There’s no shortage of things to do in Australia. If anyone knows that, it’s us…
However with such a breadth of things going on around the country, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming to separate the champs from the chumps. You’re busy people, we get it.
To help you out, we have collated a guide of the best-goings-on for the month of June, helping you plan your calendar accordingly. Thank us later.
Pie Time – held in Australia’s home of pies, the NSW Southern Highlands – returns tasty and piping hot in June 2021. Pie Time is a series of mouth-watering pie themed events, tours and activities held 1-30 June each year.
After ‘Pie Time in Pie-solation’ last year, this month-long celebration of Australia’s most iconic food is the perfect opportunity for domestic holidaymakers to come to the NSW Southern Pielands and rediscover one of the country’s greatest tourism destinations located just two hours from Sydney.
The Donut Festival
Queen Victoria Market
Donut Festival is set to roll into Melbourne on Sunday 6 June at Queen Victoria Market. This new, one-day celebration will gather some of the city’s favourite donut
makers for a super-sweet dive into all things iced, jam-filled, cinnamon-sprinkled, sugar-dusted and everything in between.
Take your pick from the original hot jam donut, oozing chocolate-filled donuts, cinnamon rings, churro bowls, vegan and gluten-free donuts, and more. Team your sweet treats with coffee, classic 1950s-style milkshakes or a warm hot chocolate.
Winter Igloo Garden arrives at the Auburn Hotel
Wild Turkey American Honey is helping Melburnians escape their notorious winter chill with pop-up igloos at the Auburn Hotel.
The Winter Igloo Garden invites guests to seek solace from the cold with bespoke American Honey cocktails and seasonal dishes made with Melbourne Rooftop Honey.
There are an array of Igloo packages on offer, catering food and drink packages for groups up to 28. Find out more here
Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery
March 5 – June 14
Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery draws exclusively from one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.
This unprecedented exhibition includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192-year history.
Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
Nordic Film Season
June 4 – 6
Coinciding with the national and independence days of Sweden, Denmark and Iceland – and the Northern Hemisphere’s mid-summer solstice – celebrate Nordic culture by watching some of the region’s most critically claimed works.
Housed at the National Film and Sound Archive, this season provides a diverse introduction to contemporary Nordic filmmaking – and shines a spotlight on the cultures, stories and landscapes of the region.
Read the dates below, and find more information here.
- A White, White Day – 4 June, 6.00pm
- About Endlessness – 5 June, 6.00pm
- Aurora – 5 June, 8.00pm
- The Hunt – 6 June, 2.00pm
June 15 – 24
From magical music shows and imaginative light installations, Dark Mofo is an annual winter festival that celebrates the world of the uniquely creative. Created by Tasmania’s MONA gallery, the festival will be flowing with alternative tunes and filled with unique exhibitions from the likes of Simon Denny and Paul Yore.
This year, those with an affinity for the outdoors should head to the Dark Path, the place for exploring the artistic installations and curiosities that surround the festival.
Be sure to stop off at the Talisker Wilderness Bar to enjoy a warming seaside experience, taking the opportunity to cosy up in front of the fire with a warming hot toddy in hand.
Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival
June 11 – 13
This three day art festival will be a showcase of all best and most unique artworks throughout their many forms. The Bay of Fires event program will be packed with activities for all ages to enjoy, including dancing, fine art, gardening, exhibitions and art markets.
This fun-filled festival is a celebration of the imaginative, and is sure to bring out the creative side of all who attend.
Perth Low Light Party
Head down to the eclectic Old Pickle Factory in West Perth, and be immersed in The Jungle Collective’s huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale. Classified as a winter wonderland sale, their huge range will include indoor plant favourites and some rare plants too.
With over 200 different species of plants, the warehouse sale will also offer a massive selection of specially designed pots for every person’s style. But with this only being a two day event, we suggest you get in early, to grab the best plants on offer while they’re still there.
The Albany Classic “Around the Houses” is run through the heart of Albany’s central business district.
This leading historic motorsport event presents a wide variety of cars from vintage wire wheels, post-vintage and classics as well as open wheel racers and big cube muscle cars. In 2021 they celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the current day event and eighty-fifth anniversary of the original “Around the Houses” race in Australia which was held in Albany in 1936. They will also pay tribute to the Holden.
Experience the spectacle of 150 vintage and classic cars competing on this temporary street circuit. Alongside the action of the cars is a family festival with bands, children’s entertainment, competitions, food and other stalls along with displays of vintage cars and street machines.
Fork of the Ages
Food trucks will inundate the Port Adelaide area for Fork of the Ages. A foodie event that’s experienced best on an empty stomach, Fork is a feel good event for all ages. With good music, entertainment for all, craft drinks, local art, and more food trucks and pop up stalls than you can count, this free event showcases the very best that Adelaide has to offer.
Make sure you check out the mouth watering BBQ dishes found at Low & Slow BBQ, or if your more of a sweet tooth, Giro Gelato is definitely worth waiting in line for.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Another festival that lands on the Queens Birthday long weekend, is Adelaide’s biggest cabaret festival, that sees Australian and international acts journeying to the region to perform in the renowned classic and contemporary program each year.
The allure of the cabaret genre, and the reputation of the festivals artistic director, Julia Zemiro, has left theatre and musical lovers tingling with excitement for the festival to launch in early June.
East Arnhem Land
This Northern Territory festival is a showcase of the region’s indigenous culture, music, life and community spirit. A touching event that allows you to dig deep into the true nature of the indigenous community in East Arnhem Land.
With music collaborations and sport events throughout, the festival has a myriad of sponsors and locals that help make the festival as special as it is. It’s an intimate cultural learning experience and genuine fun day out for the whole family.
NT Orchid Spectacular
Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of Northern Territory most well known Orchid show. The annual festival displays native flora from all around the region. A day at the Orchid show will be filled with hot food and bargain stalls, raffles, tips from orchis specialists, potting demonstrations and a floral art and photographic section.
With tickets starting at $7 for adults, $5 for Seniors and free entry for kids under 12, this family friendly event is hard to pass up.
The Queensland Music Trails
The Western Downs
It’s the ultimate combo – music festival meets road trip. The Queensland Music Trail gets you out on the road this year to see (and hear) something special at some of the state’s most spectacular places.
This winter, the Outback Trail gets Aussies out of the big smoke, and into that great big beautiful Queensland outback. Starting on Friday 25 June to Sunday 27 June, catch an evolved version of the iconic Opera at Jimbour for three days of intimate opera and chamber music performances. From Tuesday 29 until Wednesday 30 June the small town of Charleville will come to life as pop icon Kate-Miller Heidke and acclaimed Kalkadunga artist William Barton deliver Music For Stargazing, a concert inspired by astrological arrangements, Aboriginal navigation and traditional stories of Charleville.
Plus, much more. Find the full program here.
North Stradbroke Island
Held in the coastal region of East Brisbane, Quandamooka Festival is a unique look into the culture of the local indigenous communities. The festival implores its attendees to become immersed in the way of the locals, throughout its many aspects, including eco boat tours, fibre art and weaving workshops, music, cultural talks and bush tucker dining.
It’s main purpose is to allow tourists to embrace the Quandamooka people, and experience their way of life. It’s an enlightening festival that will leave you open minded and eager to learn more of the indigenous culture of North Stradbroke Island.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
Scenic Rim Region
June 26 – July 4
Experience the very best food and wine of the Scenic Rim region, while taking in the sheer natural beauty of the area with Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. This year’s program is filled to the brim with festivals, farm and winery events and food experiences set to leave you mesmerized with South East Queensland’s local produce.
Choose from its many events, including the delicious tasting plates at market stalls, chef masterclasses and live music flowing throughout when you visit the Winter Harvest Festival on July 6th, or decadent long table lunches at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards on June 30th.