Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in NSW

8 March 2013

St Patrick's Day in NSW. Photo Credit: Sally Mayman

St Patrick’s Day is a great time to get out and enjoy everything NSW has to offer – and with events scheduled across the state, there’s no better time to harness your inner Irish lad or lass and join the party!

Here is a round-up of some of our favourite St Patrick’s Day events and celebrations taking place across NSW on and around March 17.

St Patrick’s Race Day in Broken Hill

Broken Hill racing calendar and you won’t want to miss out on all the action on Saturday March 16, 2013.

If you have never attended an outback racing event before, you are in for a treat – Broken Hill has a well-deserved reputation as the unofficial Outback Capital of NSW and is a great place to take a walk on the wild side. The race – known to the locals simply as “St Pat’s” – dates back to the late 1960s, when a local trainer and a Catholic priest teamed up to create an event that would raise funds for the local schools.

Today, the event is the richest and most well-known one-day country race meeting in all of Australia and boasts food, drink and fashions on the field, as well as an exciting day on the track. Visitors from across the country flock to Broken Hill to enjoy the eight race program, which offers total prize money and trophies valued at $133,550 and provides funding and support to 20 local organisations.

St Pat’s has been honoured with several key awards in recent years, including Best NSW Community Race Meeting, as well as a frequent finalist in the Tourism NSW Awards for Excellence.

Nundle Country Picnic

If you are looking for a fun and family-friendly way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Nundle Country Picnic is a great place to start.

The event, which is hosted on March 17, 2013 on the scenic grounds of the Nundle Woollen Mill – a historic facility dating back to the early 20th century – is free to attend, but it is worth paying admission for the delicious two-course gourmet picnic lunch, which features the best produce from Nundle and the surrounding region.

The fees for adults taking part in the gourmet picnic is $35 – this includes a complimentary drink on arrival – and $8 for children. A special children’s picnic is included in this admission price – this features a ham and cheese sandwich, a jelly snake and a brownie, as well as access to a special kids’ activities area on the day.

There is also plenty of entertainment on offer – Irish songs will be performed by Nundle’s own Jeff Gibson, and you will also be able to check out the crafts, antiques and houseware stores in the village itself.

Nundle is located just 60 km from Tamworth – why not make a weekend out of it and explore both destinations at your leisure?

Unwind in an Irish pub in Sydney

If you are spending St Patrick’s Day weekend in Sydney, why not head to The Print Room at Durty Nelly’s? It’s not quite Dublin, but it’s the southern hemisphere’s next best thing.

Start your night with a frothy pint of Guinness at Durty Nelly’s – a charming and spirited Irish pub in the heart of Sydney’s trendy Paddington.

Upstairs, The Print Room – which evokes an old-fashioned Irish Georgian-era print room – offers the best Irish comfort food in Sydney under the guidance of talented chef Kirk Maguire. Try the famous beef and Guinness pie – you won’t be disappointed!