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10 fun things to do in Australia

by IELTS

Boats built of beer cans, camel racing, tuna tossing, melon skiing and pumpkin bowls are among the unique experiences you must try in the Land Down Under. Mark your calendar and tick off these fun festivals, events and traditions to make your stay in Australia an unforgettable one.

Parkes Elvis Festival – January 2018

Don’t miss the iconic event that celebrates the life and music of the King of Rock and Roll. Held annually in Parkes, NSW, the festival attracts Elvis tribute artists from all over the world. Started by Parkes couple and Elvis fans, Bob and Anne Steele, the Parkes Elvis Festival crosses generations and brings so much joy to everyone in Parkes and true-blue Elvis fans. Featured events include a street parade, Rock ‘n Roll dancing, car shows, markets and an ultimate Elvis tribute concert.

 

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival – January 2018

Celebrated since 1962, the Tunarama Festival combines local traditions and entertaining events into the Australia Day long weekend annually. A festival of the largest fishery in Australia, highlights include the World Championship Tuna Toss, Street Parade, Charity Gala Ball and fireworks.


 

Uluru Camel Cup – May 2018

Attracting thousands of tourists every year, the Uluru Camel Cup is often hailed as the Melbourne Cup of camel racing. Held in the little town of Yulara, the first annual cup was run in 2011. Under clear blue skies, with the stunning backdrop of the West MacDonnell Ranges and camel farms, this colourful outback festival is exciting and brings the whole community together.


 

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival – May 2018

Head out to Goomeri, a town in the Gympie region in Queensland, for a great fun-filled family day that is all about pumpkins. Try rolling a pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill in the “Great Australian Pumpkin Roll”, participate in competitions, enjoy a street parade and treat yourself to delicious pumpkin foods.

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Cooly Rocks On – June 2018

Australia’s favourite 50s and 60s nostalgia festival held in Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, Cooly Rocks On, boasts great music, vintage cars, Rock ‘n Roll, Swing music shows, memorabilia displays and retro magic! Soak in the atmosphere that draws over 1000,000 people back, year after year.


 

Abbey Medieval Festival – July 2018

If you’re a big fan of life, pageantry and the drama of medieval, you’ll love every minute of the Abbey Medieval Festival. This remarkable event is an important fund-raiser for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and proudly the most authentic in the southern hemisphere. Get ready for medieval family fun, complete with iron-clad warriors locked in battle, jousting knights, archery, dancing and games and a large market.


 

Darwin Beer Can Regatta – July 2018

Held annually since 1974 in Darwin at Mindil Beach, this event sees participants create boats using empty beer cans, soda drink cans, soft drink bottles and milk cartons. None of these boats are tested before the event so seeing them fall apart is part of the day’s excitement. In addition to the regatta, you can expect concerts, a thong-throwing contest and the “Henley-on-Mindil” competition where participants run their “boats” around like Flintstones cars.

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Broken Heel Festival – September 2018

Music, dancing, desert, disco and divas are some of the highlights you can anticipate at the Broken Heel festival held in Broken Hill. Explore the favourite haunts from the iconic movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert, enjoy performances from the nation’s best cultural personalities and a list of talented entertainers bringing drag, cabaret, comedy, opera and live music to this outback town. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.


 

Mona Festival of Music and Art – January 2018

Mona Festival of Music and Art (Mofo) is the grooviest festival, billed as Tasmania’s largest contemporary music event, celebrating music, art, sound, noise, dance, theatre and visual art. Featuring local and international artists that push forward into new territory, get ready to immerse yourself in mind-blowing art forms!

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Chinchilla Melon Festival – February 2019

Join thousands who flock to Chinchilla, for the biennial Chinchilla Melon Festival in Feb 2019. More than 20 tonnes of watermelon will be smashed in the name of fun and games and if messy fun and excitement is what you’re eager for, you’ll love everything about the melon festivities in this beautiful town, located south-west of Queensland.

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