Australia Day; January 26: Commemorating the arrival of the British fleet in 1778, Australia Day is a public holiday and promises a jolly good knees-up. Wondering what to do on Australia Day? Take a cue from the natives who celebrate, beer in hand, with parties, concerts and festivals throughout towns and cities. Perth’s firework display is legendary.
Darwin Festival; February: This 18-day festival of music, dance, art, film and comedy is one of Northern Australia’s top tourist attractions. Held in the Botanical Gardens, it’s a colourful and vibrant festival with a multicultural atmosphere.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race; December 26: This Boxing Day event is one of the biggest on the sailing world’s calendar, with yachts racing from the harbour all the way to Tasmania. There’s a festive atmosphere, with plenty of on-shore events to enjoy.