10 October 2013
For one weekend every year the small and historic township of Wingham comes alive with two days of performances that will have you up and dancing with perfect strangers and friends alike.
On Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20 the Akoostik Festival brings non-stop entertainment to the town square with headlining acts over the past few years boasting big names such as Grace Night, Doc Neeson, Deborah Conway, Wendy Mathews and Richard Clapton.
In 2013 there will be some return acts from previous years, while a host of new local and national talent will be stopping by for live performances in the city, with names like Jeffro, The Bar Tones, Fox Control, The OWLS, Leadbellies and many more already on the setlist.
This weekend getaway is ideal for a relaxed and cultural break from real life, as the music, markets, cafes and shops welcome in visitors from around the country to celebrate together.
Families will also enjoy the festival, as it is both smoke and alcohol-free so the kids will be able to join in on the festivities.
As the town is nestled in next to a sub-tropical rainforest and the Manning River, there are plenty of activities to check out away from the music scene if you feel like getting out and enjoying the natural surroundings with walks, picnics and tours all offering excellent day-trip options for visitors.
One of the must-see attractions if you’re in the city is the nearby Ellenborough Falls in the Manning Valley, which is one of the highest single-drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere.
Wingham is just a short drive inland from Taree, so the festival is a great way to see parts of Australia that you might otherwise never find a reason to visit, and might even open you up to a new favourite band!