While summer may be the most popular season for festivals and events thanks to warm, sunny days, there’s no need to hibernate just because the weather cools.
If you know where to look, you’ll find exciting events to enjoy even in the dead of winter. From sports to music and the arts, here are just some of the exciting events happening in New South Wales in winter.
Battle on the Border
6 – 8 August 2021
If you like watching the Tour de France, why not swap nights in front of the television for days experiencing the real thing and head up to northern NSW for the Battle of the Border. With two road races, a criterium and a time trial there’s something for everyone at this cycling event. Watch as others weave through country lanes in the beautiful Tweed Valley, tackle tough climbs and rapid descents, or sign up and take part yourself!
Where to stay: Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff
Last week in July
If you’re a passionate VW fan, hop in your Beetle or Kombi and head to Macksville and Nambucca Heads for this week-long annual event. This car show attracts VW owners from around Australia with a jam-packed itinerary of events, including convoy drives, swap meets, lap dashes, show & shine and so much more. The daily program offers fun for all the family and even if you don’t leave with a trophy, you’ll have plenty of memories to make you smile.
Where to stay: Ingenia Holidays White Albatross
Snow Time in the Garden
Mid-June to Mid-July
Each year, the Hunter Valley Gardens serves up a snowy wonderland offering wintery fun for everyone. Pop on some skates to test your skills on the giant ice-skating rink, experience the thrill of an icy toboggan ride, explore a snow cave filled with penguins and polar bears (don’t worry, they’re not real!) or build a snowman and perfect your snow angel in the Snow Play Zone.
Where to stay: Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley
The Entrance Blues & Jazz Festival
Yes, you read that right, a music festival in winter. Wrap up warm and enjoy the mellow tones of Blues and Jazz at Memorial Park and the Waterfront Plaza in The Entrance. Covid lockdowns may have cancelled the 2020 event, but that only means it will be back bigger and better in the coming years. So, plan ahead for a chilled escape on the NSW Central Coast next year.
Where to stay: Ingenia Holidays Lake Macquarie
Art Month of the Sapphire Coast
With exhibitions, art trails, workshops and galleries galore, get your creative juices flowing as you dive into the events of Art month of the Sapphire Coast. Perfect for a road trip, follow the coastal route in one direction and the hinterland route on the return journey. With Ingenia holiday parks conveniently located at either end of the trails, they make the perfect stopover points or bases for exploration.