In 2015 we have moved to barcode ticketing system – see our Tuff-e-Ticket Frequently Asked Questions if you have any concerns. Due to great success, Tuff-e-tickets is back in 2017.
- Why Have my tickets not arrived?
- Why are you having Police on site?
- What activities are there for my kids to do?
- What restrictions are there in place?
- What are the camping areas like?
- I only want to camp on Saturday Night, what ticket do I need?
- Can I get my 2WD car into the camping/event grounds?
- Can I bring my caravan/camper trailer?
- Can I reserve a camping spot for my mates?
- We come from QLD; can we camp on the Sunday night?
- What happens if we get to Tuff Truck Thursday night? Can we line up then?
- What does the entry fee to Tuff Truck include?
- Are there showers available?
- How close from the campsites, are the competition stages?
- Can you clarify your No Glass rule?
- We have a group of people coming to Tuff Truck but we are all going to be arriving at different times, can I rope off an area big enough for my group?
- Can we come and set up our campsite earlier than the opening time Friday?
- Is there any phone reception at the event site?
- Can we have fires? If so, is firewood available?
- When can we start lining up at the entry gate?
- My friend is disabled & wheelchair bound, what facilities/services are there provided?
- What time does the competition finish on Sunday?
- Is there any catering for spectators during the event?
- My husband is dragging me along to Tuff Truck, is there anything else I can do besides staying and watching the competition?
- I have heard that unless you bought weekend tickets online, you can’t stay for the weekend. Is this right?
- Why did you put the entry fee up?
- Can I bring my own generator?
- Can I take photos & video of the action?
- What else is there for my wife and kids to do at night if they don’t want to watch the mud event?
- Do you have a child minding service during the event?
All spectator tickets will start being emailed on the 20th March 2017. If it’s less than 7 days before the event, and you still don’t have your tickets, please read Tuff-e-Ticket Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.
A. It is a Government requirement. During the event, the land is public and Police can enforce the same rules on the as they can off site. Police also make people feel safer and can enjoy themselves more.
A. We have lots of activities for kids of all ages! There are the Drawing Competitions from ages 2 -16yrs, Tuff Truck Lolly Guessing Competition, Mini Tuff Trucks (Remote Control car Tracks to test) and we also have Face Painters, temporary tattooists and amusement rides – Bungee Trampoline, Rock wall, and mini jumping castle, drawing competition, lolly guessing competition. NOTE: All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. There is a small one time fee for use of all amusements.
A. Alcohol Restrictions Apply:
If you are arriving on Friday, a Maximum of ‘ONE’ of the following is permissible per adult 18+yrs, 30 Cans of Beer (375ml), 30 Cans Mixed Spirits (375ml), 4L cask of wine or 1L Spirit Bottle (bourbon, whiskey, rum, vodka, etc).
If you are arriving on Saturday after 1am, a Maximum of ‘ONE’ of the following is permissible per adult 18+yrs, 24 Cans of Beer (375ml), 24 Cans Mixed Spirits (375ml), 2L of wine or 750ml Spirit Bottle (bourbon, whiskey, rum, vodka, etc).
NOTE: all liquid in glass bottles must be transferred into plastic.
Any excess alcohol will be have to be surrendered at the gate. We will not be responsible for the return of any surrendered alcohol. We reserve the right to refuse entry of any person wishing to abuse these restrictions.
Don’t get any smart ideas thinking that you will be allowed to exit the grounds to return with more alcohol, we will have security on the exit gate monitoring all vehicle movements.
Quad Bikes (as well as modified & motorised ride-on mowers, esky’s, benches, seats etc: these vehicles will NOT be permitted at Tuff Truck for use by spectators. Please do not bring them. They will be confiscated by Tuff Truck Officials, Security Staff or Police if found in use. This is in the interest of your safety and other patrons whilst at the event. People who use the assistance of a wheelchair, manual or motorised and would like our assistance into the competition stages area, please contact Site Manager Shauna Antunac firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange easier options for you. Please note that only Event Officials and Security Personnel will be riding around on quad bikes to get to all areas of event site.
Glass: Tuff Truck is strictly a NO GLASS EVENT. This means for everything. This is not our rule but insisted upon by the property owners. Police and Security officials hired by Tuff Truck Management will be searching each and every vehicle coming into the Tuff Truck event site – any glass bottles/containers found will be confiscated. The property is normally a working farm, and has cattle roaming over the site and thus glass can and does cause major issues for these animals. Please leave the site clean.
Pets: There is a strict no pets policy (especially dogs). The property owners are extremely strict on pets and will NOT allow any pets on the property. Their own animals are extremely territorial and we want insure that there are no incidents between farm animals and patrons pet/s. We have to respect property owner’s wishes.
Firearms, Fireworks etc: Absolutely, positively prohibited. DO NOT BRING THEM. You could face some serious charges by police if found. Enjoy the professional fireworks on Saturday night’s Mud Rats Revenge.
Vehicle Movement: No vehicles are to be moved unless entering or leaving the property. No excuses. Remember that if you have been drinking alcohol and get in your car to drive, Police will have full power to charge you for DUI. Don’t Do It!
*Anyone found to be breaking any of the event rules; you will be escorted and evicted from the event or possibly arrested by Police.
A. The camping areas for both Family and General are basic bush camp grounds. The camping areas are flat, grass & tree-lined with some spots having a gentle slope. All camp sites have no power, so if you need power please supply your own, but please be considerate of your temporary neighbours with regards to site access and noise.
You still need a full weekend pass.
A. Yes, absolutely. You will have no problems (and there are plenty of 4x4s to help you if you get stuck :-).
A. Yes. All we ask is that you take up as less space as possible, we do need to fit everyone in.
No you can’t. Try to arrive together.
A. No. The Events Local Council Approval does not allow spectators to camp the Sunday night. In the future we are working on a solution to allow this to happen.
A. Our strong recommendation is to arrive no earlier than 6am Friday. Alternatively, you could stay at the camping ground at MacNamara Park, Broke (approx 10 mins from Tuff Truck site).
It is located on the corner of Paynes Crossing Road and Milbrodale Rd. It has toilet facilities and is free to camp. Also, the Grey Gum Cafe along the Putty Road allows for extended camping for Tuff Truck visitors.
If you arrived earlier, expect to sit in your vehicle lined up onsite until the gates open.
If you have a Premium Camping Pass, you have no reason to arrive early as you are guaranteed a spot in your selected area.
Please respect the event site neighbours and locals and DO NOT CAMP OR LITTER THEIR LAWNS. Doing so puts council approval of the event in jeopardy.
A. With your entry for the weekend, you get 2 nights camping in our bush camp grounds. Each camp site is mostly flat grassy tree-lined with easy access for all vehicle types. We provide portable toilet and shower facilities (subject to pre-purchase and availability) and have disabled toilets as well. We provide two camping areas, one for Families needing an earlier night and morning, and a General camping for those who like to party late and sleep later. In 2017 we also have Premium Camping. Then of course you get to experience the unique atmosphere that is Tuff Truck. You get to witness the amazing driving and navigating of our competing teams, the thrills and spills, the crunching and grinding of these amazing trucks as they work their way through each of the stages trying to be the Best of the Best for the weekend. Also you get access to some of the top industry businesses in the field who will be exhibiting their wares – you may just pick up a bargain or two!
A. Yes. We do have a showers available for sale on our online store. However there are limited numbers, so get in early to avoid disappointment. There is also the possibility, subject to pre-sale numbers, to purchase a shower pass at the gate. There is no guarantee though. If you have purchased a shower pass, we ask that you be sensible as to how many showers you have a day. 2 showers maximum will be permitted per day and please keep them to no more than 5 mins in length of time. The water is supplied by the property owners spring fed dam and as such that water needs to be conserved as much as possible. Please also be aware that the property at the time of event may experience a water shortage, therefore a limit of one shower per person per day may be adhered to.
A. The competition stages are no more than 200 meters from both campsites! However, we do have 2 buses cruising through the event site and camping areas all day picking up and dropping off spectators for your convenience.
A. No Glass Rule is exactly what it means. We are cracking down on everyone from bringing in glass bottles, containers, etc. Not only is it a pain to clean up after being smashed everywhere, it is also a major risk to the farm animals that normally live on the site. We are employing Police and security personnel to search each and every vehicle entering the site during the weekend, for any glass bottles/containers etc. If found, it will be confiscated. We suggest that anything that normally comes in glass, be put into metal or plastic containers. With regard to alcohol, purchase a beer or mixers, etc that come in a cans or again put it into plastic or metal containers. The property owners have insisted that we crack down on the glass issue as they are concerned for farm animal’s welfare after the event.
Q. We have a group of people coming to Tuff Truck but we are all going to be arriving at different times, can I rope off an area big enough for my group?
A. No, Reserving sites for others is not permissible. First in basis.
A. No, besides the ethical reason, our insurance does not allow for spectators to come on to site before the advertised opening time. So not before 6am Friday.
A. Handheld Telstra Next G enabled phones should get fair reception on the site. If you have an external ariel or car kit you can get near full reception with Telstra. Unfortunately other GSM mobiles have very limited to no coverage. There is no public payphone on-site (the nearest is at Broke).
A. Yes you can at this stage. We are under the jurisdiction of the local RFS at Bulga and if they announce a total fire ban at event time, we will try and have it up on this website and our Facebook Page ASAP so that people can come up with alternatives for cooking meals etc. If a Total Fire Ban is in place at event time, then everyone must adhere to this. Fire = arrest by Police. We may and is not guaranteed, have firewood near the front gate and it is first in best dressed. The use of explosive devices, gas bottles/canisters etc on fires will result in immediate eviction from event site and possible arrest by Police.
A. You may start to line up at the front entry gate (marquee) from 6am Friday AEST. People will be turned away if you try and turn up any earlier.
A. We have basic facilities for disabled/wheelchair bound people such as a Disabled toilet. The camping grounds are predominantly flat, so camping shouldn’t be an issue as long as care is taken. We also have courtesy buses travelling around the site which people can use if able. Around the stages area can be tricky for a wheelchair if there hasn’t been much rain fall before the event, therefore we do allow motorised scooters only for this purpose (but only if organised with Site Managers beforehand). We do have other arrangements in place if you would like to contact the Site Managers Shauna Antunac – email@example.com directly for alternatives.
A. The competition usually finishes up around 4- 5pm on the Sunday and then not too long after we run Presentation of event winners. Everyone is more than welcome to stay and applaud the winners. Once presentation is over and finished ALL spectators must vacate the event site.
A. There are a variety of event vendors selling items typical of your country show (chips, pies, hamburgers, ice creams, etc.). We also have a coffee cart.
You are welcome to bring your own supplies for the Day or the whole Weekend.
Q. My husband is dragging me along to Tuff Truck, is there anything else I can do besides staying and watching the competition?
A. Absolutely there is!! There is heaps to keep you occupied, you just might need to wrestle the keys to the rig from the boss and do a bit of exploring.
Some options include:
- Visit a local winery, and sample some of the Hunter’s best there is to offer – but make sure you have a designated driver, cause you don’t want to over-do it a bit too much and have no way of getting back to the site – the local constabulary WILL be out in force.
- Drive back along Milbrodale Road towards Broke and you will pass the alpaca farm, where you might be able to drop in and have a quick visit. A cross between a sheep and a camel, and not too much smarter either – if you see them after they have been shorn, they look even sillier.
- On the way back, stop in for a coffee and some macadamia’s just before the turn-off to the site and chat to the locals.
- Head into the “big smoke” of Singleton and have a look around – some retail therapy is sure to ease the time.
- While you’re in Singleton, check out the real estate offices – from the drive around the area, you will see it is a great place, and you might just find a nice little hobby farm to call your own.
- A short drive past Broke is Wollombi – famous for its hotel, history, and of course, Dr Jurds Jungle Juice – there are usually markets on Sundays and lots of bric-a-brac shops to wander through.
- Turning left at Broke will take you towards Pokolbin and Cessnock, with the zoo an option, but you also have some more wineries.
- Stay at camp, find a nice shady spot, and open the latest best-selling book and lose yourself.
- The Broke shop does a great light meal and coffee, and you can also stock up on things you may have forgotten.
- Just 6km’s up the road is Bulga, with a well-stocked shop, bottle shop, and of course, the Cockfighter Tavern, set just back from the river – we’ve had the odd cleansing ale there, and can highly recommend it.
- If all else fails, just wander up to the events, and you just might find that you enjoy the spectacle – where else can you see grown adults (men and women) doing stuff you used to do as kids, just with much bigger toys – it will certainly get you smiling.
As you can see, there really is something for everyone, and everyone is sure to enjoy not just the event, but also the surrounding area. For more ideas see the Singleton Tourism website.
We look forward to welcoming you through the front gate for a special weekend.
Q. I have heard that unless you bought weekend tickets online, you can’t stay for the weekend. Is this right?
A. No that’s not quite right, there WILL be weekend passes sold at the gate. We are allowing people to purchase weekend passes at the gate, but the fee will be the same whether you arrive Friday or Saturday. Tickets purchased online before the event are available at a discounted rate. We want to be able to keep up with the times and technology in terms of selling passes to the event, these days you can’t take in a concert unless you have bought the tickets online. Also we are trying to reduce the amount of time people have to line up at the gate – handling cash slows this entry process down.
NOTE: cash only – we do not have EFTPOS due to the rural nature of the event.
A. Due to rising costs of running the event like equipment and facilities hire, increased security & Police and the all important insurance costs having risen dramatically, we unfortunately had to increase the entry fee to Tuff Truck. Please keep in mind that for the past 5 years, the only increase in fees has been $5 for the Weekend pass. For these prices where else can you go for this amount of entertainment with the option of camping available? Four hours of Monster Trucks costs an adult about $50 for more comparisons have a read of Is Tuff Truck good value? We are always looking for ways to make the event even better, so please tell use your ideas.
A. Yes. The event site does not have power for public use. When bringing your own, please be mindful & respectful of your neighbours and switch the generator off at a reasonable hour at night so as not to cause discomfort to those around you.
Yes you can for personal use only. Recordings can not be used commercially in any way, please refer to camera policy.
Q. What else is there for my wife and kids to do at night if they don’t want to watch the mud event?
A. We are have fantastic music entertainment from a local band – classics as well as modern day music. The music will be rocking from 8pm to 12am Sat for all to enjoy.
A. No. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied and/or supervised by a responsible adult at all times. This also includes the Kids Activities area. We can not and will not be a ‘Dump n Run’ nor are we legally able to ‘look after’ your child/ren. We also will not be held responsible for any injuries/hurts etc that may befall your child/ren whilst in Kids Activities area or using any equipment provided. Parents must know where their children are at all times. We recommend that when you get to the event that you work out a suitable meeting place should you and your children become separated during the weekend. Eg. whilst in ‘stages’ area, you can make your meeting point beside the Kids Tent (they can also alert the Kids Tent officials that they are missing their parents), or if they are older and more responsible, have them meet you back at camp etc. We also recommend that you give your children their own CB/UHF radio on an agreed channel for the weekend; you can keep track of them that way as well. For the little ones, write your surname and vehicle rego on their arm or you can purchase from some department stores, special kids tags that you put around their wrists in case of them being lost. Or if they are too frightened to approach an official looking adult, have them approach a Police officer working at the event.
Note: Should you have any more questions that are not listed or covered here please email them to Shauna Antunac – Site Manager firstname.lastname@example.org and she will answer as best she can.