It started out as a holiday. A chance to take some time out after creating some of Australia’s most iconic music-fuelled gatherings: Falls Festival, and The Lost Lands.

Returning to Pambula Beach on the Sapphire Coast, an area frequented over previous decades, Simon and his family rediscovered the pristine landscape, a profound sense of place, the deeply inspired community and a sense of belonging. Two years later Wanderer was born: a festival that invites you to journey to a whole new dimension.

Wanderer heralds a watershed new genre of boutique festival: a truly multi-generational celebration of music, art, culture and place across three days and founded on the core tenets of sustainability, community and creativity. The kindred soul and official successor of The Lost Lands, much of the DNA from that unique event carries over, albeit with a renewed vision and purpose. A sanctuary of music, art and community crafted with Wanderer’s different audiences in mind in three unique spaces.

Situated mid-point between Sydney and Melbourne and just a three-hour drive from Canberra, the Sapphire Coast remains one of Australia’s truly pristine landscapes: bound by majestic native bushland, bucolic fields and undisturbed waterways. The region is also home to a truly vibrant creative community: the spirit upon which the festival is founded.

Tearing down barriers, Wanderer presents a music line-up that transcends genre and demographic – and a truly diverse arts program that brings together theatre and comedy, circus and cultural workshops.

Set in gorgeous tree-lined fields and only a short walk to Pambula Beach, Wanderer is a festival for everyone and comprising three unique spaces: Wanderer, The Lost Lands and the Main Stage. Wanderer’s different stages, spaces and campgrounds are dedicated and created purposefully for the young, old and everyone in between.

Reconnect. Explore. Discover. Be a Wanderer.


Wanderer Festival acknowledges the people of the Yuin and Monaro nations, for whom music and art making have held a central importance for thousands of generations. We particularly acknowledge the Thaua people of the Yuin nation as the traditional owners of the land and waters on which this festival takes place. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.