30 June 2014
Plan your travels around New South Wales to make the most of these exciting events taking place in July 2014.
1. Yulefest in the Blue Mountains 1 June – 31 August
Celebrate a midwinter Christmas in the Blue Mountains with Yulefest. Restaurants and accommodation providers join to recreate the festive atmosphere of a northern hemisphere Christmas. Book a traditional turkey dinner at one of the participating restaurants, or escape to the warmth of a guest house or hotel. Watch the parade of jugglers, dancers, gymnasts, choirs, musicians and more down the main street of Katoomba on June 21.
2. Opera at the Channon Lismore July 27
Lismore showcases some of Opera Australia’s biggest stars in a spectacular afternoon event at the Coronation Park, raising money for charity. Dress up for a silver service lunch, bring a picnic to the park, or enjoy a special BBQ available for purchase on the day. Unwind with a selection of songs from famous operas and musicals performed by some of Australia’s best operatic talent.
3. Toyota Hats Off To Country Tamworth 3 – 6 July
Toyota Hats Off To Country is Tamworth‘s mid-year country music festival. Watch some of Australia’s biggest country music stars perform, including three-time ARIA nominee Adam Harvey. Visit the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame on Brisbane Street, or the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum at the Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre.
4. Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival 5 – 6 July
Indulge yourself at this chocolate festival in Pokolbin. Discover the art of making chocolate and taste the many samples on offer at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Watch on as some as Australia’s finest chocolatiers sculpt chocolate show pieces; competition judges include celebrity chefs Adriano Zumbo and Dean Gibson from Channel 10’s Masterchef. The Hunter Valley Garden’s Snow Time in the Garden program also runs during this event and features an ice skating rink, 25m toboggan ride and an ice sculptor on weekends.
5. Sawtell Chilli Festival 5 July
Sawtell celebrates hot and spicy food at this mid-winter festival. Sample the hottest chillis and spicy foods or try the milder flavours available at the many food stalls. Take part in the Spanish/Mexican style fancy dress competition and the chilli-themed hat parade. Spend the weekend discovering the area and enjoy Sawtell Beach and Boambee Beach, or explore the nearby Bongil Bongil National Park.
6. Winter Blues and Jazz Festival The Entrance 6 July
Hear some of Australia’s best blues and jazz musicians at this free day-long musical event in Memorial Park, The Entrance. Among the talent on stage is late 60s pop/blues star Australian singer-songwriter Russell Morris and local band Greg Gould & The Chase, of 2013 Australia’s Got Talent fame.
7. Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival 11 – 13 July
Join hundreds of book lovers on a literary pilgrimage to this writers’ festival in Bowral. The Literary Dinner on July 12 will be served up by winning chef Stefano Manfredi who will be joining the team at Bowral’s two-hatted restaurant Biota Dining. Learn the process of writing and publishing a book or discover how to write a 10 minute play with the weekend workshops on offer at the Bradman Museum.
8. Coffs Coast Festival of Cycling 25 July – 3 August
Enjoy the range of cycling events at this 10-day festival on the Coffs Coast. The event hosts eight categories of cycling including BMX challenges, downhill racing, mountain biking and hill climbs. The festival culminates on 3 August with the NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge featuring a wide range of participants tackling the 100km or 60km solo challenge and the 20km or 10km family ride.
9. Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival 25 – 27 July
The Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival will fill the historic Port of Echuca‘s heritage precinct and surrounding venues with more than 30 blues and roots performers from across the country. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere from the town’s street corners, restaurants and bars.
10. Cowra Wine Show Weekend 25 – 27 July
The Cowra region celebrates its local food and wine during this annual show with gourmet markets, masterclasses, organic winery tours and dining experiences. Taste wines from Australia’s top wine growing regions at the Wine Show Public Tasting evening at the Cowra Showground on 26 July.