Update on access to the Badja Reserve (the Junction) for the Numeralla Folk festival

The Cooma Monaro Shire Council has implemented a management strategy for the Badja Reserve (the Junction). Part of the Council’s strategy involved closing off a portion of the reserve to vehicles and caravans. The Council did accept however, that the area should be made available for visitors to the Numeralla Folk festival. In line with this the Cooma Monaro Shire Council have advised that for the Numeralla Folk Festival they plan to open the Badja campground from Friday afternoon on the 15th January until Monday morning on the 1st February.

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Management of the Badja Reserve (the Junction)

Recently the Council erected a barrier in order to manage and rehabilitate damaged areas at the Badja Reserve (the Junction). This action became necessary due to ongoing damage from vehicles and fires being lit in non-designated fireplaces. We are advised however, that the area will be available for the Folk Festival (see below).

Information about the long term management strategy for the Badja Reserve may be obtained from the Council.


The Badja Reserve campground at Numeralla is managed by the Cooma Monaro Shire Council. The lower area of the Badja Reserve campground has recently been closed to vehicle access in order to manage and rehabilitate the area. Vehicles can still access the upper areas of the reserve for camping, and the area around the tennis courts in the village.

The lower area will be opened for camping for the 42nd Numeralla Folk Festival which will be held 22-25 January 2016. The Numeralla Folk Festival Committee is seeking advice from Council as to when the campground will be opened prior to the festival – as soon as we know we will let festival patrons know via this website and facebook page.

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Youth Showcase 2016

The 42nd Numeralla Folk Festival 22-25 January 2016

~ The Little Festival with the Big Heart ~

The Numeralla Folk Festival is very pleased to again be presenting young artists at the 2016 festival. The Youth Showcase is a free, all ages concert giving young performers an opportunity to promote their skills, and local youth have the opportunity to be inspired by performers of their own age.

Youth Showcase, 7.00pm Friday 22nd January, 2016


Dominic Holgate, Harry Paradice and Oscar Litchfield all began playing guitar at a young age but only recently started playing together as a group. Dom’s inspirations include John Butler, Tommy Emmanuel and Andy McKee.  He loves discovering the endless possibilities to the sounds and beats that can be played on a guitar, and the feeling of playing music for a crowd. Harry and Oscar’s eclectic influences range from Bob Marley to Nirvana and AC/DC. Their energy and nimble fingers have won them awards and acclaim in regional music events in 2015 – Oscar won the Jindabyne Idol’s People’s Choice Award and Dom won the Cooma Youth Centre Competition.  All three also successfully competed in the 2015 Australian Busking Championships. These guys are passionate about music and love composing and performing.

Break2beats evolved in 2015 when the music room at Monaro High became available in Break 2. Keen to make the most of every opportunity these four young enthusiasts have used their breaks to develop a funky and exciting repertoire that features lively brass. Break2beats were also successful performers at the 2015 Australian Busking Championships, displaying their flare and exciting musical skills. Tim Wall, Pierre Wall, Kel Mcnab and Jarrod Sopniewski will certainly entertain you!

Come out to Numeralla on Friday evening 22nd January for a concert to remember. The performances start at 7.00pm. A delicious selection of very reasonably priced drinks and home-made food is available from the kitchen, BBQ and bar which are open from 6pm until late, (no BYO).

Youth Showcase 2016

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2016 Festival

Planning for the 2016 Festival is well underway. It’ll run from Friday 22/01/2016 through until Tuesday 26/01/2016. The bulk of the formal activities will occur on the Saturday and Sunday however, follow the link above to see the current Program plan.

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Many of us love dogs, and no doubt yours, you love most of all. However, can you keep yours on a leash at the campground and away from the Hall altogether? Makes life simpler for all, thanks.

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The Numeralla Folk Festival

~ The Little Festival with the Big Heart ~

The annual Numeralla Folk Festival is held adjacent to the Australia Day long weekend each January. A dedicated band of community volunteers ensure that the campgrounds and hall are ready, the kitchen is ready to provide home-cooked meals and goodies, the bar is stocked, and the BBQ will be sizzling.

Numeralla takes great pride in being one of the last traditional, free folk festivals in Australia. There are no tickets and you don’t have to book – entertainment and camping are completely free – just turn up! It’s a long weekend of music, dance, dips in the river, yarns around the campfire and convivial conversation.

At Numeralla, there are no paid performers. As each festival unfolds you can savour the talents and friendship of the people who you meet. Some are old favourites you can’t wait to see again and some are delightful new surprises.

There are no shops in the village but you can eat heartily, from breakfast to supper, at the hall. The kitchen is open from 9-ish in the morning until stumps each night, serving snacks, hot and cold drinks, delicious home-cooked meals and goodies. The BBQ serves lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the bar. All are very reasonably priced.

Highlights of the festival include the bush dances, Numeralla’s very own “Numeralla Finger Plunkers” bluegrass band, and the blackboard concert – seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way. Sunday morning’s Country Markets showcase local sustainable produce. Amble about to sample the fresh food delights, pick up a bargain, hear some Numeralla bluegrass music or have a cuppa. Dance and music workshops and kid’s activities are also programmed over the four days – no prior skill required!

The festival has been running for four decades, providing a very social and entertaining weekend for folkies, visitors, and locals. The kitchen, BBQ, bar, raffle and T-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to the community groups in the village including the RFS, P&C, and Tennis Club. Supporting these sales ensures that the wonderful tradition of the Numeralla Folk Festival can continue, hopefully for many more years to come.

For more information you can find our page on Facebook “Numeralla Folk Festival” https://www.facebook.com/NumerallaFolkFestival or email numerallafolkfestival@gmail.com

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