Events for May 2017

By: Rachael Doherty


There are many things happening around the country in May. Join the fun!

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QUEENSLAND

JULIA CREEK CAMPDRAFT

May 19-21

Witness remarkable horsemanship displays firsthand throughout this exciting family-friendly weekend, with onsite camping available.

Julia Creek, (07) 4746 7690, tourism@mckinlay.qld.gov.au

MACKAY HOME SHOW AND CARAVAN, CAMPING EXPO

May 19-21

Camper trailer, caravan and camping gear manufacturers and retailers will join more than 100 businesses showcasing wares for the home.

Mackay, 1800 671 588, www.mackayhomeshow.com.au

GOOMERI PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

May 28 Compete in pumpkin-themed events and enjoy market stalls, roving entertainment and a main stage.

Goomeri, www.goomeripumpkinfestival.com.au

NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT

LISMORE GEMFEST

May 20-21

Find rough stones for cutting to finished jewellery alongside mineral specimens, fossils, gold nuggets and meteorites on display. There’s also gem sieving for kids, crafts and jewellery-making demonstrations.

Lismore, www.gemclublismore.org.au/wordpress/gem-fest/

CASINO BEEF WEEK

May 20-30

The crowning of the Beef Week Queen kicks off 10 days of celebrations with cattle competitions, a live auction, rides, rodeos and free Breakfast with the Butchers.

Casino, www.casinobeefweek.com.au

VICTORIA

CAMPERDOWN ROBERT BURNS FESTIVAL

May 19-21

Experience the Scottish heritage of the area and learn about the man who was the great Robbie Burns.

Camperdown, www.camperdownburnsfestival.com

VESAK FESTIVAL OF LIGHT    

May 20

Celebrate peace and harmony with communal meditation and offerings to mark Buddha’s birthday, with a Holy Relics viewing, vegetarian food and fireworks display.

Myers Flat, www.stupa.org.au

TASMANIA

MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC

May 14

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a 4.3km walk/fun run at Ulverstone to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Ulverstone, www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/regional-event-locations/tasmania/ulverstone

CITY TO CASINO FUN RUN AND WALK

May 21

Choose from an 11km run, a 7km run or walk, or a 2.7km run or walk for the kids.

Hobart, www.citytocasino.com.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

PENOLA COONAWARRA ARTS FESTIVAL

May 18-21

Celebrate Penola’s literary, art and cultural heritage, featuring the co-opera The Mikado, the John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, an exhibition and a Festival Design Prize.

Penola, info@artsfestival.com.au, www.artsfestival.com.au

HAWKER CUP

May 27

Experience true country hospitality and try your luck in the fashion stakes or through studying the form guide at this country race meeting.

Hawker, (08) 8648 4075, www.theracessa.com.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

8 SUPERCARS PERTH SUPERSPRINT

May 5-7

Set your pulses racing with two 100km races on Saturday and a 200km race on the Sunday. A Dunlop Series race, support categories, Friday training sessions and qualifying races complete the package.

Perth, www.supercars.com/perth

NINGALOO WHALE SHARK FESTIVAL

May 26-28

Celebrate the annual migration of the whale shark with a free family movie night, market stalls, a gala opening and live entertainment, and a chance to meet the sharks on a reef tour as part of the Big Day Out event.

Exmouth, www.ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com

NORTHERN TERRITORY

BASS IN THE GRASS

May 20

Leave the campfire for a night and set your feet on fire instead as some of the Top End’s best bands play this all-ages festival.

Darwin, www.bassinthegrass.com.au

ULURU CAMEL CUP

May 26-27

Bid on your favourite camel in a lively Calcutta with live entertainment, a Fashions on the Field contest and an outback barbecue, finishing with a true-blue outback-style ball.

Yulara, travel@voyages.com.au, www.ayersrockresort.com.au