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Events - New South Wales, Australia
Want to see what is happening where you are going? Maybe you want to include a destination in your plans, some stopover to coincide with events happening in that town?

Following are some events happening in New South Wales. For more information, check the destination pages of the town or area you are visiting.

Some events happen at the same time throughout Australia, such as Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, local markets, agricultural shows etc. Some scheduled events only have approximate dates, with some dates changing or being cancelled.

When planning your travel around events, contact the holder of the event or the local visitor centre where the event is happening to confirm the event timetable.



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April Events - New South Wales

Location Event

Griffith Griffith Classic Motorcycle Club Anzac Rally
• April
• The Griffith Classic Motorcycle Club was established in 1985 to meet the growing interest in Veteran, Vintage & Classic Motorcycles and to supply a contact point for all the enthusiastic motorcyclists in the local area who were restoring older motorcycles. Our 1st Rally was held in 1986 on or about the Anzac Weekend and is called the ‘Anzac Rally’ which continues to grow in attendance to over 150 entries.

Lithgow Ironfest
• April (ANZAC weekend)
• Celebrates the regions through its past and current association in metals. There are blacksmiths demonstrating their skills, workshops, artisans, from sculptors, painters and jewellers, shows, and much more.

Orange Food of Orange District • F.O.O.D
• April
• Celebrate the region's produce, producers and food providers with locals and visitors alike in a truly regional food experience. F.O.O.D week allows you to travel on a journey that begins literally at ground level at the farm gate. You will meet all the people that make it happen at markets, workshops, kitchens, restaurants, cafes, wineries and special celebration dinners and events at superb locations. There are over 60 events that will appeal to your craving for a great regional food experience.

Singleton Annual CountryFest
• April
• Singleton will be the only place to be on the 12th April 2008 with the Annual CountryFest. Featuring the Australian Wife Carrying Titles! Organisers promise the event will be equal to anywhere in the world and will rival Swedish and Finnish standards and the first prize will be a return trip for two to Finland to compete in the World Wife Carrying Titles and the best thing is that you don’t have to be married to enter!

The race track will be a minimum of 200 m in length consisting of hurdles, limbo bars, water course and a sand trap.

Also at Countryfest you will see the Professional Bullriders of Australia and Ute Muster on the Saturday as well as the Australian wife carrying titles along with, stalls, sideshow, bands, country bands, dog high jumps and much much more!

And if that isn’t enough to capture your imagination for the weekend, Peter Heffernan Fest organiser has been quick to add an Irish woman of 110 kg plus who has entered the wife carrying competition to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute. Local man David Vaughan has accepted the challenge of carrying Julia Galvin from Ireland.

Snowy Mountains
Corryong, VIC
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival
• April
• The place where the cream of Australia’s stockmen, women and their horses gather annually. Whip cracking, horses shoeing, yarn spinning and the good old fashioned ‘cooo-ee’ were a part of life when Paterson met Riley. And at the dawn of a new millennium, these skills will be essential elements of The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.

Tumut Tumut’s Festival of the Falling Leaf
• April
• Lose your inhibition, take a tumble and immerse yourself in the colourful autumn leaves at Tumut’s Festival of the Falling Leaf celebration. Founded in 1954, the event celebrates the arrival of autumn and the falling leaves that characterise Tumut's many parks and gardens. The event festivities includes scrumptious food and fine wine, music and entertainment that include buskers and street performers, the NSW Forests Mountain Bike Endurance Race, street parade and grand finale gala day festivities.

Woolgoolga Woolgoolga Curryfest
• April
• Woolgoolga Curryfest is a celebration of Community, Culture and Cuisine. Come and join us for a wonderful day of food, music and dance in one of NSW’s best beachside villages.

Woolgoolga has the largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population in Australia and it is the site of the first Sikh temple built in this country. Our Festival will celebrate the cohesiveness and harmony between the Sikh culture and the wider community.
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May Events - New South Wales

Location Event

Bangalow Bangalow Billy Cart Derby
• Held in May
• When the major highway was re-route away from going through Bangalow, the locals were so delighted that they established the Billy Cart Derby, which runs through the main street (the ex-Pacific Highway). The course commences at the top of the hill, running downhill towards the river, with strategically placed hay bales for safety. This popular and successful annual event raises money for local causes.

Botany Bay NP
Cape Solander
Whale Watching
• May and November
• Between May and November, whales such as the Humpback and the Southern Right can be seen along the coastline of the bay. Cape Solander is one of the best spots in Sydney for viewing the whales, with recorded whale numbers increasing every year. In 2002, there was estimated, that there was about 1,000 visitors over one weekend, to see the whales. The spot is ideal because of the sheer cliffs and clear horizon at the end of the Kurnell Peninsular. Check out our images of whales at Cape Solander.

More information about Whales and Whale Watching in New South Wales.

Dungog Dungog Film Festival
• May
• At the foothills of the spectacular World Heritage Barrington Tops, where one-and-a-half kilometres high mountains rise to swirling mists, the tiny historic Hunter Valley town of Dungog hosts the largest festival of Australian (Aussie) film content in the world.

Glen Innes The Australian Celtic Festival
• Held over 4 days on the first weekend of May
• A spectacular and colourful celebration of all things Celtic. The festival draws clans, bands and dancers from around NSW and even interstate.

Hunter Valley
Lovedale
Lovedale Hunter Valley • Lovedale Long Lunch
• 3rd Weekend in May
• An annual event held on the third weekend in May. The event is a progressive type lunch where visitors wine and dine their way around the eight participating wineries over the weekend enjoying a glass of wine, gourmet food, fabulous music and art.

Scone Scone Horse Festival
• May
• The Horse Capital of Australia, Scone celebrates with the annual Scone Horse Festival. Visitors come from within the region and from far afar to share our pride in our area and our equine industry. The Festival has evolved from a simple street parade into over two week program of events for everyone.

St Ives St Ives Show
• Annual event held on the third weekend in May
• A great family day event with arts and craft, cooking events, show jumping, wood chopping, horticulture, photographic displays, and entertainment.
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June Events - New South Wales

Location Event

Blue Mountains bentART
• June long weekend
• This 4 day exhibition in the Blue Mountains has evolved into the largest LGBT art event in Australia. Today, this premier gay and lesbian art exhibition continues to expand, and is open to GLBTQI artists from around Australia. The exhibition is held during and part of the Blue Mountains pinkFEST.

Botany Bay NP
Cape Solander
Port Stephens
Whale Watching
• May and November
• Between May and November, whales such as the Humpback and the Southern Right can be seen along the coastline of the bay. Cape Solander is one of the best spots in Sydney for viewing the whales, with recorded whale numbers increasing every year. In 2002, there was estimated, that there was about 1,000 visitors over one weekend, to see the whales. The spot is ideal because of the sheer cliffs and clear horizon at the end of the Kurnell Peninsular. Check out our images of whales at Cape Solander.

• June to August / September to November
• It may be a matter of opinion, but Port Stephens is said to have now eclipsed Hervey Bay in Queensland as the whale-watching capital of Australia. The bay provides an excellent location to watch the humpback whales on their annual northern migration (June to August) and their southern return (September to November). The bay is also home to a large pod of bottlenose dolphins.

More information about Whales and Whale Watching in New South Wales.

Milton - Ulladulla Milton Scarecrow Festival
• June long weekend
• The community of Milton invites everyone to our annual Milton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend. There are lots of scarecrows, real and live... markets, farm yard animals, jumping castle, family bbq, rides etc.

Sydney Biennale of Sydney
• Held every 2 years-June/September (check website for dates)
• Was created in 1973 as an international showcase for contemporary art. Conceived, invented and financially supported by Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, it grew out of the Transfield Art Prize for contemporary Australian art, an acquisitive prize which reached its peak in the 1960s. It operated for about a dozen years before Transfield decided to transform what was a local initiative into an international exhibition.
Sydney Sydney Film Festival
• June
• This two-week event is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Venues include the State Theatre and Dendy Opera Quays. Sydney Travelling Film Festival • Its objective is to broaden the range of cinema screened in country and regional areas around Australia. Over the last 29 years, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival has visited some 50 towns in NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory with a programme of international features, shorts and documentaries.
Sydney Sydney Royal Easter Show
 April (Easter period)
• The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is responsible for staging Australia’s largest annual event: the Royal Easter Show, where the country comes to the city. A very popular family event attracting over 1 million punters and exhibitors. For more information click here...
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