Follow the event trail around Australia

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Gather the team: Take your family on a road trip to some exciting events happening all over the nation this summer.

Gather the team: Take your family on a road trip to some exciting events happening all over the nation this summer.

Sometimes it seems there are just too many options when it comes to summer holidays. Beaches, rainforests, outback towns – with so many great places to visit in Australia, how do you choose where to go?

A strategy that is sure to please every member of the family (except perhaps the teenagers because – let’s face it, there’s no pleasing teenagers) is to follow the events circuit in Australia. 

On any weekend throughout Australia over summer, you will find an activity or event to suit your needs, your budget and your preferences. 

Sports-nuts will love attending the World Tennis Challenge in January in South Australia. 

See current players take on legends of the game and hit the court yourself for the Be Active Challenge, Australia’s largest tennis participation event. In the hotly-anticipated blockbuster summer of sport, tennis often tops the family wishlist and with so many legends of the sport travelling to Australia for the Australian Open in January, its a great time to get involved.

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Those with refined tastes and a love of food and wine will love the Taste of Tasmania in December. 

Tasmania's biggest food and wine festival adds flavour to the end of the year in the city of Hobart, celebrating the state's justifiably famous produce and fine food in a carnival atmosphere on the city's docks.

The Sydney to Hobart yacht race from boxing day is another highly anticipated event that sees visitors scrambling for a place from which to watch the action.

A number of harbour cruises can get you close to the action, including the Sydney Sundancer, which positions itself right beside the start line as the gun fires.

Another popular way to watch the start is from the public Manly ferry as it crosses the harbour.

The Crush Festival, held in January in South Australia celebrates the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills at this one day festival. Enjoy tastings, degustation menus, music, art and markets.

Field of Light; Uluru.

Field of Light; Uluru.

For something completely different, take a trip to the Northern Territory to experience Field of Lights. Bruce Munro's internationally acclaimed art installation Field of Light, set glittering at the base of Uluru, has been extended for another season. The epic art piece will now be on show until 31 March 2018 giving you plenty of time to start planning your dream trip to the Red Centre.

No matter what you’re into or when you have leave booked, there is an experience for you in your own backyard this summer. 

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