OUTBACK FESTIVALS, SHOWS AND EVENTS
NEW SOUTH WALES
New South Wales Shows, Festivals & Events
NSW Sheepdog Trials - Events Calendar
The NSW Sheepdog Workers Inc have their own web site, and here you'll find details of all the sheepdog trials throughout NSW for the year. Web: http://nswsheepdogworkers.org.au
For events Australia wide, check out the Australian Sheepdog Workers' Assocation web site for their Event Calendar: http://asdwa.org.au
For details and dates of all the Agricultural Shows and Field Days held in NSW each year, check out the web site at:
For Outback NSW Events - Check out the web site of 'Tourism NSW' and the link to Outback NSW, and the Visit NSW web site:
Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fishing & Boat Shows
Sydney 4WD & Adventure Show - October
All the latest 4WD products on show in one location at the Western Sydney International Dragway, Eastern Creek. Runs Fri/Sat/Sun. Phone: (08) 9445 9333, web: http://sydney.4wdshow.com.au/index.phtml.
Rural Scene Promotions - Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Shows
Rural Scene Promotions are exhibition organizers, co-ordinating annual, outdoor exhibitors across Queensland and New South Wales.
Illawarra Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show - February
The Illawarra Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show will be held at Kembla Grange Racecourse on the 20, 21 & 22 of February 2015. This event is a fantastic show that has grown each year, with over 200 individual sites to host exhibitors in 2015. As well as a huge display of products and services on offer, there will be great entertainment for the whole family over the weekend.
Hunter Valley Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show - May
The Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show is held in May each year at the Maitland showgrounds.
The biggest show on the Rural Scene calendar is the Hunter Valley Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show held in May each year at the Maitland showgrounds. The Hunter Valley Show has lead the way for Rural Scene’s Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat shows, being the first of its kind presented by the company for the first time in 1997. With over 300 sites and going into its 20th year, the Hunter Valley Show is a fantastic event for both exhibitors and visitors. Web: https://www.ruralscene.com.au/hunter-valley
Albury Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show - May
The Albury Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show is the second event on the Rural Scene calendar and will be held on the 15, 16 & 17 May 2015. Held at the Albury Showground, the show is the biggest of its kind in Albury. With over 150 sites, the show offers a fantastic range of products and services for visitor’s interest, as well as some great entertainment for the whole family over the weekend.
Mid North Coast Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show - August
The Mid North Coast Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show first commenced in 2001 at the Wauchope Showgrounds. For Wauchope, the show is one of the major events for the year and provides a key income source for the many local groups who assist over the weekend. The Mid North Coast show has been a strong show since its inception and with 2014 seeing over 200 sites it is clear that the show will continue to be prosperous into the future.
Orana Caravan Camping 4WD Fish & Boat Show - September
The Orana Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fish & Boat Show is a unique event for the Dubbo Region. Held at Dubbo Showgrounds, the show offers visitors and locals an opportunity to see a huge display of various caravanning, camping and fishing. The Dubbo 4WD Club provide great entertainment each year on the 4WD demonstration track. Other attractions include the Australian Travelling Fish Show, the Reptile Awareness Display and bike shows by Flair Action Sports Promotions. Web: https://www.ruralscene.com.au/orana
Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW - Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershows
The NSW Caravan, Camping and Holiday Supershow - April
The NSW Caravan, Camping, RV, and Holiday Supershow is held at the Rosehill Racecourse,Parramatta, and runs over 9 days. The show displays all the latest and greatest caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, slide-ons, 5th wheelers, camping equipment, tents, holiday park displays, tourism displays, caravan, 4WD and touring accessories and much more. Web: https://www.caravanexpo.com
Newcastle Caravan, Camping & Holiday Expo - February
Visitors can browse over 150 exhibitors displaying all the latest models and makes of caravans, motor homes, campervans, camper trailers, 5th wheelers, slide-ons, tents and camping equipment, caravan and 4WD accessories, holiday park displays, tourism destinations and much more.
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Tumbarumba Rodeo - New Year's Day
All the action of a full APRA Championship Rodeo with a barrel race, poddy ride, bucking ponies, stallion chute out, poly saddle ride, Aussie Rules versus Rugby League steer ride and more.
For more information go to their web site: http://www.tumbarumbaregion.com.au/events/tumbarumba-rodeo.aspx
Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival - January
Sample hearty lamb and potato meals, browse boutique stalls and enjoy daily entertainment and activities under elm trees along the New England Highway, Guyra.
For more information go to their web site:
Parkes Elvis Festival - January
To coincide with 'The King's' birthday, celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley in Parkes. With 150 events and national and international Elvis tribute artists.
For more information go to their web site:
Tamworth Country Music Festival - January
For 10 days Tamworth is transformed into an Australian country music Mecca for fans, with 2800 shows, 700 performers and 120 venues across the city. Plus the Tamworth Strongman competition, the Toyota 4x4 Drive Track and Golden Guitar Awards.
For more information go to their web site: https://www.tcmf.com.au
The Great Eastern Fly-In Evans Head - January
Check out the latest in aircraft and air displays and take to the skies in this unique aviation event, which brings together pilots from all corners of the country. For more information check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreatEasternFlyIn/
Bungendore Country Music Muster - February
Held in country surrounds, this festival is held on the first weekend in February each year. The event also flows into the town with busking in the street on Saturday morning and entertainment at various venues in the village leading up to the weekend at the showgrounds.
For more information go to their web site:
King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge & Bush Festival Murrurundi - February
Watch the Australian stock people showcase traditional skills still employed today and enjoy a Stockman's Supper, music, stalls, and other bush festial events. Gate Entry Fee payable.
CARAVANS/RVs/CAMPER - Bush Camping welcome at the venue. NO power available - generators OK. Toilet and shower facilities. Limited access to fresh water for campsites. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Book with Trybooking or for more info phone (02) 6546 6688.
For more details on the Festival, check out: https://www.kingoftheranges.com.au/index.php
Tumbafest – last weekend in February
Truly a celebration of country lifestyle, this two-day Festival offers something for everyone. Attractions include a jam-packed schedule of Main Stage entertainment, sublime regional wines, regional food and produce, extensive food stalls, wine tasting, a farmer's market, as well as activities and entertainment for children.
A showcase for the region, Tumbafest is the culmination of a community's effort to deliver a first class visitor experience.
For more information go to the website:
Boorowa Show - March
There will be plenty of country pride at stake, with fine wool merinos and stud cattle on show, speed sheep shearing displays, equestrian events including show jumping, craft stalls, cooking demonstrations, dog show judging and much more.
For more information go to their website: http://www.boorowashow.org.au
The John O'Brien Bush Festival - Narrandera - March
Bush poetry, Irish music sessions and dancing, as well as top class performances of humour, word and song, contribute to an authentic outback Australian event. The John O’Brien Festival is one of the longest running festivals in NSW. Head off to the Narrandera John O’Brien Festival of bush poetry and music. The Festival celebrates the culture and community of country Australia that inspired so many of John O’Brien’s poems. A market day, bush dance, street parade, children’s disco, numerous concerts and performances by poets and musicians alike, a busking competition, art exhibition, wildlife tour, and many other events are included in the program each year.
For more details and dates, check out their web site:
Milton Agricultural and Horticultural Show - March
Experience outback life at its best with woodchopping, a rodeo, dog and equestrian events, the 'U Beaut Ute' and a 'Battle of the Bands' plus crafts, cooking and industry displays all under the one pavilion.
For more information go to their website:
Orange F.O.O.D Week -March/ April
Producers, artisans and restauranteurs will showcase the finest local food and wine, with tastings, farm gate tours, as well as cooking demonstrations, music, picnics, a night market and the 100 Mile Dinner.
For more details and dates, go to their Web page:
Forbes Camel Race - Easter Good Friday
An Annual Event - The 'ships of the desert' deliver an entertaining Good Friday at Forbes Racecourse. From 10:30am - 6:00pm, Forbes Jockey Club Racecourse Road, Forbes NSW.
8 or more camel races, as well as live music and entertainment, helicopter joy rides, charity sweep booth, great food, food licensed bar, kids lolly drop stalls ... and more.
For more information and dates, go to:
Stone the Crows Festival - Easter, Wagga Wagga
Stone the Crows Festival is a unique event designed specifically for grey nomads. It doesn't matter what sort of recreational vehicle you travel in, whether it's a caravan or a motorhome, a fifth wheeler or a camper trailer, a campervan or a tent - everyone is welcome at the fourth annual Stone the Crows Festival. There are old friends to catch up with and new friends waiting to be made.
Many RV'ers travel with four legged friends - this is a pet friendly event.
For all the details, check out their web site:
Lightning Ridge Easter Festival - Easter
Home of the elusive Black Opal and renowned for its colourful characters, barrels of dreams, opportunities and experiences! A thriving frontier town full of the iconic Australian characters that remind the traveller that the Australian spirit is not a thing of folklore; but the exact qualities that makes the Ridge so unique is as elusive as the Black Opal itself. The Easter Festival showcases all the Ridge has to offer and more... The main event on the Saturday is The BIG Dig. You'll see mounds of opal dirt dumped on the corner of the main street and soon you'll realise they have opal buried deep inside! Buy a ticket to be in the running to be one the lucky contestants drawn out for The BIG Dig. $10,000.00 worth of Opal up for grabs. Even if you don't get into the draw, you can hang around and watch the entertainment as the lucky ones dig madly searching for thousands of dollar’s worth of opal! Other events over the festival include novelty races and street stalls, Miner's Challenge, Horse Races, Busk Off, Fireworks, the Little Dig, float parade and markets. Web:
Packsaddle Gymkhana, Bikekhana and Funday - Easter Weekend.
About 170km north of Broken Hill, the Packsaddle Gymkhana normally runs over the Easter weekend. It's not only a chance to test your horse & bike riding skills, but an opportunity to catch up with mates. This destination known by its roadhouse knows how to put on a long weekend of fun for all. The two-day event includes plenty of horse races of both the novelty and more competitive kind, and a Bikekhana for those that prefer an engine on the Sunday.
For more details and dates, go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/packsaddlegymkhanabikekhana/
ARB Eldee Station Easter Festival - Easter Weekend.
Five days over Easter enjoy 4WD challenges and tours, campfires, trivia and entertainment including a fireworks display on the Sunday night. There are activities for the kids including an Easter egg hunt and bouncy castle. For more information have a look at their website: https://www.eldeestation.com/easter-event.html
Taste of Tamworth Festival - April
Meet a range of growers, makers, chefs and diners from the Tamworth region in this 10-day event with Taste in the Park and Flavours on Fitzroy, High Tea in the Gardens, The Long Lunch, plus cooking lessons, workshops and organic markets and the Farm Gate Trail.
For more details and dates, go to their Web page: http://www.destinationtamworth.com.au/Events/Food---
JBS Booligal Sheep Races - April
Booligal Sheep Races are a great event to be involved in, not only is it lots of fun and laughs, all proceeds go to local charities. Come and camp along the banks of Lachlan River! Food - BBQ available on the day - BYO. Bring along your own sheep to race or hire one on the day (book a sheep early so you don't miss out contact 0458 676 060 or send a message through their Facebook page). Races start at 1 pm with 20 heats of 5 sheep. The charity sheep auction gives you the chance to Win a Sheep in a Heat and another shot at the Booligal Cup.
For more details and dates, go to their Facebook page:
The End Festival - Hill End - April
Outdoor stage with free bluegrass, country and folk music, the best of the region's food and wine, workshops to make wooden swords, leather belts and woven baskets. For more details and dates, go to their Web page: https://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au/whats-on/theendfestival
Boggabri Drovers Campfire Weekend - April
The Boggabri Lions Club Inc hosts the Drovers Campfire Weekend at the Boggabri Showground each April. Established in 2006 the Boggabri Drovers Campfire is growing in reputation and fun activities every year. The event, which is held in Boggabri the town known as the “Little town with a Big Heart” is a friendly and welcoming place that puts on this great, not to be missed country event every year for your enjoyment. Bring your Caravan, Motor home, Camper, 4 X 4, Ute, Tent or Swag to enjoy a big weekend of music, camping, demonstrations and fun or just sit around the campfire and enjoy the entertainment. A huge variety of tempting food is available for purchase including Roasts & Veggies,Camp Oven Dinners, Baked Dinners, BBQ’s and Scones cooked traditionally on wood fired stoves and camp ovens – byo drinks. For more information have a look at their website: http://www.droverscampfire.com.au
Big Skies Festival - April/ May
The Dalby Picnic Races opens this four-day event, which includes a music festival program, camp bonfire and an outdoor cinema, with camping available on site. For more details and dates, go to their Web page:
Scone Horse Festival - May
The Scone Horse Festival is a unique event that takes place in beautiful Scone and the surrounding Upper Hunter Valley each year in May.
(mostly free) events for people of all ages.
More than 60 experiences over 10 days culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at the picturesque Lake Glenbawn.
Live shows including Farrier displays, the Australian Tentpegging Championships, Polo, Thoroughbred Horse demonstrations, a Rodeo, Stud tours, sheep dog trials and Australian Stock Horse demonstrations just to name a few.
Loads of exhibitions and mostly free events!
For more details check out their web site:
Tallong Apple Day Festival - May
Sample local apple produce, apple cider and enjoy crafts from more than 50 market stalls and enjoy fiercely contested pie-eating, apple bake-off and fleece-to-garment competitions. For more details and dates, go to their Web page: https://www.tallongappleday.com
Border Flywheelers Annual Vintage Engine Rally, Barham - May
The Annual Border Flywheelers Club Vintage Rally is held each year on the third FULL weekend (Saturday & Sunday) in May at the Heritage Museum. It’s a great opportunity to take a step back in time with a great range of displays showcasing vintage machinery, tractors, engines of varying sizes, memorabilia, farm hardware & more.
Exhibitors from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia regularly exhibit at the event.
A range of displays include: steam engines, old tractors, vintage cars, vintage motorbikes, vintage trucks, plus displays from yesteryear, model boats, army
For more information go to their web site:
St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days - May
See 80 working horses up close and personal, including Clydesdales, Shires and Draught horses. The event includes an evening meal around a campfire with bush poetry, plus demonstrations from blacksmiths, farriers and leather workers. There is camping available on-grounds (un-powered and basic facilities).
For more information go to their web site:
The Great Nundle Dog Race - May
Celebrate a day of canines with novelty dog races, a doggy derby and the best dressed dog, finishing with the Great Nundle Dog Race starring working dogs throughout the region.
For more information go to their web site:
Casino Beef Week - May
11 days with over 100 events including opening night ball, Beef Meets Reef, Fashion Parade, Art Exhibition, High Tea, Breakfast with the Butchers, Races, Family Fun Day and much more.
For more information go to their web site:
Lismore Gemfest - May
Find rough stones for cutting to finished jewellery alongside mineral specimens, fossils, gold nuggets and meteorites on display. With gem sieving for kids, crafts and jewellery making demonstrations.
For more information go to their web site: https://www.gemclublismore.org.au
Pooncarie Field Day - May
Held at the Pooncarie Racecourse, there's heaps of events and activities, such as 'The Mechanical & Blade Shearing Title', the Pen of 3 Lambs and the Fleece Comp, and the Goat Dog Trails and Sheep Dog Trials are always entertaining.
Don't worry about the kids, they will be occupied all day with Colouring Comps, and there's the Mothers Day Cup Cake Decorating Comp, Bush Photo Comp, Whip Cracking, Boot Art, Well Worn Bush Hat and free Jumping Castle.
For all the details and dates, check out their web site:
Casino Field Day - Norco Primex - May
One of the largest and most diverse primary industry exhibitions in Australia. This three day event offers over 380 exhibitors showcasing their wares. The program includes Paddock to Plate cooking to machinery demonstrations, livestock displays and also locally grown produce.
For more information go to their web site: https://www.primex.net.au
The Henry Lawson Festival (Grenfell) - June Long Weekend
Grenfell is the birthplace of Henry Lawson, one of Australia's most famous poets born on Grenfell's gold fields in 1867. To commemorate Henry Lawson's Birth and his contribution to the arts, Grenfell hosts the annual Henry Lawson Festival on the June long weekend. The festival promotes and recognises aspiring Australians in their artistic endeavours.
Where Pigs Fly - Faster than Bathurst cars and more exciting than the Melbourne cup. Come to Grenfell on the festival weekend and you will experience one of Australia's most unusual events, the Pinnacle Guinea Pig Races. The meeting attracts visitors from all over Australia. Fully catered, make sure you catch this unique Australian sporting event.
For details on all the events and activities held over the festival, and dates, check out their web page:
Seechange Festival Jervis Bay - June
An outdoor feast at dusk kicks off this 10-day event on the beautiful NSW south coast celebrating local food, art and culture with cabaret, pop-up theatre in its festival hub. Dubbed The Haven, various exhibits, plus indigenous fireside stories and song. For more information take a look at their website:
Merimbula Jazz Festival - June
The Festival includes a street parade, the popular Jazz Quest for the under 25s and a Jazz Party with fantastic jazz performances across four days and six venues. For more information take a look at their website http://merimbulajazz.org.au
Coonamble Rodeo & Campdraft - June
Spectators catch all the action as cowboys and cowgirls vie for a slice of the prize money in steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc, bareback and bull rides. For more information take a look at their website
Winter Magic Festival Katoomba - June
Local musicians, dancers, drummers and choirs take to the stall-lined streets and perform before costume-dressed crowds celebrating the theme 'Our winter, our magic, our connection!'. For more information take a look at their website http://www.wintermagic.com.au
Sawtell Chilli Festival - July
Turn up the heat and sample chilli-related foods and products on offer. Street performances, live music, dancing, cooking and the annual Chilli Eating Competition.
For more information go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sawtellchillifest/
Milparinka Gymkhana - July
The Milparinka Gymkhana is generally run in July. Highlights of the day include the horse races and men's and women's barrel races. As well there's 'slice the melon', which is best described as a cross between jousting and tent pegging but using a machete to slice a suspended paddy melon. This event has become a firm favourite during the 60 odd years that the gymkhana has been running. Fully catered with a licenced bar and live entertainment on Saturday night, this fun day would be worth enjoying.
You can have a look at their Facebook site for see more about the Gymkhana at:
Lismore Outdoor Leisure Show - July
Over three days you will be able to view hundreds of the very latest industry products all in the one place, while discovering all there is to know about caravanning, motor homes, camping, boating and four wheel driving in Australia. For more information have a look at their website:
Lightning Ridge Opal Festival & Gem Expo – July/August
The Lightning Ridge Opal Festival includes: Opal & Gem Expo, Opal Jewelery Design Trade Show (Opal Carving), Entertainment, and Opal Queen Ball.
Jewellers, buyers, wholesalers, miners, rock hounds, lapidary enthusiasts and tourists are invited to experience the best Lightning Ridge has to offer with this culmination of information, spectacular jewelery, collectibles, great deals and fantastic networking opportunities.
The Opal & Gem Expo boasts over 120 stalls with a huge range of products including gemstones, tools, lapidary supplies and lifestyle products.
Walgett Bulldust to Bitumen Festival - August
This Walgett township in the month of August pulls out all the stops with its annual community festival happening again. Featuring a range of activities including wine with words, high tea, dinner under the stars and their famous chickpea cooking competition the festival is sure to delight locals and visitors alike. For more details go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Walgett-Bulldust-to-Bitumen-Festival
Gresford Campdraft and Rodeo - August
Don the boots and catch the action with bull riding, followed by music to midnight and carnival rides for the kids. For more information have a look at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gresfordrodeo/
Burke & Wills Fishing Classic - Father's Day Weekend September
Burke & Wills Fishing Classic is held at Meninde - Cash prizes, Market Stalls, Rubber Duckie Race plus lots more fun for all the family. For more information and dates, go to web:
The Trundle Bush Tucker Day, Trundle, NSW September
Situated approximately 65km north-west of Parkes, the rural community of Trundle holds their Bush Tucker Day this year on the 3rd September. It is all about creating culinary delights in traditional camp ovens over open fires. While there are bush cooking competitions, bush tucker tastings, boiling billy races and much more, the entertainment will be headlined by Troy Cassar-Daley. There's camping, showers and toilets on site at the showground and campers are asked to pre book their site. Phone (02) 6892 1260 during business hours for bookings. For more info check out
Check out their Facebook site:
Broken Heel Festival - September
Immerse yourself in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert birthday celebrations with a full program in and around the famous Palace hotel, Silverton Hotel and the Silver City region featured in the film.
For more details go to: http://www.bhfestival.com
Starfest Coonabarabran - September/October
Siding Spring Observatory opens its doors to the public, with access to telescopes, instruments, astronomers and eingineers. Enjoy lectures, science demonstrations, displays and a market.
For more details go to: http://www.starfest.org.au
Outback Challenge - Sept/October
The Outback Challenge is a 7-day event that will test the best of man and machine in the grueling environment surrounding Broken Hill. The event includes many dynamic and spectacular stages on remote properties in western NSW.
For more info on the event visit: http://outbackchallenge.com.au
Tibooburra Rodeo - first weekend in October (& New Year's Eve)
Feature attractions are: rodeo, horse sports, motor bike events, free children's activities, kiosk facilities, all day catering as well as evening entertainment.
Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival - October
The Spirit of the Land Festival is a colourful and vibrant celebration of the land. With artistic sculptures, fine arts and photography, lively markets, boutique stalls, fabulous foods, vivid open gardens, amazing entertainment, stylish vintage vehicles, the Festival is a fantastic experience for friends and family to enjoy.
Attractions also include Helicopter rides, Hot Air Balloon rides, Leeton Lions Train and the Artisan Centre. Held in the township of Lockhart, Riverina region, southwest NSW. For more info on the event visit: http://www.spiritofthelandlockhart.com.au
Khancoban Troutfest - October
The Khancoban TroutFest is week of fishing competition, held in the picturesque Khancoban area. Must have current NSW fishing licence. All legal methods of freshwater fishing as per NSW rules.
For more information and dates, ph: (02) 6076 9590, web: http://www.visittumbashire.com.au/all-events/khancoban-troutfest.aspx
Balranald 5 Rivers Outback Festival - October
The Festival celebrates all that is wonderful about living in a rural and outback NSW community that is surrounded by five of the most iconic river systems in NSW, and for one, it is the longest river in Australia. These 5 Rivers are The Murray River, The Murrumbidgee River, The Lachlan River, The Wakool River and The Edward River. There's lots to see and do and activities and events include: Market Stalls, Art Exhibition, Foot stalls, entertainment music, cooking and craft show, 4WD Muster Outback Adventure, and much more.
For all the details and dates of the next Festival, go to: http://www.5riversoutbackfestival.com.au/
Festival of the Miner’s Ghost - late October
Held in Cobar in late October, the Festival of the Miner’s Ghost has a focus on family entertainment and activity. The Festival has something for everyone to enjoy which includes a spectacular fireworks display over the old Great Cobar Copper Mine open-cut, markets in the park, street theatre, clowns, buskers, the Police Charity Golf Day, family kite flying day, monster fancy dress dance, and a mine open day.
For more information: http://www.cobar.nsw.gov.au
Grafton Jacaranda Festival - October/November
Join Grafton in celebrating the oldest family floral event in Australia. Riverlight Festival, River Feast, Art exhibitions, Dragon Boat racing, Fun Run, music, Jacaranda Queen crowing ceremony, float parade and firework display are some of the highlights of this event.
For more information check out their website: https://jacarandafestival.com
Perfect Light Film Festival, Broken Hill - November
Bring a rug, a picnic and some friends to watch a selection of short films, all judged live by a panel of celebrity judges. Sturt Park. Free. Entertainment begins at 6pm, with films screening from 8pm. For more info on the event visit: http://www.perfectlightfilmfestival.com.au
National Cherry Festival, Young - November/December
Three day celebration on the first weekend of December will include quirky and colourful festivities including the National Cherry Festival Street Parade, Christmas Street Market, cherry pie eating championships, cherry pip spitting competition, live music, drum and pipe bands, Farmers Market and much more. For more info on the event visit: http://nationalcherryfestival.com.au/program-events/
Man from Snowy River Rodeo - /December
The Rodeo action includes open and novice bulls, saddle bronc, bareback horses, poley buckjump, ladies' barrel race and juniors steer and barrel races. For more info on the event visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ManFromSnowyRiverRodeoJindabyne/
Gulgong Folk Festival - December
Enthusiasts and established folk artists alike will bring song to Gulgong with hotel, cafe, outdoor and opera house performances amid three days of workshops, poetry and markets, with camping onsite. For more info on the event visit: http://www.gulgongfolkfestival.net.au
Party till you drop in the North-west at Cameron Corner & Tiboorburra - New Years Eve party
With the annual New Years Eve party scheduled for Cameron Corner where the States of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet and a Night Rodeo and Gymkhana at Tibooburra you've got a difficult choice on which one to attend. For more details on the Corner gig, contact
Cameron Corner: http://outbacknsw.com.au/cameron-corner-store.html#see-do
The following events are worth noting:-
Bourke Show, in May, a real outback event.
Yaamma Festival, in September, celebrates indigenous culture.
Louth Races - August
Capture the magic of the great Australian outback at one of the friendliest – and most unique – country race meetings at the small community of Louth, on the banks of the Darling River, south-west of Bourke. Held in August, camping facilities are available at the Louth racecourse, while accommodation is available at Shindy's Inn in Louth (http://www.shindysinn.com.au/index.html) and at a number of nearby station stays. For more details visit:
http://louthraces.com/, or go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LouthRaces
Barwon River Rodeo at Easter attracts the leading horse people of the region.
Brewarrina Races are usually is held in May in the little town of Brewarrina on the banks of the Barwon River, 790km north-west of Sydney.
Brewarrina Rodeo – Dec
Eight seconds may not be long, except when you're on the back of a 500 kg bull. The Brewarrina rodeo promises to be exciting with cowboys from all over New South Wales and Queensland coming to compete in this popular sport. With Cowboy bulls and rodeo clowns, it promises to be a fun time for the whole family. For dates, check out Brewarrina Shire Council web site: http://www.brewarrina.nsw.gov.au/tourism/events/brewarrina-rodeo.aspx
Rock-on Gem & Mineral Show, August: https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events
Silver City Show, Broken Hill, in September.
Silver City Race Meeting, Broken Hill, in late October/early November.
Broken Hill Event Calendar: https://www.brokenhill.nsw.gov.au/events
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Cobar Races, Cobar, in April.
Cobar Show, Cobar, in May.
Festival of the Miner’s Ghost, Cobar, in October. Web: http://www.cobar.nsw.gov.au/
Nymagee Outback Music Festival, Nymagee, in October.
Packsaddle Gymkahana at Easter.
Tibooburra Rodeo, Tibooburra, in October.
Corner Country Outback NSW: http://www.outbacknsw.com.au/
Tibooburra Corner Country Store and Visitor Information Centre,
Lightning Ridge and Surrounds
Lightning Ridge Easter Festival. http://lightningridgeinfo.com.au/ridge-easter-festival.html
Lightning Ridge Opal Festival. https://lightningridgeinfo.com.au/ridge-opal-festival.html
Walgett Show, Walgett, in May. Walgett Rodeo - August
You'd better saddle up quick to get to this action weekend out west. The Walgett Rodeo boasts an impressive range of equine events and is run in August. Events include the explosive bull riding, spectacular steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, a campdraft, gymkhana, and for the kids a junior rodeo and poddy riding competition, along with a lot more. That evening a band kicks off for a night of dancing and frivolity. There is a full bar and you can ‘tuck into’ some good old country hospitality with a tasty BBQ. For more details, ph: (02) 6828 6137.
Wentworth & Surrounds
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, in March.
Music Under the Stars, in March.
Wentworth Show, Wentworth, in August.
Mildura Country Music Festival, Mildura, in September.
Whitecliffs & Surrounds
White Cliffs Music Festival, in May, http://whitecliffsmusicfestival.com.au
White Cliffs Gymkhana and Rodeo, in April, https://www.facebook.com/White-Cliffs-Gymkhana-and-Rodeo-324617437648350/
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