Newton’s Nation

12 April 2013

Downhill longboarding at Newton's Nation. Photo Credit: Grace Jones

Looking for the perfect excuse to take a road trip this autumn? Newton’s Nation could be exactly what you’re after.

As Australia’s largest music and action sports festival, this is the perfect event for adrenaline junkies. Held at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, Newton’s Nation hosts more than 600 competitors hailing from all around the world.

A total of 15 sports are showcased at the mountaintop event, including downhill skating, flat land BMX, freestyle BMX, mountain bike trials and a whole host of skate and scooter competitions, as well as parkour. As the self-described “Mecca of action sports”, Newton’s Nation is also the venue for the Australian IDF World Cup, the King of Dirt BMX Freestyle competition and the NSW MTB series.

The event is named for Sir Isaac Newton – credited with discovering the theory behind gravity – and you’ll see the famous force in action here as competitors careen down the mountain for a shot at a big prize. It’s a blend of passion, adrenaline and sheer guts that you won’t want to miss!

When the action draws to a close in the evening, the venue hosts some of Australia’s best bands – the lineup for this year hasn’t been announced yet, but in 2012, the event played host to AJAX, Heroes for Hire, Kitkut, The Rubens, Static Silhouettes, Gefunkt and Jackson Dweyer, among many others.

If you’re planning on making a weekend out of it, camping facilities are available at a cost of $25 per person per night for up to four nights – there are showers and toilets onsite, and plenty of room to set up your tent. Or if camping isn’t your thing, you will find a great range of accommodation in Bathurst available, from basic backpacker-style lodging to luxury retreats.