Sydney, it’s about time we embrace the winter, for it is already here!

Considering a quick weekend getaway with friends or family? We know, it’s a hard decision to make with so many choices out there. So how about work it around a festival and make your decision a little easier? We’ve found four pretty amazing gigs to check out this winter, all in country NSW. The decision is now in your hands.

Winter Fire Festival, Orange

Winter Fire Festival showcases Orange and its surrounding villages at its winter best. This year’s festival will take guests on a journey of bonfire events, char-grilled feasts, campfire cooking, boutique shopping, award-winning wine, arts and crafts, and artisan makers. It also sees the inclusion of the popular Orange Readers and Writers Festival, featuring author Meg Keneally (Monsarrat and Fled). What a perfect opportunity for booklovers to enjoy a weekend of ‘fireside reading’. 

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Orange, NSW 2-4 August, 2019 Image: Supplied

Splendour in the Grass, Yelgun

Imagine a large and wild party in northern NSW, that goes off all weekend and features the best up-and-coming and established musicians. Welcome to Splendour in the Grass, a family-friendly party for all ages. And it’s not just music, they have all sorts of shows, from comedy acts to science, and even arts and crafts. Tickets are nearly sold out, with singular Friday tickets all dried up, but if you read this too late, Moshtix has a resale option for those with buyer’s remorse. Or you can always start planning for next winter!

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Yelgun, NSW (north of Byron Bay) 19-21 July, 2019 Image: @splendourinthegrass

Cheese & Chocolate Festival, Hunter Valley

The Cheese and Chocolate Festival is a wonderful combination of two separate ideas that make for a delectable degustation. Go west for a weekend of not only cheese and chocolate demonstrations, markets and masterclasses, but also live entertainment with beer and wine to match. They even host a kids zone for parents with children. Come and see the Hunter Valley like you’ve never seen it before.

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Hunter Valley, NSW 6-7 July, 2019 Image: Lindsay Moe

Bathurst Winter Festival

It’s been known to snow in Bathurst, so it really can be a winter wonderland. Throw on some warm clothes and jet west of Sydney for three hours to find yourself at Bathurst for their annual Bathurst Winter Festival. It showcases a Vivid-style light up of prominent buildings in the town, along with markets on Saturday nights selling craft beer, mulled wine and gourmet eats. Entertainers will roam the streets, while carnival rides will help perk those cheeks. Oh, and there’s the ice rink, too!

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Bathurst, NSW 6-21 July, 2019 Image: Bathurst Winter Festival