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NSW festivals and events worth the road trip

Venture outside your city comfort zone and explore these statewide wonders
Taste Orange Food and Wine Festival
Photograph: Sam Venn

It’s no secret; we love Sydney. Each corner of the city presents a new adventure, with amazing things to do, some of the best restaurants in the state and many activities to explore on your own. But sometimes we need to get out of the bubble. We’ve picked out the most enticing festivals and events coming up this season, from all around New South Wales. Whether you’re a music lover, an art enthusiast or a wine expert, these events are sure to get you out of the door and on the road. Happy travels.

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Festivals and events around NSW

Festival stage and crowd.
Photograph: Josh Nicolopoulos
Music, Music festivals

Wine Machine

icon-location-pin Tempus Two Wines,

This joyful event will take place on the green grounds the Hunter’s Roche Estate winery, where you’ll be reeling from a full day of the spectacular performances we’ve come to expect from the festival’s master of ceremonies, Hot Dub Time Machine. Party starter and Sydney DJ Tom Loud will send audiences into a nostalgia frenzy with a transfixing audio-visual performance exploring decades of popular music past. The musical time travellers will be joined by a host of modern-day musicians, including lauded dance music pros like the Presets, Hayden James and Confidence Man, and hosted by former Triple j presenter, Alex Dyson. So put your dancing shoes, slug a glass of chardy and get grooving.

People in 1920s outfits posing for a picture at the Roaring 20s Festival.
Photograph: David Hill
Travel, Short getaways

Roaring '20s Festival

icon-location-pin Hydro Majestic Hotel,

The Hydro Majestic Hotel, with its elegant Art Deco attitude and glorious views, is the ideal location to host a grand, Gatsby-level 1920s-themed party. So it feels appropriate that this weekend festival is bringing the golden age of flapper dresses, suspenders and post-war party enthusiasm to the beloved Blue Mountains hotel. The Roaring 20s Festival will swing into action with Charleston for Charity dance on Saturday, followed by a long lunch and very swish afternoon tea over the course of the weekend. And if you’re a bit of a method actor and you really want to immerse yourself in the era, head to the Majestic riding in the glamourous carriages of the Hydro Express, a heritage Art Deco train travelling from Central Station to Medlow Bath.

Crowds check out the stalls at the Orange FOOD week night market
Photograph: Supplied
Travel, Short getaways

Orange FOOD Week

icon-location-pin Around Orange,

Orange FOOD Week showcases the best food and wine from the region a known as the ‘food basket of NSW’. The 27th edition of the festival will bring together local chefs, farmers, coffee roasters, cheesemakers and merrymakers - aka those in the wine and beer biz - for ten days of feasting and celebrating food. There’ll be more than 90 events converging on the small township and surrounding farmlands of Orange. Visit the night market at Robertson Park for casual moonlit dining while you get to know the chefs, providores, brewers and winemakers behind your meal. Then, meet the growers at the produce market, or get to know the land on an undulating stroll through the vineyards before a degustation lunch.

Treat yourself in the city

Sol Spa Vaucluse
Photograph: Supplied
Health and beauty, Spas

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Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time, Sydney's palaces of self-rejuvenation have you covered. Spend a full day treating yo'self to a royal experience, or just duck in for a quick but life-giving massage.

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