20 Jul 2017
G’DAY has found 12 events across Australia that should be on your radar when planning your travels around the states. Check out these events for winter and beyond.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Byron Writers Festival, Where Stories Take You
WHEN: 4 to 6 August
WHERE: Byron Bay
WHAT: Each year, for three days in August, a riveting line-up of writers and thinkers converge in the iconic coastal town of Byron Bay. Guests mix happily with festival patrons who come from near and far to take part in Australia’s largest, regional literary festival. Now in its 21st year, the event attracts high-calibre local, national and international guests from many genres: artists, musicians, politicians, photographers, journalists, philosophers and activists join traditional storytellers to explore the myriad forms stories take.
Pic: Byron Writers Festival Sand Art by Craig Gascoigne. Credit: Evan Malcolm.
WHEN: 1 and 2 September
WHAT: Snowtunes Festival is Australia’s one and only snow music festival and will feature some of the hottest Australian and international acts. Set on the beautiful and pristine shores of Lake Jindabyne at the base of Thredbo and Perisher resorts, this is one event snow and music lovers should not miss. You can ski and snowboard during the day and then party well into the night.
Orana Caravan and Camping Show
WHEN: 15 to 17 September
WHERE: Dubbo Showgrounds
WHAT: Discover your next adventure at the Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish and Boat Show – the number one outdoor event in Dubbo! Get ready for 160+ exhibitors, loads of entertainment for the whole family, camping oven cooking, 4WD display, reptile show, bike show and much more. Other attractions include the Australian Travelling Fish Show, the Reptile Awareness Display and bike shows by Flair Action Sports Promotions.
Geelong Scarf Festival
WHEN: 10 June to 13 August
WHERE: National Wool Museum
WHAT: Scarf Festival is the National Wool Museum’s annual celebration of all things scarf. This must-see textile exhibition is an eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves entered by anyone from school kids and beginner crafters to accomplished Australian and international artisans. There is an exciting program of workshops and demonstration markets throughout the festival. Watch local artisans work at their craft at the markets on the weekend. Handmade goods are also for sale.
Pic: Geelong Scarf Festival.
Bay to Birdwood Run
WHEN: 24 September
WHERE: Glenelg to Birdwood
WHAT: Once a year, South Australians are treated to a vintage car spectacular. People line the streets of Adelaide from beachside Glenelg (fondly referred to as The Bay) all the way to the National Motor Museum in the historic Adelaide Hills town of Birdwood.
The Bay to Birdwood Run is the most continually staged run of pre-1956 vehicles held anywhere in the world. South Australia has the highest per capita rate of ownership of historic vehicles in the nation. If you love old cars, this is the event for you.
Pic: Bay To Birdwood Run. Credit: South Australia Tourism Commission.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend
WHEN: 1 to 3 September
WHERE: Barossa Valley
WHAT: The Barossa is one of Australia’s leading destinations for food and wine experiences and you are invited to share this gourmet celebration during the first weekend of spring. Established in 1985, the Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a premier annual culinary food and wine festival that provides an opportunity to showcase Barossa hospitality, premium Barossa wines and food, and fantastic entertainment. As the blossoms and vine buds burst, Barossa food and wine producers host a series of parties throughout the region to welcome the spring.
WHEN: 10 to 27 August
WHERE: Various venues
WHAT: Running for 18 tropical days this August, the Darwin Festival features a program of more than 80 events, jam-packed with breathtaking performances, laugh-out-loud shows, immersive experiences and family fun. The Northern Territory’s biggest cultural celebration brings together the very best in local, national and international talent. Highlights include: Rock legends You am I,
The Project’s resident funny man Tommy Little, the powerful theatre piece HART, a Beyoncé dance workshop and a stellar music line-up including indie darlings Dappled Cities and Felix Riebl, as well as award-winning hip-hop duo AB Original.
Pic: Darwin Festival.
Tasmanian Whisky Week
WHEN: 4 to 13 August
WHERE: Various locations
WHAT: Mark Twain said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough” – an inspired quote that will ring true to many visiting Tassie for The 2017 Tasmanian Whisky Week. Appreciate the art of whisky over nine glorious days with tours, talks, walks, dinners and so much more at various locations and price packages to suit all budgets.
Pic: Tasmanian Whisky Week - Hellyers Road Distillery.
Bunbury Biennale 2017
WHEN: 8 July to 10 September
WHERE: Chapel Gallery
WHAT: The Bunbury Biennale is an exhibition that brings together works by contemporary artists from across Western Australia. This year’s exhibition celebrates the diverse identities of WA-based artists and showcases contemporary visual arts practice across a range of media, from sculpture and installation to painting, drawing and printmaking.
Pic: Bunbury Biennale. Artist: Ju Hua I. Work: Chrysanthemum.
National Ballooning Championships
WHEN: 2 to 9 September
WHAT: Balloon pilots from across Australia and around the world will descend on the Avon Valley in Western Australia, testing their skills at varying winds and altitudes. About 30 balloons will fly during the course of the event – to see so many colourful balloons in the sky at the one time is a spectacular treat for spectators and ballooning enthusiasts alike.
Pic: National Balloon Championships.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
WHEN: 11 to 13 August
WHERE: Buchanan Park
WHAT: The legend continues. Since 1959, the Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo is where the romance of the Australian Outback meets the grit of a mining town, east meets west and man meets beast. Three days of non-stop rodeo action. Throw in the rodeo rock concert The Isa Street Party – a free concert on 9 August, featuring a performance by Jessica Mauboy – it’s an event not to miss.
Pic: Mount Isa Rodeo.
Hervey Bay – Blessing of the Fleet Festival
WHEN: 12 August
WHERE: Urangan Harbour
WHAT: Help the community of Hervey Bay celebrate the start of the whale-watching season and a whole month of festivities in honour of the humpback whale. Whale Watch operators join with local businesses dockside at the Urangan Harbour to host an evening of food and entertainment, culminating in a fireworks spectacular. You can tour whale-watch vessels, talk with the crew and learn about these majestic creatures.
Pic: Hervey Bay Blessing Of The Fleet.