • Harts
  • Ngaiire
  • Opiuo
  • Dom Dollar
  • Paces
  • Running Touch
  • Dreller
  • Sui Zhen
  • Banoffee
  • The Meeting Tree

Sunday, 24 July

  • Flume
  • James Blake
  • Sigur Ros (only Australian show)
  • Boy and Bear
  • Jake Bugg
  • Courtney Barnett
  • The Preatures
  • Duke Dumont (DJ set)
  • Golden Features
  • Tegan and Sara
  • City Calm Down
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Jagwar Ma
  • The Internet
  • Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders
  • Lapsley
  • Slumberjack
  • Urthboy
  • Little May
  • Ganz
  • Spring King
  • Tired Lion
  • Green Buzzard
  • Just a Gent
  • Feki
  • Remi

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