The legendary blues and roots festival, held on a tea tree farm within spitting distance of Byron Bay, has been around the block but keeps getting better.
After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, it’s onwards and upwards for the legendary celebration of blues and roots, held just down the road from beautiful Byron Bay. Having moved from one location to another each year, the Bluesfest finally found a permanent home – at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm – in 2010 and the 120-hectare site has proved a hit with the festival’s devotees.
As befits its legendary status, Bluesfest pulls in stars – not just from blues and roots, but from rock, jazz, soul and alt-folk too. The 2014 lineup included Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Michael Franti and Erykah Badu along with countless other acts, big and small, old and new. Expect more of the same in 2015.
Keep an eye out for koalas, which live on the site year round (they’re not just blues fans). There’s an onsite ecologist present throughout the festival to provide assistance in case you happen to bump into a bear.
How do I get there?
Address: Lot 103, 104, 105 Pacific Hwy Tyagarah, NSW Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia.
SHUTTLE BUSES will be running to and from Byron Bay, Ballina, Lennox Head, New Brighton, South Golden Beach Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and Billinudgel to the festival site.
How to get to Byron:
Travel from Sydney, Brisbane via the Gold Coast, to Byron Bay -
Premier Motor Service 133 410 www.premierms.com.au
Greyhound 1300 472 946 www.greyhound.com.au
Trainlink 13 22 32 www.nswtrainlink.info/
Byron Minibus Hire going to and from the festival to towns surrounding. 0438 624 024 www.ballinabyronminibushire.com.au
Sunshine Coast- 0447 80 90 88 www.coastalveerings.com.au.
Byron Shire and surrounds- off the beaten track: 0405275743
Travel times to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (by car), depending on traffic:
Mullumbimby: 5 mins
Byron Bay: 15 mins
Ballina: 35 mins
Coffs Harbour: 3 hrs 20 mins
Surfers: 1 hr
Brisbane GPO: 1 hr 45 mins
Brisbane Airport: 1 hr 50 mins
Noosa: 3 hrs 25 mins
Want to carpool? check out: www.coseats.com
Taxi 02 66 855008 byronbaytaxis.com.au
Flights arrive daily to Ballina, Lismore and the Gold Coast airports. Shuttle buses go from all airports to Bluesfest and surrounds.
Gold Coast Airport(which is located to the north) it takes about 45 minutes to get to Bluesfest
Brisbane International & Domestic (north) takes approx 1 3/4 hours to get to Bluesfest.
BallinaByron Gateway Airport (south) is about a twenty minute drive along the high way to the Bluesfest
Virgin Australia 136 789 www.virginaustralia.com.au
Jetstar 131 538 www.jetstar.com.au
Qantas or Qantaslink 131 313 www.qantas.com.au
Regional Express/REX 131 713 www.rex.com.au
Flights arriving at and departing from Brisbane International Airport and Gold Coast International Airport:
Air New Zeland 02 8235 9999 www.airnewzealand.com.au. Direct flights from Auckland
Jetstar 131 538 www.jetstar.com.au.Direct flights from Tokyo,Osaka (Japan), Auckland and Christchurch.
Air Asia 1300 760 330 www.airasia.com
Gold Coast airport (which is located to the north) it takes about 45 minutes to get to Bluesfest
Airport Bus Transfers:
Servicing Ballina, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City and Gold Coast, via the Bluesfest Site during the festival:
Byron Easy Bus- (02)66857447 www.byroneasybus.com.au Bookings essential
Byron Bay Luxury Transfers - 0413220885 www.luxurytransfers.com.au
Byron Bay Airport Transfers - Bookings essential. Phone: (02)66209200 or visit www.xcede.com.au
Servicing Brisbane and Gold Coast:
Brisbane2 Byron Express Bus - 1800 626 222 www.brisbane2byron.com
Byron Bay Airbus - Airbus:0400 247 287 Airporter: 0414 608 660
www.byronbayairporttransfers.com.au or www.byronbayairbus.com.au
SurfCity Transfers- 1300 789171 www.surfcitytransfers.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org
Servicing Byron Bay and Ballina:
Byron Bay Taxis and Limousines - bookings (02) 6685 5008 or visit www.byronbaytaxis.com.au
Steve's Tours - Bookings essential. Phone: 0414660031 or visit www.stevestours.com.au
Byron Bay Luxury Transfers - David Flood Phone: 0413220885 or visit www.luxurytransfers.com.au
5 Day Festival Adult: $525
3 Day Festival Adult starting from $380
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