Gates open at 5:00pm on Friday 10th May, and at 1:00pm on Saturday 11th May.
Set times will be available closer to the event date.
Afraid not – VANFEST is a licensed event for 16 years and older.
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
Government issues proof of age card
International drivers license with photo.
Don’t have one of these? Grab yourself a photo ID card through the NSW RMS Website
YES your ticket
YES photo ID
YES cell phones
YES glow sticks
YES selfie sticks (up to 1m in length)
The following items are banned from VANFEST:
If you have special medication that needs to be brought on site, please ensure you have a prescription from your doctor with you.
VANFEST has a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of illicit substances. Police will be present at the event, so to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, don’t bring anything illegal. If you are in possession of drugs, you will be denied access to the event and you will be handed over to the authorities without refund.
No, the only people who will be allowed to leave the festival and re-enter are campers.
Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the box office.
There will be range of food vendors to suit all tastes along with a number of bars serving various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Yes, there is access to disabled sanitary facilities and viewing areas
Yes, emergency and first aid will be provided for the entire duration of the event.
Yes, there will be an in-town shuttle travelling back and forth from the town centre to VANFEST.
Yes, taxis will be available over the weekend. Keep in mind there will be very limited supply. Call 131 008 for bookings.
You can arrive anytime after 11am on Friday 10th May morning to set up, and from 9am on Saturday 11th May morning.
Campgrounds will be closing midday on Sunday 12th May.
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.
You are welcome to bring your own food and drink. Keep in mind the campgrounds are an alcohol free zone.
No, you are able to come and go as you please with your camping wristband.
Yes, there will be toilet and shower facilities available throughout the campgrounds
Yes, food and drink will be available 24hrs in the campgrounds
Yes, there will be 24hr security watch within the campgrounds. You can also purchase padlocks for your tents.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 speciality stores and our distinctive local dining.
Rich in gold-mining and bushranger history, magnificent heritage buildings and beautiful parks, there’s plenty to do in Forbes whilst you’re 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.
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Come and experience Forbes and you’ll be left with a lasting impression until next you return.