Is about 328kms north pf Cairns, approximately 4 hours via the Mulligan Highway (2wd)
Just 40kms, about 40 minutes south, of Cooktown (by car)
Approx. 3hrs north of the Daintree River via the Bloomfield Track (4wd only)
There are two options for getting to the festival from the South:
The Inland Road
This road is 100kms longer than the coastal road, however is a similar in travel time. Early in 2006 sealing the last section of this road was completed, thereby providing easy access for all vehicles. From Cairns take the road to Mareeba via the Kuranda Range. From Mareeba head to Mt Molloy and take the Mulligan Highway through Mt Carbine and the Palmer River Roadhouse to Lakeland. At Lakeland continue along the Cooktown Developmental Road/Mulligan Highway, past Little Annan Gorge, as far as the right turn into the coast road, Shiptons Flat Road, just before Black Mountain National Park .
The Coastal Road
The coast road is considered the most scenic of the two routes, but 4WD is highly recommended. Leaving Cairns you travel north to the Daintree River, cross the river via the vehicle ferry (there is a fee, $12 one way), then continue through the Daintree Wet Tropics to Cape Tribulation. After Cape Tribulation the road becomes 4WD and climbs over the range (very steep with rocky creeks to cross) 32kms until Bloomfield, cross the Bloomfield River at Wujul Wujul through Ayton and along the edge of Cedar Bay National Park before reaching Rossville. Turn right at the centre of Rossville into River Road for the 3kms to Home Rule Rainforest Lodge. The scenery is spectacular all the way!
Please be careful of the wildlife on the road.
Travel Beats Transfers
Can get you there - Return Transfers ONLY
$158 per person
Set scheduled times TBA
The MUSIC PROGRAM is offered on 2 main stages and the Brackets & Jam stage and include some of Australia’s well loved festival bands, as well as showcasing artists from the surrounding towns and indigenous communities; a Renegade Chalkboard Stage for experimentation; also features Childrens Festival; Breakfast with the Poets; many workshops and other activities; street theatre and walks to the spectacular Home Rule Falls and unique wet tropics rainforest displays.
Take a 40 minute walk along a well beaten track to the spectacular Home Rule Falls, so beautiful! Remnants of tin mining, an important part of the local history, can be found by those keen to explore a little further. Come for a guided walk to the falls and exploration of the unique and one of the worlds most ancient of rainforest. Daintree Penda seedlings cover the forest floor with their new blue leaves, waiting as seedling, sometimes for years for a giant to fall for a break in the canopy. Tall Black Palms and Fan palms, large quandongs, figs, mahoganys and satinashes draped with vines, ferns, orchids and staghorns provide a lush habitat for many creatures.
Sit quietly upon a rock and you may sight a platypus, the brilliant blue ulysses butterfly or a little kingfisher.
** Children under 12 are FREE OF CHARGE
** Child rate is 13 - 17
are plentiful and include craft, sculpture, face painting, movies, the Childrens Parade and much more!!
The festival provides an ideal September holiday destination for families.
MARKET STALLS Food and market stalls are presented at the festival to tempt your viewing, tasting and shopping pleasures.
** Ticket rate includes $0.50 booking fee.
If you don't usually travel with all your camp equipment and need a ride to the site, check out Travel Beats Festival Tours for an all inclusive pack (including a Glamping option!)