January 2019

The Maryborough Highland Gathering

January 1, 2019  Maryborough – Australia Maryborough, VIC Australia

Start the year off Scottish at Australia’s oldest continuous running sporting event with pipe bands, Scottish dance, stalls and more at Princes Park. Info: 03 5461 1480 or

Scottish Gaelic Poetry Seminar

January 12, 2019 Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Poetry is a fascinating and beautiful way in to language and culture. In this half-day seminar, we will read and discuss a selection of Scottish Gaelic poems and songs in Gaelic with English translations. No knowledge of Gaelic is required, at Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St. Info:

Who were the Celts? Study Day

January 13, 2019 Weston, ACT Australia

A day-long introduction to the culture of the Celts, focussing on bronze-age, iron-age and early medieval language, art and archaeology. Prented by the Australian School of Celtic Learning at Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson St. Info:

Hunter Valley Scots Burns Night

January 19, 2019 Argenton, NSW Australia

Celebrate Robert Burns with the Hunter Valley Scots Club at Club Macquarie with food, music and dance. Info:

Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts Study Day

January 19, 2019 Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Spend a day looking at early medieval Celtic illuminated manuscripts from the modest Book of Mulling to the extravagant Book of Kells. Our list will include Scotland’s only securely identified example, the Book of Deer, together with better- and lesser-known examples from various parts of Great Britain and Ireland, at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, …

Burns Night – Brisbane – 19 January 2019

Brisbane Clans Pipes and Drums are holding their annual Burns Night at the Gaythorne RSL, Samford Rd Mitchelton.    Three course meal $35 per head – phone Kate Wyse (07) 3369 2232 for bookings

Burns Supper

January 25, 2019 Wongawallan, QLD Australia

Includes the Address the Haggis, 3 course dinner, music and more at the Fox & Hounds Country Inn, 7 Elevation Dr. Info: 07 5665 7582 or

Happy Burns Night

January 25, 2019 Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. The tradition of the Burns Night Supper was first held in 1801 by the poet’s friends, five years after his death.

A Night of Robert Burns

January 25, 2019 Lyons, NT Australia

Celebrating the life and works of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns, in poetry, song and dance at Tracy Village Social and Sports Club Bistro, 28 Tambling Tce. Info: Moyston Wright 0487 407 672 or

Burns Night

January 25, 2019 Hobart – Australia Hobart, TAS Australia

Join the City of Hobart Pipe Band to toast the Immortal Memory. Whisky, haggis, bagpipes, The Iain MacLeod Ceilidh Band, dancing for everyone, fine company and excellent craic. Info:

February 2019

Learn Scottish Country Dancing with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

February 4, 2019 – March 25, 2019 Sydney – Australia Sydney, NSW Australia

Eight week course aimed at beginners (and improvers). Learn the basic steps and formations along with some simple but fun Scottish country dances. A great way to keep fit and make friends. No partner required at Fort Street Public School, The Rocks. Info: or Diana, 0413542552,

Scottish Gaelic Retreat

February 15, 2019 – February 17, 2019 Callala Beach, NSW Australia

Spend a weekend immersed in Scottish Gaelic at beautiful Callala Beach on the NSW South Coast. Formal Gaelic language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach, cooking traditional Scottish dishes and enjoying the outdoors – all in Gaelic. No prior knowledge of Gaelic required. Info:

Richmond Highland Gathering

February 17, 2019 Richmond, TAS Australia

St Andrew Society of Hobart will again be holding its annual Highland Gathering on the Village Green, with Pipe Band displays from across Tasmania, Scottish dancing and stalls. Info: Di Cornish 0408 528 658 or

March 2019

Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo

March 2, 2019 Quirindi, NSW Australia

The event aims to showcase military bands in both a competition and exhibition format, and pays homage to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Longfield Oval Sporting Precinct, Henry St. Info: or


Scots Day Out

March 2, 2019 Bendigo – Australia Bendigo, VIC Australia

Scots Day Out will be a day filled with fun, tartan, Scottish entertainment and events and it’s free, at Rosalind Park. Info:

International Bagpipe Day

March 10, 2019 Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

This is a day initiated by The Bagpipe Society to celebrate the world’s many bagpipes and piping traditions. Every March 10th you are invited to go out and play your pipes – anywhere, anyhow to anyone!

Geelong Highland Gathering

March 17, 2019 Corio – Australia Corio, VIC Australia

One of Victoria’s largest and best Highland Gatherings, presented by the Geelong Highland Gathering Association. Pipe bands, Scottish dance, Clans and more at Goldsworthy Reserve, Goldsworthy Rd. Info:

Celtic Piping Club Session

March 31, 2019 Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm – 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar – 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info:

Ringwood Highland Games & Celtic Festival

March 31, 2019 Ringwood – Australia Wantirna, VIC Australia

Melbourne’s only Highland Games with pipe bands, Scottish dancers, dogs, Clan and Scottish stalls at J.W.Manson Reserve, Selkirk Ave. Info: or

April 2019

Brigadoon-The Bundanoon Highland Gathering

April 6, 2019 Bundanoon – Australia Bundanoon, NSW Australia

Australia’s largest Scottish event with pipe bands, Clan village, Scottish dancing, music, heavy events, stalls and more-a great day for the entire family in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Info: 02 4883 7471 or

Brisbane Boys College – Pipe Band Competition 13 April 2019

Maclean Highland Gathering

April 19, 2019 – April 20, 2019 Maclean – Australia Maclean, NSW Australia

In the Scottish town of Australia with full pipe band and solo piping competitions, Highland dancers, stalls and more. Info: Mobile: 0429 842 472 or

May 2019

Australian Celtic Festival

May 2, 2019 – May 5, 2019 Glen Innes – Australia Glen Innes, NSW Australia

Celebrating Celtic culture amongst the Australian Standing Stones with Celtic music, vendors, entertainment and ceremony. 2019 is the Year of Scotland. Info:

Celtic Piping Club Session

May 5, 2019 Melbourne, VIC Australia

Piping session, 3pm – 5:30pm, upstairs at The Last Jar – 616 Elizabeth Street (cnr Queensberry St). Info:

The Proclaimers Australian Tour 2019

May 16, 2019 – May 30, 2019 Nationwide – Australia Nationwide, Australia

Scotland’s finest Celtic soul brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have reached a rarefied status: after three decades they are as innovative as ever and with every album and show played, The Proclaimers continue to garner new fans. Tickets available at venues and all usual outlets. Full tour dates and details at:

Robert Burns Festival

May 17, 2019 – May 19, 2019 Camperdown – Australia Camperdown, NSW Australia

The festival celebrates Camperdown’s unique link to Robert Burns and features a mix of international and local musicians, as well as a Burns lecture series each year. Info: 03 5593 7100 or

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival

May 26, 2019 – June 2, 2019 Wingham – Australia Wingham, NSW Australia

Presented by Manning Valley Historical Society a week long program of Scottish themed events including a Scottish concert, Genealogy Fair, Highland Games, Ceilidh and more. Info: John 02 6556 9057 or

June 2019

Boonah Clydesdale Spectacular – Boonah Qld 15-16 June 2019

The Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular was launched on February 26, 2013 and is a sub-committee of the Boonah Show Society Inc.

This will showcase the best of the breed, and is the premier breed-specific show for Clydesdales in Queensland. The 2019 event will again boast the biggest prize pool for Stud Clydesdale Classes in Australia with the Supreme Champion Clydesdale Exhibit taking home a $5000 cash prize and Junior Champion Clydesdale Exhibit $1000 cash prize.

Ipswich Highland Gathering – Ipswich Qld 9 June 2019

A celebration of arts, culture and heritage – The Gathering is a unique event drawing on the cultures influencing Ipswich and South East Queensland.

The 2019 event will celebrate the Celtic roots of the Ipswich region – with pipe bands, highland dancing, highland games, British cars, air shows and a range of workshops discovering the heritage of Ipswich.

North Ipswich Reserve


54 The Terrace

North Ipswich

Queensland, Australia 4305

July 2019

44th Australian Scottish Country Dance Winter School

July 7, 2019 – July 13, 2019 Parkville, VIC Australia

The Melbourne & District Branch extends a warm invitation to all dancers to meet at University College, College Drive, University of Melbourne, for a fun filled week of Scottish Country Dancing with great teachers and musicians. Info:

Scots in the Bush – Boondooma – Qld – 17-18 August 2019

A day celebrating the contribution of the Scottish people in opening up much of Australia.


Join us for the Boondooma Highland games. Scottish food & much more, Stalls welcome with own insurance Be part of “Scots in the Bush”–a weekend of fun filled entertainment for all the family. Bar &  Meals are available.

Admission: $70 pp full weekend. Children under 14, FREE.

Includes: entry, bush camping and all entertainment. Day rates available.

Inquiries: Caretaker: 07 4168 0159 Judy Brandt: 0427364026 or

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Tartan Day Brisbane – date to be advised

Kirkin of the Tartan – date to be advised