Come September, in Far North Queensland, the days are warm and idyllic, the nights are fresh and tranquil, and the festivals are back and better than ever. This year's Wallaby Creek Festival is hopping back into the spotlight again, and is the perfect option for your September holidays.
Set amongst World Heritage rainforest, on location at the exquisitely remote Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, in the community of Rossville, this three-day camping festival is small and humble, and filled with activities, music and exploration for children and adults alike.
This year's line-up is headed by The Go Set, Chocolate Strings, Dubbaray, Kallidad, Pacha Mamma, Jack and the Giant Killers, Jesse Morris Band, and much more. Local talent includes Tumbuna, Secret Tuesday, and the Daintree Blues. Genres range from funk, soul, gypsie-folk and reggae, to metal, rock, hip-hop and electro world music, to name a few!
Music aside, there is also a wide array of workshops and entertainment on offer. There is a clown school for the kids, yoga classes, fusion dance lessons, bush tucker walks and chanting workshops. Discover "your inner fool" with Piers Freeman's circus therapy, explore the world of theatre with Willem Brugman and Catherine Hassall, and enjoy a fire show and pyrotechnics that will stun and captivate with Linda Fries. Festival staple, The Poet's Breakfast will be back, along with food and market stalls and local cultural delights.
The Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, host to this annual festival, is a destination on its own; with two large, turquoise swimming dams; the deep and long Wallaby Creek that winds around the grounds; and a rainforest trek to a stunning waterfall that offers prime toe-dipping.
Being involved with a festival can be one of the best ways to experience the community and arts. For those of you who may want to volunteer or set up a market stall, there are still spots available, and you can apply here.