Whale of a time

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

Whether it’s art, food and wine or a dash of speed, there’s

plenty on of­fer at fes­ti­vals around the coun­try

Euro­bo­dalla re­gion is one of the best. A pro­gram of live mu­sic, theatre, film, vis­ual arts and po­etry from one end of the shire to the other fills out an ac­tion­packed treat for the senses over the 10 days.

It all kicks off on open­ing night with the Djaad­jawan Dancers, live mu­sic from the Deep River Choir and a pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion ex­hi­bi­tion. Through­out the fes­ti­val there is an Art on Pa­rade com­po­nent, great mu­sic, crafts, work­shops, lit­er­a­ture events and more. More: rivero­fart.com.au


THE Clare Val­ley Gourmet Weekend turns 30 this year and there are plenty of ways to get the party pump­ing with scrump­tious food and de­li­cious wines on of­fer in beau­ti­ful sur­rounds.

This an­nual weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Aus­tralia and cel­e­brates the end of vin­tage each year with the re­gion’s award-win­ning wine and food.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is en­riched with live mu­sic and friendly faces of coun­try South Aus­tralia. And what bet­ter back­drop than Clare Val­ley? More: clareval­ley­wine­mak­ers .com.au


BE­TWEEN April and July each year, thou­sands of whale sharks de­scend upon the trop­i­cal wa­ters of Nin­ga­loo Reef, en­abling vis­i­tors to come face to face with these fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures, but there’s no bet­ter time to visit than for the Nin­ga­loo Whale­shark Fes­ti­val.

Fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude a fun run, float pa­rade, bands, aerial, cir­cus and fire shows, a fam­ily movie night and chil­dren’s beach games, as well as art ex­hi­bi­tions.

The Gala Fes­ti­val Open­ing at the Novo­tel Nin­ga­loo Re­sort on the Fri­day night will see cabaret com­edy act Grace Barbe Afro-Kreol and the Doogans en­ter­tain, while Ti­juana Car­tel, Huge Mag­net and New Sound­land bring Grace’s Tav­ern to life on the Satur­day night.

There’s loads more to en­joy on the Satur­day at Talan­jee Oval while Sun­day is the big day out at Nin­ga­loo Reef, when there will be the chance to swim with the whale sharks, the big­gest fish in the sea. On Sun­day af­ter­noon, the fes­ti­val continues with a fam­ily day at Town Beach with beach games, a sand sculpt­ing work­shop, food stalls, a bar and evening en­ter­tain­ment. More: ninga­loowhale­shark fes­ti­val.com


CAR lovers unite for Aus­tralia’s largest and most pop­u­lar all­his­toric mo­tor race meet­ing each year. Pro­duced by the Austin 7 Club with the His­toric Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the weekend in late May fea­tures non-stop rac­ing with more than 400 his­toric rac­ing cars and mo­tor­bikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Some of the big cel­e­bra­tions this year in­clude 110 years of His­pano Suiza, Rolls-Royce, Rover and Cross­ley and 100 years of Dodge, Willys-Knight, As­ton Martin and Maserati among many more decade mile­stones.

His­toric Win­ton high­lights in­clude Shan­nons Clas­sic Car Park, fea­tur­ing car and bike club dis­plays, spec­ta­tor ac­cess to the Com­pe­ti­tion Pad­dock with old rac­ing ma­chines on open dis­play, Bub­ble Cars, In­dian Mo­tor­bikes and Pen­rite AGP Aussie Spe­cials.

The Sun­day en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a Clas­sic Car Show, where pun­ters can check out vet­eran and vin­tage, sports and clas­sics, hot rods and cus­toms, street ma­chines and mo­tor­bikes. There are also his­toric commercial ve­hi­cles and a his­toric mo­tor­bike dis­play show­cas­ing side­car out­fits. More his­toricwin­ton.org

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