18 February 2016
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit the state’s beaches, regions and towns, so launch yourself into a fantastic calendar of activity as you explore all that NSW has to offer. From racing carnivals and cycling tournaments to potato festivals, NSW will fire your imagination.
For one weekend from 5 – 6 March, the picturesque harbour precinct of Wollongong will set the scene as people of all ages get involved in this popular athletic event. Whether you’re a committed competitor or just looking for an exciting new challenge, the Wollongong Triathlon Festival has races to suit all kinds of abilities. You can also choose to participate either as an individual or in a team, but of course, the most important decision is choosing to get involved!
Visit Young for the staging of the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival on the 19th March as the town marks its gold rush history and the important contribution of the Chinese in the development of Australia. The festival will feature an acrobatic Chinese Lion and dragon Dancing display, Chinese Costume Parade, Chinese food stalls, martial art demonstration and market stalls.
On the 20 March 2016, the inaugural Newcrest Orange Challenge will see hundreds of brave cyclists attempt to conquer a demanding new circuit before the 8-hour deadline. Starting and finishing in the beautiful regional town of Orange, the circuit will cover 170km of terrain and a challenging 2,000m uphill climb. A team of helpers will provide full en-route support, including food and rest stops, so put your body to the test while exploring this untapped region of NSW.
The Australian Longboard Surfing Open is a World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Qualifying Series which attracts professional athletes from all around the world. Held in the warm waters of Kingscliff on the NSW North Coast, this three day event celebrates surfing culture and lifestyle and is a great opportunity to watch international longboarding champions compete in Australian waters.
A five-time recipient of the ‘Most Popular Country Feature Racemeeting’ award, the Commercial Club Albury Gold Cup is an iconic part of country NSW’s calendar. Every year in March, tens of thousands of spectators gather at Albury Racing Club to soak up the incredible atmosphere of one of Australia’s premier country racing carnivals.
The Bathurst Motor Festival is a three-day extravaganza held at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit. This competition will feature the biggest names in Australian Production Car racing and exhibit a range of vehicles to please all kinds of motoring fans. With the addition of a new six-hour production car endurance race, plus five additional categories with full grids, this action-packed event is even better value than ever.
The National Touch League is a four-day competition, from 9 – 12 March, showcasing the very best of Australian Touch Football. Although this variant of rugby league originated in Sydney, teams from all over Australia jostle for the National Touch League title each year. Come and watch as some of the country’s top male and female athletes go head to head in Australia’s most highly-contested Touch Football competition.
Fun and family friendly, the Crookwell Potato Festival held 4 – 6 March gives you the opportunity to learn all about how this popular vegetable reaches your dinner table. Venture into NSW’s Southern Tablelands and check out the markets, cooking demonstrations, marching bands, poetry readings, and cafés to be found at the Crookwell Potato Festival. With so much entertainment, education and activity in one place, this is sure to be a great day (or weekend) for all.