A popular music festival was battered by fierce winds and rain, turning the pristine ground into muddy fields and stalling dozens of cars.
A Day on the Green has continued with its scheduled festival at the Mt Duneed Estate near Geelong over the weekend despite forecasts of damaging winds and thunderstorms.
Until Sunday, tractors had to get stuck cars out of the paddock.
Crowded House, Angus & Julia Stone and The Waifs headlined the leading music festival, which cost over $129 to enter.
Attendees partied into the night despite the blustery weather, with social media images showing plenty of raincoats and tarps amid the rain.
Mt Duneed Estate issued a statement on Sunday saying they were “upset” by the impact of the weather.
“The organizers expected it to be wet last night, but definitely not to the extent it turned out,” said a spokesman.
Tractors were used early Sunday morning to move cars stuck in slush overnight.
Local farmers and volunteers even helped move the vehicles, and by 12:30 p.m., only 14 cars were left on site.
“Please make your way to your cars as soon as possible as there are many tractors waiting by their cars with very few people,” a spokesman for Mt Duneed Estate said on Sunday.
“Thanks for your patience. We’re all doing what we can.”
Roundhouse Entertainment, the organizers of the festival, said the event will go ahead after “extensive consultation” with stakeholders.
“We take the safety of our guests very seriously and are working diligently with police, emergency services and other stakeholders to ensure this,” a spokesman said The Herald Sun.
“All decisions made are based on the advice given.”
A similar scenario occurred in Aberfeldie, Melbourne, when organizers of the Illuminate the River festival pulled the needle due to destructive wind gusts in excess of 85 km/h.
Minimum temperatures across Victoria are forecast to drop below 15 degrees next week as a cold front moves across south-east Australia, making it feel “closer to winter”.
“It’s not quite as bad a change for NSW and central Australia as we’ve seen a couple of times this month,” said Rob Sharpe, weather forecaster at Sky News
“But it’s remarkably cold, we’re almost into summer now and we’re still talking about wintry weather in the south-east of the country.”
Originally published as tractors being used to rescue stuck cars after a popular music festival was lashed by rain and high winds