[T]he music is fresh and loud, your best friends are gathered around you in a make-shift caravan city and in the distance you can see the serene setting of Byron Bay.
Suddenly the heavens open, and the rain comes tumbling down. Luckily you have your campervan to keep you dry.
This is Splendour in the Grass, Australia’s number one winter music festival, which draws big name acts from Australia and around the world such as Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, Lana del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Empire of the Sun and Kimbra.
The three-day event is well-known in music circles as one of the top places to see not just big name musicians but also some of the best new talent in the country.
The festival is chock-a-block with fans, musos, fried food, lots of booze and partygoers letting their hair down after being cooped up most of the winter.
If you are planning to make the journey to Byron Bay in July for the festival, you might want to think about staying on-site, but in comfort while you’re there.
Rather than getting eaten alive by mozzies or washed away in a tent during the regular downpours, why not opt for a Mighty Campervan hire instead?
As sponsors of the Festival, Mighty know what it takes to have a blast. The campervans are fully equipped homes on wheels that are ideal for a bunch of mates traveling to Byron together and provide everything you need to rock on while you’re visiting the festival.
That said, if you’re heading to the festival, it’s important to stock up with all the essential gear – firstly, pack a few mates to head-bang alongside of and to share the driving with, and don’t forget to pack plenty of water and snacks for the cruise to Byron.
Of course, you’ll need all your standard gear like a sleeping bag and other camping essentials for a restful night; plenty of toilet paper (because we all know it will run out fast) and a pack of baby wipes to save yourself the effort of lining up for hours for a cold shower.
Everyone is going to stink by the end of the three days anyway, so you might as well think of it as a vacation from showering!
It’s also a good idea to pack a Frisbee for some action in between acts; a bandana for when your hair gets greasy or full of gum; and a big flag, poster or other brightly colored banner that you can use to spot your campervan from a distance.
It’s a good idea to scope out the layout of the event before you head off as well. If you’re traveling to Splendour in a campervan then you’ll need to buy a Vehicle Entry Pass online before you leave.
The good news is, if you’re traveling with a group of friends, you get a refund on this cost if your vehicle has three or more people in it when you enter the campground.
Head to the aptly named “Trailer Park” area in the campgrounds to set up, but remember not to park other vehicles in or be too close to other patrons.
Other festival etiquette to keep in mind is to be respectful of the people around you and always try to be friendly – everyone is just there to have a good time.
Be patient in lines, help people if they need it, and oh, don’t hog the toilet paper either!
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Sunday 3rd of November 2013
Very relaxing. I always wanted to lie in an extraordinary bed of grasses. The scent of it make my senses more grounded and free me from tiredness. I was really a wonderful experience!
Thursday 24th of October 2013
so so so jealous! I really wanted to go to this years Splendour but didn't get tickets :-( I tryed twice! bet you had a fantastic time!