The Hopkins Creek 2017 Complete Survival Guide


Hopkins Creek Festival is held in the Kulkurt Crater at 1939 Delacombe Way, Tatyoon.

The gates will open at 2pm on Friday afternoon and will shut at midnight. For the following two days, the gates will open at 9am and shut at 10pm.

Music will commence at 5:30 with a traditional Welcome to Country following the first set. We strongly discourage passouts during the event and will deny anyone who has been consuming alcohol to leave at any time. No passouts will be permitted after 8pm or before 8am at any stage of the festival. The last thing anyone wants is to tarnish a great weekend and months of planning with a car crash or serious injury, so please drive safe and look after your mates at all times! No patrons will be allowed to stay on site after 12pm on Monday. Police may be drug and alcohol testing on exit.


For anyone who has purchased an official Hopkins Creek 2017 Bus Ticket through our Eventbrite page the busses will be departing from outside the Regent Cinema at 11am sharp on Friday the 1st of December (191 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000). Return busses will leave at 10am on Monday the 4th of December and return again the Regent Cinema in Melbourne. Two suitcases or equivalent camping equipment per person will be allowed for storage.


Hopkins Creek is proud to call Ararat City Council home, and for this reason we encourage our attendees to hold off their spending until getting into Ararat or Lake Bolac. Everything you need can be found in the local communities surrounding our event, and events like this play an important part in helping the economy of regional areas, plus the local people are the crème de la crème!


On entry every car WILL be searched for prohibited items, we don’t like taking beers off people but if you bring glass it will be gone like the wind. Each member’s ticket will then be scanned and you will be on your way for a weekend to remember. Please refrain from printing your tickets for ease of entry, bring a screenshot or save the PDF on your phone to save paper. Every attendee must have valid 18+ ID, we will refuse entry to anyone who cannot show this, whether you are 14 or 40. If you arrive and your ticket has already been scanned management takes no responsibility, don't share your tickets.


Car parking and camping will be completely separate again for 2017 to maximise the safety and enjoyment for all patrons. This means no camping in cars, no hanging around the car park, and most of all no late night pass outs (After 8pm). On arrival you will be shown to your car park where you will need to remove your camping gear and make a short walk down to the camping area, we promise its not that far and its worth the stroll. The local football club will also be offering to ferry your gear across in their utes for $5.

Sadly it has become a recurring theme at some Australian festivals that patrons cannot be bothered taking out all of the items they brought in with them, we urge our patrons to not only look after the environment but also call out this behaviour and alert event officials if your camped near someone who's not playing nice. Any cars with couches will need to make a $50 deposit to the ticketing team on entry, which will be returned when exiting the event with that item. Don’t be a bloody galah and use the bin bags supplied at your campsite!


We are currently looking at an average of around 25 degrees for the weekend, the perfect weather for a boogie and also great weather for some sunburn, be sun smart, slip slop slap, make sure you bring adequate clothes and sun protection for the whole weekend! As always at late night events it will get cold at night so make sure you don’t be the fool that forgets a beanie and a jumper, we envision there will be a lot of hugging, but you will still need warm clothes! Also, please refrain at all times from entering the lake or dam, these are completely out of bounds and a huge health risk, we will ensure you're kept cool via other means. Finally due to the wet winter the chance of mosquitos is high, so grab some spray on your way down to maximise fun times.


A number of food stalls will be open over the weekend serving up all manors of deliciousness. The football club will also be selling ice for the duration of the weekend. There will be no cash out services onsite so make sure you get enough money out on Friday to keep your stomach from rumbling for a whole weekend. Hopkins Creek is a fully BYO event and although we do not have a limit on BYO, we ask that you respect yourself and those around you and drink responsibly. Don’t forget to try a tasty cocktail in our brand new bar! Please refrain from bringing slabs of water, we have tanks onsite for you to refill a reusable bottle, think of the planet.


The following are prohibited on site and will be confiscated if found in possession.

·      No Illegal substances

·      No No2 Bulbs (nangs)

·      No Generators or Sound Systems

·      No Pets. Assistance dogs are allowed

·      No fires, fireworks, quad bikes, mini bikes or gas cookers


Any extra information can be found by emailing

See you all in the Crater!