Spotlight Events

Are you waiting for that “special reason” to book your dream trip to Australia?  Perhaps some of these fantastic Aussie Events may entice you…

Field of Light at Uluru for a limited timeField of Light
Uluru like we’ve never seen it!

The Field of Light installation and global phenomenon by Bruce Munro is coming to Australia for the first time. This will be the biggest Field of Light installation to date and what makes it’s even more special is that Ululru is the place where Munro found his inspiration.

Location: Uluru, Australia
Dates: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018


Turtle Season On Heron IslandTurtle Season on Heron Island
Hundreds of turtles!

From October to March each year, Heron Island becomes the breeding home to hundreds of Green and Loggerhead turtles. These giants of the sea return to the island some 30 years after they hatched here, continuing the circle of life. Heron Island has a resident population of around 4000 turtles, who live on Heron reef all year, so you can expect to see turtles in the water anytime you visit. In September, even more turtles come back to the island to mate, and nesting usually occurs with the warmer weather in November.

Location: Heron, Island
Dates: October – March


Turtles on Heron IslandTurtle Hatchling Season on Heron Island
See baby turtles!

After the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, it’s not long before the hatchlings emerge from the sand and begin their dash to the ocean. That ‘hatchling season’ generally runs from January through to May.

Location: Heron, Island
Dates: January – May


World Tennis Challenge World Tennis Challenge, 2017
Featuring current stars and legends of tennis!

The World Tennis Challenge is a three night exhibition tournament held in Adelaide as part of the official Emirates Australian Open series. Players compete in the World Tennis Challenge in preparation for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. The World Tennis Challenge is one of Australia’s most innovative exhibition tennis events and attracts over 14,000 spectators each year.

Location: War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, South Australia
Dates: January 10 – 12, 2017


Parkes Elvis FestivalParkes Elvis Festival, 2017
Viva Las Vegas!

The iconic Parkes Elvis Festival is a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley held annually in Parkes, NSW, in the second week of January to coincide with the January 8 birthday of The King.
From Wednesday to Sunday more than 150 events take place at venues in and around Parkes. Now celebrating its 25th year, the Festival attracts headline international and national Elvis tribute artists, and more than 22,000 national and international visitors to Central West NSW.

Location: Parks, New South Wales
Dates: January 11 – 15, 2017


Santos Tour Down UnderSantos Tour Down Under, 2017
An award winning event for the whole family!

As the first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Santos Tour Down Under kicks off the cycling year in exhilarating style. Some of the very best in road cycling have competed at the Santos Tour Down Under during its seventeen-year history. This nine-day event brings top UCI WorldTour professional cycling teams to race on the streets of Adelaide and regional South Australia each January.  In 2016, the Santos Tour Down Under received the award for the Best Sporting Event at the Australian Event Awards.

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Dates: January 14 – 22, 2017


Australia Open TennisAustralia Open, The Grand Slam of Asia Pacific, 2017
Feel it Live!

Witness the drama unfold as the world’s greatest athletes dominate the courts at Melbourne Park and test each other’s skill, determination, courage and endurance. More than mere sporting heroes, the likes of Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, Maria, Victoria and Serena are global superstars, all striving to claim the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season. Every year the Australian Open gets bigger, better, more intense and more breathtaking as these stunning athletes leave nothing to chance in their quest for the ultimate prize.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Dates: January 16 – 29, 2017


The Book of Mormon in MelbourneThe Book of Mormon
Live at the Princess Theatre

In an Australian premiere, The Book of Mormon – the first Broadway Musical by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker – will land in Melbourne in January. Resulting in sell-out seasons wherever it goes, this cheeky musical has already sold out the first month of its Melbourne run. Opens 18 January at the Princess Theatre.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Dates: January 18 – April 16, 2017


Australia DayAustralia Day!
Celebrate with a nation!

Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia.  On Australia Day, half of the nation’s population of 24 million attend either an organized community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends. It’s a great time to visit and join in the celebrations to witness Australian patriotism and culture.

Location: Across the nation
Dates: January 26, 2017


Gay and Lesbian Mardi GrasGay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017
Creating Equality!

Sydney Mardi Gras is the world’s most joyous and spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride. Sydney Mardi Gras attracts over 20,000 interstate and international visitors each year, who enjoy a diverse and exciting line-up of events as well as soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the iconic surroundings of Sydney and New South Wales.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Dates: February 17 – March 5, 2017


White Night MelbourneWhite Night Melbourne 2017
A Celebrated Cultural Event!

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, White Night Melbourne is an all-night, free cultural event that offers a mix of free and ticketed entertainment including visual art, spectacular illuminations, music, theatre, special dining experiences, film, design and performances.  Melbourne’s creative industries will rule the night, with artists taking over city streets, major cultural institutions, public spaces, gardens, landmark buildings and laneways in a celebration of the city for twelve hours.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Dates: February 18, 2017


Gift and Trade Fair SydneyReeds Gift Fair
Australia’s Biggest Buying Experience!

Held at the world-class ICC Sydney positioned in the heart of Darling Harbour, Sydney February is by far the biggest event in NSW, offering you the opportunity to reach hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their next best seller.

Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: February 18 – 22, 2017


Airshow 2017 MelbourneAustralian International Airshow – 2017
Air Power in Action!

The thrust and grunt of the latest military heavy metal will take centre stage at AIRSHOW 2017.The stars of the show will be state-of-the-art jet fighters, bombers and giant heavy lift leviathans from home and abroad. See them so close you could almost touch them. Shudder to the roar of their mighty jet turbines as they perform high octane routines and simulated combat manoeuvres. Marvel as swarms of attack helicopters join in the fray. AIRSHOW 2017 will feature the raw potency and power of modern military aviation. It will deliver air power in action via a totally unforgettable series of flying displays.

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Dates: March 3- 5, 2017


A Moveable FeastA Moveable Feast
The world’s biggest beach dinner party!

Bondi Beach will celebrate the end of summer with a gourmet, eight-course picnic feast in partnership with acclaimed Australian Restaurateur Luke Mangan. A Moveable Feast will be held on March 11, 2017 and will include a performance from a world renowned singer/songwriter still to be announced.
Location: Bondi Beach, New South Wales
Dates: March 11, 2017


Opera on the HarbourHanda Opera on Sydney Harbour – 2017
A complete night’s entertainment under the summer sky!

Carmen stamps her feet, tosses back her hair and draws you into her world. Men fall instantly under her spell, and once you’ve heard her sultry Habanera, you’ll fall for opera’s favourite femme fatale, too.  See Carmen live on Sydney Harbour!

This unforgettable event includes Sydney’s iconic skyline as its backdrop. Arrive by water taxi, drink and dine in style at the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in the tiered seats to take in the drama.  Fireworks are worked into every show!  In 2016, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Turandot: a story of a death-marked love told with salt in the air, light on the sails and the city skyline reflected in your glass.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Dates: March 24 – April 23, 2017


sydney family showSydney Family Show
Great family fun!

Put on a smile, but prepare to be grinning after you see all the excitement the Sydney Family Show has in store for you!
From cheering on the racing pigs, to enjoying the free Looney Tunes stage show, and meeting the life-size stars of the hit movie, Cars, in the Disney Zone, there will definitely be something for everyone! Don’t forget the numerous show bags to choose from and many delicious treats to fulfil your appetite. Plus, the best thing is, it’s free entry, that’s right, free! Grab the kids and prepare yourselves for a fun-filled family day at the show!

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Dates: April 2 – 23, 2017


Sydney Royal Easter ShowSydney Royal Easter Show
A classic Australian ‘county fair’!

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is a celebration of Australian culture, from our rural traditions to our modern day lifestyles, providing unique experiences for everyone. Every Easter, the country and city join together at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, for fourteen days of agricultural competitions, animal experiences, live entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Dates: April 6 – 19, 2017


Tjungu FestivalTjungu Festival
An amazing cultural experience!

Tjungu, (pronounced tjoo-ngoo), means meeting together in local Anangu language and will celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture. In 2017 we will see some of our most popular artists and ambassadors back by popular demand. These personalities will be joined by a host of emerging and established Indigenous performers, sporting heroes, and artists, with this year’s focus on even more local performers from the Anangu people, and the surrounding lands.

Location: Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory
Dates: April 22 – 25, 2017


Port Douglas CarnivalePort Douglas Carnivale 2017
Join the party in paradise!

Showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland from local food and wines, to talented musicians and friendly, family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse events.

Location: Port Douglas, Queensland
Dates: May 26 – 28, 2017


Uluru Camel CupUluru Camel Cup
Good old fashion outback fun!

Mulit-award winning Uluru Camel Cup is a must do on every travelers list. Two days of outback fun beginning on Friday night with a lively Calcutta where you will get the chance to bid on your favorite Camel, but be WARNED they are hot property!

Location: Uluru, Northern Territory
Dates: May 26 – 27, 2017


Southern right whale watchingSouthern Right Whales off the Coast of Warrnambool
Watch from the dunes of Logans Beach, Victoria’s southern right whale nursery!

Come within 100 metres of these beautiful mammals as they swim close to the shore and can be seen from a specially constructed viewing platform. See female southern right whales return to the nursery for many weeks, to calve and allow the young to feed gathering strength for their journey back to the sub-Antarctic waters. The males, yearlings and young adults remain further out to sea.

Location: Warrnambool, Victoria
Dates: Between June and October


Wine lovers will love to visit Australia in May

Aussie Wine Month
Grape fun!

Aussie Wine Month puts the fun into exploring the country’s fine wine and food. With events unfolding around Australia, including vineyard concerts and bicycle tours of wine regions, visitors can head off the beaten track or let the wine come to them at a major city event.  It’s Australia’s biggest celebration for wine-lovers with over 150 wine related events around the country.  For the best experience start in South Australia, Australia’s largest wine producer, then head north to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for other amazing wine events.

 

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Location: Across Australia
Dates: May 1st through May 31st 2017


Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney features many of the world's most important creative industry forums

Vivid Sydney
Sydney at its brightest!

Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerizing free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program.

Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect.

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Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: May 26 – June 17, 2017


Humpback Whale Watching SeasonWhale Watching Season on Phillip Island
Choose from a range of Whale Watching options.

Visit Phillip Island between May and September for the chance to see humpback whales, southern right whales and orcas as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off Queensland for calving. Watch them from land, sea or sky!

Location: Phillip Island, Victoria
Dates: Between May and September


Whale Watching Season AustraliaWhale Watching Season
An amazing experience!

Autumn in Australia means whales! Humpbacks and Orcas migrate north the Antarctic up to the warm waters of Australia to give birth to their young. When their babies grow a bit, they go back to Antarctic, where mating and feeding then takes place. The whale migration in Australia begins late May and runs through till the month of November, with June to November tagged as the whale watching season in Australia. During these times, many people from all around the world are very excited to be visiting the different whale watching destinations in this beautiful island continent and to experience one of their whale watching tours.

Location: Australia
Dates: Between June and November


Uluru Wellness RetreatUluru Wellness Retreat
A memorable & reinvigorating escape!

This transformational weekend, hosted by popular life change facilitator Peter Bliss, will empower participants to manage their emotions and master their mind with practical mindfulness workshops, silence survival strategies, intuition and intention tips, magical Qigong workshops, and guided meditations to enhance their lives.

Location: Ayers Rock Resort, Northern Territory
Dates: September 8 – 14, 2017


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