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High Country Music Fest
Now in its 22nd year the Yackandandah Folk Festival is promoted as the greenest music festival in Australia and seeks to provide a broad range of entertainment including music, dance, song, poetry, literature, theatre, film, visual arts and food all aimed at further developing and preserving Australian folk culture.
Welcome to Yackandandah where the quaint Victorian streetscape has been listed by the National Trust. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Like many places in Victoria Yackandandah was born of the gold rush but, unlike many other sites it continued to flourish once the gold had petered out.
Today its tree-lined main street retains much of its early architecture leading to the commercial centre of town, known as the Yackandandah Conservation Area, being listed on the Register of National Estate.
Community-based and staged over three days the Yackandandah Folk Festival provides a great excuse to escape to northeast Victoria and to this fantastically well preserved township.
Now in its 22nd year the Yackandandah Folk Festival is promoted as the Greenest Music Festival in Australia.
The star-studded line-up for 2019 includes names like All Strings Attached, Black Orchid String Band, Cat and Clint, Claire Anne Taylor, Marcia Howard, Nicky Bomba and Paige Black, to name just a few.
Day Tickets at the gate cost Adults $60 for Friday & Sunday and $85 for Saturday, Youth (16 to 19 years) $45 each day and Children (5 to 15 accompanied by an adult) $6 daily.
Adult 3-day event tickets purchased at the box-office cost $135, Concession $125 and Youth (16 to 18 years) $45.
The line-up of performers for Yack 2019 is second to none.
Being at the centre of one of Victoria's premier tourism regions you can be sure there's plenty of great accommodation and eating options available.
Camping will be available in town throughout the festival. Go to the website for full details and costs.
Much of the Folk Festival will take place in the Yackandandah Conservation Area, the commercial centre of town listed on the Register of National Estate. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Getting There ….
Yackandandah is about a 3 hour drive from Melbourne via the M31 Hume Freeway. Take the Great Alpine Road B500 to Tarrawingee and the C315 to Beechworth. Continue on the C315 to the Yackandandah turn off C532.
Be sure to make your way up to Yackandandah for the 2019 Folk Festival over the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank