Plan a Spring Break around these upcoming events

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FACT: We’re over halfway through the year. Let that sink in for a moment.

We’ve worked our butts off for eight months, or we’ve trained like a mofo to get triathlon ready, and the parents among us have shipped the children to and from school approximately 280 times so far this year.

Before you start counting down to Christmas (it is coming), take some time out and treat yourself to a little Spring Break.

Heading to an event is the quickest and easiest way to shake up the every day, so here are 10 upcoming events to plan a break around. You deserve it!

Fill up your soul with creative vibes at Brisbane Festival | 3-24 September 2016

Brisbane Festival 2016

Brisbane’s cultural prowess is magnified during September with the epic events calendar of cultural gold put together by the folks at Brisbane Festival. Highlights this year include the very unDisney, Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid (15-24 Sep, Aurora Spiegeltent) and music showcases from highly influential record labels Stones Throw Records (8 Sep, Aurora Spiegeltent) and Impossible Odds (4 Sep, Aurora Spiegeltent).

Surround your family in a raft of rainbows at the choreography performance of Rainbow Vomit (21-24 Sep, Judith Wright Centre) or try The Listies 6D* (*It’s Twice as Good as 3D) (20-23 Sep, Aurora Spiegeltent) that has been rated S for Stupid and is full of high-brow jokes older children and Dads will love.

And to round out the Brisbane Festival, meet the rest of the city down by the river to watch the fireworks display of the Sunsuper Riverfire (24 Sep).

TIP: Want to capture the fireworks just right? Here are a few photography tips to get that Instagram-worthy photo.

Spring into nature at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers | 16-25 September 2016


Snap out of your winter hibernation and spring into the blessed country life at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Experience nature on a high through impressive and impeccably cared for gardens popping with colour and let your heart hum along to the festival vibes.

This festival is not just about pretty flowers. Nosh on local produce at the Food and Wine Festival and dance while you listen to the killer music line-up including Birds of Tokyo, Tim Finn and Katie Noonan.

TIP: Check out this guide of what to see at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Get an early start to the beach season at Swell Sculpture Festival | 9-18 September 2016

Take your #beach Instagram game up a notch at Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. From 9-18 September, Currumbin Beach will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with 50+ sculptures emerging from the sand.

Plan an early start to the beach season, get your epic #beachselfie sorted (use these hashtags to share: #SWELL2016, #thisisqueensland and #wearegoldcoast) and spend the rest of the day exploring the Gold Coast.

TIP: Need the low-down on where to grab a bite to eat? Jump to the Currumbin section of this epic guide to the Best restaurants on the Gold Coast by precinct.

Soak up the sun, surf and soul feels at the Caloundra Music Festival | 30 September – 3 October 2016


Max out your Queensland October long weekend by rocking out in the sunshine at the Caloundra Music Festival. Enjoy the golden music line-up including The Cat Empire, Kate Miller-Heidke, Guy Sebastian and Daryl Braithwaite.

Check out this guide for ideas on how to linger longer in the laidback vibes of Caloundra.

TIP: Love music? Check out new Aussie music at BIGSOUND in Brisbane (7-9 Sep), Airlie Beach Music Festival or this list of must-see music festivals in Queensland to get your fix.

Something a bit different and unusual at Opera in the Outback | 6-8 October 2016

Opera in the Outback

The web of volcanic lava tubes at The Undara Experience is unique and unusual to begin with and Opera in the Outback takes it to a whole new level.

Every October, set at the Ooramian Place amphitheatre, the best artists in opera and jazz perform to create a truly iconic and not-to-miss experience.

TIP: An optional extra is a three-course dinner each night after the performance. Who doesn’t like a dinner and a show?

Land in foodie heaven at Palm Cove Reef Feast | 6-9 October 2016

Palm Cove Reef Feast

Australians often take for granted how amazing our locally sourced produce and seafood really is.

Celebrate the best the tropics has to offer at Palm Cove Reef Feast with the Longest Long Lunch set amongst the palm trees with dishes from local chefs and restaurants. Indulge in beer tasting at the Home Brew and Craft Beer Awards.

TIP: Continue grazing your way inland with our Atherton Tablelands Foodie Itinerary.

Learn to slow down at Wanderlust Sunshine Coast | 20-23 October 2016

Bring your inner zen to the surface at Wanderlust Sunshine Coast.

Start with yoga and meditation instruction, learn to be mindful by attending The Speakeasy talks from yoga teachers and health experts, taste healthy local food, and explore the Sunshine Coast on organised guided adventures including stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and horse riding.

TIP: Keep the zen-times rolling with this wellbeing holiday guide to the Sunshine Coast.

Get your heart racing at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 | 21-23 October 2016

Image by V8 Supercars via FB

Image by V8 Supercars via FB

Walk the Surfers Paradise street track at the Castrol Gold Coast 600, find your favourite part of the track and settle in to watch the V8 Supercars, Hot Wheel Utes and Super Trucks do what they do best.

The high-octane atmosphere continues off track with meet-and-greets, live music and helicopter tours over the track.

TIP: Avoid the high energy withdrawals and get a Townsville 400 trip booked in for July 2017.

This is what you have been training for at Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival | 26-30 October 2016

If your New Year’s Resolution was to get healthy and fit with the aim to participate in a triathlon, the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is one to aim for.

Here are three reasons why: 1. It’s Australia’s largest, oldest and highest profile triathlon event. 2. It’s the third largest Olympic distance tri in the world. 3. It’s at Noosa. #nuffsaid

TIP: Are you inspired to start training for a race next year? Pick a challenge here.

Collect a story to tell the Grandchildren at the Birdsville Races | 2-3 September 2017

The Birdsville Races is one of those bucket list experiences you need to plan a year in advance. 

The journey out to Birdsville, sleeping under a sky full of stars in tent city, having a XXXX at the Birdsville Hotel, plus all the fun to be had at the actual races, will leave you with a lifetime of memories and stories about your time in Outback Queensland.

TIP: Now’s the time to plan next year’s ultimate Spring Break to the Birdsville Races. Here are a few guides we’ve prepared earlier: Road Trip Itinerary: Along the Birdsville Track and back again in eight days, 13 Things to do at the Birdsville Races & our Birdsville Races Infographic.

Where are you heading for your Spring Break?