Clunes Booktown Festival 2017

06 May - 07 May 2017
Clunes Booktown Festival 2017

Clunes Booktown Festival 2017

The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, with 18,000 people expected to join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia. Headline authors this year include Clementine Ford, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, Hannah Kent, Kate Grenville, A.S. Patric and Annie Raser-Rowland.

Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, try their hand in a scrabble tournament and immerse themselves in the State Library of Victoria's exhibition curated specifically for the Festival, which includes one of Samuel Johnson's original dictionaries. 

Gates open to the public at 8am on both days and entry to the festival is $10 for adults.
Entry includes access to selected author talks*, entertainment, the festival exhibition and more. Entry is complimentary for children 12 and under.

Note: This year the festival will be ticketing selected author talks held in the Town Hall.
Refer to the website and festival program for details.

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 6 May & Sunday 7 May:

Ballarat departs  09:55  12:10  15:30 
Creswick   10:11  12:26  15:46 
Clunes   10:23 12:38  15:58 
Talbot   10:36 12:51 16:11
Maryborough  arrives 10:50 13:05 16:25


Maryborough departs  11:00  13:35  17:05 
Talbot   11:09 13:44 17:14
Clunes   11:22 13:57 17:27
Creswick   11:35 14:10 17:40
Ballarat arrives 11:55 14:30 18:00

For more information about the 2017 Clunes Booktown Festival please visit

Opening hours
Gates open at 8:00am
Clunes Township, Fraser Street, Clunes, Victoria, 3370
Admission price

Adults - $10
Students - $5

Children 14 and under are free.

Note: This year the festival will be ticketing selected author talks held in the Town Hall.
Refer to the website for details.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Getting there

Train line
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.