Hidden Forest Festival: THIS WEEKEND!



The Hidden Forest music festival is a full day of delicious food, craft beer and wine, handmade markets, relaxation and, of course, great music happening on Saturday 14 December. Gates will be open from 2pm.

Tucked away in the magical woodland setting of Blackbutt Forrest, The Hidden Forest brings together a carefully crafted medley of local and nationally recognised artists that will have you grooving from day to night.

Set to round out the Shellharbour Surf and Skate Festival with a bang - start gathering your mates, pack your picnic blanket and get ready for the newest annual music festival in the beautiful coastal city of Shellharbour.


The Beautiful Girls

We don't think that there is a better artist to celebrate the beauty of coastal living than The Beautiful Girls. Bring in Summer with the sun-soaked hues of the Aussie roots music project, centered around singer/songwriter Mat McHugh. The Beautiful Girls finished off a successful national tour early this year and have toured internationally multiple times with their most recent four albums reaching the top 20 in the ARIA Albums chart. 


The Grates

Leading us into the first year of Hidden Forest are indie rock royalty The Grates and we couldn't be more excited. The Brisbane three-piece will be performing some of the most memorable moments from album Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, which was debuted number 6 on the ARIA charts and songs from their breakout, debut LP Gravity Won’t Get You High, as well as many more from their extensive catalogue.


Moaning Lisa

Canberra four-piece Moaning Lisa, have been killing it since their formation in 2016, packing out venues with their 90s grunge, mixed with modern alternative rock sound. Since their inception, Moaning Lisa have received numerous accolades including two NLMA nomination, winning the National Campus Band Competition, and their debut single 'Comfortable' being named BMA Magazine's 'Song of The Year'.



Erthlings consist of four incredibly talented young women from Sydney, who have been playing together since the age of eight. With a mixture of dreamy and moody vocals, keyboards, soft guitar and drum rhythms, Erthlings debut single 'Bridges' and their single 'Cuts and Bruises' has received promising national attention. 


Benny Walker

Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker will be bringing guitar driven blues and roots deep from the soul to Hidden Forest. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves. Benny received four NIMA 2016 nominations for Oh No You Don’t, has topped number one on the AMRAP Charts twice and was awarded “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.


Pacific Avenue

Gerringong locals Pacific Avenue formed in 2017 and deliver a unique blend of fast-paced ballad rock. Just off the back of their 3rd East Coast tour for their debut EP  'Strawberry Skies', we can expect an electrifying performance that packs a punch. The four-piece have already played alongside established acts such as Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley and the Wombats, and are set to take Hidden Forrest by storm. 


Lemon Row

South Coast duo Lemon Row bring a tasty blend of crisp vocals, bedazzled chord formulas and cardiac arrest inducing drum beats. They have just released their new single called 'Toucan Eye' off their up and coming debut EP and we can't wait to get amongst their unique surf rock energy. 


Early Bird tickets are $39 (plus booking fee) - on sale until Friday 27 September 2019. Tickets are $52 (plus booking fee) after this. Stay tuned for the latest news by signing up to our Facebook event


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Hidden Forest Festival is proudly sponsored by Destination NSW, i98FM & WIN Network.

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Transport Information

By public transport:

By bus: Premier Illawarra Bus Route 53 & 76 can get you to Shellharbour Road, opposite Woodlands Drive from which is a short walk to Blackbutt Forest. See here for the Bus timetable.

By train: The closest train station to Blackbutt Forest is Oak Flats Train Station. From here it is a 20 min bike ride or you can use bus or taxi/uber options. See here for the Bus timetable.

By bike: Blackbutt Forest Reserve is located in the heart of Shellharbour City and is only a short bike ride or walk away from many surrounding suburbs. We will be providing a free bike valet parking service at the festival for patrons.

By taxi / uber: Drop off point for the festival will be Captain Cook Drive & Blackbutt Way.

By car: There is limited parking on the streets and finding a parking spot will be difficult. There will be a main designated car park at the eastern end of Blackbutt Forest (entrance from Shellharbour Road) where it is a short walk to the entrance in Blackbutt Way.  We encourage you to arrive early or use other transport options including being dropped off, carpooling, public transport, walking or bikes.

Travelling from interstate: 

Fly from Brisbane and Melbourne straight to Shellharbour airport with Fly Corporate. Find out more information about Shellharbour airport or book flights at

Parking Information

Official festival parking is located at Blackbutt Forest Reserve VIA THE SHELLHARBOUR ROAD ENTRANCE

Get in early (gates open at 2pm) as there will be a limited number of car parking spaces close to the venue, and you don’t want to miss out on any of our fantastic local artists. The main designated car park at the eastern end of Blackbutt Forest (entrance from Shellharbour Road) where it is a short walk to the entrance in Blackbutt Way.

Minnamurra Lions will be managing car parking so please feel free to donate a gold coin for their hard work on the day.


Blackbutt Forest Reserve
Shellharbour Road
Shellharbour NSW 2529
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Last updated : Tue 10 Dec 2019