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What’s On: Falls Festival And How To Get Around

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Everything you need to know about the popular Australian music festival hitting Byron Bay, Lorne, Fremantle and Marion Bay this new year.

The festival

Now in its 26th year, the annual Falls Music and Arts Festival will be held over New Year’s and early January in towns across Australia. Launched in 1993 and originally named ‘Rock Above The Falls’ in just Lorne, Victoria, the festival has evolved to being held across four regional towns in four states, and attracting big name artists.

The Epic Lineup

A whole bunch of fantastic international and local artists are taking to the stage, including:

  • Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
  • TOTO
  • Catfish and The Bottlemen (Only Australian shows)
  • Vance Joy
  • Flight Facilities
  • Amy Shark
  • DMA’s
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  • Hilltop Hoods
  • Interpol
  • 88rising ft. Rich Brian, Joji, Niki & August 08 (Only Australian Shows)
  • Golden Features
  • First Aid Kit

And plenty more! For the full line-up, check out the Falls Festival website.


Falls Festival Lorne

Dates: 28 – 31 December 2018


How to get there: Melbourne is the closest city to Lorne with an airport. Melbourne Tullamarine is the largest and most-frequented airport, however the smaller Melbourne Avalon airport is actually closer to Lorne and The Great Ocean Road if you’re flying to get to the festival.

The famed Otway Ranges, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, is near Lorne

Falls Festival Marion Bay

Dates: 29 – 31 December 2018


How to get there: If you’re flying into Tasmania for the Marion Bay Falls Festival, Hobart Airport is the closest and most convenient airport, just under 40 kilometres from Marion Bay. Travelling with a group? Airport transfers to and from Hobart Airport are available on

Falls Festival Byron Bay

Dates: 31 December – 2 January 2019


How to get there: The closest airport is Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport. From there, it’s about 38 kilometres from Byron Bay. Shared shuttles into Byron Bay from the airport start from just AUD$20.

Falls Festival Fremantle

Dates: 5 – 6 January 2019


How to get there: Fremantle lies just 30 kilometres from Western Australia’s state capital of Perth, and can be accessed via airport transfer from Perth Airport. A private transfer starts from just AUD$78.


There are still tickets available for the Byron Bay, Lorne, Fremantle and Marion Bay festivals. You can opt to buy a single day, weekend, two day, three day or camping pass, depending on the location. For ticket options, check out the website.

Is it just music?

Nope! From cabaret, food stalls, yoga workshops, meditation, arts and crafts and markets, to massage, silent discos, burlesque performances, comedy and dance parties, you can be sure that there will be plenty to keep you entertained at Falls Festival.

Falls is an annual music festival around Australia during late December and early January where festival-goers often camp

Important information

To ensure everyone has a great time, the festival has a few rules they enforce to keep festival goers safe and happy. These include:

  • No BYO alcohol
  • No fires
  • No glassware onsite
  • No recording of artist performances
  • No couches (people bring them and leave at the festival, creating unnecessary landfill)
  • No animals and pets
  • Put rubbish in appropriate bins
  • And of course, no illegal activities, including use of drugs and drink-driving

Heading to Falls Festival? Organise your transport early so there’s one less thing to worry about! Pre-book your airport transfer on You can find out more about transport options to Marion Bay, and Byron Bay on the festival website.

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