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Welcome to Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018!

Rainbow Serpent Festival has come a long way since it started. From a small gathering in a secluded clearing to an internationally renowned, multifaceted weekend of dance, color, expression, and celebration.

People now travel from all over the world to Western Victoria to experience what some have said is the best outdoor festival of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

For many of the 15,000 people that attend each year, Rainbow has become an institution, an annual reunion, a marker in the year that’s looked forward to for months in advance.

For others, it’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community, and harmony.

Perhaps the continued success of Rainbow can be accredited to the broad experiences and opportunities on offer.

No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation, and healing.

“While dancing their Dreamings, aborigines spiritually connect themselves to the land and to the Dreamtime. The drumming of feet during the dance draws the earth into dialogue with the dancers, allowing the ceremony to bring the power of the Dreaming to life.”

The name Rainbow Serpent is distinctly Australian, coming from the Dreamtime creation story told by the traditional owners of the land.

Dreamtime stories often vary between aboriginal tribes, however, the story of the Rainbow Serpent is special as it is one of the few common to all.

The Rainbow Serpent is the protector of the land and the source of all life.

Music has always been a highlight of Rainbow. From the early trance days to the broader musical style of today, one thing Rainbow has never compromised on is the quality of its acts.

With world-class décor, roving artistic performances, crazy activities you can’t imagine a more exotic sensory mix spread over four days. Put simply if you’ve never been to the Rainbow Serpent Festival, now is the time to buy a tent and call your friends.

Book your tickets for Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018 here.

Gates usually open at 12 pm on the Thursday prior to the festival.

The music and activities officially kick off on Friday afternoon and conclude on Monday evening. All patrons are asked to leave the site by midday the following day (Tuesday).
Rainbow will notify patrons through the website and Facebook page if there are any changes to these times.

Gates are open 24 hours a day for the duration of the festival, you can come and go as you please during this time. Your wristband acts as a pass out, DO NOT lose it or you will not be able to gain entry back into the festival.

The site is in Western Victoria, under two hours drive from Melbourne. Directions to get to the festival will be published on the website closer to the date.

Rainbow also runs air-conditioned luxury charter buses from Melbourne, details can be found on the Rainbow website from early December.

There will also be shuttle buses running between Beaufort and the festival site. Beaufort can be reached by train from Melbourne. Check V-Line for details on timetable and tickets. vline

YES! Every car that turns up at the festival will require one vehicle pass.

  1. Photo ID is not required to use your vehicle pass at the festival gate.
  2. You may sell your vehicle pass if you can no longer attend and DO NOT need to complete a name transfer
  3. It is best to pre-purchase your vehicle passes online prior to the event. Vehicle Passes will also be available to purchase at the gate when you arrive however you may have to queue for one.

Read more about our vehicle pass initiative here

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