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Major Festivals and Events in Australia

January

New South Wales

Victoria

South Australia

Western Australia

Tasmania

February

New South Wales

South Australia

Western Australia

Tasmania

  • Devenport Food & Wine Festival

March

New South Wales

Victoria

South Australia

  • Kapunda Celtic Music Festival
  • Tununda Essenfest
  • Barossa Valley Vintage Festival (Easter odd-numbered years)

Tasmania

  • Devonport Regatta
  • Launceston Night in the Gorge

April

New South Wales

  • Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival / Golden Slipper
  • Tumut Festival of the Faling Leaf

Victoria

  • Castlemaine State Festival (biennial)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Bright Autumn Festival

Queensland

  • Mt Isa Country Music Festival
  • Winton Waltzing Matilda Festival
  • Queensland Winter Racing Carnival (continues into June)

South Australia

  • Australian Festival for Young People, Adelaide (odd-numbered years)

Western Australia

  • Albany Festival

Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs Cup Carnival (horse racing)
  • Tennant Creek Rodeo
  • Pine Creek Rodeo and Races

May

South Australia

  • Adelaide Cup Racing Carnival
  • Kernewek Lowender (odd-numbered years)

Tasmania

  • Richmond Harvest Festival

Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs Bangtail Muster
  • Tennant Creek Cup Day
  • Katherine Country Music Muster
  • The Arafura Games (biennial sporting festival)
  • Back to the never Never Festival (Mataranka)

June

National

  • National Rugby League State of Origin

Victoria

  • Echuca Steam, Horse and Vintage Car Rally

Northern Territory

  • Katherine Barunga Sport & Cultural Festival

July

National

New South Wales

  • Lightning Ridge Opal & Gem Festival

Queensland

  • Rainbow Beach Fishing Classic
  • Townsville Australian Festival of Chamber Music

South Australia

  • Willunga Almond Blossom Festival

Western Australia

  • Derby Boab Festival
  • Exmouth Exmo Week

Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs Camel Cup
  • Darwin Agricultural Show
  • Darwin International Guitar Festival (odd-numbered years)

August

New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

Western Australia

  • Broome Festival of the Pearl Shinju Matsuri
  • Carnarvon Arts Festival
  • Karratha FeNaCLNG Festival (Fe[Iron]NaCl[Salt]NG[Natural Gas])
  • Newman Fortescue Festival
  • Tom Price Nameless Festival
  • Wyndham Top of the West Festival

Northern Territory

September

New South Wales

Victoria

Queensland

Western Australia

Northern Territory

October

New South Wales

  • Bathurst 1000 Car Races
  • Grafton Jacaranda Festival
  • Golburn Lilac City Festival
  • Forster Oyster Festival
  • Newcastle Mattara Festival

Victoria

  • Australian 500cc Motorcycle grand Prix, Phillip Island
  • Euroa Wool Week
  • Melbourne Festival of the Arts
  • Spring Racing Carnival (continues into November)

Queensland

  • Bundaberg Arts Festival
  • Cairns Reef Festival
  • Gympie Gold Rush Festival
  • Ipswich Jacaranda Festival
  • Rockhampton Arts in the Park

South Australia

  • Barossa Music Festival
  • Coober Pedy Horse Races
  • Victor Harbor Folk & Music Festival

Western Australia

  • Geraldton Sunshine Festival

Tasmania

  • Burnie Rhododendron Festival
  • Royal Hobart Agricultural Show
  • Launceston Garden Festival

Northern Territory

  • Alice Springs Henley-on-Todd Regatta

November

New South Wales

  • Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
  • Glen Innes Land of the Beardies Bush Festival

Victoria

  • Benalla Rose Festival
  • Mansfield Mountain Country Festival
  • Melbourne Cup Horse Races

Queensland

South Australia

  • Adelaide Christmas Pageant

Western Australia

  • Festival Fremantle
  • Margaret River Wine Region Festival
  • Leavers Week

Tasmania

  • Deloraine Tasmanian Craft Fair

Northern Territory

  • Corkwood Festival

December

  • Sydney to Hobart Yact Race

Queensland

  • Woodford Folk Festival

South Australia

  • Proclamation Day

Tasmania

  • Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

National

  • New Year's Eve Celebrations