Prepare to live out your Wet Hot American Summer dreams, Brisbanites — again. This Brissie autumn just got a whole lot better thanks to the eagerly awaited return of one of the best new events of the past few years. Yes, Death Valley Fun Camp is rolling out another year of back-to-nature mayhem.
You don't just head to the picturesque Lake Moogerah, splash around, sing around the campfire, toast marshmallows and sleep under the stars at DVFC, although they're definitely on the agenda. From May 26 to 27, you also take a break from devices, status updates and technology in general during a weekend of crafts, food, drink, tunes, good ol' fashioned human connection and fun put together by Southside Tea Room, Death Valley and The Grates' duo John Paterson and Patience Hodgson.
Keen for ziplining, kayaking, swimming, archery, pinata making, cupcake piping, rediscovering the lost of art letter writing and cooking up a storm on the open fire? You will be here. Or, have fun with some of SSTR's favourite events — Plaster Fun House and Disney Karaoke — in the great outdoors, dance the night away at a Late Night Disco and tell ghost stories when you're all tucked in. Meals-wise, you'll feast on three squares cooked up by Lucky Egg's Jacob Knauth and grab a midnight snack at the on-site tuckshop. And when it comes to refreshing beverages, expect to down beer and cider from Young Henrys — plus a camp cocktail that features The Bucha of Byron's kombucha.
Tickets, which include accommodation, food, activities, t-shirt, s'mores, and your choice of a bunk or campsite, go on sale at 9am on March 15 for $189. For an extra $79, all of your tipples will also be taken care of, and you'll even get a take-home enamel mug as a souvenir. Plus, you'll be helping a good cause, as profits from the food and drink will go to Kids Help Line.
Image: Alana Potts.