Motorhome-friendly Summer Festival Guide 2019 | Australia
Author: RV Sales Centre Date Posted:6 January 2019
Summer is festival season in Australia with more fun-filled events than you can poke a stick at. Here are some must-do, motorhome-friendly events for Summer 2019 that are easily reachable from major cities.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
January 18 to 27
The ultimate destination for lovers of country music, the Tamworth Country Music Festival is Australia’s biggest music festival. An easy five-hour drive from Sydney, Tamworth is at the junction of the New England and Oxley Highways, with festival events held at more than 120 venues throughout the region from January 18 to 27. Yeee-harrrr!
Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival
Port Lincoln, SA
A festival centred around tuna? Well, why not! The quirky Tunarama Festival celebrates all things tuna, and from January 24 to 27 the Port Lincoln foreshore comes alive with stalls, displays and activities. The event highlight is the tuna toss which has to be seen to be believed. Port Lincoln is 650km from Adelaide and the Lincoln Highway loops around Spencer Gulf taking in the gorgeous coastal towns of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Tumby Bay. Alternatively, you can check if the Sea Star ferry is operating and sail two hours from Wallaroo to Lucky Bay, then drive 160km to Port Lincoln. Make sure you visit nearby Coffin Bay, 45km to the west of Port Lincoln, which is home to some fabulous oyster farms.
Try archery, whip cracking, sheaf tossing, egg throwing or enter the scarecrow competition at Henley-on-Mersey, held at Latrobe this Australia Day. Latrobe is a 270km drive from Hobart so why not visit the local markets at Salamanca in Ross on your way. In Latrobe, make sure you visit amazing chocolaterie House of Anvers on the Bass Highway. You can end your trip with a stop in Launceston for Festivale, a celebration of Tasmanian food and wine al fresco style in the historic City Park from February 1-3.
Bungendore Country Music Muster
January 29 - February 1
If you can’t get enough country music, head 260km southwest of Sydney to Bungendore - just 40km from Canberra - for the Bungendore Country Music Muster held at the showground there from January 29 - February 1. The all-Australian muster showcases our best local talent with gates opening to campers from noon on January 28.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Tas
Held in Hobart, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is a spectacular four-day celebration of maritime culture and craftsmanship. The biggest maritime event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, it brings together more 500 boats and wooden craft of all shapes and sizes on the city's historic waterfront from February 8-11. The event also features a taste of Tasmania's best food and beverages.
Chinchilla Melon Festival
You’d be hard pressed to find a festival quite like the Chinchilla Melon Festival, held from February 14-17. Chinchilla, located 290km from Brisbane along the Warrego Highway, is the unofficial melon capital of the world, and this festival hosts fun events such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, pip spitting and melon tossing. Call into Toowoomba on the way to visit to gorgeous Lauren Bank and Queens Parks.
Riverboats Music Festival
Held under towering river red gums in a natural amphitheatre next to the mighty Murray River, the Riverboats Music Festival is held in Echuca-Moama, 220km on the Northern Highway from Melbourne and 560km from Canberra. Featuring some great Aussie acts including The Waifs, Mark Seymour and Deborah Conway, it’s laidback, beautiful and memorable.
Australian International Airshow
February 26 - March 3
Avalon Airport, Vic
If you feel the need ... the need for speed, the Australian International Airshow will get you ready for take-off. Held at Avalon Airport, 55km along the M1 from Melbourne and 22km outside Geelong from February 26 to March 3, the show gathers a squadron of vintage, commercial and military aircraft. Perhaps extend your visit with a trip along the Great Ocean Road.
Castlemaine State Festival
The Castlemaine State Festival is a multi-arts festival celebrating the uniqueness and beauty of the Victorian goldfields region. On your 130km drive from Melbourne along the Calder Freeway, make sure you visit the charming villages of Woodend and Malmsbury. The festival is on from March 22-31 at venues including historic churches and theatres, mines and quarries, as well as public and private gardens.
Alice Springs, NT
Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. The annual event, held from April 4 to 15, takes over the Alice Springs Desert Park – just 8km from Alice Springs – with 10 nights of light installations from a number of Aboriginal artists, set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. There are also talks, events and music by local and national musicians.
Barossa Vintage Festival
From food and wine, arts and crafts, to music and history, the Barossa Vintage Festival delivers something for everyone. Held in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley just 68km from Adelaide, this festival features a street parade, long table lunches, masterclasses and a gala vintage ball. Make sure you also check out the region’s many cellar doors and vineyards. Delish!