It’s winter, so that means hibernating in your overpriced Sydney rental until daylight savings come back around, right? WRONG. Get off your butt and check out these events around our beautiful state. See some lights. Eat some chillis. And throw a brick without getting arrested. You’re welcome.
Here are all the best things to do in regional NSW this month.
Sawtell Chilli Festival | Saturday 7 July
Spicy Sawtell is holding its 20th annual Chilli Festival and boy is it getting hot in here **insert chilli emoji or Nelly film clip** You can bet your bottom dollar there will be stalls peddling chilli-related consumables, and if you’re particularly keen, you can enter the chilli-eating competition too. They’ve also thrown in a chilli-themed hat parade for good measure, so there’s that. Get your deets here.
When: Saturday 7 July, 9am–4pm
Where: First Ave, Sawtell
Cost: Gold coin entry
Go Ice Skating At Bathurst Winter Festival | Saturday 7 To Saturday 22 July
Bathurst has its own version of Vivid...with an ice rink. Over two weeks, buildings in Bathurst’s CBD light up for each night of the festival, from dusk till 10pm. There are two family-friendly food and event nights, a ferris wheel and yes, an outdoor ice rink (best to get your tix online if you wanna skate). More details here.
When: Saturday 7 to Saturday 22 July
Where: Bathurst CBD
Cost: Free entry
Throw Some Bricks. And Maybe Some Rolling Pins | Saturday 14 July
Look, the brick throwing competition has been around since 1961, so they’re no stuffing around here. It’s an international event that’s held in Stroud, New South Wales; Stroud in Gloucester, England; and Stroud in Oklahoma, USA. Chuck a brick—or a rolling pin, if that’s more your style—and show them what you’ve got. Also, bring your akubra, because this year they’re going to try to break the world record for the most akubra style hats in one place at the same time. You heard it here first. Find out more here.
When: Saturday 14 July
Where: Stroud Showground, Stroud
Cost: $5–10, family pass $25
Experience The Good Old Times In Tocal | Saturday 29 July
This one is sure to induce nostalgia in your nan and/or pop. Every year, Tocal Homestead hosts its “Peek Into The Past” event. It’s more like a day-long “experience” of how society lived “back in the day”. We’re talking horses and heritage tractors out in the field, scones and pies baked in wood-fired ovens, and blacksmiths and straw-broom-makers doing their thang. Details here.
When: Sunday 29 July, 10am–3pm
Where: Tocal Homestead, Tocal
Cost: Adults $10, Concession $8 and school children, Free. (Bring cash)
Let’s Get Botanical At Mount Tomah | Throughout July
Kids getting a little square-eyed? Take them on this self-guided Winter Wonderland activity trail through the Blue Mountains Botanical Garden. Grab an adventure kit from the visitors centre, and make like Dora and explore-a. It’s like a treasure hunt with a cheeky bit of horticulture thrown in, and it’s pretty as a picture too. Best for kids aged 6–13 years old. More details here.
When: Open 7 days, 9am–4.30pm
Where: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
Cost: $7.50 per adventure kit
See A Light Installation In A Broken Hill Motel Room | From Sunday 1 July
Part-sculpture part-installation, Altar is an exploration of the outback and solitude. The installation by Kane Trubenbacher has been placed in a room of The Lodge Outback Motel, and subverts the viewer’s relationship with landscape paintings: instead of the seeing the image from the outside, viewers enter “the frame” for an contemplative experience of light and land. Intrigued? Yeah, us too. Read more here.
When: 30 June–15 September, 10am–5pm
Where: The Lodge Outback Motel, 252 Mica St, Broken Hill
Cost: Gold coin donation
PS there's this delicious pop-up happening during Splendour.
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