We’ve got something a bit different for you here. It’s a festival, but not the headline-international-act, drop-a-bunch-of-pingers sort of festival. More the school-camp-for-adults, adrenaline in the wilderness, meditate-on-a-beach-at-sunrise sort of festival.
It’s name is Seal Rocks.
The Seal Rocks Adventure Festival is running this weekend at Treachery Camp, about 90 minutes north of Newcastle on the NSW coast (about a 7-hour drive from Brissie). That’s a fair old road trip, down through Coffs and Port Macquarie, but Seal Rocks could be worth the lumbar pain and Doritos shame.
Here’s the basics. Seal Rocks is two days of straight adventure, camping, BYO booze, team games, circus workshops, beach meditation, rock climbing, surfing, zorb-balling and disco themed ‘dooferfests’. Yeah, it’s pretty packed. Your ticket gets you entry and a campsite (it’s BYO tent), plus admission into the various team games.
All campers will be divided into three teams: the Bin Chickens, the Bush Turkeys or the Flying Foxes. During the day you’ll be competing in games with your team, and at night you’ll be drinking around bonfires and listening to local acts on the two main stages. There’s also an after-dark cinema space, where the Seal Rocks guys will be screening Free Solo and Heavy Water (classic adventure junkie films).
This is the first year for Seal Rocks—the trial run. So you’ve got a chance to be part of NSW festival history. Imagine spending a whole weekend camping by Lighthouse Beach, versing your mates in Archery Tag or working on your free-diving technique. There’ll be workout classes every morning, plus mountain biking, meditation, group yoga and surfing (you can check out the full encyclopaedic itinerary here).
Booze is BYO, but there will be a bunch of food vendors rocking up. Think pop-up bars from like The Perfect Paella, Dr Drool and the on-site café, Tim's on Treach.
Now all this isn’t cheap, but there’s a LOT including in the ticket price. Adult tix will set you back $340, which gets you entry, a camp site, and all your weekend’s activities. Groups are welcome, but the organisers have capped entry at 500. You can glamp or crash in a cabin too, if spending a weekend in the dirt isn’t your idea of a good time (check out the full accom details here).
What: Seal Rocks Adventure Festival
When: 17 – 19 May
Where: Treachery Camp, NSW
For more info, click here.
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