Festival History

The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that has grown to attract more than 20,000 people each year.

The Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival.  The number of Kombis that arrive at the festival has steadily increased over the last five years due to the support of many Kombi owners who now have made the festival an annual pilgrimage.

For Kombi owners this festival is a place to meet and share their passion for their beloved buses with like minded Kombi enthusiasts in a relaxed and festive atmosphere suited for the whole family.

Each year we look at what we can do to make the festival even better.  In 2012 we added a spectacular fireworks display, hosted by Ka-Boom Fireworks and introduced more childrens entertainment.  In 2013 we have upped the stage entertainment with more professional bands and artists.  We’ve also introduced “Transient Productions” to manage and produce the main stage acts and improve public address around the site and down to the beach.  We’ve changed to layout of the festival to make it easier to find all of those great market stalls and displays and to give a better view of the main stage.