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Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

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Sydney events in the summer…
It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 
After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!
Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than […]

Whales are all the rage along the NSW coastline this winter

Whale breaching NSW. Photo courtesy of Wild About Whales

FROM full breaches like this photo supplied by the Wild About Whales crew to tail, chin and peck slaps, there’s a lot of action in the waters along the NSW and Queensland coastline with more than 20,000 migrating Humpback whales carving a path in the ocean. Where to spot them? There’s plenty of options along the east coast.
As the Destination NSW gang says, this winter is all about following a do-it-yourself whale trail along 2000km of scenic coastline between the Tweed and Eden offering a multitude of vantage points and experiences to spot these majestic beasts of the deep. Here are […]

5 ways to play in Sydney this winter

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In winter when you’re in need of a holiday, look no further than Sydney! While the coastal city comes to life in summer, it’s also an exciting destination full of things to do in winter.
Hire a car through DriveNow, chuck on some warmer layers and check out this list of five ways to play in Sydney during the cold weather.
Sydney Opera House
The Opera House caused a controversial stir when it first opened in 1973. However, with time it became one of the twentieth century’s most iconic manmade attractions. It’s highly recommended that you get your hands on some […]

Port Macquarie for BBQs, bands and billycarts!

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BBQs, bands and billycarts all feature in a bumper line-up of eclectic events in Port Macquarie this year. Plan your visit around one of the many foodie, cultural and sporting fixtures that will spice up any weekend in this gorgeous coastal town. Here are 7 to ponder:
1. Slice of Haven (29 May) – spend your day by the Camden Haven River and meet over 80 local producers of nuts, cheese, wine, beer, vegetables and bush-foods. This year’s ‘Magic beyond the plate’ theme will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, dancing, quirky stilt walkers and games. 10am-4pm. Entry via gold coin donation. […]

5 great foodie events to look forward to around Sydney

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Sydney has a great reputation for its food and wine festivals, with many people travelling from across the country just to experience these top food events every year.
Here are five Sydney foodie festivals to look forward to.
Merivale Food and Wine Festival
Merivale Food and Wine Festival is a month-long extravaganza of food and drink events – could you ask for anything better? Throughout March, you can attend exquisite lunches, dinners, wine tastings, food markets and cooking classes. There are also chef competitions to entertain, with each event offering a quirky theme.
Thailand Grand Festival
This incredible event started off as a […]

Unmissable Autumn adventures in NSW

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With the Easter long weekend and school holiday break approaching, now is the time to take advantage of the changing season and plan an autum adventure in regional New South Wales, according to the Desination NSW gang.
From gourmet escapes to fossicking and heritage trails, the Destination NSW team gives us three getaways that will make you fall in love with regional NSW this Autumn:
50 shades of Orange and Bathurst
Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Central NSW, with the region guaranteeing vibrant Autumn foliage, delicious seasonal produce and a stellar line up of […]

6 reasons to holiday in Lake Macquarie this year

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Home to undiscovered gems, the largest coastal salt-water lake in the country and 30km of pristine coastline, Lake Macquarie is one of Australia’s east coast’s hidden treasures. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, it has something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoors type, history buff, or simply seeking relaxation. The Visit Lake Mac team have given us six key themes to put Lake Macquarie at the top of your domestic holiday list.
Bushwalking
With nature reserves galore there’s no better way to explore Lake Macquarie than to don the hiking boots and hit the walking trails, with tracks taking in views […]

Hit the road and head to Lake Macquarie

Family playing on Terrigal Beach

Lake Macquarie may be renowned for its beautiful lake and spectacular coastline, but it’s also home to a raft of not so well-known treasures loved by the locals. Best of all, it’s only 90 minutes from Sydney.
The team from Anne Wild Associates handed me a brilliant little guide to 8 perfect places you can discover off the yellow brick road. Try these for size …
Petrified Forest, Swansea Heads
Accessible at low tide just a short walk from the Reids Mistake Reserve you’ll find the Petrified Forest, home to 250 million-year-old tree stumps and fallen logs as well as […]

Six places to spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney and surrounds

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New Year’s Eve is perhaps the most exciting time of the year in Sydney and surrounds. Whether you want to watch the spectacular fireworks at Sydney Harbour, or celebrate quietly on the beach, everyone has different ideas on how to best bring in the New Year.
Here are six great places where you could spend this New Year’s Eve.
O Bar and Dining
At O Bar and Dining, you’ll be celebrating the end of the year while sitting 47 floors above everyone else. This restaurant treats diners to more than just good food and wine – its revolving design gives customers a […]

Five jacaranda hot spots in NSW

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Late October and November is a time Sydney and NSW is a purple explosion of jacaranda season signalling one of the most beautiful times of the year in the state.
Set against harbour backdrops in some of Sydney’s most picturesque suburbs and historic regional towns in NSW, it’s the perfect time to visit Sydney to take in the stunning sight of the jacarandas.
Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said: “NSW has so many jacaranda trees in bloom, we even have an annual festival dedicated to them in the historic town of Grafton.  From harbourside enclaves to regional towns, spring is […]

 
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