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November is far more than men with moustaches!

Here's a selection of festivals to keep your road trips rockin.

Grafton Jacaranda Festival: Raise a glass of something good to the all-too-brief natural wonder of the blossoming jacarandas in My Clarence Valley in northern NSW. Wander through the illuminated trees at night, doll up for Retrofest Day, enjoy a touch of tartan, join in the colour run, explore the open gardens or watch the River Dreaming. When in November? Well, it starts on 28 Oct and goes through to 6 Nov.

The Benalla Festival: A celebration of all that is great about the Enjoy Benalla Victorian high country region through art, music, dance, history, sport, family attractions, food, wine, and exhibitions. Feature events are the Lake Food and Wine Festival and the Benalla Airshow . When? Starts on 29 Oct and goes to 6 Nov.

Texas Qld Country Music Festival: The hopping town of Texas (it has a cracker rabbit works museum) goes extra country for this one weekend with the likes of The Wolfe Brothers and Andrew Swift. So Visit Goondiwindi Region of QLD to energise you. PS. Must pre-purchase tickets - no sales at the gates. When in November? 11 and 12

Handpicked Festival: Amongst the vineyards of the Langhorne Creek, South Australia wine region you'll find a day of amazing wine, world-class music, barefoot dancing, and local produce. Grab a picnic rug and Visit Fleurieu Peninsula for this tasty time. When in Nov? Saturday 12th

Stanley & Tarkine Forage Festival: Internationally-acclaimed produce from Stanley and Tarkine Tasmania can be found in the finest restaurants in the world, heralding its production in the cleanest air in the world. This festival is a rare opportunity for visitors to experience it at the source. Mmm, love the notion of 'Tassie on a Plate' pop-up food trail as part of this event. When in Nov? 11 - 20

Wild Harvest Seafood Festival: Mallacoota's famous seafood will be showcased at this Visit Gippsland celebration in eastern Victoria. There's the Wild Harvest Seafood Market, FishCare clinics, Whelk-om Dinner, Champagne and Oyster Lake Cruise, sea shanty singing workshops to name a few events. When in Nov? 11 - 13

Darwin International Laksa Festival: Zingy, spicy and downright delicious, this Activate Darwin celebration kicks off with a laksa trail where you can really get your teeth into Darwin culture throughout November. In a city which loves its laksa, this festival culminates with the announcement of the 2022 LakStar winners at a one-day laksa love fest. When in Nov? Sunday 27th finale and the four weeks beforehand!

PS. Late addition for OCTOBER: The Border Dash is back! For 30+ years this 13-kilometre cross-border fun run or walk has raised funds for the RFDS and Silverchain Nurses. From the Eucla Roadhouse in WA to the Border Village Roadhouse in SA. How cool! When: Hmm, it's NOT In November. It's on Saturday 15 October.

The Grey Nomad Awards' Best Festival or Event category recognises the celebration that provides the best experience for mature-age travellers. 2022 nominations close, and submissions due, on 14 November.


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