Read our Survival Guide

The Survival Guide is a free download that outlines what you need to do to prepare for Blazing Swan. Read up on:

  • How to prepare, what to expect
  • What to bring, what not to bring
  • What the local weather is like
  • Useful words to learn, like “Sparkle Pony”

Blazing Swan is an experiment in temporary community. Relationships are created, neighbours meet one another, and our collective survival is challenged. This is not a spectator event.

It is difficult for you to take a role in the community if you are in Jilakin Rock City for less than 24 hours. In order to experience the true essence of Blazing Swan, you will want to become part of the community. Therefore, there are no day passes sold, and no discounts given based on your length of stay. Of course, it is not necessary that you come for the entire week. You are welcome to arrive early in the week and stay for just a portion of the event.

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What should I bring?

A. Thank you for asking the million-dollar question. 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.

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Weather out at the Blaze?

A. As the event is held over the Easter long weekend, it varies when it is held every year but always in either March or April (sometimes both).

March averages in temp are during the day 29 degrees C (84 F) in March and in April a cool 24 C (75 F) [the hottest it’s been ever is 43 C (110 F) and the coldest day time temp has been 13 C (55 F)]

Over night get a bit cool (freezing for us here in WA) which is a brisk 14 C (57 F) in March and 11 C (52 F) so it can get a little chilly so bring some warm stuff [the coldest its been is 2 C (35 F) ]

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Blazing Swan is a commerce-free event.

You need to bring ALL supplies, food, water and tools you will need for survival in a harsh environment. No food or sundry items are sold anywhere in Jilakan Rock City.
If you forget something vital, your best bet is to make friends with your nneighbours
If you really need something, you can head into Kulin a short 15-20 minute drive from site. Be warned: they have a minimal selection of goods for purchase compared to the city!


What is a Theme Camp?

It’s an interactive camp designed by the camp members with the intention of engaging participants. More information can be found in the Theme Camp section on the website. Theme camps are located throughout Jilakin Rock City. Assigned placement comes after approved advanced registration. Though registration is not at all required, only registered theme camps will be cited on the city map. Those who register early get choice spots and placement on the map. For registration deadlines, see the above link. Please see below for information about sound.

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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.

  • No driving will be allowed 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 to camp at Theme camps must drive directly to their destination.
  • Pedestrians always have right of way on all access roads.
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What about amplified music at Blazing Swan?

A. Amplified music is a favoured method of participation and self-expression at Blazing Swan, and one that influences a large number of people.
We are asking that amplified music in camps be kept at a reasonable level.
Large scale sound art/systems MUST register for placement.
This year, large scale sound systems are restricted to those camps located in allocated areas at Blazing Swan (more detail to follow)
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.

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Placement Theme Camps and Art:

This year, we will continue to endeavour to place all registered theme camps, who will then be mapped and assigned a space prior to arrival on the site. The same goes for art installations on the paddock and on the open playa (Lake). Therefore, it is best to register your theme camp or art installation early. Registration is not a prerequisite for creating an art installation or theme camp — much of the best art is found in unexpected places, but will need to be negotiated with Blazing Swan Arts.

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Am I allowed to bring my dog-cat-horse-giraffe-dodo-partner?

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. Same applies for a person requiring an attendant via a “Companion Card”

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Q: Where is the rave this year?

A: Blazing Swan is not a rave. While our ranks include many individuals from the electronic music community, they are not the majority. Blazing Swan is an experiment in temporary community, and one that is all-inclusive. Yes, this includes ravers.

Q. I have some handmade crafts that I’d like to sell in order to cover my travel costs. Where can I set this up?

A. Blazing Swan flourishes through sharing, trading and the giving of the gift of yourself. We have found the buying and selling of goods is a distraction to connecting and creating relationships. Selling is a transaction-based activity. There is NO VENDING at Blazing Swan. Participants who are found vending /selling will be asked to leave.

Q: Can I reserve a campsite?

A: 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.