City breaks, Family, Oceania

From Sydney’s fabulous festival of lights to Melbourne’s wine showcase, there’s plenty to do in Australia when the days grow shorter.  The days are cool and pleasant and in some parts of the country it is the dry season so June it a great time to visit Oz.

If you’re looking to visit this June, here are some events around that country that you really shouldn’t miss.

VIVID Sydney (24 May-10 June, Sydney)

Sydney’s annual festival of lights, music, and ideas occurs from the end of May to the beginning of June and sees the city transform into a plethora of colours. Sydney becomes a canvas for light installations and projections, and throughout the festival there are performers and public talks surrounding innovation, creativity, and the discussion of ideas; however, you don’t have to plan ahead for VIVID Sydney – just walk around the city during this time and you’ll stumble upon many beautiful surprises.

The Sydney Opera House is hosting many of the fabulous musical performances and you need to buy tickets in advance for these events.

The ideas part of the festival is a conference where creative people get to expand their ideas and fing out how to break into the creative business.

Wine Showcase (5-6 June, Melbourne)

Renowned for being the foodie capital of Australia, Melbourne’s Wine Showcase in Federation Square is not to be missed. A slew of Victorian winemakers bring their finest wines to the heart of Melbourne, where visitors can discover new flavours galore.  The show takes place every other month.  At only $25 a ticket, Melbourne’s Wine Showcase will have you coming back for more and more – before you know it, you might even be looking at house and land packages in Victoria, or even houses for sale in Melbourne.

Finke Desert Race (8-10 June, Northern Territory)

It’s not all about food and drink here’s an event for all the car lovers out there: the Tatts Finke Desert Race is a two-day off road race through the desert in Alice Springs. A multi-terrain race for cars, buggies, bikes, and quads, this race has a reputation of being one of the most difficult courses in the world.

Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June, Sydney)

In Sydney, there are a ton of independent cinemas as well as regular theatres. It’s no surprise, then, that Sydney’s Film Festival is one of the country’s most renowned celebrations of cinema – not to mention, it’s a cinephile’s dream! For two weeks, movie-goers can enjoy a range of homegrown and international films – just make sure to scoop up tickets early, because these screenings sell fast.

A cheaper way of seeing lots of the films on is to invest in a Flexipass they come in 10, 20 or 30 shows reducing the cost of each showing to $11.67.  The pass is not valid for opening or closing nights.

Pinjarra Festival (1-2 June, Western Australia)

For those who are out near Perth, make sure to make a stop off at Pinjarra Festival in rural Western Australia. An annual arts and culture event, this festival has stacks of entertainment (including Spanish dancers and live musicians) as well as canoe rides and museums. While the event is located a few hours south of Perth, it’s definitely worth stopping by – just make sure to stop by the beautiful Serpentine National Park  along the way!