Splendour success delivers dividends for Bruns businesses

ABOVE: The Happy Dolphin barista, Latisha Austin serves Splendour festival patrons yesterday at Brunswick Heads while buskers, “The You Can’ Blues Band” create a festive atmosphere on the street.
ABOVE: The Happy Dolphin barista, Latisha Austin serves Splendour festival patrons yesterday at Brunswick Heads while buskers, “The You Can’ Blues Band” create a festive atmosphere on the street. MEGAN KINNINMENT

THE streets of Brunswick Head had a post-Splendour in the Grass glow yesterday with full cafes and buskers adding to the festive atmosphere.

With the festival now in its second year at its new Yelgun site, businesses in the north of Byron Shire have picked up some of the Splendour trade that had traditionally flowed into Byron Bay.

"It's been a boom for Brunswick Heads this weekend," Brunswick Valley Visitor Centre manager, Linda Hibbarb said.

"The streets have been full and there has been a great atmosphere around town."

Ms Hibbarb said it was supermarkets, accommodation and cafe businesses that had benefited most from Splendour now being held in the shire's north.

"Accommodation was fully booked out in Brunswick Heads, as were all of the airport shuttle buses," she said.

"It is not quite as big as Easter for us, but it has been a fantastic boom for the town."

Cafes were busiest in the mornings, she said, serving patrons breakfast before they headed off to the festival, and yesterday punters filled the town after having packed up from the festival site.

While his cafe was full yesterday, The Happy Dolphin Cafe manager, Gary Deller said he had expected it to be busier over the weekend.

"The vibe over the weekend was awesome and we were up on normal trade, but nothing like what I expected," he said.

Topics:  brunswick heads, splendour in the grass

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