FAQ’s

Welcome to our FAQ’s – where we hope to answer all your burning questions…

Preparation

What MUST I Bring To Get Into Blazing Swan?

Your e-ticket and photo ID . You need ID to get an 18+ wristband on entry, no ID = no booze.

But that’s just the start, nothing can be purchased and you must be self-reliant for food, water and shelter …. and anything and everything else in-between!

What's the Weather?

Blazing Swan is held at Easter each year, which occurs in the middle of Autumn. Sunshine is expected in this period.

 

The temperature is expected to range between: Day 24°CNight 12°C. It is noted that, in the past, the following extreme values have been recorded: Maximum record: 36°CMinimum record: 4°C

Chance of rain and stormy weather in this period is low. But, in the event of rain, floods may occur, and hail may occur during thunderstorms.

The maximum daily wind speed is expected to range between 10 Km/h and 16 Km/h. Wing gusts up to 100Km/h had been recorded in the past.

Accurate weather forecasts can difficult, as the nearest weather station is 45kms away in Lake Grace. Elders Weather provide long range forecasts and we advise that you check the weather regularly during the event and be prepared for sudden changes. 

Can I just pick up Supplies on route?

Self-reliance is a big thing at Blazing Swan. Everything you need, you need to bring with you.

It would be great if you can pick up some items from the local communities on the way out to Blazing Swan. It’s a great way to support country towns – the nearest one to Blazing Swan being Kulin – about 15-20 minutes away.

That said, regional towns have a limited range and amount of supplies, so it’s best to prepare the majority of your items in the weeks, or months running up to Blazing Swan.

Will I get reception on my Mobile Phone?

There are no public phones at the event. Most of that area is well covered by Telstra. There is a tower to the east and one to the north west. There are a few dead spots and data will struggle during peak times.

If you must have a phone while you are at the event and are not with a Telstra provider here are some solutions.

Purchase a prepaid SIM for Telstra or Boost and a cheap phone (if needed) to use for the week.

Ask you camp buddies if you can use their Telstra phone as an emergency contact during the event and/or allow you to call home when required. 

Inform your loved ones at home of where you will be and how to contact you. Come up with the best plan to suit your needs together.

How can I get bags of ICE for my food/drinks?

You cannot buy bags of ice at the event. Prepaid Ice can be purchased before the event via Humanitix. (Wait for the announcement of when Ice sales are available – a few weeks prior to the event)

How to collect Ice at the event

  • There will be two pickup slots per day TBA
  • Big orders can be collected incrementally. Eg Order 10 bags total – You can collect 2 bags a day
  • Bring a trolley / group of friends for big orders #radicalselfreliance

Will it be noisy during the event?

Yes. There is music, performance and events happening around the clock. There are no noise-free zones at Blazing Swan, only less-loud areas; light sleepers are advised to bring earplugs. Choose and plan you camping area to suit your needs. Be considerate of your neighbours and keep noise down in camping areas late at night.

How much Water do I need to bring?

It is recommended that you bring FOUR litres of water per person PER DAY for drinking, washing and cooking.

You can read more in our Survival Guide

What should I bring with me?

Blazing Swan is an exercise in self-sufficiency. You have to bring all you need to survive, and then some. Some people bring only the basics; others bring everything including the kitchen sink.

Water, food and shelter are imperative. After you have taken care of your survival, everything else is up to you.

If you are fond of sleep, earplugs are a participant’s best friend.

A bicycle (with a bike light) is vital for enjoying our vast landscape, and a puncture repair kit may be required as we have at the moment some large double gees (big bloody prickles that can harm your tyres)
For maximum enjoyment of the event, bring toys or costumes with which you can express your creative spirit.

 

You can read more in our Survival Guide

Arrival and Departure

When can we enter Blazing Swan?

Remember that the Gate opens at midday on Wednesday. No earlier. No exceptions.

How can I support the Kulin local community?

Blazing Swan committee and crew work hard to build a strong relationship with local residents, service providers and the Shire of Kulin. With literally thousands of participants passing through Kulin, we have a significant impact on this normally quiet country town.

Drive slowly, be polite and patient, dress appropriately and be respectful. We are guests here.

You can always pick up a few items from the local businesses as you pass through to help financially support this community

Can I drive on site?

You may drive to your camping spot, but do not plan to use your vehicle as transportation on site for the duration of your stay. This is a serious safety issue and will be strictly enforced

  • For safety – arriving after sunset will result in you being asked to park in a temporary holding area. You can then walk to your camping spot to set up
  • No driving will be allowed on site without a Blazing Swan DMT (Department of Mutant Transport) permit
  • Site speed limit is 8 km/hr on all roads, to avoid any vehicle/pedestrian interactions and keep the dust down
  • Patrons arriving during the day who are camp with Theme Camps must drive directly to their destination
  • Pedestrians and cyclists always have right of way on all access roads

Can I leave Blazing Swan?

Leaving Blazing Swan is discouraged;- we’re trying to build a community over a number of days that’s different to ‘normal; life. So if you leave and return then you’re missing out on being part of that community. So try to arrive and stay.

If you need to leave and return for a specific reason, then have a chat with our Rangers at HQ. However, to dissuade people from doing this, there is a financial penalty to this.

General Information

What's the Weather?

Blazing Swan is held at Easter each year, which occurs in the middle of Autumn. Sunshine is expected in this period.

 

The temperature is expected to range between: Day 24°CNight 12°C. It is noted that, in the past, the following extreme values have been recorded: Maximum record: 36°CMinimum record: 4°C

Chance of rain and stormy weather in this period is low. But, in the event of rain, floods may occur, and hail may occur during thunderstorms.

The maximum daily wind speed is expected to range between 10 Km/h and 16 Km/h. Wing gusts up to 100Km/h had been recorded in the past.

Accurate weather forecasts can difficult, as the nearest weather station is 45kms away in Lake Grace. Elders Weather provide long range forecasts and we advise that you check the weather regularly during the event and be prepared for sudden changes. 

What happens to lost property?

Lost property is collected at Camp Hart. If you find a lost item take it to Camp Hart so it can be kept secure and is recorded. If you have lost something, drop by Camp Hart to see if it has been handed-in. Please be mindfully of all your belongings at all times to reduce the amount of lost property we have to handle. Take a picture of your contact details and camping location and leave it as a screen saver on your mobile phone. Label special items. Keep valuables secure. 

What do I do if I have a problem at the event?

Go to Camp Hart or find a Ranger. Rangers are volunteer force that function as internal guides/trouble-shooters for everyone at Blazing Swan. If you get into trouble, call the Rangers first. They’re not law enforcement and they are not interested in doing anything but helping you. 

Can I Bring My Pet/Animal?

Pets/animals are not allowed at Blazing Swan.

If you do need a service animal during the event, please do contact the organisers before you attend, pre-registering by emailing with all the certifying documentation. The same applies for a person requiring an attendant via a “Companion Card”. There is further information on this topic under the “Assistance Animal” FAQ

Can I bring my registered Assistance Animal?

Participants at the “Event” who require the assistance of a registered assistance animal may be accompanied by their registered assistance animal where required. Identification and proof that the dog is an Approved Assistance Dog Cardholder is required. 

If you are unsure if your dog is an approved Assistance Animal please contact us with your enquiry ticketing@blazingswan.com.au

Because pets are not permitted, if you require your assistance animal with you in order to attend Blazing Swan, we require that you pre-register your assistance animal by sending an email to ticketing@blazingswan.com.au in order for us to plan with you for your arrival and notify Gate staff of your attendance with an assistance animal.

We warn all participants that the “Event” venue often presents unforgiving physical environments for humans and animals alike. Inclement weather, fire, loud noises, crowds and flashing lights are all common, and if any of these would be too uncomfortable or pose a risk for either you or your service animal we ask that you carefully consider these factors as you decide whether to participate, with or without your assistance animal.

If you bring an assistance animal to the “Event”, you are required to ensure:

  1. the animal does not pose a risk or threat to any other person or assistance animals at the “Event” ;
  2. the health and safety of that animal at all times;
  3. the animal is in your control, or the control of a person known to you, at all times, which generally requires that the animal be on a leash or harness, or in an appropriate enclosure.

You must all meet the DLGSCV Approved Assistance Dog Cardholder terms and conditions.

Why can’t I bring lasers?

Under the Radiation Safety Act 1975 all Class 3B and Class 4 lasers must be registered with the Radiological Council and users must be licensed or supervised. The Act also restricts the use of laser pointers.

Therefore due to strict Western Australian legislation, lasers are not permitted at Blazing Swan without a permit and approval from the Blazing Swan safety team. 

This applies to all classes of Lasers. 

If you would like to apply to bring lasers as part of an Art Project or Theme Camp to Blazing Swan you need to contact safety@blazingswan.com.au

Why can’t I bring a drone?

Drone operation is discouraged at the event due to safety concerns and current legislation. To fly at Blazing Swan, you will be required to have an ARN (Aviation Reference Number) and to be approved by Blazing Swan – you can find more information about Drones at Blazing Swan on our dedicated Drone page.

We ask that you leave your drones at home if they are not already registered and approved for the event.

What night does the Burn take place?

There are two main burns during Blazing Swan. Typically the Saturday night is the Effergy Burn, and the Sunday night is the Temple Burn. However, both are dependent on suitable weather for safety

Can I bring Glass Bottles?

We ask that you DO NOT bring glass bottles to the event especially bottled beer, cider and RTDs.

Broken glass and Blazing Swan do not mix.

Glass on dancefloors and in public areas is a MOOP nightmare and public hazard…remember your civic responsibility! Seriously…broken glass sucks.

On The Playa

Where can I fill up my Water Bottle?

You need to bring all the water you will need for the week with you.

We recommend at least 4 litres per day – this water will cover you for drinking, cooking and washing. You need to be a self reliant mo-fo!

Where / How can I Shower?

There are built in shower blocks on site. Cold showers are available through out the event at times announced closer to the event

What's the situation with Toilets?

There are multiple toilet blocks available on site and additional toilets are also hired so as to accomodate the event. You cannot dig you own toliet or urinate anywhere on/around the site at our pleasure – only use the toliets.

Around the clock, cleaners and a plumber work on site to ensure the facilties are maintained.

Camping

Camp I camp with my friends?

Campsites cannot be booked or reserved. If you want to camp with your friends, please plan to arrive together

Can I bring a Gazebo?

Yes. You can bring a gazebo, but Kulin is prone to very windy conditions, and when the wind picks up, a poorly secured gazebo is the first thing to take flight. Flying gazebos get damaged quickly and are extremely dangerous to your fellow campers. Follow these tips to ensure your gazebo is secured and everyone around you will be safe.

QUALITY

“El Cheapo” gazebos are most likely just that. Cheap and nasty! By spending just a few more bucks there is a wide range of quality gazebos and accessories out there. Do your research. 

PEGS

Normal pegs just don’t cut the mustard. You will need heavy-duty pegs (40cm long thick pegs). Always peg the feet into the ground on all four or six legs. Two pegs per foot is even better. This is the most important first step as it ensures the frame can provide resistance against the wind.

ROPES 

Go out at 45° angles from each corner with the guy ropes, but in extremely windy conditions it’s even advisable to add a second guy rope to each corner to double your ability to secure the gazebo.

ROOF CLIPS

Those clips are there to help secure the cover to the frame in between each of the legs. Fit each one and ensure that it’s nice and tight, and make sure no part of the cover is unsecured.

MORE ROPE

Create multiple points to secure your gazebo down, Use a 20m length of nylon rope to secure the frame of the gazebo to a vehicle by tying the rope down low to a bull-bar or side-step and make sure it’s nice and tight!

MULTIPLE GAZEBOS

If you’ve got multiple gazebos or even a gazebo and awning to join together, use a bit of duct tape to secure the legs to one another. This will lock the gazebos or awnings together and provide extra resistance against wind.

KEEP WATCH

Monitor the weather and consider removing the roof or dismantling the gazebo entirely if poor weather is expected and you have concerns that you gazebo is not going to hold up. 

Can I reserve a Campsite?

No. While there are marked roadways, there are no “camping sites,” other than the spaces previously allotted for pre-placed theme camps and art installations.

Those awarded placement have applied in advance. Come early if you need space to add friends.

Can I bring amplified Music/Sound?

  • Amplified music is a favoured method of participation and self-expression at Blazing Swan, and one that influences a large number of people
  • We ask that amplified music in camps be kept at a reasonable level
  • Large scale sound art/systems MUST register for placement.
  • Large scale sound systems are restricted to those camps located in allocated areas at Blazing Swan
  • Sound systems should be no bigger than 300 watts for non-large scale Sound Camps.
  • Sound levels produced by any electronic system or device should not exceed 90 decibels outside of a camp or village.
  • Sound levels emitted from any camp should not cause serious disruption to adjacent camps

Driving on Site

You may drive to your camping spot, but do not plan to use your vehicle as transportation on site for the duration of your stay. This is a serious safety issue and will be strictly enforced

  • For safety – arriving after sunset will result in you being asked to park in a temporary holding area. You can then walk to your camping spot to set up
  • No driving will be allowed on site without a Blazing Swan DMT (Department of Mutant Transport) permit
  • Site speed limit is 8 km/hr on all roads, to avoid any vehicle/pedestrian interactions and keep the dust down
  • Patrons arriving during the day who are camp with Theme Camps must drive directly to their destination
  • Pedestrians and cyclists always have right of way on all access roads

Can I have a Fire at my camp?

Yes, if you’re an official registered Blazing Swan Theme Camp you can have a fire at your theme camp in the form of a Burn Barrel. All Burn Barrels need to be registered with the Fire Lead before the event and adhere to the Burn Barrel regulations as per the Blazing Swan Fire Management Manual.

All fires are prohibited in the general camping areas with the exception of gas cookers, gas BBQs and outdoor gas heaters. These gas appliances must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Is Fire Wood provided?

No, fire wood is not provided for any types of fires at Blazing Swan. If your art installation or burn barrel requires wood, you will need to supply this yourself. Please, use only wood free of treatments, chemicals or paints.

Can I bring my BBQ or Gas Cooker?

Yes, you may have a gas BBQ or gas cooker at your camp in both general camping and theme camp areas. The use of these appliances must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Gas Cookers and Barbeques section of the Blazing Swan Fire Management Manual.

Can I have a fire of Heater in my Structure to keep it warm?

No, you can’t have a fire inside any structure, tent, gazebo or other enclosed/covered space. The only permissible fires inside structures are those used as part of an act in a stage performance, that has been approved by the BSI Fire Lead. Fire used in performances must comply with the Fire Performances section of the Blazing Swan Fire Management Manual.

Heaters, of any kind (gas or electric), may only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  Heaters designed to function as outdoor heaters may not be used inside any structure. Heaters designed to be indoor heaters, may be used inside structures in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Participation

How do I Volunteer?

There a so many roles that you can volunteer for, that there is bound to be something that fits you to a T!!. Check out the “Participate” section of our website for volunteer roles available, other positions vacant and how to register as a volunteer.