Aus­tralia cel­e­brates many events through­out the year, from food and wine fes­ti­vals to music and lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals. Here’s a look at some of the events hap­pen­ing be­tween the months of May to Au­gust

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Aus­tralia cel­e­brates many events through­out the year, from food and wine fes­ti­vals to music and lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals. Here’s a look at some of the events hap­pen­ing be­tween the months of May to Au­gust


May to Au­gust is also one of the most hap­pen­ing pe­ri­ods filled with events go­ing on al­most ev­ery­where in Aus­tralia. Wine en­thu­si­asts will want to take note that Na­tional Aussie Wine Month falls in May, and dur­ing this pe­riod of time, vis­i­tors can look for­ward to an ar­ray of wine tast­ing events and they can ex­pect to taste some of the best Aus­tralian wines on of­fer. In the same month, there will also be a show­case of re­gional food and wine, at­tract­ing 50,000 ex­plor­ers ev­ery year, there will be brew­eries, cheese mak­ers and vine­yards be­ing fea­tured, this pro­vides the plat­form for food­ies to ex­plore flavours and pro­duce of the state. www.wineaus­


Blues on Broad­beach, a four-day long show­case held from 19 to 22 May in Queens­land, showcases some of the best blues play­ers from Aus­tralia. Con­sid­ered one of the coun­try’s largest music fes­ti­vals, the event wel­comes vis­i­tors to bask in the cool vibes on the streets or along the Gold Coast. Other music fes­ti­vals not-to-be­missed in­clude Jazz by the Bay – a fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional jazz mu­si­cians and celebri­ties at a va­ri­ety of venues through­out the City of Bus­sel­ton; Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val – set to be held be­tween the months of May and June, the event will fea­ture more than 300 mu­si­cians and com­prise close to100 events – mostly free con­certs, late-night par­ties, gigs, and film screen­ings; and Bass in the Grass – the largest music fes­ti­val in the

North­ern Ter­ri­tory com­pris­ing lo­cal tal­ents and con­tem­po­rary hip hop music. www.blueson­broad­

If you’re headed to the North­ern Ter­ri­tory in June, another event worth at­tend­ing is the Barunga Fes­ti­val, a pre-em­i­nent Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity cul­tural, music and sport­ing event held an­nu­ally just south­east of Kather­ine show­cas­ing re­mote Aus­tralian Indigenous com­mu­nity life us­ing music, sport and cul­ture. www.barun­gafes­ti­


Set to take place in South Aus­tralia in May, Kan­ga­roo Is­land FEASTIVAL is a five-day gas­tro­nomic cel­e­bra­tion fea­tur­ing over 15 ex­tra­or­di­nary din­ing events that in­clude cook­ing dis­plays, com­pe­ti­tions, mar­ket stalls and events around the is­land. www.tourkan­ga­roois­ kifeast­i­val

Food­ies seek­ing even more gas­tro­nomic ad­ven­tures should check out Tast­ing at the

Top, a three-day gourmet event pre­sent­ing the best of Tas­ma­nian pro­duce at Pep­pers Cra­dle Moun­tain Lodge. Also set to hap­pen in May, at­ten­dees can look for­ward to a slew of ac­tiv­i­ties such as cook­ing demon­stra­tions, wine and cheese tast­ings, spa treat­ments, and more. Also tak­ing place in Tas­ma­nia in May, Savour Tas­ma­nia will gather some of the top chefs from across the globe, as they get to­gether to ex­plore lo­cal pro­duce and cre­ate gas­tro­nomic de­lights with the lo­cal chefs. Re­serve your ta­bles early to pre­vent dis­ap­point­ment. www.cradle­moun­tain­

In Victoria, food lovers are in­vited to feast and for­age their way around Victoria’s High Coun­try over 10 days in May at the regionwide High Coun­try Har­vest Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture more than 40 events show­cas­ing din­ners, lunches, high teas, as well as hands-on master classes. www.high­coun­try­har­

For those who would like to ex­pe­ri­ence the Hunter Val­ley life­style through its wines and fresh lo­cal pro­duce, June is a good time to visit New South Wales. From the 1 to 30, vis­i­tors can get up close and per­sonal with iconic Hunter Val­ley wine­mak­ers and chefs at the Wine­maker’s Ta­ble Se­ries, and they

can also cre­ate their own magic at The Ed­i­ble Ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­act­ing with some of the best names in gas­tron­omy, us­ing de­li­cious lo­cal pro­duce. www.hunter­val­leyun­

If you love truf­fles, visit the cap­i­tal city of Aus­tralia be­tween the months of June to Au­gust as that is when the Can­berra and Cap­i­tal Re­gion Truf­fle Fes­ti­val takes place. The eight-week long cel­e­bra­tion of the lo­cal Black Perig­ord Truf­fle will give vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to taste, ex­pe­ri­ence and learn more about the prized truf­fle. www.truf­fle­fes­ti­

Into its sec­ond year, Bris­bane Times Good Food Month, which will take place from July to Au­gust, brings food­ies to­gether to ex­plore the best cafes and restau­rants in Bris­bane. Vis­i­tors can also grab this op­por­tu­nity to get up close with some of the most highly es­teemed chefs in the world. www.bris­bane.good­food­


When lit­er­a­ture comes into mind, we think of the Writ­ers Fes­ti­val in Syd­ney. Set to take place from 16 to 22 May, the fes­ti­val will present more than 300 events with over 400 par­tic­i­pants in a week – ex­pect one en­tire week of in­spir­ing talks, pan­els and per­for­mances.

An an­nual event that takes place be­tween the months of May and June, Vivid Syd­ney al­lows vis­i­tors to see Syd­ney in a sparkling new light. Ex­pect im­mer­sive light in­stal­la­tions and pro­jec­tions, per­for­mances from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians at the famed Opera House, as well as pub­lic talks and de­bates from lead­ing global cre­ative thinkers. www.vividsyd­ Fit­ness en­thu­si­asts should take note of two events – the Aus­tralian Out­back Marathon and the Great Ocean Road Marathon. The for­mer, which is set to take place in July, is a unique run­ning event that al­lows run­ners to en­joy spec­tac­u­lar views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, while the lat­ter is said to be one of the most chal­leng­ing courses of any marathons in the world, and will be held on the 14 and 15 May. www.aus­tralianout­back­

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. aus­

High Coun­try Har­vest Fes­ti­val

Na­tional Aussie Wine Month


The Can­berra and Cap­i­tal Re­gion Truf­fle Fes­ti­val

High Coun­try Har­vest Fes­ti­val

Savour Tas­ma­nia

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Iron­man Aus­tralia

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