Whether soaking up the atmosphere of a regional music festival, sampling local produce at an open-air food-market or joining the supporters at a major sporting event, Australia offers a vibrant mix of festivals and events to suit the younger generation.
Attending a festival or event provides a wonderful opportunity to experience Australia and connect with the local community.
One of the best times of the year to be in Adelaide is during the Fringe Festival. Over 31 days and nights in February-March, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival attracts artistic talent from across the country who turn the city into a creative hotspot.
A visit to Melbourne to experience the Spring Racing Carnival including the Melbourne Cup – ‘the race that stops the nation’ – is a must. This famous extravaganza filled with fashion, celebrity spotting and live entertainment makes it an event not to be missed.
If action orientated, the Supercars Gold Coast 600 takes over the streets of Surfers Paradise in October and is a huge weekend of intense racing and entertainment. Enjoy sun, surf and V8 Supercars and get set to ‘Party in Paradise’.
New South Wales
The spectacular Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks kicks off the new year and is closely followed by the Sydney Festival that transforms the city into a huge celebration of art and entertainment. Many of the events are free, so it won’t break the budget!
Celebrate Darwin is an 18-day festival held in August and is packed with free outdoor events, theatre, dance, music, and comedy. Or, for something out of the ordinary, the Camel Cup held in Alice Springs in July assures top entertainment as riders race moody camels along dusty outback tracks with lots of action between races.
Margaret River is not only renowned for its sensational surf beaches, but for foodies seeking a culinary experience second to none, it’s the place to be. Set against a stunning backdrop, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is held in November and is a true celebration of food and wine and a great place to hang out with travel buddies.
Tasmania is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and if seeking a truly unique music experience in a natural setting, the Falls Music and Arts Festival is sure to impress. This Australian multi-day music festival is held annually in stunning Marion Bay on the south-east coast of Tasmania.
Australian Capital Territory
Heading to the nation’s capital, Canberra is host to the colourful and exciting Elighten Festival. Architectural projections illuminate the city’s iconic attractions and a program featuring live music, street entertainment and exceptional food complement this visual delight.