What’s New in Australia: UPCOMING FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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This December, there is no better way to elevate your year-end getaway than with Australia’s unique experiences and extraordinary stays. Embark on the ultimate vacation – whether it is letting your spirit fly at Australia’s most iconic music festival, unwinding at an outdoor thermal pool, or stargazing at an off-grid tiny home. With something for everyone, Australia is bound to take your year-end itinerary to the next level.

“December is a popular time for international visitors to travel to Australia. With stunning views, relaxing retreats, and endless adventures, Australia is the ideal destination for every traveller to satisfy their wanderlust and end the year with truly memorable experiences. Australia is always ready to receive travellers with an Aussie welcome as warm as our summer days,” said Brent Anderson, Regional General Manager, South & South East Asia (SSEA), Tourism Australia.

Below is a monthly roundup of upcoming events. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like more information on these or other uniquely Australian experiences!

Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford, Queensland): One of Australia’s greatest all-music, all-entertainment events, the iconic Woodford Folk Festival is now ushering in its 35th edition. Taking place over six days and nights, it is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia, and held at a former barren dairy farm that has been lovingly regenerated to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife. Fall in love with great music, electric vibes and an infectious community spirit, and be sure to catch the festival’s most spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. From 27 December till 1 January 2023.

Harvest Rock Festival (Adelaide/Tarntanya, South Australia): Feast your eyes and ears on the world’s leading artists at Harvest Rock – a two-day, live music experience happening in the heart of Adelaide, set to taste as good as it sounds. Jack White, Groove Armada, The Avalanches and Courtney Barnett headline Adelaide’s newest live music festival. Expect a dedicated stage for chef and bar stars to showcase their skills, a marquee serving up curated bites, and a food-truck park. From 19 till 20 November.

Valo Adelaide 500 (Adelaide/Tarntanya, South Australia): The Adelaide Street Circuit is world renowned both for the excellent racing and the race atmosphere that takes over the city. The 2022 VALO Adelaide 500 will be returning to the streets of Adelaide as the season finale event for the Repco Supercars Championship. Don’t miss the action-packed weekend featuring charity luncheons with Supercar drivers, driver autograph sessions, exotic vehicle displays, and much more.​ From 1 November till 4 December.

Lost Paradise (Glenworth Valley, New South Wales): For the first time in three years, Lost Paradise returns to Glenworth Valley with an exciting line-up: Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, Ben Böhmer and more. Beyond the music, the festival also offers a range of activities running morning through night, including whimsical communal dining, yoga, talks, workshops, healing arts and Indigenous experiences that are sure to keep your mind and body stimulated. From 28 December till 1 January 2023.

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