Darwin, Northern Territory
Celebrate summer warmth in winter at the multi-arts Darwin Festival, held over 18 days in August. Artists from all corners of the world converge on Darwin’s theatres and tropical gardens for music, dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, film and visual art. Enjoy the opening music concert beneath the lantern-lit trees of George Brown Botanic Gardens. Browse the combined canvasses of artists from Arnhem Land, the Kimberleyand Torres Strait Islands in the Aboriginal art fair. Laugh your way through international comedy acts and see dance styles from around the world. Taste dishes from Darwin’s top restaurants, enjoy powerful drama and sultry jazz, cabaret and vaudeville.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Rev into the year at Canberra’s Summernats Car Festival, in January, a rubber-burning display of hot rods, sport compacts, muscle cars and other special vehicles. See the tyre-shedding action up close at the Burnout Masters and have your car’s power and potential tested in a special car clinic. Witness the unveiling of eight new elite cars at the Street Machine Car of the Year Awards. Celebrate Australia’s diverse multicultural makeup at Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival, held over 10 days in February.
Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world, with comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties, live music and circus-style acts.