Summer food festivals around Australia


Food festivals are the best type of event for food lovers. The great thing about summer in Australia is you’ll find incredible food festivals across the country. Whether you’re after fresh, tasty raw produce, scrumptious sweets and deserts, international cuisine or hearty meats, there’s an event that’ll tempt every taste bud.

Snag a bargain car hire deal from DriveNow in your nearest capital city and make your way to one of these fantastic food festivals.

Taste of Tasmania

December – January
For a whole week, Hobart’s beautiful waterfront comes alive with the iconic Taste of Tasmania. The event features more than 70 stalls that offer everything from seafood, cheese, fruits, vegetables and small goods. Snatch up some cool-climate wines and boutique beers and ciders on offer.

Crush Festival

Celebrate the best of food in the beautiful Adelaide Hills during the annual Crush Festival. Take your senses on a journey as you sample wines and scrumptious produce grown in the region. There’s also delightful music, theatre, art and markets to keep you busy for this one-day festival.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival (pictured)

Grab the family and a picnic rug and head to Apollo Bay, just two and a half hours south west of Melbourne. This enchanting seaside town becomes a fabulous location for a feast for one day in February, with local and fresh seafood plentiful. There are loads of top drops, market stalls, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Great Australian Bites

Spend your Australia Day stuffing your face with some of the best food this great country has to offer! By the Brisbane River you can enjoy culinary delights from award winning local bars, restaurants and cafes. Pop up Great Australian Bites events are also held across regional cities and towns in Queensland, including Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays.


Where to stay for the Tamworth Country Music Festival


The Tamworth Country Music Festival is held every year in January. The city in northeast New South Wales draws massive international acts and about 50,000 fans from across the world. Country Music plays a pivotal role in culture in the city with the famous Big Golden Guitar. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is often regarded as one of the world’s top music festivals, and it’s the second only to the Nashville Music Festival in terms of its size and reach. With the influx of visitors to the area for the two weeks, accommodation completely book out up to a year in advance. Your best bet is to find a campervan hire deal at Sydney and drive nearly five hours to Tamworth to park your wheels at one of these places. Make sure you book early.

Riverside Camping Grounds

When in town for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Riverside Camping Grounds are just a short walk away from all the action in the Tamworth CBD. This central location is also just next to the beautiful Peel River, where you can relax after enjoying non-stop music.

Tamworth North Holiday Park

Tamworth North Holiday Park is set in a good location. It’s within easy reach of several parks, museums, cafes and shopping centres. Powered and unpowered sites are available. Landscaped gardens surround the park, which also features a swimming pool and BBQ facilities.

Fossickers Tourist Park Nundle

If you can’t find somewhere to stay in town during the festival, then Fossickers Tourist Park at Nundle is a great option. It’s a 50 minute drive from the capital of the Golden Guitar but here you can relax in a tranquil setting in the hills. It’s the start of the famous Fossickers Way, which is a scenic 380km tourist drive.

Chaffey Dam Camping Reserve

Here’s another option that’s also a 50-minute drive from Tamworth. But the scenery makes it well worth the drive. Set on the Peel Valley, you can enjoy plenty of swimming, fishing and boating on a beautiful lake. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife in the area. Great music and great scenery… who could ask for more?



5 great Australian music festivals for summer


We come from a land Down Under where women glow and men plunder, and we have an endless supply of incredible music festivals. Diversity is the key so there is a festival somewhere in our great southern land to suit all tastes. Where to begin? Why not start with a campervan rental and book a holiday park to park your wheels before getting in tune with one of these five for the summer of 2017-2018.

The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth (19-28 January 2018)

TEN days, 700 performers, 2800 events and more than 50,000 country music lovers. Clearly there are big numbers behind this giant country music fest which this summer showcases the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, Amber Lawrence, Beccy Cole, John Williamson and more.  From free shows every night in the park, to buskers, stalls, children’s activities and street performers there is a helluva lot going on. Choose from thousands of free and ticketed shows over the journey of the festival in the pubs, clubs and hotels around Tamworth.

Rainbow Serpent (26-29 January 2018)

A monster electronic music, arts and bush festival in Lexton, in country Victoria, the Rainbow Serpents clearly is one of Australia’s most popular festivals. The event is revved up for its 21st celebration, a long way from its humble beginnings of a small gathering in a secluded clearing to become an internationally renowned weekend of dance, colour, expression and celebration. People now travel from all over the world to Western Victoria to experience what some have said is the best outdoor festival of it’s type in the Southern Hemisphere. As the organisers say, it’s a “fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.” No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.

Falls Festival (New Year’s Eve)

The Falls Music and Arts Festival celebrates 25 years this year and is one of the longest running, boutique music events in Australia. The festival is inspired by European style events, with a great selection of talented bands, DJs and comedians from throughout the world. Set in four venues including Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay and Fremantle. Some big name artists this year include Flume, Peking Duk, the Kooks, Glass Animals, Daryl Braithwaite and more.

Woodford Folk Festival (27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018)

Woodford Folk Festival is one of the largest folk festivals in the world. The program taps into Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, cabaret, dance, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, circus and visual arts, including an entire children’s festival and spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests. This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

Mona Foma (12-22 January 2018)

Tasmania’s annual eclectic music and arts festival, Mona Foma (aka MOFO) is set in Hobart and curated by Brian Ritchie, bass player from the rock band Violent Femmes. The 2018 instalment of Mona’s popular festival will see the event branch out into Launceston for the first time, with a three-day “Mini Mofo” weekend to feature Grammy-winning Australian star Gotye and culminate in a free block party at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Mofo then returns to Hobart for several events before the big “Weekend at Walshy’s” features dozens of performances on-site at Mona from January 19-21.