In the week before the backcountry festival, Adam West of Snow Safety Australia is holding a series of 2 day AST level 1 avalanche training courses. While these are getting booked out, there are still 4 spots available in the tue /wed course (28-29 August). If you can arrange to take the week off, you could do an avy course, spend a couple of days somewhere fun (Mt Bogong, the High Plains, Falls Creek resort) and then join the backcountry festival on Saturday am.
The courses are $300. You can find further information and register here. They will be held out of the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.