Getting out onto the open road is awesome, and some of the most enjoyable road trip destinations would have to be camping festivals. Good news is that there are heaps of these all around the country, and they cater for all kinds of festival goers who want the full immersion experience.
The camping festival circuit has had a very slow start in 2022, with a number of the staple festivals being cancelled or postponed. Hopefully this pattern won’t continue much longer, as these are fantastic opportunities for community building, regional economies and supporting local Aussie artists and vendors.
Thankfully, there are dozens of festivals on our must-visit list still to come this year. Even though, at this point, Western Australia still has solid borders firmly up, the rest of us, (those who are vaxxed anyway) have a lot of options for getting away on a decent road trip or two - and letting our hair down. Let’s see February and March’s list that look amazing!
The Gathering of the Goddesses Festival, Victoria
From February 24 to 27 in the Macedon Ranges
This festival has been created for self-empowerment for women, and the helping of each other through support and community. At this point, it’s mostly sold out, but there are tickets left for this wildly popular event – it’s down to the last three-day tickets now, which include camping and festival access. Among other things are workshops, presentations, healing workshops, psychic readings, women's circles, markets, arts and crafts, busking and live entertainment.
For accommodation, there is paid glamping, dorm accommodation and camping options right within the festival area, with toilet and shower facilities as well. Check out the links below for this festival, but you’d better hurry:
Apple & Grape Harvest Festival, Queensland
Friday 25th of February to Sunday 6th of March in Stanthorpe
Starting over 50 years ago, and with an average of 60,000 people coming to this event, this grape harvest festival is a huge well-established event worthy of a family-friendly visit. Based in Stanthorpe, about three hours drive west of Brisbane, just north of the border with NSW, the streets are filled with buskers, local artisan and farmers’ markets, presentations, competitions, tours, live music and entertainment for all ages, day and night.
As far as camping accommodation goes, just click here, and scroll down the page to the various options for local region camping sites - it has great short descriptions for each site with links to each if you wan to look further.
Here are the main links for the festival:
Dashville Skyline Cosmic Country Weekender Festival, New South Wales
February 25th to 27th in the Hunter Valley
This super laid back music festival showcases country music in all its forms, including ‘alternative country music’ styles, all along with other styles of music, food markets, plenty of cars and bikes, in a family friendly format, over the last weekend of February.
Based in Belford, Hunter Valley, you can camp onsite in the huge camping and campervan area, and there are showers and toilet aplenty for campers. But because it’s peak fire season, you won’t be able to have campfires. Check out the links below for this festival:
The Gathering of the Goddesses Festival, Tasmania
March 3rd to 6th in Forth, north-west Tasmania
Same as above, this festival has been created for self-empowerment of women, and the helping of each other through support and community. This time in Tassie, there are a few tickets still available, so it could give you a second chance to enjoy an excellent personal journey. Just as with the Victorian festival, there are heaps of things to do including presentations, healing workshops, psychic readings, women's circles, markets, arts and crafts, busking and live entertainment.
And it’s also the same for the accommodation, with paid glamping, dorm accommodation, both of which are almost all gone, as well as your own camping options within the festival area, with toilet and shower facilities aplenty. Check out the links below for this festival:
Great Escape Camping Music Festival, Tasmania
March 4th to 6th, Mount Field National Park
Definitely one for the active live music lovers, with heaps of young Australian acts in the line ups, and a strict 18+ age restriction, this one is nestled in the Derwent Valley on the doorstep of wild wilderness.
Accommodation is BYO camping-only, on the festival’s grounds, with an area that vehicles can go into and a cheaper, quieter area for those happy to camp without access to their vehicle. Here are the links:
Chi Wow Wah Town, Victoria
March 4th to 7th, Winton Wetlands
This is a music, art and performance festival that has a true bias towards inclusion, nature, respect and culture, located in the picturesque wetlands of north-eastern Victoria, about two hours from Melbourne. Another reason to come to this is to help the event organisers in their awesome fundraising support for MS Australia, with money from your ticket going straight to that charity.
Although this one is sold out already on their site, you can join the waitlist or better yet, there's a legal scalping type of market available called Tixel, which the event organisers even recommend. Take a look at Tixel here as there are a number of people having to sell their tickets for various reasons, but on a safe secondary marketplace. Looks like there are still a bunch available.
The festival offers camping onsite and also pre-set up glamping, but the glamping is sold out – and also potentially available on the Tixel page above. Hopefully you get a chance to come to this great event – here are the links:
Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Victoria
March 11th to 15th, Moyston
Electronic music, art and performances from Australian and international artists, with carbon offsetting as part of the event organisers’ values as well, this is an eco-conscious and special visual and aural effects extravaganza totally worth getting to!
It is however another one that is already sold out on their site, but, again, Tixel is available and has tickets for this one too, check them here.
The festival offers camping onsite as well as pre-set up glamping. The camping ticket is part of the general admission ticket, but the glamping is sold out. Here are the festival’s links:
The Gathering of The Kindred Spirits Festival, Victoria
March 17th to 20th, Macedon Ranges
This festival includes music performances, arts and crafts, workshops and presentations, and many spiritual connecting activities like meditations, sound healings, mental health workshops and psychic readings, to really help get balance and re-energise in very beautiful natural surroundings.
The festival offers camping as part of the festival ticket, as well as adult dorms and pre-set up glamping, but the glamping is almost totally sold out, so you might want to get a wriggle on. Here are the festival’s links to look into it more:
Dune 2069 Festival, New South Wales
March 25th to 27th, Close to Central Coast
This is a dance festival with a whole lot more, including art, yoga, foodies stalls, multiple workshops, massage and music, hidden in a deep natural setting. There’s also live painting and drawing, and opening and closing ceremonies, which is so cool!
The camping is included in the festival admission ticket, and it’s just your own set ups, rather than any added-extra glamping experience. Here are the festival’s links:
Summing it Up
Although these are only a few of the festivals that are running in February and March, we love them because they carry the boho, bohemian and road tripper good vibes through into a full camping festival immersive event. Many have excellent sustainability policies and charitable causes that they support, but all are really inclusive, and we love that too.
If you know of any camping festivals that we've missed, please feel free to let us know and we’ll be sure to add it in our heads-up next year. We don’t want to miss out and want to make sure anyone who wants to go gets a chance!