• 10-11 May 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

When do the gates open?

Gates open at 5:00pm on Friday 10th May, and at 1:00pm on Saturday 11th May.

Where are set times?

Set times will be available closer to the event date.

HELP! I've lost my ticket

If you have a ticketing issue, please email [email protected] where the Ticketbooth support team will be able to assist.

I'm under 16, can I come to VANFEST?

Afraid not – VANFEST is a licensed event for 16 years and older.

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.

Don’t have one of these? Grab yourself a photo ID card through the NSW RMS Website

What to bring with you

YES your ticket
YES photo ID
YES cell phones
YES earplugs
YES glow sticks
YES hats
YES selfie sticks (up to 1m in length)
YES GoPro’s

What not to bring with you

The following items are banned from VANFEST:

  • NO alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances
  • NO pets
  • NO laser pointers
  • NO glass, cans, cups or coolers
  • NO markers pens or spray paint
  • NO large purses, bags or backpacks
  • NO food or beverages
  • NO weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks)
  • NO professional photo, video or audio recording equipment (defined by detachable lens)
  • NO umbrellas (bring a poncho instead!)
  • NO bikes or skateboards

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.

Are there pass outs

No, the only people who will be allowed to leave the festival and re-enter are campers.

Can you buy tickets on the day?

Yes, a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the box office.

Will there be food and drink stalls?

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

Do you have wheelchair access?

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

Is there a first aid facility?

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


Will there be bus transport to the Showgrounds?

Yes, there will be a return bus between Parkes and Showgrounds each day. Book your bus now

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


What time can I arrive to set up?

You can arrive anytime after 11am on Friday 10th May morning to set up, and from 9am on Saturday 11th May morning.

What time do we have to leave campgrounds by?

Campgrounds will be closing midday on Sunday 12th May.

Can I pick my camping spot?

It depends on which camping option you purchase. Everyone will be allocated a camping spot except if you choose Freestyle Camping, in which case you can camp anywhere within the allocated zone. 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 Wow Tents for more information.

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.

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.


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.