TAS: Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
• Celebrating the region’s apple growing history, this festival has a focus on wassailing; the age-old tradition of scaring “nasties” out of the cider apples trees to produce bumper crops.
• Quirky events include gift giving to the trees, processions and ceremonies.
VIC: Australian Sheep and Wool Show
• Held in Bendigo, this historic show celebrates the wool industry and its vital role in Australia’s past and present economy.
• Showcasing the nation’s top wool growers, the show also features shearing and sheepdog displays and an animal nursery as well as markets and refreshments.