Darwin Beer Can Regatta,
Mindil Beach, Darwin, NT
For most of the world, winter means layering up and heading indoors. Not in Australia's Northern Territory, when the dry season from May to October is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate. Rock out under the stars at Darwin's Bass in the Grass music festival. Cheer for your favourite camel at the riotous Imparja Camel Cup in Alice Springs. Discover the ancient rhythms of Aboriginal culture at Arnhem Land's world-renown Garma Festival . The Territory's warm winter days and cool nights host a whirlwind of celebrations, from the quirky to the sacred.
Rock out to powerhouse bands at Bass in the Grass, the Territory's biggest music festival, held in the Darwin Amphitheatre in late May. Or embrace Darwin's creative culture at the fortnight-long Fringe Festival in July. The eclectic lineup includes seminars, aerial acts, Aboriginal films, a poetry cup, musical street jams, burlesque and art exhibitions. In August, the Darwin Festival hits town for 18 days of music, dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, film and visual art. Artists from all corners of the world converge in and around George Brown Botanic Gardens, offering a heady dose of Top End culture beneath the lantern-lit trees.