Yes, the road from Cairns and from Cooktown is fully sealed. A small Hyundai Getz can get to Laura. The only unsealed road is when you get onto the Festival grounds. However, the festival grounds will be graded to deter damage to vehicles.
Campervans and motor homes are welcome, you can bring your own or if you don’t have one, we recommend renting one through Camper Travel who offer all the major suppliers at the lowest rates. If your coming in a Campervan make sure you book the package including the campsite. The sites are not powered sites.
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We appreciate volunteers and would enjoy your participation. Please complete this form and attach it to an email and send it to LQDF@anggnarra.org.au Angela Lui will be in touch to coordinate all the wonderful volunteers.
We have camping and campervan facilities on site at the festival grounds. However, there are motels located in Laura and Cooktown. Places will be limited and are not associated with the festival.
You can bring your own camping gear or you can book a tent and linen directly with our camping partner Tent City.
Bookings are based on a 3-night stay and have options for the following;
Tents and linen can add to your booking. Tent City will have a team at the event to check you in and show you to your tents and help with any concerns or you can call them on Tel: 07 54826788.
Yes, there are multiple roadhouses around Laura that offer 24hr fuel facilities, EFTPOS and meals.
Laura is a small town and locality in Cook Shire, Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland, Australia. You can fly into Cairns from any major domestic or international airport and then transit to Cooktown or Directly to Laura.
Fly, Drive, Train.
Flight times: Mackay to Cairns (via TSV) – 2 hours 15 mins; Brisbane or Gold Coast to Cairns – 2 hours 30 mins; Darwin to Cairns – 2 hours 30 mins; Sydney to Cairns – 3 hours; Adelaide to Cairns – 3 hours 15 mins; Melbourne to Cairns – 3 hours 20 mins; Alice Springs to Cairns – 4 hours; Auckland to Cairns – 4 hours 30 mins; Perth to Cairns – 5 hours 10 mins; Hobart to Cairns – 5 hours 30 mins.
Driving distances: Cairns – Approximately 4 hours drive north of Cairns with the road being fully sealed.
Rail journeys: QR’s Spirit of Queensland, Brisbane to Cairns – 25 hours.
Laura Quinkan Dance Festival officially kicks off on Friday, 2 July 2021 and runs for three days until Sunday, 4 July 2021.
Average July temperatures in Laura are 26o C high / 19o C low.
This Festival is a camping event.
Festival organisers have made two camping options available in Festival Grounds.
Campgrounds – self-catered; available to those who supply their own swag, tent, caravan, camper, RV etc. Unpowered sites only are available.
Tent City – fully serviced pop-up village; available to those who can't or don’t wish to bring their own tent or camping equipment. Sites to accommodate 2, 3, or 4. Comfort extras available for purchase.
Hotel/motel and caravan accommodation in Laura is limited so you need to book early via https://www.anggnarra.org.au/ .
There is loads of room to set up, you will be given an allocated area to camp and then it is first in best dressed for your location.
Only if the relevant site owners arrive at the same time (or have a representative of each group) to claim sites next to one another on entry. We do not otherwise reserve or number sites.
Campers can access the Campgrounds from midday on Thursday 1st July 2021.
Festival Volunteers may be granted prior access and should consult with the Volunteer Coordinator to make such arrangements.
See also: when can I access Tent City.
In the Campgrounds? No. The Campgrounds require you to BYO tents and/or equipment.
In Tent City? Yes. Tent City is the camping accommodation option for patrons who do not wish to supply their own tents and/or equipment. Each supplied tent is fully floored, carpeted and fitted with an internal 12V light. Rent a Tent campers simply bring their bed linen, pillows and camp chairs. An esky is also recommended.
Rent a Tent is accessible from midday on Thursday 1st July 2021.
In the Campgrounds? Yes. The Campgrounds may have sufficient car space at your site. If your car or additional vehicles don’t fit into your designated campsite, parking is available free of charge at the Car Park nearby.
In Tent City? Yes. Tent City has its own designated Tent City Car Park.
In the interests of public safety, movement of vehicles is to be limited and only used for entry and exit of your camping period. Vehicles not permitted to come and go or to be driven around the Campgrounds. Vehicles are only to be driven out if the driver (and any passengers) will not be returning to their campsite.
Contravention of this rule puts other patrons at serious risk and may result in your eviction from the Campgrounds. In such circumstances, no refunds will be given. If you require your vehicle to travel to town or are planning to sightsee around the region during the Festival period, please be sure to park your car in the designated Car Park at the front of the festival grounds instead of at your campsite so that you're able to come and go as you please.
To the Campgrounds? Yes. But please be considerate of other campers and do not operate between 10pm and 7am.
To Tent City? No. Generators are not permitted within Tent City.
Drinking water will be sold at the event however it is recommended that you bring your own water. The water at the festival ground is not suitable for drinking. Due to COVID restrictions we are not able to provide shared water stations.
Gas stoves are permitted.
Please have any such equipment serviced before bringing it to the Campgrounds and never use a gas cooker inside an enclosed area such as your tent. The flame should always be blue, as an orange/yellow flame or the production of soot may indicate a hazard. If you suspect a malfunction or smell gas, please clear the area and immediately seek assistance from Festival staff.
Enclosed campfires (i.e. a fire within a fire ring, fire pit, wood stove, fire bucket, fire burner, or any homemade or manufactured device that has the effect of containing a fire) are also permitted between 4pm and 10am.
Any campfire should be at least 5 metres from a tent, vehicle or other camping structure. You may BYO firewood as required.
Unattended fires or fires outside of the permitted hours will be extinguished by the Rural Fire Service. All fires must be contained. You must do this by digging hole for your fire. Do not place rocks as a surround. Any fires that are not contained will be extinguished.
Yes. Taking photographs or videos for personal use is no problem. However, photo/videography for professional use is not permitted without promotor accreditation.
No, LQDF is a Drug and Alcohol-free event.
It is preferred that you DO NOT bring your dog however for those travelling with a small dog may bring them to the Campgrounds only. Provided s/he is kept on a leash or otherwise secured and not allowed to wander. The Campgrounds is not a suitable environment for hunting or work dogs. Please make other arrangements. Dogs are not permitted in Tent City.
Items which could reasonably be considered hazardous or disruptive to other patrons should not be brought to this Festival.
Such items include but are not limited to:
Or any other item deemed by Festival Security or Festival Staff (at their own discretion) to be potentially dangerous or disruptive to other patrons.
Any such items found on patrons will be confiscated and not returned. Holders of any such items may be excluded from the Festival Grounds without refund. Patrons found to be participating in any illegal activities may additionally be referred to the Queensland Police Service. The organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to any person.
Yes. Food, drink and merchandise vendors accept EFTPOS. However connectivity is limited so we recommend you bring cash as well.
Yes. A phone charging kiosk will be available within the Festival Village.
No. Due to COVID restrictions shared water is not allowed.
There is disability parking, toilets and you can camp with the team from Life Without Barriers. However please note that the Festival grounds are very remote and accessibility is limited.
Yes, QLD Ambulance, Fire and SES will be set up with a temporary hospital for the duration of the event. Please note there is limited medical facilities on site, if you need to see a doctor for general health reasons please go to the clinic.
There are no cloakroom facilities available and Festival organisers are unable to take care of property for patrons. If uncertain whether an item may be prohibited, we recommend leaving it at home.
You are free to enter and exit the Festival grounds at your own discretion, provided you keep your armband on at all times. Please bear in mind that it will be necessary for you to be re-processed by security upon re-entry, and any applicable public health protocols (to protect against COVID-19), may also need to be retaken.
Yes, ample on-site parking is available for non-camping Festival patrons. Please follow the relevant signs and/or directions from parking attendants.
You will need to BYO camp chairs and blankets.
An extensive range of food and drink will be available for purchase from vendors including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Non-alcoholic beverages, soft drink, water, tea and coffee will be available for purchase.
The Festival will proceed rain or shine.
It is a condition of entry to the Festival that searches of patrons and/or their bags/possessions may be undertaken. If you do not consent to such searches, you may be denied entry to the Festival. In such circumstances, no refunds will be given. Please note: any prohibited items located during bag searches will be confiscated and not returned.
There will be designated smoking areas. Signs will advise you where such zones are located.
An event where families meet new and old family members and exchange, rejuvenate and pass on knowledge and history.
Ang-Gnarra Festival Grounds,
Lot 1 Peninsula Developmental Rd, Yarraden QLD 4892
Rock Art Tours will be leaving the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival site every day, online bookings are essential.