Australia festivals and events
Margaret River Wine Festival
The Margaret River wine region is a very special place. Known as the Cape region of the south west, it seduces travellers with life_s simple pleasures. Peace and quiet, award-winning wines, fine food, pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, and a slow and easy lifestyle, it whispers for us to relax, unwind and enjoy.
One of the most perfect introductions to the area is the annual Margaret River Wine Festival – it caters for all tastes so th here is plenty for everyone to see and do.
Whether you_re a dedicated wine buff or just enjoy lying under a huge gum tree sipping exceptional wine, nibbling on fresh delicacies prepared from the region_s finest produce or listening to a jazz band pump out its rhythms, you_ll be captivated.
The festival features more than 70 different events in which to immerse yourself – mellow music on the lawns of the wineries, art exhibitions, cooking classes, street parties, bonfires, bush poetry, mad-cap wi ine barrel racing, late night music venues and much more.
Prepare yourself for indulgence in gastronomic delights at world-class wineries and the gourmet vineyard restaurants. Responsible for over one per cent of Australia_s wine but more than 20 per cent of Au
Boutique beer breweries, exquisite cheese products, jams and condiment producers, marron (freshwater crayfish) farms, olive groves and even chocolate and fudge factories add to the gourmet experience.
Australia Day, Sydney
Australians love a celebration and you_ll never see a party quite like an Australia Day in Sydney. Australia_s national day, which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, is the largest one-day event in New South Wales.
The city is abuzz with festivity. Hundreds of thousands of spectators pack the harbour foreshore throughout the entire day to watch all the favourite annual events – the Ferrython, the Tall Ships Race, the Flags Afloat Pa arade among others.
Ferries decorated in flags, banners and streamers dashing up the harbour towards the finish line under Sydney Harbour Bridge are quite a sight to see. The Australia Day Regatta, the oldest sailing regatta in the world, held every year since 1837, is another famous tradition.
The excitement continues on land. Head to Hyde Park for the acclaimed Great Australian Bite Gourmet Food and Wine Fair and concerts. You can even witness the emotional Citizenship Ceremony by the Lord Ma
Darling Harbour is another centre for festivities. There_s a spectacular food and wine fair at Tumbalong Park, live concerts at the Aquashell and a thrilling waterskiing extravaganza at Cockle Bay.
Sydney_s top cultural institutions such as The Mint, Reserve Bank and the Australian Museum also open their doors with special exhibitions and performance programs.
And to conclude the day, you_ll see Sydney_s skies light up with spectacular fireworks over Darling Harbour and Sydney Harbour – a perfect finale to Australia_s national day.
Australia carnivals and parades
Melbourne Moomba Festival
One of Melbourne_s most famous and longest running festivals is the Melbourne Moomba Festival. Named after an Aboriginal word, Moomba means _Let_s get together and have fun_.
Moomba is a non-stop citywide fete amid food, performances, and events that attracts some 1.5 million people each year. From riveting and spellbinding physical and street theatre to top live music acts from around the country and beyond, the event brings together some of the best performers and entertainers both locally and internationally.
Don_t miss the Street Party where Swanston Street comes alive with dance, music, puppets and children_s activities. The Garden Party offers entertainment for all ages – music, food, craft stalls, workshops and activities for ch
Trams on Parade is an exciting highlight of Moomba. See these well-loved icons of Melbourne, dressed like you_ve never seen them before. City Square After Dark promises breathtaking shows in the City Square that will delight the senses, while the spectacular River of Light sees the Yarra River explode with light and colour.
Melburnians love Moomba – and now it_s even more an event to remember as it moves into the 21st century. The event promises plenty of free fun in the city featuring the best performers and entertainers from Melbourne and around the world.
Moomba remains an essential and treasured part of Melbourne – and is an event not to be missed!