Stunning Australian Events Not To Be Missed


It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling Australia from overseas or you are a local, if you love travelling and attending events along the way, then this vast continent has some of the very best events the world has to offer.

Let’s now take a look at some key events that take place in various locations around Australia at different times of the year.

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney takes place in Sydney, NSW over a period of about 3 weeks during May and June. The festival is all about light and sound and really is quite spectacular.

Each year the event attracts multiple millions of visitors and it’s at night time when the magic happens.

Along Sydney Harbour, some of the cities most iconic buildings and structures come to life in vivid light shows. Watch as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge come ablaze in dazzling colours as music plays in sync with the lighting.

It really is an incredible sight and you have 3 weeks to fully immerse yourself in it.


If you fancy a journey into Australia’s famous outback, then head to Alice Springs in early to mid April for the annual running of the Aboriginal Parrtjima festival.

This is another festival of light, so most of the event takes place at night time so visitors can enjoy the full effects of the display.

The entire event is set against the stunning backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges. Not only are there magnificent light shows, but you can immerse yourself in Australian Aboriginal culture, music, art and just take in the rich history and iconic scenery of the region.

While you’re there you can pay a visit to Uluru, one of the largest single rocks on the planet.

The Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous thoroughbred, flat track horse race, and it takes place in the city of Melbourne on the very first Tuesday every November.

This is a time of the year when Melbourne really comes alive in a big way, with a week long party, fashion shows, a Melbourne Cup parade that will feature some of the Melbourne Cup 2019 horses, jockeys and trainers, as well as lots of fine dining, drinking, entertainment and festivities.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival isn’t just about horse racing. It’s about having a massive, fun-filled party that goes for days and days.

The Curated Plate

This food festival is being held for the very first time in 2019, with a stunning location in the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with the majestic Glass House Mountains as the backdrop.

If you love tasting a wide variety of fresh food and you enjoy festivals and entertainment, then head to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for 4 days in early August to partake of the culinary pleasures of The Curated Plate and take in the wares of both local and international dishes.

Bathurst 1000

If you are a fan of motor racing, then you might want to head into Bathurst in Central NSW in October for the annual running of the Bathurst 1000 car race.

Featuring Australia’s best touring cars, watch as the drivers vie for supremacy over the 1000 kilometre long race through a mountainous track at Mount Panorama.

This is the pinnacle of Australian motor sport, but the weekend is more than just a car race. Visitors can camp out near the track and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area along with loads of live entertainment.

It’s worth going at least once in your lifetime whether you’re a motor racing fan or not.

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth in NSW is Australia’s home to country music, just like Nashville is in the United States. Each year the country town plays host to a 10 day music festival that features some of the best local and overseas talent in country music.

It really is a 10 day long party, and if you’re a country music fan, for you it’ll mean 10 days in heaven.

Boasting a massive 120 separate venues and over 700 performers, you’ll really be spoilt for choice.

The festival kicks off each year in mid January, the peak of the Australian summer season.