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Dashville Christmas Party is BACK, baby! and we're making a WEEKENDER out of it..

The last few years of lockdowns have certainly reminded us of the importance of a good quality catch up with friends and family.

And Dashville is no stranger to a good quality catch up! So whilst it's been a bit tricky to plan ahead the last few years, for the Dashville team, it was fairly rudemantary that we provide a simple option for our community to be able to connect and unwind after what is always a busy year!

So let us help take the stress out of the obligatory Christmas gathering or family portrait by creating the perfect option for a group catch up, with a weekend long offering, full of fun times, live music, markets, portraits and picnic vibes aplenty.


  • If you're a marketstall person. Head here to register interest for hosting a stall.


  • If you have enough quality junk to fill a car boot you might be interested in purchasing a Saturday car boot option via the ticketing page, which is a measly $30... think of the things you could offload!.


Friday night it kicks off with a ticketed concert and camping (to be announced), however Saturday is the main day, which is free entry for day trippers.

The Saturday will include a selection of market stalls and car boot vendors for xmas shopping, whilst waiting for your allotted portrait time. Santa will be there, in or out of your photo, along with plenty of space and activities for kids and if your pooch can handle the heat, they are welcome too, on a lead.

Dashville's legendary Bird Bath bar will be open. You can choose to pre-order one of the picnic hamper options on the ticketing page or feel free to rock up as Dashville will be operating an all day menu via Ruby's Cafe and Pizzeria.

Of course all this is accompanied by our speciality occupation of live music, rolling into the Saturday evening, so it's likely you'll want to take up the overnight camping option.


Of course there will be no issue with finding a park. You won't have to walk very far, there will be no line ups, entry is free, you can let the kids run about and if anybody was wondering, we serve beer, so...

Dashville’s your new spot for a family Christmas photo!

Grab a two night camping pass and make a weekend of it!

For those interested in family portraits, once you know what your plans are, we ask people to register a time slot, photo packages start from $15. Spots do fill up so we encourage you to book well in advance.

All sounds like bliss in comparison to hitting the multi-story concrete jungle, well in our opinion...

Scroll down for FAQs. Feel free to hit us via email for any additional questions. mail@dashville.com.au

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Package 1.  $15 = 1 x digital file*

Package 2.  $25 = 1 x A4 print

Package 3.  $65 = 3 x A4 print

Package 4.  $45 = 1 x A4 print & 2 x A5 print

Package 5. $45 = 4 x A5 print

All print packages include a high res digital file along with your prints.


A5 (148 x 210mm)
A4 (210 x 297mm)

*Digital file - 72dpi, suitable for web, socials etc.

Photos will be printed and ready to pick up by Friday 18th Dec
Alternatively, you can have your photos mailed to you for an additional $10.
Digital files will be emailed to you by Friday 18th Dec...maybe earlier if we pump the elves full of coffee!


All images are printed by award winning landscape photographer and fine art printer Shannon Hartigan at his Newcastle gallery. Paper used is a professional quality Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl. It has a classic pearl surface with considerable sparkle that has beautiful photographic results and is the most popular inkjet paper in the world! Check out his work at www.shannonhartigan.com.au


Photos are taken by photographer Kate Atkinson who was the recipient of the coveted People's Choice Award in The National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2019.  You can check out her work at www.kateatkinson.com.au

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Pre-order your picnic hamper from a selection of delicious options below... Or order and pay on the day!



How much is our family portrait and what do we receive?
There's a few different options to select from, the base rate is $15 for a digital image. All the options are listed on the ticketing page here . You have the option to pick them up from Pixel Pro in Newcastle, Hunter St Mall from the 18th December, or you can have them delivered in the post around the same time ready for Christmas.

Is this a COVIDSafe event?
Yes, of course. Dashville is a COVID Safe venue and we've held many events since COVID came into our lives. With so much room for activities we can socially distance really well on Dashville’s bushland property and we'll have all appropriate restrictions and sanitisation in place.

Can we BYO picnic?
Yes, you can. There will be food available at Swoop Inn if you’d like to purchase picnic style food and dinner on the day. No BYO alcohol and no glass.

Can we bring our dog?
Sure can! Please keep them on a leash at all times and supervised. If your dog isn’t well behaved, we’d appreciate it if you left them at home.

Can we camp?
Yep. Book your camp site through the above ticket button.

Will Santa be stopping by?
He’s pretty busy, but we’re hopeful he’ll stop in! We have a beautiful Dashy Christmas set ready to go either way.

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Please contact the Dashville office for any event related enquiries mail@dashville.com.au