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NSW Festivals & Events

Plan your bike trip to coincide with a fun festival in New South Wales

Regional NSW loves a good festival. Whether it's promoting delicious local food and wine (as in Mudgee or the Hunter Valley), celebrating music, supporting a local cause or something quirky (like the Scottish gathering in Bundanoon), there's no better time to visit a community in NSW.

Get in touch with our team to see if you can time your Australian cycling holiday with a festival or event in NSW. It will surely add to your experience.

Find key festivals and events in regional New South Wales below. If we've missed any, be sure to let our team know.

New South Wales Festivals & Events

Drink stop by the beach in Wollongong on the South Coast Cycle | <i>Kate Baker</i>

Wollongong UCI Championships

The UCI Road World Cycling Championships will be held in Wollongong in 2022. The world's cycling elite will descend upon Wollongong to compete in events including team time trial mixed relay, individual time trials and road races. It's expected over 300,000 spectators will travel to Wollongong to witness these events. The dates of this event are set for September 18-25, 2022, so lock it in your calendar. 

Learn more about UCI Wollongong

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Ebikes on the route of the Southern Highlands Cycle to Robertson | <i>Kate Baker</i>

Brigadoon - Southern Highlands

This gathering is the "Premier" Scottish Highland Gatherings in Australia. After the mists have risen at dawn, the town of Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day (even the name on the station changes to Brigadoon!) The main street is closed and there is a bustle of activity as people prepare for the big parade. Visitors from all over Australia are making their way to Brigadoon (over 10,000 of them). It takes place in early April: 1 April 2023, 6 April 2024, 5 April 2025. In 2022 Brigadoon will be held on 6 August due to rain.

> Learn more about Brigadoon on their official website

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Visit Lowe Wines when cycling in Mudgee | <i>Destination NSW</i>

Mudgee Wine + Food Month

The Mudgee Wine + Food Month takes place in September every year. While there are many signature events of the month-long celebration, each participating winery will generally offer their own unique experience, ranging from food and wine pairing, special tastings, platters, and tasting flights. 

> Learn more about the Mudgee Wine + Food Month

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Cycling through orchards in the Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

Curl up beside an open fire, warm yourself amongst outdoor firepits, enjoy hearty reds, and lazy lunches that roll into dinner, celebrated under the crisp winter open skies. As the vines go into hibernation, you're invited to awaken your senses and join on a journey of discovery through this diverse wine and food destination. In 2022 it was held during May and June.

> Learn more about the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

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A great sense of achievement arriving into Huskisson on the South Coast Cycle |  <i>Kate Baker</i>

South Coast Food and Wine Festival

Best known for its’ White Sand Beaches and pristine environment, Huskisson in Jervis Bay is hosting the October 2022 South Coast Food & Wine Festival. With beachfront locations, music, Nowra Farmers Market Masterclasses and 50 of the best exhibitors all in one event; this years’ event promises to be the best yet! This event will be held between Friday 14th – Saturday 15th October 2022.

Learn more about the South Coast Food and Wine Festival at their official website

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The amazing Winx silo art in Dunedoo |  <i>Shawn Flannery</i>

Farmer's Markets in NSW

Mudgee Farmers Markets

The Mudgee Farmers’ Markets are an authentic Farmers’ Market and operate under strict Farmers’ Market guidelines. So you can be sure all produce sold at the markets is created as close to our market as possible. All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders themselves.

By buying at the Mudgee Farmers’ Markets you can be confident you are buying the freshest, most local produce possible. You are also supporting the local community, farmers, the local economy and helping the environment by reducing food-miles. 3rd Saturday of each month, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm in Robertson Park. The markets are always on come rain, hail or shine. 

Learn more at their official website

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Kiama Farmer's Markets

The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Coronation Park, right next to Surf beach. Running from 3pm-6pm during daylight savings and 2pm-5pm during non-daylight savings time, you couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! 

This is a true farmers’ market, we care about the origin of food and the protection of local growers, producers and makers. A market where kids play on the beach and at the park or sit on the grass to have an afternoon picnic snack or early dinner.

Each week you will find a wonderful selection of seasonal produce being sold fresh and direct to you from our local market gardens. Along with fruit and vegetables, you can expect to find a variety of other produce, such as seafood, oysters, local Wagyu beef, honey, eggs, milk straight from the dairy, gelato made from local milk, cider, wine, mushrooms, cakes and tarts, preserves, sourdough bread, street food, ready-made meals… and so much more!

Learn more at their official Facebook page

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Kiama Seaside Markets

The Kiama Seaside Markets operate on the 3rd Sunday of each month and on occasional public holidays at Black Beach Kiama. These markets are the biggest in the region – held at picturesque Black Beach and offering arts, crafts, clothing, food and rides. 9am-3pm.

Learn more at their official Facebook page

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Candelo Markets

The Village of Candelo is home to one of the best markets in Australia, the monthly Candelo Market. The atmosphere is always one of a village fair, there is great food and coffee, roaming musicians and entertainers, a variety of stalls including everything from livestock and plants, to bric a brac, books, new and recycled clothing, health food and treatments, jewellery, skin care, and of course great produce. Candelo Market is held on the first Sunday of the month 8.30am till 12.30pm.

Learn more at their official Facebook page

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Do you know of any more festivals and events to be added to our New South Wales calendar? Email the team.

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