Hot date. Sizzling summer events in Australia
Australia shines in summer.
A raft of sensational summer events are held across the country, from vibrant food and wine festivals to dazzling sporting and cultural celebrations.
If you’re looking for things to do in the warmer months, we have your 2018-19 calendar sorted.
This selection of upcoming festivals and events is your ticket to summer fun.
Now entering its thirtieth year, Taste is one of the best summer festivals in Australia. Tasmania reliably shines brightest at this time, and crowds flock to the vibrant waterfront location of Princes Wharf. Here, the state’s most delectable food and wine is showcased through stallholders and variable fun-filled events. It’s all backed by a host of entertainment, including a dedicated children’s and families’ program.
Book now: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.
As a first-rate food and wine region, the Adelaide Hills is a feast for the senses. And Crush celebrates it all in style for one long weekend of pure indulgence. Sampling excellent reds and whites from participating wineries is the hero, but there’s so much more to this event. Expect delicious local produce, soulful tunes, excellent art, and an endless succession of sparkling views across a host of venues.
Book now: BIG4 West Beach Parks in Adelaide.
The best of Tasmania is on offer at this hit three-day, centrally located summer gig. Gorgeous City Park makes a wonderful setting and is a hive of activity as local food, wine, beer, cider, and spirits are dished up alongside an entertainment schedule that includes big-name Australian musical and comedic acts.
Book now: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.
The Limestone Coast’s exceptional food and wine offerings take centre stage at this annual fest, but it only tells part of the story. Expect a bevy of activity that includes a quiz night, golf day, open-air movie screening, and horse racing all spread over four fabulous days.
Book now: BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park.
Summer holidays along the Great Ocean Road have been a tradition for generations. This event only heightens that appeal. Saturday is the major festival day where a feast of tasty, fresh seafood steals the spotlight through a bustling market, pop-up restaurants, and much more in the heart of this picturesque town. Musical acts, a kids’ program, and other entertainment make this event a weekend to savour.
Book now: BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park.
Sydney and New Year’s Eve are synonymous but once 2019 is welcomed in, this is the place to be. Sydney Festival incorporates a raft of diverse, enthralling, action-packed artistic shows that give the city a sustained party atmosphere. Free and ticketed events are on a bill that showcases world-famous artists and performers across a cluster of venues. This is undoubtably one of the best things to do in Sydney each summer.
Book now: NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.
Wondering what to do in summer? Head to Mona Foma. This year, the week-long music and arts festival is set to be held in Launceston, on the move from its regular Hobart home. The event’s eclectic bill was curated by Violent Femmes’ Brian Ritchie and features a mix of prominent and obscure artists from across the globe. Mona Foma is quirky, somewhat controversial, and highly memorable.
Book now: BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.
Mt Clarence is currently awash with colour each night thanks to a spectacular art installation that pays tribute to the Anzacs who departed Albany for World War I. Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is the work of UK-based artist Bruce Munro, well known for his iconic Field of Light illumination at Uluru in the NT. The works feature a whopping 16,000 glowing coloured spheres that make for an incredible sight.
Geelong’s beautiful waterfront is abuzz for an annual event that bursts with excitement and colour. On water, the southern hemisphere’s largest keelboat regatta is the feature event, supported by thrilling waterskiing and flyboard shows. On dry land, market stalls, rides, musical and kids’ entertainment, and other activities generate further reason to visit.
First staged in 1999, this event quickly cemented its reputation as Australia’s premier cycling race and forms part of the UCI World Tour. It also shows off the majestic, varied scenery of Adelaide and it surrounds, including the Barossa, McLaren Vale, and the Adelaide Hills. It’s fun, the atmosphere is vibrant, and there are plenty of opportunities to witness and admire the feats of a host of the world’s best cyclists – both men and women.
As one of only four Grand Slams on the tennis calendar, Australia is fortunate to host this world-class spectacle. Held on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD, the Australian Open provides easy access to the world’s best tennis players for two thrilling weeks, backed by a vibrant ambience and first-rate musical acts. As far as Melbourne events go, this is easily one of its best.
Phillip Island is well-suited to a relaxing summer break, but in late February the atmosphere turns electric as the superbikes roar into town. This season-opening event features the best production bike riders on the globe fighting it out on a spectacularly scenic circuit.
Book now: BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park.
This renowned ocean plunge is a must for keen swimmers, located in one of the most iconic destinations for Queensland holidays. For two days, Noosa Main Beach comes alive and is the setting for various distance races that attract variable competitors from the casual to the professional, including Olympic champions.
Book now: BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa.
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