Spring in NSW brings a collage of amazing spectacles and events. Witnessed by over 20 million people globally, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is marching exclusively into Sydney this October for four shows. Loved for its heart-warming story and rousing music, Billy Elliot The Musical is playing at Sydney Lyric Theatre from 10 October. There’s also a boutique beer festival in Maitland, a wine fiesta in Orange, as well as plenty of Spring country racing carnivals across New South Wales. For a weekend away, The Murray and Eurobodalla are both idyllic escapes.
EXPLORE THE VILLAGES OF EUROBODALLA
Eurobodalla is an incredible slice of the South Coast with seaside port towns and postcard-perfect villages to discover. You’ll find coastal towns of Batemans Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma and inland villages such as Central Tilba, Bodalla and Mogo. Just a few thousand locals live nestled amongst farmland and each village has its own rich history. Learn about the dairying past of Central Tilba — Eurobodalla has been producing cheese since the 1870s. Find out how Moruya helped build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, discover Mogo’s gold rush days and explore Bodalla, originally built as a private village for a wealthy colonial businessman.
SAVOUR THE 2019 ORANGE WINE FESTIVAL
Orange in the Central West is a rural wonderland of wineries, designer hotels and just-picked produce. With the Orange Wine Festival coming up on 18-27 October it’s the ideal time for a leisurely weekend away in this beautiful region. For two weeks, the Orange Wine Festival showcases the craft of local Orange winemakers. Sip and graze your way through wine masterclasses, stroll the twilight markets boasting local culinary delights and watch wine show judging. Notable players amongst the Orange wine brands include Philip Shaw, Printhie, Ross Hill, Swinging Bridge, Angullong, Heifer Station, Nashdale Lane and Rowlee.
WATCH THE LARGEST ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO EVER STAGED
The biggest ever Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marches into Sydney for four shows only! For a limited time only, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney is offering Buy One Get One Free* on tickets for selected performances at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium this October. But hurry, this offer ends Sunday 29 September. This is your chance to be there when over 1,500 of the world’s finest pipers, drummers and dancers perform against the backdrop of a full-size Edinburgh Castle.
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DON’T MISS BILLY ELLIOT
BE INSPIRED. BE ELECTRIFIED. Seen by over 12 million people worldwide, winner of 85 major international awards and with music by the legendary Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical arrives at the Sydney Lyric Theatre next month for 10 weeks only! Set in a northern town during the miners’ strike of 1984-5, the show follows Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever. Billy Elliot the Musical is an extraordinary theatrical experience that has captivated audiences around the world.
EXPERIENCE A COUNTRY
Spring is the time to explore the unique beauty of our diverse regions and watch thoroughbreds thunder across tracks in country New South Wales. This October, head to the Coonamble Cup, Coonabarabran Cup or the Goulburn Cup. On the coast, the Port Macquarie Racecourse comes alive on 11 October with the $120,000 Carlton Mid Port Macquarie Cup. Set in the Riverina, the Snake Gully Cup Carnival attracts thousands of racegoers to the picturesque Gundagai Racecourse every November. Soak up the atmosphere and while you’re in town, stop by the local cafés, bars and restaurants, and enjoy locally produced goods. See when the next race meet is taking place and experience all the action first hand!
EMBRACE THE FESTIVAL SPIRIT OF MAITLAND
From beer festivals to lantern parades, Maitland is emerging as an enticing cultural destination. On 12 October, Riverlights Multicultural Festival comes to Central Maitland, celebrating global diversity with live music, dancing, food stalls, fire shows and a paper lantern flotilla. On the first weekend of November, the two-day Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival will be held at the heritage-listed Maitland Gaol, showcasing the local craft beer scene with over 80 different beers. Still thirsty? Stop by the likes of The Pourhouse or Morpeth Brewery and Beer Co – a small scale, full-mash brewery, who’s premium craft beer is served almost exclusively at the Commercial Hotel. Only two hours from Sydney, make it Maitland for your next trip and book Quest Maitland for serviced apartments right in the heart of the action.
MAKE MEMORIES IN
THE MURRAY REGION
The Murray is an ideal road trip destination, with intriguing natural landscapes, delicious food and wine, and golf resorts flanked by the mighty Murray River. Soak up the ambience on the deck of the Paddlesteamer Emmylou as she cruises along the gleaming waterways and pauses for winery visits, campfire breakfasts or bush walks. At sunset, paddle a kayak on Lake Mulwala, weaving through the ghostly red gum trunks and marvelling at magnificent birdlife. Play a round of golf on one of the championship courses along the riverbank, then savour seasonal produce at an award-winning resort. Or spend a night camping riverside in a serene spot on a sandy river beach on Ulupna Island.
GET YOUR FUN BACK ON TRACK
Prioritise play this Spring and soak up the festivities of the renowned Everest Carnival at Royal Randwick from now until 2 November. Witness the thrilling racing on the track, including the world’s richest race on turf, the $14 million The TAB Everest. Off the track, absorb the exhilarating atmosphere with live music acts, DJ entertainment, chic race day fashion, bespoke pop-up bars and an array of gourmet food offerings, all creating the unique social buzz only experienced at #EverestCarnival.
NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP GRAND FINAL
Sydney Olympic Park
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
From 10 October
THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO
17 – 19 October
Sydney Olympic Park
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 9s
18 – 19 October
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA
24 October – 10 November
Bondi to Tamarama Beach
SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000
10 – 13 October
RIVERLIGHTS MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
THE VINO EXPRESS, ORANGE WINE FESTIVAL WEEKEND ONE
18 October – 20 October
Orange (departs Sydney)
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
BITTER & TWISTED BOUTIQUE BEER FESTIVAL
2 – 3 November