Holidays in August
August is one of those rare months that doesn’t contain any official public holidays—but there are still several excuses to plan a trip. Some regions have a Bank Holiday at the beginning of the month while other areas have festivals and events scheduled. Throughout August, travellers will find many good reasons to book a holiday rental and break free of the day to day routine.
Why Travel in August?
The biggest reason to travel in August is one last chance to go skiing. The month of August is end of the winter in Australia. Anyone who wants to squeeze in a last skiing holiday plans a trip to the ski resorts of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, the alpine regions of Victoria, and in Tasmania too.
Where to Ski
While the ski season can last through early October, many locals consider August the last month for good ski conditions. For this reason, people book holiday rentals at ski resorts complete with fireplaces, kitchens, and plenty of living space. There are a number of quality resorts in New South Wales including Perisher Valley, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, and Smiggin Holes. Skiing in Victoria and Tasmania would have fewer crowds than these resorts in New South Wales.
August is home to one bank holiday—only in New South Wales—on the first Monday of the month. For workers in these regions, this Monday off is a great excuse to plan a weekend getaway or even a longer trip. While it is possible to ski, there are also parts of the country, such as Darwin or Cairns where the top temperature would be close to 30 degrees. In these places, visitors would hardly know it is technically the winter season.
The month of August has earned a reputation for being the home of country festivals. These events not only celebrate country music but also feature costume contests, concerts, and nightlife. The National Country Music Muster takes place in Gympie, Queensland while the Balingup Medieval Festival is scheduled for August in Balingup, Western Australia.
Royal Queensland Show
Another big celebration held in August takes place in Brisbane. The Royal Queensland Show, also called Ekka or the Exhibition, features amusement rides, arts and crafts, concerts, food stalls, and more. This is one of the biggest events of the year in Brisbane and attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the festival.
Where to Go in August
People looking to travel will have several choices for August holidays. Some will be drawn to familiar ski resorts in New South Wales while others will venture to Victoria or Tasmania or some skiing. If a warm day on the beach sounds better than a chilly day on the ski slopes, head north to places like Cairns or Darwin.
Travellers that are looking to explore the cities might want to explore Sydney or Melbourne during August. With no official public holidays, cities have the chance of being less crowded than when everyone is off from work at the same time, giving you space to enjoy the sights.