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Playground Weekender Music and Camping Festival

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Dancing to music from international headline and the best local acts in a beautiful riverside bush setting, sample food from around the globe, assume another identity in fancy dress, strengthen and calm the spirit, body and mind with yoga at one venue in one long weekend. Does this sound like a fantasy - it can come true at the Playground Weekender Music and Camping Festival.

Playground Weekender Music and Camping Festival
Playground Weekender Music and Camping Festival


The unique festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the stunning Hawkesbury River location of Wiseman's Ferry. International acts include the ethereal sounds of Mancunian drum'n'bass duo Lamb, legends Kool & The Gang and hip-hop kings De La Soul.

But wait there's more - an outdoor cinema, cabaret acts, cocktail bar, a healing riverside area, yoga, international food and market stalls, Australia's largest fancy dress party and a Club Tropicana swimming pool.

Fancy Dress Parade
Fancy Dress Parade


Up to six stages of music will hype, soothe and move the crowd under the stars. LTJ Bukem will also perform a one off house music set poolside. For a taste check out video footage from previous events here.

Main stage
The main festival stage


You're sure to make some new friends or at the least meet some interesting people with up to 10,000 expected at the event.

There are abundant accommodation options from Teepees, Cabins, Hotels, Hostels and B&B's, houseboats or private vessels and camping.

Teepee Accommodation
Teepee Accommodation


The 9 hole golf course provides a lush camping site with a designated quiet area ideal for families. If you get the munchies or would like a midnight feast there is a 24 hour campsite café serving cheese toasted sandwiches, pies, tea, hot chocolate and a general store. However, it's advisable to bring extra supplies of sealed plastic bottles or unopened cartons of water.

To keep secure and connected there are lockerboxes available where you can charge your camera, MP3 player or phone.

There is even a beauty salon on site providing quick hair straighten or blow drys to make sure you look your best.

According to the Faster Louder Australian Festival Awards "90 minutes out of Sydney on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Playground Weekender is one festival that truly deserves to be labeled unique. Once you step off that ferry, it's very hard to leave…"

Click here to see all the featured artists including: Lamb, Tricky, Kool & the Gang, Kate Nash, The Beautiful Girls, Caribou, Architecture in Helsinki and You Am I.

Prepare your dance moves by checking all the acts out on You Tube including Kool and the Gang's Rags To Riches and Lamb's Wonder.

Kool & The Gang
Kool & The Gang


The adventure can begin with a ferry ride to the Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wiseman's Ferry, just 1½ hours north of Sydney. If you'd like to experience the pleasure of arriving by ferry be prepared to to wait as delays may occur.There are various transport options available.

Arrive by Ferry
Arrive by Ferry


Buy tickets here.
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Why? Experience the ultimate playground - dance to international headline acts in a lush bush setting.
When: Thursday 17 to Sunday Feb 20
Where: Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW.
Cost: 3 day ticket $229, 4 day $249
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