The Music Festival

Cullulleraine Music Festival is a community based, not for profit, family friendly, fun, folk and acoustic roots music festival. Our festival site is the Johansen Memorial Reserve, incorporating the Lake Cullulleraine Holiday Park and RSL camp, with plenty of camping space, situated about 40 minutes drive west of Mildura on the edge of the unique Lake Cullulleraine.

The Cullulleraine Music Festival, our fourth, attracts local, national, and internationally acclaimed artists to the region to provide a feast of entertainment and engagement across this unique three day camping event.

The Festival provides a fun and friendly atmosphere showcasing the local region.  A range of market stalls, children’s activities, and a delicious selection of food stalls will be provided for your enjoyment.

People under 16, with family, are free.  Just make sure you let us know how many children are coming with you, to reserve your ticket/s.

 

 

The Environment

Why not extend your stay beyond the dates of the Music Festival?  Lake Cullulleraine is rich in many elements, including its Indigenous and European history, its environmental significance and it is home to significant fauna and flora.

Please note the following:  ALL plants animals and natural features are protected – place rubbish in bins or take it with you –  pets must be kept under control at ALL times –  picnic tables are provided.

Recreation

The area has much to offer including the following recreational suggestions:

  • walking or cycling around the lake along the marked walking trails (take water, hats, sunscreen, and please leave no rubbish behind).
  • visiting nearby tourist destinations such as Lock 9, Meringur Pioneer Par, the Mandella trail, heritage listed Catholic church at Werrimul
  • the Murray Sunset National Park, famous for its wildflowers in the Spring
  • water sports such as sailing, canoeing and fishing
The Lake

Lake Cullulleraine is a former natural ephemeral wetland that, in a bygone era, occasionally received water from the Murray River during a major flood.  The lake is now maintained at  a water level with minimum variation, and is supplied by an earthen delivery channel from the Murray River with pumped off-take just upstream of Lock 9.

The seasonal fluctuations in water maintained the health of vegetation and attracted wildlife that provided an ample food source for the Latji Latji tribe which inhabited the district..  There is evidence of past aboriginal occupation in the local area in the form of shell middens, surface scatterings and scar trees in the old growth vegetation closer to the river.  There are also burial sites in the local area.

Since European settlement in the 19th century, timber harvesting and firewood collection have resulted in the loss of habitat such as woody debris from the forest floor, and large hollow-bearing trees for native fauna.  Other factors such as wind erosion and pests (rabbits and foxes) have also degraded native vegetation.

Fauna

The Growling Grass frog and the Regent parrot are nationally threatened species that have been sighted in the local area.  Other significant fauna that have been sighted in the local area include:

Birds:

Whiskered Tern, Eastern Great Egret, Grey Falcon, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Nankeen Night Heron, Apostle Bird, Gull-Billed Tern

Mammals:

 

fat-tailed dunnart,

 

 

 

Giles’ planigale

Reptiles:

bandy bandy, eastern water skink

Fish

freshwater catfish, Murray cod, golden Perch, silver Perch

Flora

The Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVC’s) found at Lake Cullulleraine include: riverine chenopod shrubland, semi-arid chenopod scrubland, low chenopod scrubland, semi-arid woodland, Woorinen Sands Mallee, chenopod Mallee.

Flora that can be sighted frequently while walking the lake include: black box, moonah, black bluebush, old man saltbush, ruby saltbush harlequin mistletoe, desert glasswort, cumbungi

Enjoy your stay in this unique and beautiful area!