Bustling beer and cider festivals for a sparkling summer

Have a cracking day out at the Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong, Victoria this summer.

Credit: Cormac Hanrahan

You can’t beat an ice-cold beer, or cider, in summer. And you can’t go past a super summer festival, either.

So when you get a bustling beer festival that’s held in summer, you’ve hit the jackpot! And we have a six-pack of them lined up just for you.

Long live summer!

Strike gold at the Ballarat Beer Festival in Ballarat, Victoria.

January 2017

Esk BeerFest, Launceston, TAS (13-14 January)

A hefty helping of craft breweries from across the state and the mainland. A handful of cideries. Masterclasses. Gourmet food. Trivia. Live entertainment. An electric atmosphere. What more could you want from a beer festival? Saturday night comedy? You’ve got it. Head to the Esplanade in Launceston for an event to remember.

Stay at… BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.


Ballarat Beer Festival, Ballarat, VIC (21 January)

If you think the chance to sample a bounty of beautiful brews is all that this event is about, then slap yourself in the face with a stick of barley. Yes, at this City Oval location you can taste amazing beers from leading breweries around the globe, but that’s just part of the story. Delectable food offerings, first-rate live music, a kids’ zone with an animal farm, and even a Friday night degustation dinner demonstrate that Ballarat strikes gold once again.

Stay at…BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park or BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park or elsewhere within the Goldfields region.

Sample a delicious brew at Ballarat Beer Festival in Ballarat, Victoria.

VIC Cider & Pork Festival, Melbourne, VIC (21-22 January 2017)

The title of this festival gives you a clear indication of what’s on offer. Sample refreshing cider from a dozen-plus producers across the country and even overseas and pair this with pork that’s served in a drove of ways. Flemington Racecourse is the setting for this must-attend event, which also features ample live entertainment.

Stay at…BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park, Discovery Parks – Melbourne, or Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park.

Experience a winning combination at the VIC Cider & Pork Festival at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria.

Hobart BeerFest, Hobart, TAS (27-28 January 2017)

Salamanca Wharf is the ideal setting for a lively event that is the younger sibling of the Esk BeerFest, as featured near the top of this page. Expect the good times to flow as freely as the top-shelf brews.

Stay at…Discovery Parks – Hobart or BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.

There's something to please every palate at the Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong, Victoria.

Credit: Cormac Hanrahan

February 2017

South West Craft Beer Festival, Busselton, WA (11 February)

The emphasis here is on local flavor: featured brewers are exclusively from the South West region. And in a sure sign that the craft beer scene continues to boom in Australia, you’ll find a host of brewers offering all manner of ales and lagers with a few cideries thrown in for good measure. The relaxing gardens of Old Broadwater Farm provide the perfect setting for this buzzing event, which also has a raft of musical talent that, once more, zeroes in on local talent.

Stay at…BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park or RAC Busselton Holiday Park or a bit further afield at BIG4 Taunton Farm Margaret River.


Great Australian Beer Festival, Geelong, VIC (18 February)

Head to Geelong Racecourse on February 18 and you’re sure to back a winner. This flourishing festival is entering its fifth year and attracts top-shelf breweries from all over the country, as well as a handful of cideries. It all combines with 20-plus musical acts across three stages and various children’s entertainment that ensures a cracking day out.

Stay at…Discovery Parks – Geelong or further afield at BIG4 Bellarine Holiday Park or BIG4 Beacon Resort.


But wait, there’s more…

Coming soon to BIG4 Wallaga Lake Holiday Park in the NSW South Coast region is Camel Rock Brewery and Café, a microbrewery housed within a historical building. Stay tuned for more info…


Isn’t it time you enjoyed a brew-inspired break? Book your next BIG4 break now.

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