Explore the Town You're Festival-ing In

Nov 04, 2021
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With festivals back on the cards, it’s time to book some flights or cars, pack up the tents and hit the road! But, do you know the town outside the campgrounds? Here’s some famous festival spots, and a couple of other things to do in the area.


Byron Bay


Home to Splendour in the Grass, Blues Fest and Falls Festival; Byron Bay and it’s area is a well-known destination. But do you know where to go when you hit the Bay? 


Surrounded by lush green forests, hidden waterfalls and secret swimming spots, it’s no wonder that Byron and its surrounding region is known the world over. Have lunch at the lush Harvest in the hinterlands before going to Dalwood Falls for a daring dip and jump into the water below.


Explore Bangalow, from boutique designer wares to vintage furniture stores, Bangalow is quickly becoming the escape spot for Byron locals when the town itself gets a smidge too busy.


Port Fairy


Located three hours out of Melbourne, Port Fairy holds the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival. But, it’s not just the folksy stuff that’s worth it but the quaint coastal town itself. 


Griffiths Island has a plentitude of local flora and fauna of which to fawn over. The picturesque point is complete with an old-fashioned lighthouse shining out to sea. 


In the town itself, the farmers market sells local and delicious produce, gifts and fresh coffee. Hit the local fish and chip shop, get a bundle of your favourites and then enjoy them on the beach. The perfect coastal treat.


Woodford


Once the home of Splendour and always the home of Woodford Festival, this little town is among the Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Close by to Beerwah and the Glasshouse Mountains, this is a region fit for… well… the fit. Hikes up the Glasshouse Mountains are treacherous but worth the treat. The views of the lush surroundings are world class. 


Not up for a huge hike? Check out Mount Mee State Forest. The flowing streams and busy canopy floor make for a beautiful walk through nature. Pack a picnic and set up for the day, there’s nothing like a tropical rainforest for a surrounding.


Meredith


The popular Meredith Festival has been a staple for Melbournites for twenty years. The festival is graced by overseas and local acts and is known as the end of Melbourne summer. 


But there’s other places to explore near Meredith. Brisbane Ranges National Park is filled with hikes, from full days to just an hour-long circuit. For those a bit more daring, there’s places to do off-road and extreme biking as well.


The ongoing tradition of finding where the best country bakery is around Australia is continued in Meredith. The Meredith Bakery is a delicious stop with a plethora of baked goodies to share (or not share) with your festival comrades. 


Tamworth 


The home of country music in Australia, this regional town is a hotspot for local and international acts. But there’s more to it than just the festival. Namely, the big gold guitar. Earmarking itself as a global spot for country, the big gold guitar is a must-do for tourists, if only for the ‘gram.


Tamworth is a picturesque town. Surrounded by lush botanical gardens and parks, it’s perfect for people who love to picnic. The surrounds are just calling out to set up and relax. Finish your day at the Tamworth Art Gallery which boasts local art and national treasures.


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