16 February 2014
Plan an exciting weekend trip away – or you could even treat yourself and take a long weekend in one of these spots for several days of events and relaxation.
Newcastle will be a mecca for sports players and fans alike as it hosts a number of sporting events, from surfing to skating to great A-league football matches.
The Australian Bowl-Riding Championships is at Merewether Beach from February 5 to 9 and will feature some of the country’s best bowl riders. Competitors can enter into any one of the groups, including under 18s, womens, pro/am open and the masters 40 plus – all making for an exciting event!
Surfest is in Newcastle from February 13 to 23, bringing with it one of the the largest surfing festivals in the country and host to some of the biggest names in the surfing world. The Mark Richards ‘MR’ trophy, the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic and the inaugural Hunter Business Board Riders Pro Junior will all make for a great weekend away for beach and surf lovers. On February 23 this event culminates with the VisitNSW Airshow, with aerial displays above the waves of Merewether beach.
The Newcastle Jets will play three home games this season on their beloved home turf at Hunter Stadium. For a great game and a family trip out, book in your accommodation and spend the weekend checking out the area – and don’t forget to get dressed up for the game itself!
For some impressive athletic action on the water at Stockton Beach, you can’t miss the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League from February 7 to 9. It will be a weekend of teamwork and fitness as the teams battle it out on the water as part of the Australian Surf Rowers League.
Loversof craft beer will be planning their stay for the Newcastle Craft Beer Week from February 20 to March 2. This event is dedicated to celebrating the wide range of craft beers and in its third year.
It’s over 100 years old and still going strong. The Newcastle Regional Show brings together the best of the region’s food, music, animals, rides and entertainment from February 28 to March 2. This year’s event is dedicated to healthy living with ‘Healthy Hunter’ as the theme.
For the music fans, a performance by world renowned performer Bruce Springsteen on February 22 is an event not to be missed. Plan a weekend away to this stunning location at Hope Estate in central Pokolbin. Surrounded by lush landscapes and plenty of divine wines and meals, a long weekend here is the ideal getaway.
In what is one of the biggest country and grassroots music festivals in the world, the CMC Rocks the Hunter brings a range of international and local artists to the stage from March 14 to 16. Look out for acts such as Toby Keith, the Eli Young Band and Jim Lauderdale, among many more.
Dungog Showground in the Hunter Valley is the place to be from March 18 to 22, as the Hunter Valley Vintage Farm Machinery Club hosts its fifth NHMA Tractor Trek. It’s only a few hours from Sydney and promises to be a feast of vintage cars, tractors, line dancers, trail bikes and more – a treat for the kids and kids-at-heart alike.
If you love all things vintage, like rock ‘n’ roll, cars, music, fashion and dancing, you can’t miss the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival in Kurri Kurri from March 28 to 30. There will be car shows, retro market stalls, talent quests and plenty of fashion.
Complete your trip to The Hunter by enjoying some of the local attractions like Fort Scratchley, Blackbutt Reserve or the Hunter Valley Vineyards, or having a meal with a view on some Newcastle’s famous harbour. For accommodation, event information and everything else, visit www.visitnsw.com/newcastle.