Who benefits from the Australian Camp Oven Festival?
The whole community of Millmerran! Whether it is local community groups or local businesses; many local organisations are involved in the running of the Australian Camp Oven Festival. These groups either sell their goods to you or are paid by the ACOF committee for their services, e.g. the footy club helps serve food, school groups sell food, the scout group sells drinks and many more.
Also the ACOF committee is committed to buying locally wherever possible. We are lucky to have great retailers in Millmerran.
The committee of the Australian Camp Oven Festival is made up of volunteers.
What does my entry fee cover?
When you enter the festival all main stage entertainment and demonstrations by various groups are paid for. Available to purchase on site is: food, merchandise, goods from stall holders and raffles. Some onsite competitions will have a small entry fee.
The early spring weather on the Darling Downs can be unpredictable. The weather can range from hot and dusty days through to cool/cold evenings. Visitors should come prepared for any eventuality.
What food is available to purchase over the weekend?
Of course there is some great camp oven food available to purchase with everything from cornmeat fritters, to stews and damper. Some other options will be hot chips, cooked breakfast, sandwiches, ice-cream, hot potatoes and deserts.
Is there water onsite and is it potable?
Yes, there are water taps onsite and all water is treated town water and is safe to drink.
Water is a precious commodity in the bush. We would appreciate if all patrons would help us conserve water in the following ways: restrict yourself to one shower per day, turn the water off when brushing your teeth and you could even bring some water with you.
How far are the showgrounds from Millmerran?
The Showgrounds are approximately 3kms from Millmerran township. The Heritage Bank courtesy bus is available from the showgrounds to Millmerran several times a day during the week leading up to the festival and over the festival weekend.
What medical facilities are in Millmerran?
We have a Medical centre and a public hospital in Millmerran. For information about the Millmerran Hospital http://www.health.qld.gov.au/services/darlingdowns/ddowns-millmerran-hs.asp
There is also a chemist shop in Millmerran who will be open until 12 noon on Saturday. * If you have regular medications, please remember to fill your prescriptions before you come to the festival.
Is there an ATM on site?
Yes! There will be a mobile ATM on site over the weekend. There is a fee to use the ATM, as with any non-bank ATM.
ATM’s are available in Millmerran at:
What do I do if I’ve lost my child?
Lost children will be taken to the festival office. A great idea is to write your mobile phone number on your child’s wrist band so that we can get in touch if they do become separated from you.
Chairs in the main stage area –
Can we please ask that if you are going off to explore the festival after sitting at the stage area – especially under the shade tents, can you please move your chair to the back of the tent as others are looking for shaded spots to sit for a while?
If a chair in the seating area is left unoccupied overnight it may be removed by Festival staff. You can collect your removed chair from Lost & Found located at the Information tent. Any chairs which remain uncollected from Lost & Found or the Festival Site will be given to charity.
Is there a lost property area?
Yes. There is a lost and found property area located at the Information Tent.
Lost and Found inquiries can be made post festival to Australian Camp Oven Festival on 0429 727 503 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost property will be kept for a short time after the festival and if not claimed the item it will be donated to a local charity.
The festival offers daytime disability parking facilities inside the grounds for day visitors. A valid pass must be shown.
We advise that the festival site and location does offer some challenges for those with mobility problems. The event is held at the Millmerran Showgrounds and the pathways are either dirt or graveled with some uneven areas which may pose a problem to some.
Mobile phone coverage
Mobile phone coverage can be limited in the Millmerran region, the Telstra network and Optus are the most reliable signals.
Keep up to date while travelling in our region by tuning into one of the stations below. You can listen to the local stories and keep informed on weather, news, road conditions and events.
Emergency services – dial 000
Can I book a campsite to the next festival at this event?
No – but if you subscribe to our enewsletter you will be kept up to date with all of the latest information on when bookings for the 2020 festival will open.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, you can bring your dog along but PLEASE remember that your dog is your responsibility – so clean up after it. No dogs are allowed in the food areas. Don’t allow your dog to sit at your camp site while you are not there and bark continuously, and please don’t bring your dog if it is not good in crowds and with other dogs.
Can I bring a generator?
Yes, generators are allowed – however, there are rules regarding the use of generators. See camping rules.
Can I have a fire at my camp site?
No – for your safety and as part of our insurance cover we cannot allow fires in undesignated areas. If you want to cook your own camp oven meal we will have an area available during the week before the festival or you can enter the Beginner Cooking Competition and cook your meal there. You might even win a prize!
You may use heat beads at your site as long as it is in an enclosed device e.g. an Oz pig etc… Someone must be in attendance while the heat beads are going in case of a fire.
Are there toilets and showers?
Yes, there are toilets and showers available. There are a number of toilets and showers spread across the site. We continue to improve the facilities but please remember that our camping grounds are used only a few times a year. Toilet and shower facilities are adequately basic.
You may have to line up for a shower if you choose to go at the busy periods. Peak times for shower queues are mornings and late afternoons so please avoid these times if possible.
You are welcome to bring your own shower and toilet if you would like (there is a black water dump onsite).
Keep your valuables safe.
Theft can be a problem as at any large event. Please do not bring anything of value that is not essential. All valuables remain the responsibility of the camper.
Expect noise, bring earplugs.
Campsites near the main festival precinct will be able to hear music until late at night; also fellow campers may be up and about all day and night. Please bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.