With its diverse culture and stunning beaches, it’s perhaps not surprising that Australia attracts millions of visitors every year. Tourism is a key part of the Australian economy and the country is host to numerous high profile events annually.
However, there’s also a number of unusual events held every year that many people outside of Australia might not be aware of; for tourists prepared to experience some events that aren’t so mainstream, there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy this popular tourist destination in a completely different way.
Here are some of the unusual events that you can experience in Australia.
1. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
A key event for Melbourne in February is the St. Jerome’s Festival. Based in various venues throughout Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, the focus of this festival is Australian bands, so it provides a great opportunity to experience some of Australia’s finest artistes from a range of different genres, including hip hop and electronica.
Typical venues for the festival include bars and restaurants; if you plan on making the most of this festival you might consider using public transport, take a taxis to take you from venue to venue... or simply walk and explore the city that way.
2. The Good Dog! Festival
This event has been dubbed one of the coolest film festivals in the world; this festival only screens films that feature dogs, and it’s all in aid of a good cause. The festival is hosted in Sydney, and is usually held in March.
March is a good month to visit Sydney as a whole due to the diverse selection of festivals being held. The Taste of Sydney Food Festival usually happens in March, and the Biennale of Sydney visual arts show also gets underway.
The Biennale of Sydney is hosted at a number of different venues throughout Sydney so be prepared to travel, and enquire about car rental in Australia before you go.
3. Henley-on-Todd Regatta
If you love sun, sea and surf, then you’ll enjoy the Henley-on-Todd Regatta in Alice Springs, which is scheduled for August. The festival consists of more than 20 different events including the Battle of the Boats, a Beech Sprint and the Bathtub Derby. It’s all good family fun, so children are welcome too.
4. Splendour in the Grass
Hosted in Byron Bay in July, the Splendour in the Grass Festival offers something for everyone; as well as featuring music artists, the event is known for its spa activities, it yoga classes and circus performances.
5. Next Wave Festival
The Next Wave Festival is an opportunity to get a glimpse of Australia’s up-and-coming artists. Held in May in Melbourne.
Visitors to the event are promised a visual treat from some emerging artists who might go on to be the next big thing.
6. Fremantle Street Arts Festival
Hosted annually, the Fremantle Street Arts Festival is held over a three-day period in April. The event brings together a selection of busking, theatre and comedy talent. You can also expect to see talented cabaret and circus acts as well.
Australia has plenty to offer the tourist, and with such varied events throughout the year there is something to appeal to every taste; while it is famed for its big festivals, there is also plenty for visitors that want something a little different.