12 June 2019
Festivals and events are one of the best reasons to pack your bag and see another corner of Australia at its best. From watching horses race in the dusty Outback to viewing spectacular floral art installations in the nation’s capital, these eight events offer excellent reasons to plan a getaway.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
Held over four days in early November, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the perfect reason to head to Victoria’s vibrant, cultural capital. The four race meets (Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day) can be enjoyed in many different ways. Splash out and book into a marquee or lounge for a fine dining experience or position yourself on the home straight right in the thick of the action. Either way, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a bucket list event that won’t disappoint.
Returning to Launceston from January 17 – 20, MONA FOMA is a boundary-pushing festival dedicated to artistic expression in all its forms. Expect live music, light installations, art exhibitions, orchestral performances, pop-up dance shows and more from the brightest local and international talent.
It doesn’t get much more Australian than this. Held on the first Saturday of September, the Birdsville Races see the tiny outback town of Birdsville explode to life with thousands of visitors pouring in to see one of the world’s most unique horse races. If you intend to fly in and stay at the hotel, be sure to book well ahead – this is the hottest ticket in town!
One of the best times to plan a Canberra break is during Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. Running for a month from mid-September, thousands of blooms transform Canberra’s landscapes into a colourful fiesta of floral beauty. A great festival for adults and children alike, Floriade is Canberra at its very best.
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Running for more than 30 years, Byron Bay Bluesfest is well worth planning ahead for. Held from April 9 - 13 in 2020, this landmark festival attracts the biggest names in blues, rock, folk and country, so book your tickets, flights and accommodation in advance to avoid missing out. Whether you camp at the site or stay in a luxury hotel and bus it in, Bluesfest is paradise for live music lovers.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Always wanted to see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo but haven’t managed to get to Scotland? During October, Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will play host to the celebrated historic performance. Even though this event isn’t technically Australian, this particular performance will incorporate many home grown elements including local talent. Why not make a weekend of it by booking into a luxury hotel and reserving a table at a hatted restaurant too for the ultimate getaway?
Parkes Elvis Festival
Running from January 8 – 12, this quirky festival is an award winner for a reason – it’s one of Australia’s most fun-filled events. Comprised of 200 events held over five days, expect street parades, music performances and more Elvis impersonators than Las Vegas!
An open-air festival held in Adelaide’s Botanic Park, Womadelaide celebrates the music, dance, food and art of the world’s diverse cultures. From African drumming to Indigenous dance, Brazilian rap and Balkan brass bands, you’re guaranteed to discover something new at Womadelaide. As always, early bird tickets are the cheapest way to secure your spot, so book now and put March 6 – 9, 2020 in your diary.
To see one of these amazing events for yourself, get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor.