Don’t get us wrong, we love Sydney but sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, if it never occurred to you, you absolutely deserve to cook all your feeds over a fire-pit, walk a donkey, drink all the wine under the stars and spend an entire day wanderlusting around beautiful country markets.
Leave the Big Smoke behind and escape to the countryside. Here are the best things to do in regional NSW this August.
Food Over Fire By Pip Sumbak | Every Saturday
Here at TUL, we love a relaxing long lunch and hey, if we get to cook our feed over a big fire-pit, we’re completely sold. This ‘farm to table’ dining experience pairs a four-course meal, made with Mudgee’s seasonal produce. Served around a big blaze, we’re thinking you’ll be all over the country-vibes with this one. Book ya spot here.
When: Every Saturday from 1pm
Where: The Cellar By Gilbert
Cost: $95 per person
Donkey Delights | Saturday 4 August
Animal lovers will absolutely lose it at this one. We’re talking donkeys, guys. And they’re so friggin’ cute. The legends at Alpaca Magic are letting city-slickers like yourselves pat and play with regular sized donkeys, miniature donkeys and little foals. Clear out your phone cause your gonna wanna take a bunch of selfies. Booking rigghhhtt here.
When: Saturday 4 August, 10-11:30am
Where: Alpaca Magic, Sutton Road, Sutton
Cost: $40 per person
Wivenhoe Historic Home | Sunday 5 August
Travel back to the colonial era and visit Wivenhoe one of the oldest mansions in the Macarthur region. The Mediterranean-style mansion was built in 1837 a time when horse and carriage, baking your own bread and milking the cows was the norm. FYI there’s a stunning vineyard you’ll want to get around to lap up all the period feels. For more deets, head here.
When: Sunday 5 August 11am-3pm.
Where: Wivenhoe, 229 Macquarie Grove Road, Camden in the Macarthur region.
Cost: $5 per person
Heath Ledger Life In Pictures Exhibition | From Friday 10 August
An exhibition allll about hunky heartthrob Heath Ledger has rolled into Canberra. The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) will play home to the exhibit for six, whole months. The exhibit features props and costumes from Ledger's many films (including Batman and Brokeback Mountain), acting awards, portraits and his own handwritten character notes. Get to know the man behind the camera and see how he captured the hearts of audiences around the world. For more deets, head here.
When: Friday 10 August 2018 to Sunday 10 February 2019
Where: National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), Canberra
Hang Out With A Llama | Saturday 11 August
Yes people, you can absolutely hang out with llamas this month and how hard are you cheering right now? You’ll be taking a llama for long walks and learning how to befriend one, can confirm we’re all on board this one. This one begins with a 30-minute workshop where you learn errythang about theses woolly creatures. Most importantly you’ll learn how to gain their trust. Once they think your trustworthy you then get to go on a 1-hour stroll with a llama through the countryside and TBH you were born for this. Book your llama date here.
Where: Saturday 11 August, 10 - 11:30 am
When: Alpaca Magic, Sutton Road, Sutton
Cost: $75 per person
Mudgee Readers’ Festival | Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August
Book lovers rejoice. Mudgee has a festival for you. The Readers’ festival brings together a smorgasbord of writers and their stories. Book genres include medieval magic, psychological thrillers, satire, historical narratives and award-winning journalism. Young readers can immerse themselves trivia and stories from R.A. Spratt and Matt Stanton. More deets and booking here.
When: Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August
Where: Various locations, Mudgee
Tastes Of Two Regions 2018 | Sunday 12 August
A one-day wine festival, you know what to do. For one day only, North East Victoria’s Rutherglen and King Valley Regions are joining forces to showcase the region’s fine wines and produce. Vino lovers will be able to sample drops from over 200 wines and nibble on delicacies from 25 regional producers, including Boosey Creek Cheese and Walkabout Apiaries. Festivities also include live music and masterclasses. Festival-goers will also be able to attend a sit-down dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant on Saturday 11 August. Get your tix here.
When: Festival: Sunday 12 August, 10am-5pm
Where: Pialligo Estate, Canberra
Cost: Festival: $35 pre-purchased or $40 at the door
Riverside Markets | Sunday 12 August
Who doesn’t love a good market? Located on the banks of the Macquarie River, Dubbo’s monthly market is back again. Peruse the market stalls of fresh produce, art, collectables, clothing and plants. Trust us, you’ll want to clear a heap of space in your boot ‘ coz you’ll be bringing a ridiculous amount of goods back home. For more, head right here.
When: Sunday 12 August, 8:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Ollie Robbins Oval, Dubbo
Cost: Free Entry
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