Tips to help you have a great festival camping experience
Facilities and comfort tips
Rather than dotted around the campsites, the ablution blocks are located in areas that enable safe access by the service trucks and crew. When you arrive, ensure you are aware of the facility locations and choose your camp area accordingly. Toilet and shower facilities are adequately basic. Peak times for shower queues are in the mornings and later afternoons, so please avoid these times if you don’t want to wait.
The camping grounds are temporary and only used once a year. Please respect the area, and leave it as you found it. The Fields and Rivergrounds camping areas, in particular, are used to graze animals during the remainder of the year. Any rubbish, particularly small items such as bottle tops, can be harmful to livestock. Avoid leaving cigarette butts on the ground – they take 12 years to break down in the environment and are harmful to wildlife. Always use the waste and recycling bins, there are plenty around. Removing the outside packaging of grocery and camping items before you leave home will save extra trips to the bins!
Because of this limited use, it is not possible for us to provide perfectly level campsites with well-manicured lawns. While some areas have trees, the majority of the camping areas do not.
Suggestions for a comfortable campsite
Choosing your camping spot. Make sure the area you have selected to pitch your tent is free from sharp objects, ant nests, overhanging branches, and away from the natural course of water in the event of heavy rainfall.
The ground and other conditions. Be prepared for hard ground and bring tent pegs appropriate to the conditions. Bring a hammer or mallet!! If possible, have the rear of the tent facing the prevailing conditions. Always put guy-ropes on tents. It may be calm when you erect your tent, but windy conditions can roll in quickly in the rural environment and catch you unaware. It is always handy to have coloured ribbon to hang on your guy ropes so they can be seen at night. Ropes become a hazard for those walking in the dark. A ground sheet or tarp under your tent can assist with keeping out the cold from underneath.
Off the ground. A fold-up camp stretcher allows air circulation and protects your bedding from any water that may enter your tent. Consider a fold-up chair, or small camp table, for keeping your personal belongings off the ground as well.
No electricity in camp areas. There is no electricity available on-site for campsites unless required for life-support equipment (please contact the festival office for help). You will need to bring a good torch, battery light, or gas lantern.
Generators. Use of generators is discouraged, however, it is understood that some newer models are less noisy. If you find it essential to use a generator, please consider your camping neighbours and operate for minimal periods of time. There is plenty of camp space available, especially in Fields, so also please consider your location when setting up.
Keep your valuables safe. Theft can be a problem (as at any large event), so please do not bring anything of value to the festival other than what is absolutely necessary. All valuables remain the responsibility of the camper.
Expect noise, bring earplugs. You can expect to hear music and fellow campers at any time of the day or night, despite a quiet curfew of 2.00am on Sat and Sun. Please bring your earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
No BUTTS about it. Use an empty tin or bottle as a cigarette butt receptacle. Don’t leave them on the ground. Cigarette butts take 12 years to break down in the environment, are harmful to wildlife, and are a potential fire hazard. Free KAB cigarette disposal pouches available at the Ticket Tent.
Consider your camping gear carefully. Remember that you are creating a temporary home at your camp for the weekend. It may be a retreat from the festival precinct, as well as a place to crash at the end of the day.
It’s great to camp with friends. Either arrive at the same time or bring their tents to peg out whilst waiting for them.
If you don’t have a tent, consider hiring a caravan, camper trailer, or campervan. And if you don’t want the hassle at all – Cosy Camping or Glamping could be for you!
Our campgrounds need to accommodate a large number of people so please keep your campsites small and conserve space wherever possible.
Please restrict the number of vehicles in the campgrounds by sharing lifts or parking extra vehicles in the front car park.
Please do not drive around the campgrounds once you have set-up your campsite. If you don’t need to leave the site over the weekend, then please choose either the Oval or the Rivergrounds camping area, which are completely ‘No Vehicle Movement’, or the ‘No Vehicle Movement’ areas in the Fields/Kingsley camping areas. Once parked, vehicles in these areas cannot be moved until midday Sunday. These areas are particularly recommended for families with small children.
No open fires are allowed anywhere in the camping areas or the festival precinct. However, you can use small gas camp stoves.
This is your home away from home so make yourself comfy!
- Build a community – greet your neighbours
- Be respectful of others’ space and belongings
- Offensive behaviour and language isn’t welcome
- Excessive noise, especially after curfew, isn’t fair to others
- If you are a very early riser, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the bush
- Supervise your children at all times
- If your children wake early, ensure they are not disturbing fellow campers
Water is always a precious commodity and we appreciate your efforts in conserving water whilst on site. All tap water on-site is potable but for conservation, and your own convenience, please bring all the water you’ll need for the duration. Bringing your own reusable water bottle for personal use is recommended.
As the festival takes place in autumn, our weather can range from very hot and dusty days through to thunderstorms. It can get pretty chilly in the evening so campers should come prepared for all seasons. Check the Bureau of Meteorology, Pinjarra region website before you set out.
What you can do before you leave home
The following is supplied to help you have a trouble free camping experience. If you are still unsure, please visit a Getaway Outdoors store where the staff can help with further advice, or download a camping checklist from their website to ensure you don’t forget anything.
Clean and test-light the gas stove and any lamps. Ensure you have spare gas lamp mantles, check the O-rings. If you’re unsure take it to a reputable dealer and have these items checked.
Airbeds and camp stretchers should be inflated or assembled to ensure they function properly. Ensure you have an inflatable repair kit – just in case.
Bring any foodstuffs in an esky; ice is available at Gus’s Bar and outside the Village Reception/Café at limited times during the day.
When it’s time to leave at the end of the festival
Before leaving, be sure that all your tent pegs, mats, and ropes are packed away and that all rubbish is disposed of correctly. Please take home packaging and broken camp items to assist in reduction of expensive waste removal from the site. Keep Australia Beautiful orange rubbish bags will be available. Please use them and “leave no trace” of where you have camped for the festival weekend.
We look forward to seeing you for another fantastic Fairbridge Festival experience!