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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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October Events - New South Wales

Location Event

Batemans Bay Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival
• October Labour Day Long Weekend
• Annual music festival event held over 3 days of hot rhythms and cool blues, market and craft stalls and food fair. A fantastic blend of international, national and local artists performing over the weekend on the multi stage, with performances of some of the greatest blues and roots music artists from around the world. Check website for accommodation and camping facilities.

Bondi Sculpture By The Sea
• October - November
• Billed as Australia's largest annual outdoor free to the public exhibition of contemporary sculpture, staged along Sydney's spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. This annual exhibition exhibits around 100 works by artists from Australia and overseas.

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.

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

Bowral Bowral Tulip Time
• September-October
• The Southern Highlands celebrate with one of the most spectacular massed tulip displays and flora festivals in Australia. Held in the last weeks of September and the first week of October the festival centrepiece is over 100,000 massed tulips and 20,000 annuals. During this period you can experience private award winning gardens.

Carlingford (Sydney) Murray Farm Art Craft & Pottery Exhibition
• Murray Farm Public School, Tracey Ave, CARLINGFORD NSW,
• Friday 26th October - Sunday 28th October, 2007
• Fabulous, stalls, food drink local entertainment! Fri 26th Oct opening night adults only $10 pp light supper/wine fabulous artwork Sat/Sun 27th and 28th October Adults $3 pp / Seniors HS Students $1 pp / KIDS FREE!

Cooma CoomaFest
• October
• Annual event highlighting Cooma's multicultural heritage. The main street is alive with festivities, street performers and bands. There are a variety of stalls including an array of food stalls offering food from around the world.

Cootamundra Cootamundra Show
• Usually held during one weekend in October
• A regional agricultural show with a wide range of local exhibits along with side shows and amusements for children.

Deniliquin Deniliquin Ute Muster • Deni - Play on the Plains Festival & World Record Ute Muster
• NSW Labour Day Long Weekend - September/October
• On October 2, 1999, Deniliquin wrote itself into history claiming the Guinness Book of Records title for the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world. Welcome to Deni — The Ute Capital of the World — Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival & World Record Ute Muster — a country as a festival like no other on earth.

This popular festival is a jam pack two days of world class entertainment, attracting over 20,000 people and over 6,000 utes. With a huge line up of entertainment, local displays and exhibitions, and of course come along in your ute to be part of the legend of our World Record Ute Muster Count - more utes in one place than anywhere else in the world.

Camp out under the southern sky on the flattest plains on earth, tell yarns around your camp and make friends that you'll come back and see year after year.

Grafton Grafton Jacaranda Festival
• October/November
• First Festival held in 1935. A queen crowning ceremony is held on the last Saturday in October each year, heralding the start of the festival week. The final weekend features a spectacular street parade which falls on the first Saturday in November. Crowds flock to Grafton for weeks either side of these dates to view the trees and enjoy the many exhibitions and events. Each year thousands of visitors travel to enjoy the festivities.

Griffith Griffith Festival of Gardens
• October
• Spring welcomes the perfect conditions for this annual show of colour, part of which is the famous Citrus Sculptures. Based on the original sculptures of Menton in France, over 100,000 oranges and grapefruit are used to construct larger than life, three-dimensional creations. Creations can include giant lanterns, boats, flower baskets, horse and carriage, with each year’s creation astounding visitors. Included in the festival are the opening to the public of private gardens and other exhibitions and displays.

Great Lakes
Hawks Nest
Tea Gardens
Myall River Festival
• October
• A family friendly festival with a large variety of market stalls, stage entertainment, river activities, games and competitions for the kids, all taking place on the magical waterfront of Tea Gardens, beside the Myall River. The festival showcases the Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest community, as well as many of the local businesses.

Hay Bishop’s Lodge Spring Market
• 3rd Sunday in October.
• Stroll through a vast array of stalls selling distinctive handmade items including quality clothing and homeware, as well as the Lodge’s unique roses. There is also entertainment and food, making this an enjoyable spring market event.

Hunter Valley Jazz in the Vines
• Annual event held in October.
• Food, wine and music, what more could you want.

Kurrajong

Kurrajong Scarecrow FestivalKurrajong Scarecrow Festival
• October
• Since 1997 the Festival has grown from a small event to one of the major cultural events of the Hawkesbury.

Each year over six thousand people visit the picturesque village of Kurrajong to enjoy all the festival has to offer. The festival has something for everyone, with lots of family fun and include: local schools performing, children’s drawing competition, live music and buskers, dancing, puppet show, doggy fancy dress competition, the famous ‘Scarecrow Cup’, food and craft stalls, and much, much more.

This is a great weekend for both locals and visitors of all ages. For the latest information visit the Kurrajong community website.

Wellington Festivale
• Late October-early November
• A week of celebrations and activities.
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November - New South Wales

Location Event

Blackheath Blackheath Rhododendron Festival
• First weekend in November
• Held over the first weekend in November, this annual event celebrates the flowering Rhododendrons found growing to perfection throughout Blackheath and the Blue Mountains. The festival incorporates a variety of entertainment and activities.

Bondi Sculpture By The Sea
• October - November
• Billed as Australia's largest annual outdoor free to the public exhibition of contemporary sculpture, staged along Sydney's spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. This annual exhibition exhibits around 100 works by artists from Australia and overseas.

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.

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

Deniliquin Deni Spring Blues Festival
• Early November
• Yes, Deni is the home of utes and country music! But, now it is also home to a weekend of blues and roots music with their wonderful blues festival.

Following the success of their very first Blues festival in 2006, the event continues with another fabulous program of activities. Check our website for details.

Glen Innes Land of the Beardies Festival
• Held first to second weekend in November
• Celebrating local history.

Grafton Grafton Jacaranda Festival
• October/November
• First Festival held in 1935. A queen crowning ceremony is held on the last Saturday in October each year, heralding the start of the festival week. The final weekend features a spectacular street parade which falls on the first Saturday in November. Crowds flock to Grafton for weeks either side of these dates to view the trees and enjoy the many exhibitions and events. Each year thousands of visitors travel to enjoy the festivities.

Queanbeyan Queanbeyan Show Society Inc
• Farrar Place, QUEANBEYAN NSW 2620 • Email
• November
• With over 100 shows (109th in 2004), the show has held a variety of events over the years. An agricultural show held in the show ground in the central business district. They are always looking for new members and volunteers.

Young National Cherry Festival
• November
• Held annually with the cherry harvest starts approximately in the first week of November and continues through to the New Year, bringing hundreds of people to town to pick and pack the fruit.
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December - New South Wales

Location Event

Scotland Island Scotland Island to Church Point Dog Race
• Christmas Eve
• Held annually, around twilight on Christmas eve, and developing a somewhat cult affair for the residents and dog owners of Church Point and Scotland Island. A number of contestants (dogs) and their owners (human), jump into Pittwater and attempt to paddle the 600 metres or so from the island to the mainland. It was started in 1973 when the dogs of two ferry captains swam for line honours.

Entry fee at time of writing is still a long-neck bottle of beer and a can of dog food. The human owners can swim, row or stroke alongside their paddling partners. No motorised support vessels are permitted. The prizes include a big-dog and small-dog division, with the winners getting a chrome-plated bowl and sharing the food and beverage booty. The winner for 2001 and 2002 in the big-dog category is a black kelpie named Diesel. A mongrel named Teddy has also won it twice in the small-dog category.


Sydney Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
• 26 December
• Annual yacht racing event commencing on Sydney Harbour (Boxing Day) and finishing in Hobart. This historic race well known for high seas drama and close call finishes is a favourite for all Australian's. This year sponsored by Rolex.
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