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If you’re wanting to plan a trip across the great Aussie plane but you’re not sure where to go, or you’re pumped and ready to hit as many regional festivals as possible, we’ve got you covered. In this blog, we list off some of the nations best festivals and events that can’t be missed, with the perfect opportunity for car rental services at our East Coast Car Rentals locations, making the mission that much easier.

Australia’s Best Regional Festivals

Adelaide Fringe

Known for being the biggest arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere, and also referred to as “The People’s Festival”, the Adelaide Fringe showcases a wide variety of events from cabaret and theatre to comedy, circus, visual arts and more. This annual event is a unique celebration where all art forms congregate, even the most quirky and fascinating acts you’ll ever see.

Canberra Floriade

Although a city unheard of, Canberra comes to life full of colour and sound boasting a million blooms during September and October. Floriade is the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, providing nothing short of an elixir of entertainment, horticulture, music, workshops, and so much more.

Noosa Eat & Drink Festival

If you love good food, good wine, and great company, the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival is one of the best regional festivals to remember. With the community coming together along the beautiful coastline, you get the chance to indulge in a wide range of hinterland goodness and local produce. From exotic fruits, the infamous Sunny Coast ginger, beach BBQs, and fantastic wine, it’s the perfect festival to get around for those who enjoy kicking back under the sun.

Alice Springs Parrtjima

If you’ve never been to the outback but you’re wanting an excuse, now is the time. This autumnal event completely lights up Alice Springs in an array of striking colours and lights, known as Parrtjima; A Festival of Light. This event is a completely Aboriginal dedicated festival, celebrating the world’s oldest continuous living culture. Here, you get to enjoy incredible light installations, interactive workshops, live music, films, talks and more endless entertainment options. What’s better? It’s one of the only regional festivals completely FREE and runs over 10 spectacular nights.

Supanova Gold Coast

This one is for the people who love a great convention. Cosplay, gaming, animation, celebrity guests, prizes and more, the Gold Coast Supvanova event is an annual occasion simply unmissable. Regardless of whether you’re a fiend for anime, sci-fi or reading, an avid gamer or share a love for the mystical realms, Supanova is an oasis you’ll fall in love with. Get involved in the creative cosplay competitions, meet your favourite voice actors, or even volunteer for the event, there’s an array of entertainment that will blow your mind.

Vivid Sydney

Sydney is known for putting on quite the show whenever there is an event or festival, and Vivid Sydney is no exception. Known for being the worlds biggest festival of light, music, and ideas, visitors from all over the globe come together to celebrate over a three week winter period. To make this experience even more invigorating, you can explore night markets, street performances, music and so much more from some of the most brilliant minds among the community.

Electric Gardens Festival

Known as an independent and boutique music festival, the Electric Gardens Festival is held annually in Sydney, surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens and in proximity to the Opera House boasting four large stages that attract a massive 11 thousand guests. If you’re someone that enjoys a good electronic sound, you’re in for a treat when attending the EG festival!

Groovin the Moo

Held across regional locations in Australia for 18 years but well known among the Melbourne community, Groovin the Moo is one of the best regional festivals boasting incredible artists and phenomenal sounds. If you’re someone that loves underground musicians, local artists, and big names from across the globe, Groovin the Moo is a festival you’re not going to want to miss. Typically held in May, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the autumnal season in Australia.