Festival Road Trip: Queensland
Local experts have given us the ultimate round-up of festivals and stuff to see in every state and territory these summer. Plan your road trip now!
1. Island Vibe Festival
This unique beachside musical experience at Point Lookout’s Home Beach features over 40 reggae, hip-hop, roots and soul artists. Californian reggae act Groundation and NZ hip-hop artists Ladi6 and King Kapisi headline.
Oct 29-31, North Stradbroke Island
2. Mud, Bulls and Music
This four-day camping event combines bullriding, 4WD action and the likes of country stars Lee Kernaghan and John Williamson.
Nov 4-7, Jimna
3. Full Noise Festival
Full Noise aims to expose Townsville to the kind of high quality, cross-genre events their southern brethren take for granted. Wolfmother and Bliss N Eso are top of the bill.
Nov 20, Townsville
From the promoters of Parklife and Summafieldayze comes Harbourlife, a new Qld festival based on its Sydney Harbour counterpart. The Temper Trap, Metronomy and Yacht Club DJs are all on board.
Nov 28, Gold Coast
5. Woodford Folk Festival
Got stamina? This six-night camping festival attracts around 130,000 patrons annually, and its music program features more than 2000 local, national and international performers.
Dec 27-Jan 1, Woodfordia
Live performances from The Rapture, Art Vs Science and English rapper Tinie Tempah mix it up with some of the world’s best DJs.
Jan 2, Gold Coast
7. Sunset Sounds
The Falls Festival’s little sister features most of the bands appearing in Vic and Tas. See Interpol, Klaxons and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts close to home. Ace.
Jan 5-6, Brisbane
The most popular resorts are located on Daydream, Hamilton and Hayman Islands, which all offer easy access to day cruises, diving, parasailing and helicopter rides, among other activities. Most islands permit camping; book early though.
From June until the end of November, the coastal town of Hervey Bay becomes one of the best spots in the country to witness whales in their natural habitat: the freakin’ ocean.
The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s biggest theme parks: Dreamworld, Wet ‘N’ Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World and Sea World. Go on all the rides and eat junk till you hurl.