Things To Do This October Long Weekend
How good is a long weekend? Well, my friends, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and South Australia are about to find out.
Just about every region, city, town, and village has some kind of event or festivity happening over the October long weekend (the public holiday is Monday 3rd October), and here are a few we thought you might like to check out.
WHAT’S ON IN NSW OVER THE OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND?
The month-long Orange Wine Festival kicks off on Friday, 30th September celebrating the region's thriving wine and food culture including its premium cool climate wines.
The latest and greatest artist-driven Street Art Festival of 2022, the Big Picture Fest celebrates innovative creative thinking and artistic methods including the use of new technologies to promote, experience and understand public art.
This is a family-friendly, annual weekend festival held the beautiful surrounds of Nymboida Camping and Canoeing Centre. Join in to celebrate multicultural Australia and our love of the great outdoor lifestyle with a focus on camp oven cooking.
The Murrumbateman Moving Feast showcases the best of Murrumbateman's local wineries, each offering a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Enjoy a complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.
For the ultimate food and wine lover! Work up an appetite with a guided tour of the abundant kitchen garden, orchard, vineyard and winery followed by a five-course degustation lunch, for the complete paddock to plate dining experience.
Truffle lovers, this one is for you. Experience a day in the life of a truffle farmer, adopt your very own truffle tree, and be wined and dined. All of this, plus get regular updates on how your tree pal is progressing and receive the first truffle from the tree next season.
WHAT’S ON IN ACT OVER THE OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND?
Take your October long weekend break in Canberra to enjoy one of Australia’s favourite floral festivals – Floriade. This year’s theme The Sounds of Spring will delight visitors with live music and performances set amongst a stunning display of over one million blooms.
While we all know Canberra as the home of Australian politics, our capital is also fast becoming known for its flourishing food and wine scene. In less than 50 years, the Canberra District has established itself as a region producing outstanding Shiraz and Riesling, along with a range of emerging alternative wine varietals. So, what are you waiting for? Get out and explore them this October long weekend.
Held at the National Museum of Australia, this a spectacular, first-of-its-kind experience that simply cannot be missed. It explores the spiritual connections to land, water and sky through a vibrant and multi-sensory symphony of sound, light and colour. State-of-the-art technology is used to create an immersive exhibition space, enveloping you in large-scale projections and cinematic surround sound.
Visit the Canberra Museum and Gallery to see Sidney Nolan’s wonderful works. From his childhood haven of St Kilda to explorations of the Australian landscape and overseas travel, this exhibition examines one of his deepest impulses and his journey of self-discovery.
Held in the leafy grounds of Braddon’s Haig Park each Sunday, these vibrant farmer and foodie markets are just moments from Lonsdale Street’s cafes. Enjoy loads of delicious cuisines, tasty treats, beautiful blooms, fresh produce, delectable charcuterie and artisan products.
Step into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to discover unseen treasures from Australian cinema and find out how our homegrown talent have redefined big-screen spectacle and found success on their own terms. Exclusive to Canberra, this exhibition celebrates iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people and stories that brought them to life.
WHAT’S ON IN SA OVER THE OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND?
If you’re into golf and Cabernet Sauvignon you won’t want to miss this guaranteed great day out held Friday, 30th September. Enjoy fabulous food and world-class wines, as teams hit the green with the who’s who of the Coonawarra wine region.
A month-long festival Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is one of South Australia’s best regional wine-based events, with over 70 unique food and wine experiences designed to showcase and celebrate the Coonawarra wine region’s beautiful signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Launching on International Grenache Day and running for two weeks, wineries and restaurants around McLaren Vale will host an exciting range of Grenache-themed experiences. From VIP and vertical tastings to winery tours and masterclasses, it offers wine lovers the opportunity to experience this fresh, juicy variety.
Help the Barossa Farmers Market celebrate its 20th birthday during October. Held each Saturday morning at Angaston, this authentic farmers market offers a wonderful selection of fresh, seasonal, artisan-made Barossa and regional South Australian food.
Visit the little brother of the iconic Pikes Winery – Pikes Beer Co – in the Clare Valley for their annual Family Garden Session! Chill out to acoustic tunes, indulge in a wood-fired feast, and enjoy a glass of fine wine or an ice-cold beer.
WHAT’S ON IN QLD OVER THE OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND?
Cool climate wines from Queensland – if that sounds strange, head to the Granite Belt wine region about a 3 hours’ drive south-west of Brisbane and you’ll find plenty! While the mainstream varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay, are tasty, the real excitement comes from the alternative styles Fiano, Vermentino, Chenin Blanc, Savagnin, Barbera, Graciano, Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat.
Three days of sun, surf and soul at the beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Now in its 15th year, this family-friendly festival delivers a diverse line-up of great Aussie bands, plus showcases the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the region.\
Take the long weekend to discover Brisbane then a take relaxing drive beyond the city to explore gourmet trails, glorious scenery, and a stress-busting escape to the country including the Logan Valley, Beaudesert, the Scenic Rim and the Granite Belt.
A weekend of great family fun that celebrates Aussie cultural bush heritage. Kids can be part of the damper throwing or billy boiling competitions, while adults might like to try their hand at making a damper or even putting together a team for one of the friendly cooking competitions.
Located the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, these markets have been attracting hordes of local and tourists for over 30 years. Check out the range of art, live music, great international food, coffee and more.
Curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is currently on show at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. It centres on seductive constructions, sculptures and documentation of the artist’s performance and theatre practice.
Make Sure Your Cellar Is Stocked
If you’re staying at home over the October long weekend, or heading to a holiday home, make sure you get your order in to stock the cellar and the fridge for relaxing break with family and friends.
Have a great October long weekend everyone!