2 February 2016
As 2016 hits full swing, there are plenty of epic summer spectacles to enjoy around NSW. Here’s our list, just to get you started, as you hit the road in February .
Be where the action is when some of the world’s top surfers hit NSW’s beaches for three World Surf League Qualifying Series 1000 events, across the North Coast, Tweed Heads and Central Coast. The annual series of surfing events, including the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro (1-4 February), the Central Coast Pro (9-12 February), and the Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro (15-18 February) will be held at four beaches along the NSW coastline. Each stage is be an official World Surf League Qualifying Series event, and will feature incredible spectacles from competing world-class surfers. Needless to say, it’s the ideal time for a NSW coastal road trip!
The Bathurst 12 Hour is an endurance race around the spectacular Mount Panorama circuit in Bathurst. From dawn ‘til dusk, you can see international teams racing performance and production cars on one of the world’s most respected race tracks. There are options for camping on-site, and kids under 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.
This water skiing race has been taking place on the Murray River for more than 50 years, and it’s the world’s biggest. Attracting more than 500 competitors, boats travel at speeds exceeding 200km per hour through hair-raising bends and turns. Stay for a while if you can, because a week later the Riverboats Music Festival kicks off, including performances from the likes of Missy Higgins, You Am I and The Church.
Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa will host this 3-day mountain biking competition in the spectacular Snowy Mountains. See competitors use all their skills, tricks and stamina along the course’s picturesque and challenging trails, starting at an altitude of 1,260m.
The Navy Australian Surf Rowers League finals will be held in the South Coast town of Shellharbour, where the Navy’s best will compete. Rowing through the waves requires a high level of fitness and strong teamwork skills, both of which the Royal Australian Navy have in spades.
This triathlon combines mountain biking, trail running and swimming throughout the gorgeous grounds of the Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa. With $10,000 in prize money up for grabs, this is a serious national competition, with the country’s top athletes in attendance.
See the best Aussie skateboarders compete for the 2016 title at Empire Park in Newcastle, with tricks and skills you won’t believe. This 2-day event is the first true Australian ‘nationals’ skateboarding competition with four divisions; Under 16s, Women, Pro/Am Open and Masters 40+. The Australian Bowl-riding Championships is open to all competitors.
More NSW events to check out this month: