With their roving caravan of performers, musicians and artists, Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass and Falls Music & Arts festivals have become a popular draw card for parents who want to share their love of live music with their children. And while these annual events see thousands of people camping on site for the entire 3-5-day duration, some punters shun the on-site amenities in favour of a little off-site privacy.
Byron Luxury Beach Houses has become a popular destination for festival-going families who want the freedom and flexibility that comes with a fully contained facility.
On the Thursday prior to the Splendour In The Grass weekend we drove into Byron after our flight from Los Angeles International Airport. The day was a little grey and overcast, which came as a welcome transition from dusty drought stricken California to the smell of moisture, living things, red earth and, above all, the Pacific Ocean.
We found Byron Luxury Beach Houses poignantly placed on Shirley Street, still central to the hub of Byron but convenient to avoid traffic and noise. It also made commuting in and out to the Splendour site at North Byron Parklands in Yelgun that much easier.
Parking, which can be a challenge in Byron at the best of time, was a no-brainer with the double lock-up garage. The accommodation itself we found more to be the size of an expansive townhouse. With dual levels, downstairs open-plan modern kitchen and large entertaining deck complete with BBQ, we knew we were in for a good weekend. Travelling with a family was a cinch with four bedrooms to choose from and ample bathrooms.
The downstairs master bedroom was decorated with modern rustic embellishments and cleverly designed indoor/outdoor showers. Each apartment faced inward around a central swimming pool nurturing a village-like-vibe. The electronic blinds were there for privacy in the evenings and the under-floor heating in the bathroom was a welcome surprise after a long soak, and complimentary glass (or two) of bubbles to stave off the jetlag.
For a family, Byron Luxury Beach Houses is great. The third television upstairs was perfect for our toddler in aid of early morning wake-ups while we indulged in a sneaky sleep-in sprawled in the giant bed, wrapped in thread counts a plenty.
Our daughter was saucer-eyed at the magic of ‘Little Splendour, decked in pink gumboots and happy as a (Peppa) pig in mud. I was slightly more reserved about the puddle jumping but confident in the fact we were returning to laundry facilities, plush beds and peppermint tea made indulging in the squelchy festivities much more appealing.
The glorious kitchen in the apartment meant it was easy for us to have supplies on hand from the supermarket to easily prepare a nice meal in, although I did have to instruct on the basic workings of the electronic blinds, glass flat top stove, and express that the wine chiller was actually not a dishwasher. (First world quandaries.)
Thanks Byron Luxury Beach Houses for a more than memorable weekend, the attention to detail, modern luxuries and creature comforts epitomise why weekends in Byron really are a little pocket of goodness for the soul that we’ll savour till the next reconnaissance to our old stomping ground.