From international food and wine festivals and art exhibitions to action-packed cycling and running marathons, Australia hosts many world class events. Join the excitement of international cricket, rugby or tennis, which are played somewhere in Australia all year round. There are festivals with everything from comedy to opera and plenty for sports fans. Watch the yachts sail out of Sydney Harbour or into historic Hobart in the Sydney to Hobart race. Be a part of Melbourne’s adrenalin-pumping Formula 1 Grand Prix. Other flagship Australian celebrations include Australia Day and Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show and exuberant Mardi Gras.
Various venues across Australia
9 January to 31 January 2015
In 2015 the biggest football tournament Australia has ever hosted will kick off on the 9th January when the Australian Socceroos play Kuwait under the lights at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. 16 countries including Japan, Iraq, China and Korea Republic will compete against each other in 32 matches over 23 days in Australia’s host cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. With more than 500,000 spectators expected to attend the event, this is your chance to unite for your team and show your colours at what will truly be a spectacular tournament with exciting action both on and off the football pitch.
Adelaide and regional South Australia.
17 – 25 January 2015
Follow the Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race in the region, featuring many of the world's top riders. It winds its way through the picturesque scenery and wonderful vineyards of South Australia.
Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria
19 January – 1 February 2015
Savour the thrills and excitement of seeing the world’s top tennis players compete for the champions’ trophies at Australian Open 2015, the only one of the sport’s four Grand Slam events held in the Southern Hemisphere.
26 January 2015
Australians celebrate their national day – Australia Day – with fun in the sun. It is a designated public holiday with hundreds of small and large events taking place across the nation. In Sydney, thousands of people gather along Sydney Harbour foreshore for the celebrations on the water. In towns and cities there are community breakfasts, beach parties, corroborees and concerts, parades and pageants, sporting events, cultural and historic exhibitions and fireworks displays. Citizenship ceremonies are held to welcome new residents. It’s a day for Australians to celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. There’s no better time to visit to meet Australians and see the country at its most relaxed.
Various venues across Australia
14 February to 29 March 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and is one of the world’s largest international sports tournaments. In 2015 it will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand with the tournament kicking off on the 14th February at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and then returning to the city for the final match on the 29th March. Australia will hold 26 of the 49 matches in host cities including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Perth. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support your team as they compete against the world’s greatest cricketers.
27 February – 15 March 2015
From World’s Longest Lunches in breathtaking places to avant-garde tasting dishes from global culinary superstars, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has it all. Indulge the senses over 17 days as a diverse program of one-off events unfold throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Albert Park, Melbourne
12 – 15 March 2015
Thrill to the roar of the most expensive cars as the world’s finest Formula One drivers race each other around an incomparable lakeside street circuit in Melbourne’s beautiful Albert Park. The location, midway between the towering centre city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, guarantees spectacular TV images – but it’s even better being there.
27 March – 27 April 2015
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is not just an opera, it’s a complete night’s entertainment under the summer night sky. This unforgettable event includes Sydney’s iconic skyline as its backdrop. Arrive by water taxi, drink and dine in style at the pop-up bars and restaurants, then sit back in the tiered seats to take in the drama.
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, , Sydney, NSW
26 March – 8 April 2015
Held over two weeks around Easter, Australia’s largest annual event celebrates a rich and varied culture – the one time of the year when the nation’s most international city returns to its roots, honouring Australia’s country origins and rural traditions.
2 – 6 April 2015
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, 11km north of Byron Bay in northern NSW.
One of the most beloved festivals in Australia, the Byron Bay Bluesfest attracts some of the best blues and roots performers from across the globe. Past performers have included Buddy Guy, Paul Simon, Iggy and the Stooges and Elvis Costello. The festival also boasts wonderful camping grounds and any number of great food and beverage market stalls.
Sydney, New South Wales
May – June 2015
See Sydney in a sparkling new light during the annual Vivid Sydney. Each winter, the world’s best designers and artists transform the city. See stunning images projected onto Sydney Opera House, control the lights on the Harbour Bridge, play with interactive light sculptures throughout the city centre, experience great music and hear inspiring talks.
4 - 5 July 2015
Start and finish at Southport, Gold Coast
Novice or veteran, young or old, this two-day running festival at Australia’s famed Gold Coast ¬– with its incomparable beaches, theme parks and superb nightlife – has something you can aim for. A faster time, a longer distance or even a first fun run; you can set your own challenge and the 65% of runners who have set new personal best times at this event.
Commonwealth Park, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
13 September – 12 October 2014
Canberra’s famously frosty winters provide the perfect nurturing conditions for the million tulips and annuals that bloom right on cue each spring in a park overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. Once a daytime-only event, the Floriade festival now includes NightFest, with cutting-edge light installations and entertainment over five magical evenings in September.
1 – 31 October 2014
New South Wales
Australia’s dining scene is vibrant all year round but it reaches a peak in October, when chefs, restaurateurs and providores throughout New South Wales pull out all the stops to showcase the state’s gourmet offerings. The month is jam-packed with one-off dinners, fabulous breakfast, lunch and dessert deals, pop-up events, glamorous parties, kitchen-gardening workshops, food talks and night markets.
1 – 8 November 2014
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Experience the thrills, elegance, excitement and unparalleled atmosphere at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a truly glamorous horse racing carnival featuring the 153 year old Emirates Melbourne Cup. It is a time to dress up, be seen, dine out, sip champagne and hope you pick a winner. Featuring the world’s top international horses and jockeys, it’s really an excuse for a national party.
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Everyone should treat themselves to at least one New Year’s Eve in Sydney – it’s the perfect party city. Midnight comes earlier to Sydney than almost any other major international city, so cameras from around the world are trained on the city as its dramatic firework extravaganza unfolds. Enjoying it live is infinitely better!