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Plan your Trip

Drive to Kandos, but stay over

Kandos is a pleasant 3½ hours drive from Sydney via the Blue Mountains. Not impossible for a day trip, but once you get here you’ll want to stay. We strongly recommend at least one night for the full Cementa experience. Over the 4 days and nights we’re presenting works from more than 40 artists – many including performance – and evening events are some of the most popular festival highlights. If you find that accommodation is booked out in Kandos and Rylstone, we recommend looking at Mudgee which is only 40 minutes away and offers its own attractions like wineries and fine dining.

To plan your journey, use the NSW Trip Planner or call Transport Info on 131500.

For more information about transport and ticketing,
visit Transport Info

  • Train - For the latest train timetables please visit NSW Trip Planner

  • Cab, Car, Carpool, Bus

Where to stay?


Vist for information about camping, self-contained, B&B, AirBNB, hotels and motels in Kandos and nearby Rylstone (10 mins drive) – as well as information about where to eat, drink and sample some local wine. WARNING:  Book now!  Beds in Kandos and Rylstone book out very quickly. Other accommodation options around the greater region include pubs, hotels and motels in Lithgow, Capertee and Mudgee.

Usually we would advise you to camp at Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) in nearby  Wollemi National Park  is a great camping and swimming spot. Sadly, Ganguddy will be closed for upkeep during the festival :(

You can camp closer to Kandos, check out Milo Downs  and camping is also available at Rylstone Caravan Park– book early.



Cementa is a unique, regionally situated, socially-engaged, artist-led organisation dedicated to cultivating contemporary art in our regional context. Our annual program of residencies and special projects culminates in our major production, Cementa Festival. Our biennial festival of contemporary art brings together over 40 regional and urban artists for a four-day celebration of Australian contemporary art and the small town that hosts it. This is done through the exhibition of video, installation, sound, performance and 2D/3D artworks in venues and locations across the town and surrounds. Venues include shopfronts, vacant lots, the scout hall, local museum and community centre, the golf course, front yards and public parks. Taking its regional situation as its focus, Cementa celebrates the rich diversity of voices that can be heard within our contemporary arts communities. 


Stay COVID Safe during your trip to the region

Cementa is working closely with and following all NSW Health guidelines and advice.

Please follow COVID-safe practices when attending Festival events and stay home if you are feeling unwell.

All performances will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice.

Make sure to check and follow all venue entry requirements in place at the time of your visit.

Let’s stay safe together. 

Make sure to check and follow all venue entry requirements in place at the time of your visit. 

Please stay home if you are unwell, have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or any other flu-like symptoms.


Service NSW check-in

In line with current NSW Public Health regulations, check in using the Service NSW QR code.


Wear a mask if you are unable to socially distance. Patrons 12 years and over are required to wear a mask at all ticketed events (unless medically exempt). 


Keep your distance between yourself and other people where possible, avoiding close contact with people you do not live with.


Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitiser is available at all venues and we encourage its use.



Alex Wisser

Cementa Inc. acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the Traditional Custodians of the Country upon which we live, learn and work. We honour their Ancestors and pay our deepest respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

festival sponsors

Cementa is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.