Festival and Events in NSW

Aussies love a good festival, and NSW's events calendar lures lots of out-of-towners, too. That's because our festivals are fun, they often revolve around food or music – and often they're completely unique. Gnome convention, anyone?

Wine may be the Hunter Valley's calling card, but you'll also find flower festivals, jazz festivals; historic movie nights and a heap of food festivals (even one around boutique beer for the non-wine drinkers).

If you're heading up to the Blue Mountains, there are walking festivals, flower festivals, folk, roots and blues music, wine fairs and, yes, that gnome convention!

Clear night skies are a given in Country NSW, so it's no secret there's a popular astronomy festival here. There are also open days for historic buildings, street theatre, busker and kite festivals and cool climate wine weeks to enjoy.

Don't forget the Snowy Mountains, the region's events include musters, bush poetry and high country art. There are also antique fairs, Easter events and a music festival which coincides with the launch of the winter ski season.

There's always something happening on NSW's North Coast, too – from nautical themed markets and guided walks to food trail tours. In Port Stephens, you'll find festivals created around everything from food and wine to whale watching.

Does chilli or curry float your boat? There are festivals devoted to both in Coffs Harbour! And of course, Byron Bay further north is a festival-goer's dream, with events on all year round covering everything from surfing to blues music.

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  1. Adams Peak Retreat

    Adams Peak Retreat

    From $195 per nightAdams Peak Retreat is set on a lovely 100 acre property and is the perfect location for your stay in the Hunter Valley. The retreat features a refreshing swimming pool and a nine hole country golf...

  2. Bald Hill walking track

    Bald Hill walking track

    Bald Hill walking track is an easy walk that meanders through open woodlands, past the historic relics of old mine workings. Situated in Hill End Historic Site, this scenic loop walk begins on Reef...

  3. Ballina Olympic Pool and Waterslide

    Ballina Olympic Pool and Waterslide

    Ballina Memorial Olympic Pool and Waterslide is located in the Ballina CBD next to the Richmond River. There are three pools: toddlers pool, learn-to-swim pool and 50 metre Olympic pool with solar...

  4. Bemboka


    Bemboka, "Village in a Valley" was originally settled as a halfway point between Bega and Cooma. The first main settlers arrived in Bemboka in 1871, and were mainly a dairying community with a...

  5. Capertee National Park

    Capertee National Park

    For a unique wilderness holiday, head to Capertee National Park. Located west of Blue Mountains, Capertee protects a range of wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth. Independent campers...

  6. Captain Cook's lookout

    Captain Cook's lookout

    For a scenic treat, make your way to Captain Cook's lookout at the base of Smoky Cape lighthouse. Pause to feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park....

  7. Cook Park

    Cook Park

    The area of open space was reserved in 1845, the park was proclaimed in 1873 and in 1882, was officially named in honour of Captain James Cook.

    Cook Park embodies the changing...

  8. Doll, Bear and Craft Fair

    Saturday 15 October 2016, Wollongong

    The Wollongong Doll Club's 2016 Doll Bear and Craft Fair will be held at the Wollongong Town Hall in October.
    There will be trading tables, displays, dolls and bears, old and new,...

    15 Oct
  9. Forestry Hut

    Forestry Hut

    While enjoying a day exploring Werakata National Park, in Lower Hunter Valley, heritage Foresty Hut is well worth a visit. The site offers the chance to glimpse a bygone era for the park and the...

  10. Jerilderie Gold Cup Races

    Saturday 17 September 2016, Jerilderie

    Jerilderie Gold Cup Races offers a day of country racing at its best with a six race program including the famous Jerilderie Gold Cup.
    Highlights of the day will include metropolitan and...

    17 Sep
  11. Jindyandy Cottages

    Jindyandy Cottages

    From $140 per nightThe luxury two bedroom loft style accommodation is self-contained with a spa bath in the loft bedroom. The downstairs bedroom sleeps three and there is a separate bathroom on the downstairs level....

  12. Josephine Jagger Manners Art Classes

    Josephine Jagger Manners Art Classes

    Relax and unwind in an idyllic country setting with art and craft classes taken by acclaimed local artist Josephine Jagger Manners, in the stunning gardens of her home in Molong...

  13. Mittagong Motel

    Mittagong Motel

    From $79 per nightMittagong Motel is a comfortable and affordable place to stay in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Family owned and operated, the motel caters for individuals, families and...

  14. Mount Wood campground

    Mount Wood campground

    From $ per nightBeautifully set next to an outback billabong, Mount Wood campground is a great base for exploring the historic landscape of Sturt National Park. State heritage-listed Mount Wood homestead complex...

  15. Muswellbrook Cup Carnival

    Tuesday 1 November 2016, Muswellbrook

    Event details are yet to be confirmed

    Muswellbrook Cup Carnival is two days of fabulous racing at one of Australia's best country tracks. Day one is Ladies Day - TAB Meeting. Day...

    01 Nov
  16. New England National Park

    New England National Park

    New England National Park is a place of spectacular beauty and pristine wilderness. Part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, it offers visitors an unforgettable holiday...

  17. Northern Broadwater picnic area

    Northern Broadwater picnic area

    Situated on the sandy northern shores of Bombah Broadwater, this secluded spot is fringed with majestic paperbarks. With its sheltered shallow waters, Northern Broadwater picnic area is an ideal...

  18. Ocean View Motel

    Ocean View Motel

    From $75 per nightThe Ocean View Motel in Mollymook is located a stones throw from the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mollymook on the South Coast, and just one kilometre north of Ulladulla Boat Harbour....

  19. Pebbles Bed and Breakfast

    Pebbles Bed and Breakfast

    From $115 per nightSituated on one acre of glorious Mediterranean gardens, Pebbles Bed and Breakfast offers stunning luxury accommodation in tranquil surroundings, just four kilometres from Griffith. Guests have the...

  20. Pioneer Women's Hut Museum

    Pioneer Women's Hut Museum

    The Pioneer Women's Hut at Glenroy Heritage Reserve is one of the best and most unusual small museums in Australia. Cleverly themed, it reflects the ingenuity of women in finding solutions to the...

  21. Sanctuary Hill Retreat

    Sanctuary Hill Retreat

    From $149 per nightSanctuary Hill Retreat provides luxury accommodation, just twenty minutes off the Pacific Highway in the beautiful Manning Valley. Relax and unwind whilst you take in the stunning views from the...

  22. Shalimar Cottage

    Shalimar Cottage

    From $50 per nightShalimar Cottage is a self-contained four bedroom, two bathroom cottage in quiet rural location. Full kitchen and laundry facilities. Two queen beds, one double and two single beds. Suitable for...

  23. Shelton's Coach Charter

    Shelton's Coach Charter

    Shelton's Bus Service offers an extensive range of buses and coaches available for charter.
    Their professional staff can assist you in planning your trip. You will be pleasantly surprised...

  24. Small Cow Farm

    Small Cow Farm

    Small Cow Farm began in 2005 with the first commercial production of cheese using milk from their Irish Dexer cows. Two years milking and making cheese became too time consuming, so now fresh milk...

  25. Suze Pumpkin House

    Suze Pumpkin House

    From $120 per nightSuze Pumpkin House is affordable, small dog friendly (fee applies), gay friendly, super comfy accommodation.
    There is separate entry to an open plan lounge area, double bed, kitchenette...

  26. The Beach Pad

    The Beach Pad

    From $220 per nightThis three bedroom home is the perfect property for your next holiday. Located in possibly one the best locations in Vincentia and an easy two minute stroll to Blenheim Beach, which has easy...

  27. The Bushranger Hideaway

    The Bushranger Hideaway

    From $150 per nightThe Bushranger Hideaway is a compact resort nestled in the forested foothills of the Nightcap range in Midginbil, featuring six motel rooms and a self-contained cabin. Newly refurbished and set in...

  28. Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    Tourist Drive 2 - Bucketts Way

    The Bucketts Way is the second oldest tourist drive in the state, and for good reason, it is a scenic detour off the Pacific Highway. Tourist Drive 2 (the Bucketts Way) takes you through tall...

  29. Vintage Golf Club

    Vintage Golf Club

    Nestled among the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, The Vintage is a Greg Norman designed golf course. Just two hours drive north of Sydney; golfers can play a Greg Norman designed course without an...

  30. You Am I

    Friday 19 February 2016, Albury Wodonga

    Without doubt, You Am I are one of Australia's all-time essential rock n' roll bands. Two and a half decades on from their first album release, You Am I have not only had one of the longest and...

    19 Feb
  31. Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

    Sunday 14 August to Sunday 27 November 2016, Katoomba Area

    On selected Sundays, visitors may ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage. This will be pulled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 which has recently been revived for the Museum's 25...

    14 Aug -27Nov
  32. Unlocking The Doors: Feast of Friends featuring Azarak Experimental Kitchen

    Saturday 2 July 2016, Wollongong

    Unlocking The Doors will be hosting their first Feast of Friends, an all inclusive dinner and show.
    The night includes canapes on arrival and a three course 60’s inspired dinner created by ...

    02 Jul

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