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General Info


Address: Mt Penang Event Park, Gate 2, Kangoo Rd, Kariong 2250

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ is held in the Mt Penang Event Park Kariong, on the Central Coast NSW, situated conveniently between Newcastle and Sydney, and only a 2 minute drive from the M1 Motorway. It is also just short trip from either the Woy Woy (15 mins) or Gosfords (10 Mins ) Train Station.  For directions click here!


There are various ticket types, Season, multi and single day options:

  • Adults (over 18)
  • Youth (13 – 17 yrs)
  • Children (6 – 12yrs)
  • Buddy ( 4 x Adults)

Children under 5 years of age are free. And Children under 12 years are free on Sunday.

As the festival is licensed all minors under 18 years must be accompanied into the event, and be supervised at all times within the festival site, by a responsible adult in accord with the Liquor Act.

Get your tickets here

Purchasing Tickets

Purchasing Tickets are made online, by clicking here

You can also pay using Zip Pay at the Checkout.

All tickets are emailed to you, or you can pick them up at the gate.

Or give us a call on the Girrakool Hotline : 0428 892 209

We have, from time to time, ticket special discounts, at markets or special events, to find out when and where please subscribe here

Companion Cards

Girrakool Blues Festival accepts Companion Cards by offering disabled patrons holding a current companion card a second ticket for their accompanying companion at no charge. Please Purchase your ticket and bring your companion Card to get your complementary ticket.


Please choose carefully, Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ do not give refunds on tickets. There will also be no refunds made on tickets if you choose not to attend due to inclement weather, or change of mind. These are set out in the Festival Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

In purchasing tickets you are agreeing to the Festival Terms and Conditions. All festival Terms and conditions can be found here .

Fees and Charges

All prices are exclusive of Credit Card Fees – Credit card fees of 2.5 % will be added to your ticket under the book fee item.

Getting to Girrakool

Whether coming by Car, Bus or Train Mt Penang Event Park is very easily accessible. Girrakool Blues Festival will be providing buses from the Umina/ Woy Woy Peninsula to the festival site, via Gosford Train Station. For more information click here!

Kariong Residents will be able to jump on the Bus on Central Coast Hwy to get to the festival. Unfortunately Kariong residents will not be able use the underpass as the festival fenced area will prevent walkers from accessing the site. For more information click here!

Gate Opening Times

  • Friday – Gates open 5pm for 6pm start. Music will continue to Midnight.
  • Saturday – Gates open 10am with Music from 11am to Midnight.
  • Sunday – Gates open from 10am to 7pm for with kids activities, pie eating competition, boot throwing and more music.

Artist Program / Schedule

The Artist program and schedule will be finalised and made public in Dec 2019. To make sure you’re the first to know please subscribe to our mailing list  here.


Camping will be available each night of the event and will be free with your corresponding festival ticket. (ie Season ticket holders can camp all 3 nights, 2 day Fri & Sat ticket holders can only camp Friday and Saturday Night, and Saturday night ticket holders can only camp Saturday night.)

*However – Sunday Only Tickets will not be able to camp*

You must indicate if you wish to camp, when purchasing your tickets, otherwise we cannot guarantee a site. We ask this so we can make sure that no one misses out and so we are aware of how much space may be needed.

We welcome tents, and caravans.

Camping is only a short walk to and from the Festival Site. For more information, Click here

Other Accommodation

If camping is not your thing there are many hotel or motel choices. All options can be found here.

Working or Volunteering

Girrakool Blues Festival would not survive if it wasn’t for it’s dedicated “Blues Crew”. We welcome everyone to join our ever growing community of volunteers. There are many roles that need filling, no experience necessary. Please apply here.

We may consider Internships to tertiary students from January to March. If you are looking for experience in this industry please email

Occasionally we are looking for paid staff. Jobs If you have experience in certain aspects of festival activities, like bar or stage, please send an email to


There will be 2 sets of toilets, 1 within the festival site and another block in the camping area. All toilets are marked out on the Program and map. If you have any troubles please see one of our many volunteers in red “Blues Crew” shirts to assist you.


There will be a couple of portable showers to use over the weekend. They have hot water, and all we ask is you to keep showers short and be mindful of other patrons who may be waiting to use them.


There will be ATMs located on the festival site should you need extra cash. The ATM is marked on the Program and Map. If you have any troubles please see one of our many volunteers in red “Blues Crew” shires to assist you.

What to bring

  • ID for Adults
  • Sunscreen & hats
  • Portable Chairs and Picnic Rugs (no elaborate set-up please)

What not to bring

  • The venue is licensed and there will be no alcohol taken into or out of the venue.
  •  No illegal items

There will be plenty of food available through the food stalls, many of whom are from the Central Coast. Please support our local businesses as they support us.

Please be respectful of other guests.

Please also be respectful of the residence of Mt Penang Gardens & Parklands by keeping noise to a minimum when entering and exiting the festival.

For everything else please see festival T & C’s

Drugs and Alcohol

Girrakool Blues Festival and BBQ is a licensed venue. Under the Liquor Act, NSW, drinking your own alcohol is strictly forbidden. Security will be checking for any alcohol as you come through the gates. Anyone who is drinking their own alcohol, or is intoxicated will be asked the leave the festival site and may not be allowed to re-enter the until the following event day.

In light of the recent events at other festivals, and although we are not considered a drug fuelled event, it needs to be said that Girrakool Blues Festival will not tolerate illegal substances of any kind at the event. If you are caught under the influence of any drug or found to have any drugs in your procession, the police will be called.


Girrakool Blues Festival is situated on flat piece of land within the parkland, and is easily accessible to our disabled patrons including those in wheel chairs.

Disabled parking is located opposite the main gate, however you can also drop off any patrons first prior to parking if necessary.



There is plenty of parking on site at Mt Penang Event Park. Cars can enter through gate 2 from Kangoo Rd and will assisted to parking by our volunteers.