Info & FAQs

at the Festival

When & Where

Thursday -Sunday, 20 - 23 October, 2016
Tablelands Folk Festival is held in Yungaburra - 65 minutes from Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands. Yungaburra is on the Gillies Highway and is 10 minutes from Atherton, the closest regional centre.


Walk into The Closet Hippy Malanda, Buzz Music, Cairns, Uptown Music Atherton, Quincan Café or Curtain Fig Motel, Yungaburra and buy your tickets over the counter.
Take your pre-purchased tickets to the ‘pre-purchased tickets’ desk outside the Yungaburra library to collect your wristband. You will need to show your order code (from the ticket sales site), proof of purchase (order confirmation from the ticket sales site) and/or ID to collect your wristband. You can collect your wristband from 4pm on Friday and from 9am – 2pm on Saturday. You will need to show proof of age when collecting your wristband.
No refunds or exchanges are available.
Yes. A limited number of early bird Weekend Tickets are discounted to $90 or $80 for TFF members. Once we sell out of early bird tickets the price will revert to $120 so get in early and save a bundle. Pre-purchased tickets are available until 5 pm Wednesday prior to the Festival.
A student ticket is available for school students.
The Festival supports Companion Card. Please inquire with the festival office.
Students must show proof of attending high school. Children must be 12 or under on the last day of the festival and will receive free entry on arrival with their accompanying adult ticket holder.


The full program is available from mid-August but keep an eye on the website for sneak peaks.
No. They are only available when you collect your ticket. The website contains most of the information about artists and performance times.
The first shows on Friday begin at 6.00pm and finish at midnight; Saturday 8.30am until midnight; and Sunday, 8.30am until 5.00pm. These are the first show and last show times; not all stages run all of the time. Please see the detailed program for further details.


You are invited to camp at Memorial Park for the event, adjacent to the Yungaburra Tennis Club Grounds, where there are portable hot showers and toilet facilities.
You can also find your accommodation on: - trivago, - compare proximity to the festival through ‘Map View’ on the Tablelands Folk Festival trivago page. - Yungaburra Heritage Village page - - Yungaburra Visitor Information Centre can help. There are a lot of options in town, but you need to make enquiries and bookings early.

At The Festival

There are various venues around Yungaburra Township, centred around the Heritage listed Yungaburra Hotel.
Accordion SaThe festival program includes local, national and international acts performing folk, acoustic roots, blues, jazz, world, country roots, bluegrass and workshops with performers. There is also comedy, spoken word, Poet’s Breakfasts, a Children’s Festival, street performers and a parade through town, plus craft and market stalls. In addition there is a Home Brew competition and workshops, and a Wellbeing Fair.
Gates open on Friday at 4.00pm and from 9 am Sat and Sun.
If you are staying in town, please consider walking to the Festival. There is the usual parking on the streets of town, but please observe all signs, road closures, etc.
You certainly can, a festival wristband allows you to come and go as you please all weekend. Take the time to explore, see the street performers, markets and the venues around town.
Weather in the Tablelands can be unpredictable all year round. Warm sunny days and cool nights are usually on offer in October but be prepared for light rain.
All concert venues have supplied, un-allocated seating.
No pets are allowed on the festival site with the exception of guide dogs.
The Festival markets have an excellent range of food catering for all diets. There are also many friendly and affordable restaurants and cafes throughout the township.
Yes. There is an art and craft market held in Maude Kehoe Park for the duration of the festival. The highly popular Yungaburra Markets also coincide with the festival falling on the Saturday. They are held in the park across the main road (Gordonvale Atherton Road).
Yes, you may bring a camera, however, audio or video recording of concerts and workshops is not permitted.
The Festival is a One & All accessible event and provides facilities for people with a disability. There is wheelchair access to all venues.
From Cairns you can take the Cairns/Kuranda/Atherton bus. Taxis are available from Atherton which is 10 minutes drive from Yungaburra.
No, but there is an ATM located at the general store and in the Pub.

Performing at the Festival

View info for Performers - Applications can be submitted online or posted from 1 March to 31 May.
As indicated in the application guide, we will notify you of the success of your application by 31 August. We endeavour to respond to all applications but if you have not heard any feedback by this date, please contact the Program Director by emailing
Buskers are not booked by the Festival. There is a buskers stage in Maude Keogh Park. If you wish to busk in town please register with ticketing.
Yes, check the Program for details.

Volunteering at the Festival

Apply from 1 March - View form. Tablelands Folk Festival like most festivals in Australia depends on volunteers. Each year over 80 people generously contribute their time and skills to our local Festival to make it happen and have a ball doing it. A special benefit for working four or more hours is an invitation to the Volunteers’ Party. Some work is done prior to the Festival or after, but most is done over the weekend. Volunteers can be venue assistants, work in ticketing, construction, work with performers, or work on the MC and stage manager team.
All Volunteers who contribute 8 hours or more of work (depending on the job and the area) are entitled to a free weekend ticket.

Stall Holders

Contact our stalls coordinator for more information by emailing Food Stalls will need to be licensed and registered for a food premises operator with Tableland Regional Council and follow the Qld. Food Safety Standards which are available on the web at

Audio & Lighting Production