Long weekend or no, June’s regional calendar is ripe for picking. Let’s face it, sometimes a weekend of binge-watching on the couch just doesn’t cut it, and it’s the fresh country air that we crave and need. That’s where this list comes in.
If you find yourself craving a trip to the country this month, here are the best things to do in regional NSW. Oh, and there will be truffles.
A Month-Long Pie Celebration | 1–30 June
No, this isn’t going to be one of those disappointing mathematical “Pi Days”. We’re talking real, actual pastry pies that you can eat with your mouth. Pie Time is a month-long celebration of the humble pie in the Southern Highlands, home to over thirty pie outlets smattered across the region. You want a pie & pinot dinner? A pie-cycle bike tour? Pie cooking classes? They’ve got it all. We’re most excited about the two-day Pie Fest in Bowral on 23 and 24 June. We spy pies, and we’re hungry. For more deets, head here.
What: Pie Time
When: 1–30 June
Where: Southern Highlands, various locations
Check Out The Griffith Sikh Games | 9–10 June
The 22nd Shaheedi Tournament, also known as the Sikh Games, is one of the largest events in the Australian Sikh calendar. More than 15,000 spectators visit Griffith to watch soccer, volleyball, tug-o-war and kabbadi, a contact sport similar to rugby. Throughout the event, Langar is served—it’s a free communal vegetarian meal served to welcome visitors, and is a practice observed by the Sikh community. If you want to head to this one, check out the details here.
What: Griffith Sikh Games
When: 9–10 June
Where: Ted Scobie Oval, Griffith
A Feast Feat. Native Ingredients And Mudgee Wine | 9 June
This bush yucker and wine experience pair a five-course lunch, made with native indigenous ingredients, with wines from Mudgee’s Four Doors. The menu involves a beetroot and goat’s cheese tart with native cluster figs, kangaroo in a saltbush-dukkah crust, and pavlova with wild rosella, and reds, whites and stickies from the Four Door’s range. Plus, the night Ngemba Weilwan woman and founder of Indigiearth products Sharon Winsor will share her insights, experiences and philosophy on bush tucker throughout the event. Booking essential, more info here.
What: Bush Tucker and Wine Experience
When: Saturday 9 June, from 12.30pm
Where: Four Doors Cellar, 68 Edgell Lane, Mudgee
Visit A Castle | 10 June
‘Cause if you can’t afford a house in Sydney, visit a castle instead! Iandra Castle was built between 1908 and 1910 in the Federation Romanesque style (the same architectural style as the Queen Victoria Building, in case you’re wondering), and is a rare historical example of the manor system in Australia. The heritage-listed homestead near Greenfell includes the castle manor itself, stables, famers’ residences and a church, and visitors are allowed to explore the property on the castle’s open day. Bring a picnic! Details here.
What: Iandra Castle Open Day
When: Sunday 10 June, 10am–4pm
Where:870 Iandra Road, Greenethorpe
Cost: $15 for adults (cash only)
Check Out Some Sweet Automobiles | 11 June
This is the fourth annual Swap, Show & Shine event at Walla Walla, a town north of Albury-Wodonga. Each year, more than 200 proud vehicle owners pop their bonnets and put their vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles on display, some with the hope of nabbing one of the “best of” trophies up for grabs. There are also market stalls, face painting and a jumping castles for anyone without a sweet ride (your Toyota Yaris does not count). This one’s for the rev heads. More info here.
What: Walla Walla Swap, Show & Shine
When: Monday 11 June, from 7am
Where: Walla Walla Sportsground, William Street, Walla Walla
Cost: Cost: $7, kids are free
Hunt For Truffles, Then Eat Said Truffles, 30 June
Borrodell Estate and Winery is holding its famous Black Tie and Gumboot Truffle Hunt (and Dinner), and it’s going to be a ripper. Visitors get to follow a truffle hunt with specially-trained sniffer dogs, then head to the underground cellar to enjoy a five-course feast featuring truffles (of course), wine and live music And PS, the dress code is black tie….with gumboots. Bookings are essential and you can do that right here.
What: Black Tie and Gumboot Truffle Hunt and Dinner
When: Saturday 30 June, or Saturday 7 July, 3.30–10.30pm
Where: Borrodell Estate, 298 Lake Canobolas Road, Orange
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