With the holidays now done and dusted, it is time figure out how to fill in all those school term weekends.
Our friends at Family Travel have compiled a handy calendar of the best Aussie festival in May and June.
Read on to find out how your family can celebrate all things literary, musical and even camel-related.
30 April – 6 May, Sydney NSW
Family Day at the Sydney Writers’ Festival is a jam-packed program of creativity and storytelling with top children’s authors and the much-loved mobile book reading centre, Russ the Story Bus.
25 – 26 May, Uluru NT
This exciting annual outback festival features camel races, fashions on the field, an outback BBQ and family-friendly environment.
May, Bendigo VIC
A multicultural celebration of peace and harmony inspired by Buddha, the Festival of Light features traditional cultural performances, workshops, vegetarian cuisine and a beautiful coloured light show projected onto the Great Stupa.
May, Kalgoorlie WA
This week-long celebration of arts and culture in Western Australia’s Goldfields includes performances, workshops, theatre and a focus on community.
4 May, Geelong VIC
Light installations, street performances and art light up the streets of Geelong in this annual artistic celebration.
18 – 20 May, Brisbane QLD
From rural displays and farmyard animals to motocross and monster trucks, this country-themed family event has something to entertain all ages.
25 May – 16 June, Sydney NSW
The city of Sydney is set to light up again this coming winter for the brightest event of the season, with free events and light displays across the city and Harbour. There’s so much for families to experience, from silent dis-glows to colourful night markets to exotic light installation forests.
3 June, Darwin NT
On Darwin’s Waterfront, this annual event proudly showcases the best of local Territory produce with two days of cooking demonstrations, master cooking classes and family-focused entertainment.
8 – 10 June, Barunga NT
This celebration of Indigenous community life and history is all about music, sport and culture. With its Didgeridoo competitions, storytelling, sporting competitions, musical performances and dedicated children’s activities – the festival is a much-loved Territory event.
23 June, Katoomba NSW
At this free annual event, families and artists of all kinds dress in costume and head to the Blue Mountains for a day of festival food stalls, a spectacular grand parade and fireworks.
29 June – 15 July, Tasmania
The festival that transforms Tasmania’s towns into singing cities – this wintery event features choir and musical performances, workshops and lively events across the state, including the iconic City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire.