The 2015 Queen's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday 8 June in all states aside from Western Australia, with this state celebrating the day on 28 September. Typically this day is celebrated in all the other states and territories on the second Monday in June, however Western Australia has its own special day due to its June public holiday already being taken up by Western Australia Day.

As the celebration date is usually not the day of the Queen's actual birthday, many Australians spend time with loved ones or enjoy festivals or special events. Here's a sneak peek at what's happening around the country.


Heathcote on Show is a great opportunity to get out of Melbourne and explore the stunning wine region of Heathcote. The event brings artisan winemakers, brewers, chefs and musicians together for one huge celebration, which features plenty of wine tastings, gourmet food, music and community activities. It's spread across more than 30 locations in Heathcote, giving you plenty of opportunities to roam around vineyards, venture into cellar doors and enjoy all that this beautiful area has to offer.

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is another eagerly anticipated Queen's Birthday event in Victoria. It's been running for more than 10 years, celebrating Australian and international musicians and artists with community events in the Macedon Ranges. Join more than 5,000 guests to enjoy more than 30 events at a variety of locations. Listen to jazz and classical music, or take part in a literary program.


Head to Cooly Rocks in 2015 for a state of Australia's biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival, running from 29 May until 8 June. Spanning two kilometres, the festival boasts swing music, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and plenty of other great tunes, along with more than 1,000 hot rods, classic vehicles and custom cars cruising along the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads beachfront. Bring along your pocket money for a chance to snap up souvenirs from retro and craft market stalls, and indulge in the vintage food in the bustling atmosphere. Each year more than 100,000 people flock to the festival, which peaks during the Grand Finale weekend as the streets close to traffic and light up in a frenzy of festivities. What's more, the event is free to enter.

New South Wales

If you're around the Sydney area during the Queen's Birthday weekend, make sure you check out Vivid. All the action comes to a head during its final weekend, which coincides nicely with Queen's Birthday. The massive light festival also celebrates music and ideas, attracting crowds of more than 1.4 million. See the city come alive with dozens of installations created by artists from all over the world, and enjoy presentations by a huge number of speakers at the many creative industry events that occur throughout the festival.

Vivid Sydney runs over the Queens Birthday weekend - see the city come alive!