“There’s nothing to do,” said no one, ever, after consulting Lonely Continent’s rolling list of things to do and places to be. Here’s what’s happening across Australia this month…
New South Wales
This 12-day festival leading up to the longest day of the year is set to reinvigorate Sydney nightlife. From June 8 – 20, more than 200 nocturnal events will pop up across the city, from dream dinner and music pairings for the Supper Club Series to a pumping dance stage in Chinatown, a winter wonderland in Darling Harbour, plus a buzzy takeover of the city’s laneway bars. See the full schedule of events here.
Dreaming of a summer sojourn in the South of France? A trip to new dining destination L’Heritage may be the next best thing. Located in Mosman’s Chowder Bay – right on the sparkling blue harbour – this French-style bistro is the fourth restaurant venture for owners, Pierre Rayrolles and his Sydney-born wife Alena, who’ve joined forces with French-born head chef Julien Audibert-Lebon. Expect classic Gallic fare, fine but affordable wine, and interiors that will transport you straight to a Parisian salon. Book your table here (we love the private dining room, a beautiful option for large groups and special occasions).
7b Chowder Bay Rd Mosma
(02) 9968 1658
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Beat the chill (and social-distance in style) in your own private and decadent dome. From June 8 to September 26, the garden at The Winery in Surry Hills will transform into a magical igloo land, dotted with pods for four to eight guests (from $50/person). A similar experience will be on offer at Cargo Bar, with fairy-lit domes lining the waterfront from June 17 – September 26 (from $59/person).
The sartorial set will descend on Carriageworks in Sydney for the 25th anniversary of Australian Fashion Week from May 31 – June 4 – and for the first time tickets to some of the runways and panel talks will be available to the public. Get yours here.
This stately Victorian mansion in leafy Glebe (just a short drive from the Hobart city centre) may date back to the 1870s, but its current offering is thoroughly modern: on Friday nights Corinda is launching pop-up feasts showcasing cuisine from France’s Burgundy region, while Corinda’s co-owner and in-house chef Chaxi Afonos Higuera has launched a series of international cooking classes, starting with her native Spanish. If that’s not reason enough to book a stay, the majestic gardens or the Honesty Bar – where guests can pour a Pinot or mix their own cocktails – probably will be.
The Corinda Collection,
17 Glebe St Hobart
Prefer your holidays with a side of health? Wild Wellness is a brand new initiative by Alice Hansen, launching in the Tasmanian wilderness later this year. In August, Alice will lead the Three Capes Wild Wellness Walk in partnership with the Tasmanian Walking Company – an awe-inspiring, cliff-hugging trek along the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea cliffs, stopping for ocean plunges with a certified Wim Hof method instructor, fireside journalling and mediation amongst towering eucalypts. Later in the year Wild Wellness will host retreats (including specialised alcohol-free getaways) at The Cove, a luxe coastal farm stay in north-west Tasmania. Find out more and book your place here.
Scenic Rim Eat Local
Consider this your backstage pass to the farms, food providores and wineries of Queensland’s Scenic Rim, an hour from Brisbane. From June 26 – July 4, the festival invites you to eat your way around the spectacular rural region via long-table lunches, degustations, picnics and cheese-making workshops, along with alpaca walks and activities aplenty for the kids. For more info, click here.
Lockdown calls for cosying up on the couch with the best take-out in town (while simultaneously supporting local businesses). Grossi Florentino, Din Tai Fung, Nobu, Etta, Fonda and so many more have resumed their takeaway and delivery services for the latest lockdown – find a rolling list of venues here.
The Winter Village
From May 13 – August 20 (excluding lockdowns), Melbourne’s Federation Square will mimic a Northern Hemisphere ski town, complete with an ice rink, pop-up bars serving hot toddies and an enchanting igloo village. Book here.
The Winter Village
The aforementioned alpine-inspired wonderland will come to Adelaide’s Torrens Parade Ground from May 14 – September 5. Book here.
The Winter Village
Australian Capital Territory
Naked Cubby Co
Meet Dinny, a newly launched teeny-tiny house by the clever people at Naked Cubby Collective. It’s conveniently nestled behind Mount Majura Vineyard, so you can taste wine by day and then retire back to the hardwood (and immaculately kitted out) cabin by night. From $390/night, or if glamping is more your thing, try one of two bell tents instead. Book your stay here.
June is the month to start planning your trip to the NT; July and August are the months to go! A stream of festivals will hit the Top End over winter, including the Darwin Fringe Festival (July 2 – 11), the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (August 3), Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (August 6 – 8) and the Darwin Festival (August 5 – 22). Check out Australia’s half-price flight scheme, which includes fares to the NT, here!