Camping at the Penola Coonawarra Acoustic Music Gathering Camping is available at McCorquindale Park (Penola Sports Ground).
There are ample unpowered sites available for $10 per night. Each of these sites is 8m x 8m. There are no limits to the number of people on the site as long as you don’t intrude on adjacent sites unless it’s by agreement with your neighbours.
There are a limited number of powered sites available and these are set aside for performers and people with special needs. These are $20 per night but do not have running water.
Campsites are available from the Tuesday 27th of February to Tuesday the 5th of March 2024.
There are 3 camping areas at McCorquindale Park, one to the south of Rymill Hall, one near the basketball stadium, and another to the north of the oval. The campsite to the south of Rymill hall is set aside as a quiet area, the basketball stadium area is a mix of powered and unpowered sites, but the powered sites are reserved for performers and for those with medical needs. The area to the north of the oval is for unpowered camping and is serviced by portable toilets. View the site map here
Please be aware the southern side of the sports ground is adjacency to houses and noise should be kept to a minimum, so these people are not disturbed.
Standard sharing-camping-space-with-other-people code applies:
Keep grassier spots for tents
If you do bring your dog it must be kept on a lead, under your control, and out of venue areas
Out of respect for the other campers, the use of generators at any time is discouraged
Keep noise at respectable volumes, times and unamplified
It’s Fire Danger Season. No Fires!
Toilets are available
At Rymill Hall
Women’s toilets adjacent to the netball club
Men’s toilets underneath the football club
At the basketball stadium
At the northern unpowered campsite. These toilets however will only be onsite for the weekend.
Showers are available;
Women’s showers adjacent to the netball club
Men’s showers under the football club
At the basketball stadium
There is a caravan park at Penola and many other caravan parks and campsites spread throughout the Wattle Range Council area and a listing of them can be found on the Wattle Range Council website. www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au
If you’re not into camping, there are many great places to stay in and around Penola and the Coonawarra region. The Wattle Range Council has an extensive listing of accommodation on their website. www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au
The Music Gathering is a weekend to eat, drink and be merry. Food vans and BBQs will be available throughout the weekend.
There are 2 hotels, 2 restaurants, 3 cafes, and a bakery in Penola if you can break yourself free from the music.
On Friday night, there’s a Welcome BBQ at the netball club being hosted by the Penola Lions Club.
There is an excellent supermarket in Penola where you can get almost anything you need.
The Coonawarra is a world renowned wine growing region and there are 26 wineries for you to check out during the week when you’re waiting for, or recovering from the Music Gathering.
The Wattle Range Council has an excellent information centre, museum, and art gallery alongside the Memorial Park in Penola. Phone: (08) 8737 2855 or 1300 045 373