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

Pic: womadelaide.com.au

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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What’s on in Australia this May

Pic: perthcomedyfest.com.au

If you like a good beer, a full on belly laugh, a long walk and plenty of food and wine check out some of these exciting things happening around Australia this month!! Take a look.

> Perth International Comedy Festival (2-20), Perth, WA
For some good belly laughs in the WA capital visit during the annual comedy festival with 40 events and 140 performances in just 19 days.
Accommodation: Perth

> Celtic Festival (3-6), Glen Innes, NSW
Glen Innes in the NSW hinterland is renowned as the Celtic capital of Australia. The beautiful town puts on a good show with plenty of food, dance, costumes and merriment of a Celtic theme.
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Upcoming events around Australia – March-June 2012

Searching for some fun and excitement? Add these events to your diary for the chance to smell the flowers, partake in some triathlon, get the blues and more around Australia over the coming months…

MARCH

Pic: Mooloolabah Triathlon, http://www.visitedplanet.com

Moooloolabah Triathlon, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
23-25th March
http://www.usmevents.com.au
~ Worlds best triathletes and plenty of locals. There’s also an ocean swim, twilight run and a kids triathlon.

100 Mile Picnic, New South Wales
March 24
Cudgegong River, Mudgee
visitmudgeeregion.com.au
40 wineries, chefs, producers
Yabbie races, cooking demonstrations etc

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Victoria
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Nicholson St, Carlton
March 28 – April 1
Open 9am-5pm daily
melbflowershow.com.au
~ considered one of the top five flower shows in the world. Continue reading

Five warm places to spend winter downunder

In the southern hemisphere the nights and mornings are getting cooler and, if you’re like me, it’s a little tougher getting out of bed! I don’t know about you, but I’m always in search of something warm to do when winter comes around.

So with that in mind here are five really warm places you could spend winter in Australia this year (and in our next blog we’ll do the same for New Zealand):

Wildlife in Kakadu. Pic: Joanne Lane, http://www.visitedplanet.com

1. Go troppo – Darwin, Northern Territory
Darwin is one of the most laid back capitals in Australia. And given it’s usually pretty humid most of the year, the winter really is the best time to go. Take a few days to see the city and experience the history of the town in the WWII and Cyclone Tracey damage, then head out to national parks such as Litchfield and Kakadu. Kakadu needs little introduction – aboriginal rock art, amazing landscapes, plenty of wildlife (including the croc variety) and terrific waterfalls. Litchfield may be less well known but is equally fantastic. It’s still warm enough to swim at the park’s many waterholes and waterfalls and those that have a healthy respect for crocs will be pleased to note it’s safe for swimming. Continue reading

Best places to spend the autumn downunder

Okay so it’s getting a little chilly now in parts of Australia and New Zealand as winter approaches. But that doesn’t mean you should head home just yet! Here’s a few places that are particularly enjoyable at this time of year.

Cairns, Queensland
Up in the top end of the country, the winter onset is much later. And come June it’s also the official end of the stinger season, those nasty and often fatal jellyfish that roam Australian waters and keep you out of the sea, although do note Cairns has stinger nets anyway. There’s an absolute smorgasbord of choice for VIP accommodation in Cairns and any number of activities you could enjoy also. For example you could scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, visit the amazing Daintree Rainforest or enjoy the wonders of the Atherton Tablelands. And most importantly you’ll be warm! Even in winter maximum temperatures are up to 25 and 26 degrees.

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