Events to enjoy in Australia this summer 2014

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Summer excites Australians as much as tourists. From December to February, the whole country bustles with activities under the sun, from racing and surfing to dancing and eating. Tourists who travel Australia during this season are lucky to witness the country’s exciting outdoors animated with cultural activities. This 2014, the summer spectacles in all regions continue, with the events below as top must-sees:

National celebration – Australia Day

Celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia in 1788 is an important day in Australia.. On January 26, Australia Day, citizens and migrants come together to celebrate all great things about Australia. There are over 5,000 activities taking place across the country, including parties, concerts, lotteries, and contests. The outdoor markets and barbecues are anticipated in the daytime and after sunset, the skies glow in sundry colours with fireworks. This day is also special as it is when migrants take either an oath or affirmation as they receive their Australian citizenship.

Music – Big Day Out

On the last week of January, six cities in Australia reverberate with various types of music. Originally a Sydney celebration, the Big Day Out offers music artists with a venue to perform before Sydneysiders and Melburnians as well as those living in the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland. Many renowned Australian and overseas artists—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Neil Young, Kanye West—stomp, rock and jazz on stage to the delight of music aficionados. New artists are also given the chance to perform in front of thousands of audiences.

Arts – Sydney Festival

The three weeks of January is a busy time for hundreds of artists in Sydney and the rest of Australia. During Sydney Festival, musicians, visual artists, and performers join the over 100 events to entertain thousands of people. Theatres, music halls, parks, and squares bristle with activities, which include free-for-all shows and paid events. During the Festival, Sydney city comes to life and offers something for everyone no matter what their taste or budget.

Food and Wine – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The rich food and wine industry of Victoria could not all be presented in 12 events back in 1993, so 20 years after its creation by Peter Clemenger, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been showcasing over 200 events. During the Festival, restaurants, laneways, rooftops and basements turn into a cornucopia of the best dishes and drinks for food lovers. The end of the overflowing festival is marked by two events: the World’s Longest Lunches joined by thousands of gluttons; and Langham Melbourne MasterClass that gathers thousands of food and wine lovers before chefs and wine presenters.

Sport: Australian Open

Opening the four-series world tennis tournament, the Australian Open that occurs over the last fortnight of January is one of the most attended sporting events in Australia. Melbourne Park packs thousands of spectators to see international tennis athletes smash their way to victory. Tennis fans enjoy this event more because of the festivities in store, all set up to celebrate the country’s great outdoors. Aside from the Australian Open, other entertaining summer sports in the country include the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race for boaters, the Australian Open of Surfing on Manly Beach for surfers, and the Tour Down Under across South Australia for cyclists.

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