Hope your weekends are clear for October and November as a whole host of 4x4 shows, cultural celebrations, and music festivals are set to take place all over Australia.
Mount Hunter Country Music Stampede (NSW)
Kicking off on October 12, the three-day Mount Hunter Country Music Stampede is the product of a partnership between Mick Kearney (owner of K Ranch) and Golden Guitar winner Drew McAlister.
This celebration of all things country music starts with a bang on Friday evening with Christie Lamb (CMC Female Artist of the Year and Golden Guitar winner) and Jasmine Rae (three-time ARIA nominee and CMC Australian Artist of the Year). On Saturday night is the Men of Country showcase, with Adam Harvey, Adam Brand and Drew McAlister.
Sydney 4WD & Adventure Show (NSW)
Held at Western Sydney International Dragway from the 12th to 14th of October, the Sydney 4WD & Adventure show is the place to be to test the latest 4x4s, check out the radical driving of Isuzu Team D-Max, ogle the many thousands of dollars’ worth of Land Rovers as they tackle the LR Terrapod, and check out the Engel Bush Camp Stage.
Kaj ‘Bushy’ Busch – the co-founder of Squidgy soft plastic lures – will be there, as will John Rooth. Also joining in the fun will be Terrain Tamer TV’s Allan Gray and Jillaroo Jess.
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See sydney.4wdshow.com.au for info.
2018 Eden Whale Festival (NSW)
Head to Eden for its annual three-day whale festival. Running from November 2-4, the festival includes a street parade, hot rod run, live music, activities for kids, and fireworks.
The events will be based at Eden’s Snug Cove Wharf and at the Sports Oval. A whale-watching cruise will run out of Twofold Bay, and there’ll also be a free shore-based whale-watching session. Or just nosh down on local seafood.
Visit www.edenwhalefestival.com.au for more info.
Mansfield High Country Festival (VIC)
Head to the magical Vic High Country for this famous event. Running from November 2-6, the festival includes a fireworks display on the first night, great food and wine, a Grand Parade featuring local businesses and personalities, and the Torch Light Parade where fire trucks and emergency services vehicles load-up with participants and are applauded for their past and no doubt future services to the High Country communities. For the fit, there’s also a Fun Run; for the less fit, the awesome Mansfield Cup race day.
See www.highcountryfestival.com.au for more information.
2018 Huon Show (TAS)
The famous Huon Show will be held on November 17 at the Ranelagh Showground, Tasmania. Events and activities include horse riding, woodchop competitions, home crafts, livestock judging, a cool ute muster, and some crazy dog high-jumping. In other words, all the fun things you remember from the traditional country shows.
Admission prices are $10 for adults; $5 for kids aged 5-16; and $25 for families.
To lock in your admission, check out www.huonshow.com.au