Summer Events Guide 2017/18
Posted by Lexi Herbert on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Are you all dolled up with nowhere to go for the coming months? There’s no better time to explore the treasures that regional Australian has to offer than during the summertime. The sun is out, the birds are singing, the wine is poured; why not take a look at this guide and choose something that tickles your fancy? From girls’ getaways to family vacations to romantic rendezvous for two, we are sure you’ll discover an adventure perfect for you.
A short venture out of inner-city Melbourne will take you to the unmissable regional summer events that Victoria has to offer. Whether you’re travelling north into Ballarat Goldfields country or south towards the Mornington Peninsula, make sure to pack lots of sunscreen; marvellous markets, delicious dining, and fabulous festivals await! Your next summer getaway will be chock full of exciting experiences to Insta home about.
Friday 1 December 2017
76 Chalambar Road, Ararat VIC
There is no way to better end a work week than standing on the deck at Wine Down Fridays, held at Montara Cellar Door, while sipping on a glass of wine and admiring the breathtaking views of the vineyard and surrounding plains. This event operates on the first Friday of every month, and with live music and the Montara Grampians estate range available, how else would you spend a summer afternoon?
Image: Montara Wines, Facebook
Friday 1 December 2017 – Friday 23 February 2018
Hadfield Park, High Street, Wallan VIC
The Wallan Twilight Markets is a stall-based festival that can be found just south of Kilmore in the heart of Victoria, only an hours’ drive north of Melbourne. The markets have something for everyone, and multiple food trucks will be present to satiate your growing hunger as you trawl the market stalls for hidden treasures. Clothing, crafts, home décor, metal art and even tarot readings are available for sale, as well as a myriad of activities to keep the kids engaged.
Sunday 31 December 2017
55 Shannons Road, Lancefield VIC
What better way to bring in the New Year than with a glass of sparkling in one hand and gourmet canapés in the other. New Years Eve at Grange Cleveland Winery on the Bellarine Peninsula offers on-site accommodation for those who don’t want to designate a driver, and the in-house restaurant is open for bookings from 6pm until late. Don’t fret about the dreaded hangover; cure yourself with some hair of the dog by attending a wine tasting in the new underground cellar on New Years Day.
Sunday 3 December 2017
Victory Park, Princes Highway, Traralgon VIC
You’d be a goose to miss the one opportunity a year when all of Gippsland’s finest produce is showcased at Victory Park, Traralgon. Though it only lasts for a single day, Gippsland Food and Wine Festival is worth every minute of your time; wineries that showcase their best include Avon Ridge, Lightfoot & Sons, Narkoojie, and Tambo Estate, plus many more.
Saturday 17 February 2018
Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, Hanily Street, Meeniyan, South Gippsland VIC
Tarwin Valley holds a peculiar title: the heartland of Victoria’s garlic production. The town held its first Meeniyan Garlic Festival in 2017 to great success, and the plans for the 2018 festival are even grander. More than 20 specialist producers will be in attendance, all offering samples of a wide range of foods with a touch of garlic. We encourage you to try the garlic ice cream, or LOCH Brewery’s garlic beer – however, we also recommend you to bring an excess of toothpaste.
Saturday 2 December 2017
62A Bridge Mall, Ballarat Central VIC
The Bridge Mall Farmers Market is up and running on the first Saturday of every month, but it really starts to shine in summer. The sun will warm your back as you have a yarn with the premier farmers and producers of the Goldfields region, and hopefully pick up a few tips on how to produce gourmet-quality veggies in your own backyard. Homemade pastries and homewares are also available in abundance, and all proceeds are directed towards sustaining and expanding the future of the market.
Image: Bridge Mall Farmers Market, Facebook
Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 December 2017
Central Ballarat, Ballarat VIC
As of 2017, Ballarat is the first town in the past 66 years to host the Australian Jazz Convention for three years in a row. While scheduled performances are accessible through registration or the possession of a $30 day pass, an ideal afternoon may just be popping open a bottle of wine and settling down in a park where off-duty musos will be jamming.
Saturday 1 January 2018
Lake Wendouree, Ballarat VIC
The illustrious Ballarat Beer Festival will take place on the shores of Lake Wendouree, and will be filled with live music, brewery enthusiasts, and more than 150 beers to choose from. Entry is free, and if you’re not a beer drinker, don’t worry; local winery representatives are also present with wine tastings to keep you busy while your friends are attending the many beer-education classes.
Friday 1 – Saturday 2 December 2017
44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap VIC
This Yoga + Nature Weekend retreat is ideal for the mind, body, and soul, and will see you truly relax and embrace the lazy summer days. Located at Halls Gap in the Gariwerd National Park, the yoga programs are all catered to beginners; stretching, soft poses, meditation, and an emphasis on consciousness of one’s mindset are prioritised. While the yoga is responsible for about 70% of all calming effects, the other 30% can be attributed to the beautiful views of the Grampians surrounding the Tim’s Place studio.
Thursday 7 – Monday 11 December 2017
Melville Oval, Lonsdale Street, Hamilton VIC
This retro treat sweeps in and out of Victoria’s northern region in the blink of an eye; the Hamilton Outdoor Cinema Pop-Up only stays in Hamilton for four days. Its old-world charm is a hit with the whole family, and you are encouraged to arrive early so you can set up a picnic by your car and still have time to load up on snacks to munch on while you watch – numerous blankets are essential! Tickets are free if you book online, and only $10 per adult or $5 per child at the gate.
Thursdays between Thursday 4 – Thursday 25 January 2018
Torquay Common, Torquay VIC
Picture this: it’s a warm summer evening, you’re wandering along the sand, there are stalls stocked all around, and you’re about to head into a corridor of stalls known as “dessert lane”. What you just imagined is Nightjar Festival in Torquay, which is stationed on the foreshore during January but moves on to Geelong during February. If you’re more inclined to relax, you can go to the open bars and enjoy a picnic on the lawn while you sample boutique crafted beer and wine.
Monday 5 – Sunday 11 February 2018
Gardens Oval, Bourne Avenue, Port Fairy VIC
The Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials is for anyone of any age, because cruelty-free dog-based entertainment cannot be missed. If you manage to tear your eyes away from the in-training puppies wandering around, you can grab a cold drink and some lunch and settle in to watch the ‘novice’, ‘open’, and ‘improver’ trials, as well as the running of the Australian Dog of the Year. All finals are to be held on the Sunday, and admittance is only $5 per adult, and free for children.
New South Wales
Regional New South Wales has a niche for every person to explore and love, from wine markets to open gardens and even cheese-making courses. The number of events happening will guarantee that your NSW summer getaway will be as hectic as you want it to be. You definitely won’t be bored!
Saturday 15 July – Saturday 16 December 2017
1 Fern Street, Gerringong NSW
The Mercure Resort Gerringong on the NSW South Coast offers a fortnightly high tea, with a mixture of sweet and savoury treats for you to enjoy in the luxurious expanse of the resort’s restaurant, Bella Char. For $42 per person, the array of gourmet foods, specialty teas, and sparkling wine is definitely worth your consideration. Looking to unwind as well as gorge on the delicious Bella Char High Tea menu? Why not sign you and your friends up for day spa packages?
Image: Bella Char Restaurant, Facebook
Tuesday 10 October – Thursday 14 December 2017
Dean Street, QEII Square, Albury NSW
In the heart of Albury’s CBD lies the QEII Twilight Market on Dean Street, with stalls dedicated to homemade goods, fresh produce, salvaged vintage items, craft beers, ciders, and street food. Easily accessible by walking or cycling, the market is held once a month (on the second Thursday) during summer, from 5pm to 8pm. Loading up on street food and exploring the showcase of Alburnian talent is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
Friday 10 November – Friday 8 December 2017
Wodonga Place, South Albury NSW
Self-described as a “gourmet pop-up by the water”, the Cork and Fork Festival aims to celebrate food while offering a picturesque view from Kissing Point Park, Putney. Live music is a staple of this event, and for the parents; activities are organised to keep the kids entertained while you relax with your gourmet meal.
Specific dates per property throughout October to January
Various locations, Southern Highlands NSW
A quiet stroll through some of the country’s most stunning and carefully curated gardens is a soothing activity to break up the bustling array of festivals and markets. Open gardens throughout the NSW Southern Highlands give visitors the chance to walk through perfectly manicured lawns and flower-dotted beds such as that at Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest. It is open to the public until 20 May 2018. Similarly, the Perennial Hill garden is available for inspection on most weekends during summer.
Saturday 11 November – Friday 29 December 2017
De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW
Have you ever been to Pokolbin? The small town is slightly west of Werakata National Park and a few kilometres south of Rothbury, and houses the Hunter Wine Country Markets during November and December each year. The markets allow free entry and showcase local artisans from inside the De Bortoli Wines barrel room once a week for two months. You could leave with sustainable tote bags full of food, jewellery, handmade soaps, candles, woodwork, pottery, and fashion. This wares market is one to visit on your next Hunter Valley getaway, and is only a two-hour drive from Sydney away.
Saturday 11 November 2017 – Saturday 9 June 2018
Civic Centre Precinct, Burns Way (off Tarcutta Street), Wagga Wagga NSW
On the second Saturday of each month, the Sprout And About team invite you to enjoy brunch by the lagoon, buy yourself homemade wares, munch on fresh local produce, and enjoy the local live music. The cost to run a stall is donated to rotary charities, so while you’re scouring the Wagga Wagga Theatre for some hidden treasures, know that you’re aiding those less fortunate.
Sunday 12 November 2017 – Sunday 11 March 2018
613 Ocean Drive, North Haven NSW
As if the beautiful seaside views weren’t enough of a reason to visit Camden Haven, you won’t be able to resist the allure of painting with your friends as you sip on a crisp glass of white wine. Eat. Sip. Paint! is perfect for a girls’ trip; regular classes occur monthly and cost $45 per person, with private party options available. Classes last for two hours each, painting equipment is supplied, and it’s BYO alcohol, so you can spruce up your session with your favourite cocktail.
Tuesday 11 November 2017 – Tuesday 26 June 2018
Port Macquarie NSW
In 2015, the Port Macquarie local council littered their principality with 60 intricately decorated koala sculptures, designed by selected artists. An ode to the Australian marsupial, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail acts as a fun and surprising addition to many of the area’s tourist hot-spots. You can walk the trail, attempting to find all of the statues that have been scattered throughout the area. You’ll need sunscreen, water, and a keen eye to spot them all!
Image: Hello Koalas, Facebook
Monday 18 December 2017
542 Caves Road, Wee Jasper NSW
Although this is a monthly event, the true essence of cheese-making is perfectly encapsulated in the warm bush atmosphere that Wee Jasper has to offer during the summer months. During the cheese-making workshop, you will learn to make all different types of soft cheeses—including the crowd favourite, brie—and will be provided with morning tea, coffee, and lunch.
As the largest state in Australia, it’s no surprise that Western Australia offers such a diverse array of experiences for you to explore on your next Australian getaway. Though stereotypically hot and sunny during summer, you’ll have a blast exploring the food and wine, music, and sport that the regional areas have to offer on your next WA getaway.
Friday 1 December 2017
Corner of Brockman St and Guadagnino Lane, Southern Forests, Manjimup WA
Do you lose sleep at night wondering what’s happening down in WA’s premier food-producing location, or is that just us? If so, you are in luck; only 300km south of Perth is the ‘Genuinely Extraordinary Southern Forests Food and Farm Experience’ tour through the Southern Forests region, provided to you by Southern Forests Food Council. The region boasts more than 50 different types of gourmet goods, including fruits, veggies, truffles, wine, meats and dairy. You’ll have to brace in readiness for your stomach to expand to three times its usual size.
Image: Southern Forests Food Council, Facebook
Saturday 2 December 2017
543 Miamup Road, Cowaramup WA
Fancy a party dedicated to sparkling wine and flowers? Perfect for a girls’ getaway, Bubbles and Blooms will let you wander through florist-run flower stalls and indulge on cheese, dumplings and popsicles all while taking in the beautiful live music, presented by Doug & Cletus. Burch Family Wines provides more than five different kinds of sparkling wine and champagne at the outdoor bubbles bar, including the winner of the Best Australian Sparkling at the 2017 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London. Free entry and an excuse to sample some of Australia’s most prestigious wines? Sign us up!
Sunday 11 February 2018
Various concert locations, Fremantle WA
This music festival is such a hit in Australia that it’s presented in three different cities. While Melbourne and Sydney are beautiful, the WA warm summer atmosphere that nurtures good vibes, great memories, and fantastic music is hard to replicate; acts such as Anderson .Paak, Father John Misty, and Moses Sumney are the archetypal mellow beats that will soundtrack your summer getaway. If you miss tickets to St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, most acts offer sideshows around similar dates and all in the neighbouring Perth and surrounds area.
Image: St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Facebook
Sunday 18 February 2018
Brighton Reserve, 204 The Esplanade, Scarborough Beach WA
The name of this one is no lie; prepare to enjoy an Australian wine, craft beer, spirit, or cider while watching the sun descend across the grassy dunes of Scarborough Beach. In true Australian style, the Sunset Wine Festival offers live music and gourmet food to accompany you and your friends into the twilight on both the Saturday and Sunday evening. If you purchase tickets online ahead of time, pay only $26 (rather than $33); this makes it even easier to negotiate buying those bottles of locally sourced wine to take home once the fun is all over.
Saturday 30 December 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018
Perth Arena, 700 Wellington Street, Perth WA
The Hopman Cup is a staple of the Australian sporting scene, acting as a precursor to the Australian Open held in January. General Admission and Night Session tickets are available for purchase via Ticketek. Wander around the venue and watch players such as Federer, Zverev, Gavrilova and Bouchard, for an exciting way to immerse yourself in Australia’s pinnacle summer sport.
Image: The Hopman Cup, Facebook
The home of the Gold Coast, the Daintree, and the Whitsundays, Queensland is the state for summer activities. With day-cations as well as fully fledged getaways catered for in every aspect; whether your intention is to relax, get active, or immerse yourself in the local culture, a getaway in Queensland is the ideal summer destination.
Wednesday 27 December 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018
87 Woodrow Road, Woodford QLD
Don’t let the name fool you; the Woodford Folk Festival offers so much more than just folk music. The programme is absolutely jam packed with more than 2000 performers and 438 events planned; concerts, dances, writer’s panels, a film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue, an environmental program, art workshops, cabarets and parades are all on the menu. A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Brisbane to the beautiful Woodfordia venue may seem like an undertaking, but the coastal views and inland wildlife spotting set the tone for the beautifully organic and natural atmosphere of the festival. Ticket types accommodate children, youth and adults.
Image: Woodford Folk Festival, Facebook
Saturday 11 November 2017
Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD
If you’ve recently outgrown your old go-to beverage of choice, the Craft Beer Sunshine Coast Festival is definitely for you. Scour more than 160 craft beer and cider brews sourced from all over Australia and New Zealand. Regardless of whether you’re not fussy, or you consider yourself a verified connoisseur; you’ll be sure to find a new drink to get you through the summer. Local produce is there to nibble on while you sip your brew on the grass and listen to the home-grown live music acts. If that’s too relaxed for you, Sideshow Alley is an arcade-meets-amusement park that is a blast for kids big and small, all found within the confines of the immense Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Saturday 20 January 2018
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays QLD
Mmm, can you smell that? It’s the aroma of the crystal clear ocean, Champagne and fresh seafood, all reserved for you to enjoy at the White on Whitehaven Lunch. After being picked up from Airlie Beach, your cruise will drop you off on Whitehaven Beach, where a long table awaits you, and will soon be filled with canapés, seafood, barbecue meats, desserts, and cocktails. To really set the mood, a glass of Champagne will be handed to you as you step off the boat. Aside from your inevitable food-baby, the sheer picturesque nature of this day-cation would set your mind and Instagram grid at ease for weeks afterwards.
Friday 23 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
20 Maryland Street, Stanthorpe QLD
The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival is spread over two weeks of eye-catching culture, crazy traditions and beautiful performances. The highlight of the festival each year is the Stanthorpe Border Post Grape Crush, where local celebrities and identities gather to… well… crush grapes and compete for the title of Queensland Grape Crushing Champion. The Grape Crush is to be held in the middl of the 2018 festival, on 3 March. It’s definitely not to be missed, however you might want to stand clear of the grapes flying about - it will get messy!
Image: Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, Facebook
Is there more to South Australia than the Great Australian Bite and Barossa Valley? We’re glad you asked, because the answer is definitely! If you make the trek to the down under of Down Under, peculiar sporting traditions, Sunday markets and arts festivals are not to be skipped. However, it would be a waste to not at least partially embrace the stereotypical South Australian pastime, and numerous wine festivals and tastings are available for you to explore during the summer months. After all, if you went to SA and didn’t try at least some of the local wine, did you really go to SA at all?
Friday 15 December 2017
Victoria Park, Southeast Parklands, Adelaide SA
Have you always wanted to feel like one of the characters from Gossip Girl or Pretty Woman; all dressed up, standing on the green, watching sportsmen on horseback hit a ball around while playing a game you don’t fully understand? If yes, then head to Adelaide’s Polo in the City, held at Victoria Park in mid-December. Tickets are sold in various forms, ranging from a spot in the exclusive Miami Polo Club area to the more relaxed Somersby Polo Club. Similar to the Melbourne Cup, this is a truly social event so gather your friends and get a group together - there’s no better way to spend a summer Friday.
Friday 16 February – Sunday 18 March 2018
River Stage, 21 Wearing Street, Port Noarlunga SA
As a subsection of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Fleurieu offering is a collective abundance of Adelaide’s creative and performing arts scenes. Every Friday and Saturday, Fleurieu features live entertainment, children’s activities, art installations, workshops, food trucks, and art markets. Held on the banks of the Onkaparinga River in Port Noarlunga, the Saurbier House Culture Exchange is the perfect seaside location for Adelaide to showcase its creative talents.
Friday 10 November 2017 – Saturday 3 March 2018
241 Seppeltsfield Road, Stone Well SA
It’s Friday, you’re on the hunt for something to do in the afternoon, and the sun is shining so brightly that you feel guilty for even thinking about going inside. What do you do? You head an hour northeast of Adelaide to one of the Summer Sessions at Whistler Wines between 5pm and 9pm, and you nestle down on the grass with a glass or bottle of wine. Whistler encourages you to bring picnic rugs, chairs, and friends. They have the food covered, with CaroClub and Forage Supply Co. serving up the works for everyone to enjoy.
Image: Whistler Wines, Facebook
Sunday 14 January 2018
King Drive, Cape Jaffa SA
Open to all ages, this festival is an elegantly presented grassroots concept; all Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival wants is for you to have a good time. Live music played from an opened semi-trailer sets a calming atmosphere as you sample wines and munch on fresh local seafood creations. Lounge in the sun with your food and wine, or go for a walk down to the beach to cool off. This perfect summer festival is a three and a half hour drive from Adelaide, or a six hour scenic drive from Melbourne.
Select dates from Friday 1 December 2017 – Friday 2 March 2018
Rusden Wines, Vine Vale SA
On the first Friday of each month, the team at Rusden Wines invites the public to take part in the Benchmark Interactive Wine Sessions. If you want to meet locals, learn more about sampling and judging wine, and just get wine-spired, make a booking and head down to Vine Vale. Only an hours' drive northeast of Adelaide, it’s perfect for a quick getaway on a day off.
Select dates from Wednesday 22 November 2017 – Wednesday 6 June 2018
1918 Bistro and Grill, Murray Street, Tanunda SA
If you think you’d enjoy a two-course chef’s selection menu, a dining experience in a stunning and historic house, and a personal experience with the chef themselves, then the 1918 Chef’s Selection Lunch is a must-do. Aside from the gourmet food and wine, this experience is an exclusive look into the mindset and considerations of a chef as they decide upon their menu. You can listen to Head Chef James Lawrie’s explanations, ask him questions, and, if you dare, offer him advice.
Image: 1918 Bar and Grill, Facebook
Every Sunday throughout summer until July 2018.
305 Brighton Road, North Brighton SA
If for some supernatural reason you’re awake at 6am on a Sunday, why not wander down to the Brighton Sunday Market in Adelaide’s southwest? You know what they say; the early bird gets the worm, and there are definitely enough quality goods at the Brighton Sunday Market to warrant getting up in the otherwise ungodly hours of the morning. You’ll find produce, clothes, knick-knacks, and, most importantly, an abundance of coffee. The real specialty of this market is the array of baked goods on offer. Prepare for a hearty caramel slice and a homemade yoyo to lose sleep over.
The land of mountains, forests, beaches, snow, sunshine, and Spirit; Australia’s baby cousin of a state is an elegant capsule of cultural decadence and sophisticated enjoyment. Boating and vinyl listening parties, along with twilight markets, festivals, and concerts are on the agenda for your Tasmania getaway this coming summer.
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Hobart Race Village, Kings Pier Marina, Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS
Internationally renowned and celebrated, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organises the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race each year with more than 110 yachts registering for the race. Aside from being pioneers in the racing sphere and having the highest standards for racing entry, the Sydney to Hobart has plenty of activities on shore while you’re waiting for the dramatic finish on Boxing Day. The Hobart Race Village comes alive with live music, food and drinks, as well as interactive information screens where you can follow the race. If you enjoy the village during the race, return on New Years Eve for the only outdoor NYE festival in Hobart!
Fortnightly from Friday 17 November 2017
17 Beach Road, Sandy Bay TAS
Friday nights spent wandering through Hobart’s Twilight Market, talking to the stallholders and sampling some of the gourmet artisan produce? Yes, please! Opening at 4.30pm, the market is abuzz with activity from locals and tourists alike until 9pm. You can access the market via a courtesy shuttle bus from Hobart City and its surrounds, meaning you can gorge yourself on the beautiful food and drink without having to care about walking anywhere but the bus stop.
Sunday 7 January 2018
163 Glendale Road, Sidmouth TAS
Gather a group of friends, or maybe just one, and set up beneath the afternoon sun at Wines For Joanie Vineyard. The pastures beside the vineyard itself will be filled with likeminded audiophiles, eyes fixed on the surrounding mountain ranges and listening to the relaxed jockeying of DJ Grinning Cat. Wine, scenery, and mellow tunes in the sun? Vinyl in the Vines may just be the very definition of a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Image: Wines For Joanie
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 February 2018
45-55 Tamar Street, Launceston TAS
Festivale is a three-day celebration of Tasmanian food, drink, arts, and entertainment. In other words, it’s a presentation of the very best of the very best. Each year, Festivale pulls about 35, 000 people from all over the country to Launceston’s historic City Park, with the stalls shrouded by the cover of elm trees during the day and open to the stars above during the night. Pay upon entry and immerse yourself in a concentrated experience of Tasmanian gourmet and artisan produce.
Thursday 28 December 2017 – Wednesday 3 December 2018
Princes Wharf Shed No. 1, Castray Esplanade, Hobart TAS
This waterfront festival is a tranquil opportunity to sit on a chic deck and sample some of Tasmania’s premier seafood, cheeses, berries, cool-climate wines, craft beers, and boutique wines. The Taste of Tasmania is a free-entry event, and the New Years Eve celebration boasts five different artists that will be performing, plus five different ‘Tasting Corners’ that all offer a unique atmosphere with which to bring in the new year!
Saturday 24 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
1055 Port Sorell Road, Northdown TAS
About 2000 patrons make their way to Ghost Rock Winery each February with a single shared goal: to hear some wonderful music while nestled between vineyards and basking in the sun. With the 2017 Ghost Rock Concert in the Vines having names such as Leo Sayer and the Tom Collins Trio, this is an ideal outing for anyone who wants to reconnect with their inner rock god from the comfort of a strategically placed deck chair.
The Northern Territory is the home of some of the most beautiful scenery Australia has to offer, and, alongside Western Australia, presents the strongest Indigenous cultural preservation that our country can claim. The majority of the NT’s tourism is angled towards natural landscapes and heritage areas, and many events are as rich in culture as any other state. Travel up north to find oodles of markets and enough cricket to get you through the footy off-season.
Sunday 8 October 2017 – Sunday 18 November 2018
Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT
Held every second Sunday, the Todd Mall Market is a not-for-profit organisation run by a market manager and committee of stallholders who work on the ground and know how to make you feel at home. Located in Alice Springs, the heat is balanced out by the myriad of different hats, mats, food, summer clothing, and cool drinks on offer.
Saturday 3 February – Monday 12 February 2018
Traeger Park, Alice Springs NT
The Imparja Cup, held in conjunction with the National Indigenous Cricket Championships, is an Australian cricket tournament made up by teams of Indigenous Australian cricketers. Now with both a male and female division, the cricket is of a high calibre and is sure to be an entertaining way to spend a few hours. Get ready to pick a team, barrack hard, and buy a snag or two—the proceeds go towards Indigenous sporting teams in the area as well as Indigenous charities.
Sunday 1 October 2017 – Sunday 23 September 2018
48 Trower Toad, Millner NT
The Rapid Creek Market happens every Sunday and is organised by the Rapid Creek Business Village. This is a collaborative union of Rapid Creek’s businesses, including supermarkets, organic produce, take-away food, and beauty specialists. More than 60 stalls are available for perusing, with the homemade arts and crafts being heralded by tourists as the highlight of the markets. Locals take advantage of the market as well, with a tradition of purchasing the weekly fruit and veg from the grocery produce stalls. Open from 6.30am to 1.30pm, get in early to make sure you have all the time to wander through the array of colours and sounds.
Australian Capital Territory
While the ACT has suffered a reputation for being “boring” for decades, the stereotype has recently changed in light of Canberra having been named in the ‘Top 10 Cities 2018’ by Lonely Planet. While Canberra is home to the Australian Parliament and may cater to the average politician, it also acknowledges that even politicians want to have fun sometimes.
Thursday 30 November – Sunday 10 December 2017
Commonwealth Park, Albert Street, Canberra ACT
The Commons Street Feast could be best described as being akin to a Wes Anderson-organised food truck festival, with a splash of Steve Zissou-style practicality thrown in for good measure. Oh, and let's not forget a healthy dose of American meat-loving attitude. Held in Commonwealth Park over a ten-day period, the Feast attracts more than 50,000 guests and we can only assume 500,000 Instagram updates. Each of these guests is submitted to the rigorous mantra of the Feast itself: “gluttony never tasted so good”. The event is entirely cashless, meaning all purchases must be made using a credit or debit card.
Image: The Commons Street Feast, Facebook
Saturday 3 – Sunday 18 March 2018
Old Parliament surrounding area, Canberra ACT
Similar to the concept of White Night, Canberra’s Enlighten Festival is an after-dark festival filled with art installations and events. For 10 days every March, numerous events are held throughout the city after dark. There is a forest lit up with a choir and woodfire pizzeria to be found somewhere along the 1.4km path. There’s also Industrial Illumination, an ultraviolet-light rave party in the coveted National Mint warehouse. These are only two of many events, so you will have something to immerse yourself in no matter what day you decide to check it out.
Friday 22 September – Friday 15 December 2017
Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT
Themes, food, and entertainment on a Friday night: you probably wouldn’t expect to find that in a parliamentary building, but Canberra’s Old Parliament House is delivering the goods. If you’re looking for a perfect way to enjoy the warm weather and kick start your summer weekend, look no further. Salsa and Sangria Night or Aperol Sunset Sessions are all in store for you.