Road-tripping through Regional NSW to Forbes for Vanfest Music Festival

18 January 2017

The Vanfest music festival in Forbes is a key event on the Regional NSW event calendar, with a stellar line up from award-wining artists, an inflatable water slide, beach bars and more for music lovers. We sent six instagrammers on a road trip with JUCY campervans, travelling from Sydney to Forbes to attend Vanfest 2016, and discover all the best spots to stopover along the way in the Blue Mountains, Oberon, Orange and Parkes.

Wanderluster Taylah Nilsson shares her adventure:

From the moment we boarded our own JUCY RV, that we affectionately named ‘the beast’, this trip had it all. Good food, good company and even more incredible experiences.

From a great backstage experience at the Vanfest music festival in Forbes to jam to the likes of Angus and Julia Stone and The Rubens; all the way to traversing in the Blue Mountains with nothing but a rope harness, a helmet and our bare hands.

This trip pushed boundaries, made us embrace life in its brightest moments and face new challenges. Abseiling a cliff face with Blue Mountains Adventure Company is definitely not something I thought I’d ever do.

Along the way we found hidden sugar pine forests, visited the beautiful De Salis winery in Orange, ran through a meadow of wild flowers, and discovered a wheat field that stretched so far into the distance we couldn’t see it end. This trip was full of surprises and was a chance for me to properly discover the incredible beauty of my own backyard in NSW.

 

Some road trip pit stops you can’t miss:

De Sali Winery, Orange

De Salis Winery, Orange. Image credit: Taylah Nilsson

Orange, Country NSW

Orange, Country NSW. Credit: Taylah Nilsson

Driving through the Orange region, Country NSW

Driving through the Orange region, Country NSW. Image credit: Taylah Nilsson

Borenore Caves, Orange

Borenore Caves, Orange. Image credit: Laura Alyce Bell

Mayfield Gardens, Oberon

Mayfield Gardens, Oberon. Image credit: Alisha Palin

Mayfield Gardens, Oberon

Mayfield Gardens, Oberon. Image credit: Larissa Dening

Driving into town, Oberon

Driving into town, Oberon. Image credit: Sarah Hatton

CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes.

CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, Parkes. Image credit: Hayden Warner

 

 

Abseiling in Blue Mountains National Park

Abseiling in Blue Mountains National Park. Image credit: Alisha Palin

Sunrise in Blue Mountains National Park

Sunrise in Blue Mountains National Park. Image credit: Laura Alyce Bell

Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Image credit: Laura Bell


Vanfest 2016 highlights:

Camping at Vanfest 2016

Camping at Vanfest 2016. Image credit: Larissa Dening

Vanfest 2016

Vanfest 2016. Image credit: Sarah Hatton

Julia Stone at Vanfest 2016

Julia Stone at Vanfest 2016. Image credit: Sarah Hatton

Campervan living at Vanfest 2016

Campervan living at Vanfest 2016. Image credit: Hayden Warner