6 WAYS TO EXPLORE REGIONAL NSW ON AUSTRALIA DAY
Sure, you could head down to Bondi Beach on the 26th January with the rest of Europe and Brazil… or you could grab some mates (or your SO) and head a little further afield to explore your own back yard. Your choice. Interested? Here’s a snapshot of some of the best events and experiences in Regional NSW this Australia Day long weekend. Book ’em, enjoy ’em and get exploring. 100 Beaches Challenge: The Shoalhaven is home to more than 100 beaches better than Bondi. Take the #100beacheschallenge and see if you can visit all of them this year, from hidden white sand beaches to turquoise bays and stellar surf breaks. You might just be the only one there. BBQ on Mount Kosciusko: Hike to Australia’s highest peak with a bunch of Aussie adventurers (warning, some will be in their cossies…). Then celebrate at the summit with a high alpine BBQ and reading of The Man from the Snowy River as you enjoy 360-degree views. The Snowy Mountains are home to some of the best mountain biking, hiking, white-water kayaking, abseiling and high country horse-riding in Australia so spend the rest of the weekend working up a serious sweat. Hunter Valley Harvest: One for the laid-back foodies out there. The annual harvest will be in full swing on Australia Day, with grapes being picked throughout the Hunter Valley. Pick-up an e-bike from Sutton Estate and pedal with ease exploring some of Australia’s most famous vineyards. The OZ Day long weekend also marks the final weekend to view the Christmas Lights at Hunter Valley Gardens (totally worth it if you like Xmas lights). Port-to-port adventure on the Murray River: From either Moama or Wentworth, hire a houseboat and explore the Murray River on an epic three-day adventure of boating, fishing, kayaking and paddling. Explore the ports, national parks and lakes of the Murray River, including Echuca Moama, which is one Australia’s biggest inland ports and home to the largest fleet of operating paddle steamers in the world (which is more exciting that it sounds). Tamworth Country Music Festival: Get your dancing shoes on and break a sweat in Tamworth for Australia’s largest music festival. Tamworth Country Music Festival features more than 2,800 events across 120 venues and attracts crowds from all over the world. From 19-28 January, there’s free and ticketed events taking place every day, including 400 plus buskers hoping to be spotted on Tamworth’s ‘Boulevard of Dreams’ in Peel Street. Road trip Waterfall Way: Discover five National Parks and 13 waterfalls on the 185km Water Fall Way road trip from Coffs Harbour to Armidale. Not to be missed is Dorrigo National Park, with World Heritage-listed rainforests and misty waterfall walks, Australia’s second highest waterfall, Wollomombi Falls, and swimming at the base of the awesome Dangar Falls (above). Love adventuring? Check out our travel section for more ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and while you’re hear, why don’t you sign up to our regular newsletter? It’s packed full of discounts, exclusive competitions, free workouts and more!