1 June 2014
Plan your travels around New South Wales to make the most of these exciting events taking place in June.
1. Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month 1 – 30 June
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) .
2. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains 1 June – 31 August
Celebrate midwinter Christmas in the Blue Mountains with Yulefest. Restaurants and accommodation providers join to recreate the festive atmosphere of a northern hemisphere Christmas. Book a traditional turkey dinner at one of the participating restaurants, or escape to the warmth of a guest house or hotel. Watch the parade of jugglers, dancers, gymnasts, choirs, musicians and more down the main street of Katoomba on June 21.
3. Peak Festival 6 – 9 June
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.
4. Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft 7 – 9 June
Cheer on the 1,000 skilled cowboys and cowgirls in this 59th annual event at the Coonamble Showground. Watch as competitors engage in steer wrestling, calf roping, and barrel racing, and catch the program highlights during the saddle bronc, bareback, and bull ride events. A junior rodeo section is open to younger competitors on Monday 9 June.
5. Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival 7 – 9 June
Taste some of Shoalhaven‘s best wines from 11 cellar doors during the long weekend. Indulge in cheese tastings, winery talks, tours, lunches, dinners and market stalls. Cellar doors are open from 10am to 5pm daily. A hop-on hop-off bus is available to transport you from door to door: day passes cost $45, a two-day pass costs $65.
6. Country Music Round up Corowa 12-15 June
Enjoy a weekend filled with free live country music at the Corowa RSL Club. Catch headlining acts such as Rod Williams, known as ‘Australia’s Country Music Gentleman’. Book your tickets to the special ‘Elvis Meets Dolly’ show for $10 at 7.30pm on Friday 13 June.
7. Sydney Travelling Film Festival Newcastle 20 – 22 June
The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest running film festivals, featuring the best in feature films, short films, documentaries and animation from around the globe. The festival is held annually in Sydney, but tours across NSW throughout the remainder of the year. Catch it in Newcastle at Tower Cinemas.
8. 5 Lands Walk 21 June
Follow the spectacular Central Coast coastline for 10 kilometres from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal and enjoy fun events at each of the beaches along the way at Copacabana, Avoca and North Avoca. The walk coincides with whale watching season; lookout from the shorelines to catch passing humpback whales on their northern migration.
9. Lismore Lantern Parade Festival 21 June
Celebrate the winter solstice on the longest night of the year at this festival of colour and light in Lismore. The parade is the highlight of the event, with an incredible display of gigantic brightly lit lanterns stretching through the main streets. Visit the decorated Enchanted Windows around the CBD, and let your children decorate their own lanterns at the Kids Artfest throughout the day. Take home a souvenir from the arts and crafts market stalls on Carrington Street.
10. Capital Region Truffle Festival 21 June – mid August
Join growers and their dogs on a truffle hunt in the Yass Valley during the eight-week celebration of the local Black Perigord Truffle harvest. Learn to cook with truffles in a master class, or savour them from the specially-designed menus at one of the many participating restaurants, including Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.