Amateur cricketers compete for legendary status on 58 playing fields at this friendly event.
Charters Towers, www.goldfieldashes.com.au
GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Jan 20- 22
Learn top gardening tips during a three-day food and floral bonanza with exquisite sub-tropical ornamental gingers and heliconias, workshops, cooking demonstrations, live performances and a mega plant sale.
AUSTRALIA DAY AT AUSSIE WORLD
Enjoy true-blue red-blooded Aussie action with dunny races, a tug of war, mullet tossing plus great Aussie food, live classic rock in the air-conditioned shed decorated in all things Aussie!
AUSTRALIA DAY AT THE WOOLSHED
Pay your respects with a flag raising ceremony, and enjoy barbecue, damper making classes, cricket, whip-cracking demonstrations, lamingtons, scones with jam and cream and, of course, pavlova.
Jondaryan, (07) 4692 2229, www.jondaryanwoolshed.com.au
NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT
THE GREAT EASTERN FLY-IN
Check out the latest in aircraft, air displays, and take to the skies in this unique aviation event, which brings together pilots from all corners of the country.
Evans Head, www.greateasternflyin.com
KOSCIUSZKO CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Celebrate the art of craft beer poolside, with brewing demonstration, home brew competition, cheese and beer matching, ales and tales degustation dinner.
WALCHA GOLDEN GATE CAMPDRAFT
Riders muster livestock competitively amid festivities with trade exhibitors, food stalls and a full bar. Also featuring a ringers’ challenge, kids’ events and working cattle dog campdraft and a steer ride.
Walcha Showground, Walcha, www.walchansw.com.au
Jan 14 Enjoy a family-friendly country show with a full day equestrian program, woodchop events, free kids entertainment, pig races, pavilion exhibits, the coveted Pambula Oyster competition plus more.
KOROIT LAKE SCHOOL
Craic it up as more than 35 artists descend upon the coastal town of Koroit to share their love and knowledge of traditional Irish music and dance, with tuition and play sessions and live performance.
LORNE PIER TO PUB
Cheer on swimmers race 1.2km from the Lorne Pier to Pub amid festivities celebrating this iconic event.
Lorne, (03) 5289 1724, www.lornesurfclub.com.au/Content/PierToPub
FRANKSTON WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Enjoy two exciting days full of live music, great food, beach and water sports, markets, wine, cider and craft beer as Frankston’s biggest summer festival on the waterfront returns.
Frankston Waterfront, www.frankston.vic.gov.au
FALLS CREEK DRAGON BOAT REGATTA
Watch long standing rival teams battle it on the Rocky Valley Lake out from its idyllic grassy banks.
Falls Creek, (03) 5758 1200, www.fallscreek.com.au/events/falls-creek-dragon-boat-regatta
BEER LOVERS WEEK
Meet the brewers, enjoy beer-food matched dinners, trivia nights, “tap takeovers”, beer breakfasts and a beer-inspired art competition in a week-long ale fest.
Various venues, Tasmania-wide, www.beerloversweek.com
CYGNET FOLK FESTIVAL
The pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets of Cygnet will come alive with music as local and international folk artists take to the open-air stage.
MONA FOMA – MOFO
Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes will curate the three day music and art festival held in venues throughout the city on behalf of the Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art.
Try your hand at archery, whip cracking, sheaf tossing, egg throwing and the hurdy-gurdy ahead fo the headline event where ferrets scamper through pipe emerge hay bale obstacle course.
SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER
Watch the top cyclists perform in a world class event along SA spectacular beaches, wine regions and rural communities with Cadel Evans and Marcel Kittel among the competition elite. www.tourdownunder.com.au
SOUNDS BY THE RIVER
John Farnham, James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Shannon Noll, Ross Wilson, Days of Late and Taxiride culminate a ‘who’s who’ of Aussie rock at the beautiful Mary Ann Reserve.
Mannum, email@example.com, www.soundsbytheriver.com.au
Enjoy the action packed annual World Championship Tuna Toss, browse the stalls, taste the region’s best seafood and partake in a variety of activities and competitions.
Port Lincoln, (08) 8682 1300, www.tunarama.net
KINGS SPRINT CAR CHALLENGE
Enjoy fast-paced action with local and US sprint car racers competing for $10,000 in prize money across four nights of racing, culminating in the Grand Annual Sprint-Car Classic.
Mount Gambier, www.borderlinespeedway.com
SHAKESPEARE IN THE VINES
From Jan 6
Essential Theatre marks the 15th anniversary of the annual Shakespeare in the Vines with touring performances of Much Ado about Nothing coming to a winery near you.
Various venues, Perth-Margaret River, www.essentialtheatre.com.au
LANCELIN OCEAN CLASSICS
World-class amateur and professional windsurfers ride the waves in a 25km race starting from Ledge Point to Lancelin.
FRINGE WORLD FESTIVAL
Break for the norm with 31 days of festivities celebrating the best of Perth’s fringe including circus performance, free family entertainment, music, theatre and visual arts throughout the city.
Perth, various venues, www.fringeworld.com.au
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CIRCUS FESTIVAL
Local and international artists will perform circus, comedy and cabaret shows in this festival’s 10th annual showing. With a children’s big top, workshops and stalls, Australia’s longest high wire walk plus a late night, adults-only cabaret!
HOTTEST 7’S IN THE WORLD
Enjoy first class rugby union as local, overseas and interstate seven-side teams vie a slice of the $65,000 prize pool at Rugby Park Marrara.
Darwin, (08) 8945 1444, www.hottest7s.com
FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CATTLE STATION TOUR
Come and experience the workings of an outback cattle station with sensational views of the McDonnell Ranges.
Undoolya Station, www.outbackquadadventures.com.au
FIELD OF LIGHT
Marvel at artist Bruce Munro’s 50,000 stems crowned with frosted-glass installation as it illuminates Australia’s spiritual heartland after dark.
Ayres Rock Resort, www.ayersrockresort.com.au