Camping at a festival adds another level of enjoyment to the event. It is a great way to meet like-minded music enthusiasts and very handy to have a tent nearby if you get tired at the late night sessions. However unlike most other festivals around Australia, the IFF has a limited camping area and we have to plan the camping spaces carefully to fit in all the people that love to camp at Bulli. Even though you may be a seasoned festival camper, could you read these notes carefully.
Depending on the type of camping you require and the size of your tent or your RV, we will endeavour to accommodate you in the camping area you request. However, you will not be able to nominate a specific camping site or reserve an individual site for yourself or anyone else.
The camping areas for 2020 are:
A) Wanderers Caravan/Motorhome Area 8m x 5m.
Slacky Heights Caravan/Motorhome Area (8m x 5m)
Middle Earth Caravan/Motorhome Area ( 8m x 5m)
Large Caravan/Motorhome Sites ( 10m x 5m)
B) Slacky Heights Tent/Campertrailer/Campervan Area (6m x 6m)
Middle Earth Tent/Campertrailer/Campervan Area ( 6m x 6m)
Black Diamond Tent/Campertrailer/Campervan Area ( 6m x 6m
If you require better quality camping facilities or your recreational vehicle (RV) won’t fit into these sites, try the local Wollongong City Tourist Parks at Bulli, East Corrimal or Windang.
All campers (whether a volunteer, performer, folk music school attendee or festival ticket holder) are only allowed to enter the festival site from Thurs 9am before the Festival and must leave by Monday 10am. This means if you arrive early, you will have to make your own arrangements to camp outside the festival grounds until Thursday morning. ( Folk Music School attendees and set-up volunteers excepted )
4Day Festival Camping Packages
To camp at the festival you can only purchase camping as a package:
a) Camping Package with Campsite Package ( includes a 4Day Festival ticket + campsite)
If some-one is sharing your site, you will also need to purchase:
b) Camping Share Package (includes a 4Day Festival ticket + Camping person pass)
You will receive special wristbands for you and members of your group which will identify you as official Folk Festival Campers, allowing you access to the grounds. You will also receive a coloured tag for your tent/van and car which will signify to the volunteers who check the ground, that you have paid for your site and you are camping in the correct area. All campers must wear their campers wristband during the weekend and secure the supplied tag to their tent or van or car.
Please note camping rates are flat rates, so whether you stay one or four nights, you will pay the same amount.
There is a limit of 385 camp sites at the Bulli Showground site so please book and pay for your camping site with your ticket purchase as early as possible. Campervans, 5th wheelers, motorhomes and caravans are most welcome and will have designated sites. However there are no powered or water connections available. If you need electric power for any purpose, you will have to book into a caravan park.
Please do not turn up on Monday and ask for access to the camping area. You need to organise your travel plans to arrive from Thursday morning
On arrival you will be directed to your allocated camping area. Caravans and Motorhomes will not be able to camp on the centre oval (Black Diamnond Area).
One nominated car is allowed to park within the allocated space for your campsite if there is room. Additional cars must be moved to the festival car park. Due to the popularity and limited camping area at Slacky Heights, you will not be able to park your car next to your tent, but we ask that you remove it to the car park area on the greyhound track
Entry for the camping sites is via Grevillea Park Road, accessible from the Grand Pacific Drive (Princes Highway). You will only be able to access the camping areas when the Camping Office is open and volunteers can direct you to your campsite.
Camping Office Hours (Camping Registration is within the Festival Office Tent)
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 6pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
If you arrive outside these hours, you will not be admitted to your campsite. Please make alternative arrangements. There will be 24hour security staff on the entrance.
Some rules and recommendations
Festival wristband must be worn at all times. All children must also have a wristband Children and youth who are camping must be accompanied by a responsible camping parent.
Entry to campsite is for Festival ticketed campers only.
Maximum of 6 persons per campsite
Please do not light any campfires
No parking is allowed next to tents at Slacky Heights and cars must be parked beside the road or in the festival car park.
Please recycle waste. Bins are marked as recycling / compostable and general waste.
Please do not leave any valuables in cars or tents.
Generators – The use of generators is only permitted by motorhomes or caravans camping in the Wanderers or Middle Earth areas between 8am and 8pm to recharge ‘house batteries’ and at the discretion of management.
Sorry no pets allowed. You will be asked to leave if you bring a pet.
Please be courteous of your neighbours at night and keep noise to a minimum. All late night sessions should be inside the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant.
Please make sure that all your camping equipment stays within your allocated space.
Any unruly behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in your removal from the site. 24hour security is on hand to ensure the safety and amenity of all campers.
Late Night Partying
A noise curfew will apply to all camping areas after 10pm. Anyone wishing to party on can go to the Grandstand Bar inside the Grandstand building (sessions will commence after programmed activities in the Grandstand Bar have finished). Please keep all sessions inside the building. Please be courteous of other campers and festival neighbours.
There are limited hot water showers so please conserve water and keep your showers short. There are hot showers for women and men under the Grandstand. There are also some showers in the small toilet block near the entry to the main Festival site.
Smoke Free Festival
The Illawarra Folk Festival is a Smoke Free Festival. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Festival site including camping areas.