Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Nightjar Festival held?
Torquay – Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive.  Enter near the corner of Bell St and the Great Ocean Road or walk across from Spring Creek Reserve (Torquay Football Club).

Geelong – Johnstone Park.  Enter from Gheringhap or Fenwick Streets, Geelong


How much does it cost to get in?
$5 per person, children aged 10 & Under are admitted free of charge.

Nightjar Geelong is a licensed event.  Any person under 18 years of age MUST be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or responsible adult to access the event (at security & event management discretion).


Is There Disability Access & Parking
Both events are held in open parks/public spaces, so the ground may be a little uneven.

Torquay – A limited number of parking spaces for persons with a disability are available near Gate 1, off Surf Beach Drive.

Geelong – The City of Greater Geelong provide a number of public parking spaces around the Nightjar site in Little Malop and Gheringhap Streets, and the Geelong Railway Station.

Permanent and portable toilet facilities for persons with a disability are also available at both Torquay and Geelong.


Is there parking available?
Torquay – Parking is available at Spring Creek Reserve (Torquay Football Oval) which is opposite the festival site.  Torquay’s Rotary Club collect a gold coin donation for parking vehicles, which assists the Club in supporting local charities and communities and making the world a better place.

Geelong – Ample street parking is available around Johnstone Park, as well as the multi-storey carpark on Gheringhap street, opposite the Geelong Town Hall.

We encourage patrons to be active and think of the environment, by riding their bikes to the venue.  Bike racks will be available at entry gates.


Can I Catch a Bus to the Event?
Torquay – There is a bus stop located on Bell Street for local patrons – -McHarrys Route 50 & 51.

Geelong – Nightjar Geelong is located adjacent to the Geelong Railway Station with close proximity to numerous train and bus services.


Are there ATMS on site?
There will be automatic teller machines located on site at all events.

Some of the stallholders and vendors will also have the availability to accept EFTPOS payments.


Can I bring my dog?
Well behaved dogs on secure leads are welcome to attend.  Please ensure you bring a water bowl for them.  Please bear in mind, the event does get very busy, and may be uncomfortable for pets.


Will there be Security on Site?
Security will be on site and present for all Nightjar events, managing crowds and conducting random bag searches at entry gates.  Intoxicated or drug affected persons will not be permitted entry to the Nightjar site.


Will there be First Aid on site?
First Aid will be located in a central visible location, and operational for all Nightjar events.


Is there a Lost Property Area on site?
If you lose something on the night, please ask security or event staff to direct you to Event Control.  If you find something at the event, please hand the item to security or event staff.

Lost items, uncollected on the night are taken back to the Nightjar office.  Please send us a message with a description of the item, and we will endeavour to locate and get the item back to you asap.


Can I smoke at Nightjar?
Nightjar Festival is a smoke-free event.


Can I bring Alcohol into the Venue?

BYO Alcohol is not permitted at any Nightjar event.

Beer, Wine and Sangria will be available for purchase during the events – Only within licensed areas.

Other drinks will be available for purchase from food vendors.

Hydration Stations will be located on both sites, for re-filling of water bottles.


What can I bring into the Nightjar Venue with me?
As with all events, there are a number of prohibited items, that must not be brought onto an event site.  This includes:

  • Illegal substances, including controlled, dangerous or illicit drugs
  • Incendiary devices (flares, fireworks, flares, smoke bombs, etc)
  • Firearms and explosives, chemical or biological substances
  • Weapons, including knives, scissors, poles etc
  • Lasers and laser pointers
  • Unauthorized advertising material or flyers

Illegal items and substances will be confiscated and handed over to Police.

Nightjar also has a strict policy regarding waste and patron safety.  For this reason, there are a number of restricted items that patrons cannot bring onto the Nightjar site, including:

  • BYO alcohol
  • Any glass containers – bottles and other items
  • Single use plastic bags, bottles and other items (Empty re-usable drink bottles are permitted to be brought onto site and filled at the hydration station)
  • Marquees, shade shelters, umbrellas, etc
  • Pushbikes, skateboards, scooters etc
  • Professional cameras (Unless authorized by Nightjar Management)
  • Drones & audio/video recording devices (including GoPros)
  • Selfie sticks, mono-pods & tri-pods
  • BBQ’s, Generators
  • Musical Instruments or sound systems (unless authorized by Nightjar Management)

To avoid confrontation, patrons are able to take these items back to their car.


How can I become a Stallholder/Artist/Performer at the event?
Applications open in August the year before the event – Please keep an eye on our social media pages and website for details.


What musicians will be performing at the events?
Musicians and performance schedules, once confirmed will be updated onto our website and social media pages.


What stallholders will be exhibiting at the events?

Once confirmed, a list of stallholders will be updated on our website, and regular information will be posted on our social media pages.


Are there vegetarian or vegan food options available at Nightjar?

There will be a large variety of food options for sale at all Nightjar Festivals.  Once confirmed, a list of food vendors will be updated on our website, and regular information will be posted on our social media pages.