When summer hits, Australians are treated to some of the best Aussie music festivals of the year. It’s the time to be outdoors, soak up the festival atmosphere and dance all day in the sun to the latest beats.
But what most people don’t realise about music festivals, is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. There’s a rising trend in people deciding to hire a campervan from the nearest capital city and stay in a caravan park to keep costs low.
Here are some unmissable music festivals this summer, along with ideas for where to park your wheels.
Dec 31 – Jan 2 at Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron Bay
Falls Festival is one of the longest running music and arts festivals in Australia. It features more than 70 bands, DJs and comedians, including local and international acts. There’s no better way to bring in the New Year. This year’s headline acts include Flume, Angus and Julia Stone, Foster the People and Liam Gallagher.
Where to stay: Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park, Byron Holiday Park, Marion Bay Caravan Park
Jan 1 at Sydney
Celebrate New Year’s Day in the heart of Sydney at the beautiful venue, The Domaine. It’s the city’s most popular boutique music festival, which is famous for its friendly atmosphere. Not to mention the awesome line-ups. Expect to see some of the best current hip-hop, house and electronic artists from all over the world.
Where to stay: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, Sydney Tourist Park
Woodford Folk Festival
Dec 27 – Jan 1 at Woodfordia, Queensland
The Woodford Folk Festival is easily one of Australia’s iconic events and one of the largest folk festivals in the world. Expect to witness music, dance, comedy, cabaret and circus acts. Get lost in films, workshops, debates and even street theatre. There’s even an entire children’s festival to ensure the kids are having fun. Talk about having something for everybody!
Where to stay: Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, NRMA Lake Somerset Holiday Park
Nov 16-18 near Tocumwal, NSW
Strawberry Fields is an exciting annual celebration of music, art and creative expression. Held every year in November, Strawberry Fields delivers electronic music from top artists all over the world, including Dirtwire and Jaala. Drive about three hours from Melbourne to also experience unique market stalls, live performance art, workshops and more.
Where to stay: Tocumwal Tourist Park, Bushlands on the Murray Holiday Park
Wide Open Space
May, near Alice Springs
If you’re in need of a music festival and it’s the middle of winter down south, simply head to Central Australia for summer like weather and music vibes! Wide Open Space is the ultimate outback Aussie festival. Imagine three days of Australia’s best underground music, from hip hop and even disco. There’s also market stalls and art… with it all at the foot of the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges.
Where to stay: Ross River Resort Caravan Park, BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park