VICTORIA DIARY NOTES
A comprehensive guide to upcoming events in Victoria.
RUTHERGLEN WINERY WALKABOUT
Thousands descend on Rutherglen every Queen’s Birthday long weekend for one of Australia’s biggest wine festivals. Winery Walkabout is a great way to get to know the 19 winemakers of Rutherglen and their distinct offerings with wine tastings, live music, entertainment, tours and markets. Food trucks, masterclasses, buffet breakfasts and dinners showcase the talented winemakers of the region and highlight their finest drops including the Muscat and Durif for which they are famous.
Join Falls Creek locals as they take the plunge into Rocky Valley Dam to celebrate the first day of winter, and pay homage to the snow gods for a good season ahead with the annual Ice Plunge. All entrants receive a token to commemorate their bravery (or insanity) and there are also prizes for those who take the plunge in fancy dress. The Falls Creek SES will be on hand with a fundraising barbecue to warm participants up.
Australia’s longest-running historic motor racing event clocks up its 42nd year in 2018 with three days of non-stop entertainment for motoring enthusiasts. The event, which is held at the Winton Motor Raceway near Benalla, is hosted by the Austin 7 Club and will feature more than 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s. There will also be a display of veteran and vintage vehicles including a section devoted to heritage emergency vehicles. The weekend kicks off with the Benalla & District Classic Car & Motorbike Tour, which gives participants and spectactors a chance to see all the vehicles on the road.
Boxing Day Test
There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as Test cricket, and the Boxing Day Test is at the pinnacle. Be a part of the action at the MCG.
International Dairy Week
Attracting more than 6000 exhibitors and visitors to the heart of Victoria, families and farmers can enjoy the showing of Australia’s finest cattle as well as participate in farming and producers’ workshops and seminars. Taking place in the regional town of Tatura, this prestigious event is one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere attracting visitors from international dairy countries including Germany, USA, France and Argentina. Foodies can expect some great dining options at the event as well as in town.
Festival of Sails
Since 1844, the Festival of Sails has played a key part in the Victorian and Australian yachting calendar. Highly competitive and diverse, the event caters to all levels of sailing from high performance racing machines to family cruisers. Whether you are a sailor or prefer your feet on more solid ground and are looking for a fun way to entertain the family across the Australia Day holiday, this event provides something for everyone to enjoy.
Australian Open – The Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific
Balmy nights, world-class tennis players, colourful fans, live entertainment at Grand Slam Oval and all the tennis action live on the big screen at Garden Square. For two weeks in January, Melbourne Park is home to the action. For more information, visit the website below.