Now it is December, it means the countdown to the massive Woodford Folk Festival! Every year, around 125,000 people descend on this small town to watch up to 2,000 performers, dance, meet old friends and make new ones and see in the New Year in the festival’s unique and traditional fiery manner.
If you’re returning to the Woodford Folk Festival with children or with family, or if you’re a first-timer, then you might not want to spend all your time camping on the site. This festival is a six-day event and so if you wanted to do other things during this period, then you could do much worse than visit the town of Maleny, a mere 37km away from Woodfordia.
The great thing about the Woodford festie is that it is so flexible. As it runs for six days – from December 27 to January 1 – you could, if you wanted, buy a ticket for the entire duration or, as many people do, dip in and out with some single day tickets. Not everyone loves camping, even at a beautiful site like Woodfordia, so breaking up your stay is a good compromise.
Woodford is semi-rural, so once you’ve left the site, there’s not much to see (apart from gorgeous scenery, of course) and so you’ll want some urban comforts! As it’s less than an hour’s drive away, Maleny is the perfect place to stay overnight if you’re canvassed-out and want a hot bath!
The town of Maleny also has lots to do for culture-vultures, which, if you’re coming to Woodford, you obviously are. There are art galleries, restaurants, scenic walks, botanical gardens and even a dairy to visit!
If you wanted to go further afield before, during or after the folk festival, then somewhere like Blue Summit Cottages in Maleny is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the rest of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Come and see – you’re guaranteed a warm welcome!