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Six Out-of-Town Happenings That Are Worthy of a Road Trip This Spring

As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art on the road.
By Concrete Playground
August 29, 2019
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Six Out-of-Town Happenings That Are Worthy of a Road Trip This Spring

As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art on the road.
By Concrete Playground
August 29, 2019
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SIX OUT-OF-TOWN HAPPENINGS THAT ARE WORTHY OF A ROAD TRIP THIS SPRING

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As the weather starts to thaw, make the most of the sunshine with live music, blossoming flowers and art on the road.

You did it. You survived another Sydney winter. You made it through the dreary, grey season and we're not even going to judge you for how many nights you spent under a doona, indulging in goodies from the snack aisle and binging Fleabag.

And one of the wonderful things about living in this part of the world is poking your head out as spring arrives and jumping on the road for an adventure before the weather gets altogether too hot. With flowers blossoming in Bowral, food markets hitting regional hubs and festival season just around the corner, there's no better time to get out there.

Together with MG — in celebration of its new limited-edition MG3S hatchback — we've come up with six activities that will get you out of Sydney and enjoying the spring sunshine in style.

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    South Coast Food and Wine Festival

    By this stage, you’re probably looking for some post-winter fun to set your sights on. Well, the New South Wales town of Berry is dishing up just the thing, all thanks to the inaugural South Coast Food and Wine Festival this September.

    The culinary fiesta runs from Friday, September 13 till Sunday, September 15, showcasing some of the best eats, drinks and produce the region has to offer — all across a jam-packed program of masterclasses, tastings, feasts and parties. Meet the producers and sample their wares at a special edition of the Berry Markets, or embark on one of the guided food and wine tours. There’ll be cooking demonstrations running throughout both Saturday and Sunday, as well as live tunes and DJ sets to enjoy as you graze your way through the Festival Village, with its array of food pop-ups and tasting stalls.

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    Broken Heel Festival 2019

    There’s still time to nab tickets to this year’s Broken Heel Festival, which takes over the historic mining town of Broken Hill for a weekend of drag, divas and disco from September 13–15. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in this annual tribute to the iconic Australian film Priscilla Queen of the Desert by celebrating the movie’s anniversary with a blowout party — that rocks for three days straight.

    Drag queens and kings from around the country will come together for a lineup of cabaret performances, comedy, opera and live music. Highlights include an opening night party featuring a Michael Griffiths’ Kylie tribute band, plus a Priscilla-inspired party on Saturday. You can also join the locals along the main strip for the annual Drag Street Parade. An openair, interactive screening of the film will take place on the Sunday night, too.

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    Tulip Time 2019

    The event that floods Instagram feeds with thousands of vibrant flowers has returned to the Southern Highlands. Now in its 59th year, the annual Tulip Time festival features over 75,000 tulips planted throughout Bowral’s Corbett Gardens and the surrounding Shire.

    If the stunning sight of a tens of thousands of the bulbous flowers isn’t quite enough for you, you’ll be happy to know there’s heaps of stuff happening at the garden throughout the two weeks, which is located a 90-minute drive southwest of Sydney. Expect live music, as well as a food-filled festival marketplace, with this year’s event taking place between Tuesday, September 24 and Monday, October 7.

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    Glamping in the Garden 2019

    After popping up in September last year, Glamping in the Garden will return this spring, from September 27 through November 30, to one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens for its next luxurious eco-friendly camping retreat.

    Located three hours’ west of Sydney’s CBD, the Oberon’s Mayfield Gardens are seriously impressive and include an 80-metre waterfall, a walled kitchen garden and a six-acre water garden — plus a bluestone chapel, aviary and rose garden. Bookings include passes to explore the sprawling 160-acre gardens, with exclusive nighttime access for glamping guests. There’s plenty to do apart from moseying around, including romantic boat rides, interactive garden mazes, tours and workshops, with Spring Festival also on October 5–27.

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    Grafton Jacaranda Festival 2019

    The oldest floral festival in Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival focuses on the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees that line the town’s streets. First held in 1935, the festival brings together art exhibitions, live music, markets and parades for a week-long celebration from October 25 through November 3.

    While the jacaranda blooms are of course the main attraction, it’s by no means the only event you’ll have to look forward to during the festival — think hot air ballooning, and a carnival sideshow, along with buskers, fireworks and stallholders aplenty.

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Once you’ve ticked off these activities, keep making the most of Sydney spring by hopping around in MG’s new limited-edition MG3S hatchback

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