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What to expect at SummerSalt

Across four weekends around the country, SummerSalt is set to showcase the beauty that is the great Australian outdoor summer. Here's everything you need to know before you head along.

Taking place in some of the most picturesque and iconic locations around the country, SummerSalt will host some of the best of homegrown and international bands, showcase cultural attractions, and show off the beautiful local communities it’s a part of.

To help you get ready for the sun, salt, and sounds we’ve put together this handy guide to Summer Salt.

The Music

Each of the four lineups featured in SummerSalt’s program is jampacked with talent, it’d be hard to choose just one to enjoy. Indie-folk brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone will headline the two December weekends. They’ll be joined by the likes of powerhouse Meg Mac, Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ray, and the beautiful voice of Didirri. The Waifs and Pete Murray will also form a superstar headlining duo, as will John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins. All perfect combinations for basking in the Australian sunshine.

The Locations

Two SummerSalt instalments will take place in Western Australia’s Rottnest Island. From soft sand beaches to exquisite marine life, and home to one of the cutest animals in the world, the quokka, Rottnest Island is the perfect summer escape from the city. The island is a car-free zone (think about the peace), and with 63 beaches spread across the island, you’re spoilt for choice. The island is 18 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia and is a 25-minute ferry ride from Fremantle.

Glenelg Beach is Adelaide’s most popular beach for a reason. Known for its stunning sunsets and rich heritage as well as its selection of bustling shops and cafes, it’s a hive of activity throughout the summer months. From dolphin sailing tours to historical walking trails, there’s a lot to soak up in Glenelg Beach.

Park Beach, Coffs Harbour’s main surf beach is a popular area for water sports, fishermen, and surfers alike. Right across from the beach is Park Beach Reserve – home to the final Summer Salt instalment. The Reserve is widely considered to be Coffs’ best outdoor venue for a reason, and is the perfect place for families and friends to gather together.

The Atmosphere

As well as a focus on bringing together incredible musical talent, SummerSalt’s aim is to showcase it all within gorgeous beach surrounds, promoting a laidback vibe that is perfect for families and friends to enjoy. Whether you’re planning a weekend away with your children, your best girlfriends, a romantic getaway, or your sports team, SummerSalt is sure to keep things chilled out. The events run through the afternoon until roughly 9.30pm so that everyone can make the most of the sun, salt air, and picturesque surroundings.

What to bring

  • Ferry tickets – if you’re heading to either of the Rottnest Island dates you’ll need a ferry ticket to get on and off the island
  • Tickets, your ID, and cash (to Rottnest) or debit card/credit card (Coffs Harbour and Glenelg are cashless events)
  • Empty water bottle for fill up at drinking stations – sustainability is a key focus for SummerSalt
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) – these are open-air concerts, make sure you’re sun smart


  • Rottnest Island – 02.12.2018 – Angus & Julia Stone, Meg Mac, Gretta Ray, Seaside
  • Glenelg Beach – 08.12.2018 – Angus & Julia Stone, Meg Mac, Didirri, Seaside
  • Rottnest Island – 13.01.2019 – The Waifs, Pete Murray, Busby Marou, Mama Kin Spender, Carla Gene Ev
  • Coffs Harbour – 17.02.2019 – John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, The Teskey Brothers, Stella Donnelly

SummerSalt will take place at Rottnest Island on Sunday 2 December and Sunday 13 January, Glenelg Beach on Saturday 8 December, and Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour on Sunday 17 February. Tickets are available via

Summer Salt

  • Rottnest Island
  • Glenelg Beach
  • Rottnest Island
  • Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour

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