The best Easter festivals around NSW

2 March 2016

Adaminaby Easter Fair, Adaminaby

Adaminaby Easter Fair, Adaminaby

 

Easter is definitely a festive season in NSW, with a host of events happening all across the state. NSW’s Easter festivals are diverse and plentiful, with venues including Old Dubbo Gaol, Patonga Beach, Pokolbin, Shoalhaven Heads, Lightning Ridge and Tilba featuring popular attractions like rides, farm animals, market stalls, face painting, art and craft displays, street performers, live music, and plenty of games with prizes to be won.

Notable NSW Easter festivals include:

  • Adaminaby Easter Fair, whose zany competitions include dog high jump, pie eating, tug o’ war, “cooee”, and the family favourite: the Wacky Quacky Duck Race.
  • Nundle Go For Gold Chinese Easter Festival, featuring traditional Chinese dance performances and gold panning for $1,000 worth of real gold from the Nundle area.
  • Thredbo Easter Carnival, where Lindt’s unreal Golden Easter Egg Hunt instigates a mad search for six eggs worth $1,000 and one jackpot egg worth $5,000!
  • Burrawang Easter Market, one of the longest-running markets in the Southern Highlands, now with over 150 stalls selling locally grown food products, art and crafts, clothing, and jewellery.

Other NSW events over the Easter long weekend:

Australian Longboard Surfing Open, Kingscliff, 25 – 27 March

World Champion, Jennifer Smith

World Champion, Jennifer Smith

 

In March, the warm waters of Kingscliff play host to the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, a three day competition which attracts professional longboarding champions from all around the world. Relax and celebrate surfing culture and lifestyle on the beautiful Tweed Coast as some of the world’s best longboard surfers compete in the World Surf League Longboard Qualifying Series.

Bathurst Motor Festival, Bathurst, 25 – 27 March

Bathurst Motor Festival, Bathurst

Bathurst Motor Festival, Bathurst

 

The Bathurst Motor Festival is a three day extravaganza featuring the biggest names in Australian Production Car racing. The competition will exhibit a wide 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 great value event is a fantastic way to enjoy three days of nonstop action at the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit.

Easter Family Race Day, Nowra, 27 March

Easter Family Race Day, Nowra

Easter Family Race Day, Nowra

 

On Easter Sunday, Archer Racecourse opens its gates for a fun-filled event like no other. On Family Race Day, loads of children’s activities are provided free of charge, including a farmyard nursery, a jumping castle, a mesmerising magician, and the much-loved Children’s Easter Hat Parade (with great prizes up for grabs every year). The adults will also be entertained by some of the best country horse racing the South Coast has to offer, all amongst the friendly atmosphere of Archer Racecourse.

Maclean Highland Gathering, Maclean, 25 – 26 March 

Maclean Highland Gathering, Maclean

Maclean Highland Gathering, Maclean

 

For two days, clans from all over the country will converge on Australia’s honorary Scottish town, Maclean. The triumphant opening parade is followed by traditional athletic and cultural competitions including caber tossing, hammer throwing, highland dancing and, of course, bagpiping. The gathering will also see street performances with singers, dancers and pipers, plus lots of hearty Scottish cuisine being served up at food stalls located throughout the showgrounds.

 

Tullamore Irish Festival, Tullamore, 25 – 27 March

Tullamore Irish Festival, Tullamore

Tullamore Irish Festival, Tullamore

 

Tullamore Irish Festival is a three day celebration of Tullamore’s significant Irish ancestry and cultural heritage. Enjoy a merry amount of traditional Irish food, drink, dancing and sports at the Tullamore Irish Festival, and witness (or even participate in) the jubilant street parade, fantastic live entertainment, and lots of dancing in the street.

There’s plenty to see and do in NSW this Easter!