Events for July 2018

By: Rachael Doherty


Cool Events around the country.

NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT

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SAWTELL CHILLI FESTIVAL

July 7 Turn up the heat and sample chilli-related foods and products on offer! Street performances, live music, dancing, cooking and the annual Chilli Eating Competition will entertain young and old.

Sawtell, www.sawtellchillifestival.com.au

LISMORE OUTDOOR LEISURE SHOW

July 13-18 Peruse hundreds of products and services, with more than 200 exhibitors displaying 4WDs, touring and camping accessories, camper trailers and other RVs, boats, destinations and more.

Lismore, www.outdoorleisureshow.com.au

STROUD INTERNATIONAL BRICK AND ROLLING PIN THROWING CONTEST

July 14 Locals from the four towns of Stroud – in England, Canada, the US, and NSW – compete in brick and rolling pin throwing events amid parades and carnival festivities celebrating the Wild West.

Stroud, www.stroudbrickthrowing.com.au

WINTER ORCHID SHOW

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July 14-15 Expand your collection or simply enjoy the beautiful display of flowering orchids from growers throughout the region.

Berry, www.shoalhavenorchidsociety.com

QUEENSLAND

BEDOURIE CAMEL AND PIG RACES AND CAMP OVEN COOK-OFF

July 6-8 Watch camel races, pig races, a traditional camp oven cook-off, wood chopping and novelty events that will appeal to the young and young at heart.

Bedourie, visitors@diamantina.qld.gov.au, www.thediamantina.com.au

BIG RED BASH

July 10-12 Get ready for some serious tunes as Australia's newest music festival takes over the highest sand dune in the Simpson Desert.

Birdsville, www.bigredbash.com.au

NOOSA ALIVE

July 20-29 Experience 10 days of arts and culture, with a diverse program of music, theatre, dance, film, food, forms, literature, visual arts and workshops, with more than 75 free and ticketed events.

Noosa, info@noosaalive.com.au, www.noosaalive.com.au

WINTON CAMEL RACES

July 25 Winton embraces the Western Queensland Camel Festival with eight races of elite camels and cameleers. There will also be motorbike events, music, drinks and food available.

Winton, www.outbacknow.com.au

VICTORIA

TEA COSY COMPETITION

Jul 14-22 Warratina Lavender Farm will exhibit handmade knitted and crocheted tea cosies, crafted by local artisans, with proceeds going to the Cancer Council. Admire the handiwork and enjoy a tea.

Seville, enquiries@warratinalavender.com.au, www.warratinalavender.com.au/calendar.php

MURRINDINDI BEANIE FESTIVAL VICTORIA

July 28-29 Celebrate fibre art with knitted, crocheted and mixed medium beanies for sale and on display at this local charity event, plus food, craft and local produce available at market stalls.

Alexandra, www.facebook.com/MurrindindiBeanieFestivalVictoria

MILDURA WRITERS FESTIVAL

July 19-22 Hear great Aussie writers lead workshops, lectures and discussion forums and late night discussions around wood while enjoying the region’s magnificent food and wine.

Mildura, www.artsmildura.com.au

WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL

Jul 26-29 The cream of Australian Blues will head to Echuca-Moama for a weekend of jam sessions in the clubs, restaurants and streets. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a range of free events.

Echuca-Moama, admin@winterblues.com.au, www.winterblues.com.au

TASMANIA

HUON VALLEY MID-WINTER FESTIVAL

Jul 13-15 Witness the age-old tradition of wassailing at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed where nasties are scared from apple trees to ensure a good crop! Enjoy craft ciders, cheeses, and food and entertainment.

Grove, huonvalleywinterfest@gmail.com, www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

Jun 30-Jul 16 Pack a suitcase and a song as thousands of singers, choristers and music lovers harmonise in concert halls, theatres and public spaces across the state.

Tasmania-wide, www.festivalofvoices.com

DEVONPORT JAZZ

Jul 26-29 Enjoy traditional, contemporary, swing, Latin and be-bop styles of Jazz performed by local and interstate artists, with education, food, visual art, dance and film incorporated into the program.

Devonport, www.devonportjazz.com

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

CARLTON DRAUGHT HOTELIER’S RACE DAY

Jul 5 Enjoy a fun mid-week race day at Murray Bridge. The local racing club also offers a variety of social race day marquee packages, perfect for entertaining friends and family.

Murray Bridge, (08) 8532 2310, www.racingmurraybridge.com

GUITARS IN BARS

Jul 13-29 Shake the winter blues and head indoors for some sweet strumming as hundreds of artists perform in more than 150 venues across the state in a series of free and ticketed events.

Various venues statewide, www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au

PORT AUGUSTA CUP

Jul 8 Enjoy breathtaking views of the Flinders Ranges at this exciting race day. The cup attracts thousands of racegoers from far and wide for a day of racing, fashion and entertainment.

Port Augusta, (04) 4710 5545, www.paracing.org.au  

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

DERBY BOAB FESTIVAL

June 29-July 15 WA’s longest-running town festival offers plenty of excitement with a float parade and mardi gras, mud football, a film festival, long table dinner, ball and the Boab quest.

www.derbyboabfestival.org.au

KUNUNURRA AGRICULTURAL SHOW

July 13-14 Enjoy entertainment, circus workshops, equestrian events and fireworks, plus country show favourites including market stalls, cattle, dog shows, sideshow alley and agricultural displays.

Kununurra, (08) 9168 2885, www.kas.org.au

BROOME INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MARATHON

July 1 Held on Cable Beach at low-tide, the festival will host the 10.5km Matso’s Dash, the 21.1km Broome half marathon or the full 42.2km Broome International Airport Marathon.

Broome, gt@fitevents.com.au, www.broomemarathon.com.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY

DARWIN LIONS’ BEER CAN REGATTA

July 22 Cheer on would-be shipwrights floundering at Mindil Beach in their can, bottle, and carton creations in an effort to reduce litter and raise funds for Lions’ Club projects.

Mindil Beach, Darwin, www.beercanregatta.org.au

ALICE SPRINGS CAMEL CUP

Jul 14 Camels compete in 9 races on a dusty outback track. Belly dancers, rickshaw races, ‘Kids Kamel Kapers’ hobby camel races, rides, Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, stalls and bars add to the fun.

Alice Springs, camelcup@outlook.com, www.camelcup.com.au

KATHERINE AND DISTRICT SHOW

July 20-21 Enjoy a weekend of rural entertainment, with a campdraft and rodeo, cooking classes, sideshows, plenty of horse and cattle events, and a range of hilarious hare-brained novelty events.

Katherine, www.katherineshow.org.au

ROYAL DARWIN SHOW

July 26-28 Check out the Brahman cattle, goats, pigs, dogs and ducks then watch the famous pigs race. Enjoy horticultural delights, arts and craft, spear-throwing, equestrian events, vintage cars and beaut utes.

Darwin, info@darwinshow.com.au, www.darwinshow.com.au

Check out the full events listing in issue #127 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.