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Happy Mag’s guide to everyone’s favourite forest disco, Secret Garden

You should all be jealous of anyone going to Secret Garden this February. Who would possibly pass up the chance to visit a 48-hour long forest disco where all the profits go to charities?

If you’ve already got your tickets, good on you! If you haven’t, you’re about to miss out – there are only a handful of tickets left for the two-night disco. This is a boat you don’t want to miss, and we’re about to explain why.

Secret Garden

If you’re still not sure what’s going down at Secret Garden, don’t worry too much. We’ve got you covered. Here is Happy Mag’s Guide to Secret Garden!

Food

Secret Garden is the festival of all festivals. Where else would you be able to sit down for a lavish banquet alongside some of your best disco friends from outer space while being personally entertained by a live band? Tasmanian chef Ned Long has succeeded in creating a beautiful sanctuary in the forest for those who want delicious food and even better company.

There are a few sittings: Friday night dinner, Saturday brunch and Saturday lunch. Make sure to catch at least one. Banquet tickets are going for $56 each, excluding drinks.

Costumes

In case you didn’t already know, the theme for Secret Garden’s Friday night party is ‘disco on a spaceship’. We recently curated a pretty fun guide to dressing up if you were after some inspiration. It involved a lot of glitter, a couple of pairs of go-go boots, some statement hair-dos and nylon galore.

If the whole ‘disco-on-a-spaceship’ thing isn’t really your jam, don’t fret. Saturday’s theme is open! Whip out those old costumes from parties past, because you’re going to need them again. Get a bunch of friends together and create a group theme! Or go solo and save all the compliments for yourself.

Transport

The Secret Garden Festival organisers have thought of everything. If you’re not inclined to drive, there’s a regular shuttle bus running from Campbelltown station to the festival grounds. Return tickets are $24 and will score you express entry, so you won’t have to wait in the queue. With limited parking options and plenty of RBTs at the exit, buses are the safest way to travel.

If you and your friends are thinking of carpooling, there will be some parking options available. You’ll be set back $23 for cars and $35 for RVs and vans. Remember to buy your parking tickets in advance because there will be no door sales this year.

Camping

Campers, the festival gods are in your favour; camping is free at Secret Garden (if you bring your own tent, that is). If you don’t have your own camping gear the festival has options for you, but they do come at a small cost.

Volunteering

The team at Secret Garden know that sometimes it’s hard to gather up the funds to head off to a festival for a few days. It’s a luxury some of us can’t afford. They’re kind enough to offer free tickets in exchange for volunteer time.

If your heart says yes but your bank account is saying no, then think about volunteering. All you have to commit to is two four hour shifts helping out! Check out the volunteering section of the website for more information.

 

Secret Garden Festival:

22-23 February 2019 – Downes Family Farm, Brownlow Hill NSW

Grab your tickets here.