What You want to know

Booktown Festival FAQs


Questions And Answers

Yes. $10, under 16 and locals are free! Tickets give you access to all book traders, live music, entertainers, the Kids’ Village, food vans, and half of the talks across BOTH days of the Festival. 

For quicker entry, purchase your ticket online now: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/booktown Otherwise you can purchase on arrival. Please bring cash. If you’d like to book into an author talk, we recommend doing so online now as they often sell out: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/booktown

Yes, under 16 are free! All kids events are also free but some do require booking due to space constrains and popularity. Free Tickets can booked for these at: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/booktown

For tickets to talks running in the Clunes Town Hall, Clunes Thomas Aquinas Church and Clunes Lending Library, you can purchase these separately for $15 adult: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/booktown

Visit the Readings marquee to buy books written by the main speakers. Author signings for most speakers will also occur there after each talk in the Town Hall, Thomas Aquinas and Free Lending Library.

No. The Festival precinct is a pet-free zone.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday and stay open till late – i.e. you can dine in town without being ‘locked in’. Gates open again on Sunday at 9am and activities wrap up approx 5pm Sunday.

Thanks to V/Line there are extra services running to Clunes Station over the weekend. Catch the train from Southern Cross > Ballarat > Clunes and return! Courtesy buses will take you from the Clunes Station to the festival precinct and back – or take the short walk. Timetable from V/Line coming soon.

The Clunes Showground is the ‘official’ festival carpark, with LOTS of space and courtesy buses to take you to and from the festival precinct; or you can enjoy the short walk there.

Yes. You can find this at the corner of Service St and Fraser St, just across from the main Festival entrance.

Yes! As a local community festival we are passionate about our environment and the sustainability of our Festival. As such we are asking people not to bring plastic to the Festival. We will have 400ml reusable stainless steel Clunes Booktown Festival water bottles for sale, which can be refilled at our hydration station, supplied by Central Highland Water.


We strongly recommend bringing cash. ATM services are limited and often involve long queues.