What’s On In Australia September

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MahbililIf you’re looking for things to do in Australia in September, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve picked out the best festivals, shows and activities to keep even the fussiest of you satisfied! Read on for your guide to the start of summer in Australia.

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Kings Park Festival

If you’re looking for something relaxing to do in September, why not check out the Perth Wildflower Festival/Kings Park Festival? Taking place in Kings Park and Botanic Garden you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along with free workshops, activities and events. Originally starting as a five-day event in 1965, the festival has become increasingly popular and now runs for a month from September 1. Each weekend of the festival is themed with spectacular displays of Western Australian wildflowers. There’s also live music and guided walks around the gardens to enjoy throughout the month. Close to the city centre, the gardens are an easy walk from Perth’s main street, St Georges Terrace.
What: Perth Wildflower Festival/Kings Park Festival
When: September 1 – September 30
Where: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
For more information visit www.bgpa.wa.gov.au

Mahbilil Festival

Always wanted to connect to the cultural traditions of the Aboriginal people? If the answer is yes, the Mabilil festival is the place to be. Celebrating the culture of the Kakadu, the festival takes place for one day in September in Lake Jabiru. During the day, enjoy art exhibitions, displays of indigenous weaving and traditional bush foods. At night the atmosphere changes into one of dancing and music with breath taking installations on the lake and shore. Other weird and wonderful things to do include didgeridoo playing and spear throwing. There’s also a magpie goose cooking competition, which sounds like brilliant entertainment to us.
What: Mahbilil Festival
When: September 15
Where: Jabiru, near Darwin
For more information visit www.mahbililfestival.com

Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is all about fashion, racing and fun. It’s the perfect excuse to dig out a posh hat and get dressed up. There are big screens dotted around the city to get in on the action, or watch it live from the Flemington Racecourse. A public holiday for Melbournians, the atmosphere is addictive and the race at 3pm stops the whole nation in its tracks for the duration. Pretend to be posh and indulge in some canapés and champagne and then get rowdy during the actual race with some lairy cheering. Don’t forget to pre-purchase your tickets – You don’t want to miss this!
What: Melbourne Cup
When: November 6
Where: Flemington Racecourse
For more information visit www.melbournecup.com

Solar Eclipse

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef are the only places you can experience the full glory of this spectacular phenomenon, where the moon will completely overtake the sun. The usual chatter of birds and animals will be replaced by an eerie silence as the temperature drops and creates a shadow so large that the land will be in complete darkness. It’s very rare for a total eclipse to be visible from land, so the event is attracting visitors from literally all over the world. Make sure you’re one of them and don’t miss out on this event of a lifetime.
What: Solar Eclipse
When: November 14
Where: Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
For more information visit www.eclipse2012.org.au

Fringe Festival

Throughout September Fringe Festival offers heaps of exciting stuff to go see/do/hear. There’s plenty of live music of all types to enjoy, along with comedy and innovative theatre. Boganville Burlesque takes a classic burlesque show and gives it an Australian twist to guarantee an evening of unique fun. There’s theatre to make you laugh, cry and give you food for thought, while the circus shows and music cabaret on display will amaze all your senses. Buy your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out!
What: Fringe Festival
When: September 7 – September 30
Where: Sydney
For more information visit www.2012.sydneyfringe.com

Oktoberfest

Wilkommen to two weekends of beer and Bavarian-inspired merriment. This is the fifth year the Oktoberfest has taken place in Brisbane and it’s already been nominated as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests in the world. To celebrate, expect this one to be the biggest and best to date! Sample the finest of German food and sip (or guzzle) hand-crafted beers made from 200-year-old recipes. To set the right atmosphere, there’s also traditional music and entertainment to give a taste of the Bavarian culture and history. Also, it’s just a bloody good excuse to get drunk.
What: Oktoberfest
When: October 12-14 and October 19-21
Where: Brisbane
For more information visit www.oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au

Cricket Season

From November to February, the whole of Australia becomes obsessed with cricket. It’s played in back gardens and on beaches by mugs like us and at a professional level by the pros. Watch how it’s done by going along to Twenty20 matches, where each team plays an innings and is bowled 20 overs. In summer you can watch cricket pretty much anywhere in Australia; at home, in pubs, in shop windows…you name it, it probably shows cricket. It’s not summer in Oz without it, so play it, watch it and soak up the atmosphere.
What: Cricket Season
When: November – February
Where: Throughout Australia
For more information visit www.cricket.com.au

Whale Watching

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a spot of whale watching, as the Humpback Whales enjoy a dip along the East coast of Australia. Visit Queensland between August and November for the ultimate whale watching experience. You’re guaranteed a glimpse of the beautiful creatures if you head out onto the sea on a boat trip. It’s one of those things you have to do before you die and something that will stay with you forever! Book a boat trip quickly before the season finishes and you miss your chance.

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What: Whale watching
When: August – November
Where: Queensland
For more information visit www.australianwhalewatching.com.au

By Anna Tabrah

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