Event Info

Date and Location

The festival takes place over two days, from Friday 9th to Saturday, 10th January at Mt. Buller Alpine Resort, as easy three hours drive from Melbourne, Australia. Fans are welcome to arrive from 6pm onwards on the Thursday evening.

Entry Cost

A weekend festival ticket costs $199 + booking fee. This includes performances each day starting from midday and lasting until early morning, with 30+ acts set to play live across the weekend, on three different stages across the Resort. Additionally, a one-day ticket option for Saturday January 10 has just been released. Featured artists on this day will include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Spiritualized, Laughing Clowns, Harmonia, Primitive Calculators, Afrirampo, The Stabs and more. Saturday only tickets are $120 + booking fee.

A number of mountain venues will also be featuring performances and DJ sets through until late for those who want to continue after the scheduled entertainment on the main stages has finished. There will be bars, cinemas and much much more.

Purchasing accommodation and tickets

Tickets are on sale now from atpfestival.oztix.com.au, via phone 1300 762545, from Missing Link, Polyester (Fitzroy & City), Greville and The Esplanade Hotel. Also available from www.ticketmaster.com.au and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Ticket Collection

All tickets purchased through the ATP website will be sent by registered post to the purchaser in the first week of December. If you register to the mailing list you will receive an email when tickets have been sent.

Tickets are exchanged for a wristband at the Mirimbah Ticket Office at the entry to Mt. Buller Ski Resort. All fans wishing to enter the festival site will need their ticket on hand at Mirimbah or they will be denied entry.

Description of Resort

Throughout winter, (June - October) Mt. Buller operates as a major ski resort, offering a range of snow-based activities and entertainment. As the temperature rises and the snow melts, Mt. Buller turns into a thriving summer destination featuring a different range of activity options such as mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and plenty more.

The Mt. Buller Alpine Village is situated in the heart of the resort, surrounded by stunning mountain views, fresh alpine air and a cool summer climate. Set atop a mountain at an altitude of 1,604 metres, the village provides a truly unique and beautiful venue for this festival.

Accommodation

Whether you're looking to stay just for the festival or would like to extend your visit for another couple of days, an accommodation package can be easily tailored to suit your individual or group needs.

The festival accommodation ranges from basic backpacker style lodges through to mid-range hotel rooms and luxurious penthouse apartments. Both on and off mountain.

Points of difference between the various properties include how many people share each room, what facilities are located within each room and within the property itself, and the standard of the accommodation.

Further information on the various properties on the mountain can be accessed via the Buller website: http://www.mtbuller.com.au or from our own accommodation page which is found here.

When purchasing your festival ticket, make sure that also secure accommodation as no camping is permitted on the mountain and you don't want to be left homeless for the weekend!

Food and Beverages

There is a range of dining options from casual bistro to fine dining.

Self catering is also possible.

If you plan on drinking alcohol in any of the licensed areas you must have the appropriate 18 and over wristband. To ensure you receive an 18 and over wristband please bring along Photo ID to the festival.

Getting there

Mt. Buller Alpine Resort is situated 248kms north east of Melbourne, an easy three hour drive from the city.

The closest service town to Mt. Buller is Mansfield, which is located 48km away from the resort, en route from Melbourne. It's a great place to stock up on supplies, grab a bite to eat and stretch your legs before you reach Buller. It is also the last place to buy petrol if you are driving.

By air

Mt. Buller can be accessed via a number of airports. The best options are as follows:

  • Melbourne Tullamarine (domestic and international)
  • Melbourne Avalon (domestic)
  • Albury (domestic - regional)

For either of the Melbourne airports, you will have to catch a shuttle bus, taxi or transfer service to the Melbourne CBD. From Melbourne, you can catch a V/Line bus that will take you to Mansfield and then on to Mt. Buller (please see below info on bus services).

Alternatively, you can hire a car from the airport and drive directly to Buller.

By bus

Timetable and connection information for those departing on Thursday or Friday and returning on Sunday is as follows:

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY BUS DEPARTURE - MELBOURNE TO MT. BULLER

V/Line bus service from Southern Cross to Mansfield.
Departs: 8:30am
Arrives: 11:35am

ATP bus service from Mansfield to Mt. Buller.
Departs: midday (meeting the 11.35 V/Line)
Arrives: 12:45pm

Note: Only the morning V/Line bus departure from Melbourne will connect with the ATP bus service in Mansfield. If you're on the evening bus service from Melbourne you will need to arrange alternative transport to the mountain once you arrive in Mansfield.

SUNDAY BUS DEPARTURE - MT. BULLER TO MELBOURNE

ATP bus service from Mt. Buller to Mansfield.
Departs: midday
Arrives: 12:45pm

V/Line bus service from Mansfield to Southern Cross.
Departs: 6:00pm
Arrives: 9:05pm

To book your V/Line bus ticket please visit the V/Line website or call them on 136 196.

To book your ATP bus ticket please contact High Country Reservations on 1800 BULLER.

Note: V/Line bus can collect passengers who book a ticket in advance from any of the following stops on the way to Mansfield:

Southern Cross Station - Box Hill - Nunawading - Ringwood - Croydon - Lilydale - Yarra Glen - Glenburn - Yea - Molesworth - Yarck - Merton - Woodfield - Bonnie Doon - Maindample

For further details regarding departure times and pickup points please visit the V/Line website. We encourage you to consider your transport options while discussing your accommodation booking for the weekend.

By road

When driving, there are several different routes that you can take to get to Mt. Buller. The route you choose will depend on where you are leaving from:

  • From Melbourne: Take Plenty Rd to Whittlesea, drive through Yea and on to Mansfield
  • From Melbourne: Take the Hume Highway to Tallarook, drive through Yea and on to Mansfield
  • From Melbourne: Take the Hume Highway to the Benalla/Mansfield turn off and continue on to Mansfield
  • From Melbourne: Take the Melba Highway through Yarra Glen, drive through Yea and on to Mansfield

No matter which route you take from Melbourne to Mt. Buller you will eventually come to Mansfield - the closest major town to the resort.

Pass through Mansfield and follow the signs to Mt. Buller. The Mansfield to Mt. Buller village trip is 48km long and takes 35 - 45 minutes.

Entry to the Mt. Buller Village

About 28 kms past Mansfield you will arrive at the Mirimbah Ticket Gate. You will need to stop here and show a valid ticket for each person in your vehicle. Tickets CANNOT be purchased at this point - you must purchase your ticket prior to arrival.

Once your ticket has been validated and exchanged for festival wristbands, you will be allowed to continue on your journey up to Mt. Buller.

Car Parking

For the safety of all festival goers, general traffic is not permitted to enter the Mt. Buller Village. As such, when you reach the outskirts of the village you will be met by a parking attendant who will direct you to a parking spot. Where you park will be determined by whether you are staying overnight, or simply for the day. Parking is free.

Once you leave your car, you can access the Village via a number of ways:

Day visitors

  • Chairlift - Horse Hill car park between 10am and 4pm.

    You can board this chairlift free of charge and take a ride over to Spurs Restaurant. From Spurs, it is a short 10 minute downhill walk to the main stage. Please note that bulky luggage cannot be taken on the chairlift - only backpacks and light luggage.

  • A shuttle bus will be operating from the car parks that will take you to your accommodation.

  • Walking - a brisk 15 minute walk uphill to the Village.

  • The MMBL bus from Mansfield will take you into the Village.

Accessibility

Disabled access and facilities around Mt Buller are limited. All stage areas are accessible via roads or the ramp area of Athlete's Walk, but it should be noted that the ascent is steep. It should also be noted that any persons who have considerable mobility restrictions may find general accommodation inappropriate.

Access to festival stages:

  •  Bourke Street Stage Area - accessible from the road or Athlete's Walk (uphill).
  •  Village Stage Area - accessible from the side of the Kooroora Hotel or via a ramp next to the Clock Tower.

 Accommodation with disabled access:

  •  Ajax - Ramp and disabled facilities.
  •  MUSKI - Disabled room available.
  •  Mt Buller Chalet - Lift access to all floors, disabled toilet on ground floor, access from Athlete's Walk and disabled room available.

 Public toilets with disabled access:

  •  Abom - Disabled toilet, access from Bourke Street.
  •  Horse Hill Carpark - Disabled toilet, single level.
  •  Cow Camp Plaza - Disabled toilet, lower level, access from Bus area.

Public transport:

No buses or shuttles in the Mt. Buller area have disabled access. However, special access to the Village for any cars carrying disabled patrons will be granted.

Parking and vehicle access to your accommodation:

Vehicles displaying a disabled sticker will be given access to the village to enable closer access to accommodation. Drivers after drop-off will have the option to move their vehicle to a designated disabled parking spot in the village or allowed to return to the general carparking facilities outside of the village. As there is only limited disable parking space within the village please contact feedback@atpfestival.com prior to the festival to ensure that you are able to access one of these spaces if required.

Companion card:

Companions who will be attending the festival with a fan will be entitled companion (free) access to the festival.