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Australia’s Best Sports and Recreation Events in 2018

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Australia is a country that begs you to be outside.

And with winter quickly arriving, it’s time to start planning—and preparing for— what you’ll be doing once the temperatures warm a bit. Luckily, Australia is in no short supply of physical activities, with a varied landscape that was almost built for fitness, exercise, and healthy competition. It’s where extreme adventures happen almost every day, and the country has festivals and events year round to prove it.

So FlightNetwork is excited to finally present the quintessential guide to the best sports and recreation events across Australia in 2018. Our writers covered everything from running marathons and canoe competitions, to video gaming getaways and whale-watching celebrations. And there’s plenty more where that came from.

Ready? We know we are.

 

Check out Australia’s best sports and recreation events in 2018 here:

1. June 1-3: Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival 2018 |  2. July 14-15 (Brisbane); October 13-14 (Melbourne): Fitness Show  |   3. July 29: Run Melbourne

4. August 18: Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta  |   5. September 29-30: ReBoot in Bermagui  |  6. October 5-7: Blue Water Classic

7. October 5-14: Sydney Craft Week |  8. October 14: The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival |   9. October 20: Runaway Barossa Marathon   |  10. October 26-28: PAX Australia 2018

11. November 2-4: Eden Whale Festival | 12. December 1-2: Adelaide Motorsports Festival

 

1. June 1-3: Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival 2018

What it is

A day, organizers say, to “battle the elements” along the Murchison River, which promotes Kalbarri and its surrounding beauty as a must-see tourist destination.

What to expect

Races and competitions for participants of any skill level, that pits adventurous entrants against some of Australia’s best multi-sport athletes. Entry is free, and you can find out more about what you’re in for here.

 

2. July 14-15 (Brisbane), October 13-14 (Melbourne): Fitness Show

What it is

Tagging itself as the largest event for health and fitness in the Southern Hemisphere, this multi-city event is like a traveling expo for anyone who loves exercise, and physical well-being.

What to expect

Over 500 brands of fitness apparel and accessories on display, with a huge selection of health foods, and free health workshops from Australia’s leading lifestyle professionals. Entry fee for this event is 30 AUD, and you can find out more here.

 

3. July 29: Run Melbourne

What it is

Presented by Lululemon, Run Melbourne is a celebration of running culture and community, as well as a competition.

What to expect

The charity run  raised over $2M last year. Expect 2018 to be even bigger, and better. Entry fees start at $45, and more information on getting involved can be found here.

4. August 18: Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta

What it is

Located in Alice Springs, this is one of the world’s only dry river bed boating regatta.

What to expect

Watch from the sidelines with a host of activities for everyone in the family, or get more involved in the action. You choose! Tickets to attend cost $20, and details for the big day can be found here.

 

 

5. September 29-30: ReBoot in Bermagui

What it is

The name says it all: come springtime, this is a weekend to “reboot” along the Sapphire Coast, with a host of physical activities to enjoy and challenge yourself to. (You can also just relax, too.)

What to expect

Active play is the name of the game this weekend, as participants have unspoiled coastline to play with after a long winter outside. Tickets start at $10. Start your weekend “reboot” here.

 

6. October 5-7: Coopers Blue Water Classic

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What it is

A fishing event that invites people of all ages to Fannie Bay, one of Australia’s most pristine waters.

What to expect

Two days full of fishing events and competitions for everyone in the family, as boats scale the waters of Fannie Bay for the best fish in the waters. Tickets start at 130 AUD. Get involved in this year’s maritime showdown here.

 

7. October 5-14: Sydney Craft Week

What it is

A bit different than the other festivals on this list, this weeklong event—an initiative of the Australian Design Centre—in Australia’s hottest city is a celebration of all things handmade.

What to expect

The 2017 Craft Week saw over 100 events in 10 days, with a host of exhibitions, workshops, talks, and retail events. So 2018 is slated to be one for the ages.

 

 

8. October 14: The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

What it is

One of Australia’s most renowned marathons takes participants through the streets of Melbourne, passing by sites like Flinders Street Station, the Shrine of Remembrance, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

 

What to expect

Runners are welcome to participate in five different event distances, each finishing with a lap of the MCG. It’s 134 AUD to participate, and marathon-goers can get more information here.

 

9. October 20: Runaway Barossa Marathon

What it is

You choose: be a runner, or a spectator at this renowned race in Tanunda, with a finish-line festival famous for its joyous nature.

What to expect

A marathon of epic proportions, capped off with a festival at the finish line that invites participants to enjoy classic Barossa wines, “wine yoga,” live music, and a food truck featuring incredible local fare. Free entry for the festival, but runners have to pay an entry fee — find out more here.

 

10. October 26-28: PAX Australia 2018

What it is

PAX is not your ordinary “sports and recreation” festival: people from all over Australia make the “pilgrimage” to Melbourne for this annual tour de force of video gaming, and table top games.

What to expect

A weekend truly dedicated to the gaming community, with different competitions and challenges throughout. Day passes start at $65, and three-day passes can be picked up for $165. Find out where to start gaming here.

11. November 2-4: Eden Whale Festival

What it is

An annual spectacle heralding man’s relationship with orca, as thousands come to spot whales along the beautiful Humpback Highway in the Sapphire Coast’s Twofold Bay.

What to expect

Whale sightings from both sea and shore, live performances, local produce, and other exhibitions, all while whales take to the waters in Twofold Bay. And the best part: entry is free! Plan your visit to a classic Sapphire Coast tradition here.

 

12. December 1-2: Adelaide Motorsport Festival

What it is

Organizers call the festival a “museum in motion,” with a citywide party in Adelaide celebrating cars—both past, present, and future—and car racing.

 

What to expect

Visitors will bare witness to iconic antique cars from all eras, including Formula One racers, as well as a motorsport rally through Adelaide’s surrounding hills. The festival kicks off with a Friday-night parade of “racetrack rarities” that culminates in an all-out party in Adelaide’s restaurant district. Tickets start at $40 for the day, and children get in for $5. Weekend passes are a bit higher, at $60. Start your engines for this year’s festival here.

 

Jump back to Australia’s best sports and recreation events in 2018 here:

1. June 1-3: Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival 2018 |  2. July 14-15 (Brisbane); October 13-14 (Melbourne): Fitness Show  |   3. July 29: Run Melbourne

4. August 18: Rotary Henley on Todd Regatta  |   5. September 29-30: ReBoot in Bermagui  |  6. October 5-7: Blue Water Classic

7. October 5-14: Sydney Craft Week |  8. October 14: The Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival |   9. October 20: Runaway Barossa Marathon   |  10. October 26-28: PAX Australia 2018

11. November 2-4: Eden Whale Festival | 12. December 1-2: Adelaide Motorsports Festival

 

 

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