Events for September 2016

By: Ali Millar

Ever pulled into town and not known what to see first or where to go next? We’re here to help, with events happening around Australia in September and October.


Oct 15: Sheep Shearing Competition, Moriac. Witness the region’s fastest shearers battle with the world’s best in the seniors shearer, open class and female class. Entry via gold coin donation going to the Good Friday Appeal and catering by the Mount Moriac Hotel. Details:

Oct 21-23: Geelong National Bottle and Collectables Show, Geelong. Never before seen private collections, hundreds of selling tables, and participants ready to buy and sell collectables and antique bottles will make for an eclectic event and a prime opportunity to buy or sell some treasures. Details:

Oct 22: Rushworth Spring Garden Festival, Rushworth. Grab you garden pass and map and explore the open gardens around town in all their spring glory. Light refreshments will be available at some gardens or bring a picnic lunch! Details: (03) 5856 1557,


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Sep 30-Oct 2: Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival, Tamborine Mountain. Check out the hundreds of scarecrows along the ‘Spot the Scarecrow Discovery Trail’. Scarecrows compete in several categories for prize money and local fame. Details:,

Oct 1-2: Australian Camp Oven Festival, Millmerran. The popular festival offers a quirky program that celebrates authentic Aussie traditions, including camp oven cooking demonstrations, damper throwing, billy boiling, bush poetry, celebrity chef appearances, bush craft displays and more. Details:

Oct 15-16: Buskers by the Creek, Currumbin. Over 200 performers will showcase a wide array of talents in celebration of the old-fashioned art of busking. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere and immerse themselves in the melting pot of creativity, culture and surprise. Details:



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Sep 30-Oct 2: StarFest, Coonabarabran. Siding Spring Observatory will open its doors, allowing the public to get up close to the telescopes, instruments, astronomers and engineers. Lectures and ‘mini talks’ on a variety of topics, science demonstrations, displays and a market will keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend. Details:,

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Oct 1-2: Wings over Macleay, Macleay. This regional air show will feature static and flying displays from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society with Roolettes Aerobatics performing an aerial show plus stalls, food and souvenirs.

Oct 1-9: Leura Gardens Festival, Leura. The gardens of Leura are known for their displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. Thirteen gardens will be open for viewing. Details:,

Oct 8-9: Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival, Lockhart. This is a showcase of ‘farm sculptures’, created from recycled metal and farm materials. The festival includes boutique markets, open garden tours and an array of artistic and performing talent. Details:,


Oct 1-31: Tempest exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. Developed by internationally acclaimed curator Juliana Engberg and inspired by Shakespeare’s stormy masterpiece, Tempest is a world of shipwrecks and stormy seas, romance, discovery, tragedy and magic. Details:

Oct 7, 14, 21, 28: Hobart Twilight Market Macquarie Point, Hobart. The market mixes gourmet fare and local artisan produce, fashion, art, homewares, craft and a tonne of family-friendly activities, bringing Friday nights alive as the weather starts to warm up. Details:

Oct 9: Apple Valley Market, Ranelagh. Over 30 stalls displaying handcrafts, local produce, tasty food, upcycled, vintage, fashion and antiques transform Ranelagh’s historic hall each month. Enjoy the ambience, listen to local musicians and grab a bargain. Details:


Oct 3: Jamestown Show, Jamestown. The October long weekend brings the crowds for the Jamestown Cup as well as the Mural Fest and the Jamestown Show! The show offers classic cars, agricultural displays, horses in action plus the ‘off the track’ series, and plenty of activities for the whole family. Details:,

Oct 5: Minlaton Show, Minlaton. Enjoy the atmosphere of a country show, with rides, shearing demonstrations, horses in action, gardening, cooking and art competitions, poultry, sheep and cattle, trade exhibits, gardening seminars and the Freestyle Motorcross Championships. Details: (08) 8853 2825,

Oct 14-23: Renmark Rose Festival, Renmark. More than just a garden exhibition, the rose festival is a celebration of the community and region. If you’re a lover of gardens, you’re sure to enjoy the activities, displays and demonstrations on offer. Details: (08) 8595 1228,


Oct 8: LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival, Dardanup. A celebration of the region’s diversity, the festival includes a local talent quest, stage acts and music, free children’s craft and activity marquee, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting and over 140 stalls, culminating with the traditional ‘Burning of the Bull’. Details:,

Oct 15: Bindoon Ag Show and Rodeo, Bindoon. Cattle, poultry, floriculture, cookery, art, general crafts, needlecrafts, brewing, home produce, photography, wine making, pets on parade, fruit and vegetables, horses in action and children’s exhibits are just some of the drawcards at the AgShow and Rodeo. A fun day out for all the family! Details:

Oct 28-Nov 6: Fremantle Festival, Fremantle. Celebrate the vibrant arts and cultural community with the locals! A range of free and ticketed shows, as well as community-focused events including the Wardarnji Festival, Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, Children’s Fiesta and the Fremantle Street Parade are sure to keep you entertained. Details:


Sep 27-Oct 10: Arnhemland Bird Week, Maningrida. Hosted by the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge, bird week packages led by experienced bird leaders provide visitors the opportunity to view endemic, rare and endangered bird species and visit a range of habitats. Details: (08) 8983 1544,

Sep 30-Oct 5: Darwin Pride Festival, Darwin. Join in the colour and fun, and enjoy a diverse range of festivities – from the opening night party to the closing Rainbow Family Fun Day. Events include the White Wedding Dance Party, Love Boat Sunset Harbour Cruise, Sunset on the Rocks, Art of Pride, Barefoot Bowls, Pride Film Night, Tranny and Trivia Game Show Night and more. Details: (08) 8944 7777,

Oct 21-22: Artback NT’s Malandari Festival, Borroloola. Celebrate the histories, culture and stories present in traditional dance across the Top End and Gulf Region. The festival will showcase traditional dance from local Yanyuwa, Mara, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Wandangula dancers, with visiting groups from across the region also gathering to share their ceremonies. Details: (08) 8975 8677,