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5 events you can’t miss this month

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From an inaugural opera on the beach to helping muster cattle in the outback, these top Queensland autumn events will keep any funster happy.

Opera on the Beach, Coolangatta, Gold Coast
Date: 9-11 May 2014

Why lock yourself indoors when you can get amongst the surf, sun, sand, and opera at Opera on the Beach. Go back to your childish roots and build sandcastles, enjoy a family picnic, play until sunset, and listen to beautiful music provided by one of the world’s favourite operas, Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast
Date: 15-18 May 2014

Dive into one of Australia’s premier food and wine events. Held over four delicious days, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival boasts a line-up of more than 200 leading international and national chefs, iconic winemakers, high-profile food and wine media, restaurateurs and serious food lovers. Including long lunches, wine tasting, degustation menus, cooking demonstrations and classes by celebrity chefs, the event is ideal for food lovers of any degree.

Harry Redford Cattle Drive, Aramac, Outback Queensland
Date: 2-24 May 2014

Yes, you’ll be sitting down but don’t think it will be easy! The Harry Redford Cattle Drive is an authentic droving trip, which follows the journey of the famous cattle duffer (aka thief) Harry Redford. This once-in-a-lifetime experience sees visitors travelling 200 kilometres on horseback through some of Queensland’s most picturesque countryside. Slide out of the saddle and break the journey up into two- and three-night adventures if you can’t spare the time for the whole three-week muster. Ride alongside experienced drovers and get a glimpse into a bygone way of life, camping under the stars and enjoying campfire food prepared by the hosts.

Tour of Toowoomba, Toowoomba
Date: 22-25 May, 2014

Forget the Tour de France and saddle up for the Tour of Toowoomba. Held since 2010, the tour will return in 2014 with various races leading up to the major event – a 126-kilometre race. The tour is made up of three road races which take riders through rolling countryside and an inner city criterium. Test your cycle skills against Australia’s leading professional riders and wow the talent scouts from over the world. Who knows, this could be your big break!

Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane
Date: 24-25 May 2014

Opa! The Paniyiri Greek Festival is back for yet another delicious year. The longest running Greek festival in Australia boasts more than 30 food stalls, showcasing the mouth-watering tastes, recipes, and food secrets from all corners of Greece. Enjoy live music, entertainment and culture as you step across the globe for this city favourite event.