Best Australian Events for Summer 2012/13

It’s that time of year again, when punters come out to play, businesses showcase their best and event management companies are run off their feet. Yes, it’s summer, it’s festival season, and it’s time for all the biggest and brightest events of 2012.

Here are just a few of the best Aussie events left to see this Summer.

Australian summer events. Image courtesy of natalie_v on flickr

Tasmania Taste Festival, Hobart

Tasmania’s Taste Festival is an annual seven day event running from 28th Dec 2012 – 3rd Jan 2013. This waterfront spectacle brings a showcase of the best Tasmanian produce to the banks of the beautiful River Derwent. Everything from fruits, cheeses, beer, wine; it’s a seven day smorgasbord that’s not to be missed.

Party on the Park, Sydney

On the 7th December 2012, David Park becomes host to Sydney’s Korean Cultural event, Party on the Park, held at the Korean Cultural Office. From 6pm it’s a Korean showcase, with exhibitions, live entertainment, free food and drink, and even prizes up for grabs. It’s a free event, but be sure to book a place now and get some Korean culture into your silly season.

Lights of Lobethal, Adelaide Hills

From 9th – 31st December the town of Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills lights up the night sky with the largest community display of Christmas lights and decorations in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s an historical tradition that’s been continuing for over 60 years, and is a spectacular sight to behold.

Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree, Brisbane

At 6.45pm on the 30th November 2012, Brisbane City light their Christmas tree in King George Square for the first night of the year. What sets this tree apart is that it’s the largest solar powered Christmas tree in Australia. The Lord Mayor of Brisbane will host the event, joined by special guests who will entertain and dazzle – including a guest appearance by Santa.

Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, Fremantle

Starting at Phillip Point on Rottnest Island on the 15th December, the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kite surfing race is the longest kite surfing race in the world. Kite surfers race through 19km of the Indian Ocean and finish at Leighton Beach in Fremantle. With masses of kites parading along the ocean against the beautiful coastal backdrops, it’s a spectacular event.

Twilight Christmas Markets, Melbourne

What better way to get your Christmas shopping done than by spending an evening in Melbourne’s Docklands, enjoying the finest local produce and goods that Melbourne has to offer for the Christmas season. There’s a huge array of gifts, foods and even entertainment, carols and Santa, to get you into the Christmas spirit. The markets will be held on the 7th, 14th and 21st December, on Harbour Esplanade.

Emma and Tom’s Christmas Run, Melbourne

If you’re looking for something a little more physical, get your friends and family along to Emma and Tom’s Christmas Run in Albert Park on the 5th December. Fundraising for Emma and Tom’s Christmas Run is a great way to give a Christmas gift to the community, with all money raised going to Australia’s only public cancer hospital, Peter Mac.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The iconic Sydney to Hobart yacht race is a 67 year old Australian sporting tradition. The race will be held from the 26th Dec – 1st Jan. Whether you’re there to see the event kick off, or to welcome the weathered sailors to the finish line, it’s an event that you should see at least once in your lifetime, and join in the celebrations of this nautical tradition.

New Year’s Eve at Sydney Harbour

New Year ’s Eve is marked by celebrations and spectacle almost everywhere around Australia, but no city puts on a display quite so spectacular as Sydney. With fireworks launched from the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and celebrations lighting up the whole harbour, parties, music and festivities flood the city all night long. Be there on the 31st of December for a night you’ll never forget.

With so many events scheduled for Summer 2012, and even more to come in 2012, it’s almost impossible to choose, but remember – there’s always next year!

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