As we farewell the depths of winter and welcome the seasonal shift to spring that September signals, not only does the natural world spring to life but so too do spring-based attractions and events that you’ll want to mark on your calendar right now. Here are 12 of our favourites:


1. Road trip to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Jump in the car for a short road trip to the Tesselaar Tulip Farm this spring and grab the ultimate spring selfie amongst fields of tulips. Just an hour from the Melbourne CBD, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a must-visit between the 10th of September and the 9th of October, with well over a million spring flowering bulbs (including almost a million Tulips) forming a picturesque backdrop for a spring festival with a Dutch flavour. This month-long festival includes market stalls, delicious Dutch foods, entertainment and even Australia’s biggest clog!


2. Host an AFL Grand Final BBQ bash

As all Aussies know, September is the month when everything comes to a head with the inaugural footy grand finale. Step your viewing party up a notch this year by hosting the ultimate BBQ bash with friends and family. Prep everything in advance and follow these ultimate BBQ tips – that way, you won’t be stuck manning the BBQ and missing out on all the action.


Friends at an AFL barbeque bash


3. Get edgy at Sydney’s Fringe Festival

Uncover something a bit different at Sydney’s Fringe Festival this September. With over 300 productions across more than 50 venues, there’s comedy, cabaret, theatre, and even entertainment for the kids. With a mix of ticketed and free events, visit the Sydney Fringe Festival website and get your schedule sorted.


4. Take in the Southern Lights

September marks the spring equinox, and with it comes one of the best times to view The Southern Lights (Aurora Australis). Tasmania is the ultimate spot to witness this natural spectacle, and you’ll want to be away from artificial lights with a wide view of the horizon to capture the captivating flickering green, blues and reds illuminating the night sky. Find the perfect viewing spot in Tassie.



5. Experience Adelaide’s vineyards

Temperate conditions make spring one of the best times to tour Adelaide’s sprawling and abundant vineyards. The award-winning and internationally acclaimed Barossa has enough wineries, cellar doors and delectable dining experiences to fill your itinerary quickly. Or head east of Adelaide to The Lane Vineyard to blend your own drop, savour a mini degustation among the picturesque Adelaide hills or take a seat at the Chef’s Table.


Looking for more vineyard hopping inspiration? Here are the Tesselaar Tulip Festival to swill and sip your way through.


6. Take to the skies in Canberra

Crisp, clear mornings and warmer days make spring the absolute best time to take to the skies in a hot air balloon and soak up panoramic vistas over the nation’s capital. Floating across Canberra at around 2,000 feet, you’ll enjoy a birds-eye view of the city like no other, and most operators will seal the experience with a celebratory glass of champagne.


7. Watch top cyclists go for gold at the UCI Road World Championships

Head to Wollongong this September and catch over 1,000 of the world’s top cyclists competing for a coveted gold medal in this prestigious event. Attracting more than 300 million viewers around the globe, secure a spot trackside and experience the thrill of one of the many events taking place between 18th-25th September. View the full programme here.


8. Get entertained at the Perth Royal Show

Dating back to the 1800s, Western Australia’s largest annual community event continues to entertain and lure visitors of all ages from all over the country every September. With all major attractions free of charge, it won’t break the bank, and with 400 entertainers, 300 performances and an epic fireworks display taking place during the week, you won’t be disappointed. Plan your day at the Perth Royal Show.


9. Visit our National Treasures

Head to the heart of our great nation, the Northern Territory and experience the majestical Red Centre at its best. While it’s a special place to visit year-round, during spring, you’ll avoid the unbearably hot summer days and the icy sunrises and sunsets of winter.

From dining under the desert sky, visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta or taking a dip in a secluded, local watering hole, there are plenty of unique nature-rich experiences that will leave you feeling revitalised.


Kata Tjuta


10. Wake up from winter with the Brisbane Festival

This explosion of arts, performances and experiences promises to awaken Brisbanites from their winter slumber while drawing in crowds from around the country. It’s a colourful event set against the backdrop of the river and iconic Brisbane city landmarks and runs with an action-packed schedule from the 2nd to the 24th of September. Get planning now.


11. Ski and Party in Queenstown

Longer daylight hours, soft snow, stable weather, and skiing in a t-shirt all make spring ski trips to Queenstown a good idea. Spring also marks the arrival of on and off-mountain fun festivals like the Winter Pride Festival running from August 26th to the 4th of September, and Snow Machine – an epic 4-day music festival featuring international and local acts with stages en-piste at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, and at an arena in Queenstown by night.


12. Get WOW’ed in Wellington

The World of WearableArt (WOW) is a unique annual event that combines art, design, and fashion into a theatrical stage performance across two weeks, from September 29th to the 16th of October. Attracting talent from across the world, it takes the creative team around 18 months to bring the WOW Awards Season together so that the audience can view works of art being brought to life with dancers, aerialists, musicians, and performers.

Secure tickets before it sells out.


Shake that winter hibernation and spring into some fun

With plenty to look forward to as the days get longer and the weather becomes more settled, it’s time to emerge from your winter cocoon and get amongst the many spring festivals, sporting events and natural wonders on offer around us. Just remember to keep COVID safe and continue to check for any local guidelines that may apply.


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