Your guide to celebrating 30 years of Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as one of the wonders of Australia.

It sits on many people's bucket lists alongside visiting Uluru, seeing the Sydney Opera House, and sunbathing at Noosa Beach.

It embraces a huge range of international and domestic musicians, alternative lifestyles, and stimulating intellectuals and artisans.

This year's highlights include Courtney Barnett, The Paper Kites, Michael Franti and Boo Seeka.

Festival director Bill Hauritz said the word 'Woodford' now conjures up "beautiful images of art, ideas, inspiration and contribution".

Over six days and six nights more than 100,000 festival-goers will attend the event and the ABC will be there to bring it to you with a special New Year's Eve broadcast.

Here is everything a festival-goer needs to know.

What you need to know if you are camping

  • Gates will open for season campers at 2:00pm on Christmas Day and close at 8:00pm on New Year's Day
  • All sites are ready for tents but are not allocated. It is a first-in first-served system, but there is plenty of room for everyone
  • More trees have been built for shade over the last 12 months, but bring adequate shelter from the harsh summer sun as well
  • Peak times for the shower queues are in the morning and late afternoon — avoid these times if you can
  • Festival Village shuttle bus will run for patrons and volunteers from Festival Village from the camping areas
  • Valuables can be safely stored in the cloakroom located at the welcome tent for a fee
  • No BYO alcohol is to be brought into the festival precinct
  • Water is a precious commodity at Woodfordia — conserve water and shower once a day
  • There is no electricity for on-site patrons and no generators are allowed in the camp grounds
  • Try and keep the number of cars per campsite to one
  • Patron hotline is 07 5496 1033 to report any security or emergency incidents
  • No campfires are allowed
  • You can bring a campervan, motor home, caravan or camper trailer to the festival, for which you will need to purchase camping tickets
  • Expect noise and bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper
  • Check what to bring when camping

What you need to know if you are going for the day

  • Gates open 8:00am and close 10:00pm from December 27 to December 31. They open 8:00am and close 8:00pm January 1
  • Free parking is available onsite for festival patrons
  • Don't forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Pack a raincoat or poncho
  • Consider taking a refillable water bottle
  • A light jumper for the evening
  • Bring gumboots if raining
  • Disabled patrons can learn more about accessing the site here
  • Check out how to get there


Source: ABC News

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