National Events

Tully Golden Gumboot Festival
Tully Golden Gumboot Festival

Tully, North Queensland

Friday, May 18th, 2018

In the small town of Tully, north Queensland, locals get together once a year for this festival, of which the highlight is the gumboot throwing competition. The person who can throw a size 8 gumboot the greatest distance wins. Tully's other claim to fame is being declared officially the wettest place in Australia with an annual rainfall of up to seven metres.

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Vivid Sydney Festival
Vivid Sydney Festival

Sydney

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 to Saturday, Jun 9th, 2018

Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas that includes large-scale light installations and projections through to music performances and the holding of conferences and seminars on ideas and creativity. Vivid Sydney was first held in 2009 and has become Sydney's major winter festival.

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Cooktown Discovery Festival
Cooktown Discovery Festival

North Queensland

Wednesday, Jun 6th, 2018 to Saturday, Jun 9th, 2018

Every year in june the town of Cooktown has a long weekend of festivities that starts with the re-enactment of the landing of James Cook in Cooktown in 1770 in which they beached their damaged ship and spent seven weeks around the area repairing it, in the process also discovering the kangaroo. Good festival to visit if you like to see some history and lots of drunk cowboys, bring your own tent or book your accommodation well in advance. Other exciting events include the discovery Gala Ball, Jazzmusic, Bull Riding, 4WD and Ute Muster, Amusement Park, Live Bands and watch on as Cooktown's harbour lights up with spectacular fireworks, plus so much more.

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Beer Can Regatta
Beer Can Regatta

Mindil Beach Darwin

Friday, Jul 6th, 2018

In Darwin people tend to drink a few beers resulting in lots of empty beercans. The Beer Can Regatta is usually held in July / August , and has now diversified into lots of games and watersports, and you can now even use softdrink cans to build your boat! The Annual Beer Can Regatta will is usually held at Mindil Beach (Gilruth Ave) in July.

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Lasseters Camel Cup
Lasseters Camel Cup

Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs

Thursday, Jul 12th, 2018

The outback's answer to the Melbourne Cup. Every year at Alice Springs locals and tourists come together to witness the annual Camel Cup. This long-running tradition - a fundraiser for the Lions Club - began in 1970 after a pub bet, but proved so popular the charity decided to hold it on an annual basis. In 2004 the race became a bit more official when the government of Afghanistan announced it will sponsor the cup - in recognition of the contribution of early Afghans to the development of the Australian outback.

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Splendour In The Grass
Splendour In The Grass

Byron Bay

Wednesday, Jul 25th, 2018 to Friday, Jul 27th, 2018

Splendour In The Grass has moved to its long planned permanent home at North Byron Parklands. 660 acres of rolling green hills, beautiful native bush and water lily covered dams, North Byron Parklands is just 20 minutes north of Byron Bay.


Mount Isa Rodeo
Mount Isa Rodeo

Mount Isa Queensland

Thursday, Aug 9th, 2018 to Friday, Aug 10th, 2018

The Wild West is still alive in Australia, if you are traveling through outback areas in cattle country you might be lucky and get there on the annual rodeo where you can see cowboys riding bucking bulls and horses.

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Henley on Todd Regatta
Henley on Todd Regatta

Alice Springs, N.T

Friday, Aug 17th, 2018

This is a race with a difference; the Todd river that runs through Alice Springs is at this time of year as dry as a Pommy's bath towel (Australian expression for very dry) . But with good old Aussie ingenuity the problem has been solved by having boats with no bottoms so people are actually running carrying the boats!

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The Royal Adelaide Show
The Royal Adelaide Show

Adelaide

Wednesday, Sep 5th, 2018 to Friday, Sep 14th, 2018

It is south Australia's biggest annual event. Nine days of fun filled carnival rides, livestock showcase and Australian cuisine. Another attraction is a grand parade and fireworks. Adelaide Showgrounds: Goodwood Rd Wayville SA 5034.

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Birdsville Races
Birdsville Races

Queensland

Wednesday, Sep 5th, 2018 to Thursday, Sep 6th, 2018

Horse race held in September. People fly and drive in from all over Australia to this remote town 1600 km west of Brisbane situated on the edge of the Simpson Desert . The local pub The Birdsville Hotel, built in 1884, does a roaring trade during this event.

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Floriade Flower Festival
Floriade Flower Festival

Canbarra

Friday, Sep 14th, 2018 to Saturday, Oct 13th, 2018

The Floriade flower festival in Australia's capital city is an annual festival redolent with the scents, sounds and sights of the Canberra spring. Canberra's Floriade is held for a month, usually from around the second weekend of September to the October weekend after Labor Day in Canberra. Floriade is a major drawcard for visitors to the Australian capital: vast expanses of flowering bulbs and various other blooming plants in parkland beside the waters of Lake Burley Griffin. Floriade celebrates a different theme each year translated into the floral displays of that particular year.

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Melbourne Cup Carnival
Melbourne Cup Carnival

Victoria

Thursday, Nov 1st, 2018 to Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018

The Emirates Melbourne Cup is a major international event. It is justifiably called the carnival of all sporting events of Australia. It's popularity brings the region to a standstill for any other activity. 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, Victoria 3031.

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