It’s been a long 2 years since my last trek to the Corin forest for Corinbank, and with only 2 weeks to go, it’s time to get ready for one of the most enchanting festival’s I’ve ever experienced. For those who haven’t been before and are planning on making the trip to Corinbank, I have put together the tips I learned, the hard way.
You can also see the first set of tips I’ve already divulged in my post about preparing for the Summer and New Year Festivals. To refresh – take gumboots, a bucket for water and at least one if not two old towels, pack appropriate camping gear, and plan ahead.
But let’s extract some more tips from my own Corinbank experience.
Tip 1: Chill
Sounds like I’m suggesting you relax and enjoy the festival – which you should, but I learned, the very hard way, just how important packing for all weather is. Corin forest is the setting for Corinbank, and although the festival takes place in early March, the autumnal weather in this Alpine region is considerably different to what you would expect at any of the usual festivals. To put it in perspective for you, last Corinbank, I packed a few days worth of clothes, a jumper, a stretcher, a sleeping bag that goes to 10 degrees, a sheet and a friend was providing the camping gear. We had a fantastic time the first night, rocked out on the first day and sure it was cool, we just threw on our jumpers and hats and danced the night away to Dallas Frasca. The problem came at bed time. I climbed in to my tent and put on my pajamas and climbed in to my bed. I was cold but I figured I would warm up soon. Wrong, when I started shivering, I got up and put on the day’s shirt, the jumper and wrapped myself in my sheet and climbed back in to my sleeping bag. I was still shivering. I put on every piece of clothing that I could and even lay my towel out over the top of me. Short of getting in to my suitcase, I was out of options. I slept in short bursts and shivered the rest of the night. Lesson learned – pack to ensure you will be warm in close to zero degrees over night.
Tip 2: Explore
One of the most unique elements of Corinbank that I truly adored, were the creative camps. Now, it’s too late to get in on the Creative Camp action in the sense of putting one on, but once Corinbank opens, it will be the perfect time to discover all kinds of new activities and friends. The one that I really took to was the Literary Revolution which has number of typewriters and themed stationary. You wrote a letter to any person by hand or on the typewriter and hung it up on the makeshift clothes line and check back in over the weekend to see if you have any replies. Some people just left notes for each other, some wrote notes about aspects of the festival others should see, I managed to have an ongoing conversation the entire weekend culminating with 6 letters to and from an anonymous festival goer. It was probably one of the Creative Camp people in reality, but it was a complete highlight to drop by and check up frequently to see both my series of letter and responses as well as all the other marvellous conversations going on in such an old school way. The Creative Camp themes are different every year and occur at different times over the weekend, but there will be something to intrigue you, I guarantee.
Tip 3: Get with the Program
It seems obvious, but really, grab a program which was released last week and plan ahead lest you miss all the good bits! Be sure to visit as much as you can, including The Bally, though you want to arrive early at The Bally to be sure you even get in as it has a limited capacity.
Dress up, get involved, maybe sing in the choir created at the event or compete in any of the crazy challenges on site, volunteer if you can spare some time. Also check out the merch, the last two festivals had special edition underpants, Corinspanks, and I forget the name of the previous ones but what ever they come up with this year will be equally amusing. Whatever you do, don’t just sit in camp waiting for your favourite band, there is so much to discover at Corinbank that everyday is more intriguing than the last.
Tip 4: Make the Effort
It’s a wonderful festival and truly worth the trip. If you’re not in Canberra but like the line up, get some mates together and make a weekend of it, you won’t be sorry. It’s not a huge drive from Sydney or surrounding regional areas, you might think it’s just another festival, but I can tell you that I trekked from Sydney last time and was so very glad to be in a whole new setting, almost like we were in an alternate universe. Check out the arts and sustainability practices, plan to car pool via the forum and generally follow the ethos to leave no footprint. You’ll come away feeling refreshed, I promise.
Check out the Official Corinbank Survival Guide online and make plans to take Corin Forest by storm!