21 September 2016
It’s road trip time! Get out and about in NSW this month with these fantastic events. Whether you’re sports mad, a nature lover or a certified foodie, these October events are a great starting point for your next adventure.
The V8 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is a 1000km endurance race that takes place on Mount Panorama near Bathurst. With four thrilling days of racing, you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch the best of the best compete. On this mountainous track, the race pushes drivers to their limits, and can often be lost or won in the final lap. Entry is free for kids under 12 when attending with a paying adult.
Taste Riverina is a month-long celebration of one of NSW’s biggest food-growing regions, the Riverina, with food producers and industry experts collaborating for a fantastic array of events including dinners, cooking classes, markets, and a string of local festivals celebrating the year’s harvest. Showcasing all the Riverina’s shires and towns have to offer, you’ll have the chance to try delicious local wines, beers, produce and some top-notch food.
Travel to Twofold Bay on the far South Coast of NSW for the Eden Whale Festival, a chance to experience the annual southern migration of humpback and southern right whales along the region’s beautiful coastline. Whale watch from the shore or from a boat in the bay. There will also be local markets and a street parade.
Formerly the Dungog Film Festival, the Dungog Festival takes place in the Hunter Valley, with four days of great music, local food and drink, interactive arts and crafts and the popular Long Table Dinner, where you can dine under the stars on the town’s main street. There’ll also be a film program of over a dozen feature films playing at the historic James Theatre.
The Orange Wine Festival is a 10 day celebration of the region’s food and wine, with over 80 events including local markets, long lunches and wine tasting events in Orange and surrounds. 2016 marks the 11th year of the festival and the 20th anniversary of the Orange region being recognised as a wine-growing region and given formal cool climate wine status. This is your chance to meet the winemakers, producers, providores and chefs who make up the vibrant Orange food and wine scene, and taste high-quality cool climate wines direct from the source.
Take part in 3 days of culinary celebration and full-on feasting at Port Macquarie’s biggest food festival, Tastings on Hastings. Over three days, take part in activities including celebrity chef dinners and a vibrant night festival. The main event takes place on Sunday October 30, with market stalls, local restaurant samplings, free tastings and cooking demonstrations. Entry to Tastings on Hastings is $5 for adults, free for kids.
The Football Federation Australia Youth Championships for Boys will see the best 13 and 14 year old male soccer players in the country compete for the national titles at C.ex International Stadium, Coffs Harbour. Entry is free, so come and see the next generation of Aussie football (soccer) players battle it out.
Australia’s premier rugby sevens tournament outside the world series, the Central Coast Sevens features some of the strongest international sevens teams in the world. Held at the Wyong Rugby Leagues Club on the Central Coast, it has a reputation as one of the toughest invitational tournaments in the world. As well as the matches themselves (mens’, womens’ and youth tournaments), the weekend-long festivities include live entertainment, food and merchandise stalls.