Online Fundraising

Sleep Under the Stars Event Guide

Welcome to the 2019 Sleep Under the Stars community! The team at Stepping Stone House are thrilled you’ve joined us to raise $800,000 to provide housing, personal development and education for 21 homeless and at-risk youth for a whole year.

This Event Guide contains information on what to expect of your Sleep Under the Stars experience.

What should I bring?

Please keep your belongings to a minimum; remember many homeless youth have very little when they are sleeping rough.

  • A sleeping bag & pillow
  • Warm comfy clothes
  • A torch
  • A bag for your rubbish
  • A water bottle (water refill stations are available onsite)
  • Your opal card for transport
  • Your phone for photos, Facebook, Instagram etc.
  • Items to decorate your cardboard shelter
  • NO ALCOHOL is allowed
  • Please keep valuables to a minimum as Stepping Stone House cannot be held liable for any loss or damage

How do I get there?

  •   Train
    The nearest train station is Circular Quay
  •   Buses
    No. 311, 431 & 433 stop close to Hickson Road
  •   Taxi & Drop Off
    The best GPS address for registration drop off is 3 Lower Fort Street Dawes Point, top of the park under the bridge
  •   Parking
    There are limited overnight parking spots off Hickson road & Lower Fort Street. Please check parking signs carefully

When you arrive

  • Sign in at our Registration Desk under the Harbour Bridge & secure your spot to Sleep under the Stars.

Then you will collect

  • Your wristband which you need to wear for the duration of the event
  • 6 cardboard boxes and tape (courtesy of Kennard’s Self Storage and DHL Express) for you to build a shelter for the night
  • A tarp (courtesy of Kennard’s Hire)
  • Directions on where to set up your shelter!

Once you arrive and register, we’ll send you off to your allocated sleeping spot and you can start building your shelter. We encourage you to get to know your neighbours, familiarise yourself with the facilities, and return to the Main Stage by 8pm to enjoy our presentations.

The Main Stage is the event ‘hub’ where you can meet our team, charge your phone, refill your water bottle, purchase drinks and dinner from the food trucks and share in the community spirit.

We’ll be joined by talented musicians throughout the evening and Event Ambassador Kyle Sandilands will oversee a group discussion on differing perspectives of youth homelessness.



    Shelter construction



    Judging of Best Shelter prize



    Speeches, music and story sharing by current and formerly homeless youth and Event Ambassador Kyle Sandilands. Top Fundraisers and Best Shelter prizes awarded.



    Group photo



    Fire pits will be set up for you to bask in the warmth, toast marshmallows and enjoy good company to a sing-along



    Lights out and time to be quiet – please be respectful of our neighbours



    Complimentary hot breakfast served



    Winner of the Social Media Engagement and Most Sustainable Shelter competitions are announced.



    Pack away your boxes, dispose of any rubbish, then head home sweet home.


  • Toilets are available onsite. There are no shower facilities.
  • Soup and bread rolls will be available for supper (in return for a voluntary gold coin donation)
  • Miss Mabel’s food truck will be onsite, serving heartier meals (at your own cost)
  • Ameru Coffee Cart will serve hot beverages, juice and light snacks throughout the evening and the next morning (also at your own cost)
  • Marshmallows are complimentary for all to enjoy around the fire pits
  • A complimentary hot cooked breakfast will be served from 6.00am
  • St Johns Ambulance will be on hand all night for first aid help


  • Highest Individual Fundraiser
  • Highest Fundraising Team
  • Best Shelter judged on:
    - Sturdiness of the construction
    - Design ingenuity
    - Kennards Self Storage or DHL logo visible and the right way up!
    - Decoration and aesthetics
    - Team enthusiasm
  • Most Sustainable Shelter judged on:
    - Boxes remaining reusable
    - Using recyclable materials
    - Area cleanliness during and after event
    - A spirit of sustainability
  • Social Media Engagement
    - Simply take photos of yourself at the event, share them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and the person with the most likes, wins!
    - Be sure to use the correct hashtag #SSHSleepStars and set your post to public/global so we can find it
    - Prize announced 6:30am, Saturday 2nd November

Event Map

Our grateful thanks to the many people behind this year’s event

  • Event Ambassador Kyle Sandilands
  • Our brave and talented musicians
  • The army of volunteers who set up and packed down the event
  • Our Event Committee: Jessica Mienert, Ray Sykes, Merve Genel, Maryam Shariati, Melissa Yong, Jeremy Mathias, Charlie Seccombe, Cyrille Isambert, Drew Sturgiss & Shae Potter
  • The Stepping Stone House board and staff team
  • The youth of Stepping Stone House who showed immense bravery sharing their stories and helped prepare the event

Most importantly, thank you to our generous event sponsors