5 Reasons to book in for Van Jam

There's going to be kids entertainment, bands, demonstrations and workshops...
27 Jul 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Van Jam is a brand new Australian-first music festival and combined caravanning / RV experience coming to Ipswich from September 22-24.

Over three days, thousands of caravan and RV owners will descend upon Willowbank Raceway, and revel in an Australian rock music showcase, featuring some of the country’s top artists and emerging talents.

Bluey will be there!

Bluey & Bingo Live Interactive Experience has performed in Ipswich at Tulmur Place

While Van Jam is featuring a stellar line up of entertainment for the adults, there’s also a great kids program – which features Bluey!

A dedicated children’s festival called miniVAN is being run concurrently with Van Jam so kids can rock out while participating in a wide variety of crafts and activities.

There’s also a fully supervised, paid child-minding service to give parents the opportunity to enjoy the music and festivities child-free.

Get ready to play Magic Asparagus, Magic Xylophone, Keepy Uppy and more during the daily Bluey Live Experience sessions, and meet them after the show.

The miniVAN program will run from 8am-6pm daily, childminding is available from 3pm-11pm for two hour periods at a time, parents will need to collect children for a food break before signing them back in again.

Aussie rock legends

Eskimo Joe will be at Van Jam

This festival is giving caravanning enthusiasts and rock fans an opportunity to relish in their dual-passions!  The homegrown line up of talent is a celebration of Australian rock music, old and new.

Over two days there will be a massive amount of talent on the stage with 8 Ball Aitken, Adam Brand, Daryl Braithwaite, Eskimo Joe, Fanny Lumsden, Frente, Lecia Louise, The Radiators, Russell Morris, Sue Ray, Thirsty Merc and Vixens of Fall all performing.

After the mainstage wraps up, The Pop Top (a multipurpose area sponsored by Austrack Campers) will come back to life hosting local Brisbane artists keeping the party going until late.

To attend Van Jam you can purchase either a one-day or two-day festival pass.  There are also VIP passes that include access to a private bar with an exclusive drink and food selection, deluxe bathrooms, shaded lounge area, all located with prime viewing of the mainstage.  Two-day and VIP passes also include access to the Off Road Off Grid Expo.

Off Road Off Grid expo

The Off Grid Off Road Expo will be at to Van Jam

The experts at Caravanning Queensland, renowned for organising major industry events that showcase the latest and greatest in all things caravanning and camping, are bringing an exciting array of caravan and camping displays at the Off Road Off Grid expo!

Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of off-road and off-grid living like never before. This experiential extravaganza will leave you inspired, informed, and ready to tackle the great outdoors.

Discover a wide range of cutting-edge products and innovations designed specifically for off-road and off-grid enthusiasts. From rugged outdoor gear and state-of-the-art camping equipment to solar-powered gadgets and sustainable living solutions, you’ll find everything you need to elevate your outdoor experiences.

Engage with industry-leading experts, passionate entrepreneurs, and like-minded adventurers who share your passion for off-road exploration. Attend captivating workshops, insightful panel discussions, and live demonstrations that will empower you with the knowledge and skills to make the most of your outdoor pursuits.

The expo will run from 8am-5pm daily.

Workshops and demos

An off grid/ off road expo will be at Van Jam

VAN JAM will also feature an entire area dedicated to hands-on demos, must-see caravanning and safety workshops and a massive off road proving ground spanning the entire festival weekend.

See a range of off-road product tackle a massive and challenging off road track! Skilled instructors and drivers will demonstrate off road driving and towing techniques, showcasing the componentry and equipment you need to get you where you need to go, under any conditions!

In the Presentation/Masterclass Area, actively participate to learn about staying compliant for towing, touring, or four-wheel driving. Expert presenters will share practical tips and tricks so you can adventure with confidence.

Workshops and demonstrations will run from 8am-5pm daily.

Camping on site


One of the drawcards of Van Jam will be the ability to camp on site.  So you won’t miss any of the fun and won’t need to find a lift home.

There’s also exclusive early bird entertainment for campers who arrive on Thursday night with Rockaoke, the chance to sing karaoke with a live band.

To book camping you must also purchase a two day festival pass.  Camping starts at $120 (6x6m unpowered) up to $498 for a 10x10m powered site.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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