Forget April showers, it's time for good times and great memories with some great events in Australia!
Australian Surf Life Saving Championships - KURRAWA BEACH, GOLD COAST
2 April – 10 April
Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast will again play host to the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. The Championships, or "The Aussies" as they are known among surf clubs around the country, bring together over 8,000 of the finest surf lifesavers from Australia and around the world, showcasing surf lifesaving at its absolute best. Competitors of all ages from under 15s to Opens and Masters compete in the surf and on the sand across more than 300 exhilarating Surf Life Saving events during a week of action-packed competition.
Targa Tasmania - TASMANIA
4 April – 9 April
Over six days of Targa Tasmania, the world's best touring, sports and GT cars compete in competitive stages on the Island's toughest roads. They travel more than 2000 kilometres (1200 miles) to challenge the best in their category. Each year up to 300 of the world's finest cars and drivers compete on Tasmania's scenic routes and mountain passes. It's your chance to get close to the best from Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bmw, Mercedes Benz, Lotus, Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan and Toyota.
Melbourne Latin Festival - MELBOURNE
8 April - 10 April
Admission: From $35
This Festival brings to you 3 nights of parties, 2 days of workshops, 150 dancers, 50 workshops and 60 hours of absolute FUN!! Melbourne Latin Festival (MLF) 2011 bringing you an exciting and entertainment filled weekend where more than 150 Latin dancers, some of the best Latin DJs and live Latin bands will gather in Melbourne.
Sydney Comedy Festival - SYDNEY
11 April – 8 May
Sydney's annual comedy festival with over 300 shows across 15 venues in three weeks. A feast of entertainment show-casing the brightest comic heroes from across Australia coupled with the best international gems on offer, the Festival plies its trade on Australia's most famous stages including the landmark Sydney Opera House and the iconic Enmore Theatre. The line up so far features Cracker Night, RocKwiz Live, Danny Bhoy (Sco), Tommy Tiernan (Ire), Stephen K Amos (UK), Jason Byrne (Ire), Nina Conti (UK), Greg Proops (US), Ardal O'Hanlon (Ire) and Gabriel Iglesias (US).
Sydney Royal Easter Show - SYDNEY
14 April – 27 April
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is jam-packed with family entertainment bringing the best of the country to the city. Come along and get amongst Australia’s greatest – see the animals, meet our Australian farmers and be entertained like never before. Come and see the famous Dairy Farmers Farmyard Animal Nursery where you will be able to feed, pat and hold all of the baby animals. Join an ‘Ask a Farmer’ Shed Tour and go ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the cattle pavilion.
Sydney Vintage Clothing Jewellery and Textiles Show - SYDNEY
15 April – 17 April
If you love vintage and antique clothing and accessories then this is the fair for you. More than 60 exhibitors will be selling vintage and antique clothing and accessories, antique and vintage jewellery, linen, lace and textiles, small collectables such as magazines, posters, fashion plates, sewing patterns, tools and parasols. Other entertainment includes demonstration of vintage style makeup techniques and hairstyles, presentation of vintage fashions, guest speakers and competition for Best Dressed in Vintage on Friday evening, Swing Dance demonstration, Lucky Door and Best Dressed in Vintage prizes over the whole weekend.
Bluesfest Byron Bay - TYAGARAH, NSW
21 April – 26 April
Australia’s premier blues and roots festival, with six stages and more than 200 performances of the best blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists. In addition to the six performance stages, four licensed bars, two undercover food halls, an undercover sit down area is a new addition. Headlining this years event will be Ben Harper and Relentless7, Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, BB King, Grace Jones, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell and George Clinton.
Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race - BRISBANE
22 April – 24 April
This is an opportunity to see some of Australia's top offshore racing yachts start Queensland's premier offshore passage race, the 62nd Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. Around 300 private and commercial craft gather around the start line and an estimated 60,000 spectators flock to Moreton Bay foreshores each year to see the race start and attend associated events including the Sandgate Bluewater Festival. Many more greet the yacht in Gladstone and attend the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Festival - ULLADULLA, NSW
There are a myriad of colourful and exciting events held throughout the Festival over the Easter weekend and beyond, including the Blessing of the Fleet main street parade and day of entertainment on Easter Sunday. The most significant element will be the actual Blessing of the Fleet, on the morning of Easter Sunday. The festivities will conclude with a magnificent fireworks display over Ulladulla Harbour on Easter Sunday. There is also the Harbour Markets on Easter Monday.
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