Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Whilst we encourage everyone to have a fun time and be themselves, we encourage the following guidelines to keep everyone safe whilst having the best experience possible.

This is a leave no trace festival – littering will not be permitted and we are enforcing this policy to build awareness, appreciation and respect for our natural and cultural heritage. We share this land with natural wildlife, please respect their home! For the duration of the event please use bins provided and ensure your campsite is kept clean. Where possible please take your rubbish home with you.

Our event has introduced COVID safe policies, these policies will change and be reviewed on a regular basis. Please ensure you are up to date with our COVID safe plan prior to heading to Esoteric.

If you have an early access pass & festival ticket then you can enter from midday Thursday 10 March 2022.  For everyone else who has a festival ticket you can enter the site after 8am Friday 11 March 2022.  All cars must also have a car pass to enter the festival. Entry outside of these times is not permitted and you must leave the site by 12pm noon on Tuesday 15 March 2022.  

The following gate opening times apply, please do not arrive or leave outside of these times as you will be asked to wait till the opening hours.

Thursday 12pm to midnight (for early access ticket holders only)
Friday 8am to midnight
Saturday 8am to 9pm
Sunday 8am to 9pm
Monday 8am to 9pm
Tuesday 8am to 5pm

No passouts – shuttle buses to Donald will not be running this year as per our covid safe plan.

Keep hydrated – dehydration is the main cause of hospital visits, there are water stations located throughout the festival site, some of which run directly to the stages. Now you won’t miss one banging tune to fill your water bottle.

Total fire ban- this includes gas ovens, candles, sparklers, generators and unauthorised fire twirling (any fire twirling must be pre-approved in writing by the organisers).

Look out for fellow Escoterican’s – if you see someone in trouble, help them!

Make yourself familiar with your surroundings including the water stations, toilets and first aid tent

You must wear your wristband at all times do not drive under the influence of alcohol

Camp only in designated camping grounds

Outdoor activities such as these are quite physical, you must keep yourself safe and enter at your own risk.

All stages are nestled in between a beautiful gum tree plantation that provides great shade for the majority of the day. However, it is still important to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the harsh UV rays.

Emergency Services

St John Ambulance will be onsite for your safety, they are Australia’s leading supplier of first aid services and training.

The trusted security services of NSA Security will be used throughout the event. If you see something not quite right then you are encouraged to let our friendly security crew know.

Guarded Group Fire Services emergency response teams are trained and qualified to deal with any situation or incident that presents, especially when it comes to a fire. If Guarded Group Fire Services requests anything relating to fire safety from you then please respect their decisions to make the best call on your behalf.

Victoria Police will also be present throughout the festival for the purpose of safety.

Alcohol Policy

Esoteric Festival 2022 is reviewing the alcohol policy and will decide on our final decision throughout the year. We’ll announce this edition’s stance on alcohol up to a few weeks before the event.

What to bring

What not to bring

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