If you’re not hitting the snowfields this July, you may be looking for other ways to spend the chilly days and nights this month. Look no further, we’ve done the research for you and have listed some of the coolest events and festivals happening this July.
1. Sydney 4X4 show
- When: 22 to 24 July
- Where: 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park
The National 4X4 Outdoors Show is coming to Sydney for the very first time to provide an epic line-up of entertainment across the weekend. There will be product displays featuring everything from 4WDing kit to camping gear and hiking must-haves, with an array of not-to-be-missed bargains. You’ll also get the chance to hear from exclusive special guests on the Outback Stage, such as Pat Callinan, Jock, Graham and Shauno and Bri and Bridget just to name a few.
2. Bathurst Winter Festival
- When: 2 to 17 July
- Where: Kings Parade in the Bathurst town and along Russell Street in front of the Bathurst Regional Council Civic Centre
Occurring over the first two weeks of the New South Wales school holidays, the Bathurst Winter Festival is to be 16 days of family fun. There will be an ‘Illumination Light Walk’, exhilarating show rides, an outdoor ice skating rink, live music and tasty signature food events. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere with the local community this winter.
3. Thredbo Flare Run and Fireworks
- When: 2 July to 1 October
- Where: Friday Drive, Thredbo
The long-standing crowd favourite for over 30 years is back in Thredbo, bringing with it large crowds to view the spectacular show. Thredbo Flare Run and Fireworks is a free event. Each Saturday night in winter, a team of Thredbo’s expert skiers and snowboarders wind down the Supertrail with flaming flares. The fireworks spectacular is the ultimate finale, lighting up the sky and dancing its colours across the mountains.
4. Evans Head Fishing Classic
- Where: Behind the Evans Head Woodburn RSL Club on the river
- When: 1 July to 8 July
This flagship fishing tournament in the Australian fishing calendar is a catch and photograph event with a large list of species and loads of random draws. There will be a food alley on site, as well as displays from sponsors and a tank to show off some cool, must-see catches. Check out last year’s results.
5. OTR The Bend SuperSprint
- Where: The Bend Motorsport Park
- When: 29 to 31 July
Check out the 6th round of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship! Located at The Bend Motorsport Park, this technical and challenging International Circuit will see close wheel-to-wheel racing while determining who can conquer ‘The Bend’. Make sure you hang around for the incredible Silver Sharks aerial stunt show, where you’ll see the cinematics of Top Gun Maverick with manoeuvres that will drop your jaw. The biggest and most popular action stunt team in Australia will hit the track featuring car and motorbike stunts, as well as fireworks, a karting circuit and drag car demonstrations.
6. Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show
- Where: Adelaide Showgrounds
- When: 27 to 31 July
Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show is back for another year with the latest caravans, camper trailers and RVs. Peruse a huge range of camping equipment, tents and 4WD accessories with all major brands on display and hear from industry experts about how to tow safely and how to camp with a thermomix. Kids can check out the Outback Classroom to marvel under the star dome, build shelters and participate in free Aboriginal art classes (pre-register for art here).
7. Katherine Show and Rodeo
- Where: Katherine Showgrounds
- When: 15 to 16 July
The Katherine Show and Rodeo is back for its 57th year, this time with the theme ‘Back to the Bush.’ With activities for the entire family, you’ll be spoilt for choice with campdraft, rodeo, competitions and challenges including dog jumping, lawn mower races, wheelie bin races, show rides and amusements.
8. Sunbuild Top End Gran Fondo
- Where: Darwin
- When: 24 July
Annually hosted by the Darwin Cycling Club, the Sunbuild Top End Gran Fondo is a cycling event that offers some of the best ridings that the region has to offer. With options to suit all riders and abilities, this year’s edition consists of six distances to choose from, from three kilometres up to the full 145 kilometres.
9. East Gippsland Winter Festival
- Where: Across East Gippsland, 5 Carpenter Street, Lakes Entrance
- When: 17 June to 10 July
Join the Victorian locals in celebrating art, delicious wine, craft beer, local produce and live music at the East Gippsland Winter Festival. The festival embraces and celebrates the long nights of winter with pop-up events, lavish winter feasts, art installations, lantern parades, tours, workshops and more.
10. Fireside Yarra Valley
- Where: Yarra Valley
- When: 9 to 24 July
Fireside Yarra Valley is an incredible 16-day festival of events that celebrate the Yarra Valley’s finest winter culinary experiences. The picture-perfect landscape of moody skies accompanied by crisp nights and the warmth of an open fire make this a festival you don’t want to miss. Enjoy some of the region’s best wines alongside a range of dinners, fireside brunches, long lunches and much more.
11. Kununurra Agricultural Show
- Where: 202 Coolibah Dr, Kununurra
- When: 8 to 9 July
Held each July since 1972, the Kununurra Agricultural Show runs across two fun-filled days. Friday is Family Day and boasts workshops, roving entertainers and sideshows, followed by fireworks! On Saturday, the events are up including a dog show, watermelon olympics, watermelon eating competition, Kimberley cowboy challenge and hay stacking. The main stage has day-long entertainment, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
12. Brisbane Trail Ultra
- Where: The Gap, Brisbane Area
- When: 8 to 10 July
Australia’s only Spartan Trail world championship event and Queensland’s most prestigious ultra marathon trail race is running over the second weekend of July. Entrants have the chance to run through the virgin sub-tropical paradise of Brisbane Hinterland and its surrounding D’Aguilar National Park, testing their limits during the ultimate race experience.
- Where: Launceston
- When: 4 to 14 July
Set in the heart of Launceston, Winterlicious is about finding and celebrating the warmth during the cold winter months. Check out the array of inviting experiences, offers and events within the city, including delicious meals, wine and winter fashion. Dress for the weather, gather your family and friends and celebrate winter like a local.