You’ve definitely noticed them. Slowly but surely. Scattered about town, nailed to telegraph poles and whizzing past on a back country road. A flash of purple and yellow… The Gumball. The words may have stuck in the back of your mind, as you caught snippets of conversations from your friends, who on one particular April weekend in 2016, really (really) seemed to be having a much better time then you.
But where, who, how and most importantly what, is Gumball? In short… It’s a music lover’s paradise. The Gumball Festival is a three-day camping festival held annually in Belford in the Hunter Valley. A place where lovers of music, culture and art, escape the daily grind and embrace the good things in life, for a weekend chock full of family friendly entertainment.
Here you’ll find our ultimate guide to The Gumball 2017. We’re all about answering those burning questions, fighting off your FOMO, and making sure you’re prepped and ready for an incredible weekend.
Feast Your Ears
The tunes kick off on the main stage on Friday at 4pm and continue throughout the weekend, usually wrapping up around midnight each night. But for those who want to kick on (and we guarantee you will!) there’s a silent disco until 3am and plenty of room to party.
When: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd of April
Location: 103 Kirkton Rd, Lower Belford
Getting there: The site is located at Lower Belford, just 15mins from Bimbadgen and 20mins from Hope Estate with simple access from Sydney via the new Hunter Expressway.
Set up camp
Gumball is a three-day camping festival, but however you choose to do so is completely up to you. The camping ground literally overlooks the festival and most punters choose to park directly next to their campsite. It’s all on a first in best dressed basis for location, so get in early to secure your home away from home for the two-night, three-day stay. Caravans are allowed but, if your rig is over 20ft, an additional permit is needed.
Feed your body
One of the best things about Gumball, and Dashville by association, is the faith they place in their punters. The entire festival is BYO (with the exception of glass of course) meaning you can stock the esky with a weekend full of tinnies, and enough snacks to last you a lifetime. No fires are allowed however feel free to fire up the gas bottle and cook up a storm. If you’re like us though, and would prefer to survive leave the cooking to the experts, there are some incredible food options available. There’s also a licenced venue on sight.
Gumball is all about showcasing local culture, and there’s always an incredible selection of local markets for you to peruse and snap up some hand-made bargains.
Soak it up
Gumball is a completely family friendly event. The entire property turns into a haven for free range kids to run wild and simply have a whole lot of fun. With a fully sized skate ramp, circus activities, kid’s workshops, the possibilities for the little ones are endless. There is also a specific childminding service available, but get in quick because (understandably) spaces are limited!
The entire property is almost this metropolis of sight, sound and activity. There’s live art, incredible food, exceptional amenities (including hot showers!), yoga… Actually you name it and the Gumball probably has it. So pack the esky, break out your best flanno, and get ready to kick back in your favourite deck chair for a killer weekend.
Tickets for the weekend can be purchased by clicking the button below. Can’t get away for the full three days? No stress, there are plenty of different options available to fit in with any schedule.
Bring gumboots, immerse yourself in the weekend, and get ready to have a bloody good time.
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