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What's On: Australian Events January to April 2018

9 Jan 2018

G’DAY has found 12 events across Australia that need to be on your radar when planning your Aussie adventure. Check out these events for summer and beyond.



Byron Bay Bluesfest

WHEN: 29 March to 2 April
WHERE: Byron Bay

WHAT: Byron Bay Bluesfest hosts more than 200 performances spread out over 120 hectares. This year, the five-day jam session features Lionel Richie, John Butler Trio, Robert Plant, José González, Morcheeba, Tash Sultana, Seal, Youssou N’Dour, Michael Franti and Spearhead, plus many more. The festival also provides the opportunity to drink and eat at a range of stalls, and appreciate the lush vegetation of Byron and surrounds. Snaffle up one of the 100,000 tickets sold to the event each year. If you feel like a swim or a surf, the breakers are nearby.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Byron Bay


JohnButlerTrio Bluesfest2014 Evan Malcolm 132Image: John Butler Trio, Bluesfest 2014;  Credit: Tao Jones


Thredbo Craft Beer Festival

WHEN: 10 February
WHERE: Thredbo

WHAT: Craft beer is rising in popularity because of its local and grassroots appeal. The Thredbo Craft Beer Festival, held near Kosciuszko among New South Wales’ stunning Snowy Mountains, will celebrate small beer companies who are putting hands-on effort and intimate care into their beverages.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Jindabyne


Kosciuszko Craft Beer CMYKImage: Thredbo Craft Beer Festival; Credit: Visit Victoria and Greg Elms


Australian Open

WHEN: 15 to 28 January
WHERE: Melbourne Park

WHAT: The Australian Open is a dream come true for tennis fans. From tense rallies, future stars emerge and old stars show they’ve still got it. Watch the drama unfold on and off the court as the biggest names in tennis (think Federer, Nadal, Sharapova and Williams) battle each other for victory.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Melbourne


Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

WHEN: 16 to 25 March
WHERE: Melbourne and Regional Victoria

WHAT: More than 250,000 will participate in the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It involves more than 300 separate culinary events spread over the state, from city laneways to the scenic coast and countryside.


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Santos Tour Down Under

WHEN: 13 to 21 January
WHERE: Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, and the Fleurieu Peninsula
NEAREST PARK: Adelaide Beachfront

WHAT: In 2018, the Santos Tour Down Under will celebrate its 20th year in action with the world’s top cyclists gathering to participate in the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest cycling race. The event provides an unmissable opportunity to indulge your passion for cycling in the sun, near the waves or the vines. You don’t need to be a pro to participate. Spin your wheels during the Bupa Challenge Tour, riding the track prior to the professionals.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Adelaide Beachfront


Santos Tour Down Underimage: Santos Tour Down Under; Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission and Jon Veage


Mad February and March

WHEN: 16 February to 31 March
WHERE: The City of Adelaide
NEAREST PARK: Adelaide Beachfront

WHAT: During festival season, you simply have to be in Adelaide. February and March boast Adelaide Fringe (16 February to 18 March), Adelaide 500 (1 to 4 March), WOMADelaide (9 to 12 March), and the Adelaide Festival, including Writers’ Week (2 to 18 March). Relax with a drink in hand among the carnival vibe, soak up the culture and music at WOMADelaide, or feel the adrenalin of racing - there’s something for every taste.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Adelaide Beachfront


The Clare Valley Classic

WHEN: 8 April
WHERE: Clare
NEAREST PARK: Clare Valley

WHAT: This is South Australia’s newest Gran Fondo, cycling event. 
So gather your cycling mates, and mark Sunday, 8 April 2018 in your calendar. Just a short drive from Adelaide, the historic township of Clare is a superb location offering a glorious day of riding through one of Australia’s most picturesque regions.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Clare Valley



Cygnet Folk Festival

WHEN: 12 to 14 January
WHERE: Cygnet

WHAT: In its 36th year, the iconic Cygnet Folk Festival will showcase both local and international music talent across an array of genres including folk, ethnic, and roots. The festival runs for three days and also flaunts Tasmanian-grown produce, art and craft.


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Cygnet Folk FestivalHoney and Knives



Bunbury Cup Day

WHEN: 25 March
WHERE: Bunbury Turf Club

WHAT: Throughout March, the Bunbury Turf Club will host three race days, peaking with the XXXX Gold Bunbury Cup Day. Jockeys and their horses will race for a $120,000 prize pool. With so much on the line, the action is bound to be neck and neck. On top of the racing itself, the race day presents the perfect opportunity to experience fashion and entertainment. 


Click here for Discovery Parks – Bunbury


Bunbury Cup DayImage: Bunbury Cup Festival


Perth International Arts Festival

WHEN: 9 February to 4 March
WHERE: Perth

WHAT: The festival combines theatre, circus, dance, film, visual art, music and writing, providing an eye-opening dose of culture for whoever is game. Experience ideas and spectacles from around the world, with both free and ticketed options available.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Perth



The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

WHEN: 4 to 15 April
WHERE: Gold Coast

WHAT: The Games gathers the Commonwealth’s top competitors in athletics, basketball, cycling, rugby sevens, boxing, swimming and more. Watch as individual competitors fight for gold and countries battle for the highest medal tally. A perfect excuse for a road trip. Break from the fierce competition and head to Byron Bay or Hervey Bay.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Byron Bay


Commonwealth Games 2018

Image: Borobi Mascot of Commonwealth Games 2018


Julia Creek Dirt N Dust Festival

WHEN: 13 to 15 April
WHERE: Julia Creek

WHAT: Escape from metropolitan lifestyle and plunge head first into the outback way at the Dirt N Dust Festival. The three-day event includes horse racing, bull riding, live music, plus senior and junior triathlons. It gets quirky, too. The festival also hosts out of the ordinary events such as bog snorkeling and a family-friendly Australia’s Best Butt Competition.


Click here for Discovery Parks – Cloncurry


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