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indiechick
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:33:15 PM
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what is the deal if you have a van and wish to pull up on the roadside somewhere overnight... i have read articles saying that the law is cracking down on such behaviour, but i dont see why it should be such a big problem... whats the difference between an empty car on the road overnight, and a car with two sleeping bodies in it overnight??

if there is going to be a crackdown, then what is the cheapest campsite going?

Dan...
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:56:38 PM
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they're not cracking down, they've never tolerated it. at least not in the last ten years, can't speak about before that.

The poster formerly known as Dan
bambambam
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:38:37 PM
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Don't try it in Byron, the Rangers have a sixth sense...
Tap tap tap on the window, $50 dollar fine (probably gone up now)
Maybe ask one of the locals on this site if you can camp on their land,,
It's worth $20 bucks a nite not to have the stress of getting busted,,,

Ahhh You've already asked (silly me)

Good luck with that,,,,,,,,,,

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waffles
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:59:56 PM
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theres a parking area on the northbound side of the highway about 1klm south from the bluesfest site. i have seen campervans there often.
there are toilets and tables there.

http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/New-South-Wales/Tropical-North-Coast/Tyagarah/Tyagarah-Rest-Area#

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
freexone
Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 3:38:50 PM
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You should always use a rest area or somewhere well off the main roads.
The danger to you and other road users of simply pulling to the kirb for the night
is something no-one should have to contemplate.
A stationary vehicle (empty or otherwise) within aprox. a metre of the main carriageway
is extremely dangerous and has led to hundreds of fatalities.
The area waffles refers to is very well set-up,
but it is not intended to be a medium term camping spot.
Stay safe - Arrive alive.

Sorry 'bout the rant, but if you didn't know the above already,
It's probably about time someone told you about it.
charlievegan
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:05:59 AM
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if you go out of byron, you wont get hassled if you sleep in the servo carparks and they have toilets . . .
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:47:28 AM
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http://www.echo.net.au/newsitem/sleeping-nightmare-byron-bay

This is not the first time I have posted this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sccRtO1mJfw
"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:51:15 AM
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http://www.echo.net.au/newsitem/overnight-campers-steal-prime-real-estate

This article is also relevant.

Of course I am not suggesting attendees do not utilise Bluesfest camping.
If you are consuming alcohol or do not want to extend your day by driving elsewhere,it is logical to stay on site.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sccRtO1mJfw
"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
melhannay
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 3:36:53 PM

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Belongil Fields was pretty cheap when I last checked and the bus is only $4 to the festival site
indiechick
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 9:40:03 AM
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You know, I did it for 6 months in the US. i have a fairly good idea of how to be respectful, and how to be safe. We have no desire to get in anyones way really, we just want to attend the festival on a tight budget. Thanks everyone for your input.

Cheers
freexone
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 5:39:42 PM
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Don't you get it?
It might not be you that is being unsafe.
Drivers often nod off, and drift around on the roadway.
Haven't you seen any of the 'micro-sleep' warning advertisements?
They are not there for a joke, they show you vividly what can happen at any moment.
{ Most mature, experienced drivers would admit that they have had this happen at least once. }
And if you are innocently sleeping in your van on the side of the road,
it could very easily be you that some hapless driver runs into in his micro-sleep!

finally,
I would much rather see you 'disrespected' by the truth,
than dead at the side of the road.
charlievegan
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 10:22:14 PM
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freexone wrote:
Don't you get it?
It might not be you that is being unsafe.
Drivers often nod off, and drift around on the roadway.
Haven't you seen any of the 'micro-sleep' warning advertisements?
They are not there for a joke, they show you vividly what can happen at any moment.
{ Most mature, experienced drivers would admit that they have had this happen at least once. }
And if you are innocently sleeping in your van on the side of the road,
it could very easily be you that some hapless driver runs into in his micro-sleep!

finally,
I would much rather see you 'disrespected' by the truth,
than dead at the side of the road.


this forum needs a like button! **clicks "like"**
waffles
Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:57:26 PM
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OK heading north out of byron,past the industrial estate,is a big BP service station complex with 5-6 shops in it,drive around the back of the shops and park there.its quiet,the servo opens 6am till midnight and theres a food shop as well as the servo shop and toilets.
you cant get cheaper than that!

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
indiechick
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:31:17 AM
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thanks waffles!! thats the kinda thing i was thinking.

i think freexone was thinknig we were just going to pull up on the highway, but anyone would be stupid to do that. somewhere quiet, secluded and safe is more our style. :)
bambambam
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 3:33:28 PM
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I hope that option works for you indiechick,
But I've got a feeling you could still get busted or asked to move on,
Mind you, my wife always tells me I'm no good with feelings,
So you'll probably be OK,,,

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waffles
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 6:17:16 PM
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believe me i worked near that servo complex and there was always a couple of campervans at the back parking area. i dont think anyone ever got hassled.one guy actually lived in a station wagon for a few months.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
freexone
Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 9:31:19 PM
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indiechick wrote:

i think freexone was thinknig we were just going to pull up on the highway,

So did everybody else I'd reckon!
You asked about a crackdown, stating; 'whats the difference between an empty car ''on the "road" overnight', and a car with two sleeping bodies in it overnight??'';
and also stated that you did it in America for a considerable time!
I am glad you have found some sense..
deepbluesee
Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2012 8:19:33 PM
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Head out of town and park on quite rural side roads towards mullumbimby, the pocket, etc, , most folk are pretty cool but waking up with rubbish and human excrement outside your favourite beaches or house wears thin ..
I've been booked for sleeping in car after party night last year.
The rangers are active especailly over blues fest.
safe travels
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agatethompson
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 9:38:11 PM
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It is so great to see a post with such active participation and valuable comments. We’ll definitely be taking this advice!
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