Events

Top Choice Food & Drink in Hobart

Taste of Tasmania

On either side of New Year’s Eve, this week-long harbourside event is a celebration of Tassie’s gastronomic prowess. The seafood, wines and cheeses are predictably fab, or branch out into mushrooms, truffles, raspbe…
Top Choice Art in Hobart

Dark MOFO

The sinister sister of MONA FOMA, Dark MOFO broods in the half-light of June's winter solstice. Expect live music, installations, readings, film noir, bonfires, red wine and midnight feasts, all mainlining Tasmania'…
Top Choice Sports in Birdsville

Birdsville Cup

During the first weekend in September, the annual Birdsville Cup horse races draw up to 7000 fans from all over the country to drink, dance and punt on the horses for three dusty days. Parking is free for all light …
Top Choice Sports in Hobart

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Maxi-yachts competing in the world's most gruelling open-ocean race start arriving in Hobart around 29 December – just in time for New Year’s Eve! (Yachties sure can party…)
Top Choice Cultural in Auckland

Pasifika Festival

Western Springs Park hosts this giant Polynesian party with cultural performances, food and craft stalls; held over a weekend in early to mid-March.
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 Cultural in Deniliquin

Deniliquin Ute Muster

Held on the NSW Labour Day long weekend, the muster attracts people (and their utes) from across the country. Events include a rodeo, chainsaw sculpting, wood chopping, helicopter rides and kids' activities. The fes…
Top Choice Fireworks in Sydney

New Year's Eve

The biggest party of the year, with flamboyant firework displays on the harbour. There's a family-friendly display at 9pm then the main event at midnight. There are also any number of other events on and around the …
Top Choice Cultural in Eastern Arnhem Land

Garma Festival

A four-day festival in northeastern Arnhem Land. Garma is one of the most significant regional festivals, a celebration of Yolngu culture that includes ceremonial performances, bushcraft lessons, a yidaki masterclas…
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…