Whale of a time
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, CLARE VALLEY FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
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
NINGALOO WHALESHARK FESTIVAL, EXMOUTH MAY 23-25
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
38TH HISTORIC WINTON, WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY, BENALLA MAY 25-26
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