THE TASTE OF TASMANIA
DECEMBER 28 - JANUARY 3
The Taste of Tasmania is one of Australia's most popular food festivals. Stallholders use their creativity to present a variety of dishes such as wallaby burritos for those a little more adventurous to the family favourite, freshly cooked fish and chips. The festival also hosts a vibrant New Year's Eve party for all to enjoy from the live entertainment to the midnight fireworks to welcome in the New Year.
SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER
JANUARY 14 - 22
Follow the Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race in the region, featuring many of the world's top riders. It winds its way through the picturesque scenery and wonderful vineyards of South Australia.
JANUARY 16 - 29
Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Savour the thrills and excitement of seeing the world's top tennis players compete for the champions' trophies at the Australian Open, the only one of the sport’s four Grand Slam events held in the Southern Hemisphere.
MELBOURNE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
MARCH 31 - APRIL 9
From World’s Longest Lunches in breathtaking places to avant-garde tasting dishes from global culinary superstars, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has it all. Indulge the senses over 17 days as a diverse program of one-off events unfold throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.
SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS
FEBRUARY 17 - MARCH 4
Sydney, New South Wales
The all-too-fabulous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is the culmination of a month of camp fun and frivolity that includes everything from same-sex dance classes and tug-of-war matches to daytrips around the city and beyond.
CANBERRA BALLOON SPECTACULAR
MARCH 11 - MARCH 19
Listed as among the top four ballooning events in the world, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular delivers exactly what the title says - a cacophony of colour, roaring burners and scenes of serene magic as dozens of balloons glide on the breeze. And for spectators, the launch site transforms into a place for breakfast and live entertainment.
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL
One of the premier fashion events in Australia, the Melbourne Fashion Week sees an audience of around 45,000 previews the latest trends on runways and in exhibitions, workshops, parties and fashion films held during the nine-day event. For those particularly inspired, the ready-to-wear collections are available in shops and retail outlets just around the corner.
SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW
APRIL 6 - 19
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Held over two weeks around Easter, Australia’s largest annual event celebrates a rich and varied culture – the one time of the year when the nation’s most international city returns to its roots, honouring Australia’s country origins and rural traditions.
FORMULA 1® AUSTRALIAN GRAND
PRIXMARCH 23 - 26
Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Thrill to the roar of the most expensive cars as the world’s finest Formula One drivers race each other around an incomparable lakeside street circuit in Melbourne’s beautiful Albert Park. The location, midway between the towering centre city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, guarantees spectacular TV images – but it’s even better being there.
APRIL 22 - 25
Uluru, Northern Territory
Set in the spiritual heart of Australia, Tjungu is a four day festival that celebrates the best of Australian Indigenous culture featuring film, art, sport, music, food and fashion. Tjungu, meaning meeting or coming together in local Anangu language, includes a line-up of traditional and contemporary musicians and bands and a dining experience under the stars with a contemporary bush food inspired menu.
AUSSIE WINE MONTH
Aussie Wine Month puts the fun into exploring the country’s fine wine and food. With events unfolding around Australia, including vineyard concerts and bicycle tours of wine regions, visitors can head off the beaten track or let the wine come to them at a major city event.
MAY - JUNE
Sydney, New South Wales
See Sydney in a sparkling new light during the annual Vivid Sydney. Each winter, the world’s best designers and artists transform the city. See stunning images projected onto Sydney Opera House, control the lights on the Harbour Bridge, play with interactive light sculptures throughout the city centre, experience great music and hear inspiring talks.
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING
JUNE - NOVEMBER
Get up close to the majestic humpback whales as they migrate south along the North Queensland coast to the cool waters of Antarctica. There are any number of whale watching tours in Queensland, including the renowned humpback resting spot at Hervey Bay, where you can see these incredible creatures frolicking, breaching and gliding through the ocean.
GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON
JULY 1 - 2
Start and finish at Southport, Gold Coast
Novice or veteran, young or old, this two-day running festival at Australia’s famed Gold Coast – with its incomparable beaches, theme parks and superb nightlife – has something you can aim for. A faster time, a longer distance or even a first fun run; you can set your own challenge and the 65% of runners who have set new personal best times at this event.
MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Experience the thrills, elegance, excitement and unparalleled atmosphere at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a truly glamorous horse racing carnival featuring the 153 year old Emirates Melbourne Cup. It is a time to dress up, be seen, dine out, sip champagne and hope you pick a winner. Featuring the world’s top international horses and jockeys, it’s really an excuse for a national party.
MARGARET RIVER GOURMET ESCAPE
NOVEMBER 16 - 19
Margaret River, Western Australia
In just a few decades, the Margaret River region has asserted itself as one of the great food and wine destinations. No wonder the annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape is now on the calendar of many global culinary stars. Head to Western Australia’s south-west for a weekend filled with fabulous food, premium wine and a beachside surprise or two.