Events for August 2018

By: Rachael Doherty


Cool events around the country

QUEENSLAND

GEMFEST – FESTIVAL OF GEMS

Aug 9

Trade in the earth's treasures with gems, jewellery, crystals, minerals and fossils up for grabs or try your hand at panning for your own, plus private collection viewings and street entertainment.

Anakie, (07) 4985 4375, www.gemfest.com.au

 

GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER

Aug 23-26

Celebrate mateship, making a difference and country music in this community-run charity event attracting more than 120 artists, including Pete Denahy’s Bluegrass & Laughs

Gympie, www.muster.com.au

 

DROVERS CAMP FESTIVAL

Aug 24-26

Meet the men and women of Australia’s cattle droving industry with a street parade, auction, old-time dance, bronco branding competition, live country music, poetry competition and more!

Camooweal, www.droverscamp.com.au

 

BIRDSVILLE RACES

Aug 31-Sep 1

Join more than 6000 desert-bound racegoers for a spectacular horse meet on a traditional outback clay track, with a RFDS Cocktail Party, Fashions on the Field, food and entertainment and more.

Birdsville, www.birdsvilleraces.com

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

THE SYDNEY KNIFE SHOW

Aug 4-5

Appreciate art and survival as knifemakers, collectors, dealers and manufacturers present some of Australia’s finest utility tools on display with knife sales and knife-related demonstrations.

Rosehill, www.sydneyknifeshow.com.au

 

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL

Aug 24-Sep 02

Wander through the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and enjoy a picnic amid daffodils, with bulb growing workshops plus potted blooms and Cancer Council Daffodil Day merchandise for sale.

Mt Tomah, www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

 

MID NORTH COAST CARAVAN, CAMPING, 4WD, FISH AND BOAT SHOW

Aug 10-12

Featuring more than 165 exhibitors, loads of family entertainment, 4WD displays, camp oven cooking, a reptile show, bike show and plenty more to give you your outdoor enthusiast fix.

Wauchope, (02) 6769 4132, www.ruralscene.com.au

 

GRESFORD CAMPDRAFT AND RODEO

Aug 24-25

Don the boots and catch the action with bull riding, steer wrestling and bare-back bronco riding followed by music to midnight and carnival rides for the kids

Gresford Showground, Gresford, www.facebook.com/gresfordrodeo/

 

VICTORIA

FALLS CREEK SLED DOG CLASSIC

Aug 2

Watch Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Alaskan huskies, and hounds race through the village under lights. Together with their mushers, teams compete against each other and the elements.

Falls Creek, (03) 5758 1200, www.fallscreek.com.au

 

BORDER RV AND CAMPING EXPO

Aug 24-26

Showcasing the latest release caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, 4WDs, and specialist RVs, with plenty of accessories and camping gear galore!

Wodonga, info@ciavic.com.au, www.borderexpo.com.au

 

MALLEE ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

August 19

Enjoy fine food and handcrafts amid carnival festivities as Mallee locals celebrate their almond crops coming into blossom in the lead up to spring, with tours of local vineyards and almond orchards.

Robinvale Community Centre, www.mabf.org.au

 

TASMANIA

TASTROFEST

Aug 2-4

Feed the inner astrophysicist within whatever your age with lectures on using telescopes, capturing the evening sky plus aurora galleries, space Lego models, Hubble images, and night sky viewing.

Ulverstone, www.tastrofest.wix.com/tastrofest

 

FESTIVAL OF BRIGHT IDEAS

Aug 12

Tap into Tassie’s brightest minds for a wicked day of science and discovery, with hands on Interactive workshops, talks and spectacular science shows.

Hobart, Princess Wharf, http://whysci.org.au/

 

TASMANIAN WHISKEY WEEK

Aug 13-19

Enjoy tours, fine local foods and sample unreleased whiskeys at the distillery door as Tasmanian producers, bars and hotels celebrate all things whiskey during this nine-day event.

Tasmania wide, taswhiskyweek.com

 

CHOCOLATE WINTERFEST

Aug 12

A celebration of all things chocolate, indulge and immerse yourself in the ‘food of the gods’ – taste, mould, decorate and drink to your heart’s content.

Latrobe, www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

KADINA ANNUAL SHOW

Aug 18-19

A family-friendly event featuring crafts, literature, photography, wood exhibitions; animal displays, sideshows, cooking, fresh produce and competitions.

Kadina, (08) 8821 2848, www.sacountryshows.com/pages/sa-country-shows/kadina.php

 

STRATHALBYN TREASURE MARKET

Aug 19

This annual fair hosts sales, displays and collections across a number of venues. There will also be antique appraisal and live entertainment with shuttle buses operating between venues.

Strathalbyn, www.slta.asn.au

 

CLEVE AT THE EYRE PENINSULA FIELD DAYS

Aug 14-16

Soak up the smells and tastes of the Eyre Peninsula, as established and emerging chefs transform fresh local produce into tantalising meals with wines and gourmet treats to suit all tastebuds.

Streaky Bay, epfarmersmarket@bigpond.com, www.epfarmersmarket.com  

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CINEFESTOZ

Aug 22-26

The vibrant program of film-related events in South West WA will include red carpet premieres, cosy sidebar short film selections, film-related lunches, free community screenings and industry soirees.

Busselton, info@cinefestoz.com, www.cinefestoz.com

 

MULLEWA AGRICULTURAL SHOW

Aug 25

Monster trucks headline this family-friendly event, with Quick Shear, LiveLighter Mullewa Gift, free sideshow alley rides, baby animals, market stalls and fireworks to keep you enthralled into the night.

Mullewa, (08) 9961 9050, www.mullewashow.com.au

 

BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVALE

Aug 26-27

Dress in your best medieval attire and experience the magic of the carnivale. The weekend begins with a sumptuous feast on the Friday evening, followed by grand parades each day, market stalls and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

Balingup, www.balingupmedievalcarnivale.com.au

 

NORTHERN TERITTORY 

DESERT HARMONY FESTIVAL - ANYINGINYI MANU

Aug 3-7

Enjoy and partake in a line-up of artistic and cultural events celebrating the region’s unique Indigenous and multicultural community with music, stories, theatre, film, and parades.

Tennant Creek, www.desertharmonyfestival.com

 

GARMA FESTIVAL

Aug 3-6

Embrace and learn the ways of the Yolngu community, with visual arts, ancient storytelling, dance, governance and education.

Gulkula, admin@garmafestival.com.au, www.garma.com.au

 

DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR

Aug 10-12

Buy art from emerging and established artists from Arnhem Land, Kimberley and the Torres Strait Islands. Attend workshops and enjoy traditional dance performances.

Darwin, www.darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au

 

HENLEY-ON-TODD REGATTA

Aug 18

This boat race takes place in the dry, sandy bed of the Todd River, providing great entertainment as individuals and teams race through the sand in bottomless vessels. Alice Springs,

www.henleyontodd.com.au

Check out the full events listing in issue #128 of Camper Trailer Australia magazine. Subscribe today for all the latest camper trailer news, reviews and travel inspiration.