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Our Favourite Family-Friendly Festivals & Events

Wednesday 11th September 2019
By Ely Power
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By Ely Power
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Kids and music festivals - not necessarily an iconic duo, but we think they should be! Festivals are a wonderful way to bond with your little ones, showing them the joys of live music, the beauty of art and value of living in the moment. All you need to do is find some family-friendly fun and enjoy the convenience of a campervan. Because what’s a festival weekend without a bit of camping? 

Most festivals offer onsite camping and those that don’t pretty much always have a great camping ground or holiday park nearby. With a campervan that fits the whole family, you can play by day and cuddle in comfort by night. Not to mention the zero setup time, ample storage space and compact kitchenette for whipping up meals whenever tummies rumble. Festival camping with kids has never been more fun or less effort! 

And thanks to the friendly owners sharing their RVs on Camplify, you can rent an affordable campervan without compromising on quality (to get van-savvy before the festivities begin, check out our guide to festival camping in a van).

We’ve curated a list of our favourite Australian festivals for all ages so that you can plan your next family adventure with a little more ease. Below are a bunch of kid-friendly festivals guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 

Interested? Learn more about Camplify here.

Queensland

Ready to hit the dirt at the Big Red Bash?
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The Big Red Bash

July 7th - 9th 2020

The Big Red Bash is an authentic Aussie experience in the Outback of western Queensland. Named after the tallest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, visitors young and old are welcome at this family-friendly festival held during the school holidays. 

To get to ‘the world's most remote festival", you’ll have to embark on a lengthy family road trip. The closest major cities are Adelaide and Brisbane, but you’ll still be spending a day or two in the car - All the more reason to hire a campervan! 

Family camping options are available onsite with free access to children 11 and under. 




Woodford Folk Festival

December 27th - January 1st 2020

One of the oldest (and most child-friendly) festivals in Australia, the annual Woodford Folk Festival kicks off each year with its famous Opening Ceremony and finishes with the incredible Fire Event on New Year’s Day. 

With over 2,000 artists performing for about 130,000 people, this is an epic experience for any young’un - especially given the awesome Children’s Festival zone and its puppet shows, arts, crafts, games, dances, theatre and circus! 

The festival is free for under-fives, with reduced rates for children up to 18.




Island Vibe

October 24th - 27th 2019

Taking place on North Stradbroke Island every year, this multicultural medley of art exhibits, craft workshops, food stalls and makers markets is a celebration of all things Islander. With all sorts of reggae, roots, base and soul music performances, there’s no better way to start off the summer!

Drive aboard the barge and park up at Adder Rock Campground for an idyllic family festival trip in the sea, sand and sun.

Children under 13 can join the fun free of charge, while under 18s also enjoy reduced rates.




New South Wales

Festivals are a great way to reconnect with family & friends
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Parkes Elvis Festival

January 8th - 12th 2020

Introduce your kids to the king of rock ‘n’ roll at the Parkes Elvis Festival! Step back in time with everything from retro dance lessons and hound dog competitions to 1950s hair and makeup workshops and heritage car shows. There’s even a costume theme each year, with 2020 being Elvis’ colourful ‘Frankie and Johnny’ film - imagine dancing girls, fortune tellers and riverboats.

So dress up your whole family for a rockin’ weekend away, camping at McGlynn or Pioneer Oval campground each night. 




Tamworth Country Music Festival

January 17th - 26th 2020

Australia’s biggest music festival hosts over 300,000 people. The impressive range of country music is thanks to over 700 performers and 120 venues. Numbers aside, Tamworth Country Music Festival is a fantastic family holiday with free concerts and fun activities for all ages. The Family Zone even has a ferris wheel, giant slide and obstacle course! 

Set up camp in the Riverside Camping Grounds for a tranquil retreat at the end of each exciting day.




Bluesfest

April 9th - 13th 2020

Bluesfest is an iconic Australian festival set at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in boho Byron Bay. Featuring more than 100 market stalls and over 200 performances from legends like Bob Dylan, Angus & Julia Stone and Hozier, it’s also very kid-friendly with nappy changing and breastfeeding areas beside the Kids Zone. Every day from 2-3pm and 4:30-5:30pm, your nippers can frolic from one children’s activity to the next - all while listening to music made specifically for little listeners. 

Children under 6 can camp and play for free, while those aged between 6 and 15 enjoy significantly cheaper tickets than us adults.




Dashville Skyline

October 4th - 6th 2019

Dashville Skyline is an old-school celebration of all things country. You’ll be camping in the Hunter Valley countryside, surrounded by vineyards and farmland as far as the eye can see. Kick back and relax in front of live music, tuck into some finger-lickin' food and relish in the chilled out family fun. When you’re up for a little adventure, explore the markets or check out the utes and bikes on show. Everything considered this laidback festival is awesome for the whole family.

Tickets are $15 for kids under 6, with reduced prices for 7-12 year olds and teens. Discounted family packages are also on offer!


Victoria

Enjoy the music and the scenery
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The Lost Lands

November 1st - 3rd 2019

Held at Werribee Mansion, The Lost Lands is an all-inclusive festival for families who love adventure. This wild and wonderful event includes interactive workshops, discussion panels, arts programs, concerts, a cinema, a circus and onsite camping.

The Lost Lands strives to be a real family getaway, catering to kids just as much as it does adults. From jumping castles and dance parties to juggling performances and kids comedy shows, this festival has it all. And with Rock & Roller Wagons, you can explore the parklands with your tots in tow or rock out to live music while they nap next to you in comfort. 




Healesville Music Festival

November 15th - 17th 2019

The Healesville Music Festival takes place across several venues in the quaint town of Healesville, with camping at the lovely Healesville Racecourse. In addition to its top music acts, you’ll find spoken word performances, a lively market and heaps of kid-friendly fun.

Ruccis Circus shows your little tribe some tricks, while Bella the Bookworm shares magical stories. Another must-visit venue is 'Little Joe's', which holds themed concerts and creative workshops just for kids. And the cherry on top is that children 13 and under get free entry!


South Australia

Some festivals even welcome pets!
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WOMAdelaide

March 6th - 9th 2020

WOMADelaide is four glorious days of world-class music, arts and dance in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park. With its dress-up parties, face painting and immersive science workshops, the KidZone and its kid-friendly activities will have your kids squealing, playing and creating all day long. You can also browse the art exhibitions, taste the worldly cuisine and dance to your favourite bands!

This family-centric festival welcomes prams and strollers, provides changing facilities and lets children aged 12 and under in for zilch! While there’s no onsite camping, Adelaide Caravan Park is only a short walk away.



Blenheim Music and Camping Festival

TBA, Easter 2020

Stunning scenery, quality music, an onsite family camping zone and kid-friendly amusements. That’s why so many Aussies and international visitors head straight for Blenheim Music and Camping Festival. Oh and did we mention that a portion of the profits go to local charities, as well as New Hope Cambodia?

This festival has been thriving for just under a decade, with its line ups getting more incredible every year. And as if you aren’t already convinced, children under 12 can join in on the fun for free!




Porchland

November 23rd 2019

Hire a campervan and cruise just 40 minutes south of Adelaide to reach The Range. Here, in the centre of a pine clearing, you’ll find the majestic music festival that is Porchland. This whimsical day of live bands, yummy bites and kid-friendly festivities in the woods is a one-of-kind family experience. 

Not only do kids under 12 get in for free, but you are also encouraged to bring your furry family member along (just make sure to keep your pup on a lead and well behaved)! While there’s no camping at Porchland, it creates the perfect opportunity for a family road trip through the wilderness of Coorong National Park!


Australian Capital Territory

Get creative!
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Canberra Moon Festival

September 13th - 15th 2019

Canberra Moon Festival (CMF) is the first of its kind, celebrating the harvest and reunion of several Asian cultures. With the heartwarming motto “One Community, One World, One Big Family”, this festival is bursting with fun events for all ages, including glow-in-the-dark face painting, Chinese mooncake making and sand art performances.

Held in the heart of Canberra, getting here is a piece of (moon)cake. Simply choose your favourite camping ground or holiday park near the city to enjoy an exciting and educational weekend away. And to top it off, the whole family goes free!


Northern Territory 

Connect with your colourful side
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Wide Open Space

TBA, May 2020

Located in the hot centre of Australia, Wide Open Space brings the mystical MacDonnell Ranges alive with people, music and lights for three days a year. East of Alice Springs, this desert festival energises the mind, body and soul with art, dance and culture. 

It even has an area dedicated to children - with everything from professional ‘bubbleologists’ to magical storytellers, the Kids Space will keep your bunch entertained all day long! For peace and quiet each evening, we recommend camping across the river from all these festivities.

Children aged 14 and under gain free entry.




Barunga Festival

June 7th - 5th 2020

Barunga Festival is a proud celebration of Indigenous Australia. A drug and alcohol-free festival, this family-focused tradition attracts over 4,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from across the world to a tiny, remote community in the Northern Territory desert. Spend the long weekend dancing to music, playing sports, checking out traditional artwork and learning all about aboriginal culture.

Unless you’re coming from Alice Springs or Palmerston, you'll have to plan a pretty long road trip to get here but we promise it will be awesome! 

The great news is that it’s only $5 for children under 11, $15 for teenagers and $50 for parents.


 

Tasmania

Sparkle in the sunset
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Falls Festival

December 29th - 31st 2019

The Falls Music and Arts Festival takes place in magnificent Marion Bay, so you’ll be partying and camping with panoramic views of the Tasman Sea! Tickets cover three nights of freedom camping on lush farm grounds and three days of critically acclaimed music, arts and comedy.

The Tassie Falls Festival is designed with families in mind, allowing children under 12 to attend free of charge. And the beautiful family campground means your gang can camp beside like-minded festival-goers. To top it off, youngsters can have the time of their lives at the Kids Club before the young at heart explore endless entertainment!




A Festival Called Panama 

March 6th - 8th 2020

This award-winning boutique festival is held on a secluded 50-acre cider brewery in Lone Star Valley. Described as the ‘unicorn of festivals’, PANAMA is a carefully curated feast of world-class musicians, midnight cabaret, renowned DJs, artisanal markets and local foodie delights. And the Kid’s Space means your whole family can experience the magic of PANAMA all weekend long. 

While children under 4 go free, kids aged up to 11 cost $50 and 11–18-year-olds are about $110. That said, this spectacular festival is well worth the dollars!




Cygnet Folk Festival

January 10th - 12th 2020

This eclectic festival is a mix of music genres and creative cultures, offering film, poetry, dance, art and handicrafts set against the breathtaking backdrop of Huon Valley. Cygnet Folk Festival is also a culinary paradise, with wining and dining like no other! With chilled out vibes and child-friendly entertainment, this might just become a family tradition.

Set up camp in beautiful Burtons Reserve on the Cygnet waterfront for easy access to all festival venues (and make sure to purchase a Vehicle Pass for your campervan!).

Children under 5 are free, while 5-18 year olds enjoy discounted tickets.




Western Australia

Enjoy the fireworks display
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Fairbridge Festival

April 17th - 19th 2020

Possibly Western Australia’s favourite family camping event, Fairbridge Festival celebrates the world of music and all of the fun that comes with it. Held on a wild bushland site with stunning views of the Darling Escarpment, you can explore vibrant markets and dance to all sorts of melodies: folk, blues, roots, a capella, acoustic, Celtic… name the genre and you’ll hear it! 

Set up camp in the meadow and watch your kids enjoy what are likely the most extensive children and youth programs (relative to overall festival size) in Australia.


Western Australian Circus Festival

January 17th - 19th 2020

With its jaw-dropping theatrics and human marvels, this festival is sure to amaze! From juggling ninjas to soaring acrobats, unique performances bring family fun at every turn - you can even try your luck on the trapeze. Park at the onsite free camping ground before wandering quirky market stalls, tasting delicacies from around the world and enjoying live music. And when night falls, the Circus bursts with grown-up thrills like captivating cabaret and mesmerising sideshows.

With a Children’s Program designed specifically to entertain your mini festival-goers, this is a family adventure you won’t want to miss!




Nannup Music Festival

February 28th - March 2nd 2020

Resting on the banks of the Blackwood River, Nannup is nestled in Western Australia’s wild Southwest. Every WA Labour Day weekend, this charming old town comes alive with market stalls, creative performances and festive activities - think jamming sessions, art walks and bush poetry. Proudly located in the Noongar Boodjar lands, you can also enjoy the rhythms of indigenous music. 

Nannup Music Festival boasts a Family Fun Area dedicated to kid-friendly entertainment! So park your campervan at the Festival Campground for a long weekend of ‘authentic good times with the family’.





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