There is always something to do in Australia because festivals and events are happening everywhere all the time. We already told you about May festivals and events in New South Wales and in Western Australia. Today we are featuring 5 upcoming festivals and special events in Queensland. Stay tuned for more festivals and events in Queensland and in other states around Australia.

  1. Brisbane International Jazz Festival:

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Brisbane International Jazz Festival Photo Credit:

Brisbane International Jazz Festival Photo Credit:

The Brisbane International Jazz Festival will take place from May 26 – June 4 this year. It features jazz musicians and ensembles from all over the world. So far, the program includes:

  • Double Bill: Denson / Baartz Quartet & the Steve Newcomb Orchestra
  • Wild Silk Strings Project
  • Ari Hoenig
  • Kenny Barron Trio
  • Double Bill: Peedu Kass Momentum & The Toby Wren Trio
  • Emie R Roussel Trio
  • Tigran Hamasyan
  • Kavita Shah Quartet
  • Andrew Butt Trio + (Album Launch Blueberry Ash) & The Aaron Jansz Trio
  • Pascal Schumacher + Berardi / Foran / Karlen

Hiring a Car in Brisbane, Queensland

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There are several convenient locations to rent a car in Brisbane. If you are arriving at the Brisbane airport, hiring a car there could be your first option. If you are planning on renting a car from another location within or near Brisbane, you can choose from Ipswich, Rocklea, or Logan. When you rent a vehicle in Brisbane, be sure to ask your car rental agent for details on the destinations you are planning for your holiday. They will kindly provide you with safety protocols, maps, and insider details all about the best places to go on a Brisbane holiday. Here are some other holiday ideas in and around Brisbane:

5 Day Trips from Brisbane

Things to Do in Brisbane

Free Things to do in Brisbane

Something for Everyone in the South Bank of Brisbane

The Rainforest Way

Pacific Coast Road Trip Sydney to Brisbane

Take a Trip to the Queensland Outback: Carnarvon National Park

Great Barrier Reef National Park

Top 5 Great Barrier Reef Port Cities and 5 Great Barrier Reef Destinations

Excursions for Your Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Beautiful and Diverse National Parks of Queensland

A Chocoholic’s Guide to Brisbane

Brisbane Island Escapes in Moreton Bay

  1. Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival:

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Broadbeach is on the Gold Coast of Queensland. The Gold Coast is known for its beaches, amusement parks and Surfer’s Paradise. This annual blues festival is happening May 18 – 21, 2017. There are so many singers and performances that happen all day, every day around town, so check the schedule of events to see what’s on. That way, you won’t miss your favourites and you can get the most out of the festival.

Hiring a Car in Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast is located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland. Gold Coast is 69 kilometres south of Brisbane, or about an hour long trip by car. If you are up for an even longer road trip, Gold Coast is about a 9 hour road trip north of Sydney. There is also an airport located in nearby Coolangatta. You can hire a car at a number of different locations  because you will want to be able to have the freedom to travel around on your own schedule. While in Gold Coast, check out all of the family friendly things to do in Gold Coast. While you are close to Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, you can also check out these other travel ideas from our blog:

Family Friendly Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, a Top Tourist Destination

  1. Anywhere Theatre Festival:

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The Anywhere Theatre Festival is happening all through May from the  4th to the 21st and throughout all of Queensland. You will be able to catch some great acts like theatre tributes, comedy shows, exhibitions, musicals, workshops, and more. No matter where you are in Queensland, or you can make a road trip out of it and follow some of the 700 + performances around the state. There will be performances in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Cairns, Mount Isa, Ipswich, Gold Coast, and Toowoomba.

  1. Port Douglas Carnivale:

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Port Douglas Carnivale Photo Credit:

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Port Douglas is located in the Far North of Queensland where you can have a tropical getaway, even in fall. The Port Douglas Carnivale is a weekend long annual event. This year, it is 26th – 28th of May. There are all different events during the weekend-long carnivale party including great food, music, comedy, entertainment with something for everyone.

Hiring a Car in Queensland

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When it comes to visiting Queensland, you might decide to hire a car to get from port city to port city or for travel within the city you are staying in so that you can see the sights at your leisure. There are several port cities in where you might choose to visit to see the Great Barrier Reef in addition to all of the great fall events we have been featuring. Cities to visit include Cairns, Port Douglas, Rockhampton, Townsville, and Mackay. So, hire a car in Queensland  for an amazing adventure on land and in the sea. Click on the links to get a quick and easy great price rate quote for the right vehicle for your holiday needs. Here are some other blog posts for holiday ideas the Queensland:

Great Barrier Reef 5 Top Port Cities and Things to Do on the Great Barrier Reef

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Kids

Excursions for Your Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Great Barrier Reef National Park

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Whitsunday Islands

Day Trip from Cairns

Things to Do in Cairns

Rockin’ Holiday in Rockhampton

Mackay Region: Endless Holiday Possibilities

How Attracted Will You Be to Magnetic Island and the Port City of Townsville?

  1. Noosa Food and Wine Festival

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Noosa Wine & Food Festival Photo Credit:

Noosa Wine & Food Festival Photo Credit:

Noosa Heads is on the Queensland coast just north of Sunshine Coast. It is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and the perfect destination for a food and wine festival. The annual Noosa Food & Wine Festival will take place May 18 – 21, 2017. The festival combines the beaches and amazing Queensland coast with some of the best food and wine the region and Australia have to offer.

Hiring a Car in Noosa Heads

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Noosa Heads is just 35 km north of Sunshine Coast or a little less than a two hour drive north of Brisbane. When you are travelling around the Sunshine Coast area, you can hire a car in Noosa or rent a vehicle at the Sunshine Coast Budget location. When you have a rental car to get around it means that you can see all the sights on your own schedule. Coming and going when you please can make for the best holiday. Click on the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car hire rates in Queensland. While in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast region, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

Noosa Wine & Food Festival 2016

Australia’s Most Popular National Park:Beautifully Diverse Noosa National Park

Great Sandy National Park

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Mapleton Falls National Park and Kondalilla National Park

Scenic Holiday in the Glasshouse Mountains

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at the Australia Zoo

Fraser Island World Heritage Site

Sandy Beaches, Blue Waters, and Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

Food and wine festivals and other foodie vacations are always happening all over Australia, here are a few other options we have already featured on our blog.

A Chocoholic’s Guide to Brisbane

Margaret River Great Escape

Taste of Tasmania

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part 1

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part 2