Events we’re keeping our eyes on for 2024

Experience the dazzling lights of Vivid Sydney, thrill at the adrenaline-fueled State of Origin series, marvel at bursts of colour at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and discover a whole lot more as well. From cultural celebrations to spectacles and festivals, Australia’s event calendar is jam-packed with events in 2024, with plenty of Australian events that are not to be missed. 

Vivid Sydney – NSW

24 May – 15 June 2024

Vivid Sydney is an event you don’t want to miss! Image from Destination NSW

Prepare to be dazzled by stunning 3D light displays, immersive multimedia installations and live performances at Vivid Sydney. Australia’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas takes place over 23 days and nights, transforming Sydney’s iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, into a mesmerising wonderland. The theme for Vivid Sydney 2024 is ‘humanity’, and Vivid Sydney 2024 promises to project the love and creativity that bring us together. 

State of Origin – NSW, Queensland and Victoria

5 June – 17 July 2024

Vivid Sydney is an event you don’t want to miss! Image from Destination NSW.

The State of Origin rugby league series promises to be one of the pinnacle sports events this year, when the passionate rivalry between New South Wales and Queensland kicks off in Sydney. Witness the adrenaline-pumping clashes between two powerhouse teams as they battle for supremacy. State of Origin 2024 also returns to Melbourne for the first time since 2018 when the MCG plays host to a Game II blockbuster. The passion, intensity, and sheer skill on display make the State of Origin a must-see event for any sports aficionado.

Moomba Festival – Victoria

7 – 11 March 2024

Moomba Festival is full of great activities! Image from Moomba Festival.

The Moomba Festival has always gone big, and in 2024 it also promises to go back to the golden age of disco. Step back in time as Bjorn Again recreate ABBA’s world-renowned Moomba appearance from 1977, adding lively hits to Melbourne’s annual streetfest. You can also expect a diverse range of other activities, including a vibrant parade, watersport competitions on the Yarra, fireworks displays and Moomba festival rides. 

Where to stay

Catch high-octane State of Origin action, explore the light shows of Vivid Sydney and experience the festivities of the Moomba Festival 2024 by staying in the heart of the action – you’ll find great accommodation options across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Coober Pedy Opal Fest – South Australia


South Australia is filled with many unique experiences, and the Coober Pedy Opal Fest is one of the gems in the crown. Hosted in the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, Coober Pedy Opal Festival 2024 will showcase the region’s rich mining history, with guided tours of opal mines, exhibitions of stunning opal jewellery and cultural performances. This event also offers a glimpse into the fascinating underground lifestyle of Coober Pedy’s residents.

Where to stay

Located entirely underground and sculpted from an original opal mine, The Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience is a great base to stay that is filled with natural history and wonder.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – Queensland

13 September – 7 October 2024

Who doesn’t love a flower show? Image from Tourism and Events Queensland

Indulge your senses at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2024. Queensland’s most famous horticultural event, this carnival showcases the region’s breathtaking gardens, parks, and public spaces adorned with a stunning bloom of flowers. From grand floral displays to guided garden tours, live music, and a vibrant food and wine scene, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is one of Australia’s best flower festivals and a great way to enjoy the famous garden city.

Where to stay

Toowoomba has great accommodation options, from the Comfort Inn Grammar View near the Town Centre to the Comfort Inn Glenfield near the Preston Peak Winery and Garden of Remembrance.

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