Frequently Asked Questions:

This is a family oriented festival!!

NO GLASS in fenced inner festival, preferably NO GLASS on site!!

Can I bring my dog – sorry NO PETS!  There are kennels in Kuranda and Mareeba on the way up…and in Cooktown
WCF No Dog Policy

What do I do with my rubbish?  – RECYCLE –  Please take it home with you.

Where can I get tickets?  Tickets are available online from the website, dont forget your barcoded ticket and receipt!   ID will be required.

PRINT YOUR ONLINE TICKET or have the ticket downloaded on your device :

NO  MOBILE  RECEPTION at Home Rule   EFTPOS /cash out is available at the Bar and the Festival Store..

Gate opens from noon Thursday.

Youths 13-17 ?  ID REQUIRED – must be accompanied by an adult

Wristbands must be worn at all times – Lost wristbands will not be replaced.

Can I camp?       Camping is included in your 3 day pass for the festival. Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday camping to 10am Monday in the most amazing venue, surrounded by mountains, wet tropics rainforest and a short walk to Home Rule Falls.

The Falls:   The walk is 45 mins one way following the pipeline (be gentle with this)  and can be slippery.
No unaccompanied kids at the waterfall. Ensure you have a torch as it gets dark early in the rainforest.
No liability will be taken for accidents at the waterfall or on the walk.  

Can I come early?    Unless crew, volunteer or performer, camping during the week prior to the festival is restricted to certain areas as the site is a construction site, for your safety.  You will have to pay camping fees and have purchased your festival passes, (these will be refunded if you leave before the gates open Thursday at noon).

Can I bring my caravan?  Larger vans not encouraged as they take so much space however you will be restricted to the area for larger vehicles. Generators also not allowed in family camping areas. We want the camping experience to be an enjoyable one for campers.

Can I get there by bus?  YES   Cairns Bus Charters (Cairns Cooktown Express)  and Trans North Bus Lines.

Can I bring a carer to assist me?  YES  The Festival supports Companion Card. Please contact administration prior to purchasing tickets.

Is there an ATM?: Cash out will be available at the Festival Store and Bar.

Can I buy smokes at the festival?   NO, make sure you bring enough for three days.

Can I bring my own food?  YES       Market stalls are available with a variety of food to suit all tastes

What about the facilities?       Bush toilets and bush showers are in various locations on the site, be prepared to rough it.

Can I swim?   YES      Swimming in the pristine Wallaby creek (no crocs)

how far to the closest shops?     40 kms to Cooktown

Can I use my Mobile Phone?    NO mobile reception or internet

Will I have to pay extra for any workshops or other entertainment?  NO  just your food & purchases from stalls.

How long does the drive from Cairns take?     4hrs with only the last 2km graded dirt road.

Will the festival still be on if the weather is rainy?   YES

Can I buy simple things like tampons and batteries at the festival?   We are working on this, so for now supply your own.

Can I buy ice at the festival for my esky?   YES

Can I party all night long?    Yes, as long as you are camped in the Party Animals camp (away from the main festival), please say so at the gate. Please respect others, you will be moved on if you make noise late at night in the family camping areas.

If I get hurt, will there be someone to help me?    YES, we have a  First Aid on site.  We also have a helipad for emergencies.

CAN I COME BY BUS?     Cairns Bus Charters – From Cairns Departs 7:00am Railway station bus depot to Lions Den arriving at about 12 noon.  From Cooktown Departs to Lions Den arriving at about 1:30pm, then continuing to Cairns..

Passengers can book Cairns Cooktown Express for any day from Cairns to the Lions Den or return by phoning 4059 1423.

or Trans North Bus lines that do the coast road  3 days a week  


Ditch Disposable Bottles    Please bring a refillable NON PLASTIC bottle for your water! 



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