November includes outdoor festivals across Australia's wine regions, the Australian Masters, the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships and film festivals in Canberra and Darwin.
Beginning on 20th November, the Metropolitan Golf Club in South Melbourne will play host to the 2014 Australian Masters golf tournament. The Australian Masters regularly attracts some of the best golfing talent in the worldi. This year, Adam Scott is returning to see if he can be the first player to win three years in a rowii.
New South Wales
In the age of mega-festivals, Mullum Music Festival has created a boutique alternative that is gaining popularity. Held from the 20th to the 23rd of November in the quiet town of Mullumbimby near Byron Bay, the festival showcases a wide range of musical styles including Indian film music, French song, blues and countryii. Featuring free concerts and a song writing competition, this festival offers plenty of entertainment and activities to captivate music lovers. The headline act is the veteran Australian rock band and ARIA Hall OF Fame inductee 'The Church'iii.
Australia's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture in the Vineyards, is also held in New South Wales from the 25th of October until the 23rd November. This free to the public exhibition displays the best of the natural beauty of the countryside, showcasing over 100 outdoor sculptures along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail in the Hunter Valleyiv. While there, consider stopping at one of Australia's famous wineries such as Lindemans, McGuigan or Wyndham Estate for a cellar door wine tasting. The region produces a wide range of wines and is well regarded for Semillon and Shirazv .
Test your strength and endurance at the 30th anniversary of the challenging Coolangatta Gold Ironman Race on the 1st and 2nd of November. This surf lifesaving event on the Gold Coast is not for the faint-hearted as it is one of the most physically demanding endurance races of its kind in the worldvi. To race well in the Coolangatta Gold, you will need to prepare physically and mentally with a complete pre-race training program. The Coolangatta Gold is also a great spectacle to enjoy from the sidelines.
The Gold Coast lights up for Childs Vision's Big Give 2 Australia Appeal with a night of entertainment at Surfers Paradise Beach on the 7th of November. Monster trucks, acrobatic dancers and incredible singers will make an enjoyable night for the whole family to enjoyvii. Support Childs Vision's efforts to raise money for Australian children and families suffering hardship by donating online, or by bringing your $2 coins on the night to put in the Childs Vision Big Give 2 Thermometer on the beachvii.
Watch some of Australia's best swimmers compete at the Australian Short Course Swimming Championships held over five days from the 5th to the 9th of November at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Up to 600 athletes from 150 Australian swimming clubs will be racing for selection in the Australian team for the 12th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatarviii. With an action-packed program, watch this competition to see some of Australia's favourite swimmers like James Magnussen and Emily Seebohm in action.
Held from the 13th to 16th November, the Australian International 3 Day Event is one of Australia's leading equestrian competitions. This event - held right in the heart of Adelaide - includes a busy program of dressage, show jumping and cross-country jumpingviii. Younger riders also have the opportunity to get tips from some of Australia's best equestrians with dressage and cross country masterclassesix.
Western Australia mixes a fun run and a music festival with the Perth instalment of the popular Neon Run on the 8th of November. Superb lighting effects, DJs and dancers make this exercise extravaganza one big party as you run through the six unique Neon zonesx. If you register for the Neon Run and raise $200 through Everydayhero for BeyondBlue's 'Party for a Purpose' campaign, entry is freexi.
Held from the 21st to the 23rd November, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape brings together renowned chefs and wine makers for this wine region culinary festival. Leeuwin Estate Winery hosts the festival's centrepiece, the Gourmet Village, which features cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, panel discussions and morexii. Celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Heston Blumenthal and George Calombaris will be on hand signing books and sharing their cooking tipsxii. The festival's Food for Thought sessions promise to be one of the most intriguing events: Masterchef's Matt Preston and revered food critic A.A. Gill will challenge some of the world’s best chefs on a range of topics including 'What's next in food security?' and 'Does a sense of adventure lead to more interesting cooking?'xiii.
The island state holds Australia's largest beer festival, Tasmanian Beerfest, on the 14th and 15th of November. Each ticket includes a Beerfest tasting glass and ten free tasting tokens. Try the diverse range of locally and internationally brewed boutique and craft beerxiv. The event at the custom-built waterfront beer garden includes live music and local culinary delightsxiv. Children are welcome at this family-friendly festival, but will need to be accompanied by an adult at all timesxiv.
Australian Capital Territory
The Canberra International Film Festival is back for its 18th year, showcasing films from Australia and around the world from the 23rd of October to the 9th of November. Q&A sessions and panel discussions will also be held with many of the directors, producers and actors featured in the festival's filmsxv.
The Fist Full of Films Festival is the Northern Territory's only homegrown short film festival, held on the 14th and 15th of November. Now in its 15th year, the festival encourages Northern Territory filmmakers to create new work and provides skill development and networking opportunitiesxvi. The winner is awarded the coveted Golden Galah. There but with 15 Galah Award categories, there are plenty of prizes up for grabsxvii.