Festival Information

The Womin Djeke Ngargee Event makes every effort to be inclusive and supportive of all people who want to attend.  The following information is provided to help you with planning and preparation and gain a better understanding of the what to expect with regards to the physical and sensory environment of the festival.

Feedback is welcomed to help us make the event even more inclusive.

If you have specific needs, and can’t see what you need here – send us an email, or give us a call to discuss – we should be able to make it happen!  Remember – the sooner you talk with us, the better we will be able to meet your needs or answer your questions.

About the Festival

The festival welcomes everyone who is interested in honouring and celebrating First Peoples cultures.

There are 4 main aspects to the festival 

Music and dance entertainment around the festival stage – see program

Workshops – for children and some for adults – see program

Information stalls focussed on caring for country

Food and drink stalls

Physical Environment

The festival is at Balnarring Beach in the natural bush setting of campground B with some activities at the beach. 

The festival is at Balnarring Beach in the natural bush setting of campground B with some activities at the beach.  

The ground surface in many areas is sandy with the main stage on a grassy picnic area.  

The access to the stage area can be via firm dirt tracks from the main entrance ( Robertson Park, opposite the Tulum Store,  Balnarring Beach Road).

Throughout the whole area there are some patches of loose deep sand.  Activities are spread around the campground and many are on grassy areas.

Most of the event is in the open air.  There is limited shelter under marquees.

Most of the event is during daylight hours.  There is no area lighting.  The stage and toilet blocks are lit at night.

An All Terrain Wheelchair is available at the festival on a first come, first serve basis, enquire at the main entrance.

Sensory Environment

The festival is based around a variety of music – this can be loud.  

A lot of people can be at the festival, including many children enjoying the excitement of the day – parental supervision is not guaranteed as many children are familiar with the venue and will enjoy being somewhat independent.

 A few areas can be busy with lots of people.  There are many quieter areas around the festival away from the main stage. There is a designated wellbeing area, designed as a place for a break from the festival – see the festival map.

Food vans and stalls will provide a variety of food which will create different aromas in the area.

Temperature is weather dependent as the entire festival is outdoors – some shade available under marquees and trees.

Parking

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General parking is in camping ground C, the beach and at other venues around the area – parking supervisors will be in attendance.

Disabled Permit parking is available at 

Tulum store – 1 space
Balnarring Beach Car Park – 1 space
Sites 36 and 37 within campground B – look for the track entrance opposite Hansen’s Lane  off Library Rd – look for the signage – multiple spaces

Public Transport to and from Balnarring Beach is very  limited. Nearest Train Station – Bittern (Stony Point – Frankston line). Bus 782 Frankston to Flinders to Balnarring Village a 2 km (30 min) walk to the Foreshore. 

Taxi’s are few on the Mornington Peninsula and best to pre-book:

Mornington Peninsula Taxi’s 0449 680 853
Hastings Taxi 0416 543 493 
Mornington Taxi Service 9789 9913
Frankston Taxi’s 9786 3322
Metro Cabs 5999 0171

Taxi drop off / pick up is available at the main entrance, opposite Tulum store on Balnarring Beach Rd.

Toilets / Change Tables

There are 3 toilet blocks available for use by festival goers Icon for bathroom signage showing three images separated by two black lines. Images are of a woman, a man and a person in a wheelchair on a white background with a black border. Icon of a person changing a baby on a change table.

  • Toilet block at the festival site (Campground B), near Wellbeing area – includes a disabled access toilet room in both men’s and women’s toilets.  A baby’s change table will be provided in this cubicle during the festival
  • Toilet block at the beach access across the road from the festival – a small step at the entrance, no disabled access toilets, large public change area
  • Toilet block across the road from the festival in Campground A – no disabled access toilet, quieter area than other options

There is no adult change table available, however, this may be able to be arranged and placed in the toilet block in Campground B, if sufficient notice is given.

Health and Safety

There is no fence around the festival site.

A road runs around much of the site with a small shallow creek on one boundary.

Access to the beach is across the road which will have traffic moving along it.   Event volunteers may not always be available to assist with crossings.   

There is a first aid station with trained officers adjacent to site 55, near the food stalls. 

There is free access to water at various taps around the campground, including outside the toilet block and in the laundry at the toilet block in Campground B

There is a Wellbeing area set away from the stage and other activities.  This has a variety of quiet, unsupervised activities and seating options for feeding / resting babies, quiet time for young children and adults wanting a bit of time away from the busyness. The wellbeing area will be located at site 31, between the toilet block and Caring for Country Stalls

Assistance Animals

Icon of an assistance dogThe festival is set in a Nature Reserve and only Assistance animals are welcome in the reserve with their owners.  Please note this is not a fenced off area and dogs will need to remain on a lead at all times.