Sydney New Year’s Eve party hot spots to bring in 2018

By New South Wales / Sydney /

With Sydney set to throw the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve party party featuring outstanding fireworks displays, we’ve asked the Destination NSW team to reveal some of the city’s best vantage points and parties for revellers to ring in 2018.

As NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall says: “Every year Sydney erupts into a kaleidoscope of colour as the nation’s biggest-ever fireworks display welcomes in the New Year. With many locations across the harbour foreshore to view the fireworks, as well as festivities and parties to experience, celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney is another great reason to book a holiday to NSW.”

Here are some great options to watch all the action

Sydney - New Years Eve

The Rocks

Campbell’s Cove is on Hickson Road north of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, offers front row views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Revellers are advised to arrive early as the area usually reaches capacity at around 4pm. Admission is free; Opening times: 9.30am 31 December to 1am 1 January.

Circular Quay

To nab a spot on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House it’s best to arrive as early as possible as this iconic spot reaches capacity early in the day. Food and drinks are available for purchase onsite. Admission is free; Opening times: 7.30am 31 December to 1.30am 1 January.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs Macquarie’s Poinnt is one of the most popular viewing spots for New Year’s Eve due to the location’s fantastic views. This vantage point also offers food and drinks available for purchase onsite. Admission is free; Opening times: 10am 31 December to 12.15am1 January.

Barangaroo Reserve

This year, celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve. The Reserve is one of the best-value ticketed New Year’s Eve venues on Sydney Harbour. The spectacular harbourside location, superb views of the sunset and the western façade of the Sydney Harbour Bridge make Barangaroo Reserve the ultimate spot to enjoy the 9pm and midnight fireworks. The site will feature light entertainment, picnic spaces, food and beverage hampers available for purchase and family-friendly alcohol-free zones, as well as licensed areas. Tickets start at $40 for adults and from $5 for children. Juniors under two are free. Tickets are available for purchase from Admission is ticketed; Opening times: 6pm 31 December to 12.45am 1 January.

Darling Harbour

Viewing spots around Cockle Bay are prized locations and this year will be no exception. With a free program of live music and light shows from 7pm, as well as the famous 9pm and midnight fireworks, Cockle Bay is set to be one of the most exciting, free family-friendly locations to celebrate the end of 2017. Admission is free; Opening times: 11am 31 December to 1.30am 1 January.

Sydney Harbour Islands

Shark Island will be transformed into an island paradise this New Year’s Eve. Guests will be treated to a live DJ and some of the best views of Sydney Harbour. Dance to the tunes of DJ Adi Toohey and Sydney’s own Recess DJs. Sliders, fries and desserts will be available for purchase from Slippin’ Sliders. Tickets start from $232 for adults and from $165 for children. Children aged under four are free. Tickets include ferry transfers to and from Rose Bay.

Sydney’s other islands including Cockatoo Island, Goat Island and Clark Island offer a range of exciting New Year’s Eve events. For a lively celebration book a ticket to enjoy a three-course meal and Garden Party on Clark Island with tickets priced from $395 for adults and $242 for children. Children aged under four are free.

On the water

For a ‘ferry good view’ of the fireworks, jump aboard an iconic Sydney Harbour Ferry from Manly or Rose Bay Wharf for a front row seat of the fireworks. Exclusive tickets are now available for the Harbour of Lights Parade which gives visitors a tour of the Harbour and the closest views of the 9pm and midnight fireworks. Guests can pack a picnic to enjoy on-board with tickets starting from $150 for adults and $125 for concessions.

Sydney CBD

Sitting 47 floors above the city and offering 360 degree views from the deck of a revolving restaurant, O Bar and Dining is one of the most exclusive places in Sydney to see in the New Year. Choose to have an eight-course degustation dinner or rolling chef’s tapas taking in Sydney from all angles in the unique circular dining room. The cuisine is based on chef and owner Michael Moore’s healthy eating philosophy and complements an extensive wine list and innovative cocktail menu of modern, classic and vintage drinks. Tickets start from $475 for adults (18 years+ only).

Portside Sydney will host an exquisite ‘La Riviera’ themed party this New Year’s Eve with open-air dining and uninterrupted views of the world-famous 9pm and midnight fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Guests can enjoy free-flowing French Champagne, cocktails, live food stations and canapes by Lauren Murdoch all night as they enjoy the live music beneath the stars, under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Tickets are priced from $695 for adults (18 years+ only).

While demand is high, revellers can still book a hotel room in the city to ring in the New Year. Travellers are advised to book fast as hotels will be at capacity on 31 December.

For a full list of Sydney New Year’s Eve vantage points visit and find your Sydney car rental here.


5 unmissable events in Queensland this November

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE sun shines all year round in Queensland so that’s reason alone to jump in a Brisbane car rental and head for the sun, sand and sea. But while the notoriously brilliant beach life is always available for visitors, some super events come and ago and take another 12 months before they come around again. So let’s look at 5 ripper events put forward by the Tourism Queensland team in the Sunshine State before we sign off on 2017.

No.1… Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

November 1-5

The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day bonanza based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event. Super Saturday is one of the highlights of the event with the Superkidz and Special Triathlon in the morning and the Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium and Asics Noosa Bolt in the afternoon, which also includes the Legends Triathlon with all the events attracting a premium field and sporting legends. Of course, the crown event is the Noosa Triathlon on Sunday, which has continued its prime position of the largest standard distance race in the world. It includes a one and a half kilometre swim, a 40km bike and 10km run. With over 12,000 athletes competing over the event week, it is certainly one event you need to experience for yourself.

No.2… The Wizard of Oz in South Brisbane (pictured)

November 4 – December 3

The world’s favourite musical is returning to Australia and the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane from 4 November 2017 before travelling to Sydney from 30 December. Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced that Australia’s leading musical theatre star Anthony Warlow will be playing The Wizard and Professor Marvel, while Lucy Durack will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Jemma Rix will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

No.3… Rugby League World Cup semi final and final

November 24 and December 2

The Rugby League World Cup Semi Final in Brisbane will take place on November 24 and the final will explode on December 2 in Milton, in a month when the world’s best players descend on Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea for the Rugby League World Cup in Queensland. The tournament will see 14 teams play 28 games over five weeks from 27 October until 2 December 2017 – all hoping to be crowned World Cup Winners, in what is the pinnacle event in international Rugby League. This will be the biggest sporting event in Australia during 2017, with Brisbane Stadium to host a much-anticipated Semi Final of the Rugby League World Cup on Friday 24 November 2017. The atmosphere will be electric in the stadium, and the fan experience will be unrivalled, as two of the world’s best teams battle it out for a place in the Final at Milton in early December.

No.4… Woodford Folk Festival

December 27 – January 1

Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland is an annual six day and night event. It is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events. It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The program encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.

No.5… Australian PGA Championship, Benowa, Gold Coast

November 30 – December 3

Australia’s most energetic golf tournament, the Australian PGA Championship is back at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland from 30 November to 3 December. A stellar list of Australian and international players from all over the globe are expected to compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. The 2017 tournament will feature an array of entertainment on and off the course, but it’s the Soniq Million Dollar Hole where the tournament really comes alive. While players aim to ace their way to a big pay day, fans will be celebrating in the sun with great food, music and entertainment.


Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer…

It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 

After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!

Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style.

Mardi Gras
Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

Also try Five Ways To Play – Sydney to the Blue Mountains


Spring festivals in Australia – where to celebrate the season

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

Many people would agree that spring is the loveliest time of year. So why not get out and explore some of the best spring festivals that Australia has to offer…

Whether you’re a passionate gardener, a food lover or an arts and film buff, there are spring festivals for every niche.

For an affordable getaway, check out DriveNow’s website for some cheap campervan hire deals. Then make your way to one of these incredible spring festivals.

Brisbane Spring Festival

9-30 September, 2017

Spend 21 days celebrating one of Queensland’s most exciting arts festivals. More than a million people attend every year. Not only do you get the chance to explore thrilling opera, classical and contemporary music. You can also head along to comedy shows, circus, theatre and dance performances. There truly is something for everyone.

Bright Spring Festival

21 October – 7 November, 2017

Drive 320km north east of Melbourne to the charming town of Bright. Lush, green mountains surround you, while colourful flowers start to bloom again after winter. You’ll witnesses colourful flowers of all different types at the Bright Spring Festival. As the word gets out, more and more people are coming every year to admire Bright’s beautiful gardens.

Renmark’s Rose Festival

20-29 October, 2017

Here’s another stunning flower festival. This one is dedicated purely to roses. Drive 250km north east of Adelaide to discover spring in this quaint, rural town. Renmark is home to Ruston’s Rose Garden, which boasts 27 acres of beautiful roses and ornamentals. It’s the perfect place to explore by foot. Then relax with tea or coffee in the gardens afterwards.

Sydney Fringe Festival

1-30 September, 2017

It’s the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales. Every September, Sydney present more than 300 productions ore events across more than 50 venues. They all celebrate the innovative creations of independent artists, art makers and performers. There are interactive art exhibitions, artists talks and foodie feasts.


Your guide to Melbourne’s 2017 Spring Racing Carnival

By Australia / Victoria /

Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is one of Australia’s great sporting highlights. It attracts race-goers from across the nation and the word. But some of the best Spring Racing Carnival highlights aren’t only in Melbourne, but they’re in country Victoria too. 

All you need to do is hire a car from Melbourne and then you can travel to these fantastic events on the racing calendar.

Cox Plate

Every year in late October, the Moonee Valley Racecourse plays host to the famous Group One WS Cox Plate over 2040m.  It’s widely known among those in the racing community as the weight-for-age championship of Australasia. This is one event you surely don’t want to miss.

Oaks Day

‘Ladies Day’ is the top Spring Racing Carnival event on every woman’s calendar. The Group One VRC Oaks is the signature race of the day. Off the field you’ll see a competition of another kind, as women from across Australia show off their best frocks as they contend for the winner of the famous Myer Fashions on the Field.

Kyneton Cup

The Kyneton Cup is one of the great country race days of the year. NMIT Kyneton Park, which is set next to the stunning Campaspe River, is also considered one of the country’s best picturesque racecourses. More than 6,000 peple visit the town in central Victoria for the high class horse racing and off the field entertainment.

Ballarat Cup

About 17,000 people flock to the Ballarat Cup every year in November. There’s non-stop racing, with more than $1m in prize money. There’s also fashions on the field competitions, live music and plenty of delicious food to help you indulge. The Ballarat Turf Club is one of regional Victoria’s premier racetracks. You wouldn’t want to celebrate this event at any other location.

Melbourne Cup

Australia’s best known horse racing event is held on the first Tuesday of November every year. More than 100,000 people, including celebrity VIP guests, pack Flemington Racecourse to witness ‘the race that stops the nation’. Dress up in your most stylish outfit, sip on some champagne and wait at 3pm on Cup Day approaches. It’s one of the greatest social events of the year.


Where to stay at the Queenscliff Music Festival

By Australia / Victoria /

The Queenscliff Music Festival is once again returning to the Bellarine Peninsula this November. The festival has been running since 1997, treating music-lovers to an intimate festival experience and seaside views.

This year’s line-up includes The Beautiful Girls, Bernard Fanning, The Tesky Brothers, Nai Palm and The Temper Trap.

If you’re heading to Queenscliff in late November, make sure you book your festival tickets early and check out some cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport. Travel an hour and a half west of Melbourne and consider staying at one of these great venues.

Vue Grand

Travellers consistently rate this accommodation as one of the best in Queenscliff. One of the most beautiful rooms is the Turret Suite, with stunning 180 degree seaside views. There’s also the Traditional Rooms, which take you back in time to the 19th century, when this extraordinary building first became a landmark.

BIG4 Beacon Resort (pictured)

Here, you are spoiled for choice. Whether you want to park your caravan, pitch a tent or stay in a spacious cabin, you’ll find accommodation to suit any budget. There is also a pool, gym, tennis court and day spa onsite.

Swan Bay Holiday Park

On the shore of beautiful Swan Bay at Queenscliff is this lovely holiday park. Choose from powered or unpowered sites, or even pretty cabins. There’s a walking track close to the holiday park too. Right near your accommodation is a boat ramp and jetty, which is perfect if you want to have a go at fishing so you can wind down after the music festival.

Seaview House

Here’s another place to stay where you can admire historic architecture. Seaview House’s history dates back to 1875 and continues to charm visitors with its traditional guesthouse atmosphere to this very day. Seaview House is also set in a perfect location – close to shops, the local maritime museum and other local tourist attractions.


Phillip Island MotoGP and where to stay

By Australia / Victoria /

The Phillip Island MotoGP is one of Australia’s greatest sporting events of the year. Rev heads definitely don’t want to miss the thrilling action against a scenic, coastal backdrop. But if you want to make sure you’re staying nearby so you don’t miss any of the action, then you’ll have to book your accommodation in advance.

Whether you want to stay at a hotel, camp or rent your own house, all you need to do is check out DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Melbourne Airport then make your way there! Here are some of the best places to stay when you’re visiting for the Phillip Island MotoGP.

Rent a holiday home

If you value privacy – for example, an entire garden or pool to yourself – then renting a holiday house is the way to go. Expect to pay higher prices if you’re after luxury, but the good news is it can actually be cheaper per person to rent a large house for a big group. Phillip Island Holiday Homes and Stayz are some of the popular websites where you can find whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s a house with seaside views, right on the sand or a quick walk from the Phillip Island MotoGP.

The Waves Apartments

If stylish and modern accommodation is you thing, then The Waves Apartments is the pick of the bunch. Each room features a kitchenette for your convenience, plus a two-person spa for your enjoyment. You can also pick up apartments with seaside views. It has all the amenities you need for your holiday and there are six different styles of accommodation to choose from. It’s less than 10 minutes from the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Ramada Resort Phillip Island (pictured)

Ramada Resort encompasses 65 acres of beautiful countryside, which includes natural bushland and gardens. You would never guess that this resort is just 4km from the entrance to the MotoGP track. You’ll have many great facilities right on your doorstep, including tennis courts, gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, biking trails, to name a few. You can enjoy a finely furnished studio or cottage.

Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park

If you want to stay close to the beach and don’t mind camping or staying in a cabin, then the Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park will be a great choice. There are 50 grasses sites for caravans, tents, RVs, etc. All are comfortable and only a short walk from Cowes Esplanade. To top that, it’s also just a 7 minute drive to get to the MotoGP everyday.


Party time in the Northern Territory over winter months

By Australia / Darwin / Northern Territory /

COOLER temperature and the dry season up north usually means there’s a party going on in the Northern Territory, so jump in your Darwin car rental or Alice Springs car hire and get ready to enjoy one of these great events. Tourism Northern Territory gives us the heads up for coming months:

Beer Can Regatta (Darwin), July 9

See boats built of beer cans, plastic soft drink bottles and cartons put to the test! Get involved in some of the silly competitions that take place at this unique Top End festival. Thousands gather for this annual Darwin family event on Mindil Beach, taking full advantage of the balmy dry season weather in the Northern Territory.

Apex Camel Cup (Alice Springs), July 15

The quirky, annual Apex Camel Cup attracts visitors to Alice Springs from all over the world. While camels may have a reputation as dedicated ‘ships of the desert’, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Entertainment is assured, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day for what is a Northern Territory classic!

Darwin Festival (Darwin), August 10-27

Darwin Festival combines the local love of outdoor community festivities and dining with a program of Australian and international performances and exhibitions. Festival goers can be seen for 18 nights each August at the long communal tables in the festooned Festival Park eating Darwin’s legendary Asian food and arguing about who has seen the most shows.

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (Darwin), August 11-13

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair is back! Affectionately known as DAAF, it provides an amazing and genuine opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design aficionados, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres. The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists. It  also provides a space for visitors to meet them and learn from the variety of different cultural groups across Australia.

Henley on Todd Regatta (Alice Springs), August 19

The Henley on Todd Regatta is one of the most iconic events in the Australian outback. It’s a boat race – without any sign of water! It’s an action packed day where teams and individuals race ‘boats’ in the dry bed of the Todd River including bottomless ‘eights’, ‘Oxford tubs’, ‘rowing 8’s’ and ‘yachts’ through the deep coarse sand.

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Winter festivals in Sydney and surrounds you can’t miss

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Sydney is popular with the tourists in the summer months. But what many people don’t realise is that it can be a great place to stay even when the weather turns a little chilly.

Winter festivals and events in Sydney are some of the most exciting.

We strongly recommend you hire a car from Sydney Airport and make the most of the fun winter festivals on offer.

Sydney Winter Festival

30th June – 17th July
This is definitely one of the best winter festivals that Sydney offers. Every year St Mary’s Road turns into a hub for winter activities. The outdoor ice skating rink is always a favourite for festival-goers, even the uncoordinated ones! There’s also live music, tobogganing, pop up bars and European-style markets. Welcome to Sydney’s very own version of winter wonderland!

Bledisloe Cup Festival

9th August – 21st October
Rugby Union fans unite! Every year they get to enjoy 10 epic weeks of the best of Rugby Union. Witness one of the world’s greatest rivalries in sport as the Qantas Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival comes to a fiery end with the Bledisloe Cup test match at ANZ Stadium. Thousands of crowds pack the venue to watch their national teams, regardless of whether it’s rain, hail or shine.

Sydney Film Festival

7th – 18th June
Winter is the perfect time to put on your most comfy clothes, sit around the house with a blanket and watch movies all day long. People love to watch movies when the cold sets in. No wonder someone thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a week and a half of winter to a festival for film! Watch feature films, documentaries, short films and animations from around the world. They’re screened at different venues across the city.

Vivid Sydney

26th May – 17th June
This annual outdoor lighting festival really brings Australia’s most populated city to life. Check out the incredible light installations and 3D projections across central Sydney. You’ll enjoy three weeks of colourful and interactive displays. Watch landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House light up. The creativity never stops and every year is different.



New York events: the 6 big ticket events you can’t miss

By New York / United States /

Most people know of New York as the city of love. People travel from all over the world to begin their adventures in the Big Apple. But it’s also worth nothing New York events are so spectacular that you’ll probably come across a festival no matter what time of year you visit.

Hire a car from JFK Airport and start ticking off these New York events.

(Here’s a tip, plan parking for your New York events in NYC in advance!)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is the most important holiday of the year. In Manhattan, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been tradition for nearly a century. Millions of people pack the streets to watch famous singers, Broadway performers, floats and marching bands.

The US Open

It’s the country’s biggest tennis tournament and as far as New York events go, it’s should be high on your list. The Grand Slam event sees the world’s best players converge on New York between August and September. At the same time you’ll also find the globe’s maddest tennis fans.

New Year’s Eve at Times Square

There’s nothing like NYE, when people all over the world come together to celebrate the same thing; a fresh beginning. Why not celebrate it at one of America’s most iconic sites? There are dazzling lights, music and an incredible atmosphere as the crowd waits for the clock to strike midnight.

NYC Marathon

It’s not like other marathons. Nearly 50,000 people begin their run at Staten Island and cross the finish line in Central Park. No other marathon takes you past so many iconic attractions, with millions tuning in to watch runners take over New York.

Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting

This is a worldwide symbol of the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Be among the thousands of people who watch the a mammoth Christmas tree be lit in late November. Live performances at Rockefeller Plaza follow, while the glorious tree remains on display until early January.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Every June sees people from all walks of life come together, unified by their love for jazz. Drive five and a half hours north west of NYC to see the city’s main road transform into “Jazz Street”. Some truly amazing talent make this festival an incredible event.



4 must-see events at the Adelaide Festival 2017

By Adelaide / Australia /

The Adelaide Festival runs from 3-19 March. Fascinating opera, theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts awaits. This festival features some of the world’s best.

The Adelaide Festival is in its 32nd year. The 2017 line-up includes opera from England and drama from Germany. There’s also dance from Israel and a tribute to the late Judy Garland.

Grab a cheap car hire deal from Adelaide and make sure you see these top four performances at the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Saul (pictured)

George Frideric Handel’s Saul is the headline act for 2017. Directed by Barrie Kosky, this opera masterpiece treats you to dramatic and heart-breaking music. It tells the story of a Lear-like mad king and his family’s struggles. Critics across the world have praised the show after a performance at the Glyndebourne Festival two years ago. Now it comes exclusively to Adelaide for Australian opera lovers.

Portraits in Motion

Have you ever wanted to see the world through an artist’s eyes? “Intrepid traveller” Volker Gerling has walked more than 3,500km throughout Germany. Over the years he has documented the people he met and their stories. He has created flipbook portraits, which he presents to his audience. He explains the story behind each picture and points out the fragile moments that he so beautifully captures.

Rufus Wainwright: Rufus does Judy

Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is a delightful performer. He comes to the Adelaide Festival in 2017 to perform two of the works that are closest to his heart. He puts on a show with a concert version of Prima Donna, which was his first undertaking in the world of opera. In this one-night show he also teams with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to re-create Judy Garland’s 1961 Carnegie Hall concert in a touching tribute.

Contemporary Dance

L-E-V will perform two fantastic works at this year’s festival. Killer Pig is a oroud mix of folkdance and classical gestures. While organisers liken it to “a tribal ceremony from an alien culture” and it’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire performance. Then there’s OCB Love, which explores lovers who always seem out of touch with each in today’s modern world. It’s contemporary dance with more edge to it than more.



Adelaide revs up for the hottest event in town, the Clipsal 500

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

PETROL heads, lovers of fast cars, those with a need for speed, and anyone in general heading to South Australia’s capital early in March, it’s time to rev up and start your engines as the Adelaide Clipsal 500 hits town over the weekend of March 2 to 5. So where does your loyalty lie? Ford or Holden?

The streets of Adelaide will come alive with the growls, roars and screeches of some of the fastest vehicles in the world. Whether you’re car crazy or just looking for an awesome day out, you’d be mad to miss it, the team from tell us. Here are all the reasons to look forward to a few days in the “city of churches” when motorsport diehards worship their heroes behind the steering wheel.

Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

See iconic Australian Supercars unleash their adrenalin around the Adelaide street circuit in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Simona de Silvestro will join the grid as the first full-time female supercar driver, while changes in the race format will keep drivers on their toes. Nick Percat took out the Clipsal 500 Adelaide trophy in 2016; who will accelerate to victory in 2017?

CAMS Australian GT Championship
In a showcase of breathtaking manufacturing and design, the CAMS Australian GT Championship brings a spectacular field of cars worth millions of dollars to Adelaide. The event will see cars from the world’s leading automotive manufacturers including a Lamborghini Huracan, BMW M6, Ferrari 488 and Audi R8 GTS.

Touring Car Masters spin their wheels
Muscling their way around around the track, Touring Car Masters are by far the loudest and beefiest in the Clipsal 500. See legends of motor sport line up on the grid, including John Bowe, Glenn Seton, Steven Johnson and Jim Richards.

Super Trucks going nuts!

Bridging the gap between on-track and air displays, 650 horsepower Stadium Super Trucks launch themselves over special ramps around the Clipsal 500 Adelaide circuit at speeds reaching 240 kilometres per hour.

Rocking and rapping it up with the best in music

On Friday and Saturday night, the stage will come to life with awesome live music. Hilltop Hoods will tear up the stage on Friday night accompanied by Seth Sentry, The Funkoars and Aradhna.  Rock out on Saturday with Baby Animals, Battlehounds and The Byzantines.

Supercars Paddock to meet your heroes

Let loose on the Clipsal 500 Supercars Paddock and get up-close and personal with your favourite drivers, crews and cars. It’s your opportunity to see the big race rigs, get an autograph, take a photo and spot the motor sport world’s hottest celebs.

Jaguar 60th le Mans Victory Celebration Display
Don’t miss this spectacular tribute to Jaguar featuring over 50 rare and exciting vehicles from the early 1930s to current models. This epic showcase includes a stunning array of beautifully maintained and replica vehicles.

Don’t miss out on the action! Get your tickets from the Clipsal 500 website to secure your place at Australia’s biggest and best motor sport event! General track side entry is $45, concert tickets start at $70, pit entry starts from $99 and platform tickets start from $85. Adelaide car rentals from