getting to the Festival

Shuttle Bus Around Town

There will be a free shuttle bus service transporting people to the festival site.

Please note: You must have your wristband on to access this service, or show your official pass if you are a performer, trader, or volunteer.

Pick up/drop off areas: 

  • Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, 152 Church St (car parking is available behind the Visitor Information Centre and Town Hall) 
  • Glen Innes Showground (Bourke St side entrance)
  • Australian Standing Stones bus stop (at the event) drop off and pick up

Festival Parking

Festival attendee parking – Accessed via Shannon Vale Road (follow directions) via the Gwydir Highway. Shuttle buses will be transporting people from the attendee parking site to the festival entrance (allow 10 minutes between bus loops). Alternatively, if you are fit and able, you can walk up the hill to the festival site. There is a Box Office located at the car park and Watsons Drive.

Restricted onsite parking – Entry to the festival site along Watson Drive is restricted during the event. Only cars displaying event car passes will be allowed to enter the venue from Watsons Drive. Onsite parking is only available to traders, performers, contractors and event officials. 

There are limited disabled parking spots available, however, there will be a disabled drop-off/pick-up point. For disability entry and parking, please ensure you display government parking permits and have the necessary documents available for traffic officials. A shuttle bus will also be available to transport you directly to the site from the main car park. 

Please show consideration to our local residents and businesses by not parking in private driveways or carparks. 

Walk From Town

Get your daily exercise and walk to the festival! The festival site is close to town, where there is plenty of non-restricted parking available – The Australian Standing Stones is a short 15-minute walk via Tregurtha Way at the eastern end of Bourke Street. Please note it’s steep towards the end and not recommended for those with mobility or health issues.

You also might find a parking spot along Bourke St or nearby side streets.

Acknowledgement to Country

The Australian Celtic Festival is held in Glen Innes Highlands, Ngoorabul Country.
Glen Innes Severn Council would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Ngoorabul (Ngarabul) people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.