January is a really popular time to head out with your camper trailer. Besides soaking up the great summer weather and basking in the long sunshine filled days, there are a heap of activities that are on all around the country for you and your team of campers to enjoy.
We’re sure you have a whole lot of great outdoor experiences like fishing, swimming, walking and really just chilling out underneath the summer sun that you plan on filling your days with, but for when you feel like getting out and about or doing an activity, you can be rest assured that there’s plenty on during the month all around the country that will keep you busy, especially if you have little ones around that need constant entertainment.
Whether you like to relax, lover of art or a sports nut, there’s something for you coming up this January.
So, factor in something out of the box and fun for you and your family and check out our best picks of what’s on this January in Australia.
Victoria is a vibrant state and the capital of Melbourne is a place where you can always find something to do. There is plenty to do in the city, as well as the surrounding areas which is more likely where we expect our camping advocates to be. Here we go, our best picks of what’s on in Victoria.
For those who like art and are travelling around the Bendigo area, make sure you catch the exhibition called ‘Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality’ which runs for the whole of January. The exhibition talks about 1800’s contemporary times, you can find more information about it here.
For a girl’s day out, catch the garden party called ‘so frenchy, so chic’ in the beautiful Werribee Park, not too far from the Great Ocean Road coast. The French pop garden party features an all-female line-up for the very first time. Its running on the 13th of January, kids are free, and you can find more info here.
If you are travelling during the Australia Day Weekend, you can’t miss the festival of sails, Australia’s oldest sporting event and the largest regatta in the southern hemisphere. The Festival of Sails is a combination of first-class racing with a brilliant Shoreside Festival, with live music, market stalls, roving entertainers, food trucks, free family friendly activities and the Discover Sailing program, there is something different to experience and enjoy each day. Check out more details on this link.
To kick off our NSW line up, we have a fun one. In central NSW, you’ll find the small town of Parkes with a big personality, and home to the Parkes Elvis Festival. Yeah, you read that right. The iconic Parkes Elvis Festival is a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley held annually in Parkes, NSW, in the second week of January to coincide with the birthday of ‘The King’.
From January 9th-13th, more than 150 events take place at venues in and around Parkes. The Festival attracts headline international and national Elvis tribute artists, and more than 26,500 national and international visitors to Central West NSW. Find out all about it here.
The other big event that has visitors coming from every which direction is the Tamworth music festival. Its Australia’s largest music festival and rated top 10 in the world. If that’s not worth making a bit of a drive for, we don’t know what is!
Each year the largest music festival in the southern hemisphere attracts over 300,000 visitors across 10 days, with over 700 artists featured in 2,800 scheduled events across 120 venues. The variety of music is endless, there are over 600 buskers in Peel Street alone, providing a diverse range of entertainment each day. The music festival runs from the 18t of January to the 27th and has both free and ticketed events. Catch all the details on the website.
The sunshine state might have everything you need activity wise in the form of endless stretches of beaches and what not, but there’s still a lot happening to keep you busy this January.
For cricket fans, make sure you don’t miss the Day-Night test happening over the Australia Day weekend. Visit the Gabba and see the Aussies take on Sri Lanka. It’s a great day out with the family or with friends. Find some ticket information here and details about which of our awesome cricket players you’ll be seeing on the day.
The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is a great day out with the whole family, the day really defines what is great about being Australian.
The love of horses, the beach, the sun and the surf is what brings people from all over the globe to the Gold Coast in January every year.
Featuring nine fast-paced races at the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club, the Magic Millions Racing Women’s AUD500,000 Bonus and Harrolds Fashions on the Field, this Raceday has cemented its reputation on the international racing scene as the must attend event for racing’s elite, punters and fashionistas alike. It’s not one that you should miss! See the finer details here.
So, we know that it’s the wet season up in the Northern Territory, but a lot of people still brave the weather and head there. Darwin is a really magical place all year around, but during January and the wet months around it, mother nature cranks it up a notch and the town and its visitors really get into the spirit of the tropics.
While there’s not a heap of events on during this low season, there’s still plenty of beautiful things to see and do. These are our top recommendations.
On New Year’s Day, you can enjoy a picnic or swim by the tranquil tropical harbor side while basking in the sounds of local singer/songwriter Mel Gray, performing a modern spin on Australiana lyrical favorites. Find more about it here.
Nothing compares to a chopper ride or scenic flight over Kakadu National Park to see Jim Jim and Twin Falls at their majestic best. Only a 1.5 hour drive from Darwin are Litchfield National Parks raging waterfalls which should be on every itinerary. There is so much water, and these sights make for enviable Facebook and Instagram snaps! Make sure you check the NT Parks websites for any closures.
Catch the best sunsets and lightning shows in Australia. Any local will tell you that the sunsets between this time are dazzling and rivaling the best fireworks displays, our magnificent lightening shows are world class, and free! Grab a harbor-side seat at the
Darwin Ski Club, The Trailer Boat Club, Stokes Hill Wharf, or jump aboard Sea Darwin for a sunset harbor cruise.
What’s a trip to the Top End without seeing a croc? Opportunities abound for safe croc experiences all year round. Located on Mitchell Street in the heart of Darwin, Crocosaurus Cove is famous for its “Cage of Death” swimming experience. You can also get your photo taken with Fluffy the baby croc, feed the juvenile crocs, and see some hands-on reptile talks.