Frequently asked questions

ATMs There are a number of ATMs in Churchill Street (the main street) as well as extra ATMs located in Crescent Street on Sunday 31 July.

SMOKING is not permitted in the Festival event area at all.

ALCOHOL can be purchased from the winery and liquor stalls at the event, but can only be sampled/consumed in the designated consumption areas, generally adjacent to these stalls. A bar with a licensed area will be open on Saturday night and Sunday in Crescent Street. Patrons are asked to drink responsibly and reminded that only adults 18 years or over are allowed to consume alcohol.

QUEENSLAND POLICE A marquee located at the corner of Bruce Highway and North Street, as indicated on the Festival map, will be manned by Queensland Police on Sunday 31 July. Police will also be on patrol in the festival area.

FIRST AID for the festival is located in the Meeting Room of the Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill Street, whilst the Queensland Ambulance Station is located in North Street (to the north of the Childers Neighbourhood Centre).

BABY FEED AND CHANGE AREA The Australian Breastfeeding Association Childers Group feed and change tent will be located in Millennium Park in Crescent Street (behind the NAB and adjacent to the Children’s playground). There are also baby changing stations in the toilet facilities located in Millennium Park and at the Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill Street.

LOST PROPERTY is located at the Childers Visitor Information Centre in the Palace Building at 72 Churchill Street, as indicated on the Festival Map.

TOILETS with facilities for the disabled are located inside the Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill Street and at Millennium Park. Toilet trucks will also be located in North Street outside the Neighbourhood Centre and in Crescent Street at the rear of the carpark near the Stage One.

Parking

PARKING There are a number of parking options including St Joseph’s Primary School $10, Isis District State High School $5, Childers Showgrounds free of charge and a designated area at the corner of Lord and Crescent Streets for disabled parking only.  Motorists are asked to consider residents, and are not to park in driveways. Police will be monitoring the situation throughout the day. 

PARK ’N’ RIDE services will be offered throughout Sunday 31 July between 9am and 3.30pm from designated parking areas and along the Bruce Highway.

Childers Taxi is available on 0428 786 786.

Please refer to the Festival Map for parking options and park’n’ride locations.

ROAD CLOSURE A section of Bruce Highway / Churchill Street will be closed on Sunday 31 July from 5.30am to 5.30pm for the staging of the 2022 Childers Festival. Traffic will be diverted as follows:

SOUTHBOUND - Via Broadhurst, Macrossan and Stewart Streets
NORTHBOUND - Via Taylor St, Thompson Road and Broadhurst Street

Pets

No pets are allowed on the event site with the exception of Assistance Animals. Please be aware that the sun, dehydration, noise and huge crowds increase the stress and health problems for pets.

DOG MINDING On Sunday 31 July, Red Collar Rescue Inc. will be onsite at the Childers Showgrounds offering a dog minding service so your furry friend can be cared for whilst you attend the Festival. The service will be available between 9am and 3.30pm at a cost of $10 per dog and offers your dog a shaded area, water, exercise and of course companionship!

Red Collar Rescue Inc. is a local, independent, non-profit, charitable organisation and 100% of earnings from this dog minding service will go directly to caring for the animals in its care. For more information, please contact 0438 869 085.

Getting to the festival

DRIVE The Childers Region is within a comfortable driving distance from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, South Burnett and Darling Downs regions. Childers is just 3.5 hours’ drive north of Brisbane 360 km along the Bruce Highway (A1).

FLY Qantaslink operates direct flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg. Childers is a 35 minute drive from Bundaberg. For more information visit their website.

TRAIN Queensland Rail operates regular services from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Cairns into Bundaberg railway station. For more information visit their website.

BUS Greyhound and Premier operate several northbound (from Brisbane) and southbound (from Cairns) services each day to Bundaberg.  Please note that coaches will not drop off or collect in Childers when the road closure is in place between 5.30am to 5.30pm on Sunday 31 July. For more information visit the Greyhound or Premier websites.

Staying in Childers

CAMPING Apple Tree Creek Showgrounds will be open for RV Camping from Tuesday, 26 July to Monday 1 August.
There is no site fee and we will not be taking reservations for these sites. Please note that there are limited facilities which are only suitable to self-contained campervans and RVs. Campers are advised when they arrive on site they are to park around the edge of the grounds.

The below accommodation providers listed below are support the Childers Festival.

Grand Hotel Childers

Iron Ridge Park Childers

Lake Redbrook Holiday Retreat

Motel Childers

Woodgate Beach Houses

Childers Gateway Motor Inn

Childers Oasis Motel

For other accommodation options visit the Bundaberg Tourism website.

History of the festival

The Childers Festival, a successful initiative of the former Isis Shire Council had modest beginnings in 1996 as a 'Food and Wine Festival' that attracted 5,000 people. The timing of the event was selected as the last weekend in July, as it was a drier time of year, and did not collide with other major events in the region.

The following year the Bruce Highway was closed to accommodate the event, and the crowd immediately doubled.  More performers and more stalls were added to the festival and the number of people coming to the Childers Festival increased annually. The festival grew to gradually claim Crescent Street, where the main stage was eventually moved to. 

As the event developed, more power outlets were strategically placed along the main street so that a greater number and variety of food vendors could be successfully incorporated into the festival.  As the event changed, so did the names, and the Childers Food and Wine Festival became known as the Childers Multicultural Festival, before being renamed the Childers Festival of Cultures in 2006.  

Today it is simply known as the Childers Festival, and has established itself as a major event on the Queensland and Australian Events Calendar. Attracting crowds of over 40,000 people, the event runs over four days and is now coordinated by Bundaberg Regional Council with the assistance of a local committee. The most popular day of the festival is the Sunday, which features over 300 stalls with an incredible range of wares, delicious cuisine from all around the world and a huge array of entertainment.

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

The 'Friends of the Festival' is a combination of people from a wide range of Childers Businesses such as local wineries, local attractions and accommodation places, representatives from local service clubs, musical and multicultural groups, Councillors and staff from Bundaberg Regional Council.

The Friends have been meeting since 2014, being instrumental in the creation of a number of activities, including the Isis Central Sugar Mill and Cane Fire Tour and Historical Bus Tours.

Festival Partners

It is a well known fact that visitors are often interested in anything from the local district, whether it be produce, arts and crafts and performers. 

In response, the Friends have created a 'Look for the Local' logo, which includes the Childers Festival logo. The logo will be displayed by stallholders, food vendors and wineries who come from Childers and its immediate district. 

The Childers Festival is one of the most vibrant and popular events in regional Queensland, attracting crowds in excess of 40,000 annually and presents great opportunities to expose your business.

Looking to partner with the Childers Festival? Download the 2022 Childers Festival Partnership Package.