3 March 2016
Hit the road to Regional NSW this April and discover the State’s unique events. Whether you’re keen to indulge in some quality local food and wine, chill out at a music festival, or see some top-level sports, here’s what’s going on in NSW this month, from Orange to Byron Bay.
Head to the shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney during harvest time for F.O.O.D. Week (Food Of Orange District). A festival with local food and wine at its heart, F.O.O.D. Week showcases the producers, products, local chefs and restaurants that provide the region with its well-deserved reputation for stellar food and wine. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it’s one of Australia’s longest-running regional food festivals, and one of the best.
See the Blue Mountains’ Jurassic rainforest transformed with site-specific sculptures and installations from acclaimed local and international artists at Sculptures at Scenic World. Ride the world’s steepest railway into the rainforest and see what all the fuss is about; over the past four years, this interactive exhibition has supported more than 140 artists, and attracted more than 250,000 visitors.
Taking place over five days, the Canowindra Balloon Challenge is a magical spectator’s sport. Watch with childlike wonder as more than 20 hot air balloons ascend each morning and late afternoon in Canowindra. The festival also includes the Balloon Glow and night markets, where visitors can enjoy local produce, wine, crafts and entertainment, culminating in a display of colourful hot air balloons lighting up against the night sky.
Held in the gorgeous waterways of Port Stephens Marine Park, Sail Port Stephens is an annual yachting regatta, with the regatta centre hosted at the picturesque d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay. Fast-paced fleet sailing is the name of the game, and the idyllic sparkling waters of the Port Stephens make for a cracking few days on the water. While you’re there, have a go at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, and explore the Stockton Sand Dunes.
Celebrating the unique character of the Byron area of the NSW North Coast, the Byron Spirit Festival takes place in Mullumbimby, about 15 minutes’ drive from the famous Byron Bay. With daily lifestyle workshops and nightly concerts of uplifting world music, it’s all about connecting with yourself and the wider community in celebration and enlightenment. Tickets to Byron Spirit includes all workshops and concerts.
Now in its tenth year, at the Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire weekend, people come from miles around, bringing their RV, caravan, campervan, motorhome or tent and enjoy big campfire, camp oven cooking, shearing demonstrations, tours of the district, bush poetry, craft stalls, whip cracking, antique machinery display and even a bush band.
Held on the NSW South Coast, the Kidgeeridge Music Festival boasts a top lineup of homegrown music including Dan Sultan, Kingswood and The Black Sorrows. This year, the Kidgeeridge Music Festival will be welcoming under 18’s for the first time, with free entry for kids under 12.
XTERRA is a premier off-road triathlon and trail running event taking place at Callala Beach, in the NSW South Coast. With the main Championship event offering $50,000 in prize money and the title of Asia-Pacific champion in every division, competition is stiff.