Regional Flagship Events 2015

16 December 2014

Thredbo Blues Festival

16 - 18 January, Thredbo

The Thredbo Blues Festival, set in the spectacular Thredbo Village, is a three-day music event held each January. In 2015, the festival will celebrate more than two decades of entertaining guests in the Snowy Mountains with great music. The festival experience is to wander between a range of intimate venues including bars, restaurants and outdoor spaces to listen to over 100 top blues musicians while soaking up the summer alpine environment. It is these many intimate performance spaces that give the festival a unique quality that is highly regarded by musicians for providing a personal connection with the audiences.

Saltwater Freshwater Festival

26 January, Coffs Harbour

Saltwater Freshwater is an Aboriginal cultural festival held annually on Australia Day in recognition and celebration of the Mid North Coast’s cultural diversity. It shares Goori arts and culture from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi Aboriginal nations of the Mid North Coast. The festival is produced by the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and from 2015 will be based in Coffs Harbour at the North Coast Regional Botanical Gardens.

The Riverboats Music Festival

13 - 15 February, Echuca-Moama

The Riverboats Music Festival is the Murray River’s premier contemporary music event. Staged at Aquatic Reserve in Echuca-Moama on the third weekend of February for the past 23 years, the Riverboats Music Festival attracts in excess of 10,000 people for three days of world class entertainment across a range of musical genres. 

Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail

6 - 8 March, Junee

Junee Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival is a celebration of the significant rail heritage, which has played a crucial role in Junee’s ongoing development. Held on the first weekend of March each year the two-day festival offers family-friendly activities including live music, boutique and produce markets, heritage train displays and shuttles, plus much more.

Wollongong Triathlon

7 - 8 March, Wollongong

The Wollongong Triathlon offers racing for all ages and abilities in the stunning harbour precinct and blue mile of Wollongong City. It is anticipated that over 1,500 age group athletes will compete in the Age Group Standard Distance National Championship to be held on Sunday morning, while the elite men’s and women’s races will be conducted on Saturday afternoon. A professional prize purse is available for elite men’s and women’s participants keen to chase the national title. The Wollongong Triathlon creates an incredible spectacle for the local community and the thousands of athletes and spectators who have travelled to take part in the event.

Australian Longboard Surfing Championship Festival

25 - 29 March, Kingscliff

The Longboard Tour is a five-day celebration of the surfing lifestyle which attracts the current crop of professional longboard surfing superstars world champions Harley Ingleby, Josh Constable, Jenny Smith plus six-time US open champion Taylor Jenson. Together with spectators. they enjoy the lifestyle activities like music, art, cars, movies, bikini parade and markets that make up the festival.

Griffith La Festa

4 April, Griffith

La Festa is the largest multicultural food and wine festival on Griffith’s calendar and it takes place annually on Easter Saturday in the Griffith Community Gardens. The festival showcases the regions rich cultural diversity, premium food and wine industry and a wealth of traditional arts and music. 

Orange F.O.O.D Week

10 - 19 April, Orange

The shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney nestled in the heart of Central NSW are known as ‘The Food Basket’ of NSW, and each year Orange F.O.O.D Week celebrates this fact. The festival, which will be in its 23rd year in 2014, is held over 10 days during April and seeks to showcase the region’s exceptional local produce along with the producers, chefs, caterers and cooks behind it all. 

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

12 - 19 April, Canowindra

Being held over 6 days in April annually, Canowindra Balloon challenge hosts a global competition in the local rural setting of Canowindra. At the Canowindra Balloon Challenge competitors have the chance to not only win the Canowindra Cup, but also proceed to the 2015 World Championships in hot air ballooning. 

Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire Weekend

22 - 26 April, Boggabri

The Boggabri Drovers Campfire is held in the town also known as the “little town with a big heart”. Established in 2006, the event has grown from attracting 27 vehicles, 12 tents and 57 people at the first event, to 502 vehicles and 1,255 people in 2014. Featuring traditional country events and activities such as billy boiling, damper making and craft workshops, the Boggabri Drovers’ Campfire creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that has contributed to its growing reputation. 

Kidgeeridge Music Festival

1 - 2 May, Kidgeeridge

Kidgeeridge Music Festival is a privately funded boutique music festival that features some of Australia’s fines country, blues, rock and rockabilly artists on the South Coast of NSW. The event prides itself on benefitting its local community by raising funds for charitable organisations and local community groups. Since the first event in 2006, the event has donated more than $150,000. By sourcing the best musicians from Australia and around the world, the Kidgeeridge Music Festival provides an exciting weekend of entertainment in a welcoming and diverse atmosphere. 

Batlow CiderFest

16 May, Batlow

Batlow is a small town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales. It is well known for its apples, supplying both the Australian and export markets. The Batlow CiderFest focuses on providing a stimulus for the town, and with its annual conference, looks at ways of value-adding to our major product, the apple, and to farm gate enterprises. 

Eurobodalla River of Art

15 - 24 May, Durras Lake & Tilba Tilba

The Eurobodalla River of Art is a vibrant annual 10-day festival presented on the South Coast of NSW between Durras Lake and Tilba Tilba. The festival champions visual arts exhibitions, an art prize, live performance, community gatherings, presentation of innovative new works and workshop opportunities by a range of local and visiting artists. Eurobodalla River of Art unites the community through the arts, and in turn, profiles the vibrant community life, creative practitioners, environment and destination of the Eurobodalla. 

The North Face 100

15 - 17 May, Katoomba

A spectacularly iconic and well-loved running festival featuring simultaneous 50km and 100km ultramarathons run through the Blue Mountains National Park. Annually, The North Face 100 is the most anticipated trail run in Australia. Each year, the 2,000 entries sell out in just a matter of days. As part of the Ultra Trail World Tour, this event is gaining an even broader global reputation and is now staged out of Katoomba’s famed Scenic World. 

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month

1 - 30 June, Hunter Valley

A month long program of premium, intimate Hunter Valley food and wine events held throughout the region including Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke Fordwich, Singleton and the Upper Hunter wine areas. In 2013, the event had the support of 70 local businesses and had a calendar of over 50 intimate food and wine experiences.

Peak Festival

5 - 8 June, Perisher

This festival coincides with the opening of the winter ski season. With over 40 blues and roots bands and 150 acts from early too late, the festival is an opportunity for visitors to enjoy music from many different genres over four days in the unique atmosphere of Australia’s most beautiful snow country. The festival is family friendly with children’s workshops and performances.

Coonamble Rodeo and Campdraft

6 - 8 June, Coonamble

It is the largest combined rodeo and campdraft in the Southern Hemisphere, with cowboys and cowgirls competing for over $30,000 worth of prizes in steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and the glamour events of saddle bronc, bareback and bull rides. On Monday, the junior rodeo is held where up and coming stars of the rodeo circuit compete. 

Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival

6 - 8 June, Kiama, Gerringong, Shoalhaven & Kangaroo Valley

The event is held on the long weekend in June from Saturday to Monday at cellar door outlets of the 13 participating Shoalhaven Coast vineyards and wineries. Attendees can meet vignerons and winemakers in their cellar doors as they explore the Shoalhaven coast wine trail which meanders through luscious green valleys and overlooks some of the country’s most pristine beaches. 

Glow Worm Tunnel Trailrunning Weekend

13 - 14 June, Lithgow

The Glow Worm Tunnel Trailrunning Weekend is two days of running, camping and entertainment in the ghost town of Newnes in the secluded Wolgan Valley. Four running races take place on the beautiful trails and paths of the old town, culminating in the marathon, which covers 42km, linking historic Newnes with the iconic Glow Worm Tunnel and also with another old mining town, Glen Davis. Over half of the participants camp by the old Newnes Hotel, taking in entertainment like children’s treasure hunts, an outdoor movie and a local rock band as the rest of the family goes off to run in the races. 

Snow Time in the Gardens

20 June - 12 July, Pokolbin

Snow Time in the Gardens offers a taste of winter magic in the Hunter Valley. With themed activities such as ice-skating, tobogganing, snowball throwing, mechanical snowboarding, virtual skiing, husky racing and ice sculpting, there is something for the entire family to enjoy in the delightful setting of the Hunter Valley Gardens. 

Sample Food Festival

5 September, Bangalow

Sample Food Festival is a celebration of the local distinctiveness of produce and products of the food of Northern NSW. Northern NSW food is characterised by its focus on well-being and creativity offering a taste that embodies both the cultural and natural assets of the region. 

Coffs Harbour Running Festival

6 September, Coffs Harbour

The Coffs Harbour Running Festival is a community event for people of all ages and abilities and consists of a 21.1km half marathon, 10km fun run, 5km fun run and a 3km family fun run/walk. Held on a bush trail on the Coffs Creek Walkway, the flat, shady course is ideal for runners and walkers alike. The picturesque track hugs the beautiful Coffs Creek and competitors run over floating boardwalks, through swamp forests of mangrove, casuarina and paperbark trees from the centre of town to the coast and back, passing the popular and iconic Dolphin Marine Magic, Regional Botanic Garden and Park Beach. 

Dubbo Stampede

6 September, Dubbo

The Dubbo Stampede Running Festival is emerging as a signature event for Dubbo, and indeed, for Inland NSW. Taronga Western Plains Zoo is an anchor attraction for the region and the Dubbo Stampede leverages from this NSW iconic visitor attraction to deliver a unique running experience capturing the atmosphere and wonderful surrounds of Taronga Western Plains Zoo and the adjacent Macquarie River. The running festival includes a 5.5 km Dingo Dash,10 km Cheetah Chase and 21.1 km Zebra Zoom. 

Woolgoolga Curryfest

26 September, Woolgoolga

Curryfest is a celebration of Woolgoolga’s unique Punjabi heritage.  The main festival day will be preceded by a series of events in September. Curryfest day itself involves over 100 food and market stalls featuring curries from all over the world, as well as other multicultural food.  The entertainment program includes Punjabi dancers and Indian music, as well as other modern entertainment.

Taste Riverina

1 - 31 October, Wagga Wagga, Leeton, Griffith & Junee

Taste Riverina offers a menu of fabulous food events throughout October each year. Visitors to the festival will sample, celebrate, learn about and become advocates for food produced across the Riverina. Numerous events are held at various locations in the region, from large city centres such as Wagga Wagga and Griffith, regional towns such as Leeton, Junee and Deniliquin, and through to small villages such as Ariah Park and Barellan. 

Murrumbateman Moving Feast

3 - 5 October, Murrumbateman

The Murrumbateman Moving Feast  is a festival of food and wine that aims to showcase the region’s wineries, cafes and B&B’s. The event encourages visitors to take their time and rove between participating venues to sample signature dishes and a range of savoury and sweet tasting plates. Murrumbateman is a sub-district of the Canberra wine district, and the Moving Feast has, since 2006, promoted Murrumbateman and the surrounding District as a notable tourist destination. 

Griffith Citrus Sculptures

11 - 24 October, Griffith

More than 60 large 3D citrus sculptures line Griffith’s main street creating a magnificent gateway to the CBD. Made using 100,000 oranges, 100,000 rubber bands and an army of 700 volunteers, the exhibition is an expression of the town’s wonderful community spirit.

Wingham Akoostik Festival

16 - 18 October, Wingham

The annual celebration of music, culture and community is held over three days every October, and brings together musical performers, creative artists, local businesses and producers, volunteers, school students, regional media, tourists and locals alongside some of Australia’s biggest musical icons for a family-friendly weekend of entertainment and cultural experiences in the historic and picturesque regional village of Wingham in the Manning Valley. 

Orange Wine Week

16 October - 1 November, Orange

Orange Wine Week is an annual 10-day festival held in October at various locations in and around the Orange region. The festival features over 100 individual events ranging in size from a simple high tea to the wine week markets catering for upwards of 3,500. 


23 - 25 October, The Entrance

Chromefest is a tribute to American classics, hot rods, low rider bicycles, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly. The weekend also includes dance demonstrations, dance lessons, street cruise, over 50 retro stalls, a retro fashion parade plus non-stop entertainment on three stages and local venues.

Tastings on Hastings

6 - 8 November, Hastings

Tastings on Hastings is a huge outdoor festival held throughout Port Macquarie town centre and along the riverfront foreshore on Town Green over a weekend in late October. The event celebrates the passion, creativity, bounty and variety of the farmers, vignerons, brewers, restaurants, entertainers and artists of the Hastings River region. Products are featured through farmers and makers markets, cooking demonstrations areas, licensed areas and restaurants that offer visitors the opportunity to graze to their heart’s content. 

Eden Whale Festival

31 October - 2 November, Eden

The Eden Whale Festival is an annual event that celebrates Eden’s rich heritage. The festival looks at both its long association with the whaling industry and the home to the story of the Killers of Eden and Old Tom, it’s hub for both on-shore and shore based whale watching, marine research and education. 

Sculpture in the Vineyards

31 October - 29 November, Wollombi

Sculpture in the Vineyards is a month long festival where sculptures are displayed in the vineyards of the Wollombi Valley and the town of historic Wollombi Village. Amongst the sculptures, the festival also features a number of events to attract visitors to the region including workshops, tours, and a food and wine fair. 

Carcoar Cup Running Festival

7 - 8  November, Carcoar & Neville

The Carcoar Cup Running Festival was conceived to bring runners and visitors from all over Australia and overseas to showcase the beauty of Carcoar and the region. It is run over a course which has been described as one of the toughest and most beautiful in Australia. In 2013, the event staged an ultra marathon over 60kms, a marathon, half-marathon, marathon teams event, 6km Carcoar to Creek Dash, Carcoar Cup for kids under 12, under 10, under 8, under 6, and mile-long club for charity. 

The Mullum Music Festival

19 - 22 November, Mullumbimby

A music festival with a keen focus on good quality independent music from a range of genres. including, blues, roots, world, jazz, acoustic, country, pop, electronica, reggae, soul and experimental. The festival takes place in the town of Mullumbimby using existing venues, as well as creating venues for the weekend of the festival. The festival presents over 100 performances by more than 60 artists each year. 

Warbirds Downunder Airshow

20 - 21 November, Temora

Warbirds Downunder is the only air show in Australia aimed at showcasing Australia’s military aviation heritage, and as such, it attracts visitors from the local region, intrastate, interstate and overseas. On event day, the gates of Temora Aviation Museum open at 8.30 am for visitors to enjoy the permanent and visiting exhibits and aircraft, as well as a display of military vehicles. Aerial action commences at 11.00 am and continues through to 4.00 pm showcasing the museum’s world-class collection of aircraft in flight, as well as many visiting aircraft, including Navy helicopters and RAAF fighter jets.