There is plenty happening in the land downunder. Every city in the country hosts many major events throughout the year. Whether you live in Australia or plan to visit from overseas, here’s a list of some major events not to be missed.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Sydney
Sydney is world famous for its impressive fireworks displays all throughout the year, which culminates in one of the biggest and grandest fireworks displays in the entire world on New Year’s Eve.
There’s no better way to cheer in the new year than from a position on Sydney Harbour overlooking the iconic Harbour Bridge, which is one of the main focal points of the display.
In 2018 approximately 1.6 million people watched the fireworks display live, which had a massive budget of almost $6 million.
New Year’s Eve in Sydney is an event not to be missed if you’re travelling through the NSW capital at the end of the year.
The Brisbane Festival – Brisbane
For 3 weeks in September each year, the Queensland capital celebrates The Brisbane Festival. This festival is world famous and respected, showcasing the very best from around the country and across the globe in music, theatre, dance, opera, film, circus and loads more fun stuff.
Events take place across multiple venues throughout the city during the 3 week period, and tickets for each event are sold separately. You just pick and choose what you really want to experience most.
At the end of the festival you’ll be treated to a massive pyrotechnics display over the stunning Brisbane River, as a colourful and dramatic ending to festivities.
It’s a great time of the year for tourists and locals alike.
The Melbourne Cup – Melbourne
Make sure you’re in Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November, because the annual running of the Melbourne Cup is not to be missed.
It’s the only horse race – in fact it’s the only sporting event – in Australia that brings the country to a halt while the race is run.
Flemington Racecourse is steeped in history and is where this legendary race takes place. Get trackside and watch the Melbourne Cup 2019 horses go round and fight it out for the coveted title of being crowned the winner.
If you enjoy a day of partying, high fashion, plenty of food and free flowing alcohol, then you won’t want to miss immersing yourself in the Melbourne Cup atmosphere, and where better to do that than in Melbourne itself.
The Comedy Festival – Perth
For three weeks in April and May of each year, Perth plays hosts to one of the biggest, most diverse and ongoing comedy festivals in the world.
You’ll be treated to the best comics in the business, both local and overseas talent, at a variety of venues around WA’s capital throughout the three weeks of the event.
Comedy categories include stand up comedians, satire, sketch, musical, kids comedy and much more. There’s something for everyone’s tastes.
Perth is a truly beautiful city to visit, and what better time of the year than when the comedy festival is on. Explore the city by day, then laugh the night away.
Adelaide Film Festival – Adelaide
It seems most major cities in Australia now host an annual film festival. Adelaide’s has become one of the most revered and respected in recent times, and if you’re in South Australia’s capital in October, you can catch some of the very best short films from local and overseas talent.
Many young and aspiring filmmakers enter the Adelaide Film Festival as a springboard to launch their fledgling careers and it’s being heralded as the platform of choice for exciting new talent.
Gold Coast Marathon – Gold Coast
Held annually in the middle of winter is the Gold Coast Marathon, an event that attracts participants from all over the world. The scenic track by the beach is considered to be one of the flattest and fastest marathon tracks on the global marathon calendar.
Even if you’re not a marathon runner yourself, it’s an awesome time of the year to be on the sunny Gold Coast, and the running of the marathon is definitely an event worth witnessing at least once in your lifetime.