7 festivals and events to put in your Queensland travel diary

12 June 2019

The Sunshine State really has it all: beautiful beaches, balmy weather, coral-fringed islands and direct access to some of the world’s best seafood. While that’s reason enough to book a trip to Queensland, the sun-blessed state has another trick up its sleeve: its festivals and events. From food festivals that showcase the region’s best winemakers, brewers and producers, to live music events held in the Outback, these events will inspire you to make Queensland your next getaway destination.

Regional Flavours

Queensland’s leading free food and wine festival, Regional Flavours is a laidback event held in Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. An event with something for everyone from hard core foodies to curious kids, expect market stalls filled with beautiful produce, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live entertainment from local performers and more.

When: July 20 – 21

Find out more: https://www.regionalflavours.com.au/

Hamilton Island Race Week

One of the most exciting times to be on Hamilton Island, race week sees yacht-lovers from all over the country head to the island for a sailing regatta like no other. Even if you’re not into sailing, the on-shore activities and events bring a festival vibe to the island. Enjoy live entertainment, special dinners and relaxed barbecues during this fun-filled week on Hamilton Island.  

When: 17 – 24 August

Find out more: https://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/


Harvey Bay Seafood Festival

The only seafood festival in Australia managed by the people who catch the seafood for you, this one-day event is heaven for seafood-lovers. Try locally-caught fresh fish, prawns, scallops, bugs and cuttlefish, sample boutique wines and craft brews, listen to local musicians and watch demonstrations from chefs – this event is a great reason to head to Harvey Bay this summer.

When: August 11

Find out more: http://www.herveybayseafoodfestival.com.au/

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Billed as the world’s most remote music festival, the Big Red Bash is as Aussie as they come. Set amid the red dunes of the Simpson Desert, this family-friendly festival features music performances from some of Australia’s greatest acts including Midnight Oil, Kasey Chambers, Wendy Matthews and 1927. If you ever wanted to plan a road trip to Birdsville, now’s the time!

When: July 16 - 18

Find out more: http://www.bigredbash.com.au/


Brisbane Festival

Brisbane comes to life during September when the city hosts a huge array of performances from talented artists. From circus to cinema, comedy, opera, theatre, cabaret, magic and more, Brisbane Festival has something for the whole family. With a raft of new hotel openings and a burgeoning restaurant and bar scene, Brisbane is the place to be. 

When: September 6 - 28

Find out more: https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/


Gympie Music Muster

Country music fans should make the pilgrimage to this celebration at least once in their lives. Think of the Music Muster as a big, family-style, get-together for country music singers, songwriters, poets and their fans. Events include ukulele workshops, bush poets breakfasts, line dancing sessions, guitar jams and country music performances just for kids. Camp on-site or stay in a hotel in town and catch the shuttle bus in – the Gympie Music Muster is for all types of travellers. 

When: August 22 - 25

Find out more: https://www.muster.com.au/

Noosa Festival of Surfing

Even wanted to see a dog ride waves on a surfboard? Held each year in the month of March, the Noosa Festival of Surfing isn’t just for the pros. A fun celebration of wave riding, this relaxed festival is a good chance to see some of the world’s leading long boarders in action. While the human surfers are a joy to watch, it’s the surfing dogs that really put this event on the map. If a fun family break is on your agenda, head to Noosa in March to coincide with this chilled out festival.

When: March

Find out more: https://www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com/

To see one of these amazing events for yourself, get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor.


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