We’re declaring our own war on waste!

Did you know that the majority of single-use coffee cups can’t be recycled?

Here at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, we’re waging our own war on waste! In 2018, we’ll be trialling the use of reusable coffee cups throughout the Festival arena.

Our committee has purchased 500 12oz re-usable, souvenir coffee cups for use at any of the five coffee vendors within the arena. They’ll be easy to spot as they’ll be emblazoned with the Festival brand.

And coffee lovers can rejoice in the fact that they will receive a 50 per cent discount each time they refill their souvenir coffee cup!

We’re so committed to this idea that we made it a condition of trading at next year’s Festival that all coffee vendors had to agree to the discount arrangement.

And it will be up to individual vendors as to whether they choose to offer a discount to those who present with other re-usable coffee cups.

So pick up your special souvenir coffee cup at the 2018 Festival and join us in our ongoing war on waste!

Remember – Early Bird tickets end this Friday 8 December!

Camp without the hassle – the Folkie’s new Tent City option!

Finding accommodation during the Folkie need not be intense. Instead, it can be in tents – literally! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

In 2018, Port Fairy’s Consolidated School will be transformed into a fully-equipped tent city just 500 metres from the Festival arena.

This is a brand new accommodation option available to ticket holders only.

Options range from a one-person tent through to tents larger enough to sleep six people.

The best part? You don’t even need to bring all the gear! The basic pricing option includes stretcher beds, mattresses, an LED lantern, regularly serviced toilets and hot showers, use of a small camp kitchen with cool room and car parking.

Bring your own sleeping gear, or book additional extras including sleeping bags, eskies and pretty much everything else you might need for a camping holiday!

Breakfast is even available at an additional charge.

This fabulous initiative is managed by the lovely teachers and families of Port Fairy Consolidated Primary School with the expertise of the Rent A Tent Group.

But remember – you must be a ticketholder for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival to make a booking for the Tent City accommodation.

Bookings available here.

Early Bird tickets for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival are on sale until December 8. Book online via our website today!

Top tips for Festival camping success!

Port Fairy is transformed into a beautiful sea of tents each year for the annual Folk Festival. It’s part of the tradition and the ‘Folkie’ experience!

Here are our top tips for making the most of your tent time:


  1. Test your gear before you leave.
    If you’ve borrowed a tent or have just bought one, we suggest setting it up at home to ensure all the poles and pegs are there and that you know how to pack it all away again.
  2. Camping with other folk? Share a car ride to Port Fairy to make parking easier.
  3. Keep well watered! Whilst it’s fine to drink, not everybody loves the flavour of Port Fairy’s mineral-rich water, so you might like to bring your own supplies.
  4. Although we think autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Port Fairy, the weather can be unpredictable. So remember the sunscreen and hat, as well as warm bedding and clothing. You might even like to throw in an emergency rain poncho or two. Just in case.
  5. Mosquito repellent is a must! Just like us, the mozzies love our aquatic environment.
  6. Take good lighting. Handy for cooking at night or just navigating your way to the loo in the wee hours!
  7. Handy things to pack:
    1. Nylon rope – great for tent support or hanging wet clothes
    2. Hammer or mallet for hammering pegs
    3. Duct tape – fixes just about anything!
    4. Brush for sweeping out your tent when packing up
    5. First-aid kit – just in case.
  8. Be considerate of others. Impromptu campsite jam sessions and singalongs are part of the Folkie spirit. But please respect your camping neighbours.
  9. Book early! The sooner you can secure your campsite, the better.

But if packing all the gear and setting up your own campsite all seems a bit hard, you might be interested in our Tent City! Stay tuned for more information in a future blog post. We can’t wait to see you in March 2018! (Remember, Early Bird tickets are still available until December 8!)


Folkie Bus Gears Up!

Folkie Bus Gears Up!

Port Fairy Folk Festival patrons living or staying in Warrnambool will be able to leave their cars behind, with a dedicated “folkie bus” ferrying ticket-holders between Port Fairy and Warrnambool for the first time in 2018. And it’s all for the cost of a gold coin donation!

The folkie bus will travel between Port Fairy and Warrnambool throughout the weekend, stopping en route at the Gum Tree Caravan Park on Port Fairy’s outskirts and at the Killarney caravan park.

It will collect patrons at the old Visitor Information Centre on Raglan Parade, Warrnambool (just opposite KFC), depositing them at the St Partrick’s School bus stop in William Street, Port Fairy – a stone’s throw from the Festival Arena!

But remember – the folkie bus is only available to ticket holders!  Have you got yours yet? Book online at www.portfairyfolkfestival.com.au.

2018 Folkie Bus timetable

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