QUEENSLAND DIARY NOTES
A comprehensive guide to upcoming events in Queensland.
Australian PGA Championship
The Australian PGA Championship will welcome the world’s best Professional golfers to the Gold Coast.
Summer Solstice Light Spectacle
Dec 1 – Jan 15
Experience a once-a-year phenomenon where you can witness a dazzling natural light show at the Capricorn Caves near Rockhampton. Due to the summer alignment of the sun over the Tropic of Capricorn, a bright beam of light fi lls the darkness of Belfry Cave through a 14-metre vertical shaft. Standing in the beam, visitors are able to see the colour of their clothing refl ected around the cave. This is included in the Cathedral Cave tour from December to early January.
Matilda The Musical
Dec 2 – Jan 29
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the book by Roald Dahl. The musical has already won over 50 international awards, including 13 for Best Musical. For more information and tickets, visit the website below.
Commonwealth Bank Day-Night Test
There are few events on the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as Test cricket, and this year’s Brisbane Commonwealth Bank Test will go down in history as Brisbane’s first Day-Night Test.
Woodford Folk Festival
Dec 27 – Jan 1
One of Australia’s largest gatherings of musicians and artists is back for the annual six day and night event. The event features music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit the website below.
Brisbane International presented by Suncorp has established itself as a highlight of Queensland’s summer events calendar. Queensland tennis fans experience first-hand, the excitement as some of the biggest names in world tennis descend on Queensland Tennis Centre, turning on eight days of heart-stopping action and entertainment.
Jeep Magic Millions Raceday
The spectacular Jeep Magic Millions Raceday is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Gold Coast and indeed Queensland. People from all over the state converge on the Gold Coast, brought together by their love of horses, the beach, the sun and the surf. Visit the website below for more information.
Ginger Flower & Food Festival
The Ginger Factory’s annual summer event that celebrates Queensland’s sub-tropical climate is taking place over three amazing days in Yandina. Featuring beautiful flowers, delicious food and live entertainment, this free event provides a fantastic day out for gardeners, horticulturists and flower aficionados alike. The program for the event includes gardening experts, local celebrity chefs and following the paddock-to-plate ginger process.
Chinchilla Melon Festival
A celebration of all things melon and a tribute to the town’s melon farming reputation, the Chinchilla Melon Festival has become a popular Queensland event. The festival features a week of activities including the classic Family Fun Day and colourful street parade, skiing on watermelons and a melon bungee.
Julia Creek Dirt n Dust
The Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival offers visitors three jam-packed days of fun and entertainment. Experience real outback hospitality when the tiny North West Queensland outback town grows from 400 people to 3,000 in one weekend. Watch the gutsy outback triathlon teams, back a winner at the Artesian Express Outback Horse Races, and dance the night away at outdoor concerts.
Noosa Food and Wine
Join food and wine enthusiasts from all over the nation as they descend on Noosa for Noosa Food and Wine. Discover new flavours of wine and artisan foods and meet the culinary talent and some of Australia’s leading chefs and producer.
Held in Brisbane’s picturesque South Bank Parklands, make the most of free entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts as well as fresh produce from more than 80 of Queensland’s best providores. Visit eight unique venues where you can experience al fresco dining as its finest, expand your culinary knowledge, take your love of meat and malt to the next level and indulge in the best of the state’s artisanal food and wine.
The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival
Jun 23 – Jul 2
Nine days, 30 films and a zillion stars. Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other. It celebrates Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland. The Festival combines an incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films with special events, conversations and masterclasses with film makers, directors, actors and actresses, kids club and special events.
Scenic Rim Winter Harvest Festival
Jun 24- Jul 2
The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste the food, meet the producers, watch the cooking demonstrations and feast from the Scenic Rim’s smorgasbord of fresh produce.