The best music and cultural events to attend on your next trip to Victoria

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Well, the playlist is done, the car is full and the road trip is well and truly in full swing. Now what if we said this was a road trip with otherworldly views, beaches and National Heritage listed legs, it comes in the form of what is guaranteed to be the most beautiful hike in the rainforest of your life?

Forget your usual boring route, the Great Ocean Road is not just the road trip of a lifetime, but a goldmine for organizers of music and cultural events. That’s right, the gang has spread, and now there’s not just a string of must-see sites along Australia’s southeast coast, but an abundance of things to do along the way. .

Here are the best music and cultural events to attend on your next trip to Victoria.

sleepless night

Originally designed in Paris around 2002, The Nuit Blanche is the only night a year that museums and public and private art galleries open their doors free of charge to the public. You can find this festival in Geelong, where the night is lit up with vibrant visual arts, music, light projections and family entertainment. It’s nearly impossible not to find something to your liking – there are seriously THAT many venues and exhibits to explore, which you can check out here.

DETAILS

When: October 8, 2022
Where: Geelong, Victoria.
Learn more
here.

Queenscliff Music Festival

One thing about us, we love a good three day party. Start camping on site? Oh, we are so here. The Queenscliff Music Festival is all this and more, less than two hours from Melbourne. Baker Boy is headlining this year and they even have glamping available thanks to twilight glamping (you know those…those canvas bell tents). Accompanied minors are also allowed in, so hire your younger sibling for some real debauchery. Tickets are sure to evaporate, so head here to secure them.

DETAILS

When: November 25, 26 and 27, 2022
Where: Queenscliffe, Victoria.
Learn more
here.

Meredith Music Festival

A three-hour drive from Melbourne is an oasis of gum trees that is home to Meredith Music Festival – a glorious three-day ode to laid-back vibes, good times and even better music. This year is set to skyrocket with a stellar lineup featuring artists such as Tkay Maidza, Caribou, Yothu Yindi, Courtney Barnett and The Comet Is Coming on stage at the Supernatural Amphitheater. Besides the music, you can expect massage tents, tai chi classes, massive laser sky shows, the Meredith Eye (huge ferris wheel), and an outdoor cinema nestled among the gums. There is of course a camping wonderland (six main campgrounds to be exact) and The Rochester where you can score your own furnished room or a converted XL shipping container with all creature comforts. The best piece? It’s BYO alcohol. These snap up at the speed of light, so be sure to head here to secure your spot and your tickets.

DETAILS

When: December 9, 10 and 11, 2022
Where: Meredith, Victoria.
Learn more
here.

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfing Competition

The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Surfing Competition is the red carpet for professional surfers – Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Steph Gilmore and Mick Fanning have all won a title (or four) from this iconic composition. It’s a showcase of the best surfers in the world, competing in some of the most exceptional surfing conditions known to man. Join the Rip Curl Club and not only can you get a shot with the most prestigious trophy in the business (the iconic bell) and this year you can even enter a competition to win a surf with Mick Fanning. There are also community events around the competition and beachside entertainment from DJs and performers.

DETAILS

When: April 10-20, 2023
Where: Bells Beach Torquay, Victoria.
Learn more
here.

Port Fairy Folk Festival

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is the Great Ocean Road is indeed Port Fairy. Besides having a name straight out of a Shirley Barber book, this little town is actually a fishing village AND home to the Port Fairy Folk Fest. Expect community markets, interactive workshops, forums, themed concerts and showcases, theater, films, writers’ programs, road shows, handmade crafts, good food food and family fun. The masses FLOCK for this festival so be sure to book your accommodation and book your tickets well in advance, which you can do here.

DETAILS

When: March 10-13, 2023
Where: Port Fairy Victoria.
Learn more here.

Celtic National Day

Did you enjoy the Lord of the Rings soundtrack? Well, look no further than the National Celtic Festival in Portarlington, a three-day celebration of all things Celtic and folkloric. Stop to make the most of different worlds with music, dance and theater festivals, visual arts, community gathering ceremonies and rituals, street musicians and traveling performances. Plus, there’s even a children’s program. Stroll through town venues and eat through the Village Tavern, Celtic Club and Celtic Markets.

DETAILS

When: June 9-12, 2023
Where: Portarlington, Victoria.
Learn more here.

blue train

Win Blues Train tickets and attend a mini music festival on a steam train traveling along the Bellarine Railway. The train stops at about four stops to refill your cup, take quick trips to the toilet, and hop on different carriages to see four different and fabulous acts. You’ll also score a blues-inspired dinner and a photo with the actual train at the end.

DETAILS

When: Various dates throughout the year
Where: Queenscliff, Victoria.
Learn more here.

It’s safe to say that there are plenty of reasons to lock yourself in on a trip to the Great Ocean Road of Victoria, Geelong and The Bellarine. To learn more and start planning your trip, click here.

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