8 July 2015
There are plenty of great events taking place across NSW throughout July and August, from the Snowy Mountains to the North Coast, and almost everywhere in between. Celebrating sporting talent, the beauty of nature and more, there’s so much to see and do in NSW this winter.
For three weeks, the Hunter Valley Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink, ice tobogganing, a play area filled with man-made snow and a variety of hot food and beverage stalls stocked with popular winter warmers such as hot chocolate, warm nuts and pies. The event runs daily from 9am to 9pm, meaning there are plenty of hours in the day to enjoy the Hunter Valley’s icy experiences.
Student athletes from universities across NSW and the ACT are set to descend on Wagga Wagga during July for five days of friendly sporting competition. Hosted by Charles Sturt University, this year’s Eastern University Games feature a varied lineup of sports spanning from AFL, basketball and hockey to tennis, lawn bowls and indoor cricket.
Held at C.ex International Stadium, the 2015 Westfield National Youth Championship for Girls will see teams of young footballers battle it out for the title of national champions. Comprising of two age categories, the under 13s and the under 15s, the prestigious youth tournament will showcase some of Australia’s best up and coming female sporting talent.
Watch on as surfers from across Australia gather to contest national titles across Open Surf Masters, Single Fin, Longboard, Logger and Bodyboard divisions. Set to be the largest gathering of surfers in the country, the festival also offers a great program of live music, art and presentations to be held at the nearby Hoey Moey.
Make your way to the Snowy Mountains to enjoy this nine day celebration for all things related to cross country skiing. Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or seasoned skier, the event offers plenty of activities and workshops. Join the Mystery Coffee Tour, participate in the Laser Biathlon or learn something new from a seasoned professional.
See powerboat racing teams go head-to-head in Coffs Harbour over two days during the fourth round of the Offshore Superboats Championship. Find a spot on the jetty at Coffs Harbour Marina and watch the high octane boats pass by at speeds up to 240km/h or settle in for a picnic with a view from the foreshore.
Stop by the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden during the last week of August to find sections of the garden covered in masses of yellow daffodils (if growing conditions have been ideal). Wander around the gardens, enjoy a picnic or spend some time simply admiring the vibrant colour of the blooms. Join a bulb-growing workshop for a small fee or support the Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise.