Things To Do This October Long Weekend
Looking for something fun to do this October long weekend? Wine Selectors has you covered with a bumper list of great activities – including family-friendly events – across the ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Tassie and NSW!
Who doesn’t love long weekends? That extra day off work sure is welcome, and this October – as South Australia, NSW and the ACT celebrate Labour Day, Queensland celebrates the Queen’s Birthday and Tasmania the Burnie Show public holiday – here are our picks for the top things to do on the October long weekend!
Things to do in NSW this October Long Weekend
Paint and Sip Studios Australia offer a range of experiences bringing together art and wine in beautiful fusion, combining the fun and relaxation of a party with step-by-step group painting and art experiences – and this October long weekend they’re running a host of events at their Newcastle and Sydney studio spaces, including alcohol-free kids events. Visit Paint and Sip Studios and check their events page for more!
The annual Orange Wine Festival is back for its 16th run this spring. This time, however, it's going for a whole month rather than its usual ten-day stint. Running from Thursday, October 1 right through to Saturday, October 31, the program celebrates the region's winemakers, unique altitude and diverse culinary culture.
This year the focus is on smaller, more intimate events held across Orange’s wineries and restaurants, with everything from wine tastings to pop-up cellar doors, vineyard tours, food and wine-pairing masterclasses, insights on organic and sustainable winemaking, long lunches and vino-fuelled picnics with croquet to enjoy. Visit the Orange Wine Festival website and book your tickets today.
Want to do something for yourself AND keep the kids busy this October long weekend? Try the Margan’s Mini Growers pop-up program! Consisting of a garden tour with Myriam the gardener, kids will learn about how to grow their own vegetables, feed the chickens and how to compost at home while touring their one-acre kitchen garden. Their mini growers will also get to plant their own succulents to take home and watch them grow. After the garden tour, the minis will join you for their lunch of a snack platter, sweet treat and drink.
While the minis are occupied adults get to enjoy their Hunter Heroes Food and Wine Experience in the courtyard. Collaborating with local producers including Binnorie Dairy, Hunter Belle Cheese and Hungerford Meat Co. embark on a decadent culinary adventure. They've perfectly paired six Margan limited release wines with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie for you to enjoy. Bookings are essential – visit the Margan website to secure your place!
Things to do in Queensland this October Long Weekend
Take a ride into the undiscovered country of Australian wine with a Granite Highlands Maxi Tour through the Granite Belt, sampling from a variety of award-winning wines and learning more about this great region!
You’ll enjoy friendly, country hospitality, as you visit wineries from a choice of over 45 cellar doors. Air conditioned, comfortable and modern tour buses ensure you a smooth trip all the way. There’s no better way to enjoy a new wine experience than this! Book your Highlands tour at the Maxitours website.
Join friends and family at Eagle Farm Racecourse for an exciting day of live local racing, trackside entertainment and a huge range of hospitality options from casual fun to fine dining. That’s right – Spring Racing is back!
Eagle Farm’s venue capacities have been set in line with current restrictions and they’ve worked hard to ensure a comfortable and safe experience with premium trackside service.
With their large open spaces and picturesque lawns, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a Spring Raceday. Book your tickets today at the Brisbane Racing Club website.
Go behind the scenes of private farms to meet local producers, hear their stories and sample the amazing local produce of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Visiting a local coffee roaster, two local farms, with the final stop at Brouhaha Brewery and Restaurant for lunch featuring local produce, this cracking tour is a worthy way to spend a long weekend. Book now at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours!
Things to do in South Australia this October Long Weekend
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is one of South Australia's best regional wine-based events, with over 60 unique food and wine experiences designed to showcase and celebrate the Coonawarra wine region's beautiful signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Enjoy the spring-time celebrations across the month of October, with every week/weekend featuring themed events. Indeed, there’s something for everyone, from families to wine connoisseurs, or anyone looking for an event combining live music and chilled tunes with regional produce and our sublime wines.
Try your hand at blending your own wine, enjoy a sparkling cabernet breakfast, take a winery tour, indulge in a chocolate and wine tasting, graze the day away and dine with winemakers at dinners to delight… it’s a food and wine event not to be missed! For more information, visit the Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations events page.
Spring into life on the October Long Weekend with some live music and soulful food by Barossa Street Food. Spend an afternoon stretched out on a picnic blanket on the lawn at Cooper Burns Winery. Soak up the vibe with a glass of our locally produced wine or have an ice-cold handcrafted beer. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, register your interest today at the Cooper Burns Spring Vibes event page.
Give yourself a well-earned break with a Barossa Wellness Twilight Walk this October long weekend. Experience the Barossa’s golden hour in unique fashion with a carefully curated experience, featuring a walk along the Heysen Trail, followed by a meditation session atop Kaiserstuhl Conservation Trail, taking in the panoramic views of the Barossa Valley. Then, finish up with a sunset dinner and drinks for a truly blissful Barossa long weekend! For more, visit Barossa Wellness and book your place.
Things to do in Tasmania this October Long Weekend
The month-long Devonport Food & Wine Festival is one of the most popular events of the year, and is happening across the October Long Weekend. Linking the community with all things food and wine with a large programme of events and activities – cooking masterclasses, tastings and family-friendly events like the Double Steam Locomotive, rides and jumping castles, the Festival celebrates the wine, cheese, chocolate, fresh food and boutique producers who call the North West of Tasmania home. For the full programme, visit the Devonport Food and Wine Festival website.
Things to do in the ACT this October Long Weekend
Spend the long weekend under the stars at Lake George Winery, for a unique experience alongside the mysterious Lake George. As an added treat, bring your bike or pack your hiking boots and explore the Cullerin Range at Sunrise or Sunset, with activities like hiking, bike trails, wine tasting tours and, of course, a session of stargazing. Bookings are essential, so visit Lake George Winery’s event page to secure your spot.
Kick off the long weekend in the ACT with a night of high-class, pub rock fun at the Gordon Darling Hall of the National Portrait Gallery! Enjoy a 'fancy pub-food' three course meal from award-winning caterers Broadbean Catering & Events, smooth tunes from the talented Reinhold Kamilo, a selection of local beer, wines and crafted cocktails and free and exclusive after-hours access to the new 'Pub Rock' exhibition - your backstage pass to 70s and 80s sounds and scenes. Book here for the National Portrait Gallery event, or visit Floriade’s Night Fest page to view all participating restaurants in this city wide festival!
Join the master winemakers at Lerida Estate this October long weekend for The Festival of Rosé! The occasion serves to highlight one of our Rosé each weekend for the entire month of October, with 2020 seeing them serving up four different Rosé - Pinot Noir Rosé, Grenache Rosé, Tempranillo Rosé and Signee Rosé.
Each weekend in October we will be featuring one of these delicious drops with a picnic hamper for two people to enjoy around the vineyard. Soak up the sun in either the secluded nut grove in the middle of the vineyard, or down by the water’s edge of the front dam – whichever you choose, you’re in for a delicious time! To ensure your spot for the long weekend, visit Lerida Estate’s Eventbrite page and book now.
Activities to do at home this October long weekend
Of course, you needn’t go far afield for your long weekend fun. If you prefer or are required to stay closer to home, why not picnic on the lawn and play the blind wine-tasting game? Or check out our top tips for other fun and games to enjoy over a glass of wine.
You could also decide to host a fabulous long lunch or dinner party for your closest loved ones, cooking dinner with some fantastic food and wine pairing recipes from our good friends at Selector magazine – like these 11 easy food and wine pairings that’ll have you wine-ing and dining the long weekend away in style.
Whatever you choose to do, make it a safe and happy occasion, and from all of us at Wine Selectors – have fun, and enjoy yourselves: you’ve earned it!