2012 Monthly List of Events and Concerts in Southern Australia | If you are going to be in Southern Australia in 2012, congratulations! You’re going to have a great time and there is going to be plenty to do, regardless of what your interests are.
f you’re not already planning to go, you might want to do a search for cheap hotel reservations now – there are plenty of cheap hotels in Australia and it’s really worth a visit. Here are some of the highlights of the events and festivals taking place in Southern Australia in 2012.
January is a great month for fishermen in Southern Australia, with the inaugural Great Southern Ocean Boat and Fishing Show in Robe and then the Kingston Lions Club Surf Fishing Competition in Kingston (an amateur fishing competition with a variety of great prizes). For those who like German music and cuisine, there’s Adelaide’s annual German festival, Schutzenfest. This festival features a strong man competition, children’s activities and yes, beer. It’s always fun to see Australia hotels fill up with people in lederhosen. For more modern fare, there’s the Crush 11 Adelaide Hills Wine & Food Festival or Barossa Under the Stars, featuring Sting.
It may be tough to find hotels (or at least cheap hotels) in North Adelaide in February because that’s when the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series Cricket Tournament returns after a four year hiatus, this time featuring Australia vs. India. If food and music are more what you’re looking for, try The Aurora Ozone Hotel Street Party in Kingscote. If you’re more into art, Australia’s largest art festival The Adelaide Fringe takes place in Adelaide.
The Clare Valley Film Festival in Blyth is a great place to see the best in Australian and International independent filmmaking. 2012 also features the return of the biennial Adelaide Festival, a multi-art event celebrating music, dance, opera, theatre, and writing. South Australia hotels fill up quickly during this festival, so start your hotel search early.
South Australia hotels will be loaded with people looking for great food and music in April. This month brings the Laura Folk Fair, Tastes of the Outback in Port Augusta and the Rock ‘n Roll Rendezvous in Birdwood. For those who like horse racing, there’s the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival. The Yorke Peninsula Saltwater Classic is a great place to see boats, wooden and classic. The month closes with a feast of a festival, the Tasting Australia festival in Adelaide.
Speed is the attraction in May, with the Millicent Cup Horse Race in Penola, the rally racing of the Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally and the Australian Rogaining Championships in the Outback. Rogaining is a cross-country navigation race where small teams race to checkpoints on foot, using a compass to guide them.
When doing your hotel search for June, see if you can get a room near the top floor in Renmark because that’s where they’re having the Riverland Balloon Fiesta, featuring hot air balloon flights. For those who want their fun to stay on the ground, there’s the Adelaide Antique Fair in Tusmore or the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide.
July is a great time for fishermen, with the annual Beachport Lions Club Salmon Fishing Competition taking place at the beautiful Beachport Salmon Hole. July also marks the beginning of the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Religious activities are the focus in August, with the Penola Presbyterian Church annual Church Fete and the Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day. There is also the SALA festival, the largest visual arts festival in Australia, featuring over 3,000 artists in venues spread throughout the country.
People will be trying to find hotels in Adelaide in September for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival, featuring the Moon Lantern Festival. Earlier in the month, there is The Royal Adelaide Show, South Australia’s biggest annual event, managed by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia. For those interested in sports, there are the Australian Inline Hockey Championships and the Australian University Games, both in Adelaide.
October features the Australian Machine Quilting Festival (AMQF) and the 2012 FINA World Junior diving Championships.
For seniors, November brings the chance to play in the National Championships Over 60s Cricket in Adelaide. There is also the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, featuring over 1,000 characters in a street parade.
The Kangaroo Island Farmers’ Market in Penneshaw takes place on the first Sunday of each month. For those over 40, there’s the Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival in Adelaide.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in Southern Australia in 2012, so pack your bags, find hotels and plan your trip today!
This guest post article was written by Erica Gustafson who is a freelance writer, avid traveler to Australia and digital media consultant for Expedia.