Healesville Music Festival 2017

The 2016 Healesville Music Festival for the first time offered camping to our patrons alongside our new venue 'The Monda Muse.' This BYO camping option was provided at the stunning Healesville Amateur Racecourse. With flat, grassy camp sites and ample room for caravans and campers, the HARC site was a wonderful and affordable accommodation option for our patrons.
In 2017 we plan to offer more food options at the Racecourse, improve our camp kitchen and to put sides on our undercover venue - truly transforming the Monda Muse into an all weather venue.
The feedback from our camping patrons was overwhelmingly positive, with suggestions of extending the time available for our poets breakfast and acoustic evening sessions being accepted and implemented.
With an onsite venue, plenty of undercover areas for campers to use should they need it or shady trees to sit under and simply admire the view, we envision that our camping will come to form a crucial element in the success and enjoyment of the Healesville Music Festival.
We look forward to welcoming you all next year!

Healesville Racecourse
Photo by Norman Allchin

How much does it cost?
$25 per person for the duration of the festival. This is for up to and including 2 nights camping, (Friday and Saturday). Children 13 and under may camp free of charge with a festival ticket holding adult. Please indicate on your camping booking if you have children of this age with you so that they also get their camping wristbands.

How do I book and pay
You can book and pay when you buy your Festival tickets, either in person at the Memo Healesville or on-line. When you arrive you will need to call into the Festival Ticket office to collect your Campers Pack. For details of prices, and to buy camping passes, go to our TICKETS page.

What is a Campers Pack?
The Campers Pack is very important! It will contain special wrist bands for you and members of your group which will identify you as official Healesville Music Festival Campers allowing you access to the grounds. You will also receive a marker for your tent or van which will signify to the volunteers who check the ground that you have paid for your site. All campers must wear their campers wrist band during the weekend and secure the supplied tag to their tent or van. The pack will also include these guidelines. 

Where is Healesville Racecourse?
The Healesville Racecourse is located at 109 Healesville-Kinglake Road in Healesville, opposite the RACV country club. It is a15 minute easy stroll from the centre of town. It is 5 minutes walk from the Festival venue at the Terminus Hotel. A shuttle bus will run regularly between the racecourse and the other festival venues.  See the MAP of the Festival site and Camping.

When can I set up my campsite?
Access to the Racecourse will be open from midday on Friday 11 November 2016. Our Festival Office will be located at The Memo Hall on Maroondah Highway and you will be able to collect your festival and camping wristbands from 11am on the Friday

How many nights can I stay?

The camping site will be set up temporarily for the purpose of the Healesville Music Festival. Campers who have paid for their Festival ticket and camping will be allowed to camp the Friday and/or Saturday night of the Festival only. We ask that all camp sites be cleared by 3pm Sunday as we need time to clean up the site. Campers may then move their vehicles to the day parking area at the front of the racecourse. 

Can I bring my campervan or trailer?
Yes you can. There is plenty of room for vans and campers, however no powered sites are available.

Will the campsites be allocated?
No. Camp sites will be taken on a first in best dressed basis. (Trust us - they're all good! Some will just be a little bit of a further walk to the toilets than others).

Can we camp in the centre of the Racecourse?
Yes, you can but no vehicles are permitted on the race track itself and it is a condition of our hire of the Racecourse that all foot traffic is restricted to crossing the track at the designated pathways. 

What facilities are available at the Racecourse?
There are ample permanent toilets at the Healesville Racecourse, however shower facilities are limited with only two showers available.  Please leave the facilities as clean as possible. Cleaning will be done periodically and your patience is appreciated if the facilities are closed for this to occur. The disabled accessible facilities are also suitable for use by all and are not exclusive.
There will be bins available for your rubbish and recycling. Please keep the festival site clean for the health and safety of yourself and your fellow campers.
There is a good supply of fresh water at the track for drinking and 'bird bathing.' 

Children are welcome. Keep them safe.
Children must remain under the care of their parent/guardian whilst in the camping area and any of the festival venues. Please also note there is a fast running creek beside the racecourse and keep your children away from the water. There's loads of flat space for their push bikes too! (Don't forget the bike lock)

Can I bring my pet tp the Racecourse?
No. Under our hire agreement with HARC, pets are not permitted on the site.

Parking and Vehicle use over the Festival weekend.
The road leading to the camping areas will carry significant foot traffic. After unloading, campers are requested to obtain whatever supplies are necessary and then leave their cars parked in the camping area for the weekend in order to minimise the vehicles moving through the festival site.
There will be no traffic in or out on Saturday night unless you are a performer and need to transport equipment to your venues.
If you wish to use your vehicle over the weekend then you will need to unpack your camping gear and move your vehicle to the day parking area located at the front of the race track. 

Will there be food and drink available?
Yes! The Healesville Rotary Club will be running a food stall at the Racecourse offering simple, hearty fare and soft drinks. There is an abundance of cafes and restaurants in Healesville and we recommend that you visit them also, particularly our wonderful sponsors, The Terminus Hotel, Healesville RSL and Mocha and Lime Cafe.
Ma and Pa's coffee van will be onsite for your early morning cuppa or late night hot chocolate. 10% of Ma and Pa's profits will be generously donated back to the Healesville Music Festival.

Is there a music venue at the Racecourse?
Yes! The Monda Muse venue will be operating. See your PROGRAM for details of the artists performing.

I'm a Festival Volunteer do I still need to pay for camping?
No. Thank you for volunteering! Your time helping us with the festival will get you a weekend pass in to all of the festival venues and events.
Please register as a VOLUNTEER first and get in touch with our Volunteers Coordinator, Bette, email bette@wom.com.au, who will add your name to the camping list so that you can be given your campers pack.

Is there any security at the Racecourse?
Security guards will be on site after dark and will patrol the site at regular intervals. In addition, Festival volunteers will be on site periodically to check on the safety and condition of the site. Inappropriate or offensive behaviour will be reported to the police. We recommend that you lock your valuables in your car.
No responsibility will be taken for your property. Lighting is provided around the toilet and shower blocks and we recommend campers bring their own torch.

Alcohol may be brought into the camping area. However, vehicles entering may be searched for alcohol as bulk alcohol tends to cause issues with the level of consumption proportionate to the volume of the revellers. No alcohol will be sold at the Racecourse. 

Will there be a session?
It's very likely. For the comfort of all campers the night session will be held in the Monda Muse venue and not in the campsite.

Let's play nice.
Consideration is to be given to other campers and once the program is finished for the night, noise is also to cease in the camping area. Every one is here for a good time. Please respect the wishes and privacy of all campers.
We are a fun, family festival so we do not expect any problems but inconsiderate people will have their festival passes revoked and will be ejected from the site.

Special Conditions.
    ▪    Consideration is to be given to other campers.
    ▪    Sessions are to be run at the music venues, and not at the camp site after hours.
    ▪    At the racecourse, lights out is a reasonable time after music finishes at the main venues.
    ▪    No campfires are to be lit at the camp sites.
    ▪    The camp sites are not public camping areas and only festival ticket holders are entitled to camp in these areas.
While it is extremely unlikely to occur, should these conditions be breached, offenders will be requested to leave and festival passes will be cancelled.

In case of Emergency.
Call 000 for all medical emergencies.
The nearest emergency department is located at Maroondah Hospital, Davey Drive, Ringwood East.
An out of hours medical clinic operates at the back of the the Healesville Hospital at 377 Maroondah Highway, and is open between 12pm and 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.  1300 766 858.
Healesville is designated by the Country Fire Authority as being a place of extreme fire danger. Please pay attention to CFA warnings when planning your trip to Healesville and visit the CFA website should you require further information. www.cfa.vic.gov.au

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Yarra Ranges Tourism

Healesville Community Bank, McKenzies Tourist Services, Beechworth Bakery, Lions Club of Healesville,
Lilydale Supa LaundretteInnocent Bystander, Healesville Toyota, Coldstream Brewery, Dominique Portet,
Black Spur Nursery,  The Spectacle Site, Yarra Valley Business Centre, Maroondah Panels, Vital Signs,
Healesville Community Market, Healesville Hotel, Yarra Valley Travel, Deli World Chirnside, Tokar Estate,
Barry Plant Real Estate, Seville Hill, G & A Black Solicitors, Rotary Club of Healesville, Yarra Gables Motel