As December draws closer, it’s time to start thinking about how to deck out your campsite to be the coolest and cosiest set-up in the Woodford Folk Festival campgrounds.
But while fairy lights and prayer flags definitely add to it all (and campsite colour is certainly encouraged), we have put together some practical tips for having a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience, whether you’re setting up in Season Camping, Overnight, or the Volunteer campgrounds.
Whichever campsite you call home while you’re here, you are never far from a quick power nap, a cooling shower, a home-cooked meal or a change of clothes.
There are 223 named streets that will guide you home – so when you think you’re Noteven Close, Casta Way your worries because you can go Everywhich Way along the Longandwinding Road, just Beaveringa Way and once you’re Prettybloody Close, you’ll find Timeslipsa Way Any Way.
The tip here is remember your street name, carry a map or don’t be afraid to ask someone else if you’ve forgotten one – it’s all part of the adventure!
Volunteers Coordinator Karen McBride says her main tip for getting the most out of your camping experience is just to take the time to get set up.
“It’s really worth it to put the effort in to make a comfortable base for the night or the week that you’re here,” she says.
“Make sure it’s robust enough to withstand Queensland summer conditions, and treat it like a home away from home.”
We have planted over 110,000 trees in the campgrounds since we moved the festival here in 1994, which provide good shade and a tranquil atmosphere to help make your camping experience an enjoyable one.
Deputy General Manager Michael Peterson was one of the original participants at the very first working bees known as The Planting – which has since become a festival in it’s own right, and says it’s a delight to realise the benefit of planting trees all those years ago.
“It’s always exciting to be hanging out in the shade and then realise, ‘Oh! I think I planted some of these trees 20 years ago,’” he said.
The campgrounds are nestled in each corner of the festival site, which throughout the year is a natural habitat for the wildlife that call Woodfordia home.
Share the space with these locals and be amazed at how close you can get to creatures that would usually flee with the kind of human population influx the festival brings.
Just remember to put your food out of their reach so you don’t have any unexpected thieves, and please don’t feed them.
There are 56 permanent amenities blocks on the festival site, as well as portable amenities – that’s 466 toilets and 335 showers, many located in the campgrounds.
Naturally, peak times are in the mornings and late afternoons and we are always amazed at how conscious people are at conserving water.
There is a General Store located by the bamboo Welcome Gate where you can purchase basic items, so don’t worry if you leave something behind.
The General Store sells food items like bread, milk, condiments, snacks, cold drinks and ingredients for cooking, as well as toiletries, sun and mosquito protection, and even camping gear.
Ice will be available at the General Store and an ice truck also drives around the campgrounds so you can catch it on the go or wait for it to mosey on down to your campsite.
The Woodford town centre is also only a 10 minute drive if you require more specific supplies.
Top Tips for a Comfortable Camping Experience
- Stay comfortable in the shade by stretching a tarp out from your tent and creating an undercover area, or setting up a marquee.
- Eat good food. All campers are welcome to bring their own food and cooking equipment to the festival site but fires are not permitted. Get creative with how you will store, put together and serve up your meals. There are also a variety of delicious food outlets within the precinct so you can be guaranteed to never go hungry.
- There is no electricity available on site for patrons’ camp sites unless they require it for life-support. Bring a gas, battery or solar light to hang in the campsite, and a torch with a back-up set of batteries for finding your way in your tent.
- Raise your bedding off the ground – it is also a great idea to keep your belongings off the ground and a fold-up chair always makes a great wardrobe.
- Avoid tents with built-in groundsheets; these are effective in keeping moisture from the wet ground out, but they’re also a great way to keep rain water in. Bring a shovel and create a drainage ditch around your tent. Just try to fill it back in once you leave!
- Be considerate of your fellow Woodfordians when setting up camp. It’s great to get comfortable, but remember that everyone else needs to fit in too, so squeezing up just a little bit could really help. Also consider whether you really need that eight-person tent for three people.
- If you are camping with other people, jump in the same car to save space.
- Water is a precious commodity at Woodfordia and although it is available, we highly recommend bringing some of your own. If you need to replenish supplies, all the water from the taps is drinkable, and there are also three Mt. Beerwah Spring Water outlets available for cheap refills.
- The days can be quite hot and the nights quite cold so come well prepared. Warm bedding and clothes are important and sunscreen and hats are always great to have. An emergency rain poncho never goes astray either!
- Have fun and be you. Happiness rubs off on others and waking up everyday with a good attitude always helps to keep worries at bay and adds a beautiful sense of serenity to your experience.
- Camping beside other fellow Woodfordians can trigger spontaneous conversations so we encourage you to share your experience and the activities, live music and events you are heading to.
Things oft’ forgot:
- A hammer or mallet for hammering pegs
- Cooking equipment – gas stove and spare gas, pots, pans, kettle, plates and cutlery, utensils, cups, washing up tub and liquid
- Plenty of drinking water, and a smaller bottle to carry with you
- Camping chairs
- Mosquito repellant
- Towel and thongs for showers
- Plastic bags for bins
- Storage box for food that won’t get wet
- Flags, paintings, solar fairy lights, decorations – but remember your footprint when decorating your campsite, and avoid items that will become waste, or fly away into our water systems
- Musical instruments for campsite jams – but be considerate of your neighbours
Leave at home:
- Generators – the use of generators in the camp grounds is not permitted due to noise and pollution
- Fires – open fires are not allowed
- Pets – unfortunately pets will need to be left at home or with a trusted petsitter
- Valuables – only bring what is really necessary and if you must have them, carry them with you as they are your responsibility
Essential Medications Storage
A cool storage facility for essential medications is available during the event at the Festival Medical Centre.
As more people choose to embrace the camping experience, we have introduced a Vehicle Pass this year to control the number of vehicles in the campground, in an effort to provide more space for tents, ensure a quality spot for everyone, and combat the dreaded dust. If you wish to park your car next to your tent, you will need to purchase a Season Camp Vehicle Pass for $70. This pass is also for campers with motorhomes and campervans.
All other campers with cars will need to purchase a $20 vehicle pass which will allow you to park your car in the designated parking area adjacent to the campground. With this option, you will have temporary unloading access to where your tent is, so don’t worry, no lugging all your belongings through the whole campsite!
All Vehicle Passes must MUST be purchased online before you arrive.* Passes available here.
* Volunteers, organisers and performers will not need to purchase a car pass.
Only an hour from either Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, the Woodford Folk Festival is a fantastic getaway, for one night or six. If you are planning on camping at Woodford this year, make sure you book your tickets online today.
Can’t wait to see you out here!
Please note, all tickets to the festival must be purchased before arrival.
Tickets allocation will be capped this year and all vehicles will require a vehicle pass.