Yonder is moving its three-day music, arts and camping festival to the Scenic Rim for 2022

In 2021, Queensland’s Scenic Rim region was named one of the best places in the world to visit in 2022. The folks behind Yonder Festival have clearly taken notice. When the three-day music, arts and camping festival returns this spring – Thursday November 24 to Saturday November 26 – it will take a big step up from the Sunshine Coast.

Mary Valley’s loss is Scenic Rim’s gain – and the laid-back festival atmosphere, along with the lineup filled with stellar tracks and performances, will obviously make the jump too. It’s safe to assume that campers will once again be sleeping surrounded by lush vegetation, and cross your fingers that the new site still allows you to swim in the creek while watching a concert.

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Even though those dips aren’t part of the 2022 festival, Yonder will obviously still be celebrating creativity and relaxation in a big way, right in the Gold Coast hinterland. And, it will feature Meanjin-based illustration and digital artist Gunggari Desirai as its lead artist, with the full lineup announced in late September.

Last year’s festival featured everything from a slate of music piled on four stages to a feast of traveling theatrical and visual artists, plus a slew of wellness workshops and panels, if you you wonder what’s likely to be in store. The 2021 event also focused on Indigenous producers, artists and communities, as well as local creatives.

Listen to the poetry of Ruckus Slam, stroll through the visual arts exhibits, take part in a laughter yoga session, walk a slackline, do water aerobics, and browse the food shop and market stalls – it’s is usually on the Yonder bill too, as is being able to drink alcohol BYO. These drinks must be in plastic containers, and you can also only show up with a reasonable amount of alcohol.

Want even without the programming? Tickets will go on sale from 9 a.m. AEST on Wednesday, August 17.

Yonder Festival runs from Thursday November 24 to Saturday November 26 in the Scenic Rim, Queensland. For more information or to purchase tickets from 9am AEST on Wednesday August 17, visit the festival website. We will keep you posted when the festival lineup is announced.

Alice P. Darby