13 June 2013
Whether you are embracing your own Scottish heritage or are simply keen for a celebration with a bit of old world flair, the Aberdeen Highland Games is a winter New South Wales event that is not to be missed.
Taking place during the first weekend of July, this event is the feather in the cap of the Scottish Australia Heritage Council’s Heritage Week, which begins in Sydney and makes its way to the Hunter.
Beginning July 6, visitors will be treated to two days of Scottish skill-testing events, all of which represent traditional Scottish culture and recreation. From competitive tug-of-war challenges by state and interstate teams to dancing, bands and a precision drill display from the Australian National Guard – not to mention delicious food and toe-tapping music – this is an event the whole family can enjoy.
It is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance – adult tickets cost $15, or $20 at the gate on the day. Reduced admission is available for children between the ages of 13 and 18, and concession prices are also available for eligible guests. Family passes can be arranged in advance and under-12s can attend the event for free.
Aberdeen has long been a popular destination for those who want to enjoy a country escape, and you will want to make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to take in everything the area has to offer.
From its food and wine to its picturesque horse farms, the Hunter is the perfect place for a weekend getaway – why not test out your fishing skills at nearby Lake Glenbawn or Lake St Clair for an experience your family won’t forget?
The area is also a foodie’s paradise – from markets to mouth-watering restaurants, you will find something for everyone here.