Australia has one of the busiest and most unique music festival calendars in the world. No matter what type of music you are into, there is something for everyone. Here are a few of the best ones that you cannot miss.
Ultra is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world, and it has a yearly spot in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring hundreds of artists and an array of music, ticking Ultra off your music festival bucket list is a must.
Before you leave, make sure you pack sunscreen, look up how to get nicotine prescription, as smoking will be difficult, and pack comfortable shoes; it’s going to be hard to stop yourself from dancing for hours on end.
Lost Paradise is widely regarded as one of the best festivals of the year and one of the best ways to spend New Year. The three-day festival consistently boasts a top-notch lineup playing various genres.
Besides the music, the festival is always packed with delicious food, amazing places to relax, art, and a sense of community that is hard to find at other festivals.
Wide Open Space
Found an hour outside of Alice Springs, Wide Open Space is an underground music lovers paradise. Three days of some of the best underground music Australia and the world have to offer; Wide Open Space is often referred to as one of Australia’s best-kept festival secrets.
Held at Ross River Resort, the festival is proud of the fact that they are intolerant of any behavior that ruins the experience for other attendees and that WOS is a place for everyone to come and have the time of their lives.
If you want to feed your soul and senses, then look no further than Strawberry Fields. Always hosting a wide variety of local and international artists, Strawberry Fields is all about scratching your electronic music itch.
Once again, it provides a plethora of food and drink, has many wide open spaces and a river to relax in, and is the perfect way to take in the clear night sky of the bush.
Groovin the Moo
Groovin the Moo is unique in so much that is it a collection of six one-day festivals held over a few weeks in different cities across Australia. Offering visitors a wide variety of music and a different experience depending on which one you attend, trying to get to all six is a road trip worth taking.
Return to Rio
Return to Ri is a fantastic festival for those looking for the Rio Carnival experience in Australia. It is a smaller and more intimate festival compared to others on the list, but that doesn’t make it any less memorable.
With tons of incredible music, fancy dress, good food and drinks, and a particularly great camping experience, Return to Rio is a must.
Previously known as Rainbow Serpent, Spirit is electronic and trance music heaven. It is one of Australia’s oldest music festivals, with the first event being held over twenty years ago, and it has only become bigger and better with every year that passes.
Many fans of the event will tell you that if you can only attend one festival while in Australia, it should be Rainbow Spirit, as it has everything you could ask for and so much more.
If camping or traveling to the bush isn’t for you, fear not. Sydney has a premier music festival that gives you all the music with none of the dust. Harbourlife takes place every year at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney and plays a variety of the best House songs you will ever hear.
And while you have to miss out on some of those quintessential festival staples, Harbourlife is widely regarded as the best party to kick off Summer.
Byron Bay Bluesfest
One of the longest festivals of the year, Byron Bay Bluesfest is a five-day festival that pays homage to Blues music. With over 200 performances over multiple stages and often attracting over 100,000 people, the Bluesfest is the place to be for those who love the genre.
It has also established itself as a festival for everyone, with whole families, kids, and grandparents making the trip to Byron Bay every year.
Beyond the Valley
Finally, Beyond the Valley is another festival widely regarded as one of the best in the world, let alone being one of the best in Australia. Spanning three days over the New Year period, Beyond the Valley offers a wide range of genres and experiences across multiple stages.
Attended by thousands and thousands of people every year, you might find it hard to sleep with all the noise, but then again, you may put sleep on the back burner to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
Whether you are a local who hasn’t been to a music festival before or a visitor looking to experience what the Australian music festival scene has to offer, you won’t regret attending any of the festivals on this list.