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.


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

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

Pokolbin Pride 20th – 22nd October 2017

It’s official the line-up for Pokolbin Pride 2017 is here

We’ve just got information that there is a concert at Hope Estate on the same weekend as Pokolbin Pride… our advice is to book accommodation now to avoid high prices or disappointment.

Here’s the line-up for the festival so far…

Friday 20th October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm – Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Bubbles & Beats Welcome Party – Peterson House

Saturday 21st October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm -Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen


Pokolbin Pride Party – Tamburlaine Organic Wines featuring DJ Mason Andrews, Mel & Jade, Daniel Turner and the fabulous Prada’s Priscillas.

Doors Open at 6.30pm with food & DJ – first act at 7.30pm

Sunday 22nd October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm – Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Recovery Party 12pm to 4pm – Ivanhoe Vineyard


  • Community Markets – Draytons Family Wines
  • LGBTI Art Expo – Tamburlaine Organic Wines
  • Exclusive Tastings for Pokolbin Pride at Participating Wineries and Food venues – watch this space
  • Rainbow High Teas at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen from 9am to 4pm

Tickets for the Party and VIP Packages are now available.

#2 October 20-22 2017


It’s time for a teaser about Pokolbin Pride #2…

Singer / Songwriter Daniel Turner & Superstar DJ Mason Andrews
We’ve already locked in Newcastle’s cutest export DJ Mason Andrews and Central Coast local Daniel Turner as talent for the Saturday night party with more Australian acts to follow shortly.

Get in early and book your Hunter Valley accommodation early.. year one saw more than 600 people visit the festival and numbers are set to rise!

We’ve listened to the feedback and will be keeping the official events for year two consolidated over three days – here’s the beginnings of the festival calendar;

  • Friday 20th October – Welcome Dinner at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen 7pm
  • Saturday 21st October – Pokolbin Pride Party from 6pm
  • Sunday 22nd October – Recovery Party 12-4pm
  • Sunday 22nd October – Closing Reception 5pm – 7.30pm

You can expect more event announcements and early bird ticket sales to start in the new year.

For now have a dazzling Christmas and a glitzy New Year

Much love

Matty & Jimmy Kerr