Festivals, markets, free walks and seasonal produce: autumn has it all! Here’s our pick of what to enjoy near you over the coming months.
1. On Good Friday (March 30), watch the start of the then take in the (above) at Suttons Beach, Queensland. Enjoy the free, family-friendly and Easter-themed activities, including an egg hunt… and a skydiving Easter Bunny!
2. Celebrate the beyond the stadiums with a mostly free line-up of more than 1000 arts and cultural experiences, including theatre, music, dance, film, art and circus for both young and old, locals and visitors, to enjoy. Events are held at various locations from April 4–15.
3. Head to the at Sydney’s MCA on May 6 to enjoy the wonderful world of zines — short for fanzines or magazines — from independent or self-publishers. The varied topics include art, poetry, personal journals, comics, and more.
4. Savour seasonal produce at , Victoria, April 27—May 6. Gala Day, with its market, music and parade, is a must.
5. . Join in a leisurely 90-minute walk around Tasmania’s capital city as you learn about Hobart’s rich history. Hear awe-inspiring stories and explore the architecture, parks, cemeteries, harbour and museums. Bookings preferable, with daily start times at either 9.30am or 5.30pm.
6. , until April 15. This free exhibition celebrates contemporary art and design through the work of more than 100 creatives from across the world. Kids will love the interactive installations by Dutch art collective We Make Carpets.
7. . Fancy doing something different this Mother’s Day? Head to Hoskinstown on May 13 and sample freshly roasted chestnuts from local grower Tweenhills Chestnuts, plus watch cooking demonstrations and buy tasty goodies.
8. Mark the onset of the chilly winter months by heading to ’s Launceston City Park Lantern Walk, May 25.
9. , May 25–June 16. As part of the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Sydney Harbour, as well as the city and its surrounds, will be transformed into a colourful, creative canvas, with spectacular, large-scale light installations and projections.
10. Visit the home of the majestic black swan — and one of Perth’s most beautiful parklands — with a trip to in Leederville, a five-minute drive from the city. Learn more about the birdlife from informative displays, walk or cycle around the lake’s shore, then commandeer a grassy spot and tuck into a delicious picnic.
Images courtesy of Jacquie Manning, Megan McKinnon, Ken Brass, Destination NSW.