36th YARRA JUNCTION FIDDLERS CONVENTION

FACILITIES AND INFORMATION

 

The Convention is held at the historic and Heritage listed Camp Eureka - www.campeureka.org.au. We couldn't think of a better place for it. There is a huge concert hall with open sides, a smaller hall, large kitchen/dining room (communal cooking encouraged), a covered  barbeque area and 35 acres of bush, with a small creek. Be nice to the hard working Camp Eureka Working Collective folk who work the gate. Ask  them about the Camp, and how you can get involved in maintaining this icon of the old Victorian left and an  Australian founding place of the "folk revival".

 

CAMPING

Most people camp. There are no  powered sites, but electricity can be arranged only if needed for medical equipment. To get a good spot, come early. No extra charge. No admission to the site until 2.00pm Thursday. Campfires should be OK, unless there is a total fire ban.

 

BUNKHOUSES

There are  single sex bunkhouse beds available.Contact Ken on 0451680266 by early February to reserve bed. The bunkhouses  have electric lights, but no power points. No extra charge. Cabins are  (pretty much) full -phone Ken.

 

TOILETS AND SHOWERS

Notorious pit toilets, of usual good bush camping standard, recently upgraded. Two are wheelchair accessible, though  assistance may be required. The showers are wood-heated, so hopefully someone will have lit the water heaters before you get there - usually Max!!.

 

FOOD

Fine fast food from Friday evening on with a temporary replacement this year for Terry's Cafe de Wheels. (Terry drove under a low carport recently, but the CafĂ© didn't).Tea and  instant coffee in the kitchen.  Good espresso coffee  and hot chocolate Saturday and Sunday.


A LOAD OF OLD RUBBISH

Thanks everyone for last year's rubbish control. Less than a quarter of the usual cans, bottles and butts to clean up. Yay!! But still, have pity on the kind folk who volunteer to  help Ken and Max clean up on Monday, and throughout the weekend. Bin your rubbish - we are sick of people leaving bottles and other rubbish everywhere. Particularly annoying are the 'ladies' who don't want to walk to the toilets after dark, who leave damp tissue paper in the bush  for us to pick up. Also, we have to pick up every cigarette butt. Imagine what fun this is. Especially since Ken has given up smoking. Max is still an idiot in this regard.

We can't have ash-trays everywhere- bin it or put it in your pocket. Anyone seen littering will be asked to collect three times what they dropped or left. Repeat offenders will be evicted. This is serious. Bin liners/rubbish bags will be  available on the bench in the barbeque area,from the CD/Tee shirt shop and by the back door in the kitchen. Bags go into (or near) the trailer behind the kitchen. Bins can be emptied here too. We would love you if you take your rubbish home. Three or four trailer loads go to the tip.

 

VOLUNTEER HELPERS - FREE BEER (AND WRISTBANDS)

Well, probably, at least  a free lunch, for Monday  volunteers. Free  weekend passes for the most enthusiastic volunteers, plus lots of love, and a great feeling of self-worth. Volunteers needed on Thursday to set up, all through the weekend for various tasks, and Monday to pack up. I'm not that well at the moment (getting too old?!) Thanks Max (and Bluey).

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT, PHONE MAX AMOS ON 0428 306 687

 

DOGS AND HORSES

Yes, if accompanied by  a relatively sober  and responsible adult. If  we tell you your dog must be  held on a lead, or kept away from others, this must be done, or you and your dog will have to leave. The gentlest dog can be spooked by people or other dogs when on unfamiliar territory. When at or close to camps in particular, dogs must be on a lead, as they will try to protect their territory and 'family'.

 

TICKETS

Weekend pass $55, BTCMS members and concessions $45, under 19 free.

Friday $15. Saturday  pass $40 and $35 concessions, Dance only $20. Sunday $25.

Pay at the gate. Camping and bunkhouse included (No extra charge).

 The Collective have levied an extra $10 charge for those who wish to stay Thursday night. No one should be admitted before 2.00pm Thursday.

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