Days are getting longer, temperature warmer and our urge to enjoy drinks with friends in the sun stronger!
As we’re wrapping up this 2018 year, it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the best of Xmas celebrations Australia has to offer whilst slipping into 2019. From iconic sports events to fine food festivals, we’ve listed some of the best events to attend in Australia this December!
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The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
If you’re a fan of sailing, there is plenty to look forward to in December, with one of the most epic yacht races in the world set to begin in just a month: the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race ⛵️
Over a hundred yachts will race out of Sydney Harbour and sail down the East Coast of Australia all the way down to Tasmania and will be arriving in Hobart in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve. What makes this race epic, besides the gorgeous settings it takes place in, is the level of difficulty making it the “Yachting’s Everest”. Indeed, the 638 nautical miles race is widely considered to be one of the most gruelling yacht races in the world. To take in thrilling racing and lively atmosphere head to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Tickets are pricey but worth it! Nestled along the beautiful Rushcutters Bay foreshore, it’s one of the best spots to experience the race. Another option (and much cheaper) is to settle on the beach at Watsons Bay and bring some fresh drinks and finger food whilst watching it kick off.
When: race start on December 26
Where: Cruising Yatch Club Australia Clubhouse in Rushcutters Bay.
More info: rolexsydneyhobart.com
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Sydney New Year’s Eve
Looking for a spectacular start to 2019? Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations might be just the event for you! Featuring gorgeous views and fantastic colorful display shows, Sydney’s NYE celebrations are famous all around the world and for good reason!
The fireworks shot from 7 barges in the harbour will be marvelling the skyline at 9pm and 12 pm 🎆
To make this night unforgettable, we have listed below six of the best vantage points to observe the festivities. Some are free and some are ticketed. If you pick a free spot, make sure you get there early enough to ensure you get a prime view:
- Observatory Hill Park in Millers point
- Bradfield Park, Milsons Point
- The Rocks
- Harbour Hoopla, Royal Botanic Garden (ticketed)
- Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour (ticketed)
- Taronga Zoo (ticketed)
When: 31 December
Where: several vantage points in the Sydney harbour
More info: sydneynewyearseve.com
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L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France
This Australian cycling event version of the Tour de France has been organised in Australia since 2016 and aims to give riders a Tour de France like experience. Immediately very successful, the 2016 and 2017 editions were the largest Tour de France events held outside of France 🚴
Organised in a wonderful region, the 170 km race features beautiful mountain views and demanding routes as this is set to comply with the very high Tour de France standards. This year, the Race will take riders from Jindabyne to Rocky Plains, Berridale, the King of the Mountain sections at Col de Beloka and Col de Kosciuszko, descending back to Jindabyne. If you want to fully immerse yourself into the tour experience, head to the snowy mountains, dress in yellow and join thousands of locals with cow bells and flags as the riders come along!
When: 30 November – 1 December
More info: letapeaustralia.com
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Boxing Day Test
This 5 day long annual cricket event is held the day after Christmas, on December 26th every year. Yes you read properly, the internationally acclaimed sports event runs for 5 days and is a real tradition in Australia capturing the Aussies imagination! The test match is traditionally held at the MCG – one of the most popular sports stadiums in Australia where thousands of cricket fans and great atmosphere seekers gather to watch the games whilst enjoying some drinks and food. Grab your ticket to watch Australia play India in the iconic MCG arena 🏏
When: 26 December
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Tickets: from $85
More info: mcg.org.au
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Nestled in the scenic North East of Tasmania, lavender fields bloom each year between December and January providing visitors with enchanting fragrances and colorful lavender views. Biggest lavender estate in the Southern Hemisphere, the Bridestowe Lavender Estate boasts 125 acres of blooming flowers.
If you feel hungry after a worthwhile guided visit of the property, retracing the estate history and describing the distillation process, the restaurant will please your taste buds. On the menu, you’ll find gourmet food in a great atmosphere with rows of lavender and Mount Arthur views as a backdrop. Doesn’t this sound idyllic?
In the summertime and if you plan ahead, you can even watch the harvesting and the extraction of the oil. Last bud not least (you saw what we just did? ha!), the gift shop is also a great way to enjoy lavender products from lavender honey to jams and jellies.
Entry fee: $10
When: December to February
Where: Bridestowe Lavender Estate
More info: bridestowelavender.com.au
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The Taste of Tasmania Festival
This year will be the 30th edition of The Taste of Tasmania, a food and drink festival held annually in Hobart. The program features community breakfasts, gourmet food sampling, pop up stalls, food and drink masterclasses, baking competitions, local artisan workshops, live entertainment and much more! Some of these events are even free so check out the The Taste of Tasmania website, gather your friends and family and enjoy Tasmanian culinary treasures🍴
When: 28 December – 3 January
More info: thetasteoftasmania.com.au
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Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival WA
Each December, since its inception in 2001, the quiet town of Manjimup in Western Australia awakens to host one of the biggest food festivals in Western Australia: The Cherry Harmony Festival 🍒
The three day event attracted more than 5000 visitors last year and is famous for the long table lunch set amongst cherry trees. The festival is a great opportunity to meet local producers, taste their fantastic offerings, experience cooking demonstrations and have some fun attending the cherry pip spitting or wood chopping competitions.
When: 8 December
More info: cherryfestival.com.au
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Adelaide Motorsport Festival
The family friendly event has been attracting thousands of car aficionados over the last few years. 2018 will see the 5th edition of this thrilling event kick off. If you enjoy grand prix tracks, collection cars and fine food and wine, head to Adelaide on the weekend of the 9th of December to experience a fun packed weekend. With more than 700 cars, spectators will be able to witness groups of 10 vehicles at a time race against the clock and even talk to the drivers after the rally.
Besides, what’s particular about this event is the fantastic location in which it takes place featuring scenic views of the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale regions 😉
When: 9-10 December
More info: adelaidemotorsportfestival.com.au
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Woodford Fold Festival
The Woodford Folk Festival is the biggest artists gathering event in Australia. Held annually in the little town of Woodford in The Moreton Bay region in Queensland, it offers visitors unique, colorful and rich experiences. Every December, over the course of 6 days and nights, over 2000 national and international artists perform in front of over 130 000 delighted spectators 🎶
Each year the opening ceremony gets more spectacular and pave the way for an amazing week of entertainment topped by a fantastic fireworks show on New Year’s Day. If listening to local stories and watching special performances whilst enjoying subtropical rainforest trees, orchids and butterflies views is your thing, then don’t miss this iconic cultural and music festival!
When: 27 December to 1 January
Tickets: from $130 for one day to $600 for the entire festival duration
More info: woodfordfolkfestival.com
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We hope this article has given you a great taste of what’s on in Australia in December! If you need help organising a trip around one of these events, get in touch as we’ll be happy to assist 😉
Post written by Christelle Delli