Spring, beautiful spring: the mornings are balmier, the evenings are longer and the birds are swoop-ier. At Scoopon, we believe spring is always worth celebrating, so here’s a rundown of the best activities and experiences you’ll find in your city this season. Come out of hibernation and grab your hayfever tablets, because fun is a guarantee.
Royal Melbourne Show
When: 17th – 27th September
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
The Royal Melbourne Show is a beloved Victorian institution for little kids and big kids alike. The real stars of the show are the animals: here’s where you’ll see spiffy show dogs and prized sheep shearers plying their woolly trade. Our favourite sight by far is the animal nursery – you can hold and feed all the cute little baby animals as long as you want!
And, of course, a trip to the Melbourne Show wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the showbag pavilion. The lines may be long but when you get your hands on a $2 Bertie Beetle showbag, you won’t mind the wait one bit.
When: 8th September – 4th October, 10am–5pm daily
Where: Dandenong Ranges
Here’s an event made for spring: more than 1 million tulips sewn into an ebullient multicoloured tapestry spanning 25 acres. Come for the gorgeous flowers and stay for the market stalls, live entertainment and enticing food stands boasting local gourmet fare.
Sculpture by the Sea
When: 20th October – 6th November
Take the beloved Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk and add another seaside tradition and you’ve got a winning springtime activity celebrated for two decades. Sculpture by the Sea is a two-kilometre art exhibit featuring over 100 sculptures from artists all around the world.
Cirque du Soleil, Kooza
When: 30th August – 6th November
There is only one way to describe Cirque du Soleil: freaking awesome. Kooza pays homage to the vaudevillian roots of traditional circus entertainment with breathtaking acrobatic displays, clowns and death-defying stunts. The colours, music and acts themselves are something the whole family can enjoy.
The Swan Valley region promises some of the best and closest wildlife encounters in Western Australia. In particular, a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park is a must for any animal lover. There are over 2,000 animals and birds to see, and you’ll have the opportunity to pet a wombat and feed a kangaroo! #australia, right?
If you’re after an adults-only day out, leave the kids at home and hit one or all of WA’s stunning wineries. Discover the region’s great mix of small boutique cellars and international players – there is something for everyone.
Get out on the water
There are so many ways to do spring by the water we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is a must-do, but if cruising is more your style, try a whale-watching cruise and catch a dazzling glimpse of the biggest whale migration in the southern hemisphere.
Adventurers: take out a jet ski and zoom around the coast from Hillarys Harbour. There’s nothing funner than a high-octane jet ski joyride!
Go for a hike
Where: Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty
Caveat: the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty walk is about 2.5 hours long and is of medium difficulty, so you’ll need to be of moderate fitness to take it on.
Breathe in; breathe out. Smell that? It’s called fresh air and there’s heaps of it along the Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty walk, just waiting to be inhaled. The walk winds past beautiful flowing creeks and waterfalls on the way towards Mt Lofty’s glorious summit. Once you get there, you’ll be blown away by sweeping views of the city.
Afternoon Delights at Shottesbrooke
When: Sunday 2nd October. 11am – 5pm
Where: Shottesbrooke Winery & Cellar Door
Welcome October in true Epicurean style with a day of delicious food, locally-made wine and chilled out tunes enjoyed in spring’s soul-warming sun.
Afternoon Delights is for the whole family and there are heaps of activities including face painting, so you know the kids will be kept entertained.
Tickets for adults are $15 each and include a take-home Spiegelau wine glass; children two years and older enter for $5 each and they’ll each get an activity pack.
When: 3rd – 24th September
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
Brisbane Festival is one of the biggest and best in the country. With scores of theatre, music, dance and art events, it’s no wonder it attracts over one million people every year.
The final night of the festival goes out with a bang with the Sunsuper Riverfire show – the ultimate fireworks display along the Brisbane river. Victoria Bridge, South bank and Wilson’s Lookout offer some of the best vantage points so you don’t miss a moment of the action.
Each year from June to November Queensland welcomes humpback whales, who are taking a summer break from the cool Arctic waters in order to give birth and teach their calves how life works up north.
The Gold Coast is one of the best places in Queensland to see the whales interacting with each other in their home away from home. Get front row seats to all the action on a spectacular whale-watching cruise taking you right out to all the whale hot-spots for a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience.
Australia’s got spring covered, and we’ve got Australia covered. Whether you’re travelling or staying put, you’ll find an extraordinary adventure with us.