The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
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.
October Long Weekend Events in NSW
The October long weekend offers a great opportunity to explore NSW, with a wide range of exciting events taking place around the State.
Each year, the south coast holiday haven of Narooma hosts the Great Southern Blues Festival, a blues and roots festival. Spread over the three days of the long weekend,it’s been running for almost 20 years and boasts a stellar lineup. There’s also a range of food and market stalls on site as well as activities and events to keep the kids happy. It’s a great chance to explore the region, discover Narooma's beaches and the unique nearby villages of Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba, known for their close-knit community of artisans.
Head to Parkes to check out the five day 2PK Parkes Country Music Festival program, which includes street busking and competitions, a poets’ breakfast, and various concerts and performances. It makes for a great family weekend away.
For those who like it loud, the award-winning Deni Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival celebrates car culture, specifically the iconic Aussie 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: the most number of utes in the one place, and the blue singlet count - the largest group of people all wearing blue singlets. The two day festival also includes live music, drag racing and driving competitions.
For a quieter getaway, the beautiful Leura Gardens Festival in the upper Blue Mountains features a magnificent variety of cool-climate gardens, each with its own particular style and character, with exotic flowers such as rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, hellebores and more. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the charming town of Leura and the surrounding towns and National Park of the greater Blue Mountains.
Travel along the legendary coastline between Sydney and Melbourne for plenty of family-friendly detours. Turn off at Berry to visit Kangaroo Valley or visit Eden, which hosts the whales and their calves prior to take off for Antarctica.
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.