Summer is the perfect season to get your festival on. The beats, the peeps, the vibes – it’s the ultimate summer experience down under.

No matter where you are, we’ve got a host of summer festivals to make the most of those sun-filled days and balmy evenings.

Victoria Festivals in Summer 2018

Golden Plains

10-12 March | Meredith, VIC

Staged over an epic long weekend, the little sister festival of Meredith is now in its 12th year.

The Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre is where all the magic happens. The stage filled with quality artists and the crowd chilled yet bristling with excitement. Watch out for ‘the boot’, a Golden Plains tradition where the crowd salutes their favourite performance of the festival by holding up one of their shoes/boots throughout their set. Oh, and bring a couch to perch up on the hill in the afternoons – it’s “the done thing”.

Need a ride to the festival? Pick up your car from any Thrifty car rental locations in Victoria, no matter where you’re coming from.

Festivals in NSW this summer

Byron Bay Bluesfest

29 March – 2 April | Byron Bay, NSW

With over 200 performances across seven stages in five epic days, you’ll be well and truly blues’ed to the brim by attending Byron’s premier festival, now it its 29th year. 6,000 people camp on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm but the audience reaches 100,000 thanks to the blockbuster line up and abundance of market stalls, food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this festival, we’ve partnered with Bluesfest to bring you a great deal on your Byron Bay hire car to get you there and back without a fuss. Check out our Bluesfest special and keep an eye out for Thrifty at the event!

Secret Garden

23-24 February | Brownlow Hill

Each year this intimate festival set in a forest sells out. Not because they line up the biggest artists, in fact, they don’t even reveal the acts until tickets are sold out, but because they focus on creating an incredible vibe and immersive mindset for the festival community. Plus, the extravagant costumes are just to die for. This year marks the big 1-0 so you’d better get in quick to join in on the double-digit celebrations!

Tasmania festivals summer 2018

Mona Foma Festival

15-22 January | Hobart

Too much to cover in this write-up but believe us when we say you’ll have serious FOMO for not hitting up Tassie’s largest contemporary music festival. The three-day event, curated by Brian Ritchie, bass player from the Violet Femmes, is set to be bigger and better than ever before, showcasing the work of artists across sound, noise, dance, theatre, visual art, performance, and new media. #mofo2018

Make sure to see a bit more of Tassie while you’re down there! Here’s an itinerary we mapped out for you of the perfect Tasmanian Road Trip.

Festivals in WA summer 2018


24 February | Midland Oval, Perth

Perth’s only drug, smoke, and alcohol-free festival just keeps getting bigger each year. Following the hugely successful turnout in 2017, HyperFest will feature two main live stages plus a chill-out stage, gourmet food vans, and a bunch of summer activities including water slides and a dunk tank. Perfect for a cool down after a few hours of boogying! Don’t miss the signing tent where fans can meet their favourite artists!

Queensland festivals summer 2018

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival

16-18 February | Agnes Water, QLD

Imagine a blissed-out music festival set in paradise. Actually, no need, we’ve got one for you. Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival is exactly what its name implies – the best blues, roots and rock music this side of the equator. Plus, it’s staged on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, which ain’t too bad a spot in case you hadn’t noticed.

Hire a road trip ready car from any of Thrifty’s car hire locations in Queensland and make a summer getaway of it! Here are some far north Queensland destination ideas for you too!

South Australia festivals this summer

Adelaide Festival

2-18 March | Adelaide

Entertaining Adelaide folk for over half a century, this festival is an outstanding mix of internationally acclaimed musicians, world-class theatre productions, awe-inspiring dance pieces, renowned writers, and remarkable visual arts displays. Set throughout the city of Churches, it’s really no wonder they need three weeks in Adelaide to orchestrate this celebration of creative excellence.

Canberra festivals 2018


3 February | Rockley Oval, Googong

Googfest is Canberra region’s biggest free music festival, which brings the whole community together for a picnic and an evening of “Googonian proportions” (i.e., a lot of fun that includes fireworks). Thousands of fans turn out for Canberra’s biggest live music event. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? Sneaky Sound System headlined 2017 FYI.