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Festivals & Events in Australia

Line up your bike trip during a regional festival

Regional Australia loves a good festival. Whether it's promoting delicious local food and wine, celebrating music, supporting a local cause or something quirky (like the Scottish gathering in Bundanoon), there's no better time to visit a community.

Get in touch with our team to see if you can time your Australian cycling holiday with a festival or event. It will surely add to your experience.

Find key festivals and events in regional Australia below. If we've missed any, be sure to let our team know.

New South Wales Festivals & Events

Wollongong UCI Championships

The UCI Road World Cycling Championships will be held in Wollongong in 2022. The world's cycling elite will descend upon Wollongong to compete in events including team time trial mixed relay, individual time trials and road races. It's expected over 300,000 spectators will travel to Wollongong to witness these events. The dates of this event are set for September 18-25, 2022, so lock it in your calendar. 

Learn more about UCI Wollongong

> See this event on a cycling tour:

Drink stop by the beach in Wollongong on the South Coast Cycle |  <i>Kate Baker</i>


Brigadoon - Southern Highlands

This gathering is the "Premier" Scottish Highland Gatherings in Australia. After the mists have risen at dawn, the town of Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day (even the name on the station changes to Brigadoon!) The main street is closed and there is a bustle of activity as people prepare for the big parade. Visitors from all over Australia are making their way to Brigadoon (over 10,000 of them). It takes place in early April: 1 April 2023, 6 April 2024, 5 April 2025. In 2022 Brigadoon will be held on 6 August due to rain.

> Learn more about Brigadoon

> See this event on a cycling tour:

Ebikes on the route of the Southern Highlands Cycle to Robertson |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

Mudgee Wine + Food Month

The Mudgee Wine + Food Month takes place in September every year. While there are many signature events of the month-long celebration, each participating winery will generally offer their own unique experience, ranging from food and wine pairing, special tastings, platters, and tasting flights. 

> Learn more about the Mudgee Wine + Food Month

> See this event on a cycling tour:

Visit Lowe Wines when cycling in Mudgee |  <i>Destination NSW</i>


Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

Curl up beside an open fire, warm yourself amongst outdoor firepits, enjoy hearty reds, and lazy lunches that roll into dinner, celebrated under the crisp winter open skies. As the vines go into hibernation, you're invited to awaken your senses and join on a journey of discovery through this diverse wine and food destination. In 2022 it was held during May and June.

> Learn more about the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

> See this event on a cycling tour:

Cycling through orchards in the Hunter Valley

Queensland Festivals & Events

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music will be held in Townsville, Queensland, from 29 July – 7 August 2022. The ten-day festival will feature over 30 musicians from around the world in 30 concerts and special events. 

> Visit the Australian Festival of Chamber Music website

> See this event on a cycling tour:

Looking out over Rowes Bay in Townsville



Victoria Festivals & Events

Bright Autumn Festival

The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria’s Alpine High Country. Bright and the surrounding districts are blessed with the perfect climate for magnificent autumn colours.

The planned dates for the festival in 2023 are Friday April 28 2023 to Sunday May 7 2023. The highlight is the Gala Weekend with a market, music in the streets and a grand parade on Saturday 6th May 2023. Other key events of the festival are the Wandi Nut Festival, the Open Gardens, Historical Tours and the Autumn Art Exhibition at the Bright Art Galley.

> Visit the Bright Autumn Festival website

> See this event on a cycling tour:


Cycling into Bright to finish the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail |  <i>Erin Williams</i>





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