Travelling to Australia is on many folks’ long-term lists – the lure of the far away and the exotic somewhat makes up for nearly a whole day of travelling. If it’s on the cards, then a great time to go is between August and November which is when spring is truly in the air in the Southern Hemisphere and the weather is at its most agreeable. It’s also one of the best times to visit Australia since there are a number of spring activities to visit and even participate in.
The sheer size of the country can make getting around Australia a daunting task but there are several options to consider, beyond simply flying from city to city. Long desert roads and the accompanying stunning scenery practically invites driving yourself around if you can! Or there are passes that allow unlimited rail travel and Greyhound Australia can similarly shuttle you around by coach
The Flexicover Team shares some of the best events and activities for you to enjoy during spring in Australia.
Floriade; Canberra (12th September–11th October)
Floriade in Australia is an amazing spring festival, considered by many to be one of the best flower festivals in the world. With more than one million flowers in bloom, it provides a stunning colourful display in Commonwealth Park, in the heart of the Australian capital. This festival showcases different aspects of Australian culture, inventions, sportsmanship and history too. One of the best events is the NightFest, where the flowers are specially illuminated for a few nights alongside special twilight acts and entertainment. Throw in sound and light shows, markets, stand-up comedy and DJs and you have a flower show like no other!
Darwin Festival; Darwin (6th–23rd August)
The capital of the Northern Territory truly comes alive during the Darwin Festival with an absolutely electric atmosphere where you can enjoy performances from both local and touring acts. Here you can have your pick of a range of amazing outdoor concerts, theatre performances, dance shows, comedy, cheeky cabaret performances, film screenings and art exhibitions. There are even creative workshops where you can learn about the different performing arts available! Started in 1978, this is the country’s only tropical arts festival, designed to bring the community together and smile to everyone’s faces!
Brisbane Festival; Brisbane (6th–27th September)
This is the leading cultural event in Queensland’s most populous city, emerging in the 90s from the Warana Festival which had been running since 1961. Held annually, the Brisbane Festival features more than 400 performances and 700 productions. The festival really encompasses the whole city with art exhibitions and installations, interesting talks and lectures, collaborative events and sessions all organised in bars, hang-out spots and various hubs across the city. You’ll feel very much alive with the amount of creative energy that makes for a vibrant festival atmosphere. Make sure you stay for the iconic Riverfire fireworks that mark the festival’s end!
Sydney Running Festival; Sydney (20th September)
Held in the state capital of New South Wales, this is the major Australian running festival, attracting about 35,000 participants every year, some who fly in just for the Sydney Marathon. The festival has four separate events to suit different ages and fitness levels. There’s the full marathon, a half-marathon, a Bridge Run that’s 9km long and a Family Fun Run event, only 3.5km in route length but that sees the most popular participation. Started as a legacy of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, all the routes take you through and past some of the best monuments in the city including the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Botanic Gardens!
International Champions Cup, Melbourne (18th-24th July)
If you’re a football fan, then July brings a significant spectacle to the capital of Victoria for you to enjoy. For the first time, the International Champions Cup is franchising out, and using the Melbourne Cricket Ground to host three world-class teams (Real Madrid, AS Roma and Manchester City) in a round robin tournament. With a ground capacity of 100,000, this could easily see some of the largest football crowds outside of Europe! And whilst there, make sure to kick back and take in such other sights as the Eureka Tower (with the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere) and a gorgeous coastline with hundreds of beaches to relax on!
Whether you’re planning to visit during Floriade or run in the Sydney Marathon, play spectator or participate in any of the other events or activities in Australia, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.