Welcome to the 31st Gulgong Folk Festival

Prince of Wales Opera House During the Festival
Prince of Wales Opera House During the Festival

Located in the historical town of Gulgong in the Central West of NSW, the traditional Gulgong Folk Festival has been known for 30 years as the best small Festival in the West. It is about 4 hours away from Sydney, close to Mudgee, Dubbo, Coonabarabran, Bathurst, Orange, Rylstone and Tamworth and is well worth the drive over the Christmas – New Year break.

“The Prince of Wales Opera House and the Gulgong RSL are both ticketed venues.  You need to buy a ticket for the entire weekend, or for a day or for events held in these two venues.  All other venues are free.  However, we ask that you buy a ticket to support our festival.  Without your financial support we cannot continue providing this fantastic event and NO ONE wants that to happen….. ever!
these get you into all events over the weekend at the Prince of Wales Opera House and the RSL
  • Day tickets $25  on the day available from the Opera House festival office.
  • Stand-alone events $5 per event.  These are:
        • all workshops at Opera House e.g.busking,whistle etc
        • Opera House concerts and guitar competition (per event)
        • Bush Dance at RSL ($5 tickets from 7pm)
        • Poets’ Breakfast at RSL Club Mon 2 Jan (food extra)
        • Performers taking part over the 3 day festival are Home Rule and Guests, Jess Holland, Skarratt & Watts, Black Train, Tony Smith and friends, Dean Dee, Craig Batty, Two Mile Twangers, Sam Bourke, Plastic Paddy, Josh Maynard, Stillhouse Union, The Honey Sippers, Just Two, The Villebillies, Sam Kurtz, Harry Gibbons, Eilis Doyle, Jenny Rae, The Slimy Brothers, Merri and Ray, Frank Povah, Virago, Natalie Thoroughgood,  Stringline, The Duffys, David Johnson,  Des Kelly, Ross & Judy Kurtz, Don Coombes, Free Fried Chicken,   Cal Makin, Tom Hamilton, Hugh Merrell, The Westwoods, The Ryan Family, Steve Denholm, Kay Binns,  Kay – Lea and more.


There is plenty of accommodation available with dorm and camping facilities at the Red Hill Environmental Centre, Hotels, Motels, camping at the Gulgong Showground and the Henry Lawson Caravan Park.

For more information visit Mudgee District Tourism and Gulgong Business and Community Directory.

Finding Us

Getting to the Gulgong Folk Festival:

By car: From Sydney, drive through the Blue Mountains to Lithgow. Follow Lithgow signs towards Bathurst and take the Mudgee turn off from the Great Western Highway. From there follow the signs and as you drive through Mudgee, Gulgong is approximately 28 km north of Mudgee.

By Bus: NSW Train Link buses run from Lithgow railway station to Gulgong.


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