Marketing Coordinator Andrew Bradley at the Big 4 Holiday Park. Welcoming Splendour in the Grass people.
Marketing Coordinator Andrew Bradley at the Big 4 Holiday Park. Welcoming Splendour in the Grass people. John Gass

Splendour in the Grass Festival feeds Tweed

TWEED businesses have reaped the benefit of popular music festival Splendour in the Grass being held at its purpose built venue in Yelgun, on the Tweed and Byron border.

Big 4 Holiday Park's Andrew Bradley said the park was mostly booked out.

"The majority is booked out," he said. "They're running a shuttle bus for pick ups and we're one of the drop off spots which have been great."

The increase in off-peak bookings was nothing but positive for the Big 4 Holiday Park. "It's great for us being a little bit closer to the venue," he said. "It's not just good for us but also for the whole area."

Destination Tweed CEO Bill Thatchell said this year was about getting the venue right, next year would open up much opportunity for business savvy people.

Not every town in the Tweed is reaping the benefits of 30,000 people coming to the annual music festival. Murwillumbah Motor Inn manager Campbell Gibbs said there was certainly interest but transport was the main issue.

"We had a few inquiries but when we searched for transport for them we couldn't find anything," he said. "We rang Tweed tourism but they said there were no buses running.

"We found it would be a $60 taxi fare each way."

Mr Gibbs said he and wife Janelle had one lady staying at the motel for the event. "Next year it would be good to have a drop off zone here," he said.

"Even if a small fee was charged I'm sure they would be interested."

Destination Tweed CEO Bill Thatchell said this year was about getting the venue right, next year would open up much opportunity for business savvy people.

"Entrepreneurial minded people can jump on to this and seize the opportunity," he said.

He said next year Destination Tweed hoped to create ticket, accommodation and transport packages for Tweed businesses.

The Festival

  • Splendour in the Grass began on Friday and will continue until Sunday.
  • It's being held at North Byron Bay Parklands, located at Yelgun (near Wooyung).
  • 25,000 festival goers are expected but police estimate 30,000.
  • Up to 15,000 can camp at the venue


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