Camping

Camping Options

Camping Options

On-site camping is limited to Season Camping Ticket holders only and is on a first in, first serve basis.

There are a limited number of Camping tickets available due to space restrictions at Exhibition Park in Canberra, so we suggest you get in as early as possible.

Campers have the following camping options:
 BYO tent, motor home, caravan etc OR
 Hire a tent in the Rent a Tent area.

OVAL CAMPING – Camping will be available on the Oval as in previous years. The oval is split into two parts – a car park and tent only camping zone. If you plan to camp on the Oval, your car must remain in the designated car park for the duration of the festival. Campervans, trucks and trailers are not permitted on the Oval at any time. See the 2016 Site Map for more details.

OWLS & FOWLS – There is a designated camping QUIET ZONE (indicated on the 2016 Site Map as Fowls – early to bed, early to rise!). The Owls area is in closer proximity to the Entertainment Zone and is for those not bothered so much by late night noise.

RESTRICTED AREAS – There is NO CAMPING or PARKING in the Entertainment Zone, the Dog Show Zone or under the Electrical Towers (see 2016 Site Map). The Staff, Performer and Area Coordinator camping areas will be from the Coorong to the Henley building. Camping and vehicle access to this area is restricted to performer and entertainment zone vehicle pass holders only.

For people that are used to camping near the stables please note that access to the showers under the grandstand and the toilet block near Gate 11 will be restricted. These facilities fall within the Entertainment Zone.

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Camping Sites

Camping Sites
Camp sites are claimed on a first-in first-served basis. The convention is that a site is claimed if there is a tent or caravan on it. All campers have equal access to available sites and a bit of give-and-take can save undue stress. If you are camping with a group, you should arrive together or bring and erect all the tents for your group. Please keep your site area to a minimum.

CAMPING DOS AND DON’TS:

  • Please ensure that any GUY ROPES around your site do not pose a safety hazard for other campers. Mark them with white plastic strips where necessary. Campground volunteers will remove guy ropes considered dangerous.
  • Please be conscious of access for vehicles, your own and your neighbours’, and of safety with vehicles.
  • Excessive noise will not be tolerated. After midnight you are expected to keep camp-site sound levels low enough that neighbours will not be inconvenienced.
  • Report any problems to the Festival Office. Security (after hours) or Festival staff may intervene in situations of disharmony, and co-operation with them is expected.

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Facilities and Onsite Services

Facilities and Onsite Services

POWER – There is minimal power available across the campground and it is only available on a first in first served basis. In some areas power is unavailable. For medical conditions requiring access to power please contact Disability services (Access). See website for an application form.

TOILET/SHOWERS – There are shower and toilet facilities located throughout the EPIC site and we have hired some portable facilities to supplement the permanent facilities. Some EPIC showers and toilets have wheelchair access, and these are indicated on the 2016 Site Map.

LAUNDRY – There is a laundry located on site at the Cotter Campground.

SHUTTLE BUS – A free shuttle bus return/loop service operates within the festival from Gate 11, near the stables, through the campground to Wells Station Rd and onto the Coorong Gate. 
This is provided from Thursday afternoon until Monday evening. General service hours are from 8am to midnight.

ATM – ATM/Cash-out facilities will be available on-site from Thursday 13 April 2017.

WATER – Taps are located at most shower/toilet facilities and around the campsite. All tap water is drinkable except in the toilet/shower trucks. Please ensure that you 
conserve water (especially hot water) by limiting your shower time and checking that taps are not left running or dripping.

PARKING – If you do not purchase a Campground Vehicle Pass, parking is available for free at Wells Station Road car park or for $10 per day at the Flemington Road car park.

ACCESS TO SERVICE STATION – There is no direct access for pedestrians via the festival site to the service station or MacDonald’s during the Festival.
Festival patrons will need to exit the festival site (via Well Station Road) and enter via Federal Highway either by car or on foot.
Limited access is available on foot via Gate 4 from 7am – 7pm Sunday 16 – Wednesday 19 April 2017. Gate will close and stay closed once the Festival is operational.

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Access to Camping Areas

Access to Camping Areas

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES:

The Epic Campsite is closed to ticket holders from 10am Friday 7 April to 9am Monday 10 April 2017.

The EPIC/Festival camping areas will open to Season Camping ticket holders at 11am Monday 9am 10 April 2017.

There will be NO ACCESS into the site before this time.

The campground closes 12pm (midday) Tuesday 18 April 2017.

All campers must vacate the Festival site by this time unless the camper is a volunteer undertaking volunteer shifts for pack-down/ clean up and authorised to camp beyond this date.

ACCESS:
24 hour access to the camping areas is via the Main Ticket Office off Wells Station Road ONLY (off the Federal Highway or Morrisset Street, from the west).

Vehicles entering the camping zone must have a pre-purchased Vehicle Pass in addition to a season + camping ticket.

Camping is restricted to the designated Camping Zone as shown on the 2016 Site Map.

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Rent A Tent Accommodation

Rent A Tent Accommodation

Rent a Tent is on-site camping in the best location without the hassle of having to bring your own tent or put it up.

Rent a Tent provides quality canvas two and four person tents, with stretcher beds, mattresses and a LED Lantern. All the tents are roomy and comfortable, with large screened windows and sewn in floors.

The tents are located in a prime location, only meters from all the major stages, with ample parking. All you need to do is bring your own bedding and pillows!

Rent a Tent has lit streets to help you find your tent and has a crew on hand to assist if anything goes awry. There is a dedicated car parking area and toilets and showers are close by.

PURCHASING A RENT A TENT:
Rent a Tent is available only to patrons who’s have purchased a Season Camping Ticket. Patrons who have purchased a Rent A Tent, can check in onsite from 4pm Wednesday 12 April. All patrons must vacate the tents by 12noon Tuesday 18 April 2017.

A 2 BED tent costs $300 or a 4 BED tent costs $480 and is booked when ticket purchase opens. There are a limited number of tents so get in early for this great offer.

To purchase Rent a Tent accommodation please visit our Tickets page.

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Pre-booked EPIC Powered Sites

Pre-booked EPIC Powered Sites

The Festival has two areas available where powered sites can be reserved for the 2017 Festival for a nominal fee. In order to purchase a pre-paid camping site you just need to hold a Season Camping ticket.

You will be able to book your powered campsite when they become available in November. Keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for an opening date.

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Camping Tickets

Camping Tickets

Camping is only available by purchasing a SEASON + CAMPING TICKET. There is no single night camping. A LIMITED number of SEASON + CAMPING tickets are available. These can be purchased online from September 1 until sold out.

  • Camping is sold on a per person basis, not per site.
  • Season Camping ticket buyers intending to bring a vehicle into the campground must purchase a Campground Vehicle Pass ($25).
  • Child and Youth Season Camping are only available when an Adult Season Camping is also purchased and the Festival is provided with the contact details of a responsible adult.
  • Children under the age of 18 must camp with a responsible adult.

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Safety

Safety

The Festival has put procedures in place to ensure that all patrons will have a safe, happy experience at the Festival. Please display safe behaviours at all times whilst onsite, including the following:

  • You are required to wear foot-wear at all times at EPIC, both in the Camping Area and the Entertainment Zone.
  • Bicycles, scooters, skate-boards, roller-skates, are not permitted in the entertainment zone.
  • If you see a safety hazard, please report it quickly to the Festival Office.
  • Gas bottles must have a CURRENT inspection tag and maintained in 
accordance with Australian Standard 2030. Do not leave any gas appliances 
on and/or unattended.
  • Electrical leads and appliances must have a CURRENT inspection tag, in 
accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZ 3760-2003.
  • NO CAMPFIRES: Fires are not permitted in the camping areas. Fire bans must 
be observed within the EPIC site.
  • All vehicle and safety access roads clearly marked within the campground 
must be kept clear AT ALL TIMES. Any tents or vehicles found within these areas will be relocated.

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Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol

We are obliged to follow ACT laws relating to drug and alcohol consumption:

  • We have a zero tolerance policy on underage drinking and illicit drugs. Offenders 
will be asked to leave the site.
  • Police will be involved when required, or when law-breaking appears to have 
occurred.
  • We reserve the right to ask for proof of age–so, please carry ID with you at 
all times.

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Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

The National Folk Festival has won multiple ACT No Waste Awards, and we are very proud of our success in minimising waste at the Festival. The Festival recently won an award for the Biggest Recycler Large Event at the ACT Smart Business Sustainability Awards.

  • Please assist us by using the recycling, compost & garbage bins correctly and keeping your site litter free.
  • Smokers – please dispose of your butts thoughtfully.
  • Porta potties must not be emptied into garbage bins. Use the toilet facilities 
(carefully) or the dump point located in the Cotter Campground.

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Weather

Weather

Autumn in Canberra is unpredictable so come prepared for warm sunny days, cool nights and possible rain. Campers are advised to bring plenty of warm bedding and clothing. Rain is unusual but you should be prepared for any eventuality.

Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen and water-bottle for those warmer autumn days! Footwear is compulsory – make sure you bring comfortable shoes.

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Pets

Pets

No animals, pets, or companion animals are allowed on the Festival site except for:

  • Guide dogs
  • Hearing dogs
  • Assistance animals: that is, an animal that has been trained to assist a person to alleviate the effect of a disability

Assistance animals need to be registered with the Access team. Please phone 0406 375 694 before your arrival to arrange entry and collect a pass.

All guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance animals must be on a lead at all times while on the Festival site.

Note that a person with a guide dog, hearing dog or assistance animal may be liable for any injury, loss, or damage caused by their assistance animal while it is on the Festival site.

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