the essentials

Photo by Liam Wright

Photo by Liam Wright

 

download the 2019 essential guide here

Download the Gaytimes 2019 Essential Guide above, read up and share with your friends!

 

WHAT TO BRING

☐  YOUR GAYTIMES TIKCET
We won’t have any door sales, so you will need to have bought your ticket before you arrive. If the ticket was not purchased in your name, you must arrive with the person who bought it or you must have proof of purchase. Name changes can be processed through Eventbrite.
 
☐  PHOTO ID
 
☐  WARM CLOTHES (JUMPERS, JACKETS, THERMALS ETC)
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is a mountain so it can be up to 10 degrees colder on the mountain than in Melbourne. It will get cold at night even when it is sunny during the day, so rug up. The festival will go on… rain, hail or shine!
 
☐  A TENT AND ALL CAMPING MATERIALS
We have grassy camping areas for you to pitch your tent, so feel free to bring a good tent of any size and all your camping essentials including: air mattresses or foam mattresses, an air mattress pump (ideally a rechargable one with the right attachments), a mallet for hammering in tent pegs, extra tent pegs, fold out chairs, a tarp, a rug or matt for inside your tent and an extra canopy or marquee for shade and weather proofing.
 
☐  A SLEEPING BAG OR WARM LINEN
Sleeping bag or doona, extra blankets. Remember, it gets cold at night
 
☐  TORCH AND BATTERY POWERED CAMP LIGHT


☐  SENSIBLE OUTDOOR SHOES OR BOOTS
Lake Mountain is on a mountain top, so you will need sturdy boots or closed toed outdoor shoes. Thongs don’t count as sensible.

Stilettos are also strongly discouraged, and we won’t let you run the Drag Race wearing them - as we don’t want any rolled ankles.

You might also want to climb to the summit of Lake Mountain to watch the sunrise or sunset.
 
☐  WATERPROOF JACKET AND GUMBOOTS
Just in case it rains
 
☐  SUNGLASSES
 
☐  SUNSCREEN, HAT & LONGSLEEVE SHIRTS
On a clear sunny day, you’ll get sunburnt in 15 minutes (trust us) so be prepared to slip, slop slap and stay sunsmart
 
☐  CANS OR PLASTIC BOTTLES
We have an absolute ban on glass at Gaytimes, and we will be checking your car and luggage on arrival so if you try to sneak it in we’ll throw it out. When you’re not here, this is a ski resort and no one wants to ski on broken glass. Buy your beer and ciders in cans, or decant your spirits into plastic bottles before you arrive

☐  A REUSABLE DRINK BOTTLE
We’re joining Green Music Australia’s campaign to #BYOBottle and banning disposable plastic water bottles from our bar. You can refill your own drink bottle from free water stations around the festival.


☐  CASH
We will have limited cash out facilities and our bars, canteen and food trucks will be largely cash-only. Please make sure you drop by an ATM on the way up to Gaytimes, and bring more cash than you think you’ll need … especially for the Gay Stuff Markets!

☐  MOBILE PHONE AND SPARE BATTERY PACK
We will have very limited mobile phone charging facilities on site, but your campsites are not powered so if you can’t live without your smartphone bring a battery pack. Or better yet leave your phone off and disconnect for the weekend. Be aware that mobile phone reception is unreliable on Lake Mountain unless you are a Telstra customer
 
☐  ANY MEDICATION YOU NEED
We have a first aid area but this is only for emergencies. There is no pharmacy on site so bring anything you normally take - e.g. asthma medication, allergy medication, panadol, insulin, PrEP, contraceptive pills etc
 
☐  A TOWEL
We have free hot showers onsite in our toilet blocks and change rooms. Please remember that these are shared facilities and we are in an environmentally sensitive site so do your bit and keep bathrooms clean for the enjoyment of everyone. A spare hand towel or towel can also be useful for wiping up spills in your tent.
 
☐  TOILETRIES
Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturiser, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair brush, tampons or pads, perfume or cologne and whatever else you need to keep yourself nice.

☐ SEX STUFF
Don’t forget condoms, lubricant, Jungle Juice, sex toys etc or whatever you might need. (Thorne Harbour Health will have free safe sex kits but you might want to bring your own anyway.)
 
☐ INSECT REPELLANT

☐ YOGA MAT
You have to bring your own mat to our morning yoga session.
 
☐  COOLER OR CHILLY BIN
For your booze and food!
 
☐  FOOD & SNACKS
 
☐  CAMERA
 
☐  SOMETHING FABULOUS!
Glitter, wigs, fairy wings, fake moustaches, feather boas, superhero costumes, lyra jumpsuits, animal onesies, whatever takes your fancy. We encourage everyone to dress up and express yourself.
 


WHAT NOT TO BRING

☐  GLASS. STRICTLY NO GLASS!

☐  TOTAL FIRE BAN (DAY & NIGHT)
No cooking, BBQs, gas bottles, fireworks, lanterns or cooking devices

☐  ILLICIT SUBSTNACES

☐  PETS

☐  ANYONE UNDER 18