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October Long Weekend Labour Day

  • Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin
  • Narooma, South Coast


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.

Must Do

October Long Weekend Events in NSW

Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin

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.

  • Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive

    Sydney to Melbourne

    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. 

  • Holiday Park, Nelligen

    Caravan and Camping Holidays

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

  • Whale watching, 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 2015

New Year's Day Thursday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 26 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 3 April Friday 25 March
Easter Saturday Saturday 4 April Saturday 26 March
Easter Sunday Sunday 5 April Sunday 27 March
Easter Monday Monday 6 April Monday 28 March
Anzac Day Saturday 25 April Monday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 13 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 3 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Sunday 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Monday, 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December* Tuesday 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.