Plan a Spring Break around these upcoming events

FACT: We’re over halfway through the year. Let that sink in for a moment.

We’ve worked our butts off for eight months, or we’ve trained like a mofo to get triathlon ready, and the parents among us have shipped the children to and from school approximately 280 times so far this year.

Before you start counting down to Christmas (it is coming), take some time out and treat yourself to a little Spring Break.

Heading to an event is the quickest and easiest way to shake up the every day, so here are 10 upcoming spring events in Queensland to plan a break around. You deserve it!

Collect a story to tell the Grandchildren at the Birdsville Races | 31 August – 1 September 2018

The Birdsville Races is one of those bucket list experiences you need to plan a year in advance. 

The journey out to Birdsville, sleeping under a sky full of stars in tent city, having a XXXX at the Birdsville Hotel, plus all the fun to be had at the actual races, will leave you with a lifetime of memories and stories about your time in Outback Queensland.

TIP: Now’s the time to plan next year’s ultimate Spring Break to the Birdsville Races. Here are a few guides we’ve prepared earlier: Road Trip Itinerary: Along the Birdsville Track and back again in eight days, 13 Things to do at the Birdsville Races & here’s 2013 Fashions on the Field winner Sosarina’s tips on how to bag the top prize. #birdistheword

Rock out at the BIGSOUND Festival in Brisbane | 4-7 September 2018

Big Sound Festival Brisbane

Do you love to follow underground musicians and want to witness their first big break? Well, get your tickets BIGSOUND festival, the world of new music.

Vibrant musicians and industry professionals from around the globe will descend on Fortitude Valley in Brisbane to showcase and witness the best new Australian music.

Promoting togetherness, music innovation and new sounds, the festival is defining and owning its place in the international music industry calendar.

Lose your voice cheering the Wallabies V South Africa | 8 September 2018

Wallabies vs Springboks in Brisbane

Game prep at Caxton Street then make your way to Suncorp Stadium to support the Wallabies as they take on South Africa for an intense game of Rugby.

In true Rugby fashion, cheer on your favourite team, join the sporadic Mexican waves that erupt in the stands and watch your favourite players put on the hard hits.

This is undoubtedly the Spring highlight for most footy fans.

Tip: Keep cheering the Wallabies as they take on Argentina on the Gold Coast (15 Sept 2018).

Fill up your soul with creative vibes at Brisbane Festival | 8-29 September 2018

Brisbane Festival 2017

Brisbane’s cultural prowess is magnified during September with the epic events calendar of cultural gold put together by the folks at Brisbane Festival. Highlights this year include Horror, a terrifying stage performance about a haunted mansion? If you love your horror flicks, this one is a must-see. Other performances that should make your list are Tkay Maidza, the talented singer/rapper and the culturally eclectic Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project.

And to round out the Brisbane Festival, meet the rest of the city down by the river to watch the fireworks display of the Sunsuper Riverfire (29 Sep).

TIP: Want to know more about the festival? Check out this handy guide.

Witness years of tradition and culture at the Winds of Zenadth Festival | 11-14 September 2018

Winds of Zenadth Festival

Be there when 98% of the Torres Strait converge on the traditional soils of Kaurareg land on Thursday Island for the biennial Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival.

Keeping culture strong and passing down history and traditions to the next generation, the festival is where island communities proudly showcase their unique island dances.

It’s an Indigenous festival that takes over the entire Thursday Island township and everyone gets involved with decorating, celebrating, dancing and dining together as one.

Tip: When you plan your trip into the wild north, add these must-do experiences to your Torres Strait bucket list.

Get an early start to the beach season at Swell Sculpture Festival | 14-23 September 2018


Take your #beach Instagram game up a notch at Swell Sculpture Festival at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. From 14-23 September, Currumbin Beach will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery with 50+ sculptures emerging from the sand.

Plan an early start to the beach season, get your epic #beachselfie sorted (use these hashtags to share: #SWELL2018, #thisisqueensland and #wearegoldcoast) and spend the rest of the day exploring the Gold Coast.

TIP: Need the low-down on where to grab a bite to eat? Jump to the Currumbin section of this epic guide to the Best restaurants on the Gold Coast by precinct.

Spring into nature at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers | 21-30 September 2018

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers - 8 QLD events to meet your soulmate

Photo by Paul Harris

Snap out of your winter hibernation and spring into the blessed country life at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Experience nature on a high through impressive and impeccably cared for gardens popping with colour and let your heart hum along to the festival vibes.

This festival is not just about pretty flowers. Nosh on local produce at the Food and Wine Festival and dance while you listen to the killer music line-up including The Living End, The church and Choirboys.

TIP: Check out this guide of what to see at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Soak up the sun, surf and soul feels at the Caloundra Music Festival | 28 September – 1 October 2018


Max out your Queensland October long weekend by rocking out in the sunshine at the Caloundra Music Festival. Enjoy the golden music line-up including Birds of Tokyo, Arrested Development and Daryl Braithwaite.

Check out this guide for ideas on how to linger longer in the laidback vibes of Caloundra.

TIP: Love music? Check out new Aussie music at BIGSOUND in Brisbane (4-7 Sep), Airlie Beach Music Festival or this list of must-see music festivals in Queensland to get your fix.

Watch the world’s best parachutists soar over the Gold Coast at the World Parachuting Championships | 7-13 October 2018

World Parachuting Championships

Elite parachutists from over 45 countries will compete in for world-best statuses in multiple divisions including artistic, canopy formation and speed.

For seven days the Gold Coast will see professional jumpers grace the airspace and doing stunts and manoeuvres rarely seen.

You can watch the action from the drop zone and join in on all the fun and action at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.

Get your heart racing at the Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600 | 19-21 October 2018

Round 8 of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup

Walk the Surfers Paradise street track at the Supercars Vodafone Gold Coast 600, find your favourite part of the track and settle in to watch the V8 Supercars, Hot Wheel Utes and Super Trucks do what they do best.

The high-octane atmosphere continues off track with meet-and-greets, live music and helicopter tours over the track.

Complete a marathon in one of the most picturesque places in Queensland | 28 October 2018


Don’t just take our word for it, Olympic marathon champ Steve Moneghetti also loves the Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival. In fact, Steve has dubbed it “the world’s best adventure course.”

You’ll run across palm-fringed beaches at sunrise and then switch gears onto the highway and off-road rocky trails. So, let’s just say that this course isn’t a walk in the park, but a gruelling challenge in paradise.

Tip: If this is your first marathon, check out this helpful beginner’s guide.

Spend a night at the ballet and watch the QPAC International Series 2018: Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company | 7-18 November 2018

Giselle Teattro alla Scala


Get glammed up and head to QPAC for an unforgettable night with Italian ballet phenomenon Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company.

You can watch two iconic productions; the classical Don Quixote and Giselle and will be amazed at the quality craftsmanship and distinguished choreography.

Cheer as Australia V South Africa on the Gold Coast | 17 November 2018

Gillette T20 Australia V South Africa

Alright cricket fans, this one’s for you!

Head to the Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast to be amongst the electric crowd of fans cheering as Australia V South Africa in the Gillette T20.

And, in true cricket attire, come dressed in your best costume and flaunt your frock.

Psst! Don’t miss Australia V India in Brisbane at the Gabba Cricket Grounds (21 November 2018).

Give your body the ultimate workout at the Hamilton Island Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim | 18 November 2018

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

Race towards the silica shoreline and dive into the tropical waters surrounding Whitehaven Beach where you’ll kick your way through 2km Ocean Swim. If your stroke isn’t quite ready for such a challenge, have a go at the 750m Ocean Swim instead.

But, if you’re keen to really test your endurance, why not complete the entire Hamilton Island Endurance Series which includes the Stamford Financial Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run and the Hamilton Island Triathlon.

Be captivated by internationally acclaimed contemporary art at The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | 24 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

See newly commission works, as well as works by emerging and senior artists on show at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane.

The exhibition showcases artwork from Iraq to Hawaii and over 80 artists and groups are featured. These artists have made a huge impact in contemporary art and quite a few Australian artists are included.

Also included is an interactive workspace for kids to get hands-on and interact with exhibiting artists across a range of programs and multi-media activities.

Witness golfing legends compete in Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship | 29 November – 2 December 2018.

Australian PGA Championship

Competing for the Joe Kirwkwood Cup, Australian and International players will tee off for the Australian PGA Championship at one of the most acclaimed courses in Australia at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Featuring live entertainment, food and music across the tournament, including the MyGolf Kids Day, fans will be delighted as they watch the world’s best golf players try and ace their way to a big payday.

Where are you heading for your Spring Break?

This post was originally published in 2017 and updated on 27 August 2018.