“It can be cool Buildings are designed to keep the Australian sun out. For large parts of the year this is a very worthwhile exercise, but Australia has an oft-unspoken-of winter. On the south coast there is a significant winter where night time temperatures hover around freezing for four months of the year, which to my mind is cold enough to warrant some central heating and double glazing, and yet many buildings have neither. They are all designed to be cool so take a sweater.”—10 Things You May Not Know About Australia | Travel tip | Traveldudes.org
Year 2012 is about to come to an end and Year 2013 is poised to enter our life. Saying goodbye to the bygone year while welcoming the new year always involves the elements of music, dance, fun, laughter and fireworks…
On 31 December 2012, the Federation Square will come alive with the beats and rhythm of fabulous African music complete with the sounds of African drums in a free program of live music and dance performances.
Everything on offer at Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market is made locally, making the market a real favourite for those seeking one-of-a-kind treasures for themselves or as gifts. Just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, with the relaxed feel of a regional craft market against the backdrop of Melbourne’s buzzing arts precinct.
Open: Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm except December 30th 2012
Bayside Film Festival 2012 in MELBOURNE explores transition to entice you into the filmic world. The Festival aims to capture your imagination through its collection of personal stories about individuals moving through various challenges in their lives.”—
“…Australian tourism has received a boost since this extraordinary marvel was built. The Sydney Opera House is an artistic expression of world culture and heritage. People from around the globe throng this marvelous building to have an enthralling experience in the musical journey. If you are on a tour to Australia, don’t forget to visit this architectural wonder.”—
“Sure, Sydney may be a cosmopolitan place known for its smart eateries, pubs and colorful nightlife, but don’t be totally fooled. By day, this family-friendly city also offers loads to do to keep its most-demanding residents happy too.
Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do with the kids. And even if you don’t have children, many are still worth a visit.”—10 of the best Sydney day trips for children | CNNGo.com
“Art Melbourne is making art accessible to everyone. The fair invites both first-time buyers and seasoned collectors to seek out exciting new artists and to browse the thousands of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, indigenous works, new media art and works on paper, including limited edition prints, many accessibly priced. From: Thursday 24th of May 2012 To Sunday 27th of May 2012
Time: Thurs: 5pm-9pm Fri: 12pm - 9pm Sat/Sun: 10am - 5pm”—Art Melbourne
“The Australia of today hosts a unique blend of great diversity of cultural practices and traditions, pursuits and new influences. Considered as one of the most multicultural societies in the world, Australia is home to over 22 million people, with approximately 1 in 4 Australian residents born overseas from about 200 countries.”—Migrate and Enjoy the Aussie Way of Life | Australia Visa Immigration Information
“MELBOURNE APRIL 18, 2012…
A DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF TOURISM WITH BRUCE POON TIP, FOUNDER OF G ADVENTURES. On April 18, 2012 G Adventures invites you to the Future of Tourism—an evening of discussion, debate and creative exchange between visionaries from across the tourism spectrum.”—Melbourne Future of Tourism - Talk on Sustainable Tourism
“The museum won the award for Major Tourist Attraction the Victorian Tourism Awards in both 2011 and 2010. The award recognised Melbourne Museum’s success in 2010/2011, a year during which the museum saw 1,428,238 visitors come through its doors – it’s highest-ever visitation. Of that number, an impressive 538,194 were regional, interstate and international visitors.”—Melbourne Museum wins top Australian Tourism Award | Destination Melbourne
“Like the great cities of New York, London and Paris that are remembered for their music, architecture and culture, Melbourne has also become an international destination, particularly for jazz musicians. Melbourne’s rich pool of home grown talent, more than ever, is attracting collaborative peers from all over the world. The 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival will inspire all to celebrate life as it should be – immersed in music!”—2012 Program | Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2012
“The legendary Jambalaya Festival Of Rhythm And Dance returns with 3 nights and 2 days of music and dance workshops, live performances, theatre, art installations, international food, crafts, DJ’s, bands, parties and more…”—http://www.jambalaya.co.nz/festival/info.shtml
“Movies in Parks returns this summer with another fantastic programme of free movies and entertainment in February and March. This year Auckland Council brings you the biggest programme yet, with events spanning both sides of the bridge to include the North Shore and the Auckland isthmus.”—Movies in Parks 2012
“Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has been an annual event in Auckland since 1972, when the Auckland Joggers Club initiated it. The first run attracted 1200 participants and has now grown to be one of the world’s largest fun-runs with nearly 40,000 registered runners and an estimated 70,000 participants.”—About the Run | Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
“There’s always fabulous shopping to be done at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Spread your wings for a global gallop at the World Bazaar, take in the latest and greatest in Fashion and Style, pick up some quality homewares and head for an Australian icon, RM Williams, for the finest Australian-made clothing and boots - at a greatly reduced price.”—|| Sydney Royal Easter Show
“Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent. In earlier days there were many foods that observant Christians would not eat during Lent such as meat and fish, eggs, and milky foods. So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.”—Easter in Australia - australia.gov.au
“Melbourne Museum is one of my must-do recommendations in Melbourne for families with kids. As well as the usual exhibitions of fossils, forests and Phar Lap, the Children’s Gallery is a kid-friendly space aimed at teaching mainly 3-8 year olds about natural history, with an adjoining undercover play area housing old-fashioned games such as hopscotch and quoits”—HOT: Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery Giveaway — TOT: HOT OR NOT
“The films long finished, we now have a huge range of tours for Lord of the Rings fans to visit and actually stand on the very places they have seen in all three of the movies. They are scattered throughout the country, and you could well plan your independent trip through New Zealand around a loose Lord of the Rings theme.”—Lord Of The Rings