5 Reasons to go regional this winter

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For a Sydneysider, there’s no better time to get out of the city than winter. The high-rise buildings create a vortex of wind tunnels, it’s cool but not cold enough to don that fabulous winter coat taking up space in your closet, and there’s no real reason to be close to the beaches (unless you’re training for Ironman).

Taking ‘top getaway spot’ at this time of the year is regional NSW, a dream land complete with classic wood fireplaces, fresh air and entertaining events. Here are the ones we’re most looking forward to…


Happy Days Festival, 5-7 July

If you’re in to all things rock’n’roll, make your way to the New England region for this ’50s- and ’60s-inspired event. There’ll be retro stalls, car displays, a fashion parade, music, dance demonstrations and showreel screenings at Bingara’s historic Roxy Theatre.

 

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Where: Various locations in Bingara

Getting there: Take NSW TrainLink’s North West Xplorer from Central Station to Tamworth Station, then the NSW TrainLink coach to Bingara.

Cost: Pricing varies, depending on activity

Hours: Hours vary, depending on activity

More information: www.bingara.com.au


Bathurst Winter Festival, 6-21 July

The ice-rink, two-storey carousel and ferris wheel at the Winter Playground won’t be the only things that’ll keep you captivated in the Central Tablelands in July – there will also be an evening light show, snow park, snowflake-biscuit making, flower-crown workshops, high tea, reptile shows and farm rides.

 

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Where: Various locations in Bathurst

Getting there: Take NSW TrainLink’s Western XPT direct from Central Station to Bathurst Station.

Cost: Pricing varies, depending on activity, however the ice rink costs $8 per child and $12 per adult

Hours: Hours vary, depending on activity, however the ice rink will be open from 9am to 9pm

More information: www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au


Mudgee Small Farm Field Days, 12-13 July

Mudgee is full of surprises – it’s got a beautiful country charm, yet boasts the sophisticated food and wine that would usually be found in the world’s largest cities. These two days are all about agricultural innovation and sustainability, with an animal nursery, fashion parade, milking demonstrations, pony rides and informative talks on all manner of farm-related themes.

 

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Where: Australian Rural Education Centre, Ulan Road, Bombira

Getting there: Take NSW TrainLink’s Western XPT from Central Station to Lithgow Station, then the NSW TrainLink coach to Mudgee.

Cost: Tickets from $5

Hours: 8.30am to 5pm

More information: www.mudgeefielddays.com.au


Splendour In The Grass, 19-21 July

This will be the 19th time the Northern Rivers has played host to this annual music festival. With tickets sold out just hours after going on sale, those of you lucky enough to have nabbed a spot at North Byron Parklands are in for an array of top notch performers.

 

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Where: North Byron Parklands, Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun

Getting there: Take NSW TrainLink’s North Coast XPT from Central Station to Casino Station, then the NSW TrainLink coach to Billinudgel.

Cost: Tickets from $185

Hours: Hours vary on each day

More information: www.splendourinthegrass.com.au


Orange Winter Fire Festival, 2-4 August

Appreciate the best of winter with a series of bonfire events at various locations under the starry night sky. On offer will be chargrilled feasts, campfire cookouts and, of course, the rich red wines of the region. Not so keen on being outdoors in the cold? Head indoors for a performance of music, light and art at The Building or a winter roast carvery at Duntryleague.

 

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Where: Various locations in Orange

Getting there: Take NSW TrainLink’s Western XPT direct from Central Station to Orange Station.

Cost: Pricing varies, depending on activity

Hours: Hours vary, depending on activity

More information: www.orangewinterfirefestival.com.au

NSW TrainLink’s Xplorer and XPT trains are quiet, fully air-conditioned and equipped with a buffet that caters for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Transport for NSW partnered with Aussie family travel bloggers @TheVista as they ventured to Tamworth to enjoy the Taste Tamworth Festival. To book your regional train or coach trip to one of 365+ destinations, visit transportnsw.info/regional.


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