A Celebration of Coastal Culture..

What once began as a small parade of Kombi vans has grown into the ultimate weekend of family fun – kombis, classic cars, markets, live music, amusement rides and all round good vibes!
So grab the kids, load up the van, leave your worries behind and escape to the sleepy little paradise known as Old Bar for a taste of this wonderful life.

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Old Bar

Old Bar is a sleepy little town, nestled on the dunes of the New South Wales Mid North Coast. Blessed with long hot summers and mild sunny winters it is your ideal holiday destination 365 days of the year.

Located at the southern entrance of the majestic Manning River, Old Bar is known for its laid-back coastal culture. Our slow-paced lifestyle inspired by the landscape offers the perfect escape from the chaos of everyday life.

Just a 2 hour drive from Newcastle, and 3.5 hours from Sydney, Old Bar is the ideal location for a weekend getaway or sea-change

Our History

Add your company history herThe Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that has been held every October Long Weekend since 2005. From the humblest of beginnings, the festival has grown to attract more than 30,000 people each year.

The Kombi/Transporter Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival.  The number of Kombis attending the festival has steadily increased over the last 13 years due to the support of many 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.

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On the October Long Weekend, Kombis and Classics from near and far gather at Old Bar to be part of our iconic events.

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The Kombi cruise is held on the Saturday afternoon of the Festival.
Kombis, and VW’s assemble on the Old Bar Air Strip ready to cruise along Old Bar Road to the highway roundabout and back. A crowd favourite every year, the main street of Old Bar is lined with spectators to cheer on the VW’s. The cruise takes about 45 minutes and is fantastic to be a part of.


On Sunday, Kombis and VW’s gather at Old Bar to break the Australian record. Come down and see our record-breaking display of unique and treasured Kombis. If you’ve got a Kombi, you are welcome to display it on Saturday alongside the Classics.


Our display of classic cars, beetles and bikesis held on the Saturday of the Festival.

Escape the busy crowds and explore the growing range of classics on display – from veteran to modern street machines and motorcycles. You might just find some inspiration for that project waiting in the back shed

Own a Kombi or Classic?

Registration for these events takes place on the respective day of the Festival. The fee is just $5 – you’ll get a sticker to say you were there, and go in the draw to win $1,000! There may also be some prizes from our sponsors up for grabs over the weekend!

Important Terms

  • There are two prizes – one for Kombis and one for Classics.
  • You must be present at the festival at the time of the draw to claim the $1,000 prize.
  • You must not move your vehicle between the hours of 8am and 4pm without an official escort.
  • Please check the registrations page for full terms and conditions.

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Event Program

There are many different events that make up the Old Bar Beach Festival! You can check out our full program here:

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