Find out what's happening around the country this month with our guide to the best events, festivals and shows taking place in July. The calendar includes everything from dances and races to markets and wine tasting hosted across WA, NSW, SA, NT, Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria.
July 1-31: Christmas in July at The Peel Inn in Nundle, think warm fireplaces, warm wine and hotter roast meals as well as Santa and maybe even a spot of snow.
July 5-7: 4WD Caravan, Camping and Marine Show, if you’re in northern NSW and fell like a poke around more than 200 camping, caravanning, boating and 4WD exhibitors then this is the place for you this weekend, Lismore Showground,
July 16: Wongawilli Wednesday Night Bush Dance, hosted by the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club this social event offers up good times thanks to the Wongawilli Bush Band, Wongawilli Community Centre, Wongawilli.
July 13: The Community Wood Fired Oven, if you’re heading through Albury and you’d like to try out this community oven there’ll be a coordinator on hand to cook up your tasty fare, Hovell Tree Park, Albury.
June 27-July 6: The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, catch one of 50 classic and new Aussie films under the stars of the outback as well as workshops and competitions, Winton.
July 1-6: Cairns Ukulele Festival, start your strumming ladies and gents as musicians of all levels and flavours descend upon Cairns with ukes in hand, Fogarty Park.
July 9-10: Big Red Bash, get ready for some serious tunes as Australia's newest music festival takes over the highest sand dune in the Simpson Desert, Birdsville.
July 10-13: Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge, this prestigious horse event attracts competitors from across the country for the campdraft competition, Cloncurry Recreation Grounds.
July 6: Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, this event is the ultimate recycling idea with boats made from beer cans competing against one another as well as tugs-of-war and throng-throwing competitions on the shore, Darwin.
July 12: Lasseter’s Camel Cup, witness some of the craziest camel racing you’re ever likely to come across and enjoy belly dancers, rickshaw races, 'Kids Kamel Dapers' hobby camel races, rides, and Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs.
July 1-31: Australian Salmon Fishing Championship, try your luck at catching the big one from Sheringa Beach, south of Elliston to Mount Camel to the north for the chance to win $1000, Elliston, (08) 8687 9170.
July 4-6: Off Road Masters Championship, Head to Murbko, via Waikerie to see some 4WD competitive action at the combined event of round three Australian Off Road Championship, round one of South Australian Off Road Championship and rounds three of the South Australian Off Road Racing Association Multi Club Series.
July 6: Port Augusta Racing Club Cup Day, trot away down to the premier thoroughbred racing event in the Flinders Ranges for eight races, fashions on the field and plenty of entertainment, (08) 8642 2991.
July 26-27: Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend, take the chill off your winter adventure with two days of fireside delights in the Adelaide Hills as you sample the region’s produce and renowned cool climate wines, various Adelaide Hills cellar doors, Stirling, 1300 305 577.
July 1-27: The Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year, you spend a lot of time travelling and enjoying nature – now see how the world’s best photographers have captured it in this amazing exhibition of photos from Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea, Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie.
July 5-21: Derby Boab Festival, WA’s longest-running town festival offers the plenty of excitement with a float parade and mardi gras, mud football, a film festival, long table dinner, ball and the Boab quest.
July 5-13: Bright Blue Kimberley Postie Bike Adventure, if you want to raise money for sick kids and get a taste of two-wheeling adventure, then join this charity where you pay to ride a little red Honda 110cc ex-Australia Post motorcycle the full length of the Kimberley’s Gibb River Road along corrugated gravel and rock roads, creek crossings, majestic gorges and waterfalls, (08) 9222 1724.
July 19: South West Mudfest, if you’re keen to get down and dirty Tough Mudder-style hen choose between the 5km short obstacle course in the mud or the 12km long course and tough it out, Bootleg Brewery, Wilyabrup, (08) 9443 8611.
July 4-6: Hattah Desert Race, organisers reckon this event - the largest national offroad bike desert race in Australia through tough Mallee scrub sections, sand dunes and high-speed straights – is tougher than Finke, Colignan.
July 12: Skipton Market, located between Ballarat and Hamilton, these markets are a hub for locally-grown produce as well as homemade produce and the chance to peruse the town’s beautiful parks, Skipton Mechanic Hall, Skipton, (03) 5340 2204.
July 20: Camp Oven Cook-Off, if you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next outback MasterChef of camp cooking – then this is the event for you. It’s open to teams and individuals, Koorlong Public Hall, Koorlong.
July 25-27: Winter Blues Festival, loosen up those creaky bones with a dance or three as Aussie blues artists gather for a huge weekend of (mostly free) music and good times at various venues in Echuca, 1800 804 466.
July 5: The Eskmarket, peruse 150 undercover and outside stalls offering antiques, books and videos, clothes, tools as well as fresh flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables, Launceston Show Ground.
July 24-27: Devonport Jazz in July, get in the swing of things with four days of jazz music performances by traditional and modern musicians, dancing and film presentations Devonport.
July 26: Harvest Launceston, fresh from the farmer to your larder this weekly community market each Saturday morning is a treat for travellers after jams, breads, meats and multitudes of other quality local produce, Launceston.