Winter is slowly passing and soon the trees will bud,
Days will grow longer and spring can enter in a thud.
If you like the seasons changing but love your comfy bed,
Pack your bags & raincoats and drive to these events instead.
What a country we live in, with so much to do year-round,
Have a gander at our Top 12 Spring Attractions, there are gifts abound.
Rockhampton, QLD / 15-17 September 2017
If you've got a fine palette or simply just love to eat and drink, the Capricorn Food & Wine Festival is Central Queensland's treat to you. The choices in stinky cheese, warm pastries and Dutch pancakes will put you into a tornado of delight. Come for the food, but stay for the drinks. Last year, visitors were treated to chocolate beetroot brownie pairings with spiced rum. This is the spot to indulge, indulge, indulge.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Rockhampton
Coffs Harbour, NSW / 24 September - 1 October 2017
How good does it feel to just laugh and enjoy yourself in fun company? After you've seen the Big Banana, tag along to the Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy Festival. With impressive Australian and international performance artists that juggle a ball or twelve and knee-slappin' hilarious comedians Joel Ozborn and Lindsay Webb, this festival has plenty on for all ages.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Emerald Beach
Old Bar, NSW / 30 September - 1 October 2017
Attracting more than 30,000 people each year, this Kombi/Transporter swap meet is totally groovy. From classic car displays of VW Bugs and Ghias that shine like their fresh off the line to live music and a fireworks display, the Old Bar Beach Festival is a happy celebration of what's retro. Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's out of style - it's timeless. Make sure not to miss the Kombi Parade on the first afternoon. You've never seen so many in a row!
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Harrington
9. Cradle Mountain Hike
Cradle Mountain, TAS / October onward
One look over Dove Lake at the peaks of Cradle Mountain and you're suddenly searching through your backpack for a camera. The picture will be magical and enough to wow your friends, but real life only does it justice. There are a range of walks available at Cradle Mountain National Park. Try a guided tour, including: a 3 hour circuit alongside Crater Falls and Wombat Pool or a full day walk up to Cradle Mountain Summit.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain
Swan Valley, WA / 12-15 October 2017
The Swan Valley is dabbled in delicate, golden wildflowers in spring. Surround yourself in the flowers and taste the most delicious wine and produce at Entwined In The Valley. You don't have to be a foodie to love this event - you just gotta be an eater! If you enjoy decadence and rich flavours, pair a local verdelho with a bite of dark chocolate. A barbecue more your style? Try a slab of ribs that'll taste so good, you won't even mind the mess. Tastings, the signature Entwined Degustation Dinner, masterclasses and more will fill this weekend showcasing the best of the Swan Valley.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Perth Vineyards
Lake Moondarra, QLD / 27-29 October 2017
Ready to catch a BIG one? You ain't seen nothing yet until you've competed for the fish at Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic. With over 20 prize categories, a dragon boat regatta, competitions and activities, this is definitely an event you won't want to miss. Longtom, barramundi, catfish, sleepy cod, archer fish and more swim in these calm waters. Join in if you fancy yourself the best fisherman in town or you can't get enough of the beauty of the outback.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Mount Isa
Devonport, TAS / 1-31 October 2017
Tasmania is known for its specialty foods: wild abalone, honey from the Leatherwood trees of the Tasmanian rainforest and truffles. It won't be any surprise to know that when the town of Devonport cooks up a dish, they do it well. Giving it that Tassie panache, the Devonport Food & Wine Festival is a month of uncovering the tastes of the North Coast. The chefs, cheesemakers and other producers pour a lot of love and soul into what they make, and that certainly shows through in what you sample. We recommend taking part in a traditional high tea - just remember to dab your lips and lift your pinkies!
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Devonport
Throughout Victoria / September to November
Giddyup in your finest attire to one of the state's horseraces. This seasonal highlight is iconic: it's where the cream of the crop compete and where jockey's dreams of winning a cup become a reality. No need to be a horseracing fanatic to enjoy the dazzle of the Spring Racing Carnival. There's fabulous fashion, celebrities, great food and a buzzing social atmosphere. Once you're dressed up and holding a glass of wine, you'll love the charged energy of watching the horses speed by.
Robe, SA / 28-29 October 2017
A wine & dine is fine, but can someone just please pass us a pint? You may know Robe for its stunning coastline, 4WD tracks and fishing. The craft beer makers in the region, however, know how to brew a frothy one. Held at the Robe Institute each year, the Robe Home Brew & Craft Beer Festival exhibits the most fantastic pale, golden and amber ales - and even a bit of cider. With a beer garden, breweries, mead stalls and food for a feast, Robe warms up and out of winter into spring.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Robe
3. Whale Watching in Warnambool
Warrnambool, VIC / June to September
Visit Warrnambool and we guarantee you'll have a whale of a time. Close to the coastline, you can see the southern right whales swimming in their pod. At Logans Beach, there is a platform to view these creatures in all of their splendour. The most fascinating part? They are all females and are migrating to these waters to calve! The southern right whales have been making Warrnambool their winter home for centuries. Experience this sight before the end of September.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Warrnambool
Tanunda, SA / 1-3 September 2017
It's no secret: South Australians are spoiled for choice in wine. They leave to the USA or Europe for a wine tour and go "yeah, s'alright - doesn't taste like a shiraz from Barossa, though." If you've done a day with your friends of a few wineries or have always dreamt of going, this weekend is a unique time to experience the Barossa Valley flavours. They have award-winning wines, cooking classes with world-class chefs and dish samples from local kitchens. We'd like to recommend you do one thing, but you should try everything!
Where to stay: Discovery Parks - Barossa Valley
1. Staircase to the Moon
North West, WA / April to October
You won't want to call it a night just yet on Australia's North West coast. When the full moon rises at low tide, the light of the moon hits the ocean creating an illusion of a staircase. This natural phenomenon can only be experienced in this section of the country in the west Kimberley region. While Staircase to the Moon only lasts between 10-20 minutes, you'll thank your lucky stars that you had the chance to see the orange moonlight reflecting in its magnificence off of the water.
That's our list, folks! Spring isn't limited to these twelve though. From events and festivals to flowers blooming and whales migrating, there are a range of highlights that are special to this season. Book your spring holiday today!