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Party Down Under: Australia's Top Festivals

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Aussies love a good party and the country throws some seriously cool festivals,. Whether you are chilling at the Fringe Festival in Adelaide or experiencing Vivid Sydney, Australia has festivals for all styles. And best of all, they are held year-round. In fact, one of the country's most popular music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, is held in June, which is the heart of winter down under. Here is where to party this year in Australia.
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233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Each year Australia's festival state of South Australia comes alive with Womadelaide Festival. Bringing in musicians from around the globe this festival if suitable for all ages including families. From Polish Gypsy bands, African Gospel choirs to...
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Adelaide SA, Australia
I was lucky enough to have a last minute trip to Australia in March, and it turns out this is the best time to visit Adelaide. Yes, it is a small place but go there at this time of year and there numerous things going on - the Adelaide Cup Races,...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
With the worlds most famous comedians descending on Melbourne in late-March, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one calendar event not to be missed. Headlining acts can usually be found in the Town Hall or – Theatre, but for the best...
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Rear Bldg, Bondi Pavilion, off Campell Pde (opp, Beach Rd, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Every January, this traveling short film festival kicks off at the Bondi Beach Pavilion and spends about nine days introducing moviegoers to Academy-accredited Australian and international films that include music videos, animations,...
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71 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads QLD 4567, Australia
In the sparkling seaside hamlet of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the 12th annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival was an absolute blast last weekend. Think; four days of culinary carnival, four days of social swilling, four nights...
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2, 88 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
If you are visiting Sydney at the end of May or early in June, you’ll get to experience a unique annual event of light and music, when the city is transformed into a spectacular canvas. Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark, with neon...
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Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Colored paper lanterns and twinkling Christmas lights set the stage for the hawker-style Night Noodle Market—the centerpiece of Sydney Good Food Month, held every October. More than 50 stalls selling dumplings, noodles, buns, rolls, wraps and...
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Every year, Sydney hosts the incredibly immersive Sydney Writers' Festival. A collection of events--many which are free--are located all over the city, but the majority of the events take place at the home base: Walsh Bay. With a view of the...
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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by its dramatic setting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, a location that’s long been sacred to the native Gadigal people. While construction took...
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1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia
I spotted this Little Penguin hanging out under the boardwalk and it's a good thing I snapped a shot when I did, because there are no photos allowed at the official Penguin Parade. Once the sun is almost at the horizon, the festivities begin at...
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Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia
Watching camels gallop (if gallop is indeed what camels do) around the dusty Outback track at the Lasseters Camel Cup is a sight unlike anything you've ever seen. Each of the 5,000 guests in attendance carries on like they're in on some great...
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1 Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
There is no place in the whole of Australia more laid back than Byron Bay, a once sleepy town on the New South Wales coast that now hosts yearly blues festivals. Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge is an extension of the vibe found throughout the town....
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126 Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun NSW 2483, Australia
Held over three days in June just north of the surfer town of Byron Bay, Splendour in the Grass is Australia's largest winter music festival. Attracting an international crowd of 30,000, the festival features an impressive line-up of up-and-coming...