Ideas to get off the beaten track June long weekend
One thing we can be sure of this Queen’s Birthday Long weekend, is that there will be no shortage of things to do. We have pulled together some of the expected and not so expected of things to do, places to go, and experiences to live, where ever in Australia that you may be. Make it one to remember!
Queen’s birthday long weekend is the one of the best times to be in NSW, timed perfectly with the Sydney Film Festival showcasing the best in cinema from around the world, VIVID the annual event of light, music and ideas, or head off to the Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains and enjoy the celebrations of the start of the ski season.
The long weekend in Victoria never disappoints. A melting pot of culture and entertainment, experience the Taste of Portugal festival bringing together the best of food and culture from Portugal, Brazil and East Timor, or get your swing on with the Melbourne Swing Festival only on every second year (and 2017 is one of those!) with four days of dancing, live jazz and workshops.
Just like the mainland, one of the main appeals of Tasmania is the array of things to do and places to go be it city, coastal, forest or mountains. This long weekend soak up the vibrant colour, smells, and energy of The Salamanca Markets. Get a fill of music, food, flowers, local handicrafts and so much more. Take a drive through the Tasmanian wineries and top up the collection, or head to Hobart and spend a day at MONA – A must do for culture and art lovers. Built into the side of a cliff, get lost in the multi-story labyrinth of modern and old art, culture and history.
The ACT never disappoints for something different to do. And if you are a fan of truffles, best make your way to Canberra with the Annual Truffle Festival. A festival filled with events, dinners, cooking classes and of course truffle hunts – complete with truffle hunting dogs.
Adelaide is turning up the glam across the long weekend with the iconic Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Marking its 16th year running, there will never be a dull moment across the festival period with a collection of the best local, national and international cabaret performers putting on a non-stop show.
The Red Centre, Ayres Rock, Uluru. Whatever name you are familiar with, it is a must-see. Grab the opportunity of the long weekend to explore the Northern Territory and the famous Uluru. You will not only experience one of Australia’s most spiritual places, but you’ll also have the opportunity to witness a stunning temporary exhibition that has fast become a global phenomenon, the Field Of Lights, a night time light installation. You’ll be swept away in a field filled with colourful illuminations amongst a backdrop of darkness and the milky way and the majestic silhouette of Uluru.