Experience Oz Festivals 2019 – August and September Edition

Looking for the best in Australian Events and Music Festivals of Australia? Then look no further, with this comprehensive list of 150 Events and Festivals Australia-wide (also available in FREE printable)!

In this edition, August and September events Australia are among the most unique.  Australian Festivals and Events around this time revolve around the best music, traditional Aboriginal history and storytelling, and the very best of Australian natural events.  With every State and Territory delighting us with their own special events, you can pick and choose what suits you and when!

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Events and Festivals in Australia August 2019

Garma Festival

2 – 5 August 2019 | East Arnhem, NT

The Garma Festival is the sounding of the Yidaki or didgeridoo to call all people to unite. Each August, the Yidaki call announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant Yolngu cultural events in Australia. Every day is a historical retelling, with a lot of oral traditions, storytelling, festivals and celebrations.

Aboriginal Arts Garma Festival East Arnhem Land
Aboriginal Art Lessons in East Arnhem Land | Garma Festival, NT

Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

9 – 11 August 2019 | Mount Isa, QLD

The three-day event for the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo is one of the best rock music festivals Australia celebrate. The three day event gets a cap off with a Friday night concert featuring various rock bands. Sunday is finals day, concluding mid-afternoon to prep for the special Birthday Bash gala in the Rodeo Arena on Wardles Concert Stage.

Darwin Festival

8 – 25 August 2019 | Darwin, NT

The Darwin Festival is an 18-day celebration of the beauty of Darwin City. This tropical locale hosts the best of music, theatre, visual art, dance, cabaret and more. Join the festivities and taste delicious food and drink stalls. See free performances at the heart of the arts and across various venues within the city itself.

Gemfest – Festival of Gems

8 – 11 August 2019 | Anakie, QLD

Gemfest – Festival of Gems is an annual 4-day exhibition that gives enthusiasts with a unique experience with other gemstone and jewellery lovers. This is one of the best things to do in Australia, with respected local, national and international gemstone traders. Enjoy quality entertainment and food, and the finest Australian Sapphires you will ever see.

Gemfest – Festival of Gems | August 2019, Qld
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Mid North Coast Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show

9 – 11 August 2019 | Wauchope, NSW

The Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show is one of the bigger travel events in Wauchope since 2001. This is a convergence of small and big businesses and provides a key income source for the locale. With more than 200 sites under its umbrella, it’s your chance to join local travel and caravanning experts.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

9 – 11 August 2019 | Darwin, NT

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is one of the unique festivals in Australia 2019, which provide a genuine opportunity to purchase artwork directly from over seventy Indigenous owned community Art Centres. Get an immersion of traditional dance, workshops, film, fashion and music, with a rich diversity of beautiful works inspired by one of the world’s oldest cultures.

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Brisbane Ekka Royal Queensland Show

9 – 18 August 2019 | Brisbane, QLD

The Ekka Royal Queensland Show is one of the biggest major events in Australia 2019, with more than 21,000 competition entries for various events. This includes woodchop, giant vegetables, 10,000 animal event, world-class live entertainment, award-winning food and wine, carnival rides and more. The iconic show is more than a century and a half of traditions, family friendly fun and memories passed through generations.

Brisbane Ekka Royal Queensland Show – © Greg Lange, Expect the 2019 show to be amazing!

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival

15 – 18 August 2019 | Gulf Country, QLD

The Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival is one of the best cultural festivals in Australia 2019, centrepieced by the Kabarrijbi Wangkijbi Spectacular. Showcasing Indigenous culture in a celebration of traditions through dance and music. Events include Indigenous Rodeo, live music from both national and international acts, focusing on artists from all cultures.

National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo

16 – 18 August 2019 | Melbourne, VIC

The National 4×4 Outdoors Show, Fishing & Boating Expo in Melbourne is the chance for every enthusiast to enjoy the best travel events for camping and 4×4 enthusiasts. Watch the 4WD demos, learn about the best products for travelling right now and speak to the experts in the camping, trailer and 4WD industry.

Henley on Todd Regatta

17 August 2019 | Alice Springs, NT

The Henley on Todd Regatta is a unique, mad event where the members of the Rotary Club of Alice Springs perform a “waterless” Regatta on the dry bed of the Todd River in the name of charity. Enjoy events like King and Queen of the River, Kids Sand Castle Building Challenge, Budgie Smugglers, Mini Yacht and many more.

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Gympie Music Muster

22 – 25 August 2019 | Gympie, QLD

For almost 40 years, the Gympie Music Muster is Queensland’s only camping country music festival. The community of music lovers is brought together by top Australian artists, mates and music in the quiet town of Gympie. Sink your ears with country music, singing, dancing and a community spirit that last three days and nights.

Hawkesbury Caravan Camping 4wd Fish & Boat Show

30 – 31 August, 1 September 2019 | Hawkesbury, NSW

The Hawkesbury Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show is now in its second year and has various outdoor events for the entire family. There’s industry Q&A for the adults and some enjoyable activities for the kids. Whether it’s caravanning, camping, off-roading, fishing or boating, they got you covered.

Great Outdoor Expo, Shepparton

30 August – 1 September | Shepparton, VIC

Much like its earlier events in other cities, The Great Outdoor Expo is a multi-leg camping and outdoors event. It’s there to educate people from nearby Shepparton with the joys of travel. The Shepparton Showgrounds will be packed with people, ready to listen to the best of the best from the outdoors industry.


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Alice Desert Festival

30 August – 13 October 2019 | Alice Springs, NT

The Desert Festival is an annual event in and around Alice Springs for music lovers and people who want to learn the culture of the locals. It’s one of the longer festivals in Australia, spanning 6 weeks in total. See a showcase of local and interstate artists, celebrating artistic and cultural vibrancy throughout the Spring season.

Events and Festivals in Australia September 2019

Aurora Australis Watching

September 2019 | TAS

Have you ever wanted to watch the Aurora Borealis with your family but no time to go to the Northern Hemisphere? The Northern Lights get all the love when it comes to natural light phenomena but Australia has its own natural lights show – the Aurora Australis. The ‘Southern Lights’ is as beautiful as anything you will find on the extreme north hemisphere without the freezing temperatures.

Penguin Breeding Season

September – October 2019 | Lilico Beach/Penguin/Burnie, TAS

September is the start of the breeding season for the penguins in and around the Tasmanian Coast.  Tasmania is a great place to see Little Penguins, or Fairy Penguins as they are also known. If you want to see these little critters in their cutest, the north west region of Tassie is an excellent spot.

Penguin Breeding Season – See the various penguins mating from September to October 2019

Kings Park Festival

September 2019 | Perth, WA

The Kings Park Festival is an annual tradition that celebrates the local nature, including the wildflowers, flora and unique culture of Western Australia. During the entire month of September each year, the Kings Park Festival showcase a wonderful display of spring wildflowers and various events for everyone. Experience Oz in its most natural.

Desert Mob – Araluen Arts Centre

5 – 7 September 2019 | Alice Springs, NT

The Desert Mob is an exhibition unlike any other. It’s one of the most anticipated and important Aboriginal art and cultural events in the nation. The event includes the official Exhibition Opening, Symposium and Market Place in its first weekend, showing new developments in Aboriginal art. Meet native artists, take part in their oral traditions and share the culture in the heart of the country.

Birdsville Races

6 – 7 September 2019 | Birdsville, QLD

One of the best racing festivals in Australia 2019, the Birdsville Races are about so much more than the race day event. Its live entertainment brings the community together, with fun runs to fashion and beyond. It’s a family-friendly event with side events like the reshowing of “The Back of Beyond”, some historic insights and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. There are cocktail parties, festival boxing and live music and much more.

Birdsville Races – © Belinda Goold, Watch one of the best outback racing festivals in Australia

Sydney 4WD Show

6 – 8 September 2019 | Sydney, NSW

The Sydney 4WD Show is the best that NSW has to offer for travellers who want to learn more about 4WD life. Non-stop entertainment, attractions, and a vast network of expert information all in one event. See demonstrations and activities on all things 4WD & adventure with the best of the industry.

Brisbane Festival

6 – 28 September 2019 | Brisbane, QLD

The Brisbane Festival is one of the major events in Australia 2019, and the best September event in the entire nation. This is one of the best major international arts festivals in Australia, exploding across the city for various programs the entire month. A thrilling mixture of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera all in one locale. Enjoy major public events with the entire family.


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Mahbilil Festival

7 September 2019 | Kakadu, NT

The Mahbilil Festival is an explosion of music, dance, bushfoods, art, workshops celebrating Kakadu culture. This annual event is an Australia travel must-go. You need to visit it and take part of the awesome local culture. Enjoy the culture and the best of the best Kakadu has to offer.

Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl

7 – 15 September 2019 | Broome, WA

Shinju Matsuri is a beloved festival that encapsulates everything Broome and the areas around the Kimberley region.  The Shinju Matsuri has a crux of various colourful events, with heritage and cultural tributes as well as many talents ready to perform at the big stage.  Make yourself at home and enjoy the Festival of the Pearl.

Swell Sculpture Festival

13 – 22 September 2019 | Currumbin, QLD

The Swell Sculpture Festival puts you face to face with the beautiful sculptures by local, national and international artists. Enjoy and find unique experiences all around you, like guided twilight walks on the artworks – straight from the artists themselves.


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Floriade Canberra

14 September –13 October 2019 | Canberra, ACT

Floriade Canberra is a month-long festival and one of the major events in Australia 2019. It’s the biggest spring celebration in the nation, with flowers of every variety. Find the best picnic spots, eat the best food Canberra has to offer and smell the flowerbeds with the entire family. Enjoy the carnival and other activities for the entire family.

Floriade Canberra © Peter Hopkins – See the most beautiful flowers with various colourful landscapes from September to October

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

20 – 29 September 2019 | Toowoomba, QLD

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is an iconic Queensland event and an Oz experience that you shouldn’t miss. The Carnival was introduced to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war, and how has made the locale a beautiful oasis. Events like the Grand Central parade, gala dinner and the night garden is something for you to enjoy. Taste delicious food and wine, go onto twilight tours and nature gatherings and find awesome,  family friendly fun.

Mitchell Creek Rock N’ Blues

20 – 23 September 2019 | Sunshine Coast Hinterland, QLD

The Mitchel Creek Rock N’ Blues is an premiere event hosted on a private 100 acre property up in the Noosa Hinterland’s beautiful Mary Valley. Get away from the city and go to the bushland for an adventure-filled weekend of rock blues and roots music. Take part in free camping and non-stop music options, so never miss your favourite artists.

Caravan Camping Outdoor Lifestyle Expo

20 – 22 September 2019 | Sydney, NSW

Are RVs, caravanning and travel events the lifeblood of your September lifestyle? Then the Sydney Caravan, Camping Outdoor Lifestyle Expo is the one. This travelling event features everything that the Sydney caravanning and camping scene can offer. It’s a much-awaited Australia travel festival, featuring expert outdoorsmen and industry influencers.


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Winton Outback Festival

24 – 28 September 2019 | Winton, QLD

The Winton Outback Festival is one of the craziest, quirkiest events in Australia. This 5 day country retreat has authentic Bush Poet’s breakfast, live music for everyone and the fun Outback Ironman for the athletic. You can also join the Australian dunny derby, dine under the stars with a sunset extravaganza and their will be kid friendly events.

Burning Seed

25 September – 1 October 2019 | Matong State Forest, Wagga Wagga, NSW

The Burning Seed is not just festival. It is an Oz experience where everything is organised and all you need is to rock up. This 100% indie festival creates the funding, the city, the entertainment and the experience itself. It’s a week of art, Theme Camps, performances, music, fire and more.

Nimbin Roots Festival

27 – 29 September 2019 | Nimbin, NSW

The Nimbin Roots Festival is a three day celebration of Aussie roots music designed to celebrate the finest musicians of the genre. Enjoy Folk, Americana, early blues, alt country, Australiana and bluegrass music and everything in between. Find the best of the best and appreciate them with an awards show to boot.

Wollombi Music Festival

27 – 29 September 2019 | Wollombi, NSW

The Wollombi Music Festival brings a new life to the locale of Wollombi, and it’s growing annually. Enjoy an exclusive affair with live music on the Big Yengo stage, with a campfire jam around their legendary firepits. Taste a sweet mix of food stalls for all tastes and an open bar. See the festival in full swing filled with a mix of blues, roots, reggae and dub and a lot more side events for you.

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