Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

05 May - 06 May 2018
Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May, with over 18,000 people expected to join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia.

Attendees can enjoy author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons. Headline authors include Richard Flanagan, Eddie Ayres, Jaclyn Moriarty, Josephine Wilson and David Ritter.

Other must see attractions include the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, behind the scenes viewings of heritage buildings, live music and street performers.

The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. The festival is turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head: from slow, dusty and dry to a hub of ideas and the arts. Join the conversation during the first weekend of May in Clunes.

Additional V/Line train services between Ballarat and Maryborough, via Clunes

The following additional V/Line train services will operate between Ballarat Station and Maryborough Station during the Clunes Booktown Festival, Saturday 5 May & Sunday 6 May:

To Maryborough

Ballarat departs  09:55  12:10  15:30 
Creswick   10:10  12:26  15:46 
Clunes   10:22 12:38  15:58 
Talbot   10:36 12:51 16:11
Maryborough  arrives 10:50 13:05 16:25

From Maryborough

Maryborough departs  11:00  13:35  16:55 
Talbot   11:09 13:44 17:04
Clunes   11:22 13:57 17:17
Creswick   11:35 14:10 17:30
Ballarat arrives 11:55 14:30 17:50

For more information about the 2018 Clunes Booktown Festival please visit

Headline authors include Clementine Ford, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, Hannah Kent, Kate Grenville, A.S. Patric and Annie Raser-Rowland.
Headline authors include Clementine Ford, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, Hannah Kent, Kate Grenville, A.S. Patric and Annie Raser-Rowland.
Opening hours
Gates open at 8:00am on Saturday and 9:00am on Sunday
Clunes Township, Fraser Street, Clunes, Victoria, 3370
Admission price

Adults - $10
Students (aged 12 to 18) - $5

Children 12 and under are free.

Note: This year the festival will be ticketing selected author talks held in the Town Hall and the Free Lendnig Library.

Refer to the website for details.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Getting there

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Closest station/stop

The Clunes Booktown Festival takes place in Clunes, Victoria. To get there, take either a Maryborough train direct to Clunes, or a Ballarat train from Southern Cross Station.

Refer to the PTV Journey Planner for all departure times from Southern Cross Station. The journey takes around an hour and a half. Take a connecting train from Ballarat to Clunes - additional service times are shown above. This section of the journey takes around 30 minutes.

Normal V/Line ticketing applies.