What's on in Australia
"The weekend for many Australians is free time to relax and look forward to their favourite activities"
Come and enjoy an event downunder - there are major events around the country all year!
Most of our sporting events are played Friday to Sunday and you will see mums and dads from all walks of life preparing for the day's outing. You will find them either loading the car to take the kids off to the footy and netball in winter or cricket and tennis in summer, swimming all year round and many other sports and activities.
Nevertheless they still get time to go to other cultural events and Agricultural Shows are big in Australia. Sideshow Alley is where everyone gets excited on the rides and stocking up on their favourite show bags. The animal pavilions and horse events in the main arena are always popular and the produce stalls fascinate everyone.
Aussies also love to watch major sporting events, music concerts of a number of varieties and film and art festivals.
There are thousands of wonderful things happening in Australia all year round. Australians like to dress up, go to dinner, see a show or movie, take a boat ride, go dancing, sit in one of our fantastic waterside bars or night-clubs in any city or major town and sip on a cocktail.
And wherever Aussies get together there is usually an event planned to keep them attentive.
Here are a couple of tasters just to get started
Held in Adelaide and the Barossa Valley of South Australia, The Santos Tour Downunder is fast becoming a favourite of many top world cyclists. Last Week In January.
The Royal Canberra Show has broadened over the years to reflect the entertainment, educational features and exhibitions that makes Australia a vibrant mix of city and rural life.
If it is a reserved seat that you are after then the 4-day Reserved Grandstand Seating option is for you. Watch all the on-track action from a variety of Grandstand Seating options.
Blackwood River Valley, some 200 miles/300 kilometres south of Perth, Western Australia. End April to May
The St Kilda Film Festival is Australia's largest and oldest short film festival. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it is now an Academy Awards® qualifying event - award-winning films from St Kilda Festival are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards section of the Oscars.
Sydney Writers' Festival is Australia’s largest annual celebration of literature and ideas. Each year, we present over 300 events (half of them for free) and attract attendances of around 80,000 in venues that stretch from the Festival hub at Walsh Bay to the Blue Mountains. For one week every May we bring together authors of the very best contemporary fiction and writers of cutting edge nonfiction, including some of the world's leading public intellectuals, scientists and journalist.
What a whole lot of FUN!! Every year for the past 33 years the Lions Club of Darwin has held this fun festival on famous Mindil Beach. Proceeds go to various charities. Last Weekend in July.
Queensland is the largest rural community in Australia and The Ekka (Exhibition) is a ritual for Queenslanders.
The Royal Perth Show aims to 'bridge the gap' between city and country WA, focusing on the many sectors of rural Western Australia including farming, horticultural and mining. September - October
Marrabel Rodeo Hotel PBR Marrabel bull ride showcases some of the nation’s most accomplished bull riders matched against an all star line up of super-fit bucking bulls.
Held at historic Flemington Racetack this is one of the countries and the worlds premier horse races; the longest track race in the world. A real test of a horses staying ability over 2 long miles. A festival all week. First Tuesday in November.
The Wakakirri Story-Dance Association Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation (since 2004) that uses storytelling, the oldest form of learning, as it’s focus for providing innovative educational programs to schools in a manner that resonates with contemporary youth culture.
Follow the links to see what's on in Australia throughout the year