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Entertainment & Leisure

One thing that can be said of most Australians is that they really know how to live their leisure time to the full.

Whether it's cheering for their favourite sporting team, visiting one of the many festivals and events held annually across the country or enjoying a barbeque and a game of backyard cricket, there are many opportunities for visitors to get involved.


Australians love their sport – both playing it and watching it!

For more detailed information on playing or watching sport in Australia, please click on the link to go to our sporting australia page.


One of the most popular things for students to do is to go to the movies. There are cinema complexes in every main city and town.

Prices vary between cinemas but most offer a student discount off the usual adult ticket price. Most cinemas also have special offers and half price days. Check with your local cinema.

For detailed information on movie times and what's showing at your local cinema, please click on the links below.


Greater Union

Village Cinemas

Arts Festivals

Australia’s arts festivals attract people from all over the country to see drama, dance, music and visual arts. The huge Festival of Sydney in January, includes a number of events from open air concerts, to street theatre and fireworks.

The Adelaide Arts Festival takes place at the beginning of March in even numbered years. Womadelaide, Adelaide’s outdoor festival of music and dance, takes place in the second week of March each year.

Melbourne has a Comedy Festival in April, the world’s biggest Writer's Festival in September and the fabulous Melbourne International Festival in October.

A couple of festivals celebrating Aboriginal arts and culture include the Stompen Ground Festival, which is held in Broome in October, and the Barunga Wugularr Sports and Cultural Festival, held in Katherine in June.

Fun events include Darwin's Beer Can Regatta in August, when a series of boat races are held for boats made entirely of beer cans, while Alice Springs holds the Henley-on-Todd, a boat race on a dry river bed!

More mainstream events include the Sydney to Hobart yacht race (from Boxing Day); the Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne, March); and the country stopping Melbourne Cup horse race on the first Tuesday in November.

Gay festivals include Sydney's massive, flamboyant Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February/March and Melbourne's Mid Summa Festival in January/February.

Pubs & Bars

Australians also love their pubs and bars – you’ll usually find one or the other wherever you are in the country. Australia has long had a strong pub culture, which extends from the big cities to the classic Aussie pubs in tiny country towns.

Bar culture is a more recent phenomenon, especially in the big cities and many of these bars and pubs regularly feature live bands and/or DJ’s.

For more information on movies, bars & clubs, restaurants and music in capital cities around Australia go to:

For tickets to a variety of concerts, music festivals, performing arts, museums & galleries, adventure & outdoor activities, sporting events and tourist attractions go to

my tickets / ticketk / ticketmaster

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