What's on in Australia this autumn

From sampling fresh Australian produce at a beachside food festival to enjoying arts and cultural events against a harbour sunset, there is plenty to see and do in Australia this autumn. Get up close with the locals, experience world-famous music festivals, enjoy the best of Australia’s food and wine and, most importantly, experience something new. What's on in Australia this autumn
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What's on in Australia this autumn

Get a taste of Australian culture at these colourful autumn festivals.


From sampling fresh Australian produce at a beachside food festival to enjoying arts and cultural events against a harbour sunset, there is plenty to see and do in Australia this autumn. Get up close with the locals, experience world-famous music festivals, enjoy the best of Australia’s food and wine and, most importantly, experience something new. 

AFL Final Series, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, VIC

10. Kick-off the football season

Both the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Football League (AFL) have started their 2015 season with games on every weekend around the country. Tip: Before attending a game read up on the rules, grab a pie at the stadium and select a team to cheer on with thousands of fans. 

Sydney Royal Easter Show,
Sydney, NSW

9. Sydney Royal Easter Show, New South Wales

The Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia’s largest annual event, is a celebration of Australian culture, with interactive animal farms, agricultural competitions, live entertainment, carnival fun, produce stalls and more. Tip: Check out this year’s entertainment, Xtreme Korruption, featuring the Human Cannonball Lady and dare devil antics. 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour,
Sydney, NSW

8. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

Experience the magic, excitement and beauty of a world famous opera set on a magnificent floating harbour stage. In 2015 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour brings to life Aida, a tragic love story about an Egyptian commander, a Pharaoh and an enslaved Ethiopian princess. Tip: Check out the Platinum Club for a pre-performance dinner overlooking the harbour.

WW1 Centenary Exhibition, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, VIC

7. The WW1 Centenary Exhibition, Victoria

In a world-first, the critically acclaimed WW1 collections of Imperial War Museums (IWM) will leave British soil and land on Australian shores at the Melbourne Museum, for The WW1 Centenary Exhibition. Tip: The exhibition includes over 350 artefacts, including some rare artworks not to be missed.

Byron Bay Bluesfest,
Byron Bay, NSW

6. Byron Bay Bluesfest, New South Wales

Australia’s largest blues and roots festival, Bluesfest, features seven stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. Tip: While you're at the festival, travel just 11km to Byron Bay to explore stunning beaches and learn more about the region’s surf culture. 

Barossa Vintage Festival,
Barossa, SA

5. Barossa Vintage Festival, South Australia

Over five days, the Barossa comes alive as the region celebrates the end of wine harvest and vintage at the Barossa Vintage Festival. Tip: While at the Festival, pair a Barossa wine with autumn produce at The Feast and mingle with local winemakers while being entertained by a 7-piece swing band.

Taste of Orange at Watson's Bay,
Sydney, NSW

4. Aussie Wine Month, national event

Aussie Wine Month is the biggest annual celebration of Australian wine, made up of about 100 events, tastings, promotions and celebrations across the country. Tip: Visit the Taste of Orange at Watson’s Bay event where you can sample some of the food and wine this beautiful region has to offer.

Vivid Sydney,
Sydney, NSW

3. Vivid Sydney, New South Wales

Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, the annual Vivid Sydney winter festival features popular immersive light installations and projections, inspirational talks and a program of live shows from international and local musicians. Tip: You can see David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s immersive musical, Here Lies Love, at this year's Vivid Sydney.

Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, Noosa, QLD

2. Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, Queensland

Held over four days, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival brings together over 200 leading international and national chefs, winemakers, media and restaurateurs to take part in cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, culinary exhibitions and more. Tip: Visit the Grand Marquee and sample the spanner crab, a tasty morsel from this region.

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster,
Kimberley, WA

1. Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, Western Australia

The Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in the East Kimberley features more than 30 varied events across a fun filled ten day festival, including the Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience. Tip: Enter the ballot for a space at the prestigious Durack Homestead Dinner with this year’s celebrity chef, Matt Moran. 

To find more events happening in Australia this autumn and beyond, visit upcoming Australian events.

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