Top models and Australia's leading fashion designers will be strutting next season's looks on the catwalks during the Melbourne Fashion Festival this week. On the other side of the country, wine glasses will be clinking at Western Australia's Margaret River Wine Region Festival.

15th L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
March 14-20
Various venues around Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, LMFF for short, is unique in that it is public friendly - the majority of the festival's fashion shows and events are open to the public and many of them are free to attend. The event features fashion from noted Australian brands Speedo, Jag, Bonds, Collette Dinnigan and Morrissey plus collections from up-and-coming Australian designers. The LMFF might be the most popular fashion festival with the local public, but the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (May 2-6) is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event.
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20th Margaret River Wine Region Festival
March 17-21
Various venues around Margaret River
Western Australia, Australia

The Margaret River Wine Region Festival is an annual festival that aims to showcase some of Western Australia's best wines, food and natural attractions. The festival comprises multiple events including the Dunsborough Street Fiesta, The Margaret River Street Fiesta, the President's Trophy Twenty20 Cricket Match, and the Vintage Festival. South Australia's biennial Tasting Australia (April 26 - May 3, 2012) is the largest of Australia's regional wine tasting events. Other major wine events include the Tasmania Festivale (February 11-13), Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March 4-14), Barossa Vintage Festival (April 23 - May 1) and the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month (June).

Australian Grand Prix
March 27
Albert Park, Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

The season gets underway in Melbourne this year, after the cancellation of Bahrain's opener earlier in the month. This year will see the reintroduction of Pirelli as a tire supplier (potentially changing pit stop strategy) and the use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) boosters, bringing hybrid power to several teams' cars for the first time.
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25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival
March 30 - April 24
Various venues in Melbourne
Victoria, Australia

Alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 5-29) and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival (July), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. The event regularly attracts crowds of more than 500,000 spectators who come to see free and paid events from the festival's vivid program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theater, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. The Sydney Comedy Festival will take place a few weeks later (April 11 - May 8).
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20th Targa Tasmania rally
April 5-10
Various courses from Launceston to Hobart
Tasmania, Australia

Unlike the majority of rallies, the public is invited to the Targa Tasmania to come and watch the almost 400 sports cars, Grand Touring Cars and sporting automobiles from the 1900s to the present race around Tasmania's roads. More than 200,000 spectators turn out to watch the Targa Tasmania each year, bringing an estimated $10 million dollars into the Tasmanian economy. German World Rally Champion Walter Rohrl and his Porsche 911 SC will be one of the star attractions at the event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes
April 16 - June 26
Art Gallery NSW, Sydney
NSW, Australia

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. Since its inception in 1921 the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell and Brett Whiteley. Each year the Art Gallery of NSW holds an exhibition to showcase Archibald Prize entries. The Art Gallery of NSW also displays landscape paintings in oil or watercolor and figure sculptures submitted for The Wynne Prize plus genre paintings, subject paintings and mural projects in the running to win the Sir John Sulman Prize.
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