Top Choice Music in Victoria

Golden Plains

Three-day outdoor music festival held over the Labour Day long weekend in March, just outside the town of Meredith (1½ hours' drive from Melbourne). Free camping, BYO booze (no glass) and numbers kept to a comfortab…
Top Choice Music in Port Fairy

Port Fairy Folk Festival

Australia’s premier folk-music festival is held on the Labour Day long weekend in March. It includes an excellent mix of international and national acts, while the streets are abuzz with buskers. Accommodation can b…
Top Choice Wine in Rutherglen

Winery Walkabout Weekend

Australia’s original wine festival, this huge events attracts 25,000 revellers to town for a weekend of merriment including music, barrel racing, food vans and probably some wine.
Top Choice Food & Drink in Rutherglen

Tastes of Rutherglen

A weekend of indulgence, this massive celebration of food and wine is held at dozens of vineyards and restaurants. There's a hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus linking the wineries.
Top Choice Literature in Clunes

Clunes Booktown Festival

Held over the first weekend of May is Clunes' annual literary festival, which brings nearly 20,000 book lovers into town.
Top Choice Cultural in City Centre

Chinese New Year

The lunar new year goes off with a bang in Chinatown, where the world's biggest processional dragon rules the streets.
Sports in Melbourne

Melbourne Cup

Culminating in the prestigious Melbourne Cup, the Spring Racing Carnival is as much a social event as a sporting one. The Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November, is a public holiday in Melbourne.
Cultural in Bendigo

Vesak Festival of Light

Held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is this annual festival celebrating Buddha's birthday, culminating in a spectacular light show and fireworks display. During the day there are tours of the stupa, medi…
Surfing in Bells Beach & Point Addis

Rip Curl Pro

Since 1973, Bells has hosted the Rip Curl Pro every Easter long weekend. The world championship ASP tour event draws thousands to watch the world’s best surfers carve up the big autumn swells, where waves have reach…
Art in Mornington Peninsula

Frankston Sand Sculpting

Pretty much the only reason to stop by Frankston is this blockbuster sand-sculpture festival that runs from Boxing Day to Anzac Day (April 26th). Some 3500 tonnes of sand are used to create impressively detailed san…