Things to do in NSW over the long weekend

2 October 2013

New South Wales has a plethora of things to do this long weekend, such as a visit to the beautiful Blue Mountains!

Labour Day is nearly here! On October 7 2013 we’ll all get a much needed long weekend – which everyone knows means three days of not feeling guilty for doing fun things like travelling around NSW, attending events and checking out new experiences.

Here are some of the best experiences going on around New South Wales this coming holiday.

The Junee Giro

The Giro is a cycling event – not a race – on pretty, quiet back roads around Junee, followed by a spot of sight-seeing and a social gathering in the evening.

So long as you can stay upright on a bicycle, you won’t need much more than a moderate fitness level and a willingness to socialise.

This is the perfect long weekend event for anyone looking to cycle without too much hard work!

Annual Bush Traditions Gathering at the Brewery

This event is sure to be just as good as it sounds, with a full weekend of singing, dancing, music and poetry to make your public holiday memories more exciting than simply a few days off work.

A fun weekend is in store with Bradley Grange in Goulburn hosting workshops, concerts and dances celebrating some of Australia’s best cultural pioneers.

Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival

From Friday to Sunday during the long weekend, Ballina will be hosting its annual country music festival.

The opening show comes with a small entry fee, but the rest of the event is completely free, so it’s a great spot to visit for families. The buskers and street performers will keep the kids happy while the market stalls, giveaways and raffles will have something for everyone.

The area has plenty of stunning beaches and fishing areas as well, so be sure to book in your Ballina accommodation and spend the weekend soaking up the sunshine, sand and sounds.

Murrumbateman Moving Feast

Murrumbateman is another area throwing a party this long weekend. If you’re after a weekend to remember for its magnificent meals and tasty tipples, this is the long weekend attraction for you.

Wineries in the area put on a show by highlighting their best wines and matching them to a main meal, and/or dessert.

There are plenty of wineries to choose from, so start planning your trip now and look forward to a tantalising feast.

Warrumbungle Festival of the Stars

Coonabarabran is adding its best local attraction to the list of things to do this long weekend.

Ever stared at the sky, wishing you could see the stars close-up? On Saturday 5, the Siding Spring Observatory will open its doors – and telescopes – to the public. This is the only day of the year to see Australia’s largest optical telescope at such close quarters, so it’s definitely worth the trip.

Warrumbungle will be celebrating the weekend in a number of ways with music, food, astronomy lectures and even face painting for the kids.

Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Festival of Walking

Three areas in New South Wales have all come together in a shared love of walking, to bring you a hike like no other this October.

In the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon, the festival of walking will run from October 5-13. Head along to try out some of their stunning walking tracks, or learn something new at the photographic exhibitions and mystery location walks.

No matter what you end up doing this long weekend,  enjoy the extra day and do something to remember!