What’s on: Top events and experiences happening around Australia

Your guide to what's on in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and around the country this month and beyond.
People dining at Kiln on the rooftop of Ace Hotel Sydney
Kiln, Ace Hotel Sydney


James Street Food and Wine Trail

27 – 28 July

James Street knows how to throw a party and the latest iteration of the Food and Wine Trail promises to be no different. Grab a plate and dive into a weekend of fine dining – taste the Middle East at at ēmmē, sip the afternoon away at Essa’s glorious Champagne lunch or enjoy aperitivo hour at Lobby Bar. Sunday will see Market Day’s street-wide takeover, where pop-ups hosted by the hottest in Brisbane’s hospitality will be dishing up fabulous fare from 10am5pm.

NGV First Nations Commissions

Ends 8 August 2024

The biennial NGV First Nations Commissions is back this year with a new theme: My Country. The first and only initiative of its kind in Australia, the project pairs First Nations designers and artists with industry mentors. The artists are invited by the NGV to participate in the series, before nominating an emerging artist to guide through the development of their project, from beginning to end. A diverse range of artistic disciplines are showcased through the series, with works ranging from intricate textile design to paintings and installations. After the exhibition, the works are displayed in the NGV Collection, as part of an enduring legacy for future generations.

Mould: A Cheese Festival

28–29 June; 26–28 July; 9–11 August 

Mould Cheese Festival event in Australia this winter

Fromage in all its forms is celebrated at this travelling cheese festival, which is set to take over Melbourne, Sydney and Perth this winter. Each ticket comes with a cooler bag to ensure you continue to enjoy the day’s delights once you hit your lactose limit in situ. Cheesemakers and mongers from across Australia will showcase the fruits of their labour; alongside pop-up bars and cheese-themed workshops.

Kiln’s Taste Buds Chef Series

1 August

Mitch Orr has announced a new series at his sky-high restaurant Kiln, located on the rooftop of Ace Hotel Sydney. Taste Buds is a collaborative chef series set to feature a line-up of talent from around the country. First cab off the rank, former Noma duo Ben Ing and Kristy Marchant behind Busselton’s gem Alberta’s. Starring a five-course menu and curated cocktail on arrival by Rhubi Mistelle and Four Pillars Gin, tickets cost $130 per person and are available here.

Next on the Taste Buds agenda, Trisha Greentree (10 William St) and Rosheen Kaul (ex-Etta) will collaborate on a contemporary take on Australian yum cha, followed by a dinner with Navi’s Julian Hill. Dates to be announced soon.

Josh Niland’s Opening Race Week Dinner

18 August

Kitchen meets theatre in Josh Niland’s latest venture, where the globally renowned chef will bring sustainable seafood and innovative cooking to the five-star Qualia Resort for Hamilton Island’s Race Week. Fish offal is transformed in a series of delicate dishes as resort guests are treated to a starry three-course feast on Pebble Beach. Expect a beachside openair grill, line-caught coral trout and a coffee-infused ‘tuna bone tiramisù’. For more information on the event and Race Week, visit Qualia’s website.

Pt. Leo Estate’s Winter Tides Event Series

Events run from 16 June – 25 August

Running from June, Pt. Leo Estate’s Winter Tides Event Series begins, in celebration of the rugged coastal beauty of the Mornington Peninsula and the produce the local suppliers grow during the harsher winter months. Truffles take centre stage at local restaurant Laura, with culinary director Josep Espuga hosting a series of lunches and cooking demonstrations showcasing producer Red Hill Truffles. Arrive at 11.30am for a cooking demonstration, followed by four courses all featuring the funky fungus. Also at Laura, join olive oil producers Cape Schanck for a bespoke five-course menu featuring five varietals of their newly pressed olive oils. To close the series of truffle lunches, the Estate is putting on a bespoke seven-course, truffle-centric menu on 25 August, offering guests the opportunity to meet the owners of Red Hill Truffles and their truffle hunting dogs. Other events include an Angus strip loin steak night running every Friday and roast lunches in Pt. Leo’s intimate Wine Terrace.

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 

8 June – 8 September 

Australia’s favourite portrait prize has returned to the Art Gallery of NSW. Painter Laura Jones has been announced winner, becoming the 12th woman in history to win the coveted portrait prize for her oil on linen likeness of esteemed author and conservationist Tim Winton. This deliberately dreamy work uses watery brushstrokes for maximum impact and will be displayed alongside the finalists of the Archibald. The exhibition runs until 8 September in tandem with works from the acclaimed Wynne Prize (best figure sculpture or landscape painting) Prize and Sulman Prize (best subject, genre painting or mural project).

Taste of the House

The last Sunday of every month until November.

Get to know the Opera House on a whole new level with this delicious and extensive tour of the iconic landmark’s culinary offerings. The experience starts at Opera Bar, where a bartender will guide guests to craft a Sydney Sling cocktail, before moving onto House Canteen, where guests will learn how to make hand-rolled sushi with an experienced chef. Enjoy lunch at the Opera House’s newest venue, Midden, where chef-owner Mark Olive will be serving up slow-braised wallaby shank with matching wine, of course, accompanied by some of Sydney’s best harbour views. Next, be ushered through the Stage Door and onto the Boardroom balcony, where a boozy palate cleanser of Sgroppino will be waiting for you. Finally, slip under the sails and enjoy dessert and a signature cocktail courtesy of executive chef Peter Gilmore at Bennelong, backed by a mellow Jazz soundtrack as part of the Bennelong Presents Sunday Jazz series.

Sculpture by the Sea

18 October – 4 November

Save the date, Sculpture by the Sea has officially announced its return to Sydney’s coastline this spring. The ultra-popular outdoor exhibition will show over 100 striking works along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. It kicks off just in time for daylight savings, ushering in sunny days in the lead-up to summer.

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