Australia has a proud reputation of being one of the most laid back, party-loving countries in the world. Offering some of the most entertaining festivals, all year round, there is sure to be something for everyone to love. Whether your idea of the perfect festival involves screaming crowds and loud music, an all-out street parade, the finest drops of wine or a line-up of the best international artists, be sure to plan your next holiday to one of these Aussie festivals.
Byron Bay Bluesfest
An iconic Australian festival, the Byron Bay Bluesfest will see its 24th year of celebrations in 2013. Travellers from all across the globe flock to the picturesque surrounds of Byron Bay to immerse themselves in the finest live performances from some of the best acts in the world. In 2010, the Byron Bay Bluesfest was proudly announced as the Australian Event of the Year, but it’s easy to see why. With festivities taking place over five days, attendees can have just a taste of the fun with a day pass or hangout with fellow festival goers by staying in the onsite camp grounds.
Woodford Folk Festival
Celebrating the fusion of various cultures, the Woodford Folk Festivals incorporates music and dance from Africa, Asia, Australia and America. The festival brings in the New Year with a bang, running from the 27th of December to the 1st of January each year.
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
If you’re looking for a festival that is a little more demure, there is no beating the beauty and wonders of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Every spring the streets of Toowoomba blossom with pride as some of the nation’s best gardens are on display for the world to see. This great family friendly event offers an abundance of activities throughout the week, including garden tours, classic car shows, live concerts and sideshow alley, along with information workshops and demonstrations.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
Tamworth’s claim to fame, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is an annual celebration that showcases the best country music talent from Australia and the world. In operation since 1973, the festival is an annual get together for country music lovers from all across Australia.
Big Day Out Festival
One of the best music festivals in the world, the Big Day Out Festival tours venues across Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria every year. Attracting everyone from teenagers to grandparents, the festival hosts the world’s best musical performers, including the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Australia’s very own Grinspoon.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
Celebrated all across the globe, Sydney hosts one of the largest festivals of Mardi Gras throughout the world. Taking over the streets of Sydney, the festivities include an extravagant street parade, unbeatable after parties and appearances from world-famous celebrities.
Margaret River Wine Region Festival
If you’re a connoisseur of fine dining, there’s no beating the delectable delights of the Margaret River Wine Festival, an annual celebration of the finest wines and food in Western Australia. An abundance of activities are available throughout the 4 day festival, including a street parade, wine tasting, tours of wineries and sumptuous feasts for all!