The ultimate itinerary for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

THOUSANDS of Mardi Gras merrymakers will travel to Sydney to participate, celebrate or spectate at the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, culminating in the world-famous Oxford St Parade on March 7.

The annual Mardi Gras attracts more than 25,000 interstate and overseas attendees to take part in some of the Festival’s month-long series of events than range from Fair Day to theatre, from drama to drag shows. More than 130,000 spectators, family and friends will cheer on 10,000 participants when the annual Mardi Gras Parade weaves its way down Oxford St.

As well as enjoying the festival, Mardi Gras travellers should look beyond the Oxford St Parade route to visit Sydney and regional NSW sights. Here are some tips:

The Parade

To start with, you haven’t ‘done’ Mardi Gras until you’ve attended the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade kicking off at 7.45pm on Saturday 7 March. There’s plenty of room along the Parade route from which enthusiastic fans can view more than 140 floats. Get there early to snag your spot.

Did someone say disco?

And karaoke? Exclusively for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, BridgeClimb has both on offer at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From 25 February to 9 March, beneath Sydney summer skies and a glittering mirror ball, you can dance like a diva to disco beats as you belt out your favourite karaoke classics. Your summit performance will be yours to keep forever with an eight second video to bring back the memories.

Oxford Street entertainment strip

This part of the world hosts many major Sydney Mardi Gras events and is home to the city’s best-known gay venues. To give your dance shoes a workout, head to clubs like ARQ, Midnight Shift and Phoenix Bar. For something a little more lighthearted, there’s the camp classics Stonewall and Palms, or entertainment hubs such as Slide, with its mix of cocktail bar, club and burlesque shows.

Drag show decadance

Over in Erksineville, The Imperial Hotel has been a Sydney drag show institution for decades. Immortalised in the film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the Imperial currently features drag queens; Felicity and Friends.

Take a road trip – No.1

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is less than two hours from Sydney. Visitors can potter around arts and crafts stores and cafés in Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath. Don’t miss a visit to Three Sisters at Echo Point and take in part in 4.2 kilometre bushwalk down the ‘The Giant Stairway’ and along the valley floor to Katoomba’s Scenic Railway, the world steepest railway incline passenger train. GLBTI Friendly luxury accommodation can be found at the famous Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath or at Lilianfels Blue Mountains.

Take a road trip – No.2

About two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the famous Hunter Valley wine region is set against a dramatic mountain range with lush vineyards covering the rolling hills. This region is home to some of Australia’s top winemakers and food producers. With more than 150 wineries operating in the area, booking a wine tour with Two Fat Blokes Wine Tours is an easy and fun way to find your favourite tipple. Non-drinkers can play golf on championship courses, ride in hot-air balloons or relax at the Golden Door Day Spa. Stay in the romantic and gay-friendly Billabong Moon in one of five boutique cottages perched above a billabong and screened with casuarins.

Take a road trip – No.3

After a heady rainbow-coloured Mardi Gras, why not relax on the whitest sands in the world at Hyams Beach in the Shoalhaven area. Pristine beaches with crystal clear waters await along the White Sands Walk, starting at Vincentia’s Greenfield Beach and including Chinamans, Hyams and Seamans beaches. The Jervis Bay marine park is perfect for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling or just paddling. Swap vamping for glamping at The Escape where deluxe tent accommodation is combined with luxury queen bedding and permanent decking overlooking the private Clyde River frontage.

More information on Sydney side-trips can be found at and Gras Festivities can be found at

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Seven South Australia events you cannot miss in Adelaide and surrounds

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

From arts festivals to music celebrations, food and wine, and sports events, there’s something for everyone in Adelaide and surrounds in coming months. Try these six …

1. Adelaide Festival

The Adelaide festival is a multi-arts event with great diversity and a big tradition of innovation with a program including opera, dance, theatre, music, cabaret and visual arts. In addition, there’s the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The party has already started, but continues to March 15. Visit

2. Fork and Cork

With a name like Fork and Cork, there can only be two things at the forefront of everyone’s mind – food and drink, and it’s all quality. Mount Gambier’s Garden Square will host a fun-filled day that’s set to include masterclasses, workshops, music and a chance to learn tips and techniques from the best local chefs in the region. The big event on the Limestone Coast takes place on February 28. More visit

3. WOMADelaide

WOMADelaide has been getting bigger and better ever since its inception in 1992, growing to become one of Australia’s favourite outdoor festivals. Its four days feature performances from great musicians, dancers and DJs, along with interesting talks, workshops and loads of scrumptious global cuisine. So, just who’s going to be there? Charlie Musselwhite, C.W Stoneking, First Aid Kit, Rufus Wainwright, Timberwolf and many more artists from around the world. The world’s festival takes place at Botanic Park from March 6-9. Visit

4. Barossa Airshow

Look, up in the sky, is it a bird? Is it a planet? Yes! Several, in fact, as the Barossa Airshow takes to the sky for a family fun packed day with aircraft displays, helicopter rides, sideshows, food and wine as well as other entertainment. Held in April, you can find out more at

5. Coober Pedy Centenary Celebrations

Between April 2-5 Coober Pedy celebrates 100 years with a range of events including the 100 Year Ball, Coober Pedy Opal Festival and Welcome Back to Coober Pedy, a reunion lunch for past residents. While there check out the underground homes and amazing opals. Visit

6. Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championships

Golfers can play at four courses on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula over four days, with a range of tour options and accommodation packages across the region from April 7-11. Visit

7. Barossa Vintage Festival.

Unbuckle your belt and prepare for a feast for the senses. From April 15-19, the Barossa Valley’s finest is on show and up for consumption as Australia’s largest and longest wine festival kicks in. The festival blends together the Barossa’s wine, food, people, and their music, literature, art and, of course, their yummy food and wine. Visit




Melbourne events you can’t miss in 2017

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 Mar. 2017 – 23 Apr. 2017)

The “people’s festival” draws thousands of people to Melbourne each year as the world’s funniest men and women strut their struff all over the city. The festival doesn’t hold back when it comes to sharing the comedy. The young and the young at heart; the wealthy and the fiscally-challenged; the rabblerousers and the do-gooders; the dirty jokers and the good, clean humourists… Absolutely everyone gets in on the joke. It’s an unmissable Australian event.


Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (31 Mar ~ 9 Apr)

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this year features international guests Dan Barber (Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, USA), Bill Granger (Bills, Sydney, Tokyo and London), Ruth Rogers (River Café, UK), Janice Wong (2am: dessert bar, Singapore) and several more big names over two and half weeks. “From famous dining spots to unexpected venues, rooftop bars to hidden cellars, each year the Festival goes beyond eating and drinking to create memory-making experiences,” the festival website says. Now in its 23rd year, the festival will feature a pop-up artisan bakery rising daily in the heart of the city; a long lunch for 1500; a  ‘low and slow’ barbecue opening party; and a global discussion on the future of food.


Midsumma (15 Jan — 05 Feb 2017)

Every year Midsumma is Melbourne’s queer celebration, a world of arts and cultural events spread over 85 different venues throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. The festival is on until February 8. Midsumma Festival brings a mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for a celebration and exquisite presentation of queer arts and culture. The festival program includes visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums. Offering a diverse, exciting and relevant program, Midsumma Festival continues to attract a broad and ever-evolving audience to Melbourne and Victoria. Each year over 160,000 individuals from around the globe participate in and attend between 100-160 festival events, not only in Melbourne City but also from Altona to Gippsland, Reservoir to Moorabbin and regional Victoria.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (March 26)

Ladieds and gentlemen, start your engines. The F1 Australian Grand Prix revs up Melbourne for a weekend of adrenalin-charged action in March. ith the world’s fastest cars, coolest celebrities and latest technology converging on Melbourne for four days of breathtaking action. There are ticket options available, from corporate to general admission. Don’t miss your chance to book and join thee masses to watch the world’s premier drivers light up Melbourne and the Albert Park circuit.


White Night Melbourne (February 18)

White Night Melbourne, Australia’s most celebrated cultural event will return for one night only on Saturday 21 February 2015. With an expanded event landscape, White Night Melbourne 2015 will offer a mix of free and ticketed entertainment over 12 hours and feature local, national and international artists and works from Australia, France, Canada, Greece, Portugal, India and the United Kingdom. The event runs from 7pm to 7am, and visitors will be able to experience the visual art, exhibitions, spectacular illuminations, music, theatre, special dining experiences, film, design and performances on display in venues and major cultural institutions right across the city centre.






5 bizzare events Down Under for wacky road-trippers

By Australia / Darwin / Gold Coast / Northern Territory / Queensland /

AUSSIES are know to do some bizarre things, so much so that we have events that rival the most wacky and weird all around the planet. Surely that’s good enough reason to jump in an Australian car rental and hit the road for some crazy fun. We choose five to ponder.

1. Australia Day Dunny Race

We Aussies love a bit of toilet humour, so why not hold an event based on the humble Aussie dunny on Australia Day! This fun-filled occasion sees the road out front of the Sunshine Coast’s Ettamogah Pub turn into a thunderbox drag strip as contestants attempt to drag their dunny the fastest in a bid to claim the title of Dunny Race Champion of the World.


2. Parkes Elvis Festival

There is no shortage of these kind of events that pay homage to the King, but the one in Parkes come January every year is hard to top. From street parades to edible Elvis art and even a Miss Priscilla dinner, this event is definitely one to pack your blue suede shoes for and enjoy some talented tribute acts from January 7-11 2015.


3. Henley-On-Todd Regatta

One of the Northern Territory’s weirdest but most wonderful, essentially it’s all about a boat race, where teams of rowers run down a dry, sandy riverbed carrying a pretend boat. Ironically, the event is about 1500km away from any major body of water!


4. Tunarama

This fishy event celebrates the mighty tuna fish and Port Lincoln in South Australia hosts the Tuna Toss World Championships. It’s another one that is held on the Australia Day long weekend and is a hat tip to the tuna fishing industry, the mainstay of the town’s economy. The event held on January 23-26 2015 and also features fireworks, food and wine, and music.


5. Camel Cup (pictured)

With a reputation reaching “far beyond Northern Territory’s soil”, the Lasseters Camel Cup is a quirky event held on the second Saturday every July at its own arena at Blatherskite Park, a section of the Central Australian Show Society grounds. The family and fundraiser event is well known for its unpredictable and very entertaining camels as well as the crazy riders



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Beyonce concert comes to New Zealand

By New Zealand /

After over 20,000 people joined the Facebook page and thousands more Kiwi fans rallied together to make it happen, it has finally been announced that Beyonce is bringing her Mrs Carter world tour concert to New Zealand. If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed tickets to the Auckland Beyonce concert in October, you can get there with a New Zealand car hire. Beyonce Knowles

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The Kiwi classic road trip game – Car Cricket

By New Zealand /

Hiring a car with your mates and road tripping to some outrageously fun campsite or batch is basically a rite of passage for Kiwis, and a no-arguments, no-excuses must-do for tourists.

But as they say, life isn’t all about the destination.

Once you’ve run out of ideas for eye-spy (or your mate gets a little too ambiguous on what he spies), give this Kiwi classic a try.

You will need; a bag of lollies (for prizes, and sneaky nibbling). The sweets will be preferably something intrinsically Kiwi like pineapple lumps, snifters or jaffas – especially if your journey kicks off picking up or dropping off your rental car in Auckland.

Rules of the game

Each member of the car gets a turn as the ‘batter’.

For every car that passes you from the opposite direction, the batter gets one run.

If a car is towing a trailer, the batter hits a four.

And if the car is towing a caravan, the batter hits a six.

However, if something other than a car passes you – i.e a motorbike, truck, bus, campervan or batmobile – then the batter is out and the next batter gets a turn.

You’ll have to be the judge on the candy distribution, or decide on prizes of your own.

You can also divide road-trippers into teams and combine scores for an all-out battle.

For kids it’s a great distraction from the hours spent on the road – let’s face it, they’re probably not quite ready to appreciate the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s landscape – and keeps their brains ticking over adding up all their runs.

For the older (wiser) group, dangle a prize like one team buying a round at the final destination for the whole group, and you might find the trip gets that much more exciting.

So get your New Zealand car hire sorted so you can enjoy the journey, wherever you’re headed.


Sizzling summer of Australian music festivals

By Adelaide / Australia / Brisbane / Gold Coast / Melbourne / New South Wales / Queensland / South Australia / Sydney / Victoria /

Love hanging out with your friends and listening to great music during the summer? Then why not grab a hire car or an Australian campervan rental and head for a caravan park near some of our hottest music festivals this summer.

Here are five to ponder, complete with recommended caravan parks where you can park your wheels.

SUMMADAYZE (January 5, Gold Coast)
If you have spent all winter rocking to the beats of Fedde LeGrand, Adrian Lux and Icona Pop, then don’t miss Summadayze this summer! Park your wheels: Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale. Powered sites starting from $36.

BIG DAY OUT (Jan 18, Sydney)
What’s a good summer without a big day out? If you’re down for a party and a killer line up, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bloody Beetroots, head to Sydney Olympic Park. Park your wheels: Bass Hill Tourist Park. Powered sites starting from $35.

PYRAMID ROCK FESTIVAL (December 29 – January 1, Phillip Island, Vic)
Party your way into the new year with the annual Pyramid Rock Festival at Phillip Island. You and your mates are sure to have a blast and cool down at the nearby beach when you’re not tuning into an incredibly good line-up that includes Kate Miller-Heidke, Pnau and Tame Impala. Park your wheels: Big4 Phillip Island Caravan Park. Powered sites starting from $32.

A DAY ON THE GREEN (Nov 24 – Dec 1, Coldstream, Vic)
A one hour drive from Melbourne along the M3 and Maroondah Hwy. A day on the green under the sun in the country is all you need for the perfect day of summer fun. Daryl Braithwaite, Lisa Mitchell, and Simple Minds are some of the big names starring in this festival running throughout the country from November through to March. Park your wheels: Big4 Badger Creek Holiday Park, Healesville. Powered sites starting from $45.

WoMAD (March 8 – 11, Adelaide, SA)

Here’s one that you have a bit of time to plan for. If you’re looking for a friendly family atmosphere in a lovely setting, then the WoMAD festival in Adelaide’s Botanical Gardens in early March is the place to be. Catch a glimpse of some street theatre, browse some charity stalls and enjoy some of the world’s best traditional and contemporary musicians and dancers. Park your wheels: Adelaide Caravan Park. Powered sites starting from $36.



Spring into these Tasmania events

By Australia / Hobart / Tasmania /

TASMANIA is the perfect place for a driving holiday. A DriveNow rental can set you up for any situation ­­– a car, campervan or 4-wheel drive. Tassie’s wilderness, wine regions and markets are well-known tourist destinations and well worth a look. But if you have picked up your DriveNow rental from Hobart and want to see what else the island has going on at the moment, check out these suggestions.

Port Arthur for school holidays, until October 7

Sentence the kids to some fun and learning at the same time at the Education Centre at Port Arthur (in the old Accountant’s House, near the Church). The centre is offering a range of engaging and fun activities to keeps kids busy – and parents relaxed.

Distance: 93km from Hobart, allow an hour and a half drive.

Stay at: Bay Retreat, Port Arthur. Waterfront accommodation, and only three minutes from the historic Port Arthur site.


TasART, Burnie, until October 20

Love your art? This event is hailed as one of – if not “the” ­­– major community art exhibitions held in Tasmania, and among the major regional art exhibitions held annually throughout Australia. Worth the drive and an overnight stay.

Distance: 349km from Hobart, allow four hours’ drive.

Stay at: Beachfront Voyager Motor Inn. Central to the CBD, across the road from West Beach.


Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, October 12-14

This year’s festival marks the centenary of the North Lyell Mine Disaster. On October 1212, 1912, a fire, which began in a pumphouse, trapped many workers deep underground. Forty-two lives were lost.

The festival program this year is paying tribute to the disaster by encompassing the anniversary into its activities in a way that respects the past and recognises the present and future of the community.

Distance: 260km from Hobart, allow just under four hours’ drive.
Stay at: Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park.


Bruny Island Bird Festival, October 25-27

Here’s your chance to visit an island off the coast of an island. Bruny Island (pictured) was one of the first parts of Tasmania to be explored by seafarers.

As a festival visitor, you can listen to well-known wildlife specialists, take part in walks and information tours, or take a flight excursion to the remote South West.

Distance: A half an hour’s drive from Hobart to Kettering and then a 20-minute car ferry ride to the island. Check the Bruny Island Ferry timetable to plan your schedule.

Stay at: The Bruny Island Hotel at Alonnah.


Bicheno Food and Wine Festival, October 17

What better way to get a taste of Tassie than this fabulous one-day festival celebrating the food and wine of the East Coast region.

Distance: 178km from Hobart, allow a two and a half hours’ drive.

Stay at: Bicheno Gaol Cottages. Take your pick of The Gaol House, Old School House or stables.


Road trip ideas to great music festivals Down Under


AUSSIES love live music and that love has grown into a festival culture of worldwide appeal, allowing people of all ages to combine their passion for performing acts with an opportunity to visit fascinating parts of the country. What better way to take your car hire or campervan rental for a spin than a music event!

From quaint beachside hamlets and river ports, to sleepy country towns and thriving big cities, the nation’s music festival industry is worthy of a standing ovation – and a rockin’ good time, of course. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular festivals.


Jump in your Melbourne campervan rental and head for the beautiful drive to Queenscliff, with its beautiful beaches and a town steeped in history it’s been a popular family holiday location in Victoria for years, and the inclusion in the 90’s of the Queenscliff Music Festival on the pristine green of Princess Park, has only added to the area’s charm. Overlooking Port Phillip Bay, the festival, is held in late November (technically not summer, but certainly a prelude to it) and features more than 100 national and international acts giving over 150 performances across five stages.

STEREOSONIC (November/December)

Stereosonic, claimed by its promoters to be the biggest electronic dance music event in Australian history, is one of the nation’s fastest growing festivals. Now in its sixth year and with a line-up spanning trance, dubstep, house, techno and electronica. Visit

LIFE’S A BEACH (December)

The vibe of the coast and youth culture runs strongly through Western Australia’s new Life’s A Beach music festival  and in December last year it provided a quality line-up of reggae, roots and hip-hop. The event is located close to the beach at Rockingham and includes skate and BMX demonstrations and mechanical surfboard machines.


 From humble beginnings in 1973, the Tamworth Country Music Festival in NSW is now recognised as one of Australia’s premier events and one of the top 10 country music festivals in the world. It attracts established acts as well as up-and-coming new talent. The festival this year attracted more than 50,000 visitors who enjoyed 2500 individual events from concerts, record launches and bush poetry, to rodeos and bull-riding. A highlight is the glamorous Golden Guitar Awards.


The Rainbow Serpent Festival – from its title to its performance line-up – has been strongly inspired by the Dreamtime and is now an internationally recognised four-day experience combining music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing.  Held each January, it attracts more than 10,000 to the western Victorian town to see more than 100 artists of music genres including progressive trance, electro, house, breaks, dub and ambient. Visit


The first Australian Blues Music Festival was held in Goulburn NSW back in 1997 as a way of celebrating this style of music and drawing tourists to the area. With its focus on showcasing the best of emerging and established blues acts from around Australia, this friendly little festival/industry event – with its intimate performance spaces and opportunities to chat with the artists – has grown to be thought by many as “Australia’s peak blues event”. Visit


The saying “from little things, big things grow’’ was certainly true when the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival kicked off in 2004 in Melbourne’s Calendonian lane. Fourteen hundred people attended the first laneway festival. Apparently it was “packed, smelly and full to the brim with great local music’’. The festival is now an international touring event with the “Laneway” team priding itself on finding great musical acts early in their career.  The festival rocks around to every capital city so find out more at the website about the next event at



Five top Aussie festivals around Australia


From country music events to spectacular Outback festivals, or food and wine extravaganzas to riverboats and jazz, there’s something worth driving to just about anywhere in Australia all-year round. Here are five diverse festivals worth packing your bags for and hitting the road in a drivenow campervan for a unique Australian cultural experience.

1. Riverboats, Jazz, Food & Wine Weekend – Echuca, Victoria.

Pick up your DriveNow Melbourne Rental Car and a leisurely three-hour drive along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway will take you to the riverbanks of beautiful Echuca where this annual event creates a buzz in February every year. The region’s finest food and wine is on show, jazz musos from far and wide strut their stuff and the paddlesteamers from yesteryear chug along the mighty Murray. It’s a treat for the eyes, ears and tastebuds!

2. Tamworth Country Music Festival – Tamworth, NSW.

This one’s popular for lovers of Country music and is held every year in January. It’s a five or six hour journey predominantly spent on the Pacific and New England Highways from Sydney, but upon reaching the final destination you’ll be re-energised by the festival spirit. Country artists including Troy Cassar Daley, Felicity Urquhart, and hundreds more from all walks of life and ages, amateur or professional. It’s all about great food, friends, tents, caravans and super music over 10 days.

3. The Targa Tasmania.

One for car lovers, this amazing international event has been running since 1992 and basically is a tarmac rally with competitive stages on closed roads for some of the best touring, sports and GT cars from throughout the world – a calvacade of motoring history that is sure to delight as you discover the spoils of the Apple Isle.

4.  World’s Greatest Pub Crawl, Maryborough, Queensland.

This four hour journey along the Bruce Highway from Brisbane will get you to Maryborough, but that’s where you’ll have to pop the keys away for a few days as the “world’s greatest pub crawl” whets your appetite for a good time. More than 3000 pub crawlers hit the streets in a bid to knock off the Guinness World Record for the most pub crawlers in one spot each year. Loads of fun … but don’t forget to pack the panadol and sleep well before the long trip back!

5. The Meeka Outback Festival, Meekatharra, Western Australia. Last but not least, this marathon nine hour drive from Perth along the Great Northern Highway will take you to this entertaining festival held every Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June. Enjoy the region’s unique culture as the festival ignites with fireworks, stalls and kids rides on the main oval on the Friday night. Then the colourful floats hit the town on the Saturday before the afternoon races encourage punters to have a tipple and a bet, before you enjoy watching and listening to bands perform under the desert stars.



Australian music festivals well worth the drive


EVERYONE loves a music festival, whether you love blues, country, jazz, pop or rock. So snap up a campervan rental deal with DriveNow, hit the highway and prepare to dance, sing, eat and drink ’til your heart’s content. While there are loads of big ones such as the Big Day Out, Good Vibrations and V Festival that do the rounds countrywide, don’t forget the smaller ones that might just offer something a little more intimate and also give you the chance to look around. Try these for size …

1) Riverboats Jazz Food and Wine Festival. Every July this one attracts jazz and wine lovers in their droves from all corners of the country, so head down the Hume Highway in your campervan or hire car to this historic river port township set on the banks of the mighty Murray River for some smooth jazz, great food and wonderful nearby attractions. It all happens in late February.

2) Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. Any time of the year is a good time of the year to visit this beautiful coastal hotspot. Enjoy the best of both worlds whether it be the beach or the hinterland. This world renowned music festival attracts some of the biggest artists in the world. Held over five days every Easter, visit

3) Chill Island. Head south from Melbourne and find a patch on charming Phillip Island, home of Australia’s best known penguins and the Phillip Island motorsport circuit. Every January it comes alive to the sounds of easygoing, chilled music including artists covering such genres as folk, reggae, blues and pop.

4) Womadelaide. This one stands for World of Music Arts and Dance and simply must be experienced if you’re ever cruising around South Australia. Thousands “bliss out” as they enjoy the sounds of the planet, street theatre, exhibitions and great food. Visit

5) Tamworth Country Music Festival. No Aussie list of music festivals can be without this mighty country music fest when the greats of country music, and promising up and comers of all ages, hit the town for a fun time. Celebrations continue for 10 days every year from mid-January. Visit