Getting There & Away

 

This page provides a summary transport options to and from Strawberry Fields.

Please consider your options carefully to prioritise safe and environmentally friendly travel.

 

RESPONSIBLE DRIVING & POLICE PRESENCE

The New South Wales and Victorian Police will be conducting extensive road operations going into, and out of the festival, searching vehicles for illicit substances and testing drivers who might be under the influence. These operations are exercised to protect the safety of Strawberry Fields patrons and the broader public.

If you try to bring illicit substances into Strawberry Fields, you will be searched and will face the consequences.  

If you drink or take illicit substances and drive, you will be tested and will face the consequences.

Think very carefully before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle going to or leaving the festival. Don't do something illegal that could both ruin your weekend, and jeopardise the future of Strawberry Fields.

Be smart and responsible on the roads - your life, and your mates lives are in your hands.


STRAWBERRY SHUTTLE BUS

For guaranteed environmentally friendly, safe, responsible and CHEAP travel to and from the festival, we present you the Strawberry Shuttle Bus. The Shuttle runs provides options running between Melbourne, Sydney and the venue, with various departure times on Thursday and Friday, and return options for Sunday and Monday. 

Full information on the pickup locations, schedule, and tickets will launch in July.

Why should I take the bus?

  • IT'S CHEAP - tickets are as cheap as $25 each way, and you also don't have to buy a car pass to enter the festival (save yourself another $30).

  • IT'S RESPONSIBLE - forget risking your license. A criminal conviction for drink or drug driving can ruin your life. Let someone else drive you home!

  • IT'S GREEN - taking the bus produces 10X less carbon emissions than bringing your own vehicle. Do the right thing for the environment!

  • IT'S HASSLE FREE - your ticket will be checked in Melbourne and you will be wrist-banded prior to getting on the bus. That means no waiting in pesky lines at the gate!

  • YOU GET CAMPING PRIORITY - There is an especially reserved walk-in camping zone dedicated to those taking the bus - so you don't have to worry about walking your gear for miles or trying to find a camping spot. Purchasing a Strawberry bus ticket for the Thursday has the added benefit of getting you into the event one day early - those arriving in private vehicles on the Thursday need to buy a car pass for $100.


PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport is available via VLine from Melbourne to Tocumwal via either Shepparton or Seymour. There will be a courtesy bus running from Tocumwal to the venue for public transport services arriving on Friday and departing on Sunday. Please stay tuned to this page closer to the event for more specific details on the times of these courtesy bus services.

When planning to take public transport, we strongly advise:

  • Double check all scheduled via the PTV website (http://ptv.vic.gov.au/) before travelling. The below times are an indication only and are subject to change by PTV.

  • Ensure your purchase tickets via PTV in advance.

  • Be patient with the courtesy shuttle bus! Seats are limited and we have no way of predicting the number of people who will use public transport – the shuttle will run between town and the venue until we have collected all who are waiting

Courtesy Shuttle pickup times and public transport schedule will be posted closer to the event.


PRIVATE BUSES

If you don't want to drive or take the official shuttle bus, you might want to get together with some friends to hire a private charter bus. A safe, sustainable travel option!

Every Private Bus entering the festival must purchase a Private Bus pass and be aware of the following drop-off/pickup information.

  • EARLY ARRIVAL - If you are organising a Private Bus and want to arrive on Thursday 28th November (2:00pm or later), you will need an Early Arrival Bus Pass. These passes must be pre-purchased online. There are a limited amount available - they have been introduced to reduce the amount of traffic congestion on Friday, while also giving a slow warm up to the festival for those who have the freedom to arrive on a Thursday and want to snag a great campsite.

  • DROP OFF - Private buses are allowed into the festival to drop you at your chosen campsite. Drivers must leave site immediately after dropping you off. Your private bus will still need to purchase a Private Bus Pass - either an Early Arrival if you want to come on Thursday, or a General if you are arriving on Friday or later. Drop offs outside the gate are not permitted.

  • PICK UP - Any private buses arriving to you up on the Sunday or Monday will be directed to the on site Bus Stop. YOU MUST tell your travelling party and your hire company to meet you for pickup at the official designated Bus Stop (see Site Map to be released in November). Do not expect your driver to pick you up from your campsite - private companies often do not send the same driver for pickup and dropff, and even if it is the same driver they are unlikely to remember where you have camped. Make sure you are at the Bus Stop and ready to meet them at the designated time you have booked. Our staff will not be able to support you for missing your private bus charter.


PRIVATE CARS

If you absolutely must drive, the journey is approx 2.5 hours from Melbourne, and 7 hours from Sydney. Consider carefully whether it’s worth it! Taking either the official festival bus or even organising your own private bus is cheaper, safer, and guaranteed better for the environment!

Every private vehicle entering the festival must purchase a vehicle pass.

  • EARLY ARRIVAL - If you are driving and want to arrive on Thursday 28th November (2:00pm or later), you will need an Early Arrival Vehicle Pass. These passes must be pre-purchased online and are priced at $100 - roughly $25 per passenger. There are only 500 of these passes available - they have been introduced to reduce the amount of traffic congestion on Friday, while also giving a slow warm up to the festival for those who have the freedom to arrive on a Thursday and want to snag a great campsite. The pass includes early entry for your vehicle to the festival, carbon offset of your travel to/from the event via TreeCreds, and a drug & alcohol testing kit to be used prior to your drive home.

  • GENERAL ENTRY - If you do not want to arrive early, general entry for private vehicles commences on Friday 29th November at 12:00pm. A Standard Vehicle pass is $30 if pre-purchased online, or $35 if purchased on the gate on arrival. The pass includes entry for your vehicle to the festival, carbon offset of your travel to/from the event via TreeCreds, and a drug & alcohol testing kit to be used prior to your drive home.

  • Vehicle passes are valid for one vehicle only and include campervans, motorbikes etc.

  • Detailed driving. directions will be posted closer to the event.