According to the Australian Government, there are literally hundreds of festivals taking place each year around the nation. These make for hugely exciting additions to a road trip holiday here, letting you mingle with a buzzing crowd, experience some local flair and cheer on your favourite acts with all your new friends.
We couldn’t possibly list all of the festivals in one article, but these are some of the best events you’ll find.
Sydney Royal Easter Show, NSW
The largest annual event in the entire country, the Royal Easter Show is a must-visit. It celebrates Aussie culture, both rural and urban, and can attract upward of 900,000 guests each year!
The world’s biggest short film festival takes place in Sydney each year, with additional screenings in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Gundaroo. Will you witness the rise of the world’s next spectacular filmmaker?
Vivid Sydney, NSW
Taking place across 18 days, Vivid incorporates three colourful, magical events: Vivid Music, Vivid Light and Vivid Ideas. There are gorgeous light shows, exhilarating performances and insightful talks all over the city, making for an exciting Sydney day trip.
Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
In the regional city of Tamworth, witness the country’s largest music fest! Over 800 performers showcase 4,000 acts here, in addition to well over 600 buskers out on the streets.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, VIC
Love to laugh? You’ll love this stand-up extravaganza, which is one of the three largest comedy events on the planet and sells more tickets than any other event in Australia, according to its website.
Melbourne Fashion Festival, VIC
For the fashion-inclined, visit Melbourne’s popular Fashion Festival. It blends runway shows of local designers, both established and emerging, with workshops, talks and entertainment.
Rip Curl Pro, VIC
The longest-running surfing competition in the world is at one of Australia’s favourite surf spots, Torquay. This is where pros compete for a truly coveted surfing trophy: The Bell.
Festival of Sails, VIC
If sailing is more your thing, you’ll get a kick out of the over 300 yachts and 3,000 entries at the Southern Hemispheres biggest annual keel boat regatta, Geelong’s Festival of Sails.
Brisbane Racing Carnival, QLD
Plan your Queensland road trip to factor in Brisbane’s Racing Carnival. This is five fabulous days of horse racing, fashion events and live entertainment, adding a sense of glamour to your holiday.
Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, QLD
On the Sunshine Coast you can indulge in a world-class regional food festival, where over 200 chefs, winemakers and producers combine to give your taste buds a treat they’ll never forget.
Perth International Arts Festival, WA
Rent a car in the WA capital and explore the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest international multi-arts event. Over 700,000 people visit each year to see its theatre, film, music, literature and street art exhibitions, so it’s certainly doing something right!
Margaret River Gourmet Escape, WA
Margaret River is a hugely popular wine growing region, so what better place than it to disappear into a world of culinary delights? The Gourmet Escape brings chefs from around the world and lets them loose in a gorgeously scenic backdrop.
You will be able to catch a wide range of indigenous musicians, dancers and artists from around the globe at WOMADelaide each year, as well as unique talks about sustainability and environmental issues.
Adelaide Fringe, SA
For an entire month, Adelaide is transformed into a veritable dreamland of cabaret, music, dance, theatre, art and even circus performances thanks to this unique event. Anyone can sign up to perform, so you never know what to expect.