New South Wales Music Festivals to Amp Up your Summer

Are you looking for something to do this summer? What better way to amp up the season than going into some of the best music festivals in New South Wales? Music lover or not, these events will surely get you in the groove all summer long.

So rent a motorhome and drive to these New South Wales music festivals this season:

Thredbo Blues Festival (January 15 to 18)

Twenty-five of some of the greatest Aussie artists will gather to perform over a weekend and you’ll soon find yourself singing along to their popular songs. Catch Russell Morris, Fiona Boyes, Christina Crofts, Andrea Marr and much more at Thredbo Village, Alpine Way in Snowy Monaro. Get your full weekend pass for $150.

Electric Gardens (January 23)

Dance to the groove of a new boutique summer dance music festival at the Centennial Park, Parkes Drive, Sydney. Celebrate Australia Day with English Electro icon Fatboy Slim and some of the biggest names in the music dance scene. Ticket prices range from $50 for General Admissions to $275 for VIP Garden.

Goat Island Sounds (January 26)

Its that time again to listen to Triple J’s Hottest 100 in a picnic backdraft of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Enjoy a night with the fastest rising stars of electronic music while feasting on picnic delights from Mary’s and Pretty Picnics. General admission tickets are sold for $62.50 and VIP tickets at $122.50, both with booking fees.

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St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (February 7)

Touring around seven cities in three countries, the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is set to showcase the best of eccentric hip-hop, intelligent pop, leftfield electronica and shambolic punk. Catch all the action at Sydney College of The Arts, Balmain Road. Get your tickets for only $165 including booking fee and GST.

Mountain Sounds Festival (February 20)

The proudly local, environmentally sustainable music event is at it again after a successful run last year. This year it promises to fill Mount Penang Parklands, Central Coast Highway, Kariong in the Central Coast with songs from local and international artists from different genres. Ticket price ranges from $79 to $139.

Good Life ’16 – U18s Festival (February 26)

It’s the music festival exclusively for teens. Enjoy music from 20 of Australia’s hottest artist while enjoying an outdoor cinema, a sports zone, a water park and a theme park. Hip-hop star A$AP Rocky and RnB singer Jeremih are headlining the event. You can also catch some of the famous local celebrities. The Good Life ‘16 will be held at Sydney Showground, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park. Ticket prices range from $92 to $175.

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ (March 5)

Central Coast’s most awaited music fest combines a News Orleans music theme and tasty treats into one world class event. Eat Texan-style barbecue and soul food to satisfy your cravings.  Girrakool also features indigenous bands that play aboriginal music. Tickets are sold at $75 for adults and $38 for children. Group tickets get discounted prices.

Byron Bay Bluesfest (March 24 to 28)

If you want a taste of music from all parts of the world, then head on to the Byron Bay Bluesfest- Aussie’s leading contemporary Blues & Roots music festival. Seven stages and 200 performances over five days promise to draw an audience of more than 100,000 from all over the country. International artists like Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, John Legend and more will perform at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Black Rock Road in the Northern Coast. Complete the 5-day event for $525. One day tickets range from $159 to $179.

The most convenient way to enjoy the upcoming New South Wales music festivals, which can last from a day to a full weekend, is by renting a motorhome or campervan. Here you can sleep, prepare food and even take a bath inside the vehicle. If nothing else, it helps you save a lot of money during the trip. But make sure that you book early because a lot of people are lining up to rent a motorhome to catch these music festivals. To get the best deals for motorhome and campervan, visit Salamanda Travel’s website and book your vehicle now!

 

Cultural Festivals in 2014 – Stay in a Campervan

There is no doubt that there are great opportunities to explore Australia’s nature and wildlife in a campervan. It is up to you whether you are going to dive in the Great Barrier Reef, pose for stunning pictures in front of Ayers Rock or be enchanted by the timeless beauty of Kakadu National Park.

But what about the cultural celebrations and music festivals that shape Australia’s character? There are numerous events throughout the country that are perfectly accessible by campervan – a must-see for young and old. Why go in a campervan? The answer is simple: use it as both transport and accommodation and stay at campgrounds wherever you go.

Take a look at our Australian culture and music festival compilation for 2014. You will find the highlights by month until the end of the year.

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May

Start your journey loud and loony in Darwin! The BASSINTHEGRASS festival will carry you off to the grounds of the Darwin Amphitheatre, a place where different musical tastes collide to create a unique atmosphere. Presented by the Northern Territory government, BASSINTHEGRASS is conducted in a safe and friendly environment. Souvenir caps instead of a conventional ticket and the provision of free bottled water which is available throughout the day is a cool innovation. This year’s line-up includes Allday, Karnivool, The Amity Affliction, Vance Joy and many more. Secure your camper for Saturday 24 May 2014 today, so nothing can go wrong!

BASSINTHEGRASS
Sat 24th May
Darwin, NT

June

Take off to another wicked festival in North Queensland. River Sessions returns to Mackay this June with another line-up chock full of Australian talent. An epic line-up featuring The Amity Affliction, Rufus, Art vs Science and oodles more will take to the Mackay Showgrounds.

You can plan your trip and hire a campervan in Brisbane one week before the event and head to north. You will drive through the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Visit Noosa, one of the top three beaches in the South Pacific. Drive along the famous Bruce Highway and stop in at Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, which is located only 3 hours from Brisbane by campervan. This heavenly place will charge you full of energy. Park your campervan at one of the campgrounds located next to the island, and take a day trip to Fraser Island.

River Sessions Festival
Saturday, 28th June 2014
Mackay, QLD

July

Don’t be afraid of winter. It’s going to be hot! July holds probably Australia’s most prominent music event. Of course it’s in the Sunshine State – where else? With over 170,000 likes on Facebook, Splendour In The Grass is an absolute must for every Indie, hip-hop and electronic music fan. Hiring a campervan in advance is certainly the best idea when planning to go insane on Friday 25 July 2014. With plenty of on-site camping, Splendour creates its own community for a weekend that is a heady mixture of coeval performing arts. From July 25 – 27 Splendour In The Grass returns with three massive days of sensational sounds from around the globe.
Book your campervan and reserve your tickets for this amazing festival! Here is all you have to know about camping on Splendour In The Grass.

Splendour In The Grass 2014
Friday 25 July 2014, 10:00am – Sunday 27 July 2014, 11:00pm
Yelgun, NSW

August

You can’t get enough of a good thing, but there are other festivals besides music festivals. If you want to take it easier, we have also got some cultural festivals for you. In case you have never been to the Northern Territory, The Darwin Festival is a must-do event for you. An 18-day feast of theatre, music, dance, cabaret and more in the beautiful tropical city of Darwin awaits you. Head to Darwin in August and catch a little of the northern Australian culture.

The festival was born out of the destruction and devastation caused by a natural disaster over 35 years ago. Don’t worry, this is the best time to go there – stay dry and avoid the hottest temperatures during the dry season. The 2014 Festival takes place from 7 to 24 August. Travel with your rental motorhome from Salamanda Travel across the tropical area of NT and experience the celebration of the town’s revival as well as the optimism of the locals.

Campgrounds are available next to the centre and the festival:

  • Hidden Valley Tourist Park
    25 Hidden Valley Rd, Berrimah NT 0828
  • KOA Caravan Park
    460 McMillans Rd, Marrara NT 0812
  • Discovery Holiday Parks – Darwin
    11 Farrell Crescent, Winnellie NT 0820

 

 

Darwin Festival
7 – 21 August 2014
Darwin, NT

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September

September will bring you closer to Asia’s arts and culture. With the OzAsia Festival, Adelaide celebrates Australia’s multicultural civilization and position within the Asia Pacific region. Experience traditions and rituals in theatre and dance, food and film through to arts and music. Be enchanted by the sensational Moon Lantern Festival at sunset. This highlight is a free community event that will impress.

Rent your campervan in Adelaide and plunge into the amazing colourfulness of the largest continent of the world, shaped by ancient traditions and customs. Discover the OzAsia Festival in your campervan and meet Australian artists who identify with an Asian heritage, as well as traditional artists from Asia. A diverse program of excellent shows for a broad range of tastes and budgets is on offer.

In your motorhome from Salamanda  you’ll be able to self-cater, and you’ll save money on accommodation. Moreover, there is the Adelaide Caravan Park right in the city, next to the Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. There is no better place to stay; it will take you no longer than 10 minutes to go to the city centre.

OzAsia Festival
5 – 21 September 2014
Adelaide, SA

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October

Let the summer begin with thunder! Be ready for the new #1 DJ in the world – Hardwell. During his I AM HARDWELL world tour he is coming to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney – in that order. This is a golden opportunity to listen to probably best electronic dance music this style of music has to offer. Be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible!

Hardwell’s sounds will move you to a different dimension and the unique beats will stir your blood. While traveling to each corner of the world, Hardwell has found fans from all around the world and keeps on amazing them.

Satisfy yourself by planning a marvellous holiday with your rented campervan. You have all three opportunities– Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Brisbane: Pick-up a motorhome on Friday, 3rd October over the weekend and start with Hardwell’s upcoming performance. The capital of the Sunshine State offers you a lot of sights and entertainment. You can start travelling with your campervan around Brisbane on Saturday and visit popular places like the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Noosa and Fraser Island. Put the finishing touches to your unforgettable weekend on Sunday and pay a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or head to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens or Mt Coot-ha.
Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

Melbourne: If a visit to the most liveable city has always been your dream, now is the time. Combine your experiences by travelling in a campervan in and around Melbourne with peerlessly electronic tunes. Feel the dancing mood atmosphere all over Melbourne on Saturday, 4th October. Be inspired by the youthfulness and cosmopolitan nature of Victoria’s capital city.

Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

  • Gladstone Park Motel
    196 Mickleham Road, Gladstone Park
    Phone: +61 3 9338 3533

Sydney: Hardwell’s last but not least I AM HARDWELL Australia tour destination is at the same time the biggest city Down Under. Many fans will make their way here and leave Sydney after the performance. But a much better idea is to hire a campervan and explore the region around Sydney – before or after Hardwell’s show on Sunday 5th October.
Here are some campervan hire campgrounds and caravan parks:

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// AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES //
October 3, 2014 – Brisbane, QLD
October 4, 2014 – Melbourne, VIC
October 5, 2014 – Sydney, NSW

November

The Double Bay Street Festival 2014 should be an exceedingly successful day. In 2013, over 60,000 people participated in the fun of the day. Expect gourmet food, vintage, designer fashions, clothing and children’s toys. This festival is perfect for young families as it provides lots of entertainment for kids. Bring some joy to your infants and take them with you to Double Bay – only 10 minutes to the city of Sydney. They will be amused by a plenty of stalls, rides, crocodile encounters, camel rides and many different acts. Be flexible, explore beautiful Sydney and stay with your family in a campervan. It’s much easier to find a campervan park in Sydney than you think!

Please check this website for more information about campervan parks:

Double Bay Street Festival 2014
Sun 2 November
Double Bay, NSW

December

Slowly but surely, the year comes to an end. There is midsummer, hot temperatures and Christmas coming, followed up by New Year’s Eve. You can hardly wait and that’s why December is a special month – you can choose between various festivals where you can celebrate the best time of year.

Let’s get started with the Woodford Folk Festival. It’s an annual music festival held near the town of Woodford, Queensland. Hire your campervan in Brisbane and head 76 km to the north to arrive at the town, which is famous for major events. The Woodford Folk Festival is one of the biggest annual cultural events of its type in Australia.

Prepare yourself mentally and physically for six days and nights of a mix of performance styles, different genres and nationalities. Start celebrating on 27 December after your Christmas holidays and stay to 1 January with the most all the best folk, rock and roots artists. About 130,000 patrons attend annually. Some fans camp on-site overnight, but many stay for the full festival experience. So stop wondering why a campervan is such a brilliant idea. Shower and toilet facilities are available in all campgrounds. However, you should book your motorhome in advance! You’ll find more important information about camping here.

Woodford Folk Festival
December 27 to January 1
Woodford, QLD

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An alternative is the Falls Festival in Tasmania. A perfect occasion to discover this stunning isle in summer is to rent a campervan in Hobart and see the best of the natural state. Spend your Christmas holidays in Tasmania while travelling around and discovering beautiful destinations. On 29 December head to Marion Bay and experience the Falls Music & Arts Festival. You will be surprised by contemporary music performances, dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and some art forms. Of course, camping out at the event belongs to the local tradition. Enthusiasts will find beautiful beaches next to the festival.
Click on the link for more information on travelling and camping in Tasmania.

Falls Festival
DEC 29 2013 – JAN 01 2014
Bream Creek, TAS

Australia has amazing cultural events year round. They are a great opportunity to experience unforgettable moments to share with your loved ones. You’ll soon realise that travelling in a rented campervan is simply a part of Australia’s lifestyle. At the festivals, you will most probably meet new people with the same passion for the easygoing lifestyle while having fun as well as saving money with a campervan hire. Your best memories will last – whether you’re from abroad or a local.