NSW events over Queen’s birthday long weekend

28 May 2014

Take advantage of the Queen’s birthday long weekend in NSW and explore these exciting events taking place around the State.

Vivid Sydney 23 May – 9 June

Vivid Sydney

Taking in the spectacular sights of Vivid Sydney. Image credit: James Horan

Sydney sparkles, shimmers and shines as the sails of the Sydney Opera House are splashed with colour and the Harbour foreshore comes alive with 3D-mapped projections for the sixth year of the winter festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney. Explore the Vivid Light Walk with more than 50 new light installations, be inspired by the Vivid Ideas program of talks and workshops, and unwind with the line-up of phenomenal artists performing for Vivid Music.

Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month 1 – 30 June

Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month

Enjoy a glass of wine at this year’s Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival.

The Hunter Valley celebrates its exquisite restaurants, chefs, wineries and winemakers throughout the month of June. Discover the art of wine making and learn about the region’s history at the Hunter Valley Resort at 11am and 2pm daily. Indulge at the daily wine and chocolate tasting at Pepper Tree Wines from 10.30am to 3pm (excluding public holidays) .

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains 1 June – 31 August 

Enjoy the view during this year's Yulefest. Image credit: Destination NSW

Enjoy the view during this year’s Yulefest. Image credit: Destination NSW

Celebrate Christmas early this year by taking a trip to the Blue Mountains. Yulefest in this region is a magical time when the unique landscape of the Blue Mountains is transformed into an icy winter wonderland with fun for the whole family. Toasty fires, roast dinners and puddings are just the tip of the iceberg. The Blue Mountains is the place to be for a classic winter Christmas. Explore the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens and take in stunning panoramic views at Scenic World.

Blue Water Country Music Festival (Port Stephens) 6 – 9 June

Blue Water Country Music Festival. Image credit: Ben Vella

Blue Water Country Music Festival. Image credit: Ben Vella

The Blue Water Country Music Festival attracts a host of established country music stars. It’s a free event which allows fans of country music to take in some great acts as well as spot some of country music’s rising stars. Explore nearby Port Stephens and enjoy whale watching as humpbacks and southern right whales pass through the east coast waters on their annual migration .

St George Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla Sharks (Wollongong) 7 June

Football over the long weekend

Soak in the atmosphere of a live game of football this long weekend. Image credit: Steve Christo

Catch a game of rugby league as the St George Illawarra Dragons attempt to defend their home stadium against the visiting Cronulla Sharks. A deep rivalry exists between the two teams so competition will be fierce at this local derby in Wollongong.

Peak Festival (Perisher Valley) 6 – 9 June

Peak Festival Perisher Valley.

Peak Festival in the Perisher Valley. Image credit: Mandy Lamont

Celebrate the opening weekend of the ski season at Perisher Ski Resort with this wintry music festival. Held over four days, the festival will feature 140 concerts across 10 venues in the unique environment of the Perisher Valley. Discover stunning scenery at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains on the Snowy Valleys Way and explore Kosciuszko National Park.