8 Tips to have your best CMC Rocks yet!

Here's our 8 tips and tricks to live it up at CMC Rocks QLD this year - from a local...
10 Feb 2024
Josh Kerr, Ipswich Trekker

Wholesome, soulful music, a stellar line up and a seriously good venue. CMC is here!

It’s time to suit up and get down, at one of the country’s biggest music festivals right here in Ipswich.

But before you embark on your epic rockin’ journey at Willowbank this year, we have a few helpful hints so you can maximise the good times and minimise everything else.

Here’s our 8 tips and tricks for your best CMC yet!

Dress appropriately 

CMC Rocks QLD 2017 | Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich

Seriously. There’s nothing worse than festival sunburn.

We’ve all been there before and yet time and time again we find ourselves out in the blazing sun, too caught up in the sights, sounds and live music spirit, to pay any attention to our skin until it’s too late.

Save yourself the peachy pain and cover up before the third degree burns set in.

Also mosquitoes – bring some kind of repellent for those little terrors of the night.

Tip: There will be sunscreen at the Discover Ipswich trailer, come by and grab some.

Bring a chair

Discover Ipswich at CMC Rocks QLD

A pretty simple one but important nonetheless!

Believe it or not, it won’t be all go go go over the entirety of the CMC weekend and you might actually want a comfy place to chill out here and there.

We can’t stress enough how much of a difference a simple camping chair will make to the experience.

Head over to the Discover Ipswich trailer for a seat in the shade.

Expect the best, pack for the worst


Unfortunately few things are more out of our control than the weather and the last thing you want is to be the person that is completely unprepared when the clouds come rolling in.

Of course this isn’t something we’re expecting to happen at this year’s CMC, but better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war… or something like that. What I’m saying is, bring gumboots.

Camp, or suss out the local accommodation… but get in quick!

Ivory's Rock cabins

Proper planning prevents poor performance.

Or should I say, get your camping sorted or book accommodation ahead of time.

There’s amazing places in and around town to choose from, including cabins at Ivory’s rock, Oaks Aspire or Quest Ipswich.

Obviously a campsite at the event will get the job done too.

For a more accommodation read: Where to stay in Ipswich

Check out the area

Summer Land Camels | Ipswich

You might have come from far and wide to follow your favourite artists, so don’t miss out on the finest in dining, craft beer and all manner of other experiences while you’re here.

Notably I would be checking out Summer Land Camels, (yes, camels!) just down the road, The Pumpyard Bar and Brewery and Rafter and Rose for a coffee.

If you’re still keen on more, head over to our home page and we’ll sort you out.

Pace yourself

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If you’re here for a few days, remember the R&R.

It’s about the marathon not the sprint and going hard every night might leave you a little worse for wear the next day.

I promise you, no matter how much you love Kip Moore, it’s not going to be great pounding the inside of your head with tunes, when your body’s already upset at you from the night before.

For maximum CMC satisfaction, dial it back ever so slightly and keep your body happy while you’re here.


BBQ Mafia is coming to CMC Rocks QLD 2020

Find your hangout, pick your poison, tuck into the food stalls and take some time to wander.

Half the fun of festivals is being let loose like children and going deep into the labyrinth of market stalls, pop up pubs and various little bits and bobs hidden around the event– especially at CMC.

My personal picks for the day are going to have to be any smoked meat stands for all your manly meat needs, Tequila and Tacos and the Great Northern House for beer.

Ladies might want to stop by the Beauty Bar for a makeover and fellas, just follow my lead.

But with plenty more to choose from, there’s some leg work to be done to find the best vendor for you!

Last one… Have a blast!


And don’t forget to take a photo in front of the neon sign at the Discover Ipswich stand!

Josh Kerr Ipswich Trekker
Josh ‘The Bear’ Kerr, is an Ipswich local, hiker, tour guide, photographer, fitness instructor and most recently, Ipswich’s Google Trekker. Having grown up in the area since age 7 and quickly becoming involved in the outdoor scene, he would eventually put these skills to good use trekking almost all of Ipswich and its surrounds for Google Maps. What would ensue, is some of the most comprehensive mapping of any city in the southern hemisphere, from our historic streets and suburbs to our most rugged mountain peaks. “After 8 grueling months and over 3 million steps, Ipswich is finally on the map!”

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