The best part about having a home on wheels? The places you can go – of course!
And while most of think of visiting natural wonders and secluded spots, an added bonus is that you’re free to visit events and festivals around the country.
Since the lifting of lockdowns around the country, the events calendar has exploded. There is something on every single weekend, especially over summer. And many festivals and events, especially those in the more remote parts of the country, provide free or low-fee camping areas for vans, trailers and RVs.
Music vans are spoiled for choice, with something to suit all musical tastes, from country to heavy metal, blues to techno.
Many music festivals have built up a huge following over many years, such as Queensclfif Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, The Falls Festival which has become New Year’s tradition, and the National Celtic Festival held in Portarlington in June, while other new events are popping up all the time.
The Big Red Bash is billed as the most remote music festival on the planet takes place in the world’s largest sand dune desert every July. It’s a Mecca for campers.
Food and wine lovers have a literal smorgasbord of events to choose from: beer and cider festivals, gin festivals, and festivals dedicated to one standout food: chilli, mussels, truffles, paella, and even pumpkins. The southern NSW town of Young has the National Cherry Festival in December.
Arts enthusiasts can also take their pick of events around the country – Adelaide Fringe Festival, Dark Mofo in Tasmania (take your wheels over on the ferry), Brisbane Street Art Festival.
Then there are the quirky festivals.
Some of the more unusual festivals include an Elvis Festival at Parkes, South Australia’s Tunarama which includes the World Championship Tuna Toss, and the famous Dunny Derby held annually at Winton as part of the Outback Festival.
Maryborough in QLD has the Mary Poppins Festival in July. But the best-named event would have to be Broken Hill’s Broken Heel Festival, inspired by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and held in September.
Whatever your hobby or interest, it’s time to start planning.
Here are some handy links to get you started. You’re welcome!