16 January 2013
As Australia Day steadily approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how you will be celebrating the occasion – and visiting the Annual Gnome Festival in Glenbrook could be a good place to start!
Set to commemorate its ninth year in 2013, this event at Glenbrook Park in the Blue Mountains is a memorable day out for the whole family.
It wouldn’t be called the Gnome Festival without a suitable number of gnome-based activities, and one of the main attractions is a fun-filled competition based on these miniature garden accessories.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own garden gnomes along on the day, with judges deciding the best-dressed and wackiest entrants from a wide selection of potential winners.
While it’s not mandatory to dress up your gnome, it may be a good idea to pull out all the stops if you are hoping to scoop a prize.
Aside from the main Gnome Convention, there are plenty of other exciting things to see and do at the festival, including a flag-raising ceremony, free on-stage entertainment and children’s rides.
If that isn’t enough, there is also over 150 market, community and information stalls, a selection of family-friendly activities to enjoy and much, much more.
For the more musically inclined, the festival provides a wide variety of interesting ensembles, including the Blue Mountains Pipe Band, Steve Roberts’ ukulele group and singer Rebekah Matheson.
The event has always been held on Australia Day and this year is no different, with families encouraged to show up on Saturday January 26 to take part in the festivities.
Looking to stay in the area for a few days? Don’t worry, as there are a number of Blue Mountains accommodation options to choose from – meaning you can spend Australia Day at the Gnome Festival before exploring further afield to see what else the region has to offer.
This may include joining in on the Australia Day celebrations being held across Lithgow, Portland, Wallerawang and Capertee.
If you are bringing the kids, a day at Lithgow Swimming Pool on George Coats Avenue is a great day out, with the facility putting on a giant water slide, a DJ and children’s entertainment from 11am local time.
Or for a slightly more educational jaunt, why not visit the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition in Katoomba? It showcases various works inspired by the region and will run until February – so you can always come back if you run out of time on the day!