Guest post: 5 Fun Beachside Festivals around Australia – by Angela Cunliffe
In this week’s guest post, our new contributor, Angela – a musician and a travel writer, describes 5 best beachside festivals around Australia. Get you party-pants on and explore these fun cultural events with us!
5 Fun Beachside Festivals around Australia
It’s no secret that Aussies love to take part in festivals, whether they’re music, food and wine, sport or culture-based. While many of the major tourism drawcards are long-running festivals held in major capitals, there is a plethora of boutique beachside events that are located around the country and certainly worth a visit over the coming year. If you have your shades, sunscreen and sense of adventure firmly in place then read on for five fun festivals to check out in the coming months.
Port Douglas Carnivale in Port Douglas, Queensland
If you’re planning to choose a hotel in Port Douglas when the Carnivale is on in May, then you’re going to need to book early — this popular annual festival usually draws to the region tens of thousands of revellers who wish to explore the fun and festivities in the tropics. The Port Douglas Carnivale celebrates 20 years of live entertainment, adventure activities and food events in 2014, and kicks off with the traditional Macrossan Street Parade in Port Douglas. Events are also held in two other Far North Queensland villages, Mossman and the Daintree, so travellers to the area can enjoy a plethora of festivities around the region. This year the Carnivale includes many different food events, such as a long lunch, a seafood extravaganza, a food and wine concert and a champagne lunch. Tourists can also enjoy a street art and music festival, a rodeo, a fashion show, a comedy club and the inaugural “Carnivale Backyard Games”.
5Lands Walk on the Central Coast, New South Wales
Held in June on the Central Coast, this free, one-day winter event has been inspired by the Cinque Terre region in Italy. The 5Lands Walk takes in approximately 10 kilometres of beautiful New South Wales coastline across five suburbs, and visitors are likely to spot some whales passing by on their annual migration. The events of the day take place at five coastal communities on the Central Coast (Copacabana, MacMasters Beach, Terrigal, Avoca and North Avoca) and include cultural displays, live entertainment, art and music. The 5Lands Walk is set up to acknowledge the local Aboriginal people as the original occupants of the area and pays respect to the community’s Elders who were, and are, the Guardians of the 5 Lands.
Port Fairy Folk Festival in Port Fairy, Victoria
The Port Fairy Folk Festival is a four-day music event that’s held each year in March in the charming seaside town of Port Fairy, in southern Victoria. This year the festival will feature more than 120 local and international acts that will play music from every genre, including roots, rhythm, cabaret and Celtic styles. The event also includes a children’s program to keep young ones amused, as well as many street performers, music workshops and food and crafts stalls. Since its launch in 1977, the Folk Festival has drawn more than 8000 artists to the region and entertained countless numbers of locals and visiting guests.
Shinju Matsuri in Broome, Western Australia
Held in Broome on the Western Australia coast, Shinju Matsuri is a 10-day long September “Festival of the Pearl” that celebrates the multicultural pearling history of the city. The festivities include events such as an opening and closing ceremony; a Mardi Gras and float parade; dragon-boat racing; family-friendly entertainment; live music; long lunches; a gala night; comedy and burlesque routines; cultural nights; a film festival; art awards; and fireworks. Shinju Matsuri festival events have been held in Broome for 43 years and are popular with locals and tourists alike.
Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival in Port Lincoln, South Australia
The Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival is a four-day event held each January in Port Lincoln, South Australia. The festival first began in 1960 and is particularly popular with families — the event includes lots of free entertainment, competitions and contests for all age groups. Visitors to the region are sure to enjoy watching the world-famous Tuna Toss competition; the street parade; gala ball; live entertainment; sideshows and rides; long-table feast; and variety of stalls. The Tunarama Festival is designed to showcase the best wine, produce, art, music and scenery in the Port Lincoln area and is the perfect festival for families.
written by: Angela Cunliffe
Angela is a musician, a blogger and a travel writer who loves to spend time exploring the world’s most fun and scenic festivals.