26 Apr 2019
Whatever you do, don't hibernate this winter! Leave it to the bears and bats. Make the most of the season with a ticket to Australia's best concerts, festivals, and races.
We've done all the hard work and hand-picked our favourite events over the next few months to add to your 2019 calendar.
South Australian Country Music Festival
Date: 31 May – 10 June 2019
Location: Barmera, SA
Learn more: https://www.riverlandcountrymusic.com/
People might come to the Riverland for canoeing along the Murray or tasty local tipples, but the country music festival in Barmera is worth the trip. Get your boot-scootin’ on and listen to tunes from musicians across Australia. Make sure to check out the sheep dog trials, square dances and yodelling shows.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Lake Bonney.
Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival
Date: 12 – 14 July 2019
Location: Adelaide, SA
Learn more: https://beerbbqfest.com.au/
What’s better than a pint of quality beer? Some BBQ on a plate right beside it. It’s a simple, no frills idea: enjoy the very best of Australian brews and cooking. When you’re not visiting the producers and tasting samples, get a haircut at a barber shop, test your bravery with the hot sauces, or even get a tattoo!
Festival of Voices
Date: 28 Jun – 14 July 2019
Location: Hobart, TAS
Learn more: https://festivalofvoices.com/
How magical is a choir? If you love raw, unedited music, then you’ll want to visit Hobart for the Festival of Voices. Best yet: you can even join in. The event is famous for the singalongs around the bonfire and the chart-topping artists. Take part in one of the many workshops in gospel, Samoan music, a capella and more.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Hobart.
New South Wales
Beef Week in Casino
Date: 18-28 May 2019
Location: Casino, NSW
Learn more: https://casinobeefweek.com.au/
Depending on where you’re from or who you talk to, Casino is Australia’s beef capital. This May, Casino’s got a massive celebration of their beef-crazy town. Country wear fashion shows, farm tours to learn about the producers, rodeos and luncheons will fill your days. A highlight: the Rural Ladies High Tea – a fine dining experience with prizes up for grabs!
Stay at Discovery Parks - Casino.
Winter Opening Weekend
Date: 8-10 June 2019
Location: Thredbo, NSW
We’re ready to shred on the bunny hills this year! Are you?! Kick off the snow season in Thredbo on Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Bag Raiders are headlining the Heineken Saturday party, or keep it low key at the Lounge Bar with drinks and jazz. You and the kids won’t want to miss one of Australia’s best magicians, Jackson Aces, fireworks and the family friendly activities all weekend long.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Jindabyne.
Staircase to the Moon and Night Markets
Date: selected dates from April to October 2019
Location: Western Australia's North West
Up the north-west coast of Western Australia, align your trip with the Staircase to the Moon. This extraordinary phenomenon is one for the bucket list. On only certain days of the month for part of the year, when the full moon sits above the water, the glow across the ocean looks like there are stairs climbing up the big cheese in the sky! You can see this at our parks in Broome, Karratha and Port Hedland.
Want to make a night of it? Visit the night markets in Broome, or our in-park markets at Discovery Parks – Port Hedland.
Curds & Way Cheese Festival
Date: 1 June 2019
Location: Midland, WA
Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/curds-way-your-local-cheese-festival-tickets-59370127650
Are you a cheese-aholic? Are you forever provolone in your life motto to take the gouda with the bad? (Or are these puns too cheesy?). Come along for the biggest event in Western Australia’s Cheese Week: the Curds & Way Festival. Support local dairy farmers with a ticket to the event. Expect FREE tastings, complimentary wine glass, FREE workshops and more.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Swan Valley.
Date: 9 June 2019
Location: Port Fairy, VIC
Learn more: https://www.portfairywinterweekends.com.au/dachshund-dash
It’s the Melbourne Cup of dog racing! Except it’s really a bundle of adorable sausage dogs running to their owners at the finish line. It’ll be a whole morning of pawfect fun. Come for a breakfast sausage sizzle, a dog parade, and a hilarious competition: “Dog Who Looks Most Like Their Owner.”
Stay at Discovery Parks - Warrnambool.
Echuca Steam Rally
Date: 8-9 June 2019
Location: Echuca, VIC
Learn more: http://www.echucasteamrally.com.au/
One of the longest running events in the region (56 years, in fact!), steam enthusiasts head to the Murray over the June long weekend. Over 500 exhibits of vintage machinery and cars to ogle at – a real treat for those who love history. This is an all-ages event, and the annual fundraising initiative by the Rotary Club of Echuca Moama with proceeds going to a local charity of choice.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Echuca.
Date: 14-16 June 2019
Location: Darwin, NT
Learn more: https://www.darwinsupercars.com.au/
Race and rock at the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown. It’s a full program of supercar racing, concerts (Jimmy Barnes’ll be in town…), and kids activities at the Disney Fun Zone. You won’t want to miss the one-off appearance of Robbie Maddison – a legendary free-style motocross rider!
Stay at Discovery Parks - Darwin.
Great Western Hotel Challenge Touring Pro
Date: 18 May 2019
Location: Rockhampton, QLD
Learn more: https://www.pbraustralia.com.au/series/pbr-monster-energy-tour/schedule/2019/great-western-hotel-challenge-touring-pro/
What’s heart-stopping to watch and pulls to the edge of your seat for every second of it? Bucking bulls, accomplished riders and live music are the perfect recipe for memorable entertainment. This Professional Bull Riding tournament will be in Rocky for one night only – so grab your tickets and your Akubra for a ripper night.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Rockhampton.
Mary Poppins Festival
Date: 28 June – 6 July 2019
Location: Marysborough, QLD
Learn more: https://www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au/
If your favourite word is supercallifragilisticexpialidocious, then you’ve come to the right place. The annual Mary Poppins Festival is a nine-day celebration of storytelling, with concerts, pop performances, and public art. Best yet: your little one might even have a chance to meet Mary Poppins herself!
Have your eye on a little holiday? Book your next escape at Discovery Parks.