Free Bus Schedule 

The beautiful people at Aurizon are in the transport business. 

This weekend they are transporting YOU for free around the Hunter Valley.

Here’s the final schedule…


  • 6.30pm pick up from Hunter Tent Stay Campsite
  • 6.50pm pick up from Mercure at The Vintage
  • 7.10pm pick up from Cypress Lakes
  • 7.15pm pick up Chez Vous Villas 148 Debeyers Road
  • 7.20pm drop off at Peterson House
  • 11.30pm pick up from Peterson House and return everyone who got on the bus to get to the party safely home


  • 10am pick up from Hunter Tent Stay Campsite
  • 10.20am pick up from Mercure at The Vintage
  • 10.30am pick up Chez Vous Villas 148 Debeyers Road
  • 10.40am pick up at Cypress Lakes

Continuous Loop

Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, Ben Ean

  • Return to Chez Vous, Cypress Lakes, The Mercure at The Vintage & Hunter Tent Stay leaves Nanna Kerr’s at 3.30pm
  • 5.30pm Pick up at Hunter Tent Stay
  • 5.50pm Pick up at Mercure at The Vintage
  • 6pmpm pick up Chez Vous Villas 148 Debeyers Road
  • 6.20pm Pick up at Cypress Lakes
  • 6.30pm Drop off at Tamburlaine for Party
  • From 10.45pm bus available for rides home from Tamburlaine – we not guarantee availability but will do our best to get people home safe to Pokolbin and surrounds accommodation.
  • 12.10am final bus from Tamburlaine dropping at Cypress Lakes, Chez Vous, Mercure at The Vintage and finally at Hunter Tent Stay Campsite


  • 10.30am pick up from Hunter Tent Stay Campsite
  • 10.50am pick up from Mercure at The Vintage
  • 11.10am pick up at Cypress Lakes

Continuous Loop
Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, Ben Ean

  • Return to Cypress Lakes, The Mercure at The Vintage & Hunter Tent Stay leaves Nanna Kerr’s at 4.30pm

Please say thank you to the wonderful people at Hunter Hopper who will be providing the service all weekend when you get off and on.

Like Aurizon on FB and if you are looking for a new career or a change of work scenary check out their website for jobs – they’ve got to be a pretty awesome place to work if they provide free transport for our community 😝

Anyone can use the service – subject to enough seats on the bus when you want to board. We have done our best to provide a service that caters for all the needs we know about 🚌 

Luke Antony at Pokolbin Pride 2017


Luke headlined the main party at Pokolbin Pride in 2016 and now he’s back for 2017!

We are so excited to confirm that Luke will be performing on Friday 20th October at Peterson House and our Bubbles & Beats Welcome Party from 7.30pm.

Since performing at Munich Pride and Sydney Mardi Gras over the last 18 months Luke has just been nominated as the 2018 Music Artist of the Year as part of the LGBTI Awards.

Tickets available now.


Prime Meat at Pokolbin Pride

Pokolbin Pride founders and directors, Jimmy and Matty Kerr, reveal controversial art work Prime Meat, and announce the inaugural 2018 Pokolbin Pride LGBTQI Portrait Prize, hosted by Tamburlaine Organic Wines.

Prime Meat is a digital work by 23year-old Wollongong based artist Nick Prentoski of Toski Designs. Prentoski is Pokolbin Pride’s 2017 Artist in Residence.

The piece was commissioned to highlight to the tension, division, anger and hurt that has been caused by the Australian Government’s unnecessary Same Sex Marriage Survey within the both the LGBTQI and broader community.

“We also hope to ease some of this anger and distress, by poking fun at our former prime minister Tony Abbott and the ridiculousness of the out-dated views held by him and many like him,” says Jimmy Kerr.

The exhibition is not the first time Pokolbin Pride has showcased art by LGBTQI community members. Last year, artist ‘Nordacious’ headlined the Art Expo, with pieces inspired by the cult movie Muriel’s Wedding. This exhibition has now moved to Muse Clinic in Darlinghurst, Sydney and will open in November 10, to coincide with Muriel’s Wedding, The Musical.

“The success of last year, and having now worked closely with Nick Prentoski over the past few months, has sparked the idea that we should open the annual exhibition for both established and upcoming artists to create and submit a portrait piece of a prominent LGQBTI Australian, to be entered in to an Archibald Prize type competition,” says Kerr.

“We hope to award the winners with a sizeable grant to continue their work, as well as to raise money for ACON, as we do with the entire Pokolbin Pride festival each year. We will be releasing more on that very soon, along with details on how people can enter and who our corporate sponsors will be.”

Prime Meat will be on display at Tamburlaine Organic Wines for the duration of the Pokolbin Pride Festival (October 20-22), along with several other artworks by Prentoski, featuring well-known faces from the LGBTIQ community, celebrities and more.

Pokolbin Pride attendees can view the exhibition from 10am to 4pm daily during the course of the festival.

About the artist:

Nick Prentoski is a 23-year old self-taught digital artist from Wollongong, NSW. He works in Illustrator and Photoshop to create his work.

Prentoski, who identifies as Gay says: “My work is all about acceptance and the message that love and compassion can come from a single piece of art.

“With this particular piece, it felt great to know I was creating something for our community, which will bring a smile to people’s faces.”

“I was humbled to be asked to be a part of Pokolbin Pride. It has been an amazing journey to work with Matty, Jimmy and the team and I am so proud to be exhibiting my work at the festival.”

Prints of his work are available from the Pokolbin Pride website with all profits going to support ACON the festival’s community partner.

Only 24 hours to go…

October 20th - 22nd 2017

There’s just 24 hours left to go…

The wine is in the fridge, marquees are going up and the outfits are nearly ready!

It’s not too late to book tickets or accomodation check out the links on the website

To re-cap what’s happening…


  • from 10am – Art at Tamburlaine
  • Lunch at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Wine Tasting at Ivanhoe Wines and Drayton’s Family Wines where you’ll find our community markets
  • Bubbles & Beat Party at Peterson House from 7.30pm featuring live music from Luke Antony officially shortlisted for the 2018 LGBTI Awards as Music Artist of the Year


  • Wine Tasting at Macquariedale
  • Wine Tasting at Peterson’s House, Ben Ean, Lambloch and Peterson Wines
  • Art Expo and Markets open from 10am
  • Rainbow Familes Lunch at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Saturday Night Party featuring Prada & the Priscillas, Mel & Jade and DJ Mason Andrews at Tamburlaine Organic Wines from 6pm


  • Wine Tasting at Tamburlaine
  • Easy Sunday Recovery Party from 12pm at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen with live music until 4pm
  • Home Time – or back to the campsite for one last night under the stars

Our FREE shuttle service runs to and from the campsite for all the parties and will be available during the day on Saturday to move you between participating venues.


Pride’s Bus Timetable

Our corporate partner Aurizon have generously provided funds to transport guests to and from the main events and partner venues throughout the weekend – this is such an amazing gift for our community and we are truly grateful.
There is parking at all the venues if you decide to do your own thing over the weekend. Please drive safely and responsibly.
The FREE buses are available as follows…
Friday 20th October
  • From Hunter Tent Stay to Peterson House for the Bubbles & Beats Party from 6pm
  • From Peterson House to Hunter Tent Stay to get you home safe from 10pm
Saturday 21st October
  • From Hunter Tent Stay to Pokolbin from 9am to 3pm – Shuttle Service stopping at Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and Ben Ean (part of Petersons)
  • From Hunter Tent Stay to Tamburlaine for last tasting of the day and then the Party
  • From Tamburlaine to Hunter Tent Stay to get you home safe from 10.45pm until just after midnight – Shuttle Service
Sunday 22nd October
  • From Hunter Tent Stay to Ivanhoe Wines (where you can easily walk to Drayton’s & Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen from 11am
  • Last bus back to the campsite will leave Ivanhoe at 4.30pm and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen at 4.45pm
Hunter Tent Stay are offering packages including breakfast from just $89 per person for the whole weekend and have glamping options available where someone else has put a tent up for you.
A full timetable of services provided that we have contracted Hunter Hopper to provide with funding from Aurizon will provided on arrival at the campsite.

Camp it up 20-22nd October in the Hunter Valley

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There is still plenty of space at the campsite to come and stay the whole weekend in the Hunter Valley and enjoy the love and kindness that is Pokolbin Pride – EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

If you are not camping there are some holiday lets still available or just come for the day or a party.

There are still limited tickets available for all three parties at Peterson House, Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Ivanhoe Wines as well as the Rainbow Lunches at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen – buy your tickets ASAP.

It’s going to be a fabulous weekend of colour and celebration for our community, friends and family.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hunter Valley this time next week…

Jimmy & Matty Kerr xxx

And the only winner of the Plebiscite is…

I came home tonight to find my husband in tears.

He had just deleted a post on social media, on the LGBTIQ community page Pokolbin Pride, slating the LGBTIQ community and he and I personally (as the organisers of Pokolbin Pride) as bullies. At the same time my husband banned the FB user responsible for the post from the page. Minutes later a friend and what looked like family member of the banned user reposted the same rant.

My husband has now removed himself from social media. “I’m logging out of social media until this whole plebiscite is over. I’m physically and emotionally drained. My mental health has suffered immensely and I can’t look at any more comments or shares regarding the no vote. I have tried my hardest to push the yes vote but can’t do it anymore. If you need me, Call or message me or contact Jimmy on Facebook,” Matty Kerr.

The Turnbull Government has made it illegal for broadcast media to refuse to run campaigns. The legislation excluded print and online media.

I will leave to one side the wrongness of the government getting involved in private decisions between legal entities on political advertising for now.

If a media owner wants to back a particular view or refuse advertising from a political group they should be allowed. Their customers will decide if it was a good decision.

Two weeks ago the Cessnock Advertiser owned by Fairfax Media chose to allow the Kurri Kurri Congregational Church through Rev. P Graham to run a full page advert promoting No to Same Sex Marriage.

Our community, the local LGBTIQ community, were and remain hurt by the untruths in the advert and frankly un-Christian tone it took.

We took to social media to share the hurt and chose as a group to review the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision via their Facebook page. Within 12 hours their review score had dropped from more than 4 stars to less than 2. The Cessnock Advertiser then decided to remove the opportunity for public review from their FB page.

An additional response to the running of the No advert was a local crowd funding campaign to run a Yes advert. Funds were raised and the advert ran today. The Cessnock Advertiser happy to take Yes money as much as No money.

Another full page No advert ran today at the same time as the Yes advert.

There were no reviews two weeks ago from the local community supporting the Cessnock Advertiser’s decision to run the No advert.

The review functionality remains turned off on their FB page. Perhaps if this feature was turned on again the readers would be able to share their support or otherwise for the advertising decisions made over the last few weeks.

Through our businesses my husband and I had committed a fairly significant sum to advertising across Fairfax’s titles on and off line. As a result of their decision to run No adverts we will never spend money with Fairfax again. We encourage Yes voters to boycott their titles and cancel any planned advertising.

The editorial and advertising team were well within their legal rights to refuse No money and they decided otherwise.

Today we were contacted by the Newcastle Herald another Fairfax title as they are planning to run an LGBTIQ feature pull-out on the weekend of Pokolbin Pride.

Their salesperson wrote this “The format of this feature is strictly non-political in relation to the current postal survey. Its sole focus is to support the LGBTIQ community in the region, inform interested readers on the history of the Pride movement in the region and cover events, venues, support services and other related articles of general interest to the LGBTIQ community including the float entry for the next Mardi Gras.”

I wrote back explaining that Pokolbin Pride was a not for profit community festival the only one of it’s kind the Newcastle and Hunter Region. Did we need to “pay for advertising to get coverage in the pull out.”

The response “As with all our features we invite editorial submissions from supporting advertisers…. Pokolbin Pride will be covered whether you advertise or not but we cannot guarantee the level of coverage it will get. Along with the general interest editorial our supporting paid advertisers, some of who are non-for-profit organisations, will get priority with their events and services as well.”

Our feeling is that the pull-out is a shameless attempt to extract dollars from LGBTIQ groups on the back of the plebiscite and neither our businesses nor Pokolbin Pride will be supporting it.

The only winners of the Plebiscite are Australia Post and the media running the campaigns.

  • Turnbull regardless of the result is done for at the next election.
  • The public’s lack of faith in the political system has definitely increased.
  • The Yes campaign, whilst it looks like a positive result, have not so far rebutted the No campaign with the vigour that is needed to protect our community properly.
  • The No campaign will likely and hopefully go down in history as one of the last times inhumane, fascist, sexist, racist and homophobic views were given airtime in a seemingly civilised democracy.

Matty and I encourage YES voters of any sexual or political persuasion to join us and hundreds of others at Pokolbin Pride on the 20-22nd October for music, fun, great wine and food and a celebration of love and kindness.

Yes that is plug for our Festival, this is our media channel and we will do what we like with it.

Love will win,

Jimmy & Matty Kerr

You can help create our art history

You can help create a piece of art and history…

According to the 2016 Census published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics there are just over 46,800 same-sex couples in Australia. We know there are lots more…
As part of this year’s Art Expo hosted by Tamburlaine Organic Wines at Pokolbin Pride we want to create a piece of history depicting as many LGBTIQ relationships as we can with photography.
Send a picture of your relationship to to be a part of the work.

By sending or uploading your image to our FB page you give unlimited permission for its reproduction as part of Pokolbin Pride activity.

Many thanks

Jimmy & Matty Kerr xxx

This initiative is only possible with support from our community partner ACON & corporate partner Aurizon.

Free Transport

Free Transport for Pokolbin Pride 

Some excellent news… 

We are delighted to announce that Aurizon Group, who employee many hundreds of people in the Hunter Valley region, have made a significant donation to help make Pokolbin Pride happen in 2017.

Part of the donation is being used to fund bus shuttle transfers between Hunter Tent Stay and Pokolbin.

The campsite is the ONLY remaining affordable accommodation option this year due to so much happening in the Valley.

Camping starts at $89 per person for two nights including breakfast. There are plenty of BYO and ‘get them to do it’ glamping options available.

There will be free transport available from the campsite to Peterson House for the Bubbles & Beats Party on Friday 20th October. The last bus will leave Peterson House at 11.45pm on Friday night.

There will be free transport from Hunter Tent Stay to all participating venues throughout the day and for the evening Party at Tamburlaine Organic Wines on Saturday 21st October. The last bus will leave Tamburlaine at 12.30am on Saturday.

There will be free transport available all day from Hunter Tent Stay including the Ivanhoe Easy Sunday Recovery Party on 22nd October. The last bus returning guests to the campsite will leave Ivanhoe Wines at 4.30pm and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen at 4.45pm.

You will need to show the driver a valid ticket for a Pokolbin Pride 2017 event to use the bus service.

Buses will be provided based on the number of guests booked at the campsite for Pokolbin Pride.

Buses will only stop at Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and Peterson House. Anyone deemed unfit for travel will be refused by the driver. Please behave and let us make this a part of of every Pokolbin Pride in the future.

Please book your camping now, book your tickets now and let us make your Pokolbin Pride experience a fabulous one.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Aurizon and their generous donation.

See you next month at Pokolbin Pride.

Matty & Jimmy Kerr xxx

Yes, Yes, Yes

Here’s my 5c worth after some very deep thought and Google research along with illegally marrying my darling husband last December. These are the views of Jimmy Kerr personally a Founder of Pokolbin Pride and no one else.

  • 1 in 5 straight people get married more than once.
  • 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce.

Less straight people got married in 2015 than in 2014 (the last accurate numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

11% and growing; the proportion of marriages that are second marriages for both parties.

More than 70% of marriages are overseen by a Civil Celebrant rather than a Priest or religious celebrant. Marriage is no longer a Christian or religious property by any stretch of the imagination.

Dissecting the statistics one time, life long marriage between a Christian man and a woman accounts for less than 10% of all new marriages.

Marriage as an solid social, let alone Christian, institution is pretty much non-existent in our society.

The LGBTIQ community includes 46,800 same-sex couples according to the 2016 census results. Many of whom who have been in hidden stable relationships for a lot longer than their straight counterparts.

Allowing these relationships to be included in Marriage statistics by extending the right to marry would go a long to immediately ‘save’ the institution of Marriage from a statistical perspective.

11% of the Australian population identify as LGBTIQ allowing us the right to get married opens up the institution to about two million potential new customers.

Let’s give everyone the chance to screw it up even further.

Or perhaps, just perhaps let’s give 11% of adults the opportunity to give marriage another chance at success and reinvigorate for generations to come.

Vote Yes. 

Because a no vote is a not just inhumane judgement on 11% of the population similar to racism or sexism in the last century: a No vote is a vote of no confidence in the institution of marriage as viable vehicle for our social structures in the future.

Facts for this opinion from;