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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015

  • How do I get to Byron Bay?

    You can get to Byron domestically from two airports: Gold Coast (Coolangatta), just north of the NSW boarder and about a 45 minute drive from Byron; or Ballina, which is 30 minutes south of Byron. The festival recommends Gold Coast as flights are more frequent and oftentimes cheaper. Although transfers to the festival from both cost the same regardless.

    If you're flying internationally, you'll need to fly into the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) International airport.

    From these airports, or from Brisbane City and the Gold Coast, you can make use of these airport transfers:

    Byron Easy Bus: (02)66857447
    Byron Bay Luxury Transfers: 0413220885
    Brisbane2Byron Express Bus: 1800 626 222 (Servicing Brisbane and Gold Coast only)
    Byron Bay Airbus: 0400 247 287 (Servicing Brisbane and Gold Coast only)
    Byron Bay Airport Transfers: (02)66209200 (servicing Gold Coast and Ballina only)

    If you're not coming from far enough away to elicit an airplane, consider traveling by bus:

    From Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast to Byron Bay, the festival recommends Premier Motor Service. The festival also recommends Greyhound buses, which have specials during Bluesfest from Brisbane, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Surfers, Melbourne.

    For train travelers, Country Link provides 2 rail/couch services daily from Sydney and the North Coast to Byron Bay with additional services from all NSW, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

    Last but not least in our travel recommendations is car pooling. Submit your trip details on Coseats, specify whether you're driving or in need of a ride, and wait for a match! You'll save petrol and money while making new friends before the festival even begins.

  • What area is the festival in? How do I get around?

    Byron Bay Bluesfest takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm, situated 10 minutes north of Byron Bay and 10 minutes south of Brunswick Heads. However, if you're not camping onsite, you'll most likely be staying in Byron - a fact the festival is both aware of and caters towards with easy, quick transportation options. As the festival draws nearer, Bluesfest will release a detailed bus schedule from Byron to the farm.

    If you live in or choose to stay in Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow, or Ballina in lieu of Byron, Bluesfest has you in mind as well. Shuttle buses and Blanchs Buses will run frequently to these locations throughout the festival. Schedules, like those for Byron shuttles, have yet to be released.

  • To camp or not to camp?

    While Bluesfest is a camping festival, there are a decent amount of options for those that would prefer a bed. The town of Byron Bay is a short 10 minute drive from the festival site, and has a number of hotels and rentals to choose from. The festival also operates a shuttle that runs between the festival grounds, Byron Bay, and a few other small towns nearby, making it easy to get to and from all the action.

    That being said, the best way to truly experience a camping festival is to, well, camp! The laid-back lifestyle of Byron paired with the community feel of a campsite makes unwashed hair and re-worn clothes nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace the dreadlocks and dirt and escape for the weekend.

  • What time does it start and end?

    The campground will open at 11am on April 1 for festivalgoers with 5-day camping passes. The campground will close to new arrivals at 10pm each night, so make sure to arrive early. Plus, setting up a tent is that much more difficult when there's no daylight.
    The festival gates will open at 2pm on April 2, and around noon every other day of the festival. Gates close at midnight, or when the last performance has ended.

  • Is reentry allowed?

    No word on this yet, but in previous years, your wristband allowed you entry and reentry to the festival all day up until the gates closed at midnight.

  • What are the prohibited items?

    Alcohol, glass of any kind, weapons, illegal substances, and any other item that could be used in an offensive or illegal manner will not be allowed into the campground or the festival. We all want to have fun at festivals but use your common sense; if it can hurt yourself or somebody else, leave it at home. All vehicles will be searched for these items upon arrival at the campground.

  • What’s the deal with food and beverages?

    Festival: Bluesfest offers a large selection of food throughout the festival. Each year vendors apply to serve food at the festival, which leads to a diverse collection of cuisines and plenty of options for all diets. Bluesfest is probably the most accommodating festival we've come across for vegans and vegetarians, as is Byron Bay itself. So not only will you have a meatless option, you'll have plenty of them! Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase inside the festival.
    Campground: There is a general store in the campground that carries snack items and non-alcoholic beverages. Stop by a grocery store on your way to the festival to stock up on protein-packed snacks and water.

  • What do I need to know about money?

    There will be ATMs on site, but it is always a good idea to bring enough cash for the day, as ATM fees can be pricey and some vendors may not accept cards.

  • What will the weather be like?

    March is the beginning of autumn in Australia, and the weather is still quite nice during this time of year. The average high is around 25°C (77°F) and the average low is around 18°C (64°F).

    Find more about Weather in Byron Bay, AU
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  • What should I wear?

    Anything that you are comfortable in, given the weather. The days will be on the warmer side, so shorts and dresses will be appropriate, but nights can still get chilly, so make sure to bring an added layer (or more if you're camping). The laid-back nature of festivals such as Bluesfest makes for some interesting outfit choices by many festivalgoers. If you have an old Halloween costume collecting dust in the back of your closet, why not bust it out at Bluesfest?

  • What should I bring?

    Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a must (following the Aussie campaign "Slip, Slop, Slap"). A nonprofessional camera, cell phone, and cash are also great things to bring along with you to commemorate your experience, keep track of your festival mates, and snag some souvenirs.
    If you are camping, make sure you bring the camping essentials; a tent and a sleeping bag, specifically. Also take a peek at our guide to low-maintenance grooming for your weekend in the elements.

  • What are the ticket options?

    Festival:
    5-Day Ticket: $545
    3-Day Ticket: $380 Good for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
    1-Day Ticket: $139-$179 Price varies depending on day

    Camping:
    5-Day Camping: $280 Valid for 6 nights / 7 days from 10:30am April 2 until 2pm April 7.
    3-Day Camping: $180 Valid for three nights of your choice
    1-Day Camping: $60

    Note: Camping tickets are per person, so each person intending to camp needs to purchase their own camping ticket.