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Australia Winter Festivals for 2017

We have been featuring things to do in Australia during the winter time. Winter in Australia is filled with festivals that make for great things to do on holiday or just with friends all over the country. We told you about some of the winter festivals in our feature on Things to Do in Australia in Winter, but now we will go into more detail about upcoming festivals still happening this winter.

Darwin Festival

Darwin Festival Image Credit: DarwinFestival.org.au

The Darwin Festival happens each year in August. Darwin is the most populated city in the Top End of the Northern Territory. This year the 18 day celebration takes place 10 -27 August 2017. It is a celebration of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more. The Top End is tropical, so even during the winter, the temps are warm and you can expect a fair amount of humidity too. The festival began 35 years ago as a means of rebuilding after a terrible cyclone. Now festival attendees can enjoy free performances, and buy food and drinks from stalls at the various venues in Darwin. This is one of many winter festivals held in Darwin, so you can plan for more than one if you time your holiday carefully.

Hiring a 4WD to get around the Northern Territory

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You will need a four wheel drive vehicle to get around the Northern Territory and the Top End. You can hire a 4WD vehicle  in Katherine, or you can hire a car in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. There are two car rental options in Darwin. Either hire a vehicle at the Darwin Airport or rent a 4WD in Darwin City. All of this remote and rugged terrain driving means taking precautions and being prepared. Travellers should always have updated maps with you and plenty of emergency supplies, petrol, and drinking water. Let someone know where you will be, when you will return, and what your exact itinerary is. Consult with our friendly and knowledgeable representatives and they will help you find the right vehicle for your needs and offer up safety tips and local travel ideas. While travelling through Australia’s Top End, check out these other blog posts about this region:

Australia’s Largest National Park Kakadu National Park

Rivers of Kakadu National Park

National Parks and Reserves in the Northern Territory Near Darwin

Outdoor Destinations in Northern Territory near Katherine

Things to Do Near Darwin

Nitmiluk National Park Carved by Nature

Experience a Remote Holiday at Bullo River Station

Journey to Judbarra / Gregory National Park

Road Trip Adventures in the Northern Territory:

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two

Noosa Alive

Noosa Alive Image Credit: NoosaAlive.com.au

Noosa Alive is a festival that takes place from 21 – 30 July 2017 this year. Noosa is in Queensland and is one of the top destinations for winter holiday goers. The festival is just one more reason to visit Noosa in winter. It is 10 days and nights of music, theatre, food, and thought.

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

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

Bondi Feast

Bondi Feast Image Credit: BondiWinterMagic.org.au

Bondi Feast Image Credit: BondiWinterMagic.org.au

The Bondi Feast is one of the events held as part of the Bondi Winter Magic. The Bondi Feast takes place 18 – 20 July (Tuesday through Saturday nights) beginning at 6pm. The events are held at the Bondi Pavilion. Bondi Feast is a pop-up winter festival that is filled with theatre, comedy, music, storytelling, visual arts, great food and drinks. Bondi is one of the most popular beaches of Sydney.

Hiring a Car in Sydney

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It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby.  Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip, especially if there is a possibility of snowy or icy weather conditions. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, in check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

Best Scenic Drives in Australia: Greater Blue Mountains

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

Snow Valley Way: A Delicious Scenic Drive

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

Free Things to Do in Sydney

A Spectacular New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to See in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Scenic Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Experience the Vast Beauty of Wollemi National Park

Royal National Park

Summertime is the Perfect Time for Sydney’s Outdoor Pools

Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney

Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival Image Credit: MIFF.com.au

The Melbourne International Film Festival takes place 3 – 20 August 2017. It is an annual film festival that takes place in Melbourne each year. It has been running since 1952. This year, the film categories include:

  • Headliners
  • Australian Films
  • Pioneering Women
  • International
  • Experimentations
  • Sally Potter Retrospective
  • Documentaries
  • Animals
  • True Crime
  • Music On Film
  • Night Shift
  • Sci-Fi Retrospective
  • Animation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Short Films

Events of the Melbourne International Film Festivals:

  • MIFF Talks
  • Galas and Special Events
  • MIFF Kids
  • MIFF Schools
  • Industry Public Access Events
  • MIFF Premiere Fund – 10th Anniversary

Hiring a Car in Melbourne

Melbourne Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Things to Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do in Melbourne

Free Things To Do Near Melbourne

Melbourne with Kids

Refresh and Relax on the Mornington Peninsula

5 Stops on the Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – Road Trip

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Escape to the Countryside South Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

Outdoor Rock Pools in Melbourne

Outdoor Pools and Baths in Melbourne

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part One

Foodie Tours in Melbourne Part Two

Best Foodie Destinations in Australia

Upcoming Festivals and Special Events in Victoria

Canberra Fireside Festival

Canberra Fireside Festival Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

Poachers Way Fireside Festival Photo Credit: ThePoachersWay.com.au

Each August, visitors to Canberra can take to the Poacher’s Way  and warm up during winter’s Fireside Festival. This event truly celebrates the chill of winter with fire, food, and wine. The month long festival includes degustation dinners, wine tastings, performances, special exhibitions, and packages with a winter theme. The festival features hearty winter food, hot chocolate, and gluhwein across the Canberra Region.

Hiring a Car in Canberra

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The Australian Capital Territory is located within New South Wales Territory. Situated 280 kilometres south-west of Sydney and 660 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. There is plenty to see and do within the city and surrounds, so hiring a car is the best way to be able to get around and see the sights on your own time. There are car rental locations in Canberra City, the Canberra Airport, as well as places to hire a car in both Sydney  or Melbourne. Canberra is located in the northern part of the ACT and is one of the largest cities in Australia. Check your maps and consult with your car rental agent for driving tips for the locations you plan on driving to since many areas just outside of the city can be rugged and rural. You want to make sure you have the right all-terrain vehicle. While in Canberra, check out  from our blog:

Things to Do in Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory

Soar High in Namadgi National Park

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

The Top 10 Australian Ski Resorts

Top 10 Things to Do in Canberra

Canberra Walking Trails Part One

Canberra Walking Trails Part Two

Whale Watching Tour Photo Credit: VisitFraserCoast.com

Whale Watching Tour Photo Credit: VisitFraserCoast.com

Whale Watching Tour Photo Credit: VisitFraserCoast.com

Whale Watching Festival Blessing of the Fleet Image Credit: WhaleWatch.com.au

Hervey Bay and the surrounding area including the Great Sandy Strait and Fraser Island are considered the whale watching capital of the world. The time frame for whale watching here is during the winter and spring migration from July to November. During this time, about 10,000 whales inhabit these waters. On any given day during this time, you can find many whales, it is mating season and many mothers are nursing their calves. The whales are gentle, friendly, and curious, which increases chances of seeing them up close on a whale watching tour or even right from the lookouts on the shore. There are other whale watching opportunities all over Australia in winter too. In August, the Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast region holds a Whale Watching Festival, this year; the festival kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday 12 August 2017. When you visit Hervey Bay during this time for the whale watching, be sure to stay to check out the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on 13 August 2017.

Hiring a Car in Hervey Bay

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Since Hervey Bay is a big holiday destination, you might fly into the Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport. You can rent a car right from the Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast Airport. You can also hire a car from the Hervey Bay Budget location. If you are driving up to Hervey Bay from the south, you can also rent a vehicle at one of our Brisbane locations, or hire a vehicle in Sunshine Coast. Having your own vehicle means freedom to see the sights when you want and stay as long as you like. No need to be at the mercy of a tour bus schedule. It also means you can find the time to visit some of the other holiday hot spots in the region:

Great Sandy National Park

Noosa National Park: Australia’s Most Popular National Park

The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

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

Endless Holiday Possibilities in Mackay

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

Great Barrier Reef Excursions

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Great Barrier Reef with Kids

Whale Watching Season in Western Australia

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