Australian and New Zealand autumn festivals

The coming of March marks the shift to autumn in Australia and New Zealand and while that means summer fun is over, the festivities will continue. Autumn is an excellent period of events, music concerts and festivity. Here are some of the key events over the next three months to look out for.

Feel free to add your event to the list in the comment section below.

March

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Pic: womadelaide.com.au

> WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia (7-10)
The World of Music, Arts and Dance has been going over thirty years and still is one of Australia’s best loved outdoor festivals. For four days there are performances and workshops on various stages by musicians, DJs and dancers, plus plenty of good food, environmental discussion and good vibes.
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Latest newsletter now online: 10 pumping New Year’s Eve destinations

If you haven’t worked out what to do for New Year’s Eve this year then you should check out our latest newsletter with 10 locations ideas for fireworks, party and a pumping good time. Here’s some excerpts:

MELBOURNE

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Everyone knows about the Sydney fireworks spectacular that we’ve featured in previous New Years party lists, but what about near neighbour Melbourne? Melbourne loves to party just as much as Sydney and over New Year it comes alive with all the music, fireworks and entertainment you could wish for. Places to head to include Federation Square, Yarra Park, Southbank, Docklands, Flagstaff and Treasury. At Fed Square there’s a huge concert from 8pm until late, there’s a beach party at Docklands and other huge parties at Riverside. There are simply so many places to go. Check out sites such as www.facebook.com/nyemelb and www.thatsmelbourne.com.au to plan your assault.
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It’s time for the movies: open air cinemas around Australia

Every summer Australia’s cities come alive with open air cinemas that utilise the balmy night temperatures at feature locations around the country. If you fancy seeing your favourite movie at a key location overlooking the Brisbane river, Sydney harbour or Melbourne’s St Kilda beach, this kind of cinema might just be your thing.

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Pic: stgeorgeopenair.com.au

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10 ways to join the Melbourne Cup madness

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Pic: melbournecup.com

If you don’t know what the Melbourne Cup is and you are currently in Australia you’re in for a rude shock on Tuesday 5 November at 3pm. That’s because everyone from work places to shoppers in the city malls will disappear to watch the telly when the clock strikes the hour. Weird? Well yes and no. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest horserace and it is so widely followed it’s been called “the race that stops the nation” because it literally does. It started in 1861 and now has such a huge following that even celebrities regularly turn up to watch the races trackside at Flemington and join in the action.
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Tour Australia with the Ashes

The Commonwealth Bank Ashes Series is coming to Australia between November 2013 and January 2014. With tests in six different cities, touring with the Ashes offers the traveller a fantastic way to explore the country while enjoying prime sporting action. Here’s your guide to adventure with details of the schedule, the cities and places to stay..

Brisbane
November brings cricket action to Brisbane which is an excellent time to make the most of the city’s main attractions: Southbank Parklands with its incredible man-made beach, numerous walking and biking tracks, and access to the beautiful islands of Moreton Bay.. VIP Backpackers has plenty of central accommodation that isn’t too far from The Gabba, Brisbane’s hallowed cricket grounds. We also have an array of tours on offer including river cruises, abseiling, bike hire and more.
Dates: Thursday 21 – 25 November 2013 Australia V England; The Gabba, Brisbane
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