Info – Let Them Eat Cake NYD 2020



Tinged with memories of New Years past, peer through the trees of our familiar playground and witness the kaleidoscopic riches that await. Let Them Eat Cake beckons, and for our eighth year, we’re changing pace. Whether you’ve twirled past years memories away with us, or you’re a new arrival curiously discovering the pleasures that await, Let Them Eat Cake relishes you.

Whatever your palate, pleasures or preferred apparel, you’re welcome amongst our gardens, and we invite you to divulge your secrets with us. Around every corner you’ll find a treasure, something we’ve put together purely for you.

• Date New Years Day 1st January, 2020
• Time 11:00am – 10:00pm
• Location Werribee Park Mansion Grounds


This is a licensed event
Strictly Over 18’s only
Photo ID required
No glass at all allowed onsite
No alcohol or drugs permitted
No violence will be tolerated
No weapons are permitted
No pass-outs
Bad attitudes will not be condoned
No professional recording devices of any kind are permitted
You may be filmed at this event for broadcasting
Keep a close eye on your friends
Drink lots of water and pace yourself
Familiarise yourself with First Aid locations
Come prepared for forecasted weather and more (it’s Melbourne)
All bags will be searched upon entry
Everyone’s enjoyment of the grounds are dependant on your behaviour, please respect it and don't ruin it up for everyone else
Don’t climb on the trees and stay out of the garden beds, you will be evicted if caught doing either
Swimming in the ponds are strictly prohibited
Anyone found in unauthorised areas of the event will be evicted
The hotel area is only accessible for staff and guests
Please don’t litter and use the rubbish bins, that is why they are there
Doors close at 10.00pm.

We have tried to cover all options to make your transit to and from our special NYD world as easy as possible. You can take the train, grab a rideshare with friends or drive yourself.

Werribee Park is located 35 kilometres west of Melbourne's city centre, on the Princes Freeway. It is a 30-minute drive from the city over the Westgate Bridge or via the Geelong Road. Take the Werribee South exit to K Road (Take the 2nd Werribee exit - follow sign to Werribee Mansion). Traffic marshals will direct you to car parking from the Werribee South freeway exit on the day.

Trains run to Werribee Station from Flinders Street Station. At Werribee Station you will be met by a bus to take you to the event – it is not possible to walk. Return tickets from Werribee Station are available via Buy Tickets link.

Transfer buses will operate from 11am to 3pm meeting every train. Return transfer buses from the venue to Weribee station will run from 8pm till the final train. A more limited transfer bus schedule will run to cover all trains in between these times. Please note: It is not possible to walk from Werribee Station to event. Werribee train timetable Shuttle buses will be departing between Werribee Station and the Festival Site on a regular basis until the end of the festival. First in first served. Make sure to prebook your ticket and have them ready to ensure a speedy departure. Please take note of where the pick up and drop off points are to avoid confusion when departing the festival.

If you choose to drive to the festival and wish to park your car onsite - you must purchase a car pass. Cars with three or more passengers park for free, no pass needed!

If you decide to organise a Private Bus or Party Bus to the festival - you must purchase a Large Vehicle Pass. Your bus will be directed to the Private Bus Park and upon entry, make sure to present your ticket or give it to your bus driver.

If you choose to ride share to the festival, please make sure to familiarise yourself with the pick up and drop off zones. Ubers and taxis will be picking up from this area. You can find these on the festival map.

Buses will now be departing from, and returning to ***SOUTHERN CROSS STATION***. Please head to the BUS TERMINAL and find bays 55-58. There you will find Melbourne On The Move staff to check your tickets, please have them ready. The MOTM staff will also indicate which bus to board, please note your bus number DOES NOT represent which bus you get on, so if you’d like to ride with your friends be sure to arrive with them.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time to avoid missing your bus, it will not wait for you. NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED ON BUSES. When departing the festival, make sure to RETURN to the PRIVATE PARKING/LTEC Charter BUS area which is indicated on the Festival Map.

NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED ON BUSES. Travelling from Let Them Eat Cake to Southern Cross Station. When departing the festival, make sure to RETURN to the PRIVATE PARKING/LTEC CHARTER BUS area which is indicated on the Festival Map.

The exquisite 60-room Italianate Mansion and its 10 hectare of magnificent gardens built at Werribee Park from 1874 to 1877 is a testament to the successful partnership between Scottish squatters Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. The pioneering brothers were a driving force behind early settlement in this region, all of which evolved from humble beginnings.

Thomas Chirnside left his homeland of Scotland in 1838 with a few hundred pounds in his pocket, a bible and dreams of a new life in an emerging country. As an enterprising individual Thomas invested largely in stock and land. His younger brother Andrew joined this venture in 1841 and the brothers set about building a lucrative pastoral empire.

With business progressing well Thomas returned to Scotland in 1845 where he fell in love with his first cousin Mary Begbie and asked for her hand in marriage. Her parents did not approve so he returned to Australia alone. With Thomas safely back, Andrew finalised plans for his trip home. But before leaving his older brother asked a favour – to bring Mary back to Australia any way he could.

Andrew returned in 1852, accompanied by Mary as his wife. Thomas never married. Thomas wanted Mary to reside in a home and grounds of stature and serenity unrivalled in Victoria, so he and Andrew he set about building the mansion, which was at the time, also an opportunity to showcase their successful venture to the world. Using the finest materials the Mansion was built in three years for Andrew and Mary Chirnside and their three children, they were joined by Thomas for his last few years.

In keeping with the theme of their elaborate Mansion, Thomas and Andrew Chirnside created an equally stunning garden in a distinctly European style. Like many notable early settlers the Chirnsides were members of the Acclimatisation Society, an organisation that introduced several European flora and fauna species to the Australian landscape. As a result the ten hectares of manicured landscape contain a variety of exotic species combined with Australian natives. The specific designer of the garden is unknown; however it is often credited to W.R. Guilfoyle, Curator of the Melbourne Botanical Gardens from 1879 to 1909.

The majestic gardens feature a colourful parterre, ornamental lake and grotto, glasshouses, heritage-listed trees and expansive lawns Thomas and Andrew passed away within three years of each other, in 1887 and 1890 respectively. Andrew left Werribee Park to his two youngest sons George and John Percy with a proviso that Mary maintain residency in the Mansion for her remaining days. Mary died from a terrible accident in 1908. Her hair caught alight from a bedside candle and tragically she did not recover.

Chirnside ownership of Werribee Park ended in 1922 and changed hands many times until the Victorian Government acquired Werribee Park from the Catholic Church in 1973 and commenced work to progressively restore the Mansion and remaining 400 hectares of land to its former glory.

Once again, Let Them Eat Cake are joining forces with their friends at Treecreds to assist in delivering a more environmentally conscious and sustainable event. For over 5 years, Treecreds have remained dedicated to saving threatened forests, providing an environmental impact consultancy and buying and retiring carbon credit derived from forestry related projects.

As a first step in taking responsibility for event emissions, last year Let Them Eat Cake invested in 22 carbon credits (22 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions) derived from the Tasmanian Forest Protection Projects. This project is not only important in directly saving bushland but has multiple co-benefits including preserving habitat and biodiversity, such as the endangered Tasmanian devil.

This year, Treecreds will again provide a support role to the Festival with a view to decreasing the overall carbon footprint of the event. This will include a carbon offset car-pass program where 10% of all monies collected for car-parking facilities will be donated to Treecreds for investment in the Tasmanian project.

Other environmental initiatives Let Them Eat Cake is adopting this year are:

Full recycling done onsite

All food and beverage containers to be compostable or recyclable

One sound system to be fully solar powered

Cafe posters and flyers printed on 100% recycled paper


Let Them Eat Cake Festival 2019 (the “Festival”) is operated and promoted by NYD Festival Pty Ltd (ACN 159 727 223) (the “Promoter”) to be held at Werribee Park, Victoria (the “Festival Site”) on New Years Day 2019.

By purchasing a ticket to the Festival or otherwise being granted entry by the Promoter to the Festival, you agree to be legally bound by the following terms and conditions (as amended from time to time). The Promoter may alter or change the Terms and Conditions at any time, by posting changes on



Tickets are sold or otherwise provided to you for personal use only. If your ticket is found to be cancelled, damaged or defaced in any way and /or has not been purchased through an authorised ticketing agent you may be refused entry to the Festival. Receipts for purchase of your ticket are not a valid substitute for your ticket. The Festival is strictly an 18+ event. You must present your photographic ID to obtain entry to the Festival Site and carry it on you at all times during the Festival.


All tickets sales are final and binding. The Promoter will not replace lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen tickets. The Promoter will not be required to refund any ticket purchases whatsoever.

The Promoter, in its sole discretion, may make changes or alterations to the Festival without notice, including without limitation changes to the artist line-up, artist performance times, stages, amenities or any other Festival facility or attraction (jointly “Facilities and Attractions”).

The Promoter reserves its right to cancel the Festival at any time due to a Force Majeure Event, which in the Promoter’s sole discretion makes it logistically impossible to continue to operate the Festival. “Force Majeure Event” shall mean anything outside the Promoter’s reasonable control, including without limitation, fire, bad weather, damage to Festival Site caused by bad weather, rain, flood, drought, storm, lightning, act of god, explosion, sabotage, accident, labour dispute, council or police rulings or war.

Ticket refunds are only available if the Promoter cancels the Festival entirely.Booking Fees are not refundable. The Promoter shall not be required to provide ticket refunds (in whole or in part) or other compensation to ticket holders if the Facilities and Attractions are changed or due to poor weather prior to, during or after the Festival.

If you can no longer attend LTEC and wish to resell your ticket, please do so via our official resale platform Tixel via this link →


The words “Let Them Eat Cake Festival” and associated trademarks, the Let Them Eat Cake Festival logo, artwork, photographs, videos and other material created to promote the festival are exclusively owned by the Promoter (“Festival IP”). Festival IP cannot be used without the prior written consent of the presenter.

No video or audio recordings at the Festival are permitted. You may take photographs with still cameras however such images may only be used for private, non-commercial purposes and must not be publicly displayed. If you wish to use a professional camera or video recorder, you must seek the prior consent of the Promoter.

You acknowledge that the Promoter and authorised third parties will be taking photos, videos and other recordings of the Festival. By entering the Festival Site, you voluntarily and irrevocably consent to photos, videos and other recordings being taken of you by a photographer and/or videographer employed, engaged, or otherwise approved by the Promoter (“Official Recordings”).

You acknowledge that the Promoter shall exclusively own and control all rights (including copyright) in the Official Recordings and you hereby assign to the Promoter all present and future rights in the entire copyright (and all other present and future rights including rights as a performer) throughout the world in all media in perpetuity. You hereby grant the Promoter (and its licensees or representatives), the right to use and exploit the Official Recordings in the Promoter’s absolute discretion throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.


The Promoter fully reserves the right to refuse any ticket Holder entry to the Festival Site if the Promoter in its sole discretion believes that the ticket Holder would be a potential threat to security or the smooth running of the Festival. In the event a ticket Holder is refused entry to the Festival pursuant to this clause, that ticket Holder shall not in any circumstance be entitled to a ticket refund.

There will be no pass outs at the Festival. Once you have exited the Festival Site you will not be allowed to re-enter.

Ticket Holders must wear a wristband at all times during the Festival. If you are caught without a wristband, you will be removed from the Festival Site.

It is a condition of entry to the Festival that all ticket holders must allow Festival staff to search their clothes, bags and other possessions prior to entering the Festival Site. If you fail to do so, you may not be admitted entry to the Festival. If you are collecting tickets at the Festival gate, you must provide Festival staff with valid photographic identification. If you fail to do so, you may not be admitted entry to the Festival.


You will follow all directions of Festival staff at all times during the Festival.

Community standards of behaviour are expected at all times during the commute to the Festival, during the Festival and during the commute home from the Festival.

The Promoter reserves the right to evict any ticket Holder who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions hereunder.


You are not permitted to bring to the Festival any illegal, dangerous or hazardous materials or anything that could potentially cause harm to the Festival Site or others.

The possession, sale or use of illegal drugs or illicit substances is strictly prohibited, any ticket holder found with such substances in their possession will be refused entry, removed from the Festival Site and/or reported to local authorities.


You must not cause damage to, improperly use, remove, steal or tamper with any public facility, Festival infrastructure (“Festival Property”) or cause any damage to the Festival Site’s neighbouring properties and local communities. You agree that you shall be held fully liable for any loss or damage to Festival Property or other damage caused by your act or omission.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Promoter does not accept liability of any nature for the acts, omissions or default of the Promoter or of any third parties providing services in connection with the Festival or any liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay or additional expenses which may be incurred by you at or in association with the Festival.

The Promoter will not be held responsible whatsoever for any loss or damage to any property (including without limitation personal property such as bags, money or other personal items) brought to or purchased at the Festival.

The Promoter does not accept liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay or additional expenses, which may be incurred by you as a result of a Force Majeure Event or cancellation of the Festival due to a Force Majeure Event.

You agree to indemnify and hold the Promoter, its officers, directors, shareholders, successors in interest, employees, agents, subsidiaries and affiliates, harmless from any demands, loss, liability, claims or expenses (including legal fees) made against the Promoter or by any third party due to or arising out of your attendance at the Festival or any breach by you of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

You agree to hold the Promoter, its officers, directors, shareholders, successors in interest, employees, agents, subsidiaries and affiliates, harmless from any and all liability for all demands, loss, liability, claims or expenses (including legal fees) incurred by you or caused to third parties by you, arising out of your attendance at the Festival or any breach by your of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

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