With air travel getting cheaper and so many great places to visit, it’s hard to choose where to spend your much-anticipated annual leave. But why not try somewhere closer to home and check out some of the wonderful events happening in our own backyard.
Sports-nuts will love attending the World Tennis Challenge in January. See current players take on legends of the game and hit the court yourself for the Be Active Challenge, Australia’s largest tennis participation event.
Those with more refined tastes will love the Taste of Tasmania in December. Tasmania's biggest food and wine festival adds flavour to the end of the year in the city of Hobart, celebrating the state's justifiably famous produce and fine food in a carnival atmosphere on the city's docks.
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race from boxing day is another highly anticipated event that sees visitors scrambling for a place from which to watch the action. A number of harbour cruises can get you close to the action, or watch the start from the public Manly ferry as it crosses the harbour.
For something completely different, take a trip to the Northern Territory to experience Field of Lights. Bruce Munro's internationally acclaimed art installation Field of Light, set glittering at the base of Uluru will now be on show until 31 March 2018 giving you plenty of time to start planning your dream trip to the Red Centre.
No matter what you’re into, there is an experience for you to enjoy in your own backyard this summer.