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.
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Come and experience Forbes and you’ll be left with a lasting impression until next you return.
No, all camping tickets are separate.
As many as you like
You can either park it in the designated carpark or purchase a vehicle campsite, which allows you to park beside your camp
All tickets are sent digitally, so you can show us on your phone, or print out another copy
Only for campers
VANFEST is only licensed for 16 years and over.
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
Yes, tickets will still be available online, and also on the front gate box office
Friday 1st December at 5.00pm, Saturday 2nd December at 1.00pm
Yes, both will be available
There will be variation of food vendors to suit all tastes along with a number of bars serving various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
BYO alcohol, weapons, illegal drugs, pets, glass, gas bottles, sparklers, furniture, flares, sound systems
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,
Yes, there is access to disabled sanitary facilities and viewing areas
Yes, food vendors will provide options for all dietary requirements
Yes, emergency and first aid will be provided for the entire duration of the event.
Schedule will be released closer to event.
Yes, individual and/or phone charging stations will be available
There will be 100% total fire ban throughout the entire festival grounds
You can arrive anytime after 11am on Friday 1st December morning to set up and from 9am on Saturday 2nd December morning.
Campgrounds will be closing midday on Sunday 3rd December
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.
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.