20 must-do summer events
Slideapalooza is a weekend of splashing around on a giant inflatable water slide and getting into energetic water balloon battles, plus live music and food. It’s not just for kids, either. There are two over-18s categories: Slide ‘n’ Sounds and Slide ‘n’ Lights, which include pop-up bars, food stalls and a fireworks finale (as well as getting soaked on the slip ‘n’ slide). For those who need a challenge, there’s the Slide ‘n’ Sprint (for ages 13 and up) which pitches itself as a five-kilometre sports event where you’ll run uphill for 500 metres, slide down 400 metres and repeat until exhausted. Tickets are already on sale for the Hunter Valley event at Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Rothbury 2320. $59.95-$79.95.
Staying in town?
Once again, Australia’s cultural capital delivers a stellar city-wide line-up this summer. From live music at the zoo to late night art and sound installations across the city, there’s plenty to explore.