Event Info – Camping At The Festival

Camping

 


Camping Options

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

There are a limited number of Season + 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:

  • Setup in the general campground on a first in, first serve basis – BYO tent, motor home, caravan etc
  • Reserve a powered campsite (for an additional fee) in one of 3 powered camping areas within the general campground – BYO tent, motor home, caravan etc
  • Hire a tent in the Rent a Tent area

Within the general campground, campers have the following options:

OWLS & FOWLS – There is a designated camping QUIET ZONE 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.

OVAL CAMPING – 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.

RESTRICTED AREAS – There is NO CAMPING or PARKING in the Entertainment Zone, the Dog Show Zone or under the Electrical Towers. The Staff, Performer Rent a Tent  and Area Coordinator camping areas will be from the Fitzroy to the Henley buildings. Camping and vehicle access to this area is restricted. Performer and Access Camping will be located behind the grandstand along Flemington Road and camping and vehicle access to this area is restricted to performer, access and entertainment zone vehicle pass holders only.

The 2019 Site Map will be available closer to the Festival. Please refer to the 2018 Site Map for reference.

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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

POWER – There is minimal power available across the general 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 submit an Access Camping form to the Festival prior to Friday March 22, 2019. See the Disability Access page for more information.

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 Site Map (Coming Soon).

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

SHUTTLE BUS – A free shuttle bus loop service operates within the Festival campground. Bus 1: loops from the Main Ticket office at the Wells Station Rd Entrance to the Quokka Gate. Bus 2: loops from the Main ticket Office at the Wells Station Rd Entrance to the Fitzroy 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 18 April 2019.

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.

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 14 – Wednesday 17 April 2019. This gate will close and stay closed once the Festival is operational.

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Access to Camping Areas

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES:

The Epic Campsite is closed to the public including ticket holders from 10am Friday 12 April to 9am Monday 15 April 2019.

The EPIC/Festival camping areas will open to Season + Camping ticket holders at 9am Monday 15 April 2019.

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

The campground closes 12pm (midday) Tuesday 23 April 2019.

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 campground must have a pre-purchased Vehicle Pass in addition to a Season + Camping ticket.

Camping is restricted to the designated Campgrounds as shown on the Map.

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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 17 April. All patrons must vacate the tents by 12noon Tuesday 23 April 2019.

A 2 BED tent costs $320 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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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 August 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 ($35).
  • 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

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

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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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

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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