With the autumn and winter seasons approaching Australians have planned a lot of fun activities – food festivals, winter sports competitions, music festivals, and national holiday celebrations. Aussies love to have a good time so make sure you join the fun activities and try everything that Australia has to offer.
Due to the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some events in Australia have been postponed. We recommend following news updates, flight information and practicing the utmost safety when traveling.
Which are the most important events in Australia?
This year Australia is about to host many fun and exciting events, due to the current situation we recommend closely following event cancellation and postponing dates.
April 10-14 – Good Friday and Easter celebration are one of the most celebrated holidays in Australia. This year the 4-day long weekend celebration will, unfortunately, be very different than usual, locals, as well as foreigners, are urged to stay at home and no public events will be held.
April 25 – National remembrance day commemorating Australian and New Zealand army members who served in the First World War.
May 4 – Labour Day, celebrates labor, economic and social achievements
June 13 – Queens Birthday
July 24 – Darwin Show Day
August 12 – Brisbane Show Day
September 25 – AFL Grand Final Friday
November 2 – Melbourne Cup
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day
Australians also celebrate many seasonal and international holidays such as Valentine ’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, Oktoberfest, Halloween and many more.
Have events been affected by the current situation?
Booking your flights, purchasing tickets and planning your travels during the current situation can be tricky. Many of the events that originally were planned for the months of April, May, and June, as well as the rest of the winter season, have been canceled and/or postponed.
CMC Rocks Queensland 20th of March – country and international music festival has been postponed to March 2021
Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival 17th -18th of April – the festival has been postponed to April 2021
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival May 1st – June 30th – TBC
Melbourne International Film Festival (August) – canceled
Melbourne International Arts Festival (October) – canceled
Unfortunately, many other festivals and events have been canceled or postponed until further notice. We suggest following the updates on the events you have already purchased tickets on the official event websites. Many of the event organizers have created refund policies that allow clients to either postpone the ticket for the next planned event or receive a full refund.
What will be the economic consequences?
Australians, as well as many other foreigners, have been victims of the current Coronavirus outbreak. Canceled flights, travel bans and closed borders have been ordered to curb the spread of the virus.
Many of the businesses have been temporarily shut down leaving the owners and employees without jobs and income. Some of them have adapted and some, unfortunately, are already suffering financially. Small businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, and clinical service operators have been forced to shut down leaving them unable to pay rent as well as salaries to their employees.
It has been predicted that the infection will reach its peak in June and after that, the economy will begin to recover. In the worst-case scenario, the peak may be reached in September which will leave severe damage to the economy. Unfortunately, no matter when the virus will reach its peak Australia’s economy and businesses will suffer long after.