There’s no shortage of hip and happening events in April in Australia. Here’s where to get your groove on.
From iconic music festivals to an intimate one-man musical, and an Opera Australia performance on Sydney Harbour, here is the ultimate guide to the best things happening in your state in April.
The Phantom of the Opera
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Until April 24
The Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour performance of The Phantom of the Opera is as much a victory of engineering, lighting, stagecraft and technology as it is a moving musical portrayal of a love story like no other. Opera Australia has literally raised the roof on this year’s production: it’s the first time in the world a major production of The Phantom of The Opera has been performed outdoors.
Joshua Robson as The Phantom and Georgina Hopson as the Opera Australia Handa Opera On Sydney Harbour: The Phantom of the Opera. (Image: Prudence Upton)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of the 1911 Gaston Leroux novel about the deformed genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House is directed by Simon Phillips. Big on stunts and soaring orchestrations, the production starring Joshua Robson as The Phantom and Georgina Hopson as Christine Daaé is a genuine phenomenon, made better by being set under the velvety night sky.
The world’s most popular opera will shine on the overwater stage near the Sydney Opera House under the iconic glittering chandelier to tell the story of the Phantom, with fireworks lighting up the sky at every performance.
Georgina Hopson as Christine Daaé and the cast of the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2022 production of The Phantom of the Opera. (Image: Prudence Upton)
Sparkling SYDNEY is a major food and wine event celebrating all there is to love about Australian gastronomy, paired with the best of Australia’s and just a hint of International sparkling wines and much much more.
The event celebrates all things effervescent with more than 60 sparkling wines to enjoy, from 20 local regional wineries to enjoy an array of varietals that includes; Blanc de Blanc, Petit Verdot and Moscato, Sparkling Malbec, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Sparkling Rose, Verscato, Prosecco, Sparkling Zibbibo, and Zinfandel Shiraz.
Celebrate some of Australia’s best sparkling wines at the Sparkling Sydney event in Pyrmont.
There is plenty of local gourmet food on offer as well, meticulously paired with bubbles and other sparkling treats including Six String Brewing Co craft beers, a Fever-Tree Garden Bar, Brix Distillery spiced rum cocktails and refreshing Matso’s Brewery fruity sparkling range. The event has a range of non-alcoholic drinks including VinZero showcasing the award-winning alcohol free sparkling Vinada.
Located on the water’s edge of Pirrama Park guests can, enjoy a sparkling wine matched with wild and fresh Signature Oysters, so just relax in the sun and enjoy live bands and DJ line up while sipping on a selection of the best bubbles Australia has to offer.
Sparkling Sydney will be held on the water’s edge of Pirrama Park.
You must be 18 years old or over to attend and a general admission ticket ($39) includes a branded festival vino PET glass, entry to the event, live music stage, and DJ garden lounge all day. Wine selectors will also feature their cellar door with free tastings: a sparkling journey with ‘a taste of Australia’ at their cellar door marquee.
The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled, rīvus, is dedicated to Australia’s rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems and invites these aqueous beings into a dialogue with architects, designers, scientists and communities to ask unlikely and confronting questions.
By considering the water’s ecological perspective, and asking audiences to look at rivers with respect, like our Indigenous brothers and sisters do, rīvus will advocate for sustainability as an action, not a theme. The 23rd Biennale of Sydney will present artworks, experiments, and activisms that flow around a series of imagined ecosystems and conceptual wetlands situated along waterways of the Gadigal, Burramatagal, and Cabrogal peoples. Don’t miss Leanne Tobin’s participatory weaving wall, Ngalawan and a panel discussion led by Dharug knowledge holders at rīvus at A.C.E. (Arts and Cultural Exchange).
Projects at The Art Gallery of New South Wales will be around caring for Country.
The Parkes Elvis Festival, now in its 29th year usually coincides with Elvis Presley’s birthday in January. We won’t mention why it didn’t go ahead as we’re all frankly sick of the C word. But suffice to say that this year’s event was pushed back to April for reasons beyond the organisers’ control. It’s still a great place to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tap your toes to pleasing Elvis cover bands, and shake, rattle and roll between some 200 different events across five fun-filled days.
This year’s feature artist, and reigning Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, Taylor Rodriguez will headline at four high-energy concerts at Parkes Leagues Club, from April 21 to 24, recreating the hip-swivelling performances that helped carve out Elvis’s spot as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Save time in your schedule for the Parkes Elvis Festival Street Parade and Renewal of Vows.
Parkes Elvis Festival attracts about 24,000 fans to the town of Parkes for its annual festival.(Image: Parkes Elvis Festival)
Autumn Wild Mushroom Trail
Blackheath, Blue Mountains
April 9, 23 and 30
There are wild mushrooms fruiting all over the Blue Mountains in autumn. But if you want to go into the forest to forage, it’s important that you are accompanied by someone who knows their stuff. Enter mushroom farmer Mate Herceg, who is also the general manager of Kyah Boutique Hotel and executive chef at its destination diner, Blaq, in the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy a three-course feast of freshly foraged fungi at Blaq, the Kyah Boutique Hotel. (Image: Steven Woodburn)
The boutique Blackheath hotel has this year launched its inaugural Autumn Wild Mushroom Trail, which includes a 3.5-hour foraging tour for pine and slippery jack mushrooms, a light lunch, and refreshment in the woods, a three-course wild-foraged mushroom dinner at Blaq, and accommodation at the Kyah.
Kyah Boutique Hotel in the Blue Mountains is hosting three wild mushroom foraging weekends this April.
Visit The Rocks for a hit of culture this April to see a range of contemporary works curated by 107 Projects, an independent charity focused on how to connect the creative industries with the wider community. 107 on The Rocks will bring new life to the precinct’s most historic landmarks and locations.
Atherden Street, Ken Duncan Gallery, Coroners Court and The Courtyard on Circular Quay West (opposite the Overseas Passenger Terminal) will be reinvented over the month-long activation with cultural experiences, workshops and installations designed to be immersive. Stay in the know about what is inspiring the next generation and helping the city’s creative scene to flourish at the inaugural multi-arts festival.
The House That Dan Built will be on display at Atherden Street during 107 on the Rocks.
There will be puffs of red dust being sent into the air when iconic Australian acts such as Paul Kelly, Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano, The Shantoozies and The Radiators take to the stage for the inaugural Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash. The quirky festival is staged on the red earth that is rusted on to the Mundi Mundi Plains, outside the Capital of the Outback, Broken Hill.
The festival is a good excuse to explore Broken Hill, Australia’s first heritage-listed city, which combines cool and quirky with outback edginess. The all-ages, dog-friendly camping event also includes outdoor film screenings, camel rides and the Mundi Undie Run for the Royal Flying Doctors as well as a world-record attempt featuring the most amount of people wearing Nutbush and Mad Max costumes.
The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash
It’s time for a good old-fashioned knees-up at The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth. The annual event is usually held in January but was this year pushed back to April due to the dreaded pandemic. Rated as one of the Top 10 music festivals in the world, the 2022 festival beckons with everything from round-the-clock shows, to buskers and beer.
Tick as many gigs off your list as possible to feel the real heart of the town, which is known for being a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. This year, there will be more than 700 performers and 2800 shows across 120 different venues, culminating in the Golden Guitar Awards, where fans gather to celebrate Australia’s best country music artists.
As always, this year’s festival has an excellent line-up of artists, from Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont to Troy Cassar Daley, Kasey Chambers, Luke O’Shea and Lee Kernaghan.
January 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. (Image: Tamworth Country Music Festival)
Now in its 33rd year, the Byron Bay Bluesfest is one of the most anticipated events on the Australian live music calendar. And this year, the Northern Rivers town is going to be throwing one hell of a party when headline acts such as Midnight Oil, Crowded House, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgens and Kasey Chambers return to the stage.
Caravana Sun are regulars at Byron Bay Bluesfest.
Pace yourself so as to save energy for Caravana Sun, The Waifs, Xavier Rudd, Josh Tesky & Ash Grunwald, which all attract a gathering of vibes and tribes.
This year, George Benson makes his Bluesfest debut along with a line-up of seven international artists including Morcheeba and The Wailers. Also impressive will be Byron Bay BluesFest’s curated lineup of local vendors and food trucks.
Byron Bay Bluesfest will be held over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay.
Check the gig guide for Great Southern Nights, so you can plot your next month of partying at shows destined to take place across Sydney and NSW up until 10 April.
Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays, Courtney Barnett, Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Skeggs, Spiderbait, and Sneaky Sound System are just some of the acts that will reignite the live music scene across the State. Add gigs such as Ruby Fields at The Eltham Hotel, Eltham, or plan a road-trip to the Australian outback to see Andrew Hull and the Front Verandah at the Hungry Spirit in Lightning Ridge.
Skeggs will be performing at Great Southern Nights 2022
It’s time to give the Central West town of Orange a squeeze. This year, Orange F.O.O.D. Week will see a range of events spanning the 10-day event, which is wildly popular with foodies. Held to celebrate the region’s annual autumn harvest and vintage season, the festival has a host of different activations and events to sustain the crowds.
In addition to celebrating the region’s bounty, the festival, which was dreamt up three decades ago, is designed to showcase the makers and growers who helped it earn its stripes as Australia’s first globally ISO 20121-certified food and wine Sustainable Event.
From a F.O.O.D. Week Night Market to the Sampson Street long-table lunch, to a F.O.O.D. train and Forage, there will be much to do in the Central West’s food capital.
Guests enjoying the Forage event at Orange F.O.O.D Week(Image: Orange F.O.O.D Week)
The Man from Ironbark Festival honours the Banjo Paterson poem, The Man from Ironbark. Stuart Town was once called Ironbark, named after the gum trees that surround the village, but it had a name change in the 1880s when the railway came to town.
Visitors to this year’s festival can expect more than 100 market stalls and food stalls, a reptile show, a car show that veers from historic cars to hot rods, and a pop-up Prospector’s Visitors Centre where children can experience gold panning. Step into Boehme’s Hall, and the old Railway Hotel, which is like a time capsule of life during the gold rush era for the early settlers. There will also be a bush dance and Best Beard competition.
The Railway Hotel in Stuart Town in Stuart Town will be an events space during the Man from Ironbark Festival.
The lights of Melbourne shine a little bit brighter when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over the Victorian capital. Regarded as one of the best things happening in the state this April, the city will load up on laughs, with comedians hitting stages across the CBD and further afield.
The Festival has something to tickle everybody’s funny bone with free family entertainment, world-class special events, trail-blazing solo shows, and late-night fun. Celebrate the joyful, the inspiring, and the silly at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which has a line-up of acts that veer from the visceral to biting satire and acute observations.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over the Victorian capital.
Celebrate autumn at the inaugural Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival. There’s so much more to autumn in the Macedon Ranges than Macedon’s oak-lined Honour Avenue and Mt Macedon, with the very best of the leaf-peeping season on show throughout the region at the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival on until 25 April.
Autumn colours the landscape marmalade around the Macedon Ranges for the festival, which features events, creative workshops and curated country drives as well as autumn flavours that celebrate the season’s bounty. It is the most magical time of year to visit.
Sculpture in the Forest Glade Gardens for the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival. (Image: Visit Macedon Ranges)
Gippsland Country Music festival is a celebration of all things country. You can boot-scoot to big names in the country music scene like Kasey Chambers and The Wolfe Brothers, or kick back to see alt talent like Lee Sonnyboy Morgan and DJ Brat Paisley.
As well as showcasing Australia’s best country music artists and the most exciting up-and-coming live acts, plaid-clad festivalgoers at the Gippsland Country Music Festival will also be treated to food trucks, smokehouse barbecue, line dancing, whip cracking, wood chopping, rides, market stalls, on-site bars and good times. The festival will be held in the enchanting Mossvale Park.
Dust off your Blundstones for the Gippsland Country Music Festival. (Image: Gippsland Country Music Festival.)
This ground-breaking collab between The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment is all about romantic escapism. The four-time Tony-award-winning musical tells the story of an American soldier and beautiful French girl who fall in love in post-war Paris.
Forget monochromatic palettes. The lavish musical inspired by the MGM film of the same name and directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is full of glittering costumes, exuberant dancing and sumptuous sets. The acclaimed production will open its Sydney season at Theatre Royal Sydney on 29 April.
The award-winning Broadway show, An American in Paris, has a run in Melbourne and Sydney. (Image Darren Thomas)
Viva Bendigo is a festival that is under the umbrella of the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition, which launched in Bendigo last month. The exhibition, which includes more than 300 items and artefacts that were owned by the King, is reason enough to visit the former gold mining town in the state of Victoria.
Head to the piazza in Bendigo to see a range of activations including a 2-metre-high sign that screams out Viva Bendigo in a neon nod to the musical, Viva Las Vegas before booking a session to see some of Elvis’s most iconic movies and music. Lovers of Elvis can also enjoy tours and experiences, trivia and interactive displays designed to emulate Elvis’s recording studio at Graceland. Look out for Elvis-inspired food and drink pop-ups such as the Rock-A-Hula Laneway on offer around the region.
The King isn’t just coming to Bendigo Art Gallery for the Elvis: Direct From Graceland exhibition this month, he’s taking over the whole city and surrounds.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Until 9 April
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival kicked off in March and we’ve been drooling over photos of food and wine ever since. But don’t panic, there are plenty more eating and drinking activations and events on offer in the early part of April.
First up, you can give The Big Spaghetti a twirl at MFWF, which has become one of the country’s coolest food festivals. This rambling stand-up event sponsored by cheesemakers, That’s Amore, has all the energy and bustle of street food festival in Sicily. It’s a celebration of some of Australia’s best Italian eateries and bars: try Agostino’s spaghetti alla gricia, Pastore’s macaroni carbonara and Marameo’s kapow spaghetti with garlic, chilli, and parmesan crunch.
There will also be a four-cheese spaghetti formaggi is tossed before your very eyes in a 40-kilogram wheel of Grana Padano. You can also catch some of MFWF’s festival stars on stage at Snacktown.
The Big Spaghetti takes place in E Shed and Queen Street at Queen Victoria Market. (Image: Josh Robenstone)
Late, Late at Night
Sydney pop singer and actor Jackson Carroll has been cast as Rick Springfield in a one-man musical play called Late, Late at Night, which will be performed at the Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Melbourne, on April 14. The play was written by Kieran Carroll who, like Rick Springfield, grew up in the southern suburbs of Melbourne in the late 60s and 70s. The playwright says the attraction in writing about Springfield was that he had a huge American career but developed it all in Melbourne under humble circumstances.
Late, Late At Night is based on the singer’s best-selling autobiography about the singer, whose 17 top 40 hits in America with sales of 25 million albums worldwide makes him one of Australia’s most successful musical exports of all time. The musical goes beyond Springfield’s popular pop image to look at how fame shaped the singer and what that journey cost him. Kieran said he cast Jackson after hearing his soaring vocals in Happy Man on YouTube and thought: “There’s my Rick Springfield.”
A one-man musical about Australian-born singer and actor Rick Springfield debuts in Melbourne in April. (Image: Lynn McAfee/Shooting Star)
The National Folk Festival is a five-day concert series that brings together members of the Canberra community and beyond. Punters can experience exceptional performances, and celebrate folk culture while supporting local musicians and businesses.
This year’s lineup includes Archie Roach, Josh Pyke, Yothu Yindi, Kate Ceberano, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks as well as Afro Moses, Bill Chambers, and the Central Coast trio Little Quirks. Queanbeyan’s very own esteemed author, poet, rapper, and thought leader Omar Musa will also be part of the Spoken Word program and facilitating ‘Find Your Slam’ workshops.
The event will be held in Canberra/Ngunnawal Country over the Easter long weekend 2022.
The National Folk Festival will be held in Canberra/ Ngunnawal Country over the Easter long weekend in 2022. (Image: Matt James and Adam Purcell)
‘Curiosity’ is the theme for this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 2022, which encourages locals and visitors to explore what’s in their own backyard. The festival will include swing dancers at Lanyon, a Warehouse Circus, spear-throwing demonstration and an invite to explore Crinigan’s Hut.
All up, there are more than 150 events, tours, workshops, open days, and exhibitions scheduled during the three-week festival, including an Art of the Tea Towel exhibition, guided tour of Gungahlin Cemetery, and an open day at Duntroon Dairy. Now in its 39th year, the festival raises awareness of the ongoing need to conserve our natural, historic and Indigenous heritage.
See fossils from ancient coral reefs that grew in the district 430 million years ago, learn about plants and fire on Black Mountain, take a tour of the 19th century Mugga Mugga Cottage and view images taken by the Canberra Bushwalking Club over 60 years.
Duntroon Dairy will be the site for the National Trust ACT open day on 9 April. (Image: Dace and Cotterell)
The theme for this year’s Canberra International Music Festival is Pole to Pole, taking the audience on a musical journey around the globe. Now in its 28th year, the annual 10-day festival has morphed into one of Australia’s major art music festivals, with the aim being to connect music with Canberra’s cultural collections and architectural sites.
This year, the opening gala, The Creation (Die Schöpfung), is tipped to be one of the festival highlights. Curated in collaboration with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Sydney Chamber Choir, The Creation is a tribute to ‘humanity’s creative vision’. It will be performed in the Fitters’ Workshop, a reclaimed industrial building with exceptional acoustics.
The festival spans musical genres that range from early and medieval to baroque, classical, jazz, romantic, and contemporary as well as a diverse roster of Indigenous acts.
Australian Haydn Ensemble will perform The Creation at CIMF. (Image: Helen White)
The Triennial is the National Gallery’s flagship exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and the theme, Ceremony, reminds audiences that the art of ceremony is central to the creative practice and culture of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
The exhibition and program of events curated by Hetti Perkins, of Arrernte and Kalkadoon First Nations peoples, is designed to ‘animate and heal’ and reveal how ceremony is at the core of culture, community and Country with works that veer from visual art and film, to music and dance.
Groovin’ the Moo
Exhibition Park, Canberra
Live out all your biggest 90s fashion and rock revival fantasies at Groovin’ the Moo, which tours to regional centres across Australia each year. There’ll be lots of moo-vin’ to the groovin’ in Canberra on April 24 as Triple J faves such as Lime Cordiale, Hilltop Hoods, Masked Wolf, Middle Kids, Snakehips and Sycco start thrashing around on stage.
While most of the acts at this year’s Groovin’ the Moo are predominantly Australian, there are a few international acts in the mix such as Alice Ivy Broods and Chaii from New Zealand and Wolf Alice and Snakehips from the UK.
The festival will also be in Maitland on April 23, and Bendigo on April 30.
Get moovin’ and book your tickets to Groovin’ the Moo in Canberra, Maitland and Bendigo. (Image: Jordan Munns)
Sheffield is known as Tasmania’s ‘Town of Murals’ and that’s largely due to the support of the progressive local council, which celebrates the region’s street art. The annual festival offers live painting sessions, interactive workshops, and live music in addition to a ‘Paint-Off’ that sees nine artists compete using the same poem as the central theme and inspiration for their mural.
The week-long competition attracts artists and visitors from around the world and is conducted in Mural Park, Sheffield’s very own outdoor art gallery in the heart of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain. The event represents a diversity of artistic styles and perspectives and is hugely popular in street art circles.
Murals are a huge part of the cultural landscape in Tasmania.
This year’s festival theme for ECHO 2022 is ‘Kelp’ to pay homage to the East Coast lutruwita people who used the local seaweed as a staple for thousands of years. The East Coast Harvest Odyssey, or ECHO, is a curated program of experiences – from grape stomping to Indigenous activations – delivered at an idyllic riverside setting in Cranbrook, in wine country near to Swansea and Bicheno.
The sound of laughter will reverberate around ECHO for the first night’s festivities as the Native Bounty Feast dinner gets underway, offering guests delights of local shellfish, wallaby and bush food, cooked on the open coals. There’s also a Wine Trail itinerary, and an After Party Recovery Trail as well as the opportunity to have a tipple or two at the Echo Ripple, a get-together at the old Gala Mill, where vignerons and distillers will showcase fine Tasmanian wines and craft spirits.
ECHO Festival is a journey across food, sciences, nature, and art. (Image: Echo Festival)
All roads lead to Geraldton for the Shore Leave Festival, which celebrates all things seafood for the second year. The location of the festival, in the state’s Mid West, is as important as the produce, which is the very best from the Midwest.
The name Shore Leave is a nod to the region’s rich maritime history and the fact that leisure time spent ashore here is an adventure. The big-ticket item during the festival is the Abrolhos Long Table Lunch, located on the Houtman Abrolhos archipelago. The festival, which takes place on Nhanhagardi, Wilunyu and Naaguja lands, will feature a bustling seafood market, live cooking demonstrations, and dinners and lunches curated by celebrity chefs.
Celebrate the bounty of WA’s Mid West region at the annual Shore Leave festival.
Adelaide in autumn is glorious. Add one of the world’s premium epicurean events to the picture and there’s no better time to learn about the state, plate by plate. For 10 days, Tasting Australia is your passport to the premium, unprecedented eating and drinking experiences that only South Australia can offer.
Town Square Kitchen Express Lunches are prepared by some of the world’s best chefs.
There will be more than 200 events across 11 regions this year – from lunches and exclusive dinners to farm tours, tastings and masterclasses. Sharing and conversation are key components of the food and wine festival as well as themed pop-ups such as Beverino, Vegustation and Dark and Delicious, dedicated to Seppeltsfield’s collection of fortified wines.
From savouring oysters in the waters off the pristine Eyre Peninula to celebrating churrasco, to learning how to make artisan sourdough from scratch, the country’s longest-running food and wine festival is a celebration of the Aussie way of eating and drinking.
Adelaide’s Town Square lit up during Tasting Australia.
The Barossa Arts Festival celebrates the living artists of South Australia, with artist-led workshops, Art in the Park events, Art on the Green and even a Battle of the Bands. There’s also a Makers Market and art trail designed to get visitors bouncing between galleries in the Barossa.
The inaugural festival is a month-long celebration of creativity, culture, and colour that will also include live visual art demonstrations, local cuisine and a range of creative opportunities for the community to be involved with. A highlight will be the Meet the Maker long weekend on April 1 to 3.
Anthea Louise Piszczuk’s My Trench Art will be on show during the Painting in the Dark exhibition at the Stockwell Hotel for the Barossa Arts Festival.
Parrtjima is the only authentic First Nations festival of its kind, showcasing the oldest continuous cultures on Earth through the latest technology – all on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas in the Red Centre.
The theme for Parrtjima 2022 is Sky Country, which curator Rhoda Roberts says is designed to encourage visitors to discover the desert sky above Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and cherish the symbolic values of Arrernte people and how they are connected to Australia’s big skies. This free event, held over 10 nights, includes incredible artwork and light installations, alongside an immersive public program of interactive workshops, music, film and talks.
Queensland’s Gold Coast is bringing film to life this April when it becomes the glitzy backdrop for the return of the Gold Coast Film Festival, which brings more than 100 films, panels, and special events to venues across the Gold Coast. The event world premieres 10 Australian premieres, four Queensland premieres, 107 films and 13 locations over 12 days.
Expect intimate seminars and workshops from Australia’s leading producers, writers and directors, all while watching acclaimed cinema from both local and international talent.
Special events include the Women in Film Lunch, Movie & Music Trivia, free outdoor film screenings, industry panels and workshops, and SIPFest, the annual short film competition that features 12 cinematic masterpieces by emerging filmmakers from around Australia.
HOTA (Home of the Arts) is a hub during the Gold Coast Film Festival.
The G’Day Group acquired the Undara Experience in Tropical North Queensland in 2021 and spent $3.2 million on its refurbishment to get it up to the standard of the other historical homesteads in its portfolio (El Questro in WA, Kings Canyon in the NT, and the Discovery, on Rottnest Island). What this means is the experience of attending Undara Outback Rock & Blues is even better equipped to cater to an increasing flow of visitors.
Three separate shows are scheduled over the three-day event, held in April, and also in October, which gives visitors time to explore the ancient landscape around Undara Volcanic National Park, set in the Gulf Savannah Country of Tropical North Queensland.
The Undara Outback Rock & Blues Festival attracts a great mix of both performers and visitors held in one of Australia’s most celebrated natural locations.
The Undara Experience hosts the Outback Rock & Blues festival, which is about enjoying music with your mates. (Image: Undara Experience)
MAMILs (Middle-Aged Men in Lycra) who made friends at the last Brisbane Cycling Festival will be able to reunite in the Queensland capital when the event rolls back into town.
The line-up for the festival is epic as the citywide celebration for getting about on two wheels includes events aimed at cyclists with a range of abilities. Whether you prefer to pootle along on a go-slow tour of the city, want to go into beast mode for the Tour de Brisbane, or just want to hang at the free Festival Village, it’s a great excuse to get on your bike around Brisbane.
As the official partner of Brisbane Cycling Festival 2022, Marriott Bonvoy will be offering 10 per cent off accommodation at all of its Brisbane hotels. Marriott Bonvoy Members can also bid on a range of Marriott Bonvoy moments that include a Private Morning Ride on the Brisbane River with Australian cycling legends and a VIP experience at the 2022 Oceania BMX Racing Championships.
The Brisbane Cycling Festival is set to roll back into the riverside city.
Gin enthusiasts can geek out at the inaugural Fever-Tree Gin and Tonic Festival, where they will find a gin village, food pop-ups, workshops and discovery sessions all taking place at Howard Smith Wharves, beneath the iconic Story Bridge. Lovers of a good old G&T will appreciate having 18 local and international gin distillers onboard to highlight the very best gin in Queensland and Australia has to offer paired with the finest Fever-Tree tonics.
Fever-Tree’s Gin and Tonic Festival is (finally) hitting Brisbane.
Use your six complimentary gin and tonic tickets wisely by doing a lap of the Gin Village and then ticking off a few of your favourites: Four Pillars, Never Never Distilling Co, Sunshine & Sons, Wolf Lane Distillery, Poor Toms and Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin. Bring your visit to Brisbane forward a week to attend the April 22 Charming Four Pillars Gin Dinner, which will also be brimful of botanicals.
The Charming Squire is teaming up with Four Pillars for a bespoke dinner in Brisbane. (Image: Kristoffer Paulsen)