WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY?
Upcoming events around Oz
CHARLEVILLE CUP Nov 1
Culminating in four days of race-day action, Charleville
Cup Festival runs head to head with the Melbourne Cup with fine food, food, fun and fashion and world-class.
COOKTOWN RACES Nov 5
Experience a real country race meet at the second oldest turf club in Queensland, with horse racing, fashions on the field, book makers, bar and catering on site and music.
Cooktown, 0419 593 694
STANTHORPE ROCKS Nov 11-13
Stanthorpe rocks with live acoustic acts at the Beer Garden and Aussie legends under the Super Tent plus an International Food Village, a Massage Temple and joy lights over Ballandean, and camping on-site all weekend.
MARY RIVER FESTIVAL Nov 12
Kickback and enjoy bank-side tunes festivities with music, art and family fun. Community groups run the not-for-profit event with artisans, businesses and individuals donating their resources and time.
PBR IRON COWBOY Nov 18-19
Professional bull riders promise two huge nights of the tough country action, as riders take on the toughest bulls amid pyrotechnics, lasers, concert sound system and mega screen replays.
BYRON LATIN FIESTA Nov 4-6
Enjoy three days and four nights of Latin dance workshops and parties, with international, national and local instructors and performers catering to beginners and seasoned dancers alike.
Byron Bay, www.byronlatinfiesta.com.au
SOUTH COAST CARAVAN, CAMPING AND HOLIDAY EXPO Nov 4-6
Find what you need for your next caravan or camping adventure no matter your experience level or preferred choice of rig over three big days.
Batemans Bay, www.caravan-camping.
TASTES @ THE BAY FOOD, WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL Nov 5-6
Experience the essence of the Nelson Bay, taste the outstanding wines, appreciate the music by the sea, stroll through the markets with goods that will surprise.
Nelson Bay, www.facebook.com/ TasteAtTheBay
BUSHCRAFT AND SURVIVAL WORKSHOP Nov 12
Get back to basics at Great Divide Tours’ training facility and learn how to stay protected, stay hydrated and get assistance when your plans go haywire in the Great Outdoors, and get ready for touring off the beaten track.
BALLINA PRAWN FESTIVAL Nov 12
Share fun, laughter and delicious food on the banks of the Richmond River with sizzling prawns, Ferris wheel rides, a parade and quirky audience-engaging entertainment – including a DIY raft race.
QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL Nov 25-27
More than 50 artists will perform 200+ shows across 12 venues throughout Queenscliff, with festival grounds and seaside views in walking distance to quaint venues hosting intimate performances.
GEELONG REVIVAL MOTORING FESTIVAL Nov 25-27
Take pole position for the quarter-mile sprints, as over 300 classic and exotic cars and motorcycles take to Ritchie Boulevard at full throttle, in a tradition gracing Geelong’s waterfront since 1957.
LOY KRATHONG FESTIVAL - UPON THE WIMMERA RIVER Nov 26
Thank the water goddess and apologise for polluting the water, as Horsham’s Thai community calls upon the public to help make and float a floral and incense ‘Krathong’, with Thai music and dance.
TORRUMBARRY SUMMER START UP UTE SHOW Nov 26
Earn kudos for you and your ute, with trophies, whip-cracking action with a performance by the Mason Boys at Torrumbarry Hotel. Free camping available.
Torrumbarry, 0447 659 416, email@example.com
TASMANIAN CRAFT FAIR Nov 4-7
More than 200 artists and artisans will prepare fine art displays, craft stalls, gourmet food, entertainment and children’s fun activities well as working craft displays.
TASMANIAN SAND ENDURO Nov 5-6
Enjoy airborne antics amongst the dunes as competitors vie for the finish line on one of the last remaining sand endurance circuits, encompassing a quick beach run then on the dunes, plus on-site catering.
St Helens, www.offroadracingtasmania.com.au
PEARN’S STEAMWORLD ANNUAL STEAM SPECTACULAR WEEKEND Nov 5-7
Ride upon traction engines, tractors and a miniature steam and petrol engine trains. With tractor display, trade stalls, motorbikes, classic cars, and crafts from yesteryear.
TASMANIAN BREATH OF FRESH AIR FILM FESTIVAL Nov 10-13
Intimate, thought-provoking and fun, the BOFA is a friendly film festival that celebrates audiences as much as does it films.
WEETULTA STRAWBERRY FAIR Nov 5
Enjoy an 80-year tradition of country family fun with an evening of entertainment for the whole family that ends with strawberries and ice-cream, plus stalls with produce for kids young and old.
Weetulta, 0417 808 411
RIVERSTOCK FESTIVAL Nov 11-13
Enjoy three days of Murray River-side festivities with music, fun, food, wine. Enjoy back-to-back performances live on two stages all weekend, with a camping adjacent and room to dock your boat.
MOUNT GAMBIER BRASS BAND FESTIVAL 2016 Nov 19
Marvel at the largest country-based brass band festival in Australia with a mass street march, and participation in the city’s annual Christmas Parade plus a music contest held at Helpmann Theatre.
Mount Gambier, (04) 38 188 041
ALL STEAMED UP ENGINE, BLACKSMITH AND CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL Nov 19-20
Ample family fun on the Murray River banks at Arnold Park and the Mannum Dock Museum with South Australia’s largest display of blacksmith demonstrations, plus diesel and steam vintage engines, classic cars, classic boats, live entertainment, food stalls and crafts.
MANDURAH STAMP, COIN, BANKNOTE AND POSTCARD FAIR Nov 2-5
Admire intricate works comprising National Competitive displays of stamps, postal cards, bank notes and coins, with free show bags and exhibitors and dealers hailing from all over Australia.
BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN Nov 11-13
Western Australia’s longest-running blues and roots festival caters for aficionados and casual fans with a stellar line-up of multi-award winning artists alongside emerging talent.
FESTIVAL FROMAGE Nov 11-13
Enjoy three days of fine cheese tasting and splendid conversation as artisan cheese makers, brewers, chefs and liquor celebrate this much-loved delicacy, with talks and cheese making workshops.
ROCKINGHAM BEACH CUP Nov 13
Watch from under a ticket marquee as horses compete in six races on the white sands of the Rockingham Beach. Enjoy fine food from the licensed bar overlooking the finish line.
MARRAKAI MANGO FESTIVAL Nov 4-7
Enjoy mango tastings and partake in mango-related competitions amid Savannah and wetlands and before kicking on with a Corroboree Quiz night, Purple Mango Cocktail Party and Mary River Dinner.
XXXX GOLD BILLFISH CLASSIC Nov 7-9
Tag, snap and release billfish in this three-day event open to teams of two, three or four anglers, with a skipper permitted. The teams to accrue the most points win.
CHRISTMAS SALTWATER CRAFT FAIR Nov 20
Stock up on handmade gifts direct from Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct with stallholders selling clothes, fabric, pottery, jewellery, soap, candles, weaving and original paintings and prints.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Enjoy three days of cheese tasting at Festival Fromage in Perth, WA; Join CTA regular Scott Heiman for his Bushcraft and Survival course in Braidwood, NSW; Jump on a tractor at the annual Steam Spectacular in Westbury, Tas.