15 January 2018
From the coast to the country, there’s always something happening in NSW. Whether you’re looking for fun sporting events to themed parties, celebrate and enjoy the last days of summer with these great events taking place around NSW in February.
The NSW Pro Surf Series gives promising professional surfers the chance to gain ranking points in the World Surf League Qualifying Series. The Series is made up of four surfing events including the Mothernest Tweed Coast Pro. In February, over 200 surfers will descend on Boomerang Beach hoping to gain QS ranking points and ultimately qualify for next year’s WSL Championship Tour. Watch as outstanding surfers from around 20 different countries flaunt their skills in the turquoise waters of Boomerang Beach. The Great Lakes Pro is the third event in the NSW Pro Surf Series; the final event will be held on Avoca Beach in March.
The Southern 80 is an annual water ski race which takes place on the Murray River, between Torrumbarry and Echuca-Moama. The world’s largest water ski race, the Southern 80 draws around 500 competitors and 100,000 spectators to the banks of the Murray River. Although the challenging course includes over 120 bends, top competitors can reach speeds of up to 200km/hr in some sections. Get down to the Southern 80 Finish Line to enjoy free live coverage and commentary on the big screen, as well as food and a range of kids’ entertainment. If you’ve got time to stick around, the famously friendly Riverboats Music Festival hits town the following week.
Throughout February, The Roaring 20s Festival will celebrate the golden age of swing dancing, decadent balls, vintage cars and jazz. Held in various venues around Katoomba, the festival will feature swing dance performances, smooth jazz dinners, historic tours, an Art Deco ball and lots more! Get dressed up for a morning of fabulous fun at the Charleston Challenge, or use your card skills and cunning for good at the Hydro Majestic Hotel’s Gangster Casino Charity Night.
The Bathurst 12 Hour is an endurance race which takes place on the iconic Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst – the home of motorsport in Australia. Held over three days, the Bathurst 12 Hour features four different race categories: GT3 vehicles, Porsche GT3 Cup cars, GT4 vehicles, and selected production-based or specialised endurance vehicles. From dawn until dusk, you can watch international teams test the limits of motoring performance and endurance on one of the world’s most respected race tracks. With on-site camping options and free entry for kids under 12, the Bathurst 12 Hour is set to be the ultimate motorsport weekend.
The week after Bowl-A-Rama in Bondi, many competitive skateboarders will be turning their attention towards Empire Skatepark in Newcastle. Home of “the gold bowl”, Empire Skatepark is where the Australian Bowl-riding Championships (ABC) will take place on 24 and 25 February. The championships are divided into four divisions (Under 16s, Open Women, Pro and 40+/Masters) to encourage skateboarders of all ages to get involved.
Surfest is a series of professional surfing contests held on the NSW Central Coast. Since launching in 1985, Surfest has grown to become the largest surfing festival in Australia. This year’s program includes 12 separate events held around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, with at least 700 athletes expected to compete. Surfest 2018 will start with the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing on 20 January, and will finish on 25 February with a crowning ceremony held on Merewether Beach.
This February, the Snowy Mountains will again host one of NSW’s most exciting mountain bike competitions. The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival consists of 5 stages held over three days near Thredbo and Lake Crackenback, just west of Jindabyne. Starting at an altitude of 1260m, the competition will take riders over 100k of rugged mountain terrain in pursuit of a $5,000 cash prize pool. Race stages include a gruelling 533-metre ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo, as well as the ‘Thredbo All Mountain Descent’ – a chairlift ride followed by 6 kilometres of fast-paced downhill racing.