Good preparation enhances anticipation and guarantees a perfect party weekend. Often it's the small things that make life much easier. As you'll be staying outdoors, it will be smart to have the following gear at hand:
It may sound blindingly obvious, but check your tent before you leave - is it in good condition? Does it have a ground sheet? Is it waterproof? Have you got enough poles and tent pegs? Do you know how to put it up?
Do you have a camping mat and a sleeping bag? It can get very cold at nights so these items are essential and will make a significant difference. A camping mat under you will prevent a lot of heat loss.
Don't forget a can opener if you're planning on eating that can of baked beans you packed.
Please remember to leave all unnecessary, precious items at home, which you won't need anyway at the festival.
The less you bring, the less you have to look after and the less you have to take home again!
Let's not forget we all have to keep this beautiful space in pristine shape.
Bring yourself and your talents, costumes, musical instruments and share freely with everyone.
Attend workshops and actively explore the opportunities available.
There will be no alcohol for sale at Dragon Dreaming. You are permitted to BYO but please take the following into consideration:
Details about site opening times will be posted in the near future. The festival will finish at 6pm Monday 24 October. All patrons must vacate the site by 12pm Tuesday 25 October.
Please always follow the instructions of the parking crew. It is essential we keep all access roads clear AT ALL TIMES for emergency vehicles. Please keep this in mind when you arrive and use your uncommonly good sense!
There will be a doctor and paramedics on duty 24/7 during the festival, however they will not dispense medication that you accidentally forgot to bring with you. Please refer to the festival layout guide upon arrival for the location of the first aid tent.
If you take medication for any illnesses, make sure you have enough to cover you for the duration that you will be away from home (and take it in its original packaging as proof it's for you - just in case). If you have a medical condition that might cause severe problems then make sure you and your mates know what to do in an emergency.
Pack basic first aid items that you just might need in a camping scenario e.g. paracetamol, insect repellent, antiseptic & bandaids - just the basics but they can be indispensable in your hour of need.
Please note that in the case that first aid officers advise that the situation is serious enough to require emergency service attendance, we will request emergency medical support. Due to the remote location of the site and the response time of emergency services, this may require evacuation by air. These costs may be significant and organisers do not take responsibility for any cost incurred. We strongly recommend that you ensure that you have ambulance cover which can cost as little as $30 a year.
The site is a working livestock farm and the owners have expressed they do not wish people to bring their pets. Therefore, as with previous events, it is a condition of our use of the land that NO ANIMALS are permitted on site. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
The closest kennels for your furry friends are in Yass, please book in advance if you can’t make other arrangements for their care.
At previous events we have had to turn patrons, performers and contributors away at the gate and it would be a real bummer to have that happen again. To ensure you make it into the festival, please respect this condition and leave your pets at home.
It has come to our attention the fibres in blue tarps are poisonous to the livestock, and are particularly dangerous because they break away easily from the tarp (especially in windy conditions) before disintegrating into small pieces that are then eaten by accident.
If you're planning on bringing a tarp, please buy the silver/dark green type that are heavy duty and pose less risk to livestock.
October is the start of ACT and region fire season. As a condition of our use of the site there will be no fires permitted in camping areas.
Gas cooking stoves are allowed but need to be raised off the ground with the ground cleared of debris for 50cms around the cooking stove. Please take special care that you do not use your stove near any fabrics/tarps hung nearby. The site’s windy conditions cause these to blow into the flame and ignite.
There will be communal campfires scattered around the site to keep warm so fear not - BYO marshmallows!
You may leave and enter Dragon Dreaming as you please. However, you must ensure your wristband stays intact. If your wristband has broken, go to the information tent or gate for a replacement before you leave the site.
We all know it is important to be comfortable during your Dragon journey however we need to ask for your help with a couple of things to ensure we can continue to hold the festival each year.
Please ensure that if you bring something to Dragon Dreaming that you take it home.
This goes for tents, couches, shoes, hammocks, aliens, house mates, car mates, girlfriends, boyfriends, small children and anything else you deem worthy of bringing along.
Alongside this is the need to keep your camp site clean. We have successfully reduced waste to landfill and the majority of rubbish created at the festival is recycled. Please use the system and help us continue to reduce our impact on the planet. There will be a number of bins provided in and around the festival and camping areas so if you create rubbish then please make sure it finds a good home there. This will help us at the end of the festival as it minimises the work we have to do in the days after everyone has gone home.