5 Unusual Festivals That Happen Annually in Australia

5 Unusual Festivals That Happen Annually in Australia

Whether you are a local, or flying into Australia for the holiday of a lifetime, it is a good idea to have a few fun activities planned. However, sometimes, you just feel like doing more than exploring the typical tourist attractions or chilling on the idyllic beaches that are spread across Australia.

Ever Thought About Joining the Local Festivals?

This is when checking out a few festivals can work wonders. Although many people think that some festivals are just for fun, many show off a side of the country that you don’t often see. They reveal the culture and the personality of the Aussie people, all in a fun and vibrant way.

So, if you are looking for some festivals in Australia to attend, but fancy something unusual, check out our list of the top five Aussie festivals that are interesting:

  • The Darwin Lions Beer Regatta
  • The Camel Cup
  • The Outback Festival
  • Tunarama
  • The Elvis Festival

While these aren’t in any specific order, as which I think is the best could well be last on your festival list, they are certainly some of the more unique attractions on offer in Australia. So, let’s look at them in a little more detail:

The Darwin Lions Beer Regatta

The Darwin Lions Beer Regatta is held in the Northern Territory, Darwin to be exact. This is normally held during July, but the exact date varies. This event is based around a boat-racing event along Mindil Beach. However, it is the boats and not so much the beer that is the special draw here. These boats are special, as entrants must build their boat out of beer cans! Beer cans are the only thing allowed to float the boat, but some other materials are allowed in the construction phase. Then the battle ensues,

as players cheat, fight, or just outright sink their way to becoming champions.

The Camel Cup


The Camel Cup is a true outback festival that has been going decades. With a massive population of camels, it isn’t surprising someone thought to race them. It is held mid July every year at the Arunga Park Speedway of Alice Springs. However, camels are not going to be the only thing you can expect here. With belly dancers, entertainers, food and drinks, there is plenty to do. Quirky Aussie twists will be sure to keep you laughing at this event!

The Outback Festival

The Outback Festival is based in Winton of Queensland. The competition is a bit extreme, with events like the Outback Iron Man/Woman competitions, and some very bizarre toilet based competitions! But, don’t worry, they are not rude. However, you need to certainly have a wacky sense of entertainment to appreciate this festival.


Tunarama is actually held on Australia Day, which is the 26th of January. The festival is a great opportunity for highlighting the wonderful local seafood. Here, great food and drinks are easy to find, all around fun social activities. The last day hosts a ‘toss the tuna fish’ competition. Can you beat the record of 37.23 meters?

The Elvis Festival

The Elvis Festival is held during January on the King of Rock’s birthday. Impersonators from around the world travel to Australia especially to entertain the crowds. Obviously this is quite a lively event with some real characters. It has to be seen to be believed!

If you prefer a wacky twist to your holiday in Australia, why not attend one of these festivals and see for yourself the fun side of the Aussies?

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