Three words to describe this one: Nom, nom, nom! Spanning over the new year, food, wine, arts and other cool activities come together at Taste of Tasmania. And best of all, you get to sample all of the state’s freshest produce and foods.
If you’re going with the family, there’s lots of stuff for kids too, like cooking classes and jumping castles.
It’s one of the biggest and best in Oz! And it happens all over the east side. This year, artists like Bloc Party and the Hilltop Hoods and even Weird Al Yankovic will feature. Falls Festival destinations include Lorne (VIC), Byron Bay (NSW) and Marion Bay (TAS).
6. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
If you’ve never seen this race in all its watery glory, get your butt to the coast this summer. This iconic race kicks off from various points in Sydney (like Nielsen Park and Shark Island) on Boxing Day and ends near the Castray Esplanade on the River Derwent in Tassie.
Arrive early to get a prime viewing spot, or book yourself a seat on a spectator boat to view the race from the water!
Get your togs on, people! This swimming race is held in the beautiful waters of Rottnest Island in WA (just near Perth) on the first Saturday of December. It’s been going on since 1977, is open to all ages, and now has both 500m and 1600m events.
Don’t be a Santa stickler! Make sure your Aussie summer bucket list includes at least one Christmassy thing. After all, warm summer Christmases are what Australia is all about (remember, a lot of the rest of the world is in winter!). Some suggestions:
Carols in the Domain in Sydney
Myer Christmas Windows in Melbourne
Christmas Parade and Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular in Brisbane
Christmas in the City or Christmas Vintage Ball in Canberra
Santa in the City in Adelaide
9. New Year’s Eve fireworks
No matter where you end up for NYE, don’t skimp on the fireworks action. Scout out your spot and aim to make a day (or night) of it. If you don’t want to face the crowds, choose a place that’s less popular but still lets you see some kind of fireworks.