Festivals in Australia

Adrenaline rush doesn’t even begin to describe it. Festivals in Australia are something else indeed and with party-loving Australians on board, things can’t get more exciting. Whether it’s Mardi Gras or Australia Day, or even one of the cultural festivals such as comedy and music fests, Australia is the place to be.

Here’s a list of festivals in Australia that light up the country whenever they are celebrated. Join in the fun on your next trip to the land down under!

Considered to be the national festival of Australia, this day celebrates the anniversary of the time the first fleet that reached the shores of Australia, on January 26, 1788. Family barbecues, fireworks and celebrations mark this day all over Australia. But the most happening celebrations take place around Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Harbour Bridge.

It certainly is one of the most colourful festivals that are celebrated in Australia. Vivid is an annual event where more than 2 million visitors join in the festivities of light and music. It is a stunning display of lights. Talented light artists illuminate some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks with light projections that you will not forget in a hurry.

The Mardi Gras celebrated in Sydney every year, is one of those inclusive festivals celebrated in Australia with a lot of pomp and show in the Darlinghurst district, in the month of March. Millions of people from around the world converge here to celebrate themselves, their individuality and their identities.

Melbourne transforms into the biggest comedy avenue every year in March and April. This world-renowned festival brings in the world’s top-most names in comedy to across scores of venues throughout Melbourne. The laugh riot is ably supported by the culinary delights on offer across the city.

One of the Australian events that is sold out almost instantly is Splendour, which takes place in Byron Bay. This is considered to be one of the best and the biggest music festivals in Australia. It takes place in July every year. A lot of world-renowned musicians are known to attend and perform here.

Around 90 minutes from Brisbane, the Dreaming Festival is held in the small town of Woodford. Held in June every year for three days, this is one of the festivals in Australia that celebrates the indigenous culture. There’s dancing, music and cooking events that enthral the attendees. And there’s storytelling that make this festival even more special.

Every year in September, Melbourne gears up for the AFL Grand Final. This soccer game has the country abuzz and at the edge of their seats with excitement.

One of the festivals in Australia that is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm is the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Dance, music, art and a host of other cultural performances make this a spectacular festival.

Sydney Harbour is the place to be if you want to catch some of the most amazing New Year’s Eve celebrations. Fireworks light up the sky in an awe-inspiring display of design. Then there’s music, fun and light shows accompanied by some delicious food that makes this special event all the more amazing.

If you’re planning to be in Australia during any of these events, do check the SOTC website for offers and deals. The SOTC Australia packages will make your trip easier and hassle-free.

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