If you’re someone who revels in the wonders of the winter and cool climates, winter festivals in Australia are probably a cause for great excitement and anticipation.
With the season finally in full swing, why not indulge in some seasonal merrymaking?
If you’re looking for some of the best celebrations to hit up in the near future and want to experience a range of pleasures and indulgences, check out the list below for some of the best winter festivals in Australia!
Splendour in the Grass (20th – 22nd July 2018)
Held every year in coastal paradise, Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass is a music festival of unparalleled hype. With a star-studded act pushing the festival to great heights in 2017, this year’s festival is only anticipated to be better than the best. Featuring different sounds and stages from artists all over the world, prepare for a sensory overload with a riotous assault of lights, colours, and sounds this July.
If you’re a music enthusiast and love a good party in the great outdoors, this experience is bound to be one you won’t regret undertaking!
Festival of Voices (29th June – 15th July 2018)
Based in the quaint little island of Tasmania, the Festival of Voices is another music festival that brings local and international artists and choirs to the fore.
Concerned with celebrating every aspect of the human voice, the festival takes place throughout Tasmania over the course of 17 days, featuring a wide variety of genres. An experience, perhaps, a little more sobering than the other festivals on this list, it is certainly no less enjoyable.
The event ends with a spectacular final concert in Hobart, bringing together the joy and kinship the festival fosters throughout the city.
Alice Springs Beanie Festival (29th June – 2nd July 2018)
Held in the desert planes of the Red Centre, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a community-based event that began in 1997 with what is now known as a ‘beanie party’. Slowly growing into a larger audience each year, the event was organised to display the talent and efforts of the talented aboriginal women, who crocheted the colourful beanies that you find on sale at the event.
With the aim of developing aboriginal textiles, regional art, and promoting women’s culture, the festival is a colourful event – a beanie appreciation festival you CANNOT miss out on!
Regional Flavours Festival (21st-22nd July)
Free wine and food, where do I sign up?
During the winter months, Brisbane opened its doors to travelers from all around the country for its epic two-day food festival. Held in the region’s South Bank Parklands, the state’s best producers come together to present a range of entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and even celebrity meet-and-greets!
Tantalise your senses with excellent food, wine, and beer on this epic food festival. Given Brisbane’s pleasant climate, idyllic beaches, and friendly locals, you’re certainly destined to enjoy more than a good feast during your time in this happy-go-lucky region.
North West Festival (25th-26th August 2018)
During the end of August, head to the North-West of the country to the Pilbara region for a music festival you won’t forget.
Taking centre-stage in Port Hedland, the North West Festival makes the perfect trip if the cold, winter weather has you down with the blues. With names like Abbe May and Hands like Houses set to perform at this year’s festival, give in to your impulses and purchase your tickets for this mesmerising display of musical talent this winter!
Darwin Festival (9th-26th August 2018)
Held over the course of 18 glorious days, the Darwin Festival is a cultural explosion of music, theatre, dance, visual art and more, in the quaint confines of Darwin. Feast on the best of cuisine, a lively atmosphere, and a range of performances that will satiate your heart and mind.
Join in on the fun and madness at Festival Park and a range of other venues across the city, for one of the most well-rounded winter celebrations around the country.