You won’t really escape the cold by heading to most of these towns, but you will get that sense of charm that Sydney is lacking. Walk with llamas through a vineyard, sip on mulled wine at a winter festival and gorge on burgers by the beach.
Here are six awesome things to do this July in regional NSW.
Bathurst Winter Festival
If you’re looking at heading out of the city but still want some of that warmth, then the Bathurst Winter Festival is here to grab you out of the cold. For two weeks in this month, the festival is around each night with a series of gourmet eats and of course, craft beer and mulled wine. Hit up any of the carnival rides for a thrill and check out the projections that are streamed across the Court House walls. Head here for more.
When: Saturday 6 through to Sunday 21 July, 9am-9pm
Where: Bathurst Regional Council Events, Bathurst
The Farms Market
This weekend, head down south for Shellharbour’s iconic Farms Market. With over 90 stalls hitting on the line-up, you’ll get to peruse through a major selection of local artisans, brewers, florists, designers and even chefs. Sit on the hill to listen in to the live entertainment that’s on deck. Make sure to grab one of the famous Diego’s Donuts to get your sugar fix. Head here for more.
When: Sunday 7 July, 10am-3pm
Where: Killalea State Park, Shellharbour
Nowra Aussie Night Markets
The Aussie Night Markets is an institution for almost every community in and around Sydney. The night markets have made their way to Nowra this July along with a whole selection of food and drink vendors, amusement rides, games and boutique stalls. A gold coin entry fee will you do you a solid to get into this amazing gathering. Head here for more.
When: Saturday 13 July, 4pm-10pm
Where: Nowra Showground, Nowra
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bastille Day Dinner
Bastille Day will be in full swing at The Anchorage up in Port Stephens. If you want to celebrate the French holiday in style, here is the place to do so. A five-course menu is in the works, along with sipping down a glass of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival. Chef Michael Jenkins has brought out fresh local seafood and traditional French desserts. You’re definitely eyeing the duck breast, pâté, asparagus, puy lentils and cherry glaze. Head here to make a booking.
When: Saturday 13 July, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: The Anchorage, Corlette
Walking With Llamas
Yes, you read that correctly. Down in the Hunter Valley at Pokolbin, you can pay your hard-earned cash to walk around with a friendly llama companion. Horses are known to be therapeutic for individuals, so why not try a llama instead? Walk through the Broken Back Mountain Range for an hour with your new mate and bring a friend if you get a little skittish. Head here for tickets.
When: Sunday 14 and Sunday 28 July, 10am-11:30am & 12pm-1:30pm
Where: Ben Ean Hunter Valley, Pokolbin
Akmal – Open For Renovations
Akmal is one of Australia’s comedy gold treasures and he is heading through down to Albury for a night of uproarious material and laughter turned to tears. An eighteen plus show, Akmal is a bit cheeky in his set, so make sure you aren’t with your grandparents. Hit here to snap up your tickets.
When: Friday 19 July, 8pm-9pm
Where: Commercial Club, Albury
And here's every market to visit this month.
Image credit: Leon Ephraim