The Planting welcomes all people with disabilities and aims to achieve high accessibility and a full experience through constant reviews and feedback. Here are some important tips that are useful to know, before you arrive.
- The event is held on a rural property (an old dairy farm) and the terrain is often uneven and/or sloping.
- The pathways are either dirt or graveled and during peak periods of the festival the pathways can become very crowded and difficult to negotiate.
- The accessible amenity blocks provided are clean and sturdy, but basic, and the festival site is large (the festival entertainment precinct area alone is on 50 acres).
- During the day, the weather conditions can be extremely hot, and on some evenings, quite cool.
We have a designated accessible parking area. It is located close to the festival precinct on the northern side. This day parking area is automatically available for any vehicle bearing a standard Disability Parking Permit – just follow the Accessible Parking signs once you enter the festival day car park.
We are aware that some disabilities are of a more temporary nature and if you don’t have an official sticker and need to use the Accessible Day Parking area, we invite you to let us know when you arrive. When you collect your festival wristband, advise the friendly volunteer that you need a yellow Accessible Parking Car Pass to display in your vehicle.
We understand that equal access can sometimes mean being accompanied by a carer, and so we offer complimentary carer/companion tickets to companion card holders. If you’d like to chat to us about this, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can begin the conversation.
We understand that equal access can sometimes mean being accompanied by an Assistance Animal. To help us support you and your Assistance Animal on site, we have an application and registration process for Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and trained Assistance Animals onto the festival site.
The festival has a designated accessible camping area situated close to the entertainment precinct entrance and available for both overnight and season campers with disabilities. A small number of these camping sites have access to power (for life support equipment only and cannot be run to tents, only caravans and campervans) and all have access to accessible toilet and shower facilities. These camping sites are limited so please keep your camp modest. When you arrive at the Planting Festival, make yourself known to our Happy Camper Volunteers and they’ll be able to direct you.
INSIDE THE FESTIVAL
Accessible toilets can be found in a central location behind the Lilly Pilly venue within the festival village and in the Accessible Camping area in Season Camping.
AUSLAN INTERPRETED EVENTS / PERFORMANCES
Auslan Sign Language
Auslan interpreters will interpret selected events at the festival. Look for the ‘interpreted’ symbol in the Programme Guide.
For each event/performance:
- Arrive 10 minutes before the start time.
- Look for the Interpreter.
- Ask them to show you the best place to sit, so you can see the Interpreter clearly
AUSLAN INTERPRETING BOOKING SERVICE
Phone: 0408 384 286
The Festival is offering an interpreting booking service, where you can book an Auslan interpretor. If you want to book an Interpreter throughout the festival please SMS 0408 384 286 and tell us:
- Your name
- Event name
- Time of the event
We will text you back to let you know if there is an interpreter available.
We are happy to assist people with access needs in making plans for a pleasant and safe festival experience. If you need further assistance or information about accessibility camping, parking or access at The Planting, please email email@example.com.