• Dec 2017


Welcome to Forbes! We invite you to come and experience our country hospitality, heritage, beautiful natural environment and distinctive local attractions. History will come alive as you explore our town and learn of its gold rush past. Experience Lake Forbes and the Lachlan River or a spectacular sunrise or sunset at the acclaimed Gum Swamp Wildlife Refuge. You will love our boutique and specialty stores and our distinctive local dining.

Rich in gold-mining and bushranger history, magnificent heritage buildings and beautiful parks – There are plenty of things to do in Forbes whilst you are in town for Vanfest.

Tour Forbes on foot and follow the heritage trail, the perfect way to admire some fine examples of 19th-century architecture. Browse through the vintage cars in McFeeter’s Motor Museum, which also has a cafe and a cellar door for tasting local wines. Relax and unwind at Lake Forbes, a natural lagoon with 4.8 km of walking and cycle tracks, abundant birdlife, aquatic wildlife and shady picnic areas, perfect for taking in the beauty of the lake.
Click here for more things on what to see and do in Forbes, NSW.

Come and experience Forbes and you’ll be left with a lasting impression until next you return.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is camping included in my ticket?

No, all camping tickets are separate.

Do I need a separate ticket for my car?

You can either park it in the designated carpark or purchase a vehicle campsite, which allows you to park beside your camp

Replace lost tickets?

All tickets are sent digitally, so you can show us on your phone, or print out another copy

Are there pass outs

Only for campers

Can I come to VANFEST if I am under 16 years of age?

VANFEST is only licensed for 16 years and over.

What kind of ID will I need to bring to VANFEST?

Guests will need one of the below forms of identification to enter VANFEST and have on your person during the entirety of the event: Current valid Australian driver’s license with photo, current passport, government issues proof of age card, international drivers license with photo. Dont have one of these? Grab yourself a photo ID card through the  NSW RMS Website

What if I don’t have any ID?

You will not be able to enter the festival. Grab yourself a photo ID card through the  NSW RMS Website

Can you buy tickets on the day?

Yes, tickets will still be available online, and also on the front gate box office

Are there refunds?

All sales are final, there will be no refunds or exchanges. But you can give your ticket to someone else and change the name on the ticket, just email [email protected]


How can I be a volunteer at VANFEST?

Please email [email protected] for all volunteer enquiries

How can I volunteer to be a bar staff member?

Please email your details and interest to [email protected]

How can I be a promoter for VANFEST?

Fill out the application on our Promoter Site and get rewarded for getting your mates to buy tickets!


When do gates open?

Friday 1st December at 5.00pm, Saturday 2nd December at 1.00pm

Will there be ATM’s or eftpos facilities?

Yes, both will be available

Will there be food / drink facilities?

There will be variation of food vendors to suit all tastes along with a number of bars serving various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

What items are banned at VANFEST

BYO alcohol, weapons, illegal drugs, pets, glass, gas bottles, sparklers, furniture, flares, sound systems

What can’t I bring into VANFEST festival arena?

Illegal drugs, BYO alcohol, glass, chairs, weapons, fireworks, fire twirling devices, flares, professional camera (unless you have media accreditation) lasers, umbrellas, pets, bikes, skateboards, bread or milk crates, cans,


How far away is Forbes Showground from Town centre?

Approx 10 min walk, check out the map on our Getting Here page

Do you have wheel chair access?

Yes, there is access to disabled sanitary facilities and viewing areas

Do you have variation of food options for vegetarians, GF, vegans?

Yes, food vendors will provide options for all dietary requirements

Is there a first aid facility?

Yes, emergency and first aid will be provided for the entire duration of the event.

When will the play list be released?

Schedule will be released closer to event.

Who can I contact for media?

For all Media / PR enquiries please contact [email protected]

Will there be a lost and found?

There will be a lost and found located at the front gate. Please email [email protected] if you have any concerns

Will I be able to charge my phone?

Yes, individual and/or phone charging stations will be available


What is a Fire Ban in showgrounds?

There will be 100% total fire ban throughout the entire festival grounds

What time can I arrive to set up?

You can arrive anytime after 11am on Friday 1st December morning to set up and from 9am on Saturday 2nd December morning.

What time do we have to leave campgrounds by?

Campgrounds will be closing midday on Sunday 3rd December

Can I pick my camping spot?

Depending on which camping option you purchase. Everyone will get allocated a camping spot except if you choose Freestyle Camping, which you can choose anywhere. You can request to be placed next to a friend by simply filling in the Additional Request form with their Full Name and/or a designated group name of your choice, when checking out.

Can I bring my own food /drink?

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Keep in mind the campgrounds are an alcohol free zone.

Is there power?

Yes, there are powered sites available, check out the Lights-On Camp sites

Is there a lock out of campgrounds each night?

No, you are able to come and go as you please with your camping wristband.

Are there shower facilities available?

Yes, there will be toilet and shower facilities available throughout the campgrounds

Can I buy food / drink outside festival hours?

Yes, food and drink will be available 24hrs in the campgrounds

Will there be security at the campgrounds?

Yes, there will be 24hr security watch within the campgrounds. You can also purchase padlocks for your tents.

Where can I park my car?

Some of the camping options allow you to park beside your campsite, otherwise designated parking is provided for all campers for a small fee. Details are on the Getting Here page.

Wristbands at the event?

You will be issued with a camping wristband when you get your ticket scanned at the camping check-in. There are no replacements for lost wristbands. Wristbands will not be replaced and cannot be transferred to friends.

Do I need to provide the names of everyone in my Pre-pitched tent/Glamping tent/powered/non-powered site?

Yes. To ensure the validity of the ticket, we require all names of guests to be on your ticket. At the event, security will check to ensure your name on your ID matches the name on your ticket.

What if I don't have all my guests' names confirmed yet?

You can still purchase the tent/site/package, simply input your name for every unconfirmed guest and you may change the name on the tickets for free by contacting [email protected]

Will there be pass-outs of the festival?

Only campers with a valid wristband will be granted pass-outs from the festival. A genuine valid reason for exiting the festival will be asked upon exit

Can I move my car once parked?

If you have parked in the general carpark you can come and go as you please. If you have your vehicle in your campsite, it must stay stationary until the end of the festival when you packup and leave. This is for the safety of all campers. Details are on the Getting Here page.


How do I get to Forbes?

Rex airlines have daily flights to nearby Parkes and Orange. There are organised coaches running from Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Parkes. You can buy bus tickets here

Is there a shuttle from Forbes to Showgrounds?

Yes, there will be an in-town shuttle travelling back and forth from the town centre to VANFEST.

Will there be any taxis?

Yes, taxis will be available over the weekend. Keep in mind there will be very limited supply. Call 131 008 for bookings.

Can I drive to VANFEST?

Absolutely. We offer on ground parking, as well as plenty of street parking around town. Vehicle campsites are also available, check out our camping page