As we welcome the big chill it’s tempting to hide indoors and sit in front of Netflix; but you’re missing out if you hibernate this winter. Our Nation’s hard-working event organisers never sleep, and there’s no shortage of amazing Winter events across Australia to keep you entertained.
So go on and don your favourite winter jacket and treat yourself to a new scarf, cause you’re not going to want to miss our top lineup of Winter events to keep you warm and busy during the frosty months.
Queensland Winter Events
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Queensland
12th – 14th July
The most efficient way to stay warm through winter? Head North! Sunny Cairns is alive with culture this July. The far North’s “dry season” (because they don’t really have winter) should be high on your destination bucket list. The vibrant Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is celebrating its 10th year with a jam-packed program offering ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, dance and music. Explore eclectic markets and attend workshops that will expand your cultural knowledge and unleash your creativity.
Brisbane Fitness & Health Expo (BFHE)
13th – 14th July
We all know that Summer bodies are built in Winter! Get your body moving over to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the biggest Fitness Show in QLD! The ultimate winter event for fitness, health and wellness, showcases the latest and greatest products and trends to hit the fitness industry. The Active Zone is the place to be if mindfulness, physical health and wellness (plus a bit of shopping) is your thing. Or beefcake your heart out in The Strength Zone with some of the worlds greatest bodybuilders and fitness influencers.
Gold Coast Midyear Caravan Camping Expo PLUS Home Outdoor Living Ideas
26th – 28th July
If you’re on the dazzling GC towards the end of July, save the 26th – 28th for the Midyear Caravan Camping Expo PLUS Home Outdoor Living Ideas event at the Gold Coast Turf Club. Two massive Aussie lifestyle events rolled into one action-packed weekend. Make your Summer dreams come true during winter by viewing and comparing the latest caravans, camping trailers, vehicles and motor-homes. Enjoy fantastic outdoor living displays and soak up the hottest holiday and tourism information (you can never plan your Summer hols too early!) This is one of the best family Winter events, complete with wildlife shows and jumping castles for the kids.
New South Wales Events During Winter
Australian International Music Festival, Sydney
4th – 11th July
Over eight musically massive days, the Sydney Opera House will light up with the sound of music. Over 1,000 participants from Australia, the USA, Europe, China, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand will grace the stage in Orchestras, Choirs, Jazz and Wind Bands. 2019 will be the event’s 30th running year! As one of the biggest and best music festivals in the Southern sphere, if you’re anywhere near Sydney for this wonderful week in July, you must join in the festivities for a once in a lifetime musical, educational and cultural extravaganza.
Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival, Maitland
10th – 11th August
Winter…coffee…chocolate. Need I say more? Ward off the winter chill in the most delectable way. Maitland Aroma Festival is a feast for the senses. Expert chocolatiers, the regions best barista’s and talented winemakers gather to give you two amazing days of decadent indulgence. Freshly ground coffee beans, rich melted chocolate, live entertainment and a buzz of activities will be enjoyed by over 16,000 people – make sure you’re one of them!
Newcastle Food & Wine Expo
16th – 18th August
Is there anything more comforting than good food and wine in Winter? If you’re in the Newcastle area 16th – 18th August, you’re in for a gastronomic treat! Three tasty days of gourmet food, wine and celebrity chefs at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre! Enjoy free samples and tastings from over 80 exhibitors from all areas of food, wine, kitchenware and homewares, showing off their latest products and creations. Book in a wine and cheese masterclass and learn from the best in the business, or just sit back, relax, nibble and sip like royalty at the wine and cheese bar. The main stage will come alive with vibrant live celebrity cooking shows with some of Australia’s best chef talent demonstrating their latest and greatest tantalising recipes. Newcastle food and wine expo…I’m already there…
Best Winter Events in Victoria
Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo
24th – 25th August
Got the Winter career blues? Why not get into your own business…that’ll keep you busy! The Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre showcases companies from Australia’s most successful franchises and small business opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a way to generate some extra income, or are ready to dive into your own business, turn your ambitions into action this August. Speak with over 100 exhibitors from all industries and learn from the experts presenting in the seminar program. Be inspired by a plethora of brilliant business ideas…among them you may well find the perfect new venture for you.
Great Outdoor and 4X4 Expo, Shepparton
30th Aug – 1st Sept
Farewell Wintertime in stunning Shepparton at the Great Outdoor and 4X4 Expo. The Great Outdoor Expo is a regional celebration of everything we love about our beautiful country. If it has something to do with enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll find it here. The expo aims to connect business and client opportunities by delivering market leading exhibitions in regional Victoria. With events held in Mildura, Gippsland, Mornington, Mount Gambier and Ballarat, you have no excuse! Don’t miss this fun-filled event…enjoy at your leisure 🙂
Western Australian Events not to be Missed this Winter
City Wine, Perth
7th – 8th June
Perth’s Winter wine festival? I’ll cheers to that! Chill out to the cool tunes from local talent and DJ’s while the heaters keep you thawed. Relax in awe of Perth’s famed city skyline as you sip away on an incredible lineup of beers, ciders, wines and cocktails from across the beautiful Western state. Set in a cozy undercover retreat in Yagan square you’ll be glad you didn’t stay in as you enjoy some delish treats from some of Perth’s best foodies. Sample Indian fare, paella and Spanish tapas, croquetas, cheese and antipasto plates (you must try the deep fried cheddar curds) and Asian street food nom nom nom…save me a seat!
EveryWoman Expo, Perth
21st – 23rd June
Ladies, get your gal pals, daughters, mums, and sisters together for the years best girls day out! EveryWoman Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre features over 250 exhibitors across health, beauty, fashion, love, lifestyle, food, fitness and everything girly. Join an empowering workshop, cooking class or psychic reading. Sip some bubbles on Friday night, and get yourself a Winter makeover…why not? And the best bit…it’s FREE!
Darwin Events During Winter
Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
Yes, you read that correctly. There is an event in Darwin, in July that is centered around creating a boat out of beer cans and or plastic bottles or milk cartons…as long as it floats. And yes, in Winter it is still hot enough to get in the water. Stunning Mindil beach comes alive on this iconic family fun day, first established in 1974. The Beer Can Regatta day includes sandcastle building competitions, running and kayak races, team events and thong throwing competitions. (so…very…Darwin!)
8th – 25th August
Given that the weather is absolutely perfecto in Darwin in ‘Winter,’ the top end city really turns it on throughout August with the Darwin Festival. A fantabulous wonderland of events await with a busy program rich with local, national and international talent. Enjoy cabaret, theatre, visual arts, opera, comedy, dance and so much more at several locations across the city over 18 dazzling days and nights. Watch some of the highlights of the 2018 festival here. So..NOT…Winter.
Enjoy your Winter Events Australia!
Don’t miss out on account of the weather, there’s so much to see and do across our beautiful country this Winter. Netflix will always be there…but a beer can boat race? That’s a rare opportunity! Wherever you are this Winter, support your local event organisers and their amazing staff. A ton of hard work goes into organising and promoting these events. Keep your eye out for wonderful promotional staff and mascot performers too! They’re always around to create a bit of extra buzz and razzle dazzle. The atmosphere just wouldn’t be the same without them. Try the samples, say G’day, take a selfie, get out there and enjoy yourself this Winter, we certainly are!
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