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9 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This Month

By Ben Tyers - 30 Apr 2019


The hustle and bustle of the city can grate on you every now and then, so if you’re looking for a break why not head for the hills and explore what’s happening in regional Victoria this month.

Here are 9 things to do in regional Victoria in May.

Tudors To Windsors: British Royal Portraits


Bendigo Art Gallery feels a bit more regal right now. Its walls are adorned with an outstanding collection of royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London.

To view the whole collection the gallery recommends 90 to 120 minutes to catch the whole exhibition.

When: Until July 14
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo
For more info, click here.



Giant animals called megafauna used to roam the lands around Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America more than 10,000 years ago, and now, they’re back.

Healesville Sanctuary will have these animals in all their glory on display over the next couple of months. Check out the ancient emu, sloth, elephant, tiger, and rhino, all in animatronic form.

When: Saturday 6 April to Sunday 14 July
Where: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek
For more info, click here.

Clunes Booktown Festival


The Hepburn Shire town of Clunes is well-known for its love of books, proclaiming itself 'Booktown' back in 2007. The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on this month, bringing an expected crowd of more than 15,000 to the town to see author talks, panel discussions, and literary luncheons. Book divers can also find the largest collection of rare, and out of print books in Australia to get their hands on.

When: Saturday 4 May to Sunday 5 May
Where: Various locations around Clunes
For more info, click here.

Great Trentham Spudfest


It's all happening once again in Trentham, a massive celebration of the humble spud.

The Great Trentham Spudfest is now into its 12th year and will be dishing up an array of potato dishes, plenty of spuds available for purchase from local growers, live music, and plenty more.

When: Saturday 4 May, 10am – 4pm
Where: Various locations around Trentham
For more info, click here.

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Apollo Bay

Here's your chance to take a run on Victoria's legendary road. The Great Ocean Road Running Festival will host events ranging from a walk, 1.5km run, all the way up to an ultra marathon. Start lines vary in location from Apollo Bay to Lorne.

When: Saturday 18 May to Sunday 19 May
Where: Apollo Bay & Lorne
For more info, click here.

Low Light Festival


In its 2nd year, Queenscliff's Low Light Festival promises an Autumn feast of music, film, and much more. Catch the likes of Dan Sultan, Claire Bowditch, and Archie Roach on the music front, alongside the Bellarine Lighthouse Film Festival, the Blues Train running on the Queenscliff railway line. Get the full program here.

When: Friday 3 May to Sunday 30 June
Where: Various locations around Queenscliff
For more info, click here.

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly Series

The National Gallery of Australia's Sidney Nolan collection is on tour for the first time in 15 years and has landed at Geelong Gallery. Check out 26 of the artist's paintings including his famous Ned Kelly works.

When: Until Sunday 26 May
Where: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong
For more info, click here.

Feast High Country Festival

High Country

Feast High Country Festival is back this May, and will bring with it a ton of events around the High Country for you to check out. There's the Beechworth Village Bonfire, glamping in Gooramadda, an Estelle pop up at The Terrace Restaurant, and so much more. Check out the full program here.

When: Friday 3 May to Sunday 19 May
Where: Various locations around the High Country
For more info, click here.

Kellybrook Cider Festival

Wonga Park

It's the end of the apple harvest, and to coincide with that Kellybook Winery & Distillery is throwing a Cider Festival in celebration. Just a 40-minute drive from Melbourne, the Kellybrook Cider Festival will feature their famous scrumpy, Kelly Brothers ciders, Riders Brew Co beers, and more. There will also be live music to keep you entertained, and food trucks to keep you well fed.

When: Saturday 4 May to Sunday 5 May
Where: Kellybrook Winery, Fulford Road, Wonga Park
For more info, click here.

Looking for things to do in Melbourne this month? Head to our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Visit Victoria

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