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Commonground Festival Info and FAQs

It’s about working together to make the world a better place and having one heck of a good time along the way! On 95 acres of rejuvenated bushland 1 hour north of Melbourne. Complimenting the music makers on the stage will be a series of top quality workshops, designed to inspire, challenge and provide practical tools covering a range of topics related to Collaboration, Activism, Community Living & Connecting to Nature.

Line-up includes: Dallas Frasca / The Deans / Sugar Fed Leopards / The Seven Ups 8 Foot Felix / Deep Street Soul / Quantum Milkshake

Workshops IncludeRun by volunteers, the festival is a fundraiser for Commonground, a not-for- profit social enterprise that supports social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups. It does this through providing its Venue at subsidised rates for social change groups, it’s Intentional Community, and its education and training organisation, the Groupwork Institute of Australia.

Ok, here is all the info you need to know for the 2016 Commonground Festival. 

Will any more tickets go on sale? 

Unfortunately we are unable to release any more tickets and please join the mailing list to be informed of future events. Please note there will not be any tickets for sale at the gate, do don't bring that extra friend along, they wont get in.

Taungurung land

Commonground is very mindful that we are on the ancestral lands of the Taungurung People. Koori Culture forms a central part of the Festival. We are currently working with the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to incorporate some exciting content into the 2016 Festival. 

What is the vibe of Commonground Festival? 

A photo says a thousand words, so check out some of the photos from the last festival. You can also read some reviews here.


Commonground relies on a large number of volunteers to make the Festival possible. Most volunteer positions have been allocated for this year's Festival but we have a small number of additional spaces to fill to cater for so many ticket holders. We also want to develop a Volunteer Waiting List in case any of our existing volunteers cannot attend. To apply for last volunteer roles and to be on the Volunteer Waiting List, please fill in this application form

Unconference and workshops

We know that you - the change agents and movers and shakers working on social change - have lots to offer us in our social change work. So alongside our arranged program of social change workshops, we have an Unconference stream. If you have a topic or tool to support social change (or even a conversation on a social change topic that you'd like to have with other change makers), put some thinking into how you could offer this in a 1.5 hour session during the Unconference program. Click here for more info on Workshops and the Unconference. 

Who is playing at Commonground

Check out the music line-up here. The music selection committee has done a great job! You can listen to the YouTube playlist here

Getting here

Commonground Festival is held near Tallarook/Seymour, one hour north of Melbourne. Detailed instructions on how to get to Commonground will be sent with your ticket when you buy it online.

There is an excellent V-Line train service from Melbourne to Seymour, on the Albury/Wodonga line. See the timetable here:

Registration for train pick-ups have now closed. 

Seymour Taxi service is affordable, their number is (03) 5792 1644 or 0400554466

If you want to try and organise some car pooling post in the Commonground Festival Facebook group.


“Commonground” is a 100-acre, hilly bushland property with a spectacular workshop/conference venue. The festival campground is nestled under shady trees, with spacious sites and views of the surrounding farmland, creek and small mountain range. Near the campground are hot showers (DIY wood heater), toilets, and an indoor lounge area (the Octagon). There is also a deep dam on the property – great for a swim in hot weather!

The festival site is about 400m from the campground, at the main conference centre building, ‘The Wedge’. Here you’ll find the stage, bar, food, kids’ space, indoor lounge areas, and outdoor campfires, with plenty of space to hang out in comfort in wet or dry weather.

Opening and closing times

Gates open at 12pm on Friday 16th November, 2016. Music and workshops will continue through to Sunday and the festival finishes up at 3pm, where we will all meet at the main stage for the closing ceremony. 

Before you head home, we ask that everyone pitches in with a quick clean up of the festival site – last year the grand total of rubbish left at the campground was… one banana skin! So thank you to everyone at the last festival, that was amazing.


We have beautiful bush campsites for all! By keeping the festival small we can be sure you’ll all get a lovely spot. The best campsites will be tent-only sites, with cars parked nearby for convenient access. There will also be a place for those who have campervans and like to sleep in their cars, don't stress. Although the campsites are shady and picturesque, the ground at Commonground is quite hard, so we recommend you bring good camping mats.

There will be plentiful drinking water. There are also two showers (hot water available by lighting a wood heater), but please use water wisely. Campfires or cooking stoves are strictly not allowed at the campsite. A delicious variety of fresh, healthy food and cheap drinks will be available all day and evening at the festival site, as well as communal campfires (kick on late for some awesome fireside jams).

Alternative accommodation

If camping is not your thing there are a range of off-site accommodation options in the area.  

There are heaps of hotels and Bed and Breakfast in the local area, check out AirBNB. 

Food and drink

If you haven’t experienced Little Miss Ruby Catering before, get ready for the festival foodie’s experience of a lifetime! There will be a wide range of scrumptious meals and snacks using fresh, locally-sourced produce.

Click here for the price list.

A lot of the veggies will be grown organically on site by gardeners extraordinaire Brian, Sian and Fliss. 

Ruby’s range of tasty treats include beef burgers, vegie burgers, curries, noodles, pastas, wood fired pizza, sandwiches, cakes and more. Vegetarians and vegans will be well catered for.

The Wedge Bar will quench your thirst with a refreshing ale, local wines or the Commonground Festival signature drink, Jessica and Brian’s famous ginger beer. YUM! Which also makes a yummy Seymour Ass (Moscow Mule) Cocktail. In the mornings you can get going with a top notch coffee from fair trade coffee or delicious chai! Thanks to all bar suppliers for giving us very generous deals in support of the fundraiser.

The café, food stalls and bars will operate on a token system. Tokens can be purchased from the information stall – please bring cash.

We repeat, PLEASE BRING CASH. :) 

Is your festival family friendly? 

Most of the organisers have kids. So we do everything we can to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. We have a special kids entertainment tent to keep them occupied. Children must be supervised by their parents/guardians AT ALL TIMES. Children under the age of 15 are free when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

What to bring

Bring your ticket, cash for food and drinks, warm clothes (nights may still be a bit chilly), rain coat, bathers, hats, suncream, mosquito repellant, bags for your rubbish, fold-up chairs, cushions, torches, coffee cups, gumboots and dancing shoes. We also welcome outrageous costumes and instruments for the late night fireside jams!

What not to bring

NO alcohol, NO glass, NO pets, NO cooking stoves, NO agro.


Commonground Festival is a photographed event & your photo may be taken. We may use photos that include you for future promotion of Commonground & the Commonground Festival. If we publish a photo of you which you are unhappy with, please get in touch & we will endeavour to remove it. Please tag your photos on social media with the tag #CgFest2016 so we can all enjoy them. 

What are Commonground Festival funds used for

The festival is a fundraiser for Commonground, a not-for-profit social enterprise/charity that supports social justice, environmental, disadvantaged and community groups. It does this through providing its Venue at subsidised rates for social change groups, its Intentional Community, and its education and training organisation, the Groupwork Institute of Australia. All festival organisers are volunteers.