Lovers of jazz, blues and classical music can combine great music with spectacular settings in one of the many festivals on throughout the year. Delight in the natural acoustics of a farming property for Opera in the Paddock. Visit wine regions for Opera in the Vineyards or Jazz in the Vines. Enjoy a musical adventure in the surrounds of a working tea tree farm at Bluesfest. Hear jazz in the heart of Melbourne with late-night art parties and intimate club gigs. Indulge in world class chamber music while soaking up the winter sun in tropical Townsville. Visit Adelaide to listen to beautiful classical guitar as performers and international guest acts perform a range of styles at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival.
Delungra, New South Wales
The annual open air Opera in the Paddock classical music event was established more than 10 years ago by a farmer and opera singer husband and wife, who recognised the potential of the natural acoustics on the family property 'Mimosa’ in regional New South Wales. Opera in the Paddock has since grown to be recognised as one of Australia’s most prestigious outdoor classical music events. The event is produced by the non-profit company, Opera North West Ltd and brings to the region a classical music event of the highest quality, with nationally and internationally renowned performers.
Byron Bay, New South Wales
Bluesfest is Australia's premier blues music festival which has been running in Byron Bay for almost 25 years. Held at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm on 120 hectares north of Byron Bay, the site is a fully operational tea tree farm for most of the year and turns into a Bluesfest site for a few weeks before, during and after the Easter Festival weekend. More than 17,500 visitors attend the outdoor festival to see and listen to more than 200 performances of the best blues, folk, soul and world artists on six different stages. Chill out beneath the trees with koalas.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival brings Melbourne to life in winter, entertaining jazz aficionados with more than 300 Australian and international musicians and 100 events creating unforgettable experiences. The rich program brings jazz into the heart of Melbourne with late-night art parties, intimate club gigs, film screenings, master classes, daily free concerts, evening ‘sound walks’ and events for families and children. Hear some of the world’s best jazz performed in indoor and outdoor venues such as Melbourne’s Federation Square; Birrarung Marr, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Melbourne Recital Centre; Melbourne Town Hall and St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre.
Festival of Chamber Music
July - August
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is recognised as the most prestigious international chamber music event in the southern hemisphere. Held in Townsville for 10 days at the end of July each year, the festival has a global reputation for the quality of its distinguished musicians, programming and presentation. The festival is held at a variety of venues around Townsville including the Townsville Civic Theatre, Jupiter’s Casino Townsville, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music provides an opportunity to hear and meet international musicians while soaking up Queensland’s tropical winter sunshine.
Adelaide, South Australia
Adelaide International Guitar Festival is held within the different venues of Adelaide Festival Centre, which is situated on the banks of the River Torrens in the heart of Adelaide's CBD. Hear some of Australia’s best guitar performers and international guest acts performing a range of styles. A highlight of the festival is the Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition which attracts competitors from all around the world. Finalists have passed through a rigorous audition round to compete. The judging panel comprises international Festival artists as well as established players, teachers and music experts from around Australia.
August - September
The Noosa Jazz Festival celebrates jazz music of all types from traditional to modern funk and blues to alternate pop and progressive. Set in the beautiful seaside town of Noosa, the festival is recognised as one of Queensland’s premier cultural events and one of Australia’s most popular jazz industry gatherings. Other popular events over the four days of the festival include Tastings on Hastings, which transforms the main street into an outdoor restaurant; daily jazz river cruises, large open air concerts and small intimate venue performances. It is an opportunity to enjoy great music, gourmet food and Australia in spring.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Jazz in the Vines is one of the Hunter Valley region’s most popular food, wine and music events. Join some of Australia’s top performers for a day in the setting of one of Australia’s most-acclaimed wine growing regions. Pack a picnic and enjoy jazz concerts at Tyrrell's Vineyard. Indulge in gourmet delights from some of the great Hunter Valley restaurants and vignerons. Special Jazz coaches service the Hunter and Central Coast region or arrive in style in a stretch limousine.
Yarra Valley, Victoria; Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Over two weekends in October, Opera in the Vineyards is held at two of Australia’s most renowned wineries, the Wyndham Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley and Domaine Chandon in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Along with Australia’s most celebrated opera singers, the breathtaking surrounds of the vineyards and superb food and wine add up to an experience not to be missed. Guests are invited to arrive early to indulge their taste buds at a food and wine fair. As the sun sets over the vines, take a seat in the magnificent open-air amphitheatre for a truly memorable night of classical music.
Wine, Roses and all that Jazz
Canberra and regions, Australian Capital Territory
More than 30 cellar doors in the Canberra District come alive with entertainment, food, activities, and of course wine tastings, during the Wine, Roses and All That Jazz Festival. Sample award-winning red and white wines, complemented by some of the region’s best gourmet food, and relax to live music in the vineyards. Take a wine tour and meet some of Canberra's passionate vignerons all within 45 minutes drive of the city. Wine, Rose and all that Jazz presents a rare opportunity to see the source vines of some of Australia’s award-winning wines and a chance to taste some excellent vintages.