5 Great Australian Festivals You Should Work Into Your Travel Plans

When it comes to having a good time, one of the best things you can do is take part in festivals.

There are festivals for just about everything these days, and Australian festivals are no different.

Whether you’re in Australia for a working holiday or simply traveling, these 5 Australian festivals are definitely things you should make the time to attend.

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You may have heard of the museum MONA before, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania.

Hobart may not be the city that comes to mind when you think of Australian festivals, mainly because it’s small and a bit out of the way from the mainland, but this festival is one of the best in the country.

Held in January 18-22, you better book your tickets now. With some awesome lineup and a venue that is remarkably unconventional, this will be one of the strangest and most awesome festival experiences you’ll ever have.


Do you like short films and movies? Excellent, than this Australian festival should be at the top of your list.

It’s the largest short-film festival in the world (come on, that’s pretty cool) and it’s held on February 10 in Sydney.

Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

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You don’t need to LGBTQ in order to enjoy this delightfully colorful, carnival-esque festival held in Sydney.

It’s become one of Sydney’s biggest attractions and it’s just pure fun. Dancing, music, amazing outfits and more, it’s certainly not something to miss.

It goings until March 6, so you’ve got a bit of time still to plan your escapade to this awesome Australian festival.


If you have varying music tastes you probably find some music festivals annoying because they tend to stick to just one genre.

If that’s the case than you need to start planning for the WOMADelaide festival in March in Adelaide. Why? Because at this festival you’ll hear reggae, rock, funk, country and more.

You’ll never find another music festival like it and with the scenery of the Botanic Park, it’s the perfect way to spend some time.

Gourmet Escape

From the name you can already tell this Australian festival is going to be mouthwatering.

Whether you’re a diehard foodie or simply someone who just enjoys wine, then Gourmet Escape should be on your list.

You’ve got a fairly long wait, the festival isn’t until November in Western Australia, but you’ll get to taste amazing food, wine and attend lectures, lunches and demonstrations. It’s a food-lover’s dream come true.

These five Australian festivals throughout the year are some of the best festivals you’ll find around the world, so while you’re here enjoy everything Australia has to offer, other than the beaches and the barbequing.

What do you think? Any of you favourites I have missed? What festivals are you looking at going to? Let me know in the comments!

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