Getting There

Newstead is a thriving, vibrant town on the Loddon River in Central Victoria, 15 minutes from Castlemaine and about 1.5 hours north-west of Melbourne.

Details on trains to Castlemaine 

Details on public transport to Newstead



There are two campgrounds available during the festival:


The Oval

Located at the Recreation Reserve, where The Troubadour is based. You must have an adult weekend ticket in order to book a site. There are basic facilities and there is no electricity. There are only a limited number of sites available. You must book and pay before the start of the festival. Cost is $35 for one adult and $55 per family for the weekend. Children under 18 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.


The Racecourse Reserve 

This is a little way out of town. There are shower and toilet facilities. There is no electricity. There is a shuttle bus that runs between the campground and the venues in the township – see details below. Cost is $10 per adult per night. Bus charge is a gold coin donation per trip.

Other Accommodation

Click here for other accommodation options in the area.


Other information
Food & Drink

There are numerous options available in town during the festival; The Crown Hotel,  Dig Cafe, Supermarket & Bakery, Milk Bar & Takeaway, The Troubadour Wine Bar, Vegetarian African Food Truck, Pizza Van, Thai Cafe & Continental Breakfast at the Community Centre. 

Shuttle Bus

Shuttle bus runs between the campground and the venues in the township. Bus charge is a gold coin donation per trip.


There is no ATM in Newstead. Most, but not all, businesses in our small town take card but please note small businesses do not have the capacity to give cash out. Please bring cash if you need. 


What to Bring

A sense of humour, your dancing shoes, togs, towel, swag, musical instrument and a bottle of Buckfast. The rest will look after itself. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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