Events for October 2017

By: Rachel Doherty


Garden & stars festivals, sheep shearing, folk and art - take a look at what's happening around the country this month.

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QUEENSLAND

CONSCIOUS LIFE FESTIVAL

Oct 28-29

Location: Sunshine Coast

Discover the latest in alternative therapies, fitness, self-development, and eco-friendly, sustainable and organic products, with workshops, seminars, live music and healthy refreshments on offer.

Website: www.consciouslifefestival.com.au

BUSKERS BY THE CREEK

Oct 14-15

Location: Currumbin

More than 200 performers will showcase various talents through the old-fashioned art of busking riverside at the pretty Winders Park.

Website: www.buskersbythecreek.com.au

GYMPIE DISTRICT GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL

Oct 17

Location: Gympie

Celebrating the discovery of gold in Gympie in 1867, the area’s heritage is on display over the week with an array of activities and entertainment including market stalls and food.

Website: www.goldrush.org.au

NSW/ACT

STARFEST

Sep 29-Oct 1

Location: Coonabarabran

Siding Spring Observatory opens its doors to the public, with access to telescopes, instruments, astronomers and engineers. Enjoy lectures, science demonstrations, displays and a market.

Contact details: peter.verwayen@anu.edu.au

Website: www.starfest.org.au

LEURA GARDENS FESTIVAL

Sep 30-Oct 8

Location: Leura

Wander among carefully cultivated cool climate exotics popular to the region like azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods and camellias plus annuals and bulbs with 13 gardens open for viewing.

Contact details:  leuragardensfestival@fastmail.com.au

Website: www.leuragardensfestival.com.au

VICTORIA

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SHEEP SHEARING COMPETITION

Oct 15

Location: Moriac

The region’s fastest battle the world’s best in the seniors’ shearer, open and female classes in this event catered by the Mount Moriac Hotel, with the gold coin entry fee collected for Good Friday Appeal.

Contact details: (03) 5266 1372

Website: www.mountmoriachotel.com

HORSHAM SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL

Oct 14-15

Location: Horsham Botanical Gardens

Get the good soil from professional horticulturists on optimising the changing seasons, enjoy floral arrangements and learn about emerging plant species, with bouncing castles for the kids.

Website: www.grampianspoint.com.au/events/horsham-spring-garden-festival

TASMANIA

BLOOMIN’ TULIPS FESTIVAL

Oct 14

Location: Wynyard

A day of live music, entertainment, food, drinks, and a local art and craft market, culminating with fireworks over the Inglis River, all with a spectacular backdrop of the tulip fields on Table Cape.

Webaite: www.bloomintulips.com.au

FLINDERS ISLAND AGRICULTURAL SHOW

Oct 20

Locaion: Whitemark

A traditional agricultural and pastoral event for the whole family with sheep, cattle and wool displays, equestrian and wood chopping competitions, and plenty of produce and food.

Contact details: 0439 673 401, dilgermail@bigpond.com.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

RENMARK ROSE FESTIVAL

Oct 20-29

Location: Renmark

Slow down, enjoy a cuppa and smell the roses in full bloom with activities, displays and demonstrations including a car meet at the cultivated

27-acre Ruston’s Rose Garden.

Contact details: (08) 8595 1228

Website: www.renmarkroses.com

FLEURIEU FOLK FESTIVAL

Oct 27-29

Location: Willunga

Enjoy folk performances encompassing traditional, acoustic, Celtic, blues, roots and bluegrass styles plus workshops, sessions, dancers, and kids’ entertainment, plus local food, wine and market stalls.

Contact details: (08) 8327 2797

Website: www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Oct 27-31

Location: Fremantle

Enjoy vibrant arts with the locals, with free and ticketed shows and community events including the Wardarnji Festival, Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, Children’s Fiesta and the Fremantle Street Parade.

Website: www.fremantlestory.com.au

ROTTNEST ISLAND CARNIVALE

Oct 28

Location: Rottnest Island

Enjoy free entertainment island-wide with an outdoor cinema, performances and a Halloween-themed food village with trials of island activities and tours, and special offers on local cuisine.

Website: www.rottnestisland.com/whats-on/event-calendar/2017-rottnest-carnivale

NOTHERN TERRITORY

BARKLY MUSTER GOLD RUSH CAMPDRAFT

Sep 29-Oct 2

Location: Tennant Creek

Muster the troops for a real outback bush experience with horsemen, rough riders and cowboys test their might in a weekend of country fun, with daredevil events, live music and onsite camping.

Contact details: (08) 8964 4503

Website: www.campdraftcentral.com.au

ARNHEMLAND BIRD WEEK

Sep 26-Oct 11

Location: Maningrida

Get you twitter fix at Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge on a tour where bird leaders provide visitors the chance to view endemic, rare and endangered bird species and visit a range of habitats.

Contact details: (08) 8983 1544

Website: www.arnhemlandbirds.com.au

ARTBACK NT’S MALANDARI FESTIVAL

Sep 22-Oct 21

Location: Borroloola

Celebrate the history and culture of the Top End and Gulf with performances from Yanyuwa, Mara, Garrwa, Gurdanji and Wandangula peoples.

Contact details: (08) 8975 8677

Website: www.artbacknt.com.au

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