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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Western Australian Circus Festival located?

At the Lunar Circus site - Vansitart Rd, Karridale, Western Australia. The property is 30 kms south of Margaret River and 350km south of Perth.
Drive to Karridale, then continue 1.7km south. Turn left at Twenty Four Rd, then right at Vansittart Rd. The circus is about 1.7km along the road, on your left. Click here for a map.

Can I catch public transport?

To get to Karridale by bus from Perth, contact South West Coachlines on (08) 9261 7600 or TransWA on 1300 662 205.


What about accommodation?

Camping is available onsite from 5pm on the day before the festival for those with weekend tickets. We provide unpowered camping sites, toilets and showers. Please bring your own tent and sleeping gear. Caravans and mobile homes are very welcome, of course.

If you prefer other accommodation, check out some local deals on Wotif, visit or ring the Augusta-Margaret River Tourist Bureau on (08) 9780 5911.

When do gates open for campers at the festival?

Gates open at 9am on Friday 26th.  Please don't come before then.  Thank you for your cooperation.

What are water supplies like?

Water is limited - please bring along a sturdy water container for use at your campsite and bring as much drinking water as possible.

Can I bring alcohol?

No BYO - This is a licenced event.

There are some great bars in the venues here onsite.

What will the weather be like in January?

January is one of the hottest months in the Margaret River area with the highest temperatures up toward the 40C mark, but seldom higher. The average maximum temperature is about 28C.  Please make sure that you stay hydrated and drink lots of water. It can still get cool in the evenings, so make sure you bring along some jumpers and extra blankets too.

Are we allowed to have open fires?

No, the fire ban season is in place.

Can we bring our dog?

No dogs or pets are allowed onsite.

How about our drums?

Unfortunately not, it really does cut through into the shows!

What recycling facilities are available onsite?

There are recycling bins located around the site.  Recycling bins will be clearly marked - please do not mix recyclable materials and remove all of your own non-recyclable waste.

What about money onsite?

Eftpos is now available onsite!

I’d like to help out, can I volunteer?

Helpers before, during and after the Festival are always needed. During the festival, our volunteers work for 9 hours in exchange for their weekend ticket, which includes camping. Volunteer applications are now open.

Is there contact with the outside world at the Lunar Circus site?

The property has Telstra mobile coverage.

What can I expect at the Festival?

Circus shows are performed from midday to midnight on all 3 days of the festival. Our performers come from all over the world and perform every circus skill you’ve ever heard of (and more) in both large and small troupes.

There are funny shows and moving shows, short shows and long shows, award-winning incredibly polished shows and debut shows, shows for kids and shows by kids, aerial shows and ground shows, heart-stopping shows and “I can’t believe he can do that!” shows. There is even the Circus Olympics – you will not believe your eyes when you see what some of the competitors can do.

Live bands play for most of the day and take you dancing late into the night. There are several bars around the site, including our new Lunar Sensation bar.

Workshops start at around 9am and continue for most of the day. Have you ever had a go on a Flying Trapeze? This is your chance.

There are market stalls and food stalls with everything for sale from beef, fish and tofu burgers to wood-fired pizzas, coffee, cakes and a delicious salad bar.

There’s a big top and a little top. There are small, intimate venues and big, outdoor venues. Every year we improve and increase our venues – look out for the new "Lunar Sensation" this year

Perhaps best of all, there’s a delightful feeling about the festival. Everyone is happy, relaxed and having a great time. People always tell us, “I had no idea what to expect but this is absolutely amazing!”

Please contact us if you have othe​r questions or queries







2018 Circus Festival Starts 12pm Jan 26th