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Summer rocks with festival season in Australia

December is the official start to the Australian summer, and it’s also the start of three months of music festivals all around the country.
02 December 2009
Visit them all while on holiday, or take up an Australian Working Holiday Visa so you can work between festivals. The Australian Working Holiday Visa is available for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 inclusive who want to work and travel in Australia for up to 12 months.

Blues, pop, rock, trance, folk, funk, comedy and some big names in international music – everyone gets their moment in the sun.
Homebake, in Sydney, is the first of the really big summer festivals, and as the name suggests it supports home-grown talent with a line up of Australia’s and New Zealand’s top bands.

Sydney’s Domain, an historic parkland in the centre of the city, is host to a summer-full of free performances that span symphony, jazz, and the now world-famous Tropfest short film festival.

Sydney-siders take summer seriously, and Summadayze music festival, kicking off in Sydney on New Year’s Eve and rolling around the country, is the season’s premier electronic dance music celebration.

It started in Melbourne a decade ago, but has grown to take in tens of thousands of revellers in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth dancing their heads off to the world’s best DJs and dance bands.

A bit more chilled out is the Christmas-New Year break tradition: the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Running for six days and nights and is one of the biggest folk festivals in the world, just 90 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane.

Woodford features more than 2000 performers and 400 events including workshops, street theatre, concerts and comedy sessions, so with so much to do on-site camping is the way to go.

The Falls Festival is another major multi-day festival that is held in two venues, in two states. In Victoria, it’s in the Otway rainforest near Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, and in Tasmania, it’s also held on an idyllic farm, surrounded by forest and with ocean views.

January kicks off with the biggest of the summer’s touring concerts: the Big Day Out, a mix of international and Australian with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth.

The last of the multi-city big music events is the dance festival Good Vibrations to huge crowds in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.

And summer’s last gasp is the five-day Bluesfest, held on the Easter weekend in Byron Bay.