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Byron Bay Blues Festival 2019

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay

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Start Thursday
16:00
Start Friday
14:45
Start Saturday & Sunday
12:30
Start Monday
12:00
Finish Thursday and Friday
22:30
Finish Saturday and Sunday
22:00
Finish Monday
20:45

Important event information

Over 100,000 people are expected to turn out to the 30th annual 5-day music festival running from Thursday 18 April to Monday 22 April at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay.

Festivalgoers should plan their trip and take advantage of the extra buses and coaches running from Byron Bay and surrounding local areas to get to and from the festival.

Anyone that plans to drive is strongly encouraged to arrive early, carpool and allow plenty of extra travel time as delays are expected on the M1 Pacific Mwy throughout the weekend. Traffic will already be heavy on Friday and Monday as holidaymakers travel to and from Sydney for the Easter long weekend.

Opal

You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

More ways to pay

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Keep in mind if you’re travelling by bus you still need to use an Opal card. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.

There is no local train station in Byron Bay, the closest station to the event venue is Casino. 

Extra bus services, coaches and shuttle buses will run to and from the venue from Byron Bay and surrounding local areas, visit Bluesfest - travel for more information on bus times and locations. 

Trackwork

Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Friday 19 April until 02:00 Tuesday 23 April and may affect how you travel to and from the event.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel so allow extra travel time and plan ahead. For train service disruption information, check travel alerts and trackwork or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

To note: the Epping to Chatswood rail line has been temporarily closed for upgrades ahead of Sydney Metro North West services starting in mid 2019. The high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood. For more information on Station Link, visit transportnsw.info.

Shuttle buses will be running from the following locations to help you get to and from the event from Thursday to Monday. Return services will leave from Bluesfest after the festival each night.

  • From Byron Bay (Johnson Street) – services run from Wednesday to Monday
  • From Suffolk Park (Byron Hills Roundabout)
  • From Ballina (Kerr Street and Tamar Street)
  • From East Ballina (Bayview Drive Estate – Old Coast Road)
  • From Skennars Head (Headlands Drive)
  • From Lennox Head (Ballina Street)
  • From Mullumbimby (Burringbar Street)
  • From Bangalow (Station Street)
  • From Brunswick Heads (Park Street and Ferry Reserve)
  • From Billinudgel (Billinudgel Humble Pies)
  • From Ocean Shores (Balemo Drive Motel, Orana Road top roundabout and Rajah Road Ocean Shores Shopping Centre)
  • From South Golden Beach (Shara Boulevard and South Golden Beach Stop)
  • From New Brighton (New Brighton Shop)
  • From Kingscliff (Pearl Street)
  • Casuarina (Casuarina Way and Casuarina Coles Bus Stop)
  • Cabarita (Cabarita Bus Stop)
  • Hashtings Point (Big 4 Caravan Park)
  • Pottsville (North Holiday Park and South Holiday Park)
  • From Kirra (Kirra Pavilion)
  • From Tweed (Tweed Mall Bus Stop and Tweed City Bus Stop)
  • Chinderah (Chinderah Bus Stop and Chinderah Tavern)
  • From Murwillumbah (Murwillumbah Railway)
  • From Burringbar (Burringbar Gallery)
  • From Mooball (opposite Mooball Cafe)
  • From Crabbes Creek (Crabbes Creek School)

Note: You will need to pay cash when boarding the bus. For further information on the bus pricing, stops and to view the timetable visit Bluesfest – Travel.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Traffic will be heavy on the M1 Pacific Mwy through Tyagarah particularly on Thursday as crowds arrive. Delays are expected further south around Pimlico and Ballina as festival goers head home on Tuesday morning. Motorists should expect delays on the M1 Pacific Mwy at Ewingsdale Rd and Gulgan Rd as well Mullumbimby Rd, Gulgan Rd, Tyagarah Rd, Old Pacific Hwy and Ewingsdale Rd.

Southbound motorists on the M1 Pacific Motorway should use the ramp at the Mullumbimby exit for direct access to the venue. Northbound motorists should leave the motorway at the Mullumbimby Gulgan Road off-ramp. Motorists should exercise caution and follow the direction of traffic controllers, there’ll also be plenty of signage along the motorway directing motorists to the festival site.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and expect delays in the area throughout the weekend. Motorists should also consider alternate routes or travelling outside the peak crowd arrival/departure times to avoid some of the delays.

For the latest traffic information visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app.

The following taxi companies service the Byron Bay area:

For details of taxi networks servicing the NSW area visit NSW Taxi Council.

Limited parking is available at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm - visit the Byron Bay Bluesfest website for more information. 

A designated pick up and drop off zone will be available at the South entrance of the festival site.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).