A free public performance in Victoria

Ballet Under the Stars


Good news! Tonight’s Ballet Under the Stars event will go ahead as planned.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast indicates that the weather will keep improving throughout the day. However, the ground will be damp and it will be chilly, so do make sure you’re rugged up to enjoy all the emotion and atmosphere of Giselle al fresco.
There’ll be hot food and beverages available to keep you toasty. There’s lots of available parking and activities start at 5pm. Walk-ups are welcome to this FREE event.



This year, our popular free outdoor performance Ballet Under the Stars is coming to Regional Victoria, thanks to the Victorian State Government. The performance will be at Lardner Park in the beautiful Latrobe Valley.

We will be performing a full-length production of the much-loved classic Giselle.

First love, betrayal, heartache and forgiveness… Giselle is a timeless love story with a supernatural edge.

Bring your family and friends, ensure you've pre-ordered your Taste of Gippsland gourmet hamper and enjoy the beautiful Latrobe Valley surrounds while experiencing breathtaking dancing and flowing white tutus.


When the music started, 1,000’s of people spontaneously fell silent and were transported to another place through dance.

Ballet Under the Stars 2016 audience member

Balletomanes, ballet novices and tiny dancers – everyone can enjoy Ballet Under the Stars

Photography Ally Deacon, Wendell Teodoro and Kate Longley.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions, please contact our friendly customer experience team on 1300 369 741 or send us a message

  • Food & Beverage Options

    Smoked salmon with Tarago brie, spanish onion, baby spinach and dill aioli - $15 
    Rare Gippsland beef with seeded mustard, sliced tomato, cos lettuce and Maffra cheddar - $15
    Chicken Caesar with all its yummy trimmings including bacon, Gippsland parmigiana and free-range Gippsland egg finished with a creamy Caesar dressing - $15 
    Mixed roasted vegetable – selection of local in season roasted vegetables with pesto aioli - $15
    Mediterranean pasta salad - $14 
    Quinoa salad with roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, roast pumpkin and baby spinach - $14
    Fresh fruit salad - $10
    Assorted potato chips - $4 
    Assorted chocolate bars - $4 
    Assorted soft drinks cans - $4
    Bottled water - $4 

    Battered flathead tails and chips with tartare and lemon - $16
    Crumbed calamari rings and chips with tartare and lemon - $16 
    Bucket of chips - $7
    Kids fish bites and chips - $15
    Kids nuggets and chips - $15
    Assorted soft drinks cans - $4
    Bottled water - $4

    Gippsland beef brisket burger with baby cos lettuce, sliced cheddar and smoky BBQ sauce - $17
    Grilled Bratwurst with Caramelized Onion and grated Gippsland cheddar - $17
    Korean fried chicken burger with coleslaw and chipotle sauce - $17
    Assorted soft drinks cans - $4
    Bottled water - $4

    Wine (Blue Gables sauvignon blanc, Blue Gables pinot gris, Jane Eyre pinot noir ) - Bottle $40 | Glass $10
    Sparkling (Gippsland Wine Company) - Bottle $45 | Glass $11
    Beer & cider -  $10
    Assorted soft drinks cans - $4
    Bottled water - $4
    Cappuccino, Latte, flat white, long black, short black - $5
    Tea - $4

    Kiddie scoop - $2.50
    Single scoop - $4.50
    Double scoop - $6.00

  • What time does the event start?

    Gates open at 4pm for a 7.30pm performance and the performance will conclude at approximately 9.30pm.

  • How do I get to Lardner Park?

    Situated 12km from Warragul and just over an hour from Melbourne, Lardner Park is conveniently located and easily accessible from the M1 freeway.

    From Melbourne
    Take the first exit to Warragul and within 1km of the exit turn right onto Lardner’s Track (at the traffic lights).  Follow Lardner’s Track for approximately 14km and then turn right onto Burnt Store Road. Please then enter through GATES #1 or #3. Parking is available on-site. 

    From Gippsland
    Coming from Traralgon, take the first exit to Warragul (hospital exit).  At the end of the exit ramp there is a roundabout, proceed straight through going past the hospital on your left.  Follow Warragul-Lardner Road until you reach a T intersection.  Turn left onto Lardner’s Track.  Follow Lardner’s Track along and then turn right onto Burnt Store Road. Please then enter through GATES #1 or #3. Parking is available on-site. 

    Taxi or UBER
    Ask your driver to drop you off at Gate 1 at Lardner Park, or as directed by Traffic Management on site.

  • Will there be pre-show entertainment?

    Yes! ARIA Award winning musician Megan Washington and Senior Artist from The Australian Ballet Jarryd Madden will MC the event, and lead the audience through an afternoon of entertainment commencing at 5pm. This will include Q&As with stars of the ballet, dancers’ class on-stage and autograph signing opportunities. Children will also have the unique opportunity to take class with dancers from The Australian Ballet, led by a member of the artistic team.

    Gourmet food stalls showcasing the best produce from across the Gippsland region will also be available.

  • What about food and drinks?

    We have curated a selection of the very best of Gippsland produce to provide audiences with a choice of delicious local cheeses, meats, wines and artisanal food products. There will be food stalls to cater to all tastes and ages, as well as a bar serving local boutique wines.

    For a seamless event experience, pre-order a gourmet hamper that will include fresh baguettes (with your choice of fillings), a range of local cheeses, salads and topped off with Baw Baw Organics hazelnut brownies and Gippsland Dairy tiramisu. Order your hamper here.

    You are welcome to bring your own food, however you are not permitted to bring alcohol or packaged and commercial takeaway food. Bringing glass onto the site is strictly prohibited.

  • Can I make Ballet Under the Stars a full weekend experience?

    Ballet Under the Stars is the perfect reason for families, couples and adventurers to visit Gippsland and experience the beauty and charm of this special pocket of Victoria just over one hour from Melbourne.

    With Warragul an easy hub, travel north, south, east or west before the ballet into lush, undulating landscapes, fern forests and historic villages. See stunning rural panoramas on a hinterland drive, sample exquisite regional produce at cafes, wineries and farmers markets, venture into national parks for scenic walks and waterfalls, and tiny towns for antiques, vintage train rides and a taste of gold rush history.

    Visit Victoria have curated three itineraries for the best ‘eat, stay, play’ the region has to offer.

    Gippsland family escape
    Bookend your ballet experience with a weekend of family-friendly fun in West Gippsland.

    Gippsland getaway
    Indulge in a weekend of culture, nature-based activities and excellent food when you come for the ballet.

    Day trip to the ballet
    There’s plenty to see, sample and do before the show. Take your pick, then head north, east or south of Lardner Park.

  • What happens if it’s a rainy day?

    Ballet Under the Stars is an all-weather outdoor event and will only be cancelled if the weather is hazardous. At this current stage the event will be going ahead. Please note that if the event has to be cancelled due to weather conditions, it will not be rescheduled.

  • What are the seating arrangements?

    Seating is unreserved, so come early to get a good position. You can bring your own picnic blankets, low beach chairs, cushions, blankets and rugs, but nothing too big as people will be sitting behind you and need to see the performance too.

    Accessible seating and parking will be available. Please contact our customer experience team on 1300 369 741 to arrange accessible seating and any other accessibility requirements.

  • Are there any restricted items?

    No audio or visual recording equipment can be brought into the venue. Bag searches will take place at the gates, and prohibited items will be disposed. Glass as well as packaged and commercial takeaway food are not permitted to be brought onto the site.

    No pets or animals are allowed, with the exception of assistance and guide dogs.

  • Conditions of Entry

    Key Conditions

    • Entry to this event is subject to holding a valid ticket.
    • Glass is not permitted to be brought onto the site  including, but not limited to, wine bottles, champagne bottles, drinking vessels and other.  These items will be confiscated prior to entry.
    • There is no swimming at this event. Anyone who enters the water will be removed from the event.
    • Eskies and bags of abnormally large dimensions will not be permitted entry.
    • Prohibited items at the Venue include: marquees/tents, umbrellas, BBQ’s, balls, frisbees, bicycles, skateboards, skates, scooters, laser pens/pointers.
    • The Lardner Park event site is an operating farm in regional Victoria. Please be aware of aspects such as farm fences, livestock and natural wildlife around the properties.
    • The Australian Ballet will be photographing and filming this event and patrons for promotional purposes. Please advise the photographer on the day if you do not want to be photographed.

    General Conditions

    • The Event Security Contractor is entitled to search, pat down and/or bag check visitors to the event when they enter and/or during the event. A person who refuses to undergo such a search, pat down and/or bag check may be prohibited from entering the event, or such a visitor may be immediately removed from the event.
    • For the safety and security of patrons and other Lardner Park occupants, closed circuit television cameras are in use at this venue.
    • In caring for patron safety, we reserve the right to refuse entry to people who are intoxicated and / or disorderly.
    • The Australian Ballet and Lardner Park (or other authorised) personnel may refuse admission and may remove from the venue any person who causes annoyance or inconvenience to other members of the public/patrons.
    • Smoking, including electrical cigarettes (e-cig or e-cigarettes), personal vaporisers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or other battery powered vaporisers are not permitted to be consumed anywhere in the Venue other than in designated smoking areas.
    • Vehicles are not permitted within the confines of restricted Lardner Park areas, unless otherwise approved by Lardner Park and The Australian Ballet in advance. During the events the Event Marshals will direct visitors arriving by car, coach or other transport means to the appropriate car park. Drivers that do not park as directed or enter restricted areas may be removed from the venue.
    • The Australian Ballet and Lardner Park and its delegates accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to items confiscated.

    Prams and Strollers

    • Bag and pram/stroller inspections will be conducted to ensure that no glass or prohibited items are bought into the venue.
    • For the safety of the general public during the course of the event, and in the case of an emergency evacuation, prams and strollers cannot be kept in aisles or other open areas that may impact on the safe passage of patrons.
    • The Australian Ballet and Lardner Park and its delegates will not be held responsible for any damages or loss or theft of person’s personal property.
    • Patrons choosing to leave valuables on the premises do so at their own risk.

    Liquor License 

    • Alcoholic beverages of any kind are not to be removed from the Venue.
    • The Australian Ballet, Lardner Park and its delegates enforces all current Responsible Service of Alcohol laws.
      • Patrons are advised that:
      • They are entering licensed premises;
      • Intoxicated or drug affected persons will not be permitted to enter;
      • Persons in possession of liquor or illicit drugs will not be permitted to enter;
      • Intoxicated and drug affected persons will be removed from the premises;
      • It is an offence for minors to purchase and consume liquor;
      • It is an offence to purchase liquor for (or supply liquor to) minors or persons who are intoxicated;
      • Persons supplying liquor to minors will be reported to the Police and penalties apply under the legislation.

    Dress Code

    • As a minimum for general admission, patrons must be appropriately clothed for a public place.
    • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
    • Patrons must not wear or display items which bear offensive, racist, radical, fanatical, inflammatory, obscene, derogatory or provocative slogans, signage or logos.
    • Patrons must not wear or display any item for the sole or dominant purpose of ambush marketing.
    • Patrons must not wear, display or possess items which bear street gang or motor cycle gang colours, including but not limited to patches, jackets, T-shirts, badges, other clothing or paraphernalia or items bearing gang’s insignia.
    • Patrons wearing or otherwise displaying inappropriate or unauthorized commercial, political, religious or other offensive images, logos etc. may be denied entry into Lardner Park and the event or asked to remove such items prior to entering the venue.

    Prohibited Items

    Persons are prohibited from entering the Venue with any of the following items:

    • Animals (except for authorised guide dogs/companion dogs).
    • Livestock or exotic animal to be brought onto or kept on the site.
    • Structures such as marquees, awnings etc.; umbrellas.
    • BBQs.
    • Balls, frisbees, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, skates or scooters.
    • Glass bottles, breakable containers.
    • Illegal substances including dangerous or illicit drugs.
    • Laser pens/ Laser pointers.
    • Offensive weapons, including knives and potential missiles; large chains, wallet chains; or spiked bracelets.
    • Commercial food (commercial food is any food purchased from external sources, with commercial packaging including recognisable commercial food outlets).
    • Aerosol air horns, musical instruments, air horns, whistles, megaphones and vuvuzela.
    • Poles, sticks or oversized flags (1.5m x 1m with flagpoles over 1.5m), including “selfie sticks”.
    • Eskies and bags of abnormally large dimensions will not be permitted entry.
    • Fireworks, flares, smoke bombs, explosive substances or highly flammable items.
    • Any item which as deemed by The Australian Ballet and Lardner Park or its delegates can cause public nuisance or offence to any user.
    • Professional photographic, video and recording equipment for commercial purposes. Video and/or recorders, commercial digital equipment, camera tripods and/or monopods may be refused entry. Lenses with a total-focal strength of greater than 200mm are not permitted into the Venue (without prior written permission).
    • No flash photography is allowed during the performance.
    • Banners and/or signage written in foreign language, foreign national flags or political banners.
    • Any other objects which may be used as missiles or weapons (including replica weapons) or any item that The Australian Ballet and Lardner Park and its delegates considers inappropriate.
    • Anyone found to have items that may be used for acts of vandalism will be refused entry.
    • Markers, textas, aerosol cans and all graffiti tools are strictly prohibited.
    • Banners or any other signs or materials bearing offensive, malicious, hurtful, provocative or political text all representations, badges or symbols.

    In addition, the following activities are strictly prohibited:

    • Camping or residing within the Venue; (without prior written permission)
    • Participation in, or organisation of, any protest, march, demonstration or public meeting.
    • Display and / or distribution of any advertising and / or political material.
    • Erect, place or affix any banners or signage within the Venue or on any Venue infrastructure (without prior written permission).
    • Conduct any kind of survey of visitors to the Venue (without prior written permission).

It was my daughter’s first chance to see live ballet, and she loved absolutely loved it. The atmosphere, the quality and the beauty of the performances and dancers. And all for free!

Ballet Under the Stars 2016 audience member

The highlight was the interaction with the children, allowing them up close to the stage to watch the dancers’ class was fabulous.

Ballet Under the Stars 2017 audience member

Being able to share the experience of watching ballet with my family while the moon rose over the lakes was a memorable moment that I won’t forget for a long time

Ballet Under the Stars 2017 audience member
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