Hitch Hikers Guide

Hitch Hikers Guide

First time at a folk festival?  Use our helpful guide!

  • Buy your Festival Pass early to save you money and time. Buy online or call 1300 887 034

  • If you’re driving to the festival then follow the signs from the Princes Highway to the main entry gate of the Bulli Showgrounds. If you get there early enough you should be able to park inside the Showground. If you are drving there is limited free parking in the showground. Click here for the 2018 Festival Map
  • If you’re using public transport then walk up to the main entry gate and head for the Festival Office.

  • If you are catching a train there is a free shuttle between the festival and Bulli train station in the hours 8am to 10 am and between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Make sure you get a full programme at the entry. This is your guide to the venues, performers and general information. Click here for a Festival Site Map.

  • After getting your wristbands park the car and head for the Piazza, Global Green or the Slacky Flat Festival Bar, sit down, grab a refreshment and take a few minutes to study the programme.

  • There are 12 venues to choose from. You can either decide who you want to see and when or just take pot luck! Having a highlighter pen is a good idea. Mark the events you want to catch.

  • However you may get waylaid by buskers, poets, parades, dancing, impromptu sessions….

  • Don’t panic if you can’t make up your mind! Chances are you won’t know some of the acts. Just walk the site! You’ll discover music you’ve never heard or you’ll end up dancing, reciting or just watching.

  • If all this fails, head for the Festival Bar or the Global Green again. There’s food and drink there to fill and refresh your soul.

  • Have a chat with the bar staff – they usually know most of the acts and can give you a hand deciding on what to do.

  • Don’t forget at some point to do some exercise and walk up to Grevillea Park for a concert or two. It’s well worth enjoying the natural ambience of the venues there.

  • Alternatively you can catch a Festival shuttle minibus from outside the Show Pavilion up to the Grevillea Park. It will operate from 10am each day.

  • At the end of the day (night) and if you’ve still got energy then hang around the Festival Bar as the musicians will be up for a tune or two. Sometimes the best music is played spontaneously at these late night sessions!

  • Remember to have fun, but be courteous to your fellow friends when leaving!