Organisers of the Falls Music and Arts Festival have confirmed today that the sold out Lorne event has been relocated to Mount Duneed Estate this year due to the threat of bush fires.
The news comes following the recent bush fires that swept through the region on Christmas day, claiming 116 homes in nearby Wye River and Separation Creek.
The Mount Duneed Estate is already set up for a festival, having just wrapped up the 2015 “A Day On The Green” event. The venue is located 15 minutes from Geelong and the Surf Coast and approximately a one hour trip from Melbourne. The news is a huge relief for those that have already embarked on road trips from interstate to make this years Falls Festival event. Here’s a shot of the venue set up (via the Mount Dundeed Estate website):
Those who have attended the Falls Festival since it was founded in 1994, will be all too familiar with the risk involved with the beautiful secluded location. Surrounded by dense bushland and national park, there’s only one narrow road in and out of the event for punters and emergency services.
With several days of hot weather on the forecast (including 40ºC on New Years Day), punters would be left without a paddle up the proverbial shit creek if things heated up in the already dry parkland.
This image via ‘The Falls’ website shows the beautifully unique but also secluded location surrounded by forrest.
Organisers published this note to fans on Facebook:
Earlier today, the organiser let people know that they were meeting with emergency services to make an informed decision taking in to account the plans already made by punters.
Here’s how to get to the Mount Duneed estate from Geelong:
We’ll have more information on the new location shortly. For latest information, head to the official website here.