What's on around Australia in June
Whether you want to enjoy some great food and wine in Western Australia, innovative modern art in Tasmania or music and film in New South Wales, there is plenty to see and do around Australia this June.
If you're thinking about a winter getaway in June, why not visit one of the many festivals or events that are happening around the country? There's something going on in every state and territory, from sailing in Queensland to ice skating in Canberra, jazz in Victoria to country music in South Australia.
Australian Capital Territory
Canberra is embracing winter with an open air ice rink this June, starting on the 20th, and running for a whole month. The rink in Garema Place in the heart of the CBD promises to be a lot of fun for everyone, including kids and first-time skaters.
Also in Canberra, the National Convention Centre will host the Handmade Market, showcasing over 150 local and interstate designers, artists, craftspeople and stylists. The market takes place on the 7th and 8th of June and is a great chance to pick up something unique and locally designed and made.
For foodies, Canberra is hosting a very special event, the Truffle Festival, an eight week celebration of the local Black Perigord Truffle harvest, starting on the 21st. You can sample these Canberra truffles at over 45 venues and also get involved in some Truffle-related events, including a Truffle hunt.
New South Wales
From the 6th to 9th of June, Perisher hosts The Peak Festival, cleverly called "Australia's coolest music festival". In the midst of the Snowy Mountains on the Perisher snow fields, there'll be 130 concerts with artists from all over Australia.
Later in the month, you can celebrate the winter solstice with the Winter Magic Festival in the Blue Mountains. This year, the solstice falls on the 21st of June, but be ready to get up early because the sunrise will be at 5.04am. The free festival shuts down the main street of Katoomba so artists, musicians and dancers can take over, creating a festive atmosphere perfect for the whole family.
Meanwhile in the city, the Sydney Film Festival will be showcasing some exciting movies from all over the world. You can catch documentaries, short films, features or animations in theatres around the city from the 4th to 15th of Junei.
There's also an exciting, must-see event on the 18th for footy lovers, with the second State of Origin game taking place at ANZ Stadium.
This June, Queensland is all about sport. The Cairns Airport Ironman is on 8th of June, and it's one of the most scenic and spectacular Ironman events in the world. The bike race promises to be a particularly special sight for spectators and competitors, as it runs along the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas, travelling alongside the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed rainforest. Then, the Ironmen will run along the picturesque Cairns boardwalk before finishing in the heart of the city.
Off land, the Sail Mooloolaba weekend from the 28th to 29th of June will be a celebration of winter sailing with lots of scenic vantage points for you to watch all the action.
If you're in Melbourne at the beginning of June, get ready for some of the smoothest sounds in the world, because the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is coming to town. Starting on the 30th of May and running to the 8th of June, the festival features international acts including the Charles Lloyd Sky Trip and Mary Stallings, making it a must-see for any jazz fan.
Meanwhile, Melbourne's got something for the kids, too, with the Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids. You can catch the festival's fun and child-friendly movies from the 31st of April until the 9th of June.
Also for kids, and the young at heart, the Melbourne Magic Festival runs from the 30th of June to the 12th of July at the Northcote Town Hall. To head along to the Southern Hemisphere's largest magic festival, you'll want to book your tickets early - before they disappear!
Tasmania is an art lovers dream this June! Dark Mofo will be staged from the 12th to 22nd in Hobart, and in Launceston from the 20th of June to the 5th of July. This is truly an event like no other; it will include a nude winter solstice swim, large scale public artwork, a winter feast held around a fire at the Hobart waterfront, plus much more to see and doii.
From June 18th, Tasmania's famous MONA gallery will host the Red Queen, an exhibition which explores the Lewis Carroll character through art. The exhibit promises to push the boundaries and, despite its theme, isn't exactly child friendly.
Winter isn't going to stop South Australians from partying, as the state is home to lots of good music this June. The month starts with the South Australian Country Music Festival (30th May to 9th June), known affectionately as the "friendly festival", where you can hear some of the best home grown country music talent across the SA Riverland.
If you need another reason to tap your toes, it's the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, where you can see a huge variety of local and international cabaret talent across the city from the 6th to 21st of June. Some of the cabaret acts you can expect to catch at the festival will include Kate Cebrano and Rhonda Birchmore.
If your idea of the perfect winter getaway involves lots of good food and wine, then Western Australia might be the perfect destination for you. First, there's the City Wine event at the Urban Orchard in Perth Cultural Centre on the 6th and 7th of June. At City Wine, you'll be able to enjoy free tastings of Australia's best wines, as well as live entertainment and plenty of good food.
Later in the month, from the 27th to the 29th, WA will host a truly mouth-watering festival, the Truffle Kerfuffle. This event is a chance to try some spectacular truffle creations and learn more about this special delicacy from some of the best chefs in the country, including Guy Grossi.
The Barunga Festival will be held in the Territory from the 6th to 9th of June. It celebrates indigenous music, sport and culture through a range of events and performances. In 2013, the festival attracted 4,000 visitors to Barunga, 70km south east of Katherine. Tickets to the festival include a camping fee and once you're there, you can expect a program packed with great music, sport, art, dance and kids' activitiesiii.
For those who are after something quirky, the Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a fun way to rug up against the winter chill on the weekend of the 20th of June. The festival will bring together over 6,000 handmade beanies, and also promises exhibitions, workshops and live entertainment.