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The Best New Years Eve Music Festivals in Australia

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Bust out your fancy dress outfits, camping gear, and get your squad together — because New Years Eve is upon us, and there are some epic festivals in Australia to choose from!  

In my opinion, there is no better place to party than at a music festival.  The energy and atmosphere that’s created when you’re surrounded by friendly people, incredible music, and beautiful scenery is simply unbeatable.

When it comes to music festivals in Australia, there really is no shortage of quality events.  So since I’ve found myself in the country for another NYE, I decided to do some research and find out the best festivals in the country to celebrate the new year.  If you don’t have your new years eve plans sorted yet…definitely look into one of these awesome events!

These are my top 5 New Years Eve Music Festivals in Australia!


1 ) Lost Paradise (December 29-31)

Glenworth Valley, NSW (75 minutes outside Sydney)

LOST PARADISE WAS BORN OUT OF A LIFE-LONG DREAM TO BRING TOGETHER KINDRED SPIRITS FOR A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PARTY AMONGST NATURE…”

One of Sydney’s most popular music festivals is back for another 3 days of camping, music, food, art, and yoga.  The festival community you’ll find while at Lost Paradise is what makes this event so special, and from what I’ve heard it’s actually one of the best music festivals in Australia.  Every year they bring a top-notch line-up, and with artists like Flight Facilities, Fat Freddys Drop, Eats Everything, Kolsch — I know the 2016 event is going be absolutely amazing!

I’m personally attending and photographing this festival, and I can’t wait to experience it for myself!!

While tickets for this festival have been sold-out for a few weeks now, you might be able to snag a couple tickets on GumTree by asking people on the Facebook page.

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2 ) Beyond The Valley (December 28 – January 1)

Lardner Park, Victoria (90 Minutes outside Melbourne)

WOW!  Just look at that line-up!!

“Beyond The Valley, now on the way to delivering it’s third successful annual event, is a distinctive, unique and most of all carefully curated music festival over the New Years’ Eve period.”

This 4-Day festival is guaranteed to be an experience you’ll never forget.  I personally think that Beyond The Valley has the best line-up of all the festivals on the list, and if I were down in Melbourne over NYE — this is where I would be…

My Top 10 Artists to see:  Guy Gerber, Hermitude, ZHU, Carl Craig, Eats Everything, Kolsh, What So Not, Claptone, Safia, and Skream.

VERY FEW TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE:

4-Day General Admission + Caming:  $420 + $14.70 Service Feee

3-Day General Admission + Camping: $380 + $13.30 Service Fee

New Years Eve Only Pass:  $189 + 6.62 Service Fee

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3 ) Fall Festival (Various Dates)

 Lorne, Victoria — Marion Bay, Tasmania — Bryon Bay, NSW — Fremantle WA 

“The Falls Music & Arts Festival has been at the forefront of the east coast Australian festival scene, defining the real different between a mere music festival and a true festival experience. Capturing the essence of the Australian summer spirit, Falls embraces diversity, sustainability and community within a contemporary music event like no other. Transcending the common festival model, taking the time to curate a sophisticated experience that properly respects and honors time, people and place.

Falls Festival is one of Australia’s longest running music festivals, and each edition they seem to manage to top the previous years.  The festival always provides incredible line-ups, massive stage productions, and a solid festival atmosphere.  What’s even better is they have four different events throughout the country, so they make is pretty easy to catch at least one of the events.

Tickets only Available for Marion Bay location

3-Day Festival Ticket (Camping Included):  $289 + Booking Fee

2-Day Festival Ticket (Camping Included): $249 + Booking Fee

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If you’re looking for tickets for the sold-out events, I’d recommend checking out GumTree or the Falls Festival Lorne or the Falls Festival Byron Bay events..


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4 ) Origin NYE (December 31)

Claremont Showgrounds, PERTH

 “Since 2006, Origin has pulled together some of the top underground performers, DJ talent and house music for the biggest new year party in Australia! Celebrating Ten Years in 2016, Origin NYE returns to Claremont Showgrounds, in what is set to be the biggest year yet.”

For the all the Perth party people — there’s no better place to ring in the new year than at ORIGIN.  The line-up has got a little bit of everything, but seems to be a bit more Hip-Hop & Drum & Bass heavy, so this is event is going to be a pretty hectic party.

Final Release:  $179 

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5 ) CODE NYE (December 31)

The Greenwood Hotel, SYDNEY

When it comes to New Years Eve in Sydney, there really are just so many different venues to choose from.  I think it all really just depends on your preferred style of music / atmosphere you’re looking for.  With that being said, for all those underground house and techno fans — you’d be a fool to miss out on CODE NYE at the Greenwood Hotel.  The line-up is absolutely stacked for this one-night event, and I’m really bummed I’ll be missing out.

I’ve seen the headliners Guy Gerber, Mano Le Tough, and Umek before — and they’ll smash their sets.  With that being said, make sure to check out local Sydney favorites like Tristan Case, Robbie Lowe, and Ed Wells!  I’ve seen these guys crush it at events like Return to Rio + Yacht Social Club, and they always deliver top-notch sets..

This event is thrown by the same people who put on Electric Gardens, so you know it’s going to be a damn good time.  With 4 different rooms, and 30+ DJ’s — this is the place you want to be if you’re staying in the city for New Years Eve…

Second Release:  $85.00 + Booking Fee

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This is the first year this event is happening, so I’ll just leave you with this incredible Guy Gerber Essential Mix from 2013.  FUEGO!!


So where will you be spending New Years Eve…?

I’ll be partying it up for 3-days at Lost Paradise, but I really wish I could attend every single one of these!  New Years Eve is defintiely one of the biggest festival times of the year, and Australia is ready to bring in 2017 with some epic events…

  If you’re coming to Lost Paradise, look out for me!  I’ll be wearing my signature Zebra Onesie & Cat In The Hat top during the majority of the festival, lol.

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The 10 Best Music Festivals in Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is easily one of the best cities in the world I’ve ever visited!  I could definitely see myself living there someday, especially because there are so many incredible music festivals in Melbourne!  If you haven’t visited yet, then do yourself a favor and plan a trip soon.  Whether you come to explore the beautiful graffiti found on the various laneways, soak up the coffee culture, or party it up at one the amazing clubs — you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Melbourne.

Check out my list of what I think are the Top 10 Music Festivals in Melbourne, Australia


1 ) Beyond The Valley

  • When:  4 Days over New Years Eve
  • Where:   Lardner Park, South-Eastern Victoria, 75 minutes outside of Melbourne
  • Website:  http://www.beyondthevalley.com.au/  
  • Why:  “A distinctive, unique and most of all carefully curated music festival over the New Years’ Eve period. From December 28th to January 1st, thousands upon thousands of people make their way to the spectacular site in Lardner Park, Victoria to see what’s in store for them each and every year.  Our beloved main stage is a whopping 60 metres in width, housing truly breathtaking visuals, lighting, stage production and decor to bring the performances by our nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to life.”

Photo via Facebook


2 ) Rainbow Serpent

  • When:  Every year at the end of January
  • Where:  Lexton, Victoria  (2 hours outside of Melbourne)
  • Website:   https://www.rainbowserpent.net/
  • Why:  “For many of the 15,000 people that attend each year, Rainbow has become an institution, and annual reunion, a marker in the year that’s looked forward to for months in advance.  For others it’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”

Photo via Micah Dunshea


3 ) Strawberry Fields

  • When:  Every year Mid-November
  • Where:  Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
  • Website:  http://www.strawberry-fields.com.au/
  • Why:  Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.

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4 )Babylon Festival

  • When:  Mid March
  • Where:  Carapooee West, Victoria
  • Website:  https://babylon.net.au/
  • Why:  “Babylon is an enchanting music and lifestyle camping festival that will be set deep in the heart of the Australian wilderness; taking place across three days. Featuring an inspired curation of local and international live and electronic music artists, alongside a unique world of art, mindfulness and community exploration.”

Photo via Facebook


5 )  Earthcore

  • When:  Annually at the end of November
  • Where: Pyalong, Victoria  (80 Minutes North of Melbourne)
  • Website:  http://www.earthcore.com.au/
  • Why:  “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!

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6 )  Let Go Fest

  • When:  Beginning of February
  • Where:  Mornington, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.facebook.com/letgofest/
  • Why:  A Festival For The Mornington Peninsula, With Multiple Stages and Multiple Genres, Nothing But Great Day Out With Friends!  The 2017 edition had Australian heavyweights like RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James to name a few. Pure

Photo via Facebook


7 )  Electric Gardens

  • When:  End of January
  • Where:  Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds
  • Website:  http://www.electricgardens.com.au/
  • Why:  Electric Gardens just made its Melbourne debut on Australia Day 2017.  Featuring a staggering lineup, full to burst with international house and techno legends!  The open-air event is bridging the gap between the Australian and European style festival experience, packed full of top tier artists from all around the globe.

Photo via Facebook


8 )  Maitreya Festival

  • When: Every year, Mid-March
  • Where:  Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.maitreyafestival.com/
  • Why:  Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago!  The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!

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9 ) Golden Plains Festival

  • When:  Mid March
  • Where:  Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
  • Websitehttp://2017.goldenplains.com.au/
  • Why:   Firstly, and Eleventhly, Golden Plains will Happen, on an Epic Long Weekend, as usual, in the Meredith Supernatural Sweetspot.  Secondly, GPXI will take place under a Full Moon.  Playing at the fulcrum of the Supernatural Spectrum is an astronomically talented troupe of Full Moon Partyists from across the universe divine, some in the glow reflecting off the Moon and arriving 1.26 seconds later into The Sup’

It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.

Photo via GP Website


10 )  The Town

  • When:  Over Easter Weekend
  • Where:  Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
  • Website:  http://culturejam.com.au/
  • Why:  ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’.  Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit.

Photo via Facebook


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Exploring The Great Barrier Reef: Incredible Day Of Sun, Snorkeling, and Scenery

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always dream of witnessing the beauty of the The Great Barrier Reef, and just two days ago that wish finally came true.  It’s obviously one of the biggest tourist attractions in Australia, and was one of the activities I was looking forward to the most on my current Australian adventure.

There are a ton of different options when it comes to exploring the Great Barrier Reef.  The main three that have tours going to often are Moore Reef, Fitzroy Island, and Green Island.  After doing some research, I decided that the best way for me to explore the GBR would be to join SunLovers Reef Cruises on their Full-Day Trip out to the Outer Moore Reef.

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I woke early in the morning, packed my bag, and made the short walk from YHA Cairns down to the harbour to get checked-in and board the ship.  The first thing that shocked me was how absolutely massive the SunLover vessel is.  Normally when I board these snorkeling day-trips around Asia, they are much smaller rigs, and rather uncomfortable.  This was definitely not the case this time, and the ship was large with plenty of space and never felt overcrowded (even with the huge amount of tourists onboard).


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Fitzroy Island

After a brief safety demonstration, overview of the activities included on the tour, and rather comedic lesson on how to snorkel (for the first-timers), we arrived at the gorgeous Fitzroy Island.  I was only on the Moore Reef tour, but you could combine the two places into one full-day package which starts at an earlier time.

We might not have been able to get off the ship, but just from docking at Fitzroy you can tell it’s a beauty of a destination.  We stopped for a few minutes, picked up the passengers joining us on our adventure, and the continued our journey for about 45 more minutes to the SunLover Pontoon out the Outer Moore Reef.

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Buffet Lunch

Right around the time we docked at the Pontoon, lunch was served.  I had skipped breakfast, so I was pretty damn hungry, and I was pleasantly suprised with a delicious buffet meal.  Knowing myself, I tried to keep myself from eating too much to avoid feeling full while snorkeling, so I kept it to two plates, lol.

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Semi-Submarine

There were a few activities that are available for everyone to partake in while docked at the pontoon, but the only one I decided to join was the semi-submersible coral reef viewing boat.  I felt like the “glass-bottom boat” was a bit childish and wouldn’t be able too see too much, and at least the semi-submarine would get you down into the reef.

To be honest, it was a little anti-climatic, but it was only a brief 20 minutes out of the day, and I’m glad I did it.  Just being down in the sub was a cool feeling.  We did the reef just right outside the windows, but yeah — just wasn’t all that exciting if you’ve done a lot of snorkeling before.

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Snorkel Time

The moment I had been waiting for…

The time had come for me get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef.

I made my way down to the beautiful Pontoon with all the scuba & snorkel gear, picked up my gear, and was ready to go.

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The area of the Moore Reef that Sunlover Reef Cruises docks at is simply beautiful, and the area is marked with these white buoys for where to stay in.  It’s a pretty big area, and took me  a few different trips out to explore every area of it.

I was armed with my GoPro Hero 5, and was talking pictures and videos of everything I could.

The reef really was stunning, and out on the outskirts of the snorkeling area was the epic drop-off.  That’s where I found the best snorkeling to be, and was having an awesome time exploring this section of The Great Barrier Reef…

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Was it everything I hoped it would be…?

No.  I can’t say that it was…

I’ve already written about the best snorkeling I’ve ever witnessed, and I was simply expecting something of the same caliber.  Don’t get me wrong — the snorkeling at the Moore Reef was fantastic, but it can’t compare to what I’ve seen in Indonesia or Malaysia.  Maybe I just sound like a spoiled travel-blogger though, lol…

If this was someone’s first time ever snorkeling or witnessing marine bio-diversity, I’m sure they would be absolutely blown away!!

But the truth is that the Great Barrier Reef has been a bit damaged from the massive tourism over the years.

Should you still visit the Great Barrier Reef…?

ABSOLUTELY, YES!

This was by far my favorite day of my travels so far in Australia!  

The scenery above land while sailing out to the Moore Reef is gorgeous, and the snorkeling really is spectacular!

 

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Sailing back to Cairns

After a solid 4-hours at the Moore Reef, we began our sail back to Cairns.  Once again, we were treated with stunning views of the ocean and landscape.

I’ve learned that I really just love being on a ship.

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This really was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time, and I can officially say that I’ve experienced the Great Barrier Reef.  While I may have only snorkeled at one particular reef, it just gives me a reason to come back to Cairns and check out more of the other options

I’m really keen on finally getting scuba-certified and doing a 1-2 night live-aboard, because everyone has been telling me that it’s an amazing experience.

Special thanks to Sunlover Reef Cruises for hosting me for this incredible day!  The staff were all so incredibly helpful, the food was delicious, the equipment worked perfectly, and the ship was large and comfortable.  I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!


Have you been to The Great Barrier Reef before…?  What was your experience like?  Let me know!

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30 Music Festivals in Australia To Experience Before You Die

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Looking for the best music festivals in Australia?  Look no further.  I’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of music festivals in the land down under.  Something I’ve realized about living in this amazing country, is that there is always something fun to do, and that includes music festivals.  Every weekend there’s always some event, party, or festival to check out.

Whether you’re living in Australia, backpacking around, studying abroad, or on a working holiday visa — definitely check out this list of the best parties to attend.  From the massive raves, boutique camping festivals, and epic bush doofs — Australia has all the festival junkies covered.

HOW MANY WILL YOU BE GOING TO…?



1.  Splendour In The Grass

  • When:  End of July
  • Where:  North Byron Parklands
  • Website:  http://www.splendourinthegrass.com/
  • Why:  Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is in a beautiful location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres.  This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.

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2.  Stereosonic

  • When:  End Of November / Beginning of December
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Website:  http://stereosonic.com.au/
  • Why:  Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list.  Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.

*2016 Edition cancelled but will return in 2017*

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3.  Field Day

  • When:  January 1 (New Years Day)
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/FieldDay
  • Why:  Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.

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4.  Harbourlife

  • When: Beginning of November
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  http://www.fuzzy.com.au/
  • Why:  The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country.  Tickets can be hard to come by, so act fast and secure them before they sell out!

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5.  Lost Paradise

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6. Strawberry Fields

  • When:  Mid / End of November
  • Where:  Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
  • Website:  http://www.strawberry-fields.com.au/
  • Why:  Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.

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7.  Subsonic

  • When:  Beginning of December
  • Where:  Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
  • Websitehttp://www.subsonicmusic.com.au/
  • Why:  Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney.  Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno.  From what I’ve heard, this is a party that should not be missed!

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8.  Listen Out

  • When:  End of September / Beginning of October
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ListenOut/
  • Why:  Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.

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9.  Wide Open Space

  • When:  Beginning of May
  • Where:  Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)
  • Website:  http://wideopenspace.net.au/
  • Why:  3 days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs.  This sounds like the ultimate outback festival!

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10.  Groovin The Moo

  • When:  End of April / Beginning of May
  • Where:  Oakbank, Bunbury, Benoigo, Canberra, Maitland, and Townsville
  • Website:  http://www.gtm.net.au/
  • Why:  On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate.  This upcoming 2016 edition has one of the best line-ups that I’ve seen so far during my time in Australia.  With this festival hitting up each state in the country, you’d be a fool to miss out!



11.  The Town

  • When:  Easter Weekend
  • Where:  Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
  • Website:  http://culturejam.com.au/
  • Why:  ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’.  Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit

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12.  Happy Daze Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Central Queensland
  • Website:  http://happydazefestival.com/  
  • Why:  A 3-Day Open Air Music & Arts Festival.  The Happy Daze Festival brings fresh eclectic flavours to Central Queensland. Gaining momentum from last years event, this realm of stimulating sights, sounds and activities is sure to tantalise the senses.

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13 ) Return to Rio

  • When:  Mid November & Mid March (Summer & Opening & ClosingParties)
  • Where:  Wiseman’s Ferry
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToRio/
  • Why:  A 3 day- weekend filled with music and fun, dancing and drinking, and laughter and sun.  If you haven’t heard of Return to Rio before, you’re definitely missing out.  It’s an intimate weekend away that feels like just a gathering with friends to listen to top-notch underground house music.  This was honestly one of my favorite weekends in Australia!

Read my Return to Rio review & Check out my Return to Rio Photo Album


14)  Let Go Fest

  • When: February 4, 2017
  • Where:  Mornington, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.facebook.com/letgofest/
  • Why:  One beautiful summer day of quality dance music, food, and entertainment.  While it may be one of the newer festival on the list, it will definitely be a solid event.  The line-up this year is looking amazing with Australian favorites RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James

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15)  Rabbits Eat Lettuce

  • When:  Easter Long Weekend
  • Where:  Byron Bay (Doofville)
  • Website:   http://www.rabbitseatlettuce.com.au/
  • Why:  4 days of camping, BYO, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes & good music.  “Open your Heart.  Develop your Mind.  Move your Body”.  Everyone who has been has told me it is an absolute must!



16 ) Big Pineapple Music Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Sunshine Coast, Queensland (woombeye
  • Website:   http://www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com/
  • Why:  Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, treelined surroundings, or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one- day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.

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17)  Rainbow Serpent

  • When:  End of January (27-30, 2017)
  • Where:  Lexton, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.rainbowserpent.net/
  • Why:  This is arguably one of Australia’s most popular festivals, and is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.  For music festival junkies, this is a no-brainer.  “It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”


18 )  Earthcore

  • When: Nov 24 – 28, Nov 2016
  • Where: Pyalong, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.earthcore.com.au/
  • Why:  “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!

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19)  Falls Festival

  • When: End of December – Beginning Of January.  New YEARS EVE
  • Where:  3 Locations.  Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay
  • Website:  https://www.fallsfestival.com/
  • Why:  The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.  The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts.  Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.

One the Australia’s Best New Years Eve Music Festivals



20)  Dragon Dreaming

  • When:  Mid October , 2016
  • Where:  Wee Jasper, NSW
  • Website:   http://www.dragondreaming.net/
  • Why:  Enter the mind and imagination of the Dragon for four days in October in witness of a most beautiful festival!  Dragon Dreaming takes pride in nurturing local artists, live bands and DJs while providing an environment suitable for families and children of all ages. Dragon Dreaming Festival is approaching its seventh year and intend leaving all attendees feeling satisfied, fresh and inspired.  Dragon Dreaming Festival admits to getting down to a wide variety of musical tastes and we will present a carefully selected line up ranging from live bands, gypsy, dub, tribal rhythms, psytrance, breaks, dubstep, glitch, progressive, ambient, house, reggae and the list journeys on… Find your groove over the weekend on three different amplified stages. So put on your stomping shoes or your belly dancing jewels and have a boogie with your friends and family.

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21)  Burning Seed (Burning Man Australia)

  • When:    September 28th – October 3rd, 2016
  • Where:  Matong State Forest, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.burningseed.com/
  • Why:  Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location.  This regional burn in Australia is something that you defintiely should not miss if you’re in Australia.  For those burners who can’t make the trek to Black Rock City in Nevada — this is the festival you’ll need to attend!

**Unfortunately had to cancel it’s 2016 edition due to weather, but will be back in 2017

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21)  Maitreya Festival

  • When:  Mid-March (March 11-14, 2016)
  • Where:  Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.maitreyafestival.com/
  • Why:  Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago!  The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!


22) The Plot

  • When:  End of November / Early December
  • Where:  Parramatta Park, Sydney
  • Website:  http://theplot.co
  • Why:   With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed.  Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.

 


23)  Laneway Festival

  • When:  Check Facebook dates for upcoming events (there’s tons)
  • Where:  Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
  • Websitehttp://sydney.lanewayfestival.com/
  • Why:  This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore.  With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out.  If you don’t go for anyone

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24 ) Electric Gardens Festival

  • When:  End of January
  • Where:  Centennial Park, Sydney — Perth Ampitheatrre
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/electricgardensfestival
  • Why:  This one day-festival in both Sydney and Perth is an absolute must.  Having experienced the Sydney event for myself, I can confidently say that this will be a party you will never forget.  They bring amazing talent, it’s very well organized, and the production value was top-notch!  Don’t miss this one!  Read all about my Electric Gardens Review !!





25 )  Woodford Folk Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – Jan 1 (New Years Eve Festival)
  • Where:  Woodfordia, Queensland
  • Website:  https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/
  • Why:  Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.


26 )  Mushroom Valley

  • When:   October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Near the Whitsundays
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Mushroom-Valley-137048089786715/
  • Why:  3 Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia.  Definitely could easily fit into your travels, or would be a great weekend getaway.

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27 )  Byron Bay BluesFest

  • When: March 24th- 28th, 2016
  • Where:  Byron Bay, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
  • Why:  Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.


28 )  Mona Foma Festival

  • When:  Mid January
  • Where:  Hobart, Tasmania
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/monafoma
  • Why:  Tons of different events spread over three 3 days.  Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself down in Tassie.

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29 )  Golden Plains Festival

  • When:  March 12-14, 2016
  • Where:  Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
  • Website:  http://2016.goldenplains.com.au/
  • Why: Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.


30 )  Southbound Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – 29, 2016
  • Where:  Busselton, Western Australia
  • Website:  http://southboundfestival.com.au/
  • Why:  Work off the Christmas Calories at an epic 3 day music and camping festival.  If you’re living around South Australia, than this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.       


Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it obviously has it’s fair share of quality music festivals.  Definitely looking forward to crossing a lot of these off my festival bucket list within the upcoming years.  Have you been to any of these?  What was your experience like?  Any major music festival missing from this list?  Let me know!  

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The Ultimate Guide for Moving to Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa

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G’Day Mate.  So you wanna move to Sydney?  Excellent decision…

Sydney is one of the best cities in the world, and you should definitely be stoked for deciding to move here.  If you’re anything like me though, you’re also pretty nervous.  Well, I’m here to help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made when I first got here.  This guide will go over finding a room, Visa stuff, finding a job, and a bunch of other solid knowledge.  I hope you find this information helpful.  If you have any questions about life in Sydney, feel free to comment below!  If I’m still living here while you’re reading this, we should definitely grab a beer!

How to apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa

Cost:  440 AUD

Head on over to the Official Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection Website and fill out the correct Working Holiday Visa application.  Make sure you go through this website only.  There are a couple of Visa agencies that will assist you in the process, but they charge more, and it’s completely unnecessary.  The application only takes about 30-45 minutes, and is pretty straightforward.  They will normally reply to within one week, and send you your acceptance letter and information.

Note:  If you are applying from South-East Asia — DO NOT say that you have been in any of those countries for longer than 3 months.  They will force you to go to an approved Doctor, and complete a Tuberculosis exam. 

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Applying for your Tax File Number (TFN)

One of the first things you do when you get to Australia will be to apply for a TFN.  This is for tax purposes, and you’ll basically need to have this before you can start getting paid.  Friends of mine told me I could apply before I had arrived in Australia to save time, but for some reason it wouldn’t let me.  The TFN application is really quick and easy.  It says it can take up to two weeks for you to receive your TFN, but mine actually came in only 4 or 5 days!  You will need to put down an Australian mailing address, so you’ll need a place where you know you can receive mail.

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Where to Stay When You First Get To Sydney

Sydney is expensive, rent is absurd, and finding a comfortable place to live can be exhausting.

I’ve now stayed at four different hostels in Sydney, and now I’m happy that I finally found something that is absolutely perfect for me.

I’d definitely recommend checking out Sydney Student Living

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You’ll most likely need to stay at a hostel for at least a week or two while you get settled here in the city, and this place is by far your best option.

I love the common areas, the spacious rooms, the decent wi-fi, and the fair price.

If you look at a map, it might look like it’s outside the city center a bit, but it’s actually extremely easy to get into the city.  There are express trains to Central every 15 minutes.

This is honestly one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in during my travels, and think it provides the perfect amenities and atmosphere for people who are just arriving to Sydney.  Arriving to a new destination can be really intimidating, and this place will definitely take away a lot of your stress.

The price is actually one of the cheapest 4-share dormitory rooms in the city, and has the nicest facilities.

If you’re looking for a good hostel to stay at while you get settled — then definitely check this place out.

Take a look at some photos of Sydney Student Living

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Finding a Job

Sydney is definitely a land of opportunity, and there are tons of options for backpackers on the Working Holiday Visa.  The most common jobs are hospitality, construction, and office jobs.

The best three websites to find jobs in Sydney:

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Tip #1:  Get your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) as soon as possible.  It’s a necessity to have when applying to jobs in the hospitality industry.

Tip #2: Get your Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) to apply for jobs at RSL!  They are always looking for people, and you can make decent money.

Tip #3:  Set-up interviews and meetings at Recruitment Agencies.  I got my job through Hoban Recruitment.  They’ve been really great!

Tip #4:  Try to work on the weekends as much as possible.  For casual employees, you’ll make ridiculously high wages.

Tip #5:  Join Australia Backpacker Facebook Groups.  I have seen a ton of job postings there, and can be an easy way to start making money quick.

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Setting up your Bank Account

There are basically four main banks in Australia:  Westpac, Commonwealth, ANZ, and NAB.

I would strongly recommend using Westpac. 

I went in there one of the first few days I was in Sydney, and am very happy with my decision.  The bank charges no fees for the first 12 months, the mobile banking works great, and I’ve really enjoyed my experience with them.

You can use all Westpac & St. George’s ATM’s for FREE.  This really comes in handy when you are looking to get some cash out.

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Setting up your Phone Plan

Now this all depends on the invididual.  Do you use a lot of Data?  How much are you willing to spend each month?

My best advice would just to shop around between Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone.

I ended up choosing Vodafone.  For 50 AUD per month I get 8 gb’s of data, and unlimited international calls to the United States, and 9 other countries.

I rarely call people, and use What’s App & Facebook messenger to keep in touch with people — so data was the most important aspect for my phone plan.  I use a lot of data, and 8 GB for $50 was the best deal I could find.  This might have been a special promotion at the time.    

Check out this website to compare Australia Phone Networks and Plans.

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Finding an Apartment

Now that you’ve got yourself a job, a bank account, and a phone — you’ll probably be ready to move into an apartment.

I’ve ended up staying at Sydney Student Living for over a month, and might end up staying much longer.  I do like it here a lot because the atmosphere, the cleanliness, and it’s really comfortable — but eventually I will be moving to an apartment.

Finding a good apartment in Sydney can be difficult depending on your price range.

If you need your OWN room, you should expect to pay at least  250 per week.  This all depends on where you want to live, and how nice the room is.

Neighborhoods I’d recommend living in:

  • Ultimo: Right in the heart of CBD.  If you want to be right in the center of town, and work in an office — then this is a good place to look.  There are a lot of cheap rentals here.   
  • Chatswood (North Sydney):  The vibe in the North Sydney Suburbs is really great  The train system works really well to get into the city, and there’s plenty to do if you want to stay local.  Check out the bars around Chatswood & Crow’s Nest.
  • Newtown:  Really hip and trendy area with heaps of bars, restaurants, and activities.
  • Bondi Junction / Coogee:  For the beach fanatics, than you got to live close to the beach.  The beaches of Sydney are one the best reasons to visit Australia.

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The two websites to find an apartment:

Flatmates.com.auI like this website more for finding an apartment.  The only downside is that you have to pay $20-$30 for a premium membership to message “New Listings”.  It’s not the worst thing in the world, and you can message those listings after 14 days if they haven’t been taken — but it is still annoying.  It’s a great site though.  Easy to use, great interface, and heaps of listings.

Gumtree.com.au – This is basically the “go-to” website for moving to Australia.  You can just about everything on here, including housing opportunities.

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My Favorite Sydney Websites

The Concrete Playground — Amazing website that will give you plenty of ideas of what to do in Sydney.

Xplore Sydney — Great articles, food ideas, nightlife, and much more.

Public Transportation Trip Planner — How to get from Point A – Point B in Sydney.

Resident Advisor — The best nightlife events in Sydney.

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Helpful Facebook Groups to Join

Australia Backpackers Group  — Must join.  Lots of people to meet, share stories, and travel information.

Sydney Rent a room / Flatshare — For finding rooms.

Couchsurfing Sydney — Weekly events, meeting people, and events.

Backpacker Cars Sydney — Travel friends, buying and selling cars.

House And Techno Sydney (H.A.T.S) — Nightlife events for electronic music

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 Hopefully you found this useful for your move to one of my favorite cities in the world!  Once you move here you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I have — and will be very difficult for you to leave.  

If you’re planning on moving to Sydney anytime soon, and have any questions — leave me a comment down below, or shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help out anyway I can.

Check out some of my other articles about Australia

14 Words You’ll Start Saying When You Move to Australia

9 Music Festivals in Sydney to Keep You Dancing This Summer

The Jones Journal:  2 Months in Sydney, Australia

The Bondi – Coogee Coastal Walk (Photo Essay)

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14 Words You’ll Start Saying When You Move to Australia

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G’day Mate.  How ya going!? 

I’ve been living in Australia for about one month now, and it’s weird how quickly I’ve been able to adapt to the local vocabulary.  I love the Australian accent, and sometimes saying these words may sound wierd without it , but I’ve still picked up quite a few.  If there’s one main rule about “speaking Australian” is that you basically just try to shorten every word as much as possible.  It’s pretty fun, and actually correlates with the culture here; laidback, relaxed, and focused on having good times.

If you move to Australia, definitely plan on adding these to your vocabulary. 

Straya

To start off with the list, I got to mention that it’s rare to even hear an Australian pronounce their full country name.  I often catch myself pronouncing every letter in Australia, and quickly realize how that’s not necessary.  Just shorten it to STRAYA!

Cheers

Coming from America, the only situation we ever say “cheers” is at the beginning of sharing a round of drinks.  That is definitely NOT THE CASE in Australia.  We say CHEERS for so many different social scenario’s.  It’s a way of saying thanks, understanding, drinking, and also a way of saying hello and goodbye.

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Mate

Might quite possible be the most obvious one on the list — when you move to Straya, you’re going to start saying mate.  You can try to fight it, but it’s going to happen.  I’ve already caught myself send it in Facebook messages to friends back in the States, and they were to quick to laugh and judge me for the use of this vocabulary addition.

Arvo

Short for afternoon.  It’s that simple.  It goes back to the cardinal rule of Australian language.  Why would you say the whole word for afternoon when you can just say “arvo” in half the time.  “Oi mate, how ya going this arvo?”

Heaps

Australians use the word “heaps”….well, HEAPS.  I’ve slowly stopped saying “a lot”, “many”, “hella”, and “tons”.  All of these words have been swapped with HEAPS.

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Loose

The only way I used to say loose was if I was referring to a promiscuous girl (cue Timbaland music), or if an article didn’t fit right.  It didn’t take to long to realize that in Australia, loose has an additional meaning.  To put it simply, it means getting “drunk”, “wild”, and “out of control”.  For example, “last weekend Hamish got so loose, it was hilarious”.

Knackered

Another word that might be well known around the world, but is never really used in American English.  When you’re around people saying it enough though, you’ll find yourself adding it into your diction.  “There’s no way I’m going out tonight, I’m knackered from working all day”.

 Sunnies

This is just a short and fun word for “sunglasses”.  I think this one will stick with me for life.

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 Keen

Are you interested in going…?  “Yeah, I’m keen”.  This word basically means you’re down for something.  You’re interested.  You’re KEEN AS.

 Macca’s

The first couple times I heard this, I had no idea what people meant.  But I did quickly learn that no one ever calls “McDonald’s by it’s full name!  If you’re looking for a BigMac, head on over to Macca’s!

Brekky

You NEVER go for “breakfast”.  You just gotta shorten the word, and add a “Y”!

Ranga

This one is specifically for me because I had red-hair, freckles, and pale skin — A.K.A — I’m a “Ginger”.  Australians do use the term Ginger as well, but of course they have created another term for us red-headed folk.  They call us “rangas”.  Which is short for…Orangutan!

Cunt

Last but not least — arguably the harshest word in the English language, “Cunt” is used much more often here in Australia.  Coming from America (or anywhere else in the world), it can be a shock at first.  As an example, I even heard this word used in advertisement for a TV show!  I know just because you move here doesn’t mean you’ll start saying it, but I couldn’t make a list like this and not include this favorite Aussie swear word.

Check out the video to understand this a bit more!

Think I’m missing any words?  Let me know!

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9 Music Festivals in Sydney to Keep You Dancing This Summer

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Music Festivals in Sydney during the Summer…?  You’ve got some incredible options to choose!  There are tons of amazing music festivals in Australia, but there is no better place for a festival junky than to spend your summer in Sydney.  Get your festival crew together, purchase your tickets (if available), and start planning for an epic party!

Not all of these festivals are actually in Sydney, but close enough near by that would be easy to travel to.

1)  The AFTERLIFE

Halloween.  24 Hours.  Non-Stop Party.  Camping.  Secret Forest Destination.  Doesn’t this sound like the most epic way to spend your evening on the spookiest night of the year.  The crew over at Have You Heard Events is known for throwing some of the sickest parties in Sydney, and they’ve got something really special lined up for everyone attending The Afterlife.

“This Halloween, we will take you on a voyage of discovery to what lies beneath and gazes down from above. An adventure like no other. For 24 hours you will dive deep into the rabbit hole where beautiful scenery, fun and games including a swimming pool,  Sydney’s finest local DJs and a few more surprises await you.” 

Tickets are ALMOST Sold-Out, so act quick and secure your tickets now.

From The Garden of Eden to Valhalla to The Purgatory and back again. Where will you end up?

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2) Harbourlife

  • When:  November 8, 2015
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  http://www.fuzzy.com.au/
  • Why:  The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see; Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country.  With a stacked line-up that includes Derrick Carter, Eats Everything, Dixon,  and Bookah Shade (and more) — this is guaranteed to be one solid party.

Tickets Sold Out.  (Check Gumtree & Facebook event in hopes of finding a ticket )

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3)  Stereosonic

  • When:  November 28, 2015
  • Where:  Sydney Showground
  • Website:  http://stereosonic.com.au/
  • Why:  Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list.  Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.  The line-up this year includes names like Armin Van Buuren, Major Lazer, MK, What So Not, Andrew Rayel, Claude Von Stroke, Will Sparks, and so many more.

Join the Facebook Event Page

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4)  Subsonic

  • When:  December 3-5, 2015
  • Where:  Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
  • Websitehttp://www.subsonicmusic.com.au/
  • Why:  Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney.  Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno.

Join the Facebook Event   

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5)  The Plot

  • When:  December 5, 2015
  • Where:  Parramatta Park, Sydney
  • Website:  http://theplot.co
  • Why:   With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed.  Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.

Join the Facebook Event

 

6)  Lost Paradise

  • When:  December 29, 30, 31
  • Where:  Glenworth Valley, New South Wales (75 minutes outside Sydney)
  • Website:  http://www.lostparadise.com.au/
  • Why:  A 3 day festival of camping, music, food, art and yoga, lovingly wrapped in community.  Can you think of a better place to welcome in the new year?

Join the Facebook Event

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7)  Field Day

  • When:  New Years Day
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/FieldDay
  • Why:  Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.

Join The Facebook Event

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8)  Electric Gardens

  • When:  January 23rd, 2016
  • Where:  Centennial Park, Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/electricgardensfestival
  • Why:  They might have only released three names at the moment, but with a name as big as Fat Boy Slim — that’s reason enough to check out this epic party.  Supported by John Digweed & James Zabiela, you know this is going to be a day filled with non-stop incredible dance tunes.  Book your tickets, and get ready for an epic day in Centennial Park.

**UPDATE:  This line-up has grown into a festival better than I ever could have imagined.  Dubfire, Erick Morillo, and Nic Fanciulli are massive additions!  This is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of summer in Sydney! 

Join The Facebook Event

9)  St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

  • When:  February 7, 2016  (Sunday)
  • Where:  Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
  • Websitehttp://sydney.lanewayfestival.com/
  • Why:  This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore.  With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out.  If you don’t go for anyone

Join The Facebook Event

 

Summertime in Sydney = Festivals Galore 

Make sure you check out my other blog posts on music festivals.

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My Bucket List

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Life is too short not to have a bucket list.  There’s a big world out there with so many amazing places, and tons of incredible opportunities.  It’s important to have goals and know what you want to accomplish, and work towards crossing items off the list.  Even if you focus on one or two things a year; big or small, it doesn’t matter.  Not to be too cliche, but I think it’s important to follow your dreams.  Some of these can be done anywhere in, and the rest are separated by continent.

I know some of these are pretty crazy, but that’s what a bucket list is for!    

ANYWHERE

Speak 4 Languages fluently
Be on a TV Game Show
Film a Travel Documentary
Shake hands and get a picture with the U.S President
Write a Book
Work on a Cruise Ship
Start a Proper Food-Fight
Leave a $100 tip to a great server
Pay for a random table’s chec
 Become a PADI Dive Master / Instructor
 Learn to read music
 Learn to play the Piano
Travel to 100 countries
Fly Emirates First Class
Go to All Disney Amusement Parks
Do a Round-The World Trip for One Year
Introduce two friends who get married
Learn and Master Photography
Walk on the moon

NORTH AMERICA

North American detail map of Flickr and Twitter locations

Visit All The Hawaiin Islands
Alaskan Cruise
Cross-Country American Road trip
Go to Burning Man
Live in Manhattan for 2 years
Visit Glacier National Park in Montana
See Niagara Falls 
See Wicked on Broadway, New York
See the Book of Mormon on Broadway, New York
Mardis Gras in New Orleans
Live in Miami for 3 months
Visit All the Major Cities in Texas

OCEANIA

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Scuba-Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
Visit the Film locations of Lord of the Rings in New Zealand
Bungee-jumping off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand
Live and Work in Melbourne for One Year
Snowboarding in New Zealand
Road Trip from Cairns – Sydney  
Surf the Gold Coast Beaches
Take a Picture with a Koala  Read:  Magnetic Island
Go Inside the Opera House in Sydney
Spend a Week in Tasmania
Outback Safari Tour
Island Hopping in Fiji

ASIA

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Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek
Cable Car Ride in the Tianzi Mountains, China
Yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia
Visit the Taj Mahal in India
Rent a Beach house in Goa, India
Trans-Siberian Railway (Moscow – Beijing)
Walk the Great Wall of China
Eat Sushi in Japan
Lantern Festival in Thailand
Diwali:  The Festival of Light in India
Luxury vacation in the Maldives

EUROPE

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Eat A Kebab in Istanbul, Turkey
Visit the Stonehenge in Amesbury, England
Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Reyjavik, Iceland
Skydive in the Swiss Alps
See the Northern Lights in Norway
Italian Island Trip (Sicily, Sardegna, and Elba)
Cruise through the Greek & Turkish Islands
Booze cruise in Croatia
Snowboard the Slovenian Alps near Lake Bled
Visit Gothenburg & Stockholm, Sweden,
Tivoli Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, Denmark
Surf trip in Lagos, Portugal
Road trip through the United Kingdom
Overnight train from Sofia – Istanbul
Visit Mont Sant-Michel
Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey

South America

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Torres Del Paine Trek in Argentina
Torrels Del Paine Trek in Chile
Visit Easter Island in Chile
Drinks in Copacabana, Brazil
Lake Titicaca, Peru
Galapagos Islands Cruise, Ecuador
Amazon Cruise in Iquitos, Peru
Iguazu Falls, Argentina & Brazil
Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly over the Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca, Peru
Hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu
Professional Photoshoot in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Backpack South America for 6 months
Visit the Iguaza Waterfall
Experience Carnival in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

AFRICA

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Visit the temples in Giza, Egypt
Spice Market in Marrakech, Morrocco
Month in Madagascar
Safari in Zambia
Visit Victoria Falls
Hike Table Mountain In Cape Town, South Africa


ANTARTICA

Go on an Antartica Cruise

Hug a Penguin

Go Kayaking

Take a Picture at the South Pole

That’s what all what I could come up with while writing this post.  But I’ll be sure to keep adding things I think of along the way.  Obviously, I got a lot of work to do.  Buy hey, I’m hoping on living for at least another 50 years, so I think I’ve got a shot at crossing these all off!  (Except maybe going to the moon, that one’s a long shot….)


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