For this month's culture guide, Buro culturemaker Noelle Faulkner has edited some of best thing to see, hear and do this October. Add to diary
If you thought last month was bliss, with all the heart flutters with spring blooms, baby animals and warmer weather, October is where the feeling of the rise of summer really kicks in. Daylight savings arrives for the southern part of the country to lighten up and lengthen the days and saltwater dips and drinks on rooftops with friends starts to call us all out of hibernation. I realise I noted all the busts of sensory elevations that comes with spring last month, but well, it continues and heats up well into October.
As a nation, it's pretty safe to say we're sun and sea born and we don't do winter all that well, our rapture with summer is well documented and it's why there's nothing better than an Australian summer. So, we look for cues: the whales migrating along the coast, nighttime festivals and markets and soft tanlines that cast a soft focus shadow on the skin.
For the month of October, there are several ways to get your dose of spring fever. In Sydney, its good food month in Sydney, which means the Night Noodle Markets are back as is the sunny Sculpture by the Sea outdoor exhibtion; Melbourne's NGV has a wonderful Bulgari exhibition on show to drool over and ACMI is showing the cult-status Robert Mapplethorpe film that rocked Sundance and Berlin film festivals. Brisbane is making putt putt a thing with the opening of a new gold-themed bar and around the land there are also several festivals going on and a few with tickets on sale this month to snap up for your summer. And then there's the Halloween parties to start planning for. October is bright.