Here Are 10 Must-Know Facts About Today's New Falls Lorne Venue

28 December 2015 | 9:56 am | Staff Writer

Have fun and stay safe over the next few days

In the advent of the horrifying bushfires currently taking over parts of Victoria, Falls Festival's Lorne leg was forced to change their venue to the nearby Mount Duneed Estate. We suspect many of you are making your pilgrimage to the site as we speak, so here's some super-important event information you can soak in as you fight over the auxiliary cable in the car.

1. Your car passes and ticket passes remain valid.

Have them printed so you're ready to go at the gate, but they're still valid to scan provided you have the correct corresponding dates of arrival.

2. There's a new New Year's Eve Bushfire Appeal ticket.

Because it's important to keep the tragedy that the local communities are facing close to our hearts as we attend Falls, festival promoters have launched released New Year's Eve Bushfire Appeal tickets to help where they can. 100% of the $99 ticket fee will head towards the Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery work needed in the Surf Coast Shire communities, as well as the $20 cash you can pay to park at the site. An extremely worthy cause that allows you to catch acts like Foals, Django Django and Meg Mac essentially for free. You can get tickets from here.

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3. Here are the directions to the site.

Campers must enter the site via Reservoir Rd only.

Heading from Melbourne & Geelong head South/West on the M1, Princes Hwy and take the Anglesea Rd Exit C134. Head down Anglesea Rd for 500m to Reservoir Rd, Turn right into Reservoir Rd and drive 2km to the camping gates.

Heading from South, head north on C134 Anglesea Rd, 500m before you get to M1/Princes Hwy, turn left into Reservoir Rd and drive 2km to the camping gates.
Day Parking / Taxis / Bus Services / Drop off/ Pick up - Must enter the site from Princes Hwy via Pettavel Rd
Heading from Melbourne & Geelong head South/West on the M1, Princes Hwy, Enter the Site via Pettavel Rd
Heading from South, head north on C134 Anglesea Rd, turn left at the Highway intersection onto Prices Highway towards Colac. Enter the Site via Pettavel Rd.

4. Shuttle buses can take you to accommodation closer to Lorne.

For people who had accommodation booked closer to the Lorne Farm site, shuttle buses are being rescheduled to Lorne, Torquay and Geelong. Schedules are here.

5. Gate hours have changed a little.

To allow preparation of the new site, gates today (28 December) will not open until 12 noon, but they stay open until 9pm. The festival arena won't open until 3pm this afternoon. 

Camping gates open:
Dec 28 - 12noon until 9pm
Dec 29 - 9am until 9pm
Dec 30 - 9am until 9pm
Dec 31 - 9am until 9pm

6. You can still camp next to your cars: first in best dressed.

As usual, you can still set up shop next to your cars, but it's first in best dressed as there's very limited day parking. Cars parked along the sides of the roads will be towed, so best get in early.

7. This site is NO BYO. 

Hopefully your cars aren't already jam-packed with slabs because the new site was negotiated with a strict no BYO policy. Licensing will be searching cars for alcohol and if even one of your team is found with alcohol, the whole car will get turned around. 

8. The playing times haven't changed.

This one's self-explanatory. Make sure you've downloaded the iOS or Android app to help you get around!

9. Your cars will be searched for banned items.

You can't bring llegal drugs, alcohol, fireworks, flares & sparklers (all strictly monitored), weapons, gas bottles or cooking facilities with a naked flame, campfires, glass of any kind, port-a-loos, couches, pets and animals, sound systems, bean bags, lasers, umbrellas (use raincoat, poncho instead) or professional cameras into the site. Security will be checking strictly for any of these items - better quit while you're ahead with the port-a-loos guys, there's no way you're getting past with that one.

10. Trespassers will be issued immediate fines.

If you've got some idiot mates who wanted you to help them jump the fence, tell them to go home. Police will be dishing out hefty fines for trespassers, fence-jumpers or anyone caught without valid tickets/wristbands.

Enjoy and stay safe!