It’s confirmed. Palm Creek Folk Festival is on from 6 – 9 June 2019 and this year promises to be an epic festival. Bullhorn, Bobby Alu, Z-Star Trinity, Elena B. Williams and Cigany Weaver are but a few of the eclectic line-up. Palm Creek Festival is nothing if not eclectic and it’s devotees wouldn’t have it any other way.
Each year we make the 1250 km road trip north from Coolum Beach to attend the Palm Creek Folk Festival in North Queensland. We usually drive the Bruce Highway from the Sunshine Coast, free camping along the way.
Read about Free and Low Cost Camping on the Bruce Highway here.
What You Will Find in This Post
- Palm Creek Update
- The Venue – Mountain View Lake Eco Park
- Palm Creek Camping.
- Packing List for Palm Creek Festival
- Who Runs the Festival?
- Palm Creek Festival Dates for 2019
- What’s On at Palm Creek Folk Festival
- Dress Up at Palm Creek
- Palm Creek Folk Festival Tickets and Information.
- Finding Accommodation Deals Townsville
Palm Creek Update
If you’re joining us for the event head 40km south of Townsville and take the second right after Palm Creek bridge, to Mountain View Lake Eco Park where the Best Little Festival in the North takes place.
Palm Creek Map
Townsville to Palm Creek Folk Festival.
The Venue – Mountain View Lake Eco Park
The lake has been practically dry for several years, but in early 2018 Townsville had a lot, I mean an extreme amount, of rain. The Ross River Dam went from 15% full to 97% full in a few weeks.
In the past I’ve predicted Mountain View Lake having water in it for the festival and been wrong but in 2018 it did.
Palm Creek Camping.
Daughter and I camp at the Palm Creek Festival for the week-end. The first year I erected the tents myself which was a bit of a stretch without tent boss Marty along. As the weather was so beautiful I didn’t bother securing the tent flies, an oversight which saw me bashing tent pegs in during a midnight downpour.
I’m a fast learner though and the next year I brought Marty along for the pre-event set up. In 2018 we did the same with a bigger and better set up than every before.
There is a charge of $10 per/day/tent to set up prior to the event and I totally recommend doing this to escape the first day after-work crush.
Packing List for Palm Creek Festival
- Tent and bedding – remembering it can and does get bloody cold at nights
- Clothes – It’s all casual clothing – light for the day and winter woollies for night
- Don’t forget the Umbrella
- Towels and toiletries
- Drinking water bottle – can be refilled from the tank near the main amenities block
- Esky to keep drinks and food cold (or hit up the food stalls)
- Wet ones for dirty feet
- 2 Buckets (for storing water in) if having a (self-contained) campfire
- Firewood (some available on site but you don’t want to run out).
- Rubbish Bag for campsite
Who Runs the Festival?
Volunteers from the Townsville Folk & Acoustic Music Club Inc. organise the event. This non-profit festival is in it’s 29th year.
Dragon Parking area to left of stage.
Palm Creek Festival Dates for 2019
6th to 9th June, 2019.
What’s On at Palm Creek Folk Festival
The Poet’s Breakfast is a Sunday Morning institution not to be missed. Luckily there is a coffee vendor situated right near the Mountain Stage, to rid the mind of cobwebs. Also lined up this year are – Songwriting comps, Punch and Judy, Urban Sketchers, The Hive (youth space), dance workshop, Damper at the Homestead and Elders (Traditional Owners) Village. There will be more than 28 groups playing over three stages!
Dress Up at Palm Creek
The Palm Creek Folk Festival has a different theme each year.
In 2018 it was rainbows, but anything goes at Palm Creek Queensland.
The Theme for 2019 is Crazy Hats!
There are some great food vendors on site. Daughter’s Go To is Govindas Pure Vegetarian (Hare Krishnas) as she is Vegan. There are other tasty healthy options available including Gluten Free. The full list of stalls is displayed on the Palm Creek Facebook Page when finalised.
Alcohol is not sold at the venue but you can BYO. It’s a good idea to arrive with a stock of ice, although it can be purchased on site from Thursday evening.
We try to re-heat one home cooked meal and bring our own snacks, but purchase Espressos and the rest of our meals on-site. Everyone joins together to make it a great week-end.
Camp fires are allowed but must be contained in a b.y.o brazier. BYO wood although there is some on sale at the site.
Palm Creek Folk Festival Tickets and Information.
We purchase early-bird tickets and when online sales close a couple of nights before the event, general tickets are still available at the gate. Please check in early June to confirm the on line cut-off date.
Palm Creek Folk Festival is a family friendly event but no pets allowed folks.
Did you know that if you can’t afford to pay for this wonderful week-end you can Volunteer and get in for free? Read more about that and purchase Palm Creek Folk Festival Tickets here.
Finding Accommodation Deals Townsville
Although we are mad week-end campers, you might prefer to stay in Townsville and commute to the festival. If it pours with rain over the week-end you will be laughing all the way! When we stay in hotels we always using Booking and we’ve never been disappointed. I’ve added a handy deals finder for you. You’re welcome.
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