October Long Weekend Labour Day
There are lots of ways to enjoy a long weekend in New South Wales. The first Monday in October is Labour Day, giving the whole State three days off to enjoy the start of Spring. Attend a festival, take a road trip, plan something fun for the family or explore the great outdoors.
Festivals and events
Get a taste of country culture at the Deni Ute Muster in The Murray. Almost 20,000 people come for the ute show, bull riding, wood chopping, rides and live music including US country star Tim McGraw. For something a little quieter, visit the Leura Gardens Festival or see vintage kombis at the Old Bar Beach Festival.
Foodies will love the Murrumbateman Moving Feast, a roving degustation showcasing the best local wineries. Look into the heavens at StarFest when the Siding Springs Observatory opens its doors to the public. You can also learn from world-renowned astronomers and scientists at Science in the Pub and the Bok Lecture.
The October long weekend falls right in the middle of the school holidays and there are lots of fun things for kids to do. Ride the waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park, meet the new giraffe calves at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, ride horses on the beach in Port Stephens and join Elvis the crocodile for feeding time at the Australian Reptile Park.
Gorgeous Spring days mean it’s a great time to be outside. Hike the waterfall circuit in the Blue Mountains, climb to the top of Australia’s highest peak, follow the White Sands Walk in Jervis Bay and camp along the three-day Light to Light Walk. If you’re looking for adventure, go abseiling in Barrington Tops or mountain biking in The Hunter.
On the water, you can try sea kayaking in Byron Bay, snorkel with seals off Montague Island, learn to surf at Merewether Beach in Newcastle and explore the Coffs Coast on a stand-up paddle board. Look for migrating humpbacks during the last few weeks of whale watching season as they make their way back to Antarctica – Jervis Bay is one of the best viewing points.
Make the most of the break and explore more of Regional NSW on a road trip. From Sydney, you can tackle the Greater Blue Mountains Drive and the Grand Pacific Drive along the South Coast. Follow the Rainforest Way and Waterfall Way in the north of the State, the Kosciuszko Alpine Way from Canberra or the Snowy Valleys Way in the Riverina.