Festival Info – Getting There




The National Folk Festival is held in Canberra, the Nation’s capital. Attracting audiences from all parts of Australia, the 4-day long weekend allows attendees time to travel and still be able to enjoy everything the event has to offer. Canberra is well serviced by road from Victoria and NSW and regular flights provide good connections to the city from all states and many regional centres.

Buses connect the Festival site from all parts of the city and it is also well accessed via cycle paths. For patrons who choose to stay off site there is ample accommodation and Exhibition Park is just 12mins from the city centre.

Getting to and from Canberra

By Air
and Virgin both fly in and out of Canberra AirportTigerair has a limited daily discounted service between Canberra and Melbourne.
Singapore Airlines operates regularly scheduled international flights between Canberra, Singapore and Wellington (NZ).

By Car

From Melbourne via the Barton Hwy – There are a few options to access the Festival from the Barton Highway. The fastest way is to enter Canberra via the Barton Highway (A25). Take the Canberra/ Barton Highway exit off the Hume Highway and travel for approximately 45klms.

Following road signage for Gungahlin / Mitchell, exit left onto Gungahlin Drive. Use the far right hand lanes to turn right onto Sandford Street. Continue heading straight on Sandford Street then onto Morisset Road. The Festival site will be on your right hand side.

From Sydney – Enter Canberra via the Federal Hwy (which becomes Northbourne Ave). Take the RIGHT-hand turn into Well Station Rd and follow the signs to your appropriate entry point.
Please refer to the Festival Map for more information

By Bus
Jolimont Terminal – 6249 6006, 65 Northbourne Ave Canberra
Greyhound Buses – 1300 473 946 www.greyhound.com.au
Murrays Coaches – 13 22 51, www.murrays.com.au (Murrays also has a TTY hearing impaired  service – call 13 36 77)

By Rail
State Rail: Countrylink 13 22 32 www.countrylink.info
The Canberra Railway Station is located on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

Getting to and from Exhibition Park in Canberra

By Bicycle
Turn off Northbourne Ave into Flemington Rd. After you get your wristband from the Ticket Office you will be able to bring your bike inside to the Pedal Power bike-minding service.

By Bus

Canberra’s bus service is called ACTION. For the latest information on services and timetables, please refer to their customer service number or website below:

ACTION customer service number: 13 17 10

From Festival Friday to Festival Monday, ACTION will be operating to a Sunday timetable.

ACTION buses go to the City and Gungahlin Bus Stations from outside the Flemington Road entrance gates. This is also the stop for entry to the Festival.

Weekend and Public Holiday Routes 200, 956, and 958 will be in operation for the rest of the weekend as noted above. All timetable information can be viewed on the ACTION website: www.action.act.gov.au

Red Rapid 200 routes are scheduled to pass every 15 minutes between 7am & 7pm on weekdays, with additional routes 56, 57, & 58 operating. All timetable information can be viewed on the ACTION website: www.action.act.gov.au

By Car
From Civic – Head along Northbourne Ave. Approx 2km past the Barton Hwy turn LEFT into Well Station Rd and follow the signs to your appropriate entry point.


Flemington Road paid car park has re-opened, at $10 per car per day.

The car park will be operational Thursday 18th April at 3pm to 7pm and Friday 19th to Monday 22nd April 7am to 5pm.

Ample parking is available at the Well Station Rd entrance. In 2019, we are asking for a donation of $5 per car per day for parking. Optional donations can be made at the Gates tents located in the car park, between 9am and 5pm Friday to Monday of the Festival. Please note this carpark is unsealed and unpatrolled.

Access car parking is still available internally; please follow instructions from Gate staff and Security.

By Taxi/Uber
Canberra Cabs – 132 227
Elite Taxis – 133 300
There is a taxi rank and Uber drop off point at the Flemington Road ticket office (Gate 2).