What’s on downunder over summer

The summer is heating up in Australia and so are the events. Here’s some that are happening in the next few months.


Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Blowing kisses, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Sydney Festival (Jan 5 – 27)
It’s already begun but there’s still time to catch more than 1,000 performances happening in the city include song, dance and DJ.

Flickerfest (Jan 11 – 20)
The nation’s short-film festival Flickerfest brings fun and excitement to a superb setting on Bondi Beach with domestic and international productions.

Tamworth Country Music Festival (Jan 18 – 27)
This country town, 420 clicks north of Sydney, boasts belts, buckles, boots and jeans every January when bluegrass, rock, folk and country singers come to town.

Sydney Mardis Gras (Feb 12 – Mar 4)
This is the 35th year of the Sydney Mardis Gras and it’s going to be a big one. The event celebrates gay and lesbian culture in a number of events including dance parties, music and the parade of floats, glam and glitter through the CBD.


Breaka Burleigh Pro 2013 (Feb 8 – 12)
See the world’s best surfers at Burleigh on the Gold Coast.

World Theatre Festival (Feb 13 – 24)
The world’s best theatre comes to Brisbane in February with acts from Europe, Asia and the United States, plus some locally grown options as well.

Fraser Coast Cultural Festival (Mar 7 – 24)
Celebrating all things Queensland, this event in Hervey Bay has costumes, cuisine, dance, music, markets, street theatre and movies.


Australian Open Tennis (Jan 14 – 27)
The first grand slam of the year brings the world’s best tennis players to Melbourne. See your favourites like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams here.

St. Kilda Festival (Feb 2 – 10)
Don’t beat this bash in the beachside suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne. Entertainment includes indigenous arts and music event and “Live and Local” where performers take over local haunts.


MONA FOMA (Jan 16 – 20)
This Hobart event features contemporary music and this year will include David Byrne and St. Vincent, Elvis Costello and the Imposters and Death Grips.

Festivale (Feb 8 – 10)
Held in City Park, Launceston this event features Tassie’s many offerings like food, wine, beer and arts.


Traveling Film Festival (Feb 7 – 10)
This annual event hits Darwin in early February with a variety of feature length and short films.

Daly Waters Pub Outback B and S Ball (Mar 29 – 1 April)
Get out your stockings and heels, the legendary Batchelor and Spinster Ball will hit Daly Waters on the Easter long weekend.


Australia Day (Jan 25 – 26)
While there are Australia Day services all around the country, Canberra is the home of government in Australia and so celebrations are extra large and extra special. On the 25th there is Australia Celebrates Live with entertainment celebrating things about Australia. On the 26th there’s the Great Aussie Day Breakfast and later fireworks light up the skies along Lake Burley Griffin.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular (March 9 – 17)
The lawns of Old Parliament House get an influx of movement and colour for a week every march with giant balloons taking to the sky.


Perth International Arts Festival (Feb 8 – Mar 2)
More than 500 artists are expected in the packed program this year. Here you’ll see anything from circus and theatre to film, writers and choirs.


Adelaide Fringe (Feb 15 – Mar 17)
The Adelaide Fringe takes over the entire city and is one of Australia’s best events. Nine hundred performances of circus, comedy and cabaret are hosted in theatres, galleries and other venues.

WOMADelaide (Mar 8 – 11)
If you visit during the Fringe you’ll also catch the world music events of WOMADelaide

Adelaide Festival (Mar 1 – 17)
Dance and visual arts performances also happen here during March.

Got an event to add? Write in and let us know.


Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com


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