Camping is available at the John Powell Reserve (the oval) and River Reserve for a fee of $15 per vehicle, regardless of length of stay. After setting up your campsite, please visit reception and pay the camping fee and receive a sticker to display on your vehicle. Camping at Big Tree Park is free for ticket holders.

Online camping tickets will be available for pre-purchase in the lead up to the jamboree – these can be collected from reception.


Dogs: Please note that while dogs are allowed at campsites, they must remain on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted inside venues, including the hotel and beer garden.

John Powell Reserve 

The Banjo Jamboree is fortunate to have the use of the John Powell Reserve as a camping ground during the jamboree weekend.

Sessions around campfires go from morning to night, making for a wonderful atmosphere. We are extremely fortunate that The John Powell Committee allow us to have approved brazier fires on their hallowed oval (see below for rules). We therefore implore you to treat this facility with respect and not do anything that might jeopardize our use of it in the future. The central turf wicket will be roped off – please be especially careful not to encroach upon it. Please do not park on or otherwise obstruct vehicle thoroughfares to allow for emergency vehicle access at all times.

Vehicle access to the oval for campsite set-up is available:

  • Thursday 8am-8pm
  • Friday 10am-10pm
  • Saturday 10am-7pm.

Security patrols will operate between 10pm and 8am each night. Please remain vigilant and lock instruments, alcohol and valuables in your car.

Session marquees

Session marquees are provided with gas heaters, tables and chairs and a portable toilet nearby. When choosing your campsite, please note marquee locations  and do not camp near them if you are sensitive to late-night noise!


  • Toilets and showers at the amenities block (with disabled access).
  • Portaloos in various locations.


  • Fires will be strictly controlled to comply with CFA and council requirements
  • Fires must be contained in a brazier and off the ground so as not to harm the grass
  • Campers who bring their own braziers / fire drums must agree to them being inspected by CFA volunteers and bring their own supplies of untreated and unpainted firewood/fuel
  • It is illegal to gather wood from the River Reserve.

The River Reserve

The River Reserve offers a more peaceful camping option by the Loddon River – see Guildford map for location. Suitable for caravans and tents, it is especially liked by patrons who prefer to ‘get away from it all’. There is no lighting, and unfortunately we have learnt that due to more heavily enforced regulations, WE CAN NO LONGER PUT PORTABLE TOILETS DOWN THERE. We apologise for the late notice. Patrons may use the toilet and shower facilities at the John Powell Reserve. Please note fires are not permitted and the site is regularly patrolled by volunteers from the CFA.

Big Tree Park

Camping at Big Tree Park is free and limited to tents only. Located behind John Powell Reserve, the park has a toilet block and barbecue area. No vehicles or fires are permitted.

Outside Guildford

Free camping is available at several locations nearby: