This has been a joint decision of the Cricket Club, the John Powell Reserve Committee and the Banjo Jamboree Committee based on the condition of the oval today, and the expected rainfall of the next few days. Tents, marquees, etc will be permitted, but campers must carry everything onto the oval and park offsite.

We realise this will be difficult and could make your visit more uncomfortable than it would have otherwise been, but we will still have toilet facilities and showers on the oval, as well as the two large session marquees which will have some lighting and heating, and some tables and chairs.

As I‘m sure most people understand, the oval is a valued Guildford community asset and is not a camp ground but a sports oval with a complex underground watering system. Cricket season begins only a couple of weeks after the Jamboree, and vehicles driving on the surface at the moment – and especially with the forecast rain over the next couple of days – would make the oval into a rutted quagmire. Some parts feel hard, but then you take a few steps and it’s really spongy and soggy in other parts.
This happened in 2010 also, and a lot of people downsized and brought tents and marquees to offload from their vehicles and carry them to the oval to set up. Those with larger campers and caravans seemed to find space at the Big Tree Park and the River Reserve (the Reserve drains very quickly). We still had a fine old time!

We are hoping to get lots of town support for using people’s yards, driveways and blocks, and hopefully some billets as well, even if some of these may be a short way out of town and will require people to drive in each day.
We hope as many as possible will still come – even for a day trip – we particularly want to support the store, the pub and the CFA who will all really suffer if we have drastically reduced numbers as they have all invested a lot of money and time to prepare for the Jamboree. And of course the musicians need an audience and people to jam with!!

Please keep your eyes on the Jamboree’s website for updates during the week. Feel free to phone me (Jeanette) on 03 5473 4201 or 0414 732 667 if you have ideas for places to put vans, motor homes, caravans and camper vans. Also for any queries about the Jamboree and camping arrangements. Thanks for your understanding.



Campers on oval

Camping is not available on the Tuesday night. The John Powell Reserve Oval, the Big Tree Park and the River Reserve are not public camping areas – they are managed by different bodies and the Jamboree must apply for permission to use them.

Limited spots will be available on the Wednesday night only for those volunteering their services for the set-up on Thursday. General camping for visitors will be available from Thursday afternoon. There are no powered sites.

Please look for and observe the signs in all camping areas and observe any other instructions or markings.

Maps to all venues will be available on arrival – from volunteers, and from the store, the post office and the Hotel. A map will also be found in the printed programme.


As a result of Public Liability Insurance constraints and in the interest of public safety, that while they are welcome in the town of Guildford, dogs are not permitted in any venue, including the hotel beer garden) during programmed events. Dogs must be restrained in camping and all other public areas. We hope that this will not cause any offence to Jamboree patrons and ask for their understanding.


A private block will be set aside as our emergency camping evacuation area – no general camping (see map).
The general emergency gathering area in the event of fire of other threat is on the asphalt area in front of the general store along to the fire station.

The Oval

CAMPING on the John Powell Reserve Oval is only available for wrist-banded ticket holders (including performers and volunteers). Other camping areas available will be Big Tree Park and the River Reserve. ** Our oval, the John Powell Reserve, has the special distinction of having one of the only turf cricket pitches left in Victoria. This area will be roped off and you are asked to be especially careful not to encroach upon it.

Session marquees will again be set up on the oval, with gas heaters, tables and chairs and a portable toilet nearby. When you are setting up camp, please note where these are and do not camp near them if you are sensitive to late-night noise!

There is a necessity to provide a ‘thoroughfare’ for Emergency Vehicles on the oval. Please do not set up camps on this thoroughfare.

Oval Facilities

  • Toilets and showers at the amenities block (with disabled access).
  • Portaloos dotted around

Fires are permitted on the Oval as follows

  • Fires on the Oval will be strictly controlled to comply with CFA and council requirements.
  • They must be contained and on stands which are not going to be harmful to the grass.
  • Campers bringing fire drums/burners must agree to them being inspected by CFA volunteers.
  • Patrons who bring drums are advised to bring their own supplies of untreated and unpainted firewood/fuel.
  • It is illegal to gather wood from the River Reserve.

The River Reserve

By the Loddon River – see town map. Available for camping, portable toilets but no other facilities or lighting. No fires permitted.

Big Tree Park

Behind the oval, accessed from Ballarat Street – see town map. Available for camping, has a toilet block and barbecue area. No fires permitted.

Other (out of Guildford)

Free camping is also available at nearby Mount Franklin crater, Vaughan SpringsChokem Flat and Warburtons Bridge.

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