The Woodford Folk Festival in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland may well be Australia’s answer to Glastonbury – number 16 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Steve Madgwick, AT digital editor.

The ‘Sunny Coast’ hinterland is beautiful at any time, but come to the tiny township of Woodford between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and you’ll witness a remarkable sight – thousands upon thousands of revellers gathering to celebrate what’s billed as the world’s second biggest folk festival after Glastonbury, ‘Woodfordia’, says Steve Madgwick.

“People hear ‘folk’ and think ‘music’, but it’s about much more than that,” he asserts.

“The site is roughly 200 hectares in size and has an amphitheatre, around 35 different venues, a dozen different bars, hundreds of market stalls, yoga, tango classes, comedy shows, different food trucks and stalls, some of which are just deliberately obscure, talks given by really interesting people like Bob Hawke and Ernie Dingo, as well as the odd nutcase, which is hilarious.

“There’s also a roster of musicians that ranges from Scottish rock violinists to Missy Higgins and back.”

Is the Woodford Folk Festival a best-kept secret? Maybe not. But have you been there yet? Exactly.


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