It’s already the end of the year and if you’re looking for a little break from the hustle and bustle of city life then look no further. Grab some mates, pump your best road trip playlist and get going because these events are worth the drive.
Here are all the regional events to check out this December
National Cherry Festival
Because who doesn’t love cherries in summer? It’s peak cherry-picking season and the only way to make the most of it is to hit up the iconic town of Young. Every year, this cherry mecca throws a mammoth three-day festival which means you’ll be consuming a whole lot of cherry pie, competing in cherry pip spitting contests and soaking up regional produce at a cherry blossom long lunch. Head here for all the details.
When: Friday 6 until Sunday 7 December
Where: Young, Hilltops
The Olive Tree Market
Newcastle's iconic arts and design market is returning for its special annual event. It will feature a carefully curated line up with over 170 stalls by some of the best emerging and established artists, designers, makers, gourmet food producers and foodies around. Head here for more.
When: Saturday 7 December, 9am – 3pm
Where: The Olive Tree Market, Newcastle
Surf And Skate Festival
It’s one of the biggest outdoor festivals to hit NSW this summer so you’ll want to make sure you scrub some time in the ol’ diary to road trip your way down the coast for this one. This jam-packed blowout brings together the best of surfing, skating, art and music. The big highlight here is The Hidden Forest music festival – a full day of insane food, craft beer and wine, markets and live gigs. Head here for all the details.
When: Saturday 7 until Sunday 15 December
Where: Shellharbour, Illawarra
Greedy Guts Street Food Market
Greedy Guts Street Food Market is back this month for its special Christmas round. As well as sporting a heap of entertainment, this food-coma inducing blowout means you can go hard on nacho platters, dumplings, Filippino BBQs, tacos, Nutella waffles, stuffed bao buns and curries. Head here for all the info.
When: Friday 13 December 5:30pm – late
Where: Greedy Guts Markets, Terrigal
Output Super Club
Get ready for one of the biggest parties to hit your Wollongong. The Output Super Club is carrying one of the most stacked line ups, featuring some of the biggest names in Australia's electronic music scene. With the likes of Willaris K, Jensen Interceptor, Tim Englehardt and more to carry you throughout the night, head here to grab your tickets.
When: Saturday 21 December, 8pm – 2am
Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel and Waves, Wollongong
Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours Hunter Valley
Enter NSW’s first horseback winery tour. This gem has just landed in the Hunter Valley so brace yourself for a whole heap or riding and wining. The legendary Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours has teamed up with two boutique wineries which means you’re in for the vineyard tour of your life but you’ll also be supporting a big passionate project focused on the recovery and rehab of rescue horses. The hallmark tour for this gem (which has you saddled for a full day), means you’ll get wine tastings from Wynwood Cellar Door and Hanging Treet Vineyard, a visit to the Wynward Cellar Wine Museum and an absolute feast at Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. Head here for more details.
When: Throughout December
Where: Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours, Hunter Valley
NYE Party In The Park
If you catch yourself in Bathurst this NYE, you won't want to miss out on their NYE party. It’s one of the biggest in regional NSW with plenty of show rides, live entertainment and food stalls. And yes, you can expect an absolutely mammoth showcase of fireworks to kick off the start of the new decade. Head here for all the details.
When: Tuesday 31 December, 5pm – 9pm
Where: Bathurst Adventure Playground, Bathurst
Not looking to make the drive? Here are some great things to do in Sydney this month.
Image credit: Murchessons Horseback Wine & Dine Tours Hunter Valley, Jacob Morch and Jan Kopřiva.