30 September 2014
Plan your travels around New South Wales to make the most of these exciting events taking place in October, 2014.
Deni Ute Muster 3 – 4 October
The award-winning Deni Ute Muster Play on the Plains Festival celebrates all things Australian and the icon of the ute in the town of Deniliquin. Round up your friends and join two world record attempts for the most number of utes in the one place and the blue singlet count. Catch Australian music legends on stage including Jimmy Barnes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey and Spiderbait.
Great Southern Blues Festival 3 – 5 October
Narooma celebrates the October long weekend with this music festival merging blues, soul and rock along with a range of food and market stalls. Watch artists such as Sandi Thom (known for her hit ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker’) and Russell Morris, who has recently toured Australia with sell-out concerts.
Orange Wine Festival 17 October – 2 November
Formerly known as Orange Wine Week, this event has expanded to include 18 days of of events and activities highlighting the Orange region’s premium wines and local produce through wine shows, tastings, workshops and night markets. Dine at the Orange Wine Show Black Tie Dinner at Ross Hill Winery on 17 October, or enjoy a more casual public tasting at the Orange Show Ground Pavilion on 18 October.
Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie 19 October
Athletes from across Australia will descend on Port Macquarie to compete for the Australian Age Group Championship, with 30 qualifying slots to the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Austria. Cheer on competitors as they complete a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike ride and 21.1 km run that takes in the immense natural beauty of the region.
Byron Bay Surf Festival 24 – 26 October
Byron Bay is an idyllic location to showcase all that is unique about surfing, drawing from the rich local surfing heritage, the town’s creative energy and its natural stunning surfing locations. The festival celebrates surfing culture and its associated art, design, and music, through creative workshops, photography shows, film screenings, surf art markets, yoga sessions and more.
Chromefest 24 – 26 October
Hundreds of classic American autos, hot rods, dragsters and low rider bicycles are on display at Memorial Park, The Entrance. Watch the twilight cruise through the town centre on Saturday, check out the muscle car Show and Shine on Sunday, and enjoy three stages of free live music entertainment across the weekend.
CoastOut Festival 24 – 26 October
The Coffs Coast’s annual gay, lesbian and friends festival celebrates the diversity of its community during this art, sport and culture festival in Coffs Harbour. Play barefoot bowls, submit your best goods for the cake competition, or join the pet parade on Fair Day.
Sculpture in the Vineyards 25 October – 23 November
The Hunter Valley‘s picturesque vineyards and cellar doors are transformed into outdoor sculpture parks exhibiting more than 100 sculptures. Enjoy the hospitality and natural beauty of these exceptional venues and the breadth of talent from the selection of artworks along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail.
Halloween Night Walk 31 October
Lithgow‘s town centre is transformed for Halloween with themed restaurant menus, a zombie parade and a spectacular light and project show. Visitors and locals are encouraged to attend in costume and join a host of characters in the zombie parade along Main Street.
Tastes at the Bay Festival 31 October – 3 November
The spectacular waterfront at d’Albora Marinas on the Nelson Bay foreshore hosts local fine food restaurants, wineries, and craft beer from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens regions.