31 July 2014
Plan your travels around New South Wales to make the most of these exciting events taking place in August 2014.
1. Australian Surf Festival Coffs Harbour 1 – 18 August
Watch more than 500 surfers from across the country compete to be crowned an Australian champion during this national event in Coffs Harbour. Many prestigious Australian titles will be decided across multiple surfing disciplines during this festival celebrating Australian beach culture.
2. Fireside Festival The Poachers Way 1 – 31 August
The Fireside Festival is a series of food and wine events celebrating winter along the Poacher’s Way – a meandering food trail based around the towns of Gundaroo, Hall, Yass, Murrumbateman and Bungedore. Hearty winter food, degustation dinners, wine tastings, special exhibitions and luxurious accommodation packages are on offer.
3. Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 1 – 3 August
Australian writers are in the spotlight at Byron Bay as locals and visitors celebrate writing talent from around the country. Sit in on a reading, attend a book launch, or enjoy a lunch with some of the industry’s top names such as children’s book author Mem Fox, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year award winner Poe Ballantine, and ABC radio and TV presenter Richard Fidler. Listen as celebrated author and Whitbread prize winner Jeanette Winterson delivers the keynote address.
4. Cross Country Ski Week Perisher, Snowy Mountains 2 – 10 August
This Perisher Valley festival is open to all levels of skiers, from beginners to seasoned racers. Learn to ski cross country, or test your skills in a wide range of sprints, classical, skating and relay racing events. During non-racing days (Tuesday and Friday) try biathlon – a mix of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, join in organised mystery coffee tours and take advantage of discounted lessons and ski hire.
5. Annual Dubbo Jazz Festival 8 – 10 August
Dubbo celebrates its 24th annual jazz festival with a piano competition, jazz breakfast and free music throughout the town’s streets and shopping centres. The Dubbo RSL Club Resort is the main venue, but the festival has branched out in recent years to include entertainment at premier local venues including Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
An exciting charity motoring event where participants travel to rural destinations in Australia driving a pre-1975 vehicle. The colourful convoys travel their own routes and unite for the major Bash cross-over celebrations in Sydney on Sunday 17 August, culminating in a spectacular grand parade of nearly 600 vintage vehicles across Sydney Harbour Bridge.
7. Bangalow Music Festival 15 – 17 August
Spanning three days and featuring nine concerts, the annual Bangalow festival unites highly acclaimed international soloists and Australian chamber music ensembles in a weekend of performances including traditions of jazz, classical and contemporary chamber music.
8. Festa delle Salsicce (Festival of the Sausage) Griffith 24 August
Celebrate the end of the salami-making season in Griffith at Griffith Pioneer Park’s Italian Museum. Sample traditional Italian cuisine and Riverina wines as more than 90 salami varieties are judged.
9. Dungog Festival 28 – 30 August
Centred around Dungog’s historic James Theatre, one of Australia’s oldest operational cinemas, the festival offers a feast of contemporary Australian and international film, exquisite food and wine from the Hunter region, live music in local venues and craft and farmers markets. Take part in the barefoot bowls competition or dine under the stars in Dungog’s main street during the festival’s signature long table dinner. Onsite glamping and camping options available.
10. Travelling Film Festival Wollongong 29 – 31 August
The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals, screening the best in feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world.The festival is held annually in Sydney, then tours across the country throughout the remainder of the year. Catch it in Wollongong at the end of August.