Head to the regional town of Newstead for a vibrant weekend-long music festival
There's something to be said for small independent musical festivals. Sure, they don't have all the bells and whistles of their larger mainstream counterparts but that also means you get a far more relaxing and boutique experience. One such example is Newstead Live.
Every January, the small regional town of Newstead (located less than two hour's north-west of Melbourne) grows from its population of around 500 residents when it hosts a weekend of concerts, workshops, food and a poet's breakfast. Visitors can camp at either the town oval or the racecourse reserve.
The 2018 line-up includes veteran Australian singer-songwriter Neil Murray, the Japanese Irish music trio John John Festival and Luke Plumb & the Circuit.