As we enter the winter period, it’s time to start thinking about festival plans for next summer so you can squirrel away the savings. Summer music festivals are the highlight of my year. When it comes to an electric atmosphere, great music, adequate camping facilities and a superb bunch of people, these are the festivals to look out for.


Where: Busselton, Western Australia
When: January 8-10

Just a stone’s throw from Perth, Southbound festival lets you camp with your car. This allows you to bring more eskies in without worrying about a huge walk at the other end. Unfortunately, you can’t bring booze in, but there are good camping amenities and a fantastic summer vibe. Previous line-ups have included Catfish and the Bottlemen and Boo Seeka.


Where: Glenworth Valley, New South Wales
When: December 29-31

Lost Paradise festival lives up to its name. It is neatly nestled in the idyllic heart of Glenworth valley. Its proximity to Sydney makes it ideal as a summer getaway for Sydneysiders and it is always a banger of a line-up. With a selection of camping facilities to cater for all budgets, from luxury glamping to a basic pitched tent, Lost Paradise offers a different experience with yoga, kayaking, massages and sound baths on offer.


Where: Meredith, Victoria
When: December 9-11

For hippie, Woodstock nostalgia, head for Meredith. The festival is one of the oldest festivals in Australia and has remained relatively preserved from the commercial influence which has swept other Australian festivals. Meredith is an intriguingly unique nature-orientated festival, where you can practice Tai Chi, visit an outdoor cinema and enjoy a holistic massage. The best part about it though – you can bring your own booze.


Where: Burns Creek, Tasmania
When: February 10-12

Paddock Creek features some of the best up and coming artists Australia and Tasmania have to offer and is a hotbed for undiscovered talent. The people are passionate about their music and the atmosphere is one of the best I have ever experienced. Just a good bunch of people coming together to explore their passion for live music. There is free camping throughout the festival site.


Where: Brownlow Hill Farm, New South Wales
When: February 24-25

Secret Garden is a 48-hour magical experience. With an emphasis on fancy dress, revellers walk around in a dream of glitter, colours and LED lights. There is a reason why Secret Garden sells out early every year, it is an absolute blast. Camping is free and there is the possibility to hire tents for those who don’t want to lug their tent across the country.


Where: Lardner, Victoria
When: December 28-January 1

With spectacular views over Lardner Park, Beyond the Valley is a buzzing place to ring in the new year. There is always a wide selection of camping and catering options and the line-up is usually a sonic delight of local and international artists. Line-up features include acts at the standards of Eats Everything, Ladyhawke, MSTRKRFT and Skream, for example.

The information here was correct at the time of publishing. You’ll need to check with a search on Google for the latest information because even the event websites can change location.


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Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.