Aussie festivals for the new year
We've all heard of Australia's top food, comedy and music festivals, but there are plenty of smaller events that offer travellers something a little different.
We take a look at Australian festivals you may not have heard of.
TAMAR VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL, TASMANIA
The date: January 17-18
The place: Launceston
The details: With more than 100 craft beers and ciders from Australia and around the world, plus local wines and cocktails, there's something at the Tamar Valley Beer Festival for every thirsty traveller.
THREDBO BLUES FESTIVAL, NEW SOUTH WALES
The date: January 17-19
The place: Thredbo
The details: This year, the Snowy Mountains' village of Thredbo is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its blues festival. There'll be 22 Aussie artists performing, including Wendy Matthews, Jeff Lang and Ray Beadle.
CELLAR DOOR FESTIVAL, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Date: February 14-16
The place: Adelaide
The details: More than 100 wineries from South Australia participate in this festival, so there is plenty of opportunity to find that perfect drop, or two. There'll be wine tastings, classes, a farmers' market, special lunches and music.
WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
The date: February 22
The place: Melbourne city
The details: Nurture your inner night owl by joining in the frivolity of this festival, which kicks off at 7pm and runs until 7am. During the night, Melbourne's streets and landmarks are consumed by exhibitions, performances, film screenings and concerts.
THE JULIA CREEK DIRT AND DUST FESTIVAL, QUEENSLAND
The date: April 11-13
The place: Julia Creek, north-west Queensland
The details: This festival is about showcasing the small town of Julia Creek and the Aussie outback. Marvel at the locals and guests who battle the heat in a triathlon, watch horse races and bull riding, and enjoy outdoor concerts. This year's full program will be released on January 15.
The date: April 17-21
The place: Exhibition Park in Canberra
The details: Drawing crowds of more than 50,000 people, this Canberra festival represents a different state every year, and Western Australia has been chosen for 2014. Confirmed acts include Barleyshakes, the Davidson Brothers, and The Pepperjacks ().
The date: April 18-20
The place: Toowoomba
The details: There is a bit of everything at Easterfest, with dancing, rides, BMX, skateboarding, debating, artist signings and religious worship. There is plenty of variety with the music too - gospel, jazz, heavy metal, indie, blues and so on .
NINGALOO WHALESHARK FESTIVAL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The date: May 23-25
The place: Exmouth
The details: Celebrate the whale shark's annual visit to the waters of Ningaloo by dropping into Exmouth for this festival. Activities include a fun run, while there are also market and food stalls.
WORDSTORM, NORTHERN TERRITORY
The date: May 29 to June 1
The place: Various venues across Darwin
The details: WordStorm is a biannual writers' festival featuring 40 writers from the Northern Territory and 30 from interstate, with a mix of presentations and workshops centred on "seven deadly themes".
HERVEY BAY WHALE FESTIVAL, QUEENSLAND
The date: Still to be confirmed but around July-August
The place: Across Hervey Bay
The details: The town of Hervey Bay comes alive every whale season, as locals launch the annual whale festival. This is a real family affair, with the blessing of the whale-watching fleet, a teddy bear picnic, storytelling, fireworks and live music.