October Long Weekend Labour Day


October Long Weekend

Labour Day in NSW is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in October. Enjoy the long weekend exploring NSW on a caravan and camping trip. Relax at the beach, try regional food and wine and take in the state's stunning natural landscapes.

  • Parkes Country Music Spectacular, Country NSW
  • Narooma, South Coast

October Long Weekend events in NSW

The October Long Weekend is a great time to explore NSW and enjoy a wide range of events.

Visit the beautiful Leura Gardens Festival in the upper Blue Mountains for a magnificent variety of cool-climate gardens. Stroll through a variety of grounds, each garden fragrant with exotic flowers such as rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, hellebores and more.

While you are there you can explore the charming town of Leura and the breathtaking beauty of the Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Leura Garden Festival, Blue Mountains

For those who like it loud, the award-winning Deni Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival celebrates car culture, specifically the iconic Australian ute in the town of Deniliquin in the Murray region.

Round up your friends and join the locals as they attempt to break two world records, including the most number of utes in the one place and the blue singlet count - the largest group of people in once place all wearing blue singlets.

The two day festival also includes live music, drag racing and driving competitions.

Deni Ute Muster, Country NSW

Head to Parkes to check out the five day 2PK Parkes Country Music Festival, which includes street busking, a poets’ breakfast, and various concerts and performances. It makes for a great family weekend away.

A few hour’s north, Starfest in Coonabarabran gives you access to the Siding Spring Observatory, with an open day, astronomy talks, and ‘Science in the Pub’, an evening of entertaining science talks and banter from leading astronomy experts.

Just outside of Canberra in Murrumbateman, the Murrumbateman Moving Feast offers a weekend of local wines matched with delicious food from the region. It showcases the best of the local region, with cellar doors and restaurants pairing tasting plates and desserts with the region’s wines.

  • Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive

    The Grand Pacific Drive

    Running from just south of Sydney to Wollongong, follow the Grand Pacific Drive through charming seaside villages, past secluded beaches, and explore the bushland and spectacular views around Kiama, Jamberoo and Gerringong.

  • Little Beach campground, Bouddi National Park

    Caravan and Camping Holidays

    A caravan and camping holiday gives you the freedom to explore the State at your own pace. Whether you're after waterfront views or bush surrounds, nature can be found right on your doorstep.

  • Whale watching, Bodys Tower, South Coast.

    South Coast Whale Watching

    Head to the South Coast to see pods of whales travelling during their annual migration. Join a whale-watching cruise to see these majestic creatures up close, or watch from a headland lookout or coastal national park.

NSW Public Holidays in 2016 and 2017

New Year's DayFriday 1 JanuarySunday 1 January
Additonal Day Monday 2 January
Australia DayTuesday 26 JanuaryThursday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 25 MarchFriday 14 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday 26 MarchSaturday 15 April
Easter SundaySunday 27 MarchSunday 16 April
Easter MondayMonday 28 MarchMonday 17 March
Anzac DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 April
Queen's BirthdayMonday 13 JuneMonday 12 June
Labour DayMonday 3 OctoberMonday 2 October
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberMonday 25 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 DecemberTuesday, 26 December
Additional DayTuesday 27 December 

See NSW School Holidays dates

School holiday short breaks in Regional NSW

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

School holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get out of the usual routine and explore NSW with your whole family. There's so much to do together that's hands on and heaps of fun.

Attractions that are popular with kids of all ages include Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains area, Jamberoo Action Park near Kiama and Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo. View all family friendly experiences.