The Australian calendar is packed, and there is a lot for you to look at, taste, listen to, drink, and enjoy, no matter when your visit may be. From festivals celebrating food and wine, to some excellent sporting activities, amazing art exhibitions, cutting edge international film and comedy festivals to some of the world’s best live music, there is no shortage of hip and happening events for you to choose from. This article outlines some top picks.
Melbourne is known as the foodie-capital of Australia, and the Taste of Melbourne festival gives you the very best of all of it. It is spread over four days, from the end of November to the beginning of December this year, and has the hottest restaurants crafting between three and four bite-sized dishes, allowing you to sample what’s on offer without filling up too quickly.
Taste of Melbourne is perfect if you don’t have the time or the money to try out every top restaurant in town, as it gives you a little bit of everything, and you’re sure to walk away satisfied. Also, it’s held during the spring time, it takes place in the great outdoors, and there’s wine!
The high point of Caulfield horse racing is the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, which is also held in spring, October, and extends over three days. The magnificent racing, along with some fun Caulfield Cup betting, goes from the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, to the Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes Day, and culminates in the BMW Caulfield Cup Day, where you can enjoy one of the world’s greatest handicap races.
The state of Victoria is passionate about the art world, and evidence of its celebration is everywhere, ranging from big galleries and famous regional exhibition spaces to community festivals and local artists who hold open studio events. There is creativity at every turn in Victoria, and some of the country’s best works are viewable at the National Gallery. This is a great activity for rainy days, and ideal for whiling away hours indoors.
The Melbourne International Film Festival is a world-famous event, and you will be spoilt for choice should you make the time to pay it a visit. It was held in August this year, and hundreds of films are on offer over the 17 days the festival extends over. It has been going strong since 1952, happily enjoying its status as one of the world’s oldest film festivals.
If your trip is over the month of February, be sure and get to the National Multicultural Festival Canberra, which takes place in the Australian Capital Territory over this time. You will be invited to eat, drink, laugh, and dance your way around the various different traditions of the world, all celebrated and enjoyed by those who attend. You can look forward to lilting live music, crazy comedy, passionate performance art, fabulous food and wine stalls, stunning street parties, and much more!
A little planning will take you a long way, and ensure that you get the very best of your next trip Down Under.