Get a taste for winter wine at events in the King Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Heathcote and Rutherglen wine regions, and sample the best local craft brews at Bendigo on the Hop.

Warm your soul with words at the Bendigo Writers Festival and photography at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Take the littlies to the Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest, and join the festivities at regional winter arts festivals.

We've handpicked the best winter events so you can plan your perfect winter wander.


Heathcote on show (10-12 June), Heathcote, Goldfields

Experience the best of the famous Heathcote wine region with three days of exclusive tastings, new releases, gourmet fare, music and activities.

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Weekend fit for a king (10-11 June), King Valley, High Country

Taste, explore and feast like a king as local winemaking families welcome winter with premium Italian-style wines and nonna-style mouth-watering feasts.

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Rutherglen Winery Walkabout (10-11 June), Rutherglen, High Country

Take your tasting glass on a walkabout to more than 17 Rutherglen wineries to enjoy tastings, masterclasses, seasonal fare, markets, live music and tours.

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Winter Wine Weekend (10-12 June), Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

Sample premium wines from 47 Mornington Peninsula wineries, meet the vignerons, attend masterclasses, and join the festivities of the Winter Wine Fest.

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Ballarat Winter Festival (1-31 July), Ballarat, Goldfields

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Experience wonderlights, ice skating, live music and warming winter menus as Ballarat transforms into a winter wonderland for the month of July.

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Walhalla Vinter Lujfest (1-27 August), Walhalla, Gippsland

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During the month of August, Walhalla Historic Township celebrates winter with the Vinter Ljusfest: a display of special lighting, moving images and sound.

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Bendigo Writers Festival (11-13 August), Bendigo, Goldfields

Enjoy a warm and wordy weekend with more100 writers and 80 sessions for book lovers in the heart of Bendigo's historic View Street arts precinct.

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Bendigo on the hop (17-19 August), Bendigo, Goldfields

Get a taste for delicious beers, great food, fabulous music and good times at this winter craft beer festival pairing great venues with the best breweries.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale (19 Aug – 17 Sep), Ballarat, Goldfields

Feast your eyes on exhibitions and events showcasing local and international artists at this photography extravaganza spanning 31 days and nights.

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