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 The Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem and Haim, 21 July - 23 July 2017 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 $385 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 6 April and not surprisingly, sold out in a flash.
To curb scalping on alternate websites such as eBay or Viagogo, Splendour in the Grass will be 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 Friday 5 May 2017 and purchasers can then snap them up from 9am Monday 8 May 2017.
This resale facility charges a $20 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)||$385.00 + $7.00 booking fee|
|Single day ticket (Friday or Saturday or Sunday)||$169.00 + $6.00 booking fee|
|Camping ticket (5 nights including Wednesday to Monday)||$129.00 + $5.00 booking fee|
|Camping ticket - Family campground (5 nights Wednesday to Monday)||$129.00 + $5.00 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 the mandatory $5 booking fee. Access to the camping area starts at 10am on Wednesday 19 July and you can stay until Monday 24 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 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 20-24 July. Note that these prices and availabilities are accurate at the time of writing (20 April 2017).
- Homestay in Byron Bay near Byron Bay Golf Club: $480 or $240 per person (twin share), Lilli Pilli Drive, Byron Bay
- Homestay in Byron Bay near Belongil Beach: $600 total or $300 per person (twin share), Sunrise Boulevard, Byron Bay
- Nomads Byron Bay Backpackers: $657 total or $328.50 per person (twin share). Lawson Lane, Byron Bay, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Juicy.
The following price guide is accurate at the time of writing (20 April 2017) 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 (19-24 July 2017)
- 2 berth (without shower): $432 via Britz ($216pp)
- 2 berth (with shower and toilet): $672 via Mighty ($591pp)
- 4 berth (without shower): $552 via Mighty ($138pp)
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 (19-24 July 2017):
- Up to 4 people: Nissan Micra for $244.99 ($61.25pp based on a 4-person hire)
- Up to 5 people: Hyundai I20 for $245.71 ($49.41pp based on a 5-person hire)
- Up to 8 people: Kia Grand Carnival 8 seater for $530.33 ($66.29 based on an 8-person hire)
From Brisbane city centre, you're looking like prices similar to these for a 6-day hire (19-24 July 2017)
- 2 berth (without shower): $399 via Travellers Autobahn ($199.50pp)
- 2 berth (with shower and toilet): Sold out
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 4 people: Nissan Micra for $190.01 ($47.50pp based on a 4-person hire)
- Up to 5 people: Hyundai I20 for $190.67 ($38.13pp based on a 5-person hire)
- Up to 8 people: Kia Carnival 8 seater for $421 ($52.62 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: $40 from Gold Coast Airport; $58 from Brisbane Airport
- Brisbane Byron Express Bus: $38 from Brisbane City; $54 from Brisbane Airport
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.
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: 21 July - 23 July 2017
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 16 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 2017 Splendour in the Grass lineup boasts over 100 artists spread over three days. With the likes of The Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Haim, Peking Duk, and Tash Sultana 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