Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015


Though the festival offers plenty of camping options, not everyone is keen on avoiding a good shower for five days. Though Byron Bay is a small coastal town with limited options for accommodation (unlike the Gold Coast with its hundreds of hotels, about 1 1/2 hours from the site), if you know where to look - and you book far enough in advance - there are plenty of options in Byron, some quite unique to the town. The festival runs buses to and from the festival site and the town centre in Byron Bay, too, meaning that you have plenty of freedom to explore far more comfortable options.

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  • Arts Factory

    Sure to be one of your favourite places to stay in Byron Bay is the Arts Factory. Once a hippy village, the Arts Factory is now a bustling hostel, with great staff, affordable rates, and plenty of options. From sharing a Teepee, to tents on the Tea Tree Lake, or the more standard dorm room approach - and even a few private rooms for two (dubbed the "Love Shack") - the Arts Factory is clean, a great place to meet new people, have a good time and, amazingly enough, actually get some rest along the way. They also have their very own music venue - the Buddah Bar - which serves great food and brews its own beer! They also have a camping area for those on a particularly tight budget - though we'd only recommend this if the camping area at Bluesfest is full!

    Amenities: Pool, Jacuzzi, Cafe, Juice Bar, Shuttle Bus, Movie Theater, Spa, Recording Studio, and WiFi.

  • Bayview Beachfront Apartments

    Want to rent an apartment in the thick of it all? The Bayview Beachfront and Byron Central are two of the more popular due to their location right on the beach. Each to get to with great views! Doesn't get much better than that. This is best suited for families and groups of friends.

    Amenities: Pool, BBQ, Outdoor Dining Area, and Free WiFi.

  • Koonyum Retreat

    Koonyum Retreat offers several luxury villas on over looking the Koonyum Range. Offering massages, yoga classes, and other spa services, this is the place to stay if you're going all out on your trip to Bluesfest. Each villa is furnished with organic materials, has an outdoor BBQ, hot tub, and patio.

    Amenities: Hot tub, BBQ, iPod dock, Flat Screen TV, Champagne Breakfast, Free WiFi, Spa Services, DVD Player and DVD Library.

  • Air BnB

    Plenty of locals put up their spare rooms (and sometimes even entire houses or apartments) during Bluesfest. If you book far enough in advance you'll get a good deal, but naturally costs are slightly spiked during the Bluesfest period to take advantage of demand. Unfortunately this is the case for most of the above options, too. But if you get lucky, you can find a cheap place to rent for your time in Byron through websites like AirBnB. Even websites like Gumtree occasionally come up with some gems, too. HOT TIP: As the venue is technically in Tyagarah - about 10 minutes from Byron Town Centre, make sure you look out for accommodation in this area, too, as well as Byron Bay itself.