1 June 2017
The Queen’s Birthday is celebrated every year in NSW with a public holiday in June. This year the public holiday falls on Monday, 12th June. This is the perfect opportunity to hit the road and explore the state – here are a few ideas for a great long weekend away.
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend marks the official start of the snow season in NSW. This makes it the perfect time to enjoy a weekend away in the Snowy Mountains, a haven of skiing, snowboarding and family-friendly activities. Head to Thredbo for its official opening weekend, featuring live music, entertainment, and a stellar fireworks display.
There’s a variety of festivals taking place over the long weekend, including the annual Peak Festival at Perisher. For country music lovers, the Blue Water Country and Blues Music Festival is the place to be, with heaps of free performances from popular country artists. Foodies should flock to the South Coast for the Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival. This festival features a programme of events showcasing the best in fine wine and food, including winemakers’ dinners, market stalls, wine education talks and vineyard tours.
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is a great opportunity to spend time watching your favourite games or getting active with friends and family. Head to the South Coast to catch the Batemans Bay Open, the region’s most prestigious tennis tournament, offering $10,000 in prize money and free entry for spectators. Car enthusiasts should check out the Australian Hay Mini Nationals in Hay, a spectacular celebration of the Mini which is now in its 50th year.
With whale watching season starting up again, it’s the perfect time to pay a visit to the famous lighthouse at Byron Bay, which is the most easterly point on mainland Australia and a great place to spot migrating whales. Whale watching tours can be arranged from a number of locations in addition to Byron Bay; check out whale watching expeditions departing from Eden, Jervis Bay, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.
Whether you prefer a gentle stroll or something a little more strenuous, NSW’s mild June weather offers ideal condtions for hiking and bushwalking. Just south of Sydney, the Royal National Park boasts plenty of great hikes, including the trek to the famous Figure Eight Pools. On the South Coast, the Kiama Coast Walk is a 22km scenic exploration of the region’s stunning headlands and beaches- perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. For a fantastic Blue Mountains hike, check out the Six Foot Track, which begins at Katoomba and takes explorers on a three day journey through the scenic landscape.