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Want to see what is happening where you are going? Maybe you want to include a destination in your plans, some stopover to coincide with events happening in that town?

Some events happen across state and territory borders, some of which are listed here. Other state/territory events can be found listed within the 'Events' section for each state and territory. For more information, check the destination pages of the town or area you are visiting.

Some events happen at the same time throughout Australia, such as Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, local markets, agricultural shows etc. Some scheduled events only have approximate dates, with some dates changing or being cancelled.

When planning your travel around events, contact the holder of the event or the local visitor centre where the event is happening to confirm the event timetable.



Find out how to apply for an events listing.

July Events - Australia

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  Open Gardens Australia
• Throughout the year
Open Gardens Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that opens private gardens and organises garden-themed events for public enjoyment around the country.

Promoting the enjoyment, knowledge, and benefits of gardens and gardening in the Australian community, and to build strong public support for the development of gardens across the nation.

Each season they open around 600 private gardens to the public. Each of the gardens usually opens for just one or two weekends each season. See their website for details.

  NAIDOC Week
• July
Originally standing for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee', NAIDOC has since become the name of the week itself that celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. The activities and celebration are held across the country, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Brisbane
Melbourne
Sydney
Winter Festival
• June - August (dates vary for each location - see website over details)
The Australian Winter Festival provides an authentic Alpine winter in the heart of the city. With locations in Sydney. Melbourne, and Brisbane, the festival offer exciting line-ups, including an exciting array of gourmet winter food, some dazzling action on the ice, and authentic après ski experiences.
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August Events - Australia

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  Australian Safari
• August - September
Frequently referred to as Australia's version of the 'Paris to Dakar', the Australian Safari is established as one of the iconic Australian events and is Australia's longest running off-road rally.

Started in 1985 with a starting field of 312 competitors, the original 7 day event from Sydney to Darwin was called the Wynn's Safari. The event continued to run from Sydney to Darwin until 1994.

In 1995 to 1996 the event ran from Adelaide to Townsville. 1997 saw the event run from Cairns to Ayers Rock and finish at the Gold Coast. There was no race in 1998. From 1999 to 2001 the even ran from Alice Springs to Darwin. In 2002 to 2004 the event moved to New South Wales incorporating the famous Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. After a 2 year spell, it celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007 in Western Australia, with the race traversing over 5,000 km of gruelling outback terrain starting in Kununurra and finishing in Perth. For the first time in its history, the event included two components - the competitive component plus an inaugural non-competitive component - The Adventure Tour.

Travelling across Australia?... planning to travel through Central Australia and Alice Springs. Book your diary to see the single longest running event in the Northern Territory - the iconic Henley-On-Todd

Check out their images from the 2009 regatta, 2009 regatta...
ASSA ABLOY HENLEY ON TODD
Assa Abloy Henley on Todd Regatta
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• Held 3rd Saturday of August
The world famous boat race is an annual event held on the Todd River. All that is needed for this madcap event, is a dry riverbed, plenty of bottomless boats, plenty of frivolity and laughter, and the human kind of 'horse power'. Starting with the parade at 11 am up Todd Mall, with contestants showing off their boats, the Henley-on-Todd provides a nautical madcap day of entertainment, finishing with the traditional 'Battle of the Boats'.

The only time the boat race may not run to schedule is if the Todd River is flowing, as happened in 1993, when there was too much water in the Todd River and the event had to be cancelled due to flooding!
Assa Abloy Henley on Todd Regatta
21st Saturday, August, 2010
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September Events - Australia

Location Event

  Australian Safari
• August - September
Frequently referred to as Australia's version of the 'Paris to Dakar', the Australian Safari is established as one of the iconic Australian events and is Australia's longest running off-road rally.

Started in 1985 with a starting field of 312 competitors, the original 7 day event from Sydney to Darwin was called the Wynn's Safari. The event continued to run from Sydney to Darwin until 1994.

In 1995 to 1996 the event ran from Adelaide to Townsville. 1997 saw the event run from Cairns to Ayers Rock and finish at the Gold Coast. There was no race in 1998. From 1999 to 2001 the even ran from Alice Springs to Darwin. In 2002 to 2004 the event moved to New South Wales incorporating the famous Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. After a 2 year spell, it celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2007 in Western Australia, with the race traversing over 5,000 km of gruelling outback terrain starting in Kununurra and finishing in Perth. For the first time in its history, the event included two components - the competitive component plus an inaugural non-competitive component - The Adventure Tour.

  Open Gardens Australia
• Throughout the year although spring is one of the major periods
Open Gardens Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that opens private gardens and organises garden-themed events for public enjoyment around the country.

Promoting the enjoyment, knowledge, and benefits of gardens and gardening in the Australian community, and to build strong public support for the development of gardens across the nation.

Each season they open around 600 private gardens to the public. Each of the gardens usually opens for just one or two weekends each season. See their website for details.

 

Spring time is popular with the appearance of wildflowers throughout Australia, including the popular wildflowers of Western Australia. There are also many managed events such as the very popular Floriade in Canberra.

Contact the visitor centre for your destination to find out if there are any flora festivals for your destination.

Floriade Festival
• Annual from September to October
One of Canberra's major yearly festivals, the kaleidoscopic, breath-taking, inspiring and enchanting flower show, celebrating spring in all its glory. This annual event has over one million bulbs that are planted, celebrating a different theme each year.

The Canberra Floriade Festival is inspired by the Dutch Keukenhof flower display and the Netherlands Flower Exposition (Holland's Floriade), the latter being held every 10 years.

You can be sure that this wonderful floral display will be a kaleidoscope of colours, offering some fantastic photo opportunities, as well a month of entertainment, daily workshops and performances.

Ceduna, SA
to
Kalgoorlie, WA
Chasing the Sun Golf Festival - Nullarbor Links
• From Sat 29th September 2012 to Sat 6th October 2012
A week of fun, golf, culture - Davric Australia's "Chasing the Sun Golf Festival 2012". Commencing in Ceduna on Sunday 30th September and concluding in Kalgoorlie Saturday 6th October.
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October Events - Australia

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Alice Springs

Although not held in other states or territories, this really is a national event attracting participants and visitors from all around Australia and overseas.

Alice Springs Masters GamesThe Friendly Games
• Bi-annual event - held early October every two years.
Known as the ‘Friendly Games’, this bi-annual event offers a variety of sports competition for mature aged people. With sporting categories ranging from athletics, track and field, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, cycling darts, eightball, equestrian, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, mountain biking, netball, shooting, swimming, tennis, triathlon/duathlon, just to name a few. Pass games participants have come from all states and territories across Australia, as well as overseas. Check the website for the latest information.
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November Events - Australia

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