What's on around Australia in June 2015
The Sydney Film Festival will showcase emerging local and global talents and ski resorts in NSW and Victoria welcome the start of the ski season.
It might be winter but there is plenty to keep you busy this June. Victoria grooves to the smooth sounds of the Melbourne Jazz Festival, while north Queenslanders get ready for the Cairns Ironman race. In the ACT, Canberra's outdoor ice skating rink opens and the Truffle Festival is on. Darwin gears up for Round 10 of the V8 Supercars, WA Day takes place and Hobart celebrates the longest night of the year.
New South Wales
The Sydney Film Festivali will feature some of the best local and international documentaries, shorts, films and animation from June 3 to 14. It will be held in multiple venues across the city including the Skyline Drive-In in Blacktown, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace in Cremorne and the State Theatre. Visit the Sydney Film Festival hub at Town Hall for exclusive exhibitions, refreshments, talks, entertainment and discount tickets.
Sample the delights of one of Australia's premier wine growing regions during the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month from June 1 to 30ii. There will plenty to see and do for wine aficionados and novices with tours, tastings, master classes and more. Bookings are essential for many featured events such as the Whispering Brook Olive Long Table Luncheon, Hors d'oeuvre Hour, From Pan to Paella, and Cork and Fork Cup. The Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival is another great way to celebrate the long weekend with food and a variety of exciting, award-winning winesiii.
The long weekend marks the beginning of the ski season (June to October) and Perisher and Thredbo will have action-packed weekends. The Perisher Peak Festival promises live music, night skiing and chairlift rides from June 5 to 8. If Thredbo is more your style, there will be activities and events for all ages including fireworks displays, music and entertainment during the Opening Weekend celebration from 5 to 8 June.
Head to the Blue Mountains to embrace the magic of winter during Yulefest with roaring fireplaces, Christmas festivities and warm hospitality from June until August. In country NSW, see the Taralga Art Show featuring sculptures, woodwork, photography and more from local artists from June 6 to 8. Or stop by the town of Hay during the long weekend for the annual Hay Mini Nationals, where the small town's streets will be filled with the sounds of iconic Minis as enthusiasts gather for a weekend of racing and good natured fun.
Australian rock royalty, Baby Animals and The Superjesus, head to Wollongong on June 5 as part of the seven-venue 'She who rocks tour' which begins in Perth on May 22iv.
The annual Melbourne International Jazz Festival from May 28 to June 7 brings classic rhythm and soulful beats to the city. There will be performances from local and international acts such as Kurt Elling alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Good Little Ploy, Identities are Changeable and more.
This is the 15th year of the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show's tastings, master classes and celebrity appearances. Stroll through the food truck, "Grazing Garden", or visit Tucker's Natural Cheese Alley and Brewers Lane for the best local produce, beverages and artisanal delights.
For the first time in 18 years, the NRL's greatest rivalry returns to the MCG on June 17 for game two of the Holden State of Origin Seriesv.
The Daylesford/Hepburn Springs mineral water festival will be held on June 6 and 7. Sample natural and preservative-free ciders, beer, breads, desserts and more made with water from the Hepburn area springsvi.
Check out the Castlemaine Jazz Festival from June 5 to 7 or have a laugh with Basil, Sybil and Manuel at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience in Tatura on June 12 or Ballarat on June 17 and other selected dates in Victoria. The Victorian ski season kicks off this month, with the official opening on the June long weekend. The slopes are open until early October, depending on the conditionsvii.
Competitors and spectators won't want to miss the Cairns airport Ironman Cairns on June 14. This event tracks through Cairns to Port Douglas, via a World Heritage-listed rainforest along the breath-taking coastline. The race concludes in the heart of Cairns and offers 40 qualifying spots for the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The event coincides with the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, a week-long event from June 7 to 14 catering to all athletes with a triathlon, ocean swim challenges, mountain biking and Ironkid Cairns race. The Brisbane Times City2South fun run is on June 14 - there will be a 5km and 14km course along the river and plenty of spectator areasviii.
The Queen shares her birthday weekend with Queensland, which marks the occasion with Queensland Week where they paint the state maroon from May 30 to June 7. The Queensland Great Awardsix is a highlight and many local businesses hold their own events and celebrations.
The largest championship drag racing event outside of the US is held every year at Willowbank Raceway, and this year is on June 4 to 7. The FUCHS Winternationals features favourite events such as the ground-shaking, flame-throwing Top Fuelers, supercharged outlaws, sedans and junior events. Hungerford Biennial Field Day is a free event on June 5 with onsite camping facilities. Drive or fly into the event held at the local airport for a family fun day of exhibitions, food and entertainmentx.
Celebrate everything Western Australian at the City of Canning's WA Day on June 1. This family-friendly event will have the best of WA with historical exhibits, children's activities, entertainment and plenty of food.
Western Australia is the largest truffles producer outside of Europe. The Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup from June 26 to 28 celebrates the beginning of Australia's truffle-growing season, which lasts through to early September. Truffles are a delicacy in many parts of the world and Western Australia's produce rival their European counterparts.
June is the beginning of WA's wildflower season and WA is home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers, many of which are found only in Australiaxi. Throughout the state, local tour operators will take you on guided tours through the majestic, flowering fields.
Wicked, the untold story of the witches of Oz comes to Perth's Crown Theatre from May 3 until June 19xii or Dare to Dream with your favourite Disney on Ice characters is on June 5 to 7 at Perth Arenaxiii.
For 23 years, the McLaren Vale BankSA Sea and Vines Festival has given regional winemakers and local producers a place to meet and display their best offerings. The warm, Mediterranean climate produces some of the finest varieties of shiraz, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The festival will have activities for children too, at various wineries and cellar doors from June 5 to 8.
Mountain bikers will flock to the annual Melrose Fat Tyre Festival, from June 5 to 8, which has a spooky twist this year. Organisers are encouraging participants to dress up and decorate their campsites in a Halloween theme. There will be street parades, market and food stalls, live music, entertainment, giveaways and morexiv.
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is 14 days and nights of music, dancing and comedy with local and international acts at the Adelaide Festival Centre from June 5 to 20. The SA Truck and Ute Show in Mannum on June 7 will feature more than 170 trucks and utes from Australia and overseas. The town will be transformed into a giant outdoor garage where visitors can get a close view of prime movers, trucks and utes.
Old meets new during Hobart's annual Dark Mofo Festival from June 12 to 22. Dark Mofo mixes ancient myths with contemporary traditions that celebrate life and death in a unique and engaging celebration. Over five nights, guests will experience a fiery atmosphere of music, theatre, performances, exhibitions and diningxv.
Grab your tickets and cheer your team when North Melbourne take on the West Coast Eagles at Blundstone Arena in Bellerive for Round 10 of the 2015 AFL season on June 7xvi. As winter sets in, southern right whales begin their migration to warmer waters and can be seen along the east coast of Tasmania from early Junexvii.
Australian Capital Territory
Join the truffle hunt at the Truffle Festival, Canberra and Capital Region, from June 21 to late Augustxviii. More than 60 venues have tastings and cooking classes where you can discover the wonderful aroma and versatility of the black truffle.
The country's best ballroom, Latin and New Vogue dancers will take part in the 2015 DanceSport Australia National Championship from June 26 to 28xix. Dancers compete at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena for the national title and winners will have a chance to represent Australia in the world championshipsxx.
Attend live glass-making demonstrations and indulge in food and wine at the Glass 2015: Winter glass market at Canberra Glassworks on June 20. Entry is free, however, bookings are recommended.
Skate in the City will transform Garema Place into an open air ice skating rink from June 26 to July 26. There are seven skating sessions a day, performances by professionals and live DJs every Friday.
From May 30 to June 8, see the Capital Jazz Project featuring a local and international line up of artists including Stefano and Hamilton, The Bad Plus, Joe Lovano, Paul Grabowsky, Katie Noonan and Elixer and more.
The SKYCITY Triple Crown V8 Supercars round in Hidden Valley, from June 20 to 22, is the sixth round in the championship races. There will be on- and off-track entertainment, opportunities to meet your favourite drivers, and a chance to visit pit lane for a close view of the cars. There will be several racing events including practice, qualifying, Muscle Car Run, a Hot Wheelz stunt team and morexxii.
Bicentennial Park in Darwin comes alive with the sounds and smells of Greek food and culture during Greek Glenti from June 8 to 9. Greek entertainers from across the country will regale visitors with traditional dancing. This is the largest festival of its type in the NTxxii.
Rug up during the 19th annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival from June 19 to 22. This year's theme is "opposites attract". There will be prizes for the best handmade beanie and several other categories. On June 6, Darwin's annual Summer Session Music Festival will feature popular DJs and entertainers from around the world at the beach eventxxiii. Recognised as one of the most important community festivals supporting Indigenous heritage in the Katherine region, the Barunga Festival is in its 30th year. Held on the June long weekend, visitors will enjoy entertainment, arts, culture, games and events.