A comprehensive calendar of events all around Australia can be found from the Tourism Australia website.
No competition in Australia is watched more keenly than the Australian Open, played at Melbourne Park each January. The event is one of four tennis Grand Slam events in the world, the others being Wimbledon and the French and US Opens.
Known as “the race that all Australia stops for”, the Melbourne Cup is held on the first Tuesday in November. It was first run in 1861 (receiving very little publicity) and has since grown into the biggest all-age handicap in the world.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a rambunctious display of humour, elegance, outrage and satire. The biggest spectacle in Australia (and the world’s most famous display of gay and lesbian pride) marches through the streets of Sydney, with over 6,000 participants and half a million spectators.
For half a century in cinema, the Melbourne International Film Festival has been an ambassador for film to Melburnians. Now the largest film festival in the southern hemisphere, the event attracts more than 150,000 to its 19 day film extravaganza.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival draws a big audience and has it rolling in the aisles. The popular annual arts festival presents a high-profile line-up of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, live radio broadcasts, television, music, a Comedy Short Film Festival, outdoor entertainment, visual art exhibitions and a Kids’ Comedy Festival.
Western Australia’s premier cultural event, the festival features performances from all areas of the artistic spectrum, as well as offering a comprehensive world cinema program. It has developed a worldwide reputation for innovative development. Held in February each year.
As one of the few cities in Australia to have four distinct seasons, Canberra is especially beautiful in spring and autumn.
Florida is a flower and entertainment festival held annually in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. The festival attracts tourists from around Australia and overseas in spring from mid September to mid October each year.