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2024 Wallaby Creek Festival

20-22 September 2024

Wallaby Creek Festival Grounds
720 Shipton’s Flat Road, Rossville

Join us in the lush FNQ rainforest in 2024 for our 3 day celebration of music, culture and the arts.

The three day program offers music with something for everyone, on 2 main stages, and a third stage, a jam/chalkboard stage.  Poets Breakfast, and a packed workshops schedule, Circus, Dance, Roving Street Theatre, a complete Children’s Festival,  delicious food stalls, healing spaces & market stalls and croc free swimming in the Wallaby Creek and the Annan River, complement the entertainment.  Camping is included in the three day festival with bush showers and toilets.

WE'RE TURNING 21!

An annual celebration of music, culture and the arts, Wallaby Creek Festival has become one of Far North Queensland’s much-loved and “must-do” festivals and events. 

This year we celebrate 22 years of music and magic, connection, culture and community, and art with heart, surrounded by the by the beautiful wet tropics rainforest of the far north. 

This year is also very special as we are inviting all festival-lovers to help us fundraise towards purchasing the incredibly special, slice of paradise that is the current festival site.

With community and family at heart, the family- festival is always held in the middle week of the September school holidays (this year 22-24 September) just south of Cooktown and promises something for everyone. 

 

MUSICAL LINEUP

Headlining this year’s festival is the internationally acclaimed indie-folk sensation Tijuana Cartel.

Tijuana Cartel have honed their live set on some of Australia’s biggest stages dishing up an east meets west wonderland for those seeking sensory overload, euphoria, fat beats and heavy, bass-fuelled electronica. Tijuana Cartel’s sound is high-energy, guitar-driven, world music for indie kids.

Joining them will be a diverse roster of talented artists, including:

Nathan Cavaleri: Australian musical child prodigy, Nathan Cavaleri found himself the centre of a bidding war between the labels of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna before the age of 12 years old. By age 16 he’d toured with B.B. King and played at the Kennedy Centre in front of The Clintons with Etta James and Bonnie Raitt. Returning to the stage in 2019, his love for music stronger, more mature and deeper than ever, Cavaleri illustrates the depths of his career through songs and story-telling, whilst powerfully matching the signature themes of overcoming adversity through courage and authenticity.

Harry James Angus: Over two decades, Harry James Angus has carved out a reputation as a deeply felt and explosive live trumpeter and vocalist. Having toured the world for over twenty years as the trumpeter, co-vocalist and improvisatory ringleader of The Cat Empire, he is currently touring with Australian drumming wunderkind Freyja Hooper. This duo concept takes all the dancefloor energy and chaos of Angus’ earlier creations, distilling the sound to the bare bones of rhythm, chaos, and transcendence.

Julian Belbachir: Julian Belbachir will take you on a rhythmic odyssey of traditional Indigenous music from North-Western Africa with a modern take: A truly unique and unforgettable musical experience.

Zennith: Australia’s roots, reggae, rock royalty Zennith are more than a band, they represent a strong cultural and musical legacy that defies limitation. As custodians of Buluwai Country – the rainforest people of Kuranda in Far North Queensland, Zennith are three generations deep in a musical dynasty.

Toby Beard: Western Australia’s Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance.

Hussy Hicks: Straddling the line between Folk, Blues, Country, Rock and Roots, Hussy Hicks have earned themselves a mighty reputation, growing, from festival openers to festival favourites, seeing the group now appear at the biggest blues and roots festivals in Australia, The USA and across Europe while selling out their own tours across the three continents.

Ben Jansz: Ben Jansz is a soulful and exhilarating Aussie Roots/Rock & Blues/Folk, one-man band sure to capture the hearts and evoke the minds of those who hear his music and watch him perform. Inspired by ancestral symphonies and raw emotional vulnerability, Ben’s skillful use of multiple instruments, captivating vocals and enthralling compositions is sure to ignite your heart & soul.

Anthony Forrest: Anthony Forrest is a multi-talented vocalist, instrumentalist, producer and composer. His years as singer and songwriter for reggae/dub heavyweight, Kingfisha, has honed these self-taught disciplines to create something truly rare and inspirational. Anthony’s latest project, under his own namesake, continues to break new ground in the roots genre and is everything you’d expect from this exceptional artist.

Formidable Vegetable: Formidable Vegetable combine strings, horns and ukulele with positive climate action that the whole neighbourhood can get down to. Their songs have inspired people from 5 to 95 to grow their own food, ferment cabbage and live a better life with irresistibly funky home-scale solutions to the sometimes-overwhelming problems of the world.

Paul A. George (Tijuana Cartel) feat. Jason Janus (Kalidad): Get ready for an unforgettable mix of Flamenco, Gypsy and Organic House music when Paul A. George takes the stage, bringing infectious beats and live Spanish guitar to the crowd. As if that wasn’t enough, Paul A. George will be joined onstage by the talented Jason Janus- lead guitarist of Kallidad for the kind of collaborative performance that festival fans dreams are made of.

Opal Ocean: Opal Ocean are the hidden gem in the Australian music scene, fusing together styles from every genre and rocking just two acoustic guitars! This instrumental acoustic guitar duo will leave audiences in awe with their impressive and intricate melodies.

With more to be announced!

A family-friendly celebration of music, arts, culture, and community in true Wallaby Creek style the complete lineup promises an eclectic mix of talents that will cater to every musical taste, ensuring an extraordinary experience for all festival-goers.

Download the full festival program that includes, music, performances, workshops and events here.

 

Workshops & Seminars

From Indigenous cultural tours to yoga; weaving and poetry to dance and regenerative agrictulture, we’re in the grips of finalising another spectacular program of workshops, seminars, safe sharing spaces and events.

Children's Festival

Always popular,  set under the boughs of Wallaby Creek’s very own, Enchancted Rainforest Tree, our dedicated Children’s Festvial is a magical space, where children can play, create, learn and grow with a dedicated program of arts and craft activities, entertainment and performances.

Artisan Markets

Explore a vibrant world of unique handcrafted treasures, where talented artisans showcase their exceptional creations and discover one-of-a-kind treasures. From intricate jewelry to captivating artworks, each piece tells a story of passion and artistry.

Food Stalls

Some of Far North Queensland’s favourite food trucks and market stall vendors travel from near and far to ensure Wallaby Creek Festival-goers are fuelled for fun with excellent coffee,and delicious eats and treats

Camping & nearby accommodation

Camping is encouraged. Gates open Thursday 21 September 2023.

Download your festival map here.

We expect all festival-goers to respect our committment to sustainability and preserving the natural environment by familiarising yourselves with the conditions of entry and embracing our “leave no trace” festival philosophy.

Nearby accommodation also available at the world famous Lion’s Den Hotel

Volunteer to earn your ticket in!

Volunteers are really the heart and soul of all our events. Why not become a part of our Wallaby Creek Family and donate a little of your time to help bring this event to life! There’s plenty of opportunities available in the lead up to, during and after this event. Find out more.