Australia is home to a kaleidoscope of truly wonderful and world-class events for over 50s. Below features the best events and festivals across Australia – festivals to suit foodies and wine aficionados, top-tier sporting affairs, regional and international music concerts of every appeal, and eclectic cultural celebrations across our colourful capital cities.
Sydney Royal Easter Show, 23 March – 3 April, Sydney NSW
The best of the country is presented to the city with animal and woodchopping shows, fresh produce displays and memorable evening entertainment.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 28 March – 22 April, Melbourne VIC
One of the top three comedy events on the world stage. Witness stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, film, street performances and the visual arts.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games 4 – 15 April, Gold Coast QLD
The Gold Coast plays host to the much anticipated 2018 Commonwealth Games this April.
Sydney Comedy Festival 23 April – 20 May, Sydney NSW
The best comedic talent from Australia and the world, at Sydney’s most iconic venues.
Tjungu Festival 26 – 29 April, Yulara NT
A showcase and celebration of the best of Indigenous Australian culture.
Canberra International Music Festival 27 April – 6 May, Canberra ACT
From Beowulf to Bach and Bernstein, Canberra becomes a musically transformed city.
Bright Autumn Festival 27 April – 6 May, Bright VIC
A ten-day celebration of the Victorian Alpine High Country’s beautiful autumn colours.
Sydney Writers’ Festival 30 April – 6 May, Sydney NSW
Australia’s biggest celebration of writing and ideas brings together the world’s leading intellectuals and creatives.
Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, 11 – 20 May, East Kimberley WA
Expect regional tours and degustation under moonlight in this exciting showcase of the East Kimberley region.
Vivid Sydney 25 May – 16 June, Sydney NSW
The city of Sydney is artistically transformed each winter in a city-wide festival of free events, art installations and light displays, which make the Harbour City come to life. Join the Vivid Ideas programme for thought-provoking workshops or wander the sparkling city streets through night markets and forests of light.
Experience the best of the 2018 festival on a unique 6 Day Vivid Sydney Tour!
Sydney Film Festival 6 – 17 June, Sydney NSW
More than 200 of the world’s best new films are set to screen amongst nights of entertaining premieres and inspiring talks.
Barunga Festival 8 – 10 June, Barunga NT
This celebration of Indigenous history and community life revolves around music, sport and culture.
Dark Mofo 15 – 24 June, Hobart & Launceston TAS
Celebrating the darkness of the winter solstice with light installations, the nude solstice swim and artistic events across Tasmania.
Festival of Voices 29 June – 15 July, Tasmania
The festival that transforms Tasmania’s towns into singing cities.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo 9 – 12 August, Mount Isa QLD
Four days of rodeo action, rock ‘n’ roll and outback competitions come to Australia’s leading rodeo town.
Darwin Festival 9 – 26 August, Darwin NT
The tropical city is transformed by free events, concerts, theatre and multicultural celebrations.
Melbourne Writers Festival 24 August – 2 September, Melbourne VIC
International and wide-ranging, Melbourne’s literary festival features debates, film, workshops and literary banquets.
Shinju Matsuri 25 August – 2 September, Broome WA
An exciting celebration of Broome’s multicultural history, featuring a floating lantern matsuri and long table feast under the stars.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend 31 August – 2 September, Barossa Valley SA
In the stunning Barossa Valley, join in over forty events of gourmet trail tours, tastings, masterclasses and brunches.
Brisbane Festival 8 – 29 September, Brisbane QLD
This three-week cultural celebration culminates in Australia’s longest fireworks display, the Sunsuper Riverfire.
Floriade 15 September – 14 October, Canberra ACT
Floriade is Australia’s premier spring festival and flower show with over a million floral displays. The exciting event features creative workshops, tours, hands-on planting, and the accompanying two-weekend Nightfest of light installations, music, comedy and pop-up events.
Join an exclusive 9 Day Floriade Tour, beginning in country Tamworth, exploring the Hunter Valley vineyards, the breathtaking Blue Mountains, and culminating in an unique tour of Canberra’s iconic Floriade.
Parrtjima 28 September – 7 October, Alice Springs NT
This spirited festival celebrates Indigenous culture and showcases the beauty of Alice Springs through its colourful fields of light.
Melbourne Festival 3 – 21 October, Melbourne VIC
The festival seeks to break new ground in culture and the arts with diverse events on across the city.
Invictus Games Sydney 2018 20 – 27 October, Sydney NSW
An international sporting event for wounded and injured defence personnel, striving to inspire recovery, support and understanding through the power of sport.
Feast Festival 10 – 25 November, Adelaide SA
Adelaide’s queer arts festival celebrates the diversity of sexualities and gender with cultural events and celebratory parties across the vibrant city.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape 15 – 18 November, Margaret River WA
This weekend showcasing the Margaret River region’s wine, craft beer and local produce attracts some of the best chefs from around the world.