Whether you ring in the New Year at one of the country’s epic celebrations, dance at a music festival, laugh at a comedy show or attend one of the many annual cultural displays on offer, Australia hosts some true must-experience festivals each year. Each of the country’s major events has something unique to offer, with something for everyone, regardless of your interests.
If you are planning to travel within Australia to one of the country’s top annual events, be sure to book your trip well in advance. Accommodation and transport options can book up fast at these busy times so it pays to be organised. Make sure that you take out a suitable domestic travel insurance policy to cover you for your trip so you can enjoy more peace of mind and focus on enjoying the festivities.
Let’s take a look at five annual events from across Australia that you need to experience at least once.
1. New Year’s Eve In Sydney
When it comes to New Year’s parties, nowhere does it quite like Australia. Sydney’s fireworks displays, in particular rival anything you might witness in other major cities such as London, New York or Paris. Every year, visitors are treated to the most incredible firework displays, you can take a New Year Harbour Cruise to get a unique perspective of the show above or attend an Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera house, to add a little sophistication to your New Year’s celebrations. However you choose to spend New Year’s in Sydney, you will not be disappointed.
2. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The world-famous international Melbourne Comedy Festival typically runs during March and April each year. Attracting a slew of the best Australian and International talent, there is a range of performances on offer throughout the festival. Catch your favourite act, watch a new performer or check out the country’s best up and coming talent at the event’s infamous open mic contest.
3. Adelaide Festival
Every year in February, Adelaide comes to life during the renowned Adelaide Festival. Year-on-year, this festival has continued to establish itself as one of the biggest arts festivals anywhere in the country. Capturing the imaginations of people all over the world, the Adelaide Festival is a true celebration of Australian art and culture. With performances in various types of dance, opera, literature, cabaret, visual arts, new media and both classical and contemporary music, this festival has something to offer everyone.
4. Byron Bay Bluesfest
Byron Bay turns into a music lover’s paradise every year in April when thousands of eager fans descend on this famous NSW beach town. Attracting top names like Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Crosby Stills & Nash, Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Mary J Blige and hundreds of other musical icons, the festival continues to go from strength to strength each year. If you are going to include one music festival in your calendar this year, the Byron Bay Bluesfest should not be missed.
5. Darwin Festival
Taking place over the course of eighteen days in August each year, the Darwin Festival is a celebration of the lifestyle of the Northern Territory. The festival features musical performances, art installations, dancers, cabaret events, theatrical shows and the best food from the region. For those festival-goers looking for a fun, electric and memorable festival experience, the Darwin Festival is a perfect choice.
Attend One Of Australia’s Must-See Events And Enjoy The Show
Be sure to include one of Australia’s major annual events in your travel plans this year. Whatever your interests are, you are bound to find a festival that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you’re into food, music, culture, comedy, the arts, or just having a good time, Australia’s festival scene is guaranteed to serve up a performance worthy of your applause.
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