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!)


• Mr Wizowski – Street IN•vaderS

Mr Wizowski narrowly avoided a lifetime of paper work by running away to the circus. He will show you that it’s never too late put some fun back in your life. Having fled from Canterbury Law School, Mr Wizowski now travels the world unleashing a show full of stunts, skills and jokes. Carefully crafted comedy combined with stupendously silly stunts create a show that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With his trusty sidekick Craig the Stunt Carrot, Mr Wizowski is sure to do something to risk his life (or Craig’s) for your entertainment.

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• Tina Sparkle – Family Folk Circus

One of the freshest, friendliest and most colourful faces in the facepainting and children’s entertainment business is Melbourne based facepainter, Tina Sparkle. A regular at family style festivals around Melbourne, Christmas Carols and kids parties Tina Sparkle (aka Christine Meagher) is a whiz at painting kids faces and entertaining them.

Her designs satisfy nearly every request the children candream up – fairies, pirates, spiderwebs, rainbows, masks, butterflies, magpies, tigers and super heroes all done in bright colour and lots of sparkles.
When required Tina also doubles as The Fruit Lady, Princess Petunia, Pirate Jack and Disco Diva. Ring her 0423-506550 or  See her website for samples and contact details.


Family Folk Circus • Samba Circus

The Samba Circus is a hands-on musical antidote to the digital age. Their shows and workshops combine circus and songs with the percussion wizardry of Steve Schulz in an exciting mix that has children singing, dancing and playing together. While tailored specifically for school-aged children, the Samba Circus invites heaps of audience involvement and is suitable for every member of the family who enjoys having lots of fun.

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STREET INvaderS • Benny B – Shark Buoy

Since his birth in July 2011 he has delighted audiences all over Europe, Scotland, Singapore and in South Korea. Shark Bouy is a comedy show featuring incredible circus stunts. It concludes with a bizarre audience participation story featuring rubber ducks and a shark! Shark Bouy is surprising and delighting audiences around the World with his absurd, improvised comedy extravaganza! This show is a tribute to the great Australian tradition of the shark attack. Shark Buoy: Take a Bite…NOW!!!An extroadinary juggler; one of Australia’s most bizarre and amusing contemporary clowns; and a Port Fairy favourite, Benny B returns!


Family Folk Circus • Red The Clown

Red is one of the gurus of the great tradition of clowning and a legend of the genre in Australia. With his humour and skills he has brought much happiness to our world with magical illusions, juggling, unicycle antics, songs and strories a-plenty. With Red at the helm as host, the Childrens Folk Circus comes to an extraordinary  place of smiles all round. Thank-You Red!!


The Man They Call The Banjo

Back by “Popular Demand” after packed houses at the festival 2013, The Man They Call The Banjo explores the intriguing origins and exits of leading characters in the life of “Banjo” Paterson and his anthemic story of The Swagman of Waltzing Matilda.

The year was 1895. Banjo Paterson and his fiance, Sarah Riley travelled to outback Queensland. Soon after their arrival Sarah hoped to announce their wedding date. But then Christina Macpherson sang Craigielee. The secret love story behind Australia’s favourite song – Waltzing Matilda.
The Man They Call The Banjo is written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe is based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s Allen & Unwin publication Waltzing Matilda –  The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song. The performance features  Cory Corbett as Banjo Paterson, Fleur Murphy as Christina Macpherson, Colin Driscoll as The Swagman, Cora Browne as Sarah Riley, and Felix Meagher as Robert Macpherson, with musicians Ewen Baker and Lou Hesterman. Directed by Wolf Heidecker

Written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe – based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s highly rated Allen & Unwin publication, Waltzing Matilda –  The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song.

This is great unmissable theatre with a marvellous cast showing at woolsheds and at this coming festival. Who was The Banjo and what really happened to The Swagman? Find out at at the Port Fairy Folk MUSIC Festival on March 8, 9.         (Pic Credit: The Warrnambool Standard )