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What's on in March

Watch Opera on Sydney Harbour, witness a global cricketing event and more – across Australia, here's a selection of what's happening in March.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Traviata

This annual favourite is back, and this year Opera Australia presents La Traviata, the story that inspired Moulin Rouge, on a magnificent floating stage over Sydney Harbour. Arrive early to enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants, and drink in the view as the setting sun glimmers over the city skyline. Then, take your seats in the comfortable grandstand to enjoy.

Sydney, March 27 – April 26,


ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Both the Men’s and Women’s ICC T20 World Cups are hosted by Australia in 2020, and it’s the Women’s event up first. While the event began in earlier February, the final is set to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 8, which also happens to be International Women’s Day. Katy Perry is performing, and organisers are hoping to fill the 94,000-seat MCG, setting a world-record attendance for women’s sport in the process. 

Melbourne, March 8,


World Science Festival, Brisbane

A key pillar of the wider event Curiocity, the World Science Festival Brisbane brings some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to the city, showcases local scientists and performers from around the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts the brightest and best in their fields.

Brisbane, March 20-24,


Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

Travel back in time and discover the determination, machines and genius that carved the great Roman Empire at the WA Maritime Museum. This family-friendly exhibition is great for all ages and features carefully reconstructed replica machines that reflect one of the most technologically significant times in human history.

Perth, until April 26,


Heroes of the Skies: the Smith Brothers Exhibition 

Discover the amazing story of the England to Australia air race of 1919, won by two of South Australia’s favourite sons, Captain Ross and Lieutenant Keith Smith. Together with their mechanics, Sergeants Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, they were the first Australian airmen to fly from England to Australia in 28 days in a modified Vickers Vimy bomber. See it at the State Library of South Australia.

Adelaide, until April 5,



The #UDHRQuiltProject moves beyond a traditional museum experience by inviting visitors to participate in a range of hands-on craft activities and workshops. Through the creation of four quilts, each embroidered with the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the project draws attention to the way human rights are challenged around the world today. 

Canberra, until June 30,


SteamFest 2020 

On the March long weekend every year, SteamFest brings history to life over three days with one of the biggest collections of working steam machinery in Australia, Steam train rides, exhibitions of pioneering skills showing how things were done in yesteryear, ploughing displays and a full wood chopping competition on Monday.

Hobart, March 7-9,