27 Jul 2018
G’DAY has found 11 events across Australia that should be on your radar when planning your travels around the states. Check out these events for winter, spring and beyond.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Love Seafood Festival
WHEN: 1 to 31 August
WHERE: Port Stephens
WHAT: Feast on fresh ocean produce as the Love Seafood Festival sails into Port Stephens. The 98,000 hectares of marine sanctuary and pristine waters is a renowned source of seafood in New South Wales. From masterclasses with guest chefs to the Oyster Shucking Competition, the festival showcases local seafood at it’s best. Head down to the port to enjoy the local catch right at the source, and mingle with the industry experts throughout the jam-packed month-long festival. You might even learn a seafood tip or trick (or three).
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Fresh Oysters, Port Stephens. Credit: Destination NSW.
Old Bar Beach Festival
WHEN: 30 September to 1 October
WHERE: Old Bar
WHAT: Have you fallen for the vintage Kombi’s of 70s surf culture? This is the festival for you. The annual family-friendly Old Bar Beach Festival is a Kombi haven. Each year, a convoy of Kombis make their way to Old Bar for fanatics, enthusiasts and collectors of these iconic beauties to fawn over. Aside from the colourful array of vintage specimens, there are also market stalls and local wine and produce tastings on offer. Step back in time and relive the surfin’ seventies.
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Credit: Richard Whitbread, Destination NSW.
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival
WHEN: 14 July to 24 November
WHAT: Get your suits on and fascinators at the ready for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The premier event of Australia’s racing calendar features both the Caulfield Cup Carnival and the WS Cox Plate before the renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival. Get in the social spirit of the races, dress to the nines and experience the Carnival in all its glory.
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Spring Racing Carnival. Visit Victoria.
White Night Geelong
WHEN: 13 October
WHAT: Reimagine Geelong’s nightscape with bright lights and all that shimmers and shines at the free White Night event. Watch city streets, parklands and public spaces transform into bursting colours and lively 3D scenes by Limelight Projection Mapping. With sideshow entertainment galore, prepare for a fun-filled night. Go on, soak up an evening in the city and watch the city come alive at night.
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South Australia Living Artists (SALA)
WHEN: All of August
WHAT: In its 20th year, SALA Festival returns to showcase local artists across the state. A collection of art forms are scattered about the city and nearby regions, in a variety of unique locations, from open studios to towering building walls. Discover exhibitions throughout August. You’re sure to uncover nooks and crannies around South Australia you’ve never seen before. Want a sneak peak before the main event? Head to Port Adelaide to get a glimpse of what you may expect, with some larger street art still remaining from last year’s festival.
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Credit: SALA Festival.
Oz Asia Festival
WHEN: 26 October to 11 November
WHERE: Adelaide Festival Centre
WHAT: Join the crowd for Australia’s Largest Moon Lantern Parade on Saturday 27 October 2018. Witness magical installations throughout Elder Park along the River Torrens and Adelaide Festival Centre. Get involved in free workshops, family activities and performances, or simply relax and enjoy the music, roving performers and delicious multicultural cuisine at the Lucky Dumpling Market. After sunset, spot the 40-metre-long Hong Kong Dragon and spectacular annual fireworks display.
Click here: Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront
Credit: Oz Asia Festival.
Longford Jazz Festival
WHEN: 14 to 16 September
WHAT: Get ready to relax as the Longford Jazz Festival presents talented musicians and diverse instruments across a collection of venues in the little town of Longford. Just half an hour out of Launceston, the historic town comes alive with the sounds of jazz each year. There are pop-up concerts, lunches and a whole host more to get you in the jazzy spirit. So get amongst your fellow jazz lovers and revel in the smooth sounds of the 1920s.
Click here: Discovery Parks - Hadspen
Shinju Matsuri: The Festival of the Pearl
WHEN: 25 August to 2 September
WHAT: Broome was once the world-renowned producer of South Sea pearls and was home to a melting pot of Asian and European industry workers in the late 1800s. The Festival of the Pearl celebrates the region’s history of diverse identity and culture, including that of the local indigenous communities. From the breathtaking Floating Lantern Matsuri to the stunning Sunset Long Table, this festival will have you discovering the historic side of Broome.
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Credit: Tourism WA.
Hervey Bay Ocean Festival
WHEN: 10 to 19 August
WHERE: Fraser Coast
WHAT: Get up close to one of nature’s beloved creatures, the humpback whale, at one of Fraser Coast’s most anticipated events. From July to November, these fascinating creatures arrive in Hervey Bay for upwards of ten days before heading to the Antarctic. In celebration of their arrival, the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival features live concerts and conservation events to create awareness, educate and make the most of this exciting time with these majestic sea mammals.
Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic
WHEN: 26-28 October
WHERE: Mount Isa
WHAT: This three day event at the stunning Lake Moondarra is full of fun activities and raises funds to restock local waters with native fish species. From the Dragon Boat Regatta to yabby races, the weekend’s events will bring the family outdoors and into nature. For those wanting to show off your fish haul, there are prizes up for grabs. What better reason to head to Mount Isa with your bait prepped and fishing rod in hand? We’ll see you there.
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Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland.
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