WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? If you intend on camping, you will need to provide everything you would want to make yourself comfortable eg. Tent, gas stove, esky, Camping Chair etc. The camping is unpowered. Fresh water is available as well as hot water for short showers and washing up. You’ll also have to bring all the food and refreshments that you would want over the weekend although a food stall and Mugs Away will be operating over the weekend providing fresh hot coffee and snacks. The nearest store is a 45-minute drive away at Wingham.
CAN I BRING A CARAVAN/MOTOR HOME? Yes – we welcome Tents / Caravan / Motorhomes. The road is sealed up until our driveway. Our drive way is 1.3km and is compressed gravel all the way – there are plenty of great camping sites available.
CAN WE HAVE A CAMP FIRE? Camp fires are encouraged as long as there is no fire restriction on at the time. You ar welcome bring your own firewood – or you can purchase firewood from us at $15 a wheel barrow (be prepared – cash only).
ICE FOR THE ESKY? We are very happy to announce that the lovely folk at “Great Lakes Ice” will be delivering ice for the esky – Friday 4pm & Saturday and Sunday at noon
CAN I BRING MY DOG? Longview Farm is a working farm with cattle, horses and farm dogs – so we can not have any other dogs on the property
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN OCTOBER? The days are usually really warm but the nights are still cold. Be prepared for swimming as well as rugging up around the fire.
CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CAN’T MAKE IT? Sorry, refunds are not available although your booking can be transferred to another person. We suggest that if you cannot attend that you try to arrange for someone to take your place – you must let us know by phone or email s we can update gate list. We organise this event in goodwill and our breakeven point is our maximum number of paying guests. If at the last minute someone is not able to attend and we give a refund, then we are out of pocket for their space. We are happy for someone to be able to take your spot, just let us know so that the names on the gate list are correct.
CAN MY CHILDREN BRING THEIR FRIENDS WITH THEM? Yes they can bring their friends but all school children not attending with their own parents are required to make the donation of $180 each and must be in the care of a nominated supervising adult. We feel very strongly about this condition and appreciate your cooperation and honesty.
Where do I start?
Longview is the culmination of a diverse and interesting collection of life experiences and genetics. Longview Santa Gertrudis Stud is the perfect venue. It is situated in the hinterland of the Manning Valley, approximately 30 mins drive of Wingham or 1 hour from Gloucester and 4 hours north of Sydney. The nearest general store is in Mt George about 15 minutes drive.
I have vast experience as a sound engineer and a musician and well connected with lots of artists that are suitable for the ultimate party.
My first attempt at staging a super party was in 1975. My brother and I booked Buffalo, 2x 18 gallon kegs, cheese, bickies, chips and nuts and St James Hall Glebe and split the cost among 300 mates from Fort Street High School. Buffalo in 1975 was like booking Powder Finger now. Many similar events have followed. As my experience in the industry increased the events improved and here we are today. The first Longview party of this type was in 1999 and served as a combined 40th for many of my peers. The Longview parties have a music, camping, family focus.
There are limited places for 250 adults, which usually means about 150 kids and up to as many as 100 muso’s, crew, staff and security. It is a non-profit event. Our maximum number of paying adults is our break-even point.
The artists chosen each year represent a variety of genres, all of international quality, experience and musical integrity.
Each year our ambition is to better the previous year. When you look at the line-up on previous invitations, this is a difficult task.
The party itself tends to attract people that have a great time but behave well. There has never been a ripple of discord in the history of the party. Most people we know or are friends of friends. Others are just music enthusiasts who have contacted us and asked to be on the invitation list.
There is no money exchanged on the weekend, admittance is by pre-booked ticket only. Bookings are taken on a first in first served basis. The concept of booking a ticket in advance, travelling a long way, camping and live music seems to eliminate people exhibiting undesirable behaviour.
Most people arrive Friday afternoon and camp until Monday. The music and party proper is on Saturday from about 1:00pm until around midnight.
There are 2 stages to facilitate a continuous programme of live music.
A large open sided shed accommodates a permanent stage, sprung dance floor and general viewing area perfect in dimensions for the audience size. The P.A is a Meyer Quad 4way and 8 send foldback system with commensurate light show. We provide fresh drinking water, flushing toilets, hot water over shower and sink. A second large pole shed can accommodate the entire audience in the event of inclement weather.
A permanent fun feature for the kids is the waterslide. Every year it has returned due to popular demand.
Each year a fireworks display is put on show, once again we try to make it bigger and better all the time.
All weekend there are hot beverages available from the ‘Mugs Away mobile Espresso’ van along with a sausage sizzle/ hot food stall run by the Mount George Rural Fire Brigade.
On the Sunday night, a live telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final followed by movies suitable for the whole family.