Do I need to register for the events, or can I just turn up on the day?
Each event is different -
You do NOT need to register for:
You SHOULD register for: (but can still probably get tickets on the day)
You absolutely MUST register for:
The Tour of the Mallacoota Inlet on the Loch-Ard, the Eel Trap and Fish Spear Workshop with Noel Butler, the Tour of the AFCOL Abalone Processing Plant, the Bush Foods Walk with Noel and Trish Butler.
What is available at the events and what do I need to bring with me?
Ledwell's 'Head Down, Bum Up' Book Launch - Food and drinks available for purchase through the golf club after the event. You may like to make a reservation directly if you wish to stay for dinner. (03)51580277.
Mallacoota Inlet Tour on Board the Loch-Ard - Dress according to the weather (which, in Mallacoota, means always bring an extra layer!) Bring a water bottle, binoculars to view the wildlife. There are no restroom facilities on board the boat.
Talk with Noel Butler - There will be morning tea available for purchase in the Mudbrick Cafe.
Eel Trap and Spear Workshop - All materials will be provided. The workshop will take place outside in a shaded area on the ground. If you wish to bring a folding chair, cushion, or mat for comfort, please do so.
Saturday Sippers, Seafood, and Skippy! - There will be several food vendors on site (pizza, seafood baskets, fresh seafood, ice cream) and a festival bar where local beer and wine will be available for purchase. The jumping castle will be available during the daylight hours.
The movie will take place at the outdoor grassy amphitheater, with sloped seating area. Bring a picnic rug, blankets, bug spray, cushions, your teddy, and whatever you think will make you most comfortable. Folding chairs may not be useful due to the angle of the slope. The showing will begin at twilight and run into the night. You may want to bring a torch as there is limited lighting for your return trip.
Fishing Clinic - Just your sense of adventure!
AFCOL Abalone Processing Plant Tour - Comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Please arrive 10 minutes early.
Noel and Trish Butler's Bush Food Walk - Meet at the Lions Park (by the Mudbrick Pavilion) promptly at 11. Bring walking shoes, and a notebook or camera if you wish to record the plant species. The walk will be open to most abilities. Children welcome.
Can I bring my dog?
Your little furry friend will unfortunately have to sit out some of the weekends events (Book launch, Loch-Ard trip, Noel Butler talk, and the AFCOL tour). Well-behaved animals on a lead are welcome to the rest of the events!
Can I smoke?
Most of the venues including the market and outdoor cinema, are non-smoking.
Will there be alcohol? Can I bring my own?
There will be alcohol present at the Book Launch, Market, and Saturday Sippers, Seafood, and Skippy.
We ask that you do not bring outside alcoholic beverages into the venues - but why would you want to when the best East Gippsland breweries and wineries are already there?
Where do I park?
There is ample parking at the Mallacoota Golf Club for the Book Launch, the main wharf parking area for the Loch-Ard Cruise and Fishing Clinic, and along Commercial rd. for the AFCOL tour.
The Mudbrick Pavilion and the market area are within walking distance to most of the Mallacoota township. We recommend walking to the venue whenever possible as there will be a high volume of traffic - specifically during the market hours. The rear parking lot next to the oval and behind the Mudbrick building will not be open to public parking during the market as it will be reserved for vendors, large boats and other exciting exhibitions we have planned for the day. It will also have a high volume of foot traffic and children passing through, so it will be closed to traffic for safety reasons. It will re-open for the Sunday events.
If it is necessary to drive, please park in a safe, designated parking site or roadside in town with consideration to thru traffic and continue into the venue on foot.
Will there be any entertainment for the kids?
The Saturday Market has been planned to keep both the kids AND their parents happy! There will be a jumping castle, face painting, crafts area, playground, lolly stand, milkshakes, and plenty of kid-friendly food options on offer!
The Saturday Sippers, Seafood, and Skippy will carry over the jumping castle, kid friendly food (pizza, fish and chips, & ice cream!) and a showing of the 1969 family movie classic Skippy and the Intruders (filmed in part in Mallacoota). Bring a rug, blanket and teddy and settle in for a great family friendly event.
Please be advised that there will be alcohol present at both of these events.
Children are also welcome to attend any of the other events scheduled over the weekend. (Including the bush food walk, which will be at an easy pace and low difficulty to accommodate those of most abilities.)
Will it be fun?
You can bet on it!