Common Questions, Answered!
Creative Clunes presents the return of Clunes Booktown Festival March 23 – 24 2024. The weekend is a celebration of the book filled with author talks, presentations and thought-provoking conversations in the beloved historic Victorian township of Clunes this March.
Stay tuned for schedules, program and tickets!
Yes. You an event pass to enter the event, in addition to a ticket for any author talk/panel you wish to attend.
Our event pass gives you access to the festival, which includes all booktraders, food trucks, exhibitions, live outdoor music, and the kids village.
…if you can you should buy your tickets now, particularly for our author talks as these often sell out before the event begins.
Yes! Bring the kids.
We will have kid friendly talks and workshops with kids authors and artists. We are bringing back our hugely popular straw bale maze and kid friendly entertainment so bring the whole family along for the weekend.
Author signings for speakers will occur after each talk. These are hosted in the Readings marquee on Fraser Street. You are welcome to bring along books for signing, or to purchase them on site.
Many visitors choose to stay and enjoy both days of the event, and explore our amazing region.
Local B&B and accomodation options traditionally all sell out in Clunes in advance of our event, so book asap!
Within 15 minutes drive of Clunes are the lovely towns of Creswick and Talbot, and beyond that Ballarat, Castlemaine, Daylesford and Hepburn are all popular options once the options in Clunes are booked.
Within 15 minutes drive of Clunes are the lovely towns of Creswick and Talbot, and beyond that Ballarat, Castlemaine, Daylesford, Hepburn and Trentham are all wonderful places to explore.
You are welcome to bring your dog to our event. Dogs are:
- to be kept on a lead at all times inside the event precinct.
- not permitted inside our venues, aside from assistance animals.
- to be removed by the owners if requested by festival volunteers or staff.
This year we are thrilled to be bringing back our booktraders to Fraser Street and across the town in historic buildings.
Over sixty specialist book traders will offer an extraordinary range – new and second-hand, antiquarian and contemporary, rare and popular – covering every imaginable topic and theme.
Our program (to be released on our website soon!) will provide more detail on each book trader.
Yes, you are!
Tickets for talks still have to be purchased ($20) but festival precinct access is free.
As a local (postcode 3370) you do not have to pay to access the town over the Festival weekend.
Please be assured, if you need the newsagents or pharmacy over the weekend you will not have to pay to enter your own town.
Residents of postcode 3370 get access to the town free by showing proof of address (bill, drivers licence, etc.) at the gate. There will also be a call out for residents who prefer to collect their wristband in advance.
All our amazing local restaurants and cafes will be open, and these will be complimented by food trucks and coffee carts offering a range of cuisines to fill your bellies. YUM!
In addition to the regular schedule, extra services are run by VLine over the festival weekend.
Our station is disability accessible with a raised platform and no steps. We offer a free shuttle bus from the Clunes Railway Station to the town centre (a 2 minute drive or 12 minute walk).
As VLine haven’t yet confirmed the extra services as of Feb 2023, check with VLine directly closer to the date for information on the extra services.
There is street parking across the centre of the town. There is also a dedicated carpark at the Clunes Showgrounds. From the showgrounds to the main gate is a 5 minute walk, and we also run a shuttlebus between the train station, showgrounds and gate.
We offer accessibility parking close to our festival entry on Bailey St next to Town Hall.
We organise accessibility parking close to our festival entry on Bailey St next to Town Hall. The map in our program (available on the homepage) shows these sites.
We organise additional ATMs onsite during the event. We strongly encourage pre-purchase of your Festival Weekend Pass and event tickets. We recommend bringing some cash in case of any network outages or issues on the day.
We can accept card payment at our gates, but the queues are greater for those paying at the gate. Once inside the precinct some of our book traders will take card and some will take cash. All food vendors will accept cards.