Camping in Byron Bay is tiring, I thought I was going for a chilled holiday but I ended up drinking every single day and night for the 5 days I was there.
We had chosen what I believe was the cheapest accommodation in Byron Bay over the New Years period, Belongil Camp Grounds.
This camp ground cost around $52 a night for a powered site, and a bit cheaper for one without power.
Overall the place is quite large, with 1500 campers there at the peak time (NYE). 1500 was quite a lot of people, campsites are pretty stacked together but you still had room to move. I was told last year they had 4000 people.. yikes.
This camp ground is roughly 3km out of the city center of Byron Bay, which I think is a bit too much to walk but the perfect distance if you have a bike.
The first day the place was only about 1 third full, so there was plenty of room and everything was pretty chilled.
Slowly but surely, as the days went on, things got a bit more hectic. It was reminiscent of a music festival; music blasting from every tent, professional CDJ setups, PA speakers, but it wasn’t overwhelming. In fact, there was quite a variety of music and everybody was quite welcoming if you wanted to go chill with them and listen to their tunes.
The next two nights got pretty wild, there was no chance you were going to get to sleep without being completely belted, something we had many years experience at. Girls walking around with goonsacks, guys doing burnouts in the field, a few fights, but you never really saw any aggression outside of that. The toilet/shower block ended up with broken glass all through them with some champion taking a shit on the shower soap holder. A few broken mirrors, lights ripped from the ceiling and shower doors all kicked in. There was a super secret toilet + shower combo which had its walls ripped down which was absolutely devastating as I gave that sucker a workout a few times.
So far, nothing too bad, considering the amount of people that were staying at the camp grounds. We ended up with a rotting t-bone steak (I think?) outside our tent which we have no idea where it came from. There was also a turd about 4 meters away from it. Some people really don’t like using toilets.
All in all, I enjoyed myself, but I would highly recommend you being completely shitfaced to maximize the enjoyment.
Do not go here if you are a family
Do not go here if you are older than 22-25+
Do not go here if you’re afraid of some glass and random turds
Go here if you have a pair of shower thongs and are prepared to give those badboys a workout
Go here if you want to see a bunch of random funny shit, like dudes jumping bikes into the back of Toyota Land Cruisers
Go here if you plan on being permadrunk, playing some tunes and talking absolute shit with your good mates