GETTING THERE

By car from Sydney

  • Mt Penang Parklands is located at Kariong, just 2 minutes from the F3 Freeway Gosford Exit.
  • Take the first Gosford exit, this will bring you onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto Kangoo Road and follow the signage for the entry and parking/drop-off locations

By car from Newcastle

  • Mt Penang Parklands is located at Kariong, just 2 minutes from the F3 Freeway Gosford Exit.
  • Take the second Gosford exit (the Kariong Interchange sign) and turn left into Wiseman’s Ferry Road.
  • Then turn left again onto the Central Coast Highway.
  • Turn left again at the first set of traffic lights onto Kangoo Road and follow the signage for the entry and parking/drop-off locations

By public transport

  • Take the train to Gosford Station. Outside the station, there is a bus exchange.
  • The bus that you need to take is the “Somersby” bus. Ask the bus driver to let you out at the service station near Mt Penang Parklands.
  • Walk to the Garden entry, is about 8 minutes, with seats, level footpaths and pedestrian crossings along the way.

By Plane

If you are travelling from interstate or overseas, the easiest way to get to Mountain Sounds Festival is to catch a plane to Sydney or Newcastle airports and then follow the ‘By Public Transport’ or ‘By Car’ directions listed above.

If you are driving from Melbourne see our recommended route HERE

If you are driving from Brisbane or Queensland see our recommended route HERE

If you are travelling by train from Victoria or Melbourne see our recommended route HERE

If you are travelling by train from Brisbane or Queensland see our recommended route HERE

Shuttle Bus Service

There will be a shuttle bus service provided from the Gosford Train Station on the day of the event.

Shuttle buses will be departing from the Showground Road side of the station and will be running throughout the day with a return service after the festival. The times are as follows:

  • 11:30am-3pm to the festival
  • 10:30pm-1am from the festival
Bus tickets will be $5 cash upon entry to the bus.
Buses will be running roughly every 30 minutes and all times are subject to change.

Also, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Uber to give new users a free ride up to $20!

The process is simple:

1. Download the UBER app and create an account.
2. Enter the promo code ‘MOUNTAINSOUNDS’ when prompted.
3. Check the ETA, ‘REQUEST’ when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!
*First ride only + Only valid for travel in NSW

AT THE EVENT

Dates

Festival

Friday 16th February, 2018: 12.30pm – Midnight

Saturday 17th February, 2018: 12.30pm – Midnight

Camping

Thursday 15th February – Sunday 18th February, 2016 (Three Nights Available)

18+

Mountain Sounds Festival is a LICENSED 18+ EVENT only. VALID/CURRENT Photo ID is required: Passport, Photo Driver License or Keypass – VIC and TAS / RTA Photo Card – NSW

Entry

Security are entitled to search, pat down or metal detect any patron upon entry or during the event. Any person not compliant will be refused entry or removed from the event without a refund.

Mountain Sounds Festival has the right to refuse entry or access to the campsite to people who:

  • Are clearly under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other stimulant
  • Have been banned from events before, imposed by either Mountain Sounds Festival or the administrative, legal or police governing bodies
  • Illustrate behavior that intends to disturb public peace or provoke assault, hatred, rage etc
  • Refuse to declare objects that are considered to be dangerous or off-limits by security services
  • Are wearing hi-visibility vests or clothing impersonating event staff, gang-related uniforms (including bandanas and jackets) or uniforms that impersonate police, event staff or other emergency service personnel
  • On request, security has the right to ask you to legitimise yourself with further ID requests

What to bring

Not sure what’s an essential? Please refer to our list of recommended and essential items:

  • Tickets and identification
  • Cash and cards
  • A pillow, tent and sleeping bag
  • Phone charger
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes etc)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • A reusable drink bottle
  • Clothes for cold and warm weather
  • Bathers and towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Medication/s you’re required to take: head to Medical & Wellbeing for more information
  • Torch and/or camp lighting
  • Folding chair
  • Ear plugs
  • Food and water

ATM’s & Eftpos

There will be a small number of ATM’s around the festival site. PayPass will also be available at ALL service points.

Banned Items

  • Alcohol purchased outside the festival grounds
  • Illegal drugs
  • Anything studded (ie belts, wristbands) or weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks, flares & sparklers or campfires
  • Glass bottles, containers or jars of any kind
  • Skateboards, boogie boards, scooters, rollerblades or bicycles
  • Large furniture items
  • Pets & animals (excluding service dogs such as guide, police and emergency service dogs)
  • Professional photography equipment
  • Drones
  • Laser Lights
  • Umbrellas (Please use a raincoat or poncho instead)
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Water Pistols
  • Protest paraphernalia and banners
  • Anything deemed to be dangerous or offensive by event staff

Zero Drug Policy

We here at Mountain Sounds Festival do not condone drugs of ANY type. There will be a heavy police presence at the festival so if you are found with drugs in your possession, expect harsh penalties.

Wristbands

All patrons will be wrist-banded on entry to the event (and campsite if camping). ANY patrons without a wristband that are on site will be ejected immediately. If your wristband is lost you will need to purchase a new wristband – NO EXCEPTIONS! Wristbands will NOT be replaced and cannot be transferred to friends.

Camping

Camping is available for all ticket holders with the purchase of a camping ticket (separate to and on top of your festival ticket).

Facilities

MSF will have the following facilities to all mountaineers for 2018:

  • ATMs & Eftpos machines
  • Food and market stalls
  • Toilets and showers
  • Free drinking water outlets
  • First aid stations
  • Lost and found
  • General Store

Food and Drink Stalls

Once again there will be a range of food stalls to cater to all you meat-eating, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free mountaineers.

To go along with these delectable treats we will have a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available from one of the many bars located around the event site.

Market and food stall applications should email kath@mountainsoundsfestival.com.au and applicants will be contacted upon processing.

IMPORTANT INFO

  • MSF is a licensed STRICTLY 18+ event, photo identification must be presented upon entry. Accepted forms of ID include; passport, a drivers license and Keypass or RTA photo card in their respected states.
  • Police and sniffer dogs will be present over the course of the event on and around the event site for your safety.
  • Strictly no BYO alcohol will be allowed in the event site or campground
  • RSA will be practised on the day. Please drink responsibly – intoxicated patrons will be refused service and may be denied entry to the festival.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated! There will be free drinking water all around the festival site.
  •  SLIP, SLOP & SLAP! Be sun safe
  •  A First Aid Tent will be onsite for any and all injuries. Please seek medical attention immediately in the case of any injuries and help other mountaineers if they need it!
  • Mountain Sounds Festival is located in a residential area. Please be mindful of our neighbours and respect our noise restrictions.

Lost and Found

If you think you’ve left anything behind at Mountain Sounds, please email info@mountainsoundsfestival.com.au with the following information:

  •       Full name
  •       Address
  •       Detailed description of your item/s
  •       Where you may have lost it
  •       Any additional details about the item/s

Medical and Wellbeing

If you require medical attention, please see one of our medical tents and First Aid Tents. These will be located in both the main event site and the campgrounds for the entirety of the event (including the night before and night after the festival).

If you have any prescription medication that needs to be specially stored please see the medical team immediately upon arrival.

RSA and Licensing 

The responsible service of alcohol is vital to providing a safe, MSF for mountaineers and staff. Liquor will not be supplied to disorderly or intoxicated patrons, or anyone who cannot provide appropriate ID when asked.

Mountain Sounds Festival and campgrounds are a licenced area and the following forms of ID will be accepted; passport, a drivers license and Keypass or RTA photo card in their respected states.

Please note that the following procedures are required in accordance with compliance outlined by the liquor licensing laws:

  • No BYO alcohol can be brought into the festival, campgrounds or carpark.
  • All mountaineers are subject to bag searches upon entering the festival and campsite area
  • Any banned items found will be confiscated and unfortunately not returned.

Refund Policy

There are NO refunds for any type of ticket purchased. However, tickets ARE transferable.

Hardcopy tickets are to be treated like cash and CANNOT be refunded under any circumstances.

Hardcopy tickets will be available for purchase from promoters around New South Wales and General Pants Co. for Mountain Sounds Festival takeovers.

Recycle

Placing your rubbish in the correct bin will keep our mountain in schmick shape for many festivals to come. Recycle and rubbish bins will be located all around both the festival site and campgrounds.

Leave No Trace

Remember to take your camping gear away from the festival so we can leave our mountain just as beautiful as we found it. Camping gear will be good for many festivals to come so keep it ready for 2019!

Carpool

Carpooling is a great way to save space and money to drive up the mountain. We recommend it as not only to you get to play our Spotify MSF18 playlist on repeat, but it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

To encourage car pooling and to minimise the festival’s carbon footprint, parking is free if you arrive with 4 or more people in your car. If you have 3 or less in your car then you are required to purchase a car park pass which allows you to use the on-site car park from Thursday to Sunday.

  • Parking Ticket: $25+bf ($30 on day)

Carpooling = saving money = less emissions = happy mountain and happy mountaineers!