Frequenty Asked Question's



What are the festival ticket options?

Tickets available for purchase online include:

  • Three Party Pass (NYE Party, Pool Party and Recovery Party)
  • NYE Main Party
  • Camping (sold separately, tickets based on the date of arrival)

Single tickets to Pool Party and Recovery Party are available at the door only.
Party tickets do not include camping. Camping tickets do not grant access to the parties.

Early Bird discounts are available on the NYE Main Party tickets for a limited time from September 1st. Member discounts available on party tickets (current financial members of Tropical Fruits only) and member can only by their own Member priced ticket.


What concessions are accepted?

Current students, senior, pensioner, low income HCC and emergency services. Proof of concession will be required when collecting armbands from the Box Office.


How do I book camping?

Camping must be booked separately after booking your party tickets. Instructions on how to book are provided on the party ticket booking confirmation page and in your Eventbrite confirmation email (scroll down to the ‘Additional Information’ section).

To secure your spot simply purchase a camping ticket for each person wishing to camp. Due to demand and capacity limitations all camping must be pre-booked online before arrival, with camping likely to book out before the festival begins.

Can I book camping without booking a party ticket?

No. Camping can only be booked by those who have purchased a NYE or Three Party Pass ticket (or registered as a volunteer). Any bookings found to not have a matching party ticket or volunteer registration may be cancelled and refunded at the discretion of the committee.


Do the party and camping bookings need to be under the same name?

Yes. This enables us to easily search and cross-reference your bookings, ensuring a smoother check in and fewer headaches for our volunteers.  If purchasing tickets for multiple people please avoid using the 'copy details' function. 


Can I change my ticket after booking?

Yes. You can upgrade a NYE Party ticket to a Three Party Pass or a camping ticket to an earlier arrival date using the transfer option in your Eventbrite account. After paying the balance you will be issued with a new ticket. Changes can only be made by the account used to pay for the ticket. View instructions on how to use this feature

Alternatively, campers can simply arrive and pay the difference at Check In (card payments only). 


Can I change the name on my ticket?

Yes. It will be possible to change names on a ticket using the ‘edit’ option in your Eventbrite account. Please remember that all camping tickets will be cross checked using the party ticket order number provided.

I’ve registered as a volunteer - do I need to book my party ticket / camping?

Yes. All volunteers wishing to camp are required to book their free tickets and camping (per entitlement). Volunteers will be sent instructions on how to book these when their shifts are confirmed. 


Can I pre-book a powered or specific camping site?

No. Due to the free layout of camping at Tropical Fruits all sites are available on a first-in basis upon arrival. Particular sites can not be pre-booked or reserved.


Can I only book online?

If you are unable to book online, you can contact the Tropical Fruits office directly.


Can I get a refund?

Short answer is no. However you can if apply in writing to TF committee in January explaining  that you were no longer able to attend the event due to extenuating circumstances. Refunds will be accepted on a per case basis.



When can I collect my party armbands?

Box Office Hours:

NYE Party, December 31st

1pm - 11pm     

Lismore Showgrounds

Pool Party, January 1st

10am - 4pm

Lismore Memorial Baths

Recovery Party, January 1st    

4pm - 10pm

Lismore Showgrounds

Showgrounds Box Office is located next to the main party entrance.

Each patron must present their ticket and valid photo ID (and proof of concession/membership as required) to collect their armband. No group collections.



What times are the ticketed parties?

New Years Eve Party, December 31st     

8pm - 6am

Lismore Showgrounds

Pool Party, January 1st

10am - 4pm

Lismore Memorial Baths

Recovery Party, January 1st

4pm - 1:30am    

Lismore Showgrounds


Can I BYO to the party?

No. New Years Eve and Recovery parties are fully licensed events with bar service available. Pool Party is an alcohol-free event.


What items are not allowed into the party site?

Alcohol, illicit drugs, glass, chairs, umbrellas, hard eskies, professional camera equipment (unless authorised), animals (except service animals) or any item deemed dangerous or illegal.


Is there an ATM on site?

Yes, an ATM is located next to the front gate. EFTPOS is available at the Box Office and bar.


What medical assistance is available?

NYE and Recovery will have a fully staffed Medical Area, NSW Ambulance onsite and the ACON Rovers present all working to keep party goers safe. There will also be both volunteer and/or professional First Aid support throughout camping and at the Parade and Soiree. The Pool Party is supervised by 7 qualified Lifeguards and ACON Rovers.




 How do I book camping?

Please see ticketing FAQs


When is the campsite open?


2pm, December 27th


4pm, January 3rd


Camp Check In Hours:

December 27th

2pm - 7pm

December 28th/29th/30th    

7am - 7pm

December 31st

7am - 6pm

Campsite access before 2pm on December 27th is only available to volunteers with a shift that day.

Once checked in, campers are free to come and go from the campsite as they wish. You are free to depart at any time before the campsite closes.


How are campsites allocated?

Unlike most other festivals, the Tropical Fruits campsite operates as a free layout on a first-in basis upon arrival. There are 3 camping zones - tent only, van only and mixed. You are free to set up camp where you wish in the appropriate area (with the exception of marked clearways or no camping areas). All cars are parked in a separate parking area.

Our check in volunteers can help show you where when you arrive.


Are powered sites available?

Power outlets are available throughout the campsite, particularly in the van and mixed camping areas. Outlets are available on a fist-in basis and can not be pre-booked, so we advise bringing a long extension lead in case the nearest available outlet is a distance away. Power is $10/night payable at Camp Hub.


I’m arriving New Years Eve - will there still be room for me?

Yes. Our campsite is spacious enough to fit all of our campers who have pre-booked. If arriving late on NYE however, your options may become limited, particularly if you require a large space or power.


Can I bring a caravan/campervan/camper trailer?

Yes. However water/sewage access points or chemical toilet disposal facilities are not available - please use the bathroom facilities provided. If you wish to come and go from the campsite in your campervan, for safety reasons you must camp in the van only zone.


Can I sleep in my car?

No. Only campervans are permitted to remain within the camping zone.


Can I park next to my tent?

Tents and cars are a dangerous mix! All cars must be parked in the camping car park just a short walk away near Camp Check In. 5 minute drop offs are allowed within the campsite but strictly no parking (campervans and accessible parking permits excepted).


Can I reserve a campsite for my friends arriving later?

No. Campsites can not be held or reserved.


Is there a ‘Glamping’ option?

Tropical Fruits do not offer any pre-booked tents or ‘glamping’. If you choose to arrange a tent/van via a 3rd party provider, please note: no tents in the central ring area and all locations subject to approval by Tropical Fruits on the day. 

Access for setup is possible from 2pm December 27th, with a valid camping ticket required from the day of setup.


Can I bring a pool?

Portable and inflatable pools can be a great way to cool down in the Lismore heat, however they pose a safety risk to you and your fellow campers, are an extra use of water and create more waste if thrown out when you depart. We encourage campers to reconsider the need to bring a pool. If you do, please be aware:

  • 1 small pool per campsite permitted (max 70cm high and 250cm sq)
  • $50 levy charged per pool (proceeds to Tropical Fruits Landcare initiatives)
  • You are responsible for the safety of users at all times and removal of the pool


Is the campsite BYO?

Yes. Campers are free to bring a reasonable amount of alcohol into the campsite. However please no glass bottles - bring cans instead. Ice is available from Camp Hub for $5/bag.


Will there be food available on site?

A range of local vendors will be on site to keep you fed and caffeinated.


What facilities are available in the campsite?

Toilets, plenty of hot showers, outdoor cold showers for those with an exhibitionist streak, a communal kitchen with basic cooking facilities,


What is there to do in the campsite before the main parties?

Campers are free to head out and explore our wonderful ‘Rainbow Region’ with day trips possible to Nimbin, waterfalls, swimming holes, the famous Kings Beach and more.

On site there will be a range of FREE daily Fruity workshops, talks and events to entertain and educate you - check out Camp Hub for the latest schedules.

The ever popular and exclusive Camp Party takes place 30 December and is the perfect warm up for the New Year festivities ahead!


Can my friends visit the campsite?

Day passes are available for your non camping friends to visit and join in the Fruity fun of the campsite. Available from Camp Check In for $5 on 28/29 December and provide access until sundown. Strictly camper only access to the campsite 30 December.


What if I arrive after check in has closed?

If you arrive late please follow the directions of security staff on the gate. Check In restrictions may apply for late arrivals.  


How far is it to the Lismore CBD?

The campsite is a 5 min drive or 20 min walk from the Lismore CBD. A taxi drop off/pick up zone is located at the front gate on Alexandra Parade.

Shuttle buses will operate January 1st between the Showgrounds and Memorial Baths.


What items are not allowed in camping?

Open fires (inc fireworks, flares etc), glass bottles (750ml bottles exempt), large pools (over 70cm high and 250cm square), illicit drugs and any other items considered illegal or dangerous.


Can I bring my furry friend?

While man-bears are more than welcome, unfortunately no animals are permitted on site with the exception of registered assistance animals. If you need a kennel or pet friendly accommodation check out this list of local businesses.


What is Campest Camp?

Each year our campers compete to create the most wonderous camping setup with lights, decorations and plenty of Fruity creativity. A special prize is awarded to the Campest Camp, judged during the Camp Party. Bonus points are awarded for matching the festival theme and being eco conscious - think solar lights and recycled materials.




Is the party site wheelchair accessible?
All of the main party venues are wheelchair accessible, with paved pathways connecting all venues with a few sections of minor slopes or inclines. Accessible bathroom facilities available. Please give us a call to answer more specific questions about accessibility 02 66226440.

Is the campsite wheelchair accessible?

Much of the campsite is wheelchair accessible, with paved, grass or dirt pathways connecting most areas. Certain areas may be sloped or uneven and may present some challenges for wheelchair access. Accessible bathroom facilities available.


Is there accessible parking?

Accessible car parking is available for camping and party attendees. Campers can ask for an accessible permit upon arrival and Camp Check In. Accessible parking for party attendees is via the front gate.

What if I need access to power in camping for medical reasons?

We have worked hard to increase power availability throughout the campsite. If you are unable to find an available outlet when you arrive, please speak to one of our camp ICs who will be able to help.

If you have more specific concerns, please get in touch.


Will there is Auslan Interpreters?

Tropical Fruits aims to have an Auslan interpreter at all feature parts of the Festival.

Tropical Fruits is committed to increasing the accessibility of our event please get in touch with is about your specific needs or any ideas you may have about Tropical Fruits New Year’s Festival being even more Fun, Safe & Inclusive.

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