What’s on in Australia: August 2015


In the southern hemisphere, August marks the end of the Australian winter. Many events are designed either to shake off the last of the cold, or to revel in the notion of the coming warmth.

This month, there are some unique events that can help you have a fantastic time in Australia. Here are some ideas for you to do:

Science in Perth

The Perth Science Festival takes place on 15-16 August at the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge. After an immensely popular event in 2014, the festival invites the public to enjoy two days of science, fun and discoveries. The event is a combination of science, art, innovation and technology. Last year, nearly 10,000 people attended the two-day event.

More than just science, the festival also includes music, film, culinary science and food demonstrations. There are meet-and-greet sessions with local scientists and other special guests. If that wasn’t enough, there will be circus performers, Lego robots, street performers and an animal farm.

Thousands of Ukuleles

How can your interest not be piqued by hundreds of ukuleles being plucked and strummed alongside the Great Barrier Reef? For the last weekend of August, the Cairns Ukulele Festival will bring together fans and musicians from around the world. There are concerts, workshops and tours. The festival includes both free and ticketed events with a world-class international line-up.

In the heart of North Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the amazing Barrier Reef, and the celebration of the tropical guitar is an event not to be missed.

Tasmanian Chocolate

Just outside of Launceston, the Chocolate Winterfest is serious business for serious chocolate lovers. Considered the “food of the gods”, the sweet festival will help visitors learn about the treat and indulge their sweet tooth. Event organisers hope the event will help Tasmanians and visitors escape from the winter blahs.

The area is home to the House of Anvers chocolate factory and museum. The festival has been celebrating chocolate since 2004.

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