splendour in the grass: the great escape

We're freeeeeee.
The Splendour in the Grass shenanigans didn’t end when the music stopped. The very next morning we were faced with the dilemma of how to make it out of the camp grounds as quickly as possible. We woke up at 6am and were ready to go by about 7ish. Turns out a lot of other people were too. Being located deep in the campgrounds, and there being only one exit point (dumbest idea ever), we weren’t liking our chances. Traffic stalled at about 7.30am and over the course of the next two hours we moved about 20 metres, tops. During this time, we watched entire tents wake up, have breakfast, get packed, and then join the growing queue. Traffic was building up behind us, in front of us, and either side of us. We then got wind that it would be a reported 10 hours before the last car left the camp grounds. Things were looking dire. Then, all of a sudden, keys started turning in their ignitions and a sense of urgency filled the air. Apparently there was a way out after all. Slightly illegal, slightly stupid – but desperate times call for desperate measures…

The pack up.
6am start. Coldest morning we’d encountered the entire time. Not fun.

Off road.

Apparently, some intrepid campers had found a way out. If we cut through a paddock, there was a road that would take us straight on to the highway. With only seconds to decide, we threw caution to the wind and decided to give it a go. Despite the fact that our car was probably not equipped to handle it.

The Great Escape

Our excellent driver, Sam, showcasing her off-road driving skills. Her car is a brand new Honda Civic. Not an off-road car at all. It survived though, thank goodness. We would’ve been up shit creek if it had stalled. You can also see the convoy of cars in front of us, leading the charge. I’m not going to lie, for a while there it felt like the blind leading the blind.

Hi horse.

Turns out the road that led to the highway cut through someone’s property. A farm. Full of horses. I think some got a bit of a fright at the line of cars driving past. Whoops.

We made it out on to the highway dance.

This is me doing a celebratory ‘the car survived and we’ve made it out on to the highway’ dance. We then high-tailed it to Maccas, along with what seemed like the rest of the Splendour escapees, for a long awaited breakfast (which turned out to be more like lunch). This escapade was definitely one for the ages.
You can check out more photos from the weekend, that I may not have included here, over on my flickr.


  1. pixelhazard August 19, 2010

    boo i never have anyone to splendor with. My bad for making friends with people who only like pop or 80's rock

  2. isabella thordsen August 19, 2010

    lovely blog girl!

  3. charl August 19, 2010

    hey saw on fred loves jess that you like crown tattoos. thought you'd wanna see this….


  4. NINA August 19, 2010

    your blog is so inspirational! really love it!
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  5. little shadow August 19, 2010

    I really enjoyed reading this, and you took some great photos as well!

  6. klonecka August 19, 2010

    thanks for commening my blog 🙂 i love the pic in this post. its like full of… freedom haha xoxo

  7. Charleston August 19, 2010

    always capturing life in an organic polaroid manner, gorgeous x


  8. Catherine August 19, 2010

    Haha you guys drove off road through someone's backyard? Awesome!

  9. An Adorable Cliché August 19, 2010

    haha, well as you say desperate times call for desperite measures! I guess it wouldn't have been quite so funny if there wasn't a road near the paddock 🙂 still, great way to end a festival!



  10. Katie August 19, 2010

    haha this looks like quite the adventure! i cant believe you guys drove though some persons backyard haha hilarious!

  11. Barbara August 19, 2010

    I hate being stucked in traffic jams! really gets on my nerves

  12. Amy Antlers August 20, 2010

    Hey, I tagged you for a blog award 🙂

    Impromptu off-roading is the best. Love the photos.

  13. soph (owl vs. dove) August 21, 2010

    @pixelhazard: that sucks. Start making Splendour-loving friends quick sticks! In time for next year. Or just go and make friends there, haha! It's worth it!

    @charl: thanks for the heads up!

    @AnAdorableCliche: exactly. It could've turned out to be a complete disaster. I still think the Splendour Gods were shining down on us all weekend.

    @AmyAntlers: thanks lovely!

  14. C. September 3, 2010

    Oh how i wish i could have attended splendour!


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