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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - WHAT’S ON -

There’s plenty of ac­tion na­tion­wide, from tuna tossing to mu­sic and sculp­ture cre­ation in the com­ing months

comp, which al­ways scores plenty of laughs, oth­er­wise kick back and en­joy the at­mos­phere while you feast on some of the best re­gional seafood and en­joy some mu­sic, and arts and crafts. tu­narama.net

BIG DAY OUT

The ground shakes and the air­ways buzz un­der blue skies ev­ery sum­mer when the Big Day Out comes to town in ma­jor cities through­out Aus­tralia. Gold Coast, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Ade­laide and Perth are the Aussie des­ti­na­tions get­ting a taste of the ac­tion which in­cludes live per­for­mances by such acts as Pearl Jam, Ar­cade Fire, 1975, Primus, Snoop Dogg, Ma­jor Lazer, Beady Eye, Bliss N Eso, The Hives and Deftones. There are hot rides, food stalls, merch and craft stalls, and the Red Bull No Noise Night­club is back this year so grab your head­phones and join the party. big­day­out.com

BOMB­ING OF DAR­WIN DAY NT, Feb 19

The North­ern Ter­ri­tory is steeped in his­tory, Aussie land­marks, cul­ture and an in­cred­i­ble north­ern shore­line, but Dar­win will al­ways be spe­cially re­mem­bered as the first site of bat­tle Down Un­der dur­ing World War II. On the an­niver­sary of the first bomb­ing raid that shook the city on Fe­bru­ary 19, 1942, the City of Dar­win com­mem­o­rates the his­tor­i­cal oc­ca­sion known as Bomb­ing of Dar­win Day with a se­ries of events. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for trav­ellers head­ing north to in­cor­po­rate the Mil­i­tary Her­itage sites in their visit to the NT, or join the Front­line Aus­tralia tours and ac­tiv­i­ties. front­lin­eaus­tralia.com.au/vis­it­dar­win

LORNE SCULP­TURE BI­EN­NALE

March is a su­per time to ex­plore the Great Ocean Road when Lorne comes alive with sculp­tures to cre­ate an out­door gallery for three weeks. More than 100 of Aus­tralia’s most in­no­va­tive artists will be show­cased at this year’s event as they com­pete for more than $100,000 worth of prizes, in­clud­ing a com­mis­sion to cre­ate a ma­jor new per­ma­nent sculp­ture for Lorne. Louise Paramor, Robert Bridge­wa­ter and Greg Johns are some of the artists with their work on dis­play. Fes­ti­val high­lights in­clude Sculp­turscape and the Main Street Com­mis­sion. At Sculp­turscape, on­look­ers can wit­ness a sculp­ture made in front of them in real time. Each weekend dur­ing the fes­ti­val, artist teams will cre­ate a sculp­tural piece over two days that re­sponds di­rectly to the Lorne en­vi­ron­ment, while au­di­ences are en­cour­aged to en­gage with the cre­ative process and the artists as they make their cre­ations. The foot­paths of Lorne is where the Main Street Com­mis­sion takes place, a large pub­lic art piece de­signed by Heidi Wood, ex­pat Aus­tralian artist now liv­ing in Paris. lor­nes­culp­ture.com

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