Sydney and Melbourne are the main centres of classical music, but the Darwin Symphony Orchestra holds concerts in interesting locations such as Kakadu and Katherine Gorge. Australian Folk Music is popular in the bush - if you get a chance try to attend a local folk festival or bush dance.
No doubt Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous locations to attend an opera, but Melbourne also has an impressive Opera House. The national Opera company Opera Australia tours the country.
The following is a summary of festivals that should not be missed:
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Tasmania month long festival taking place in January, also incorporates the Taste of Tasmania Food Festival.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras - NSW
Not to be missed! This is a huge procession along Sydney's Oxford Street with extravagant costumes and decorative floats. Takes place the end of February and is GREAT FUN!!
Alice Springs Camel Cup
Camel races in the desert in July
First Tuesday in November in Melbourne - its a national holiday in Victoria, but the whole country celebrates the biggest Horse racing day of the Australian calendar.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
The biggest and best country music festival in Australia is held on the Australia Day long weekend in January in Tamworth.