Festive fever

  • Sculpture in the Vineyards- fishing lines in the river.


    Sculpture in the Valley

    Ro Murray, Gone Fishing at Wollombi-Wines.

  • Studio 2 Hillside Pottery with potter and visitor.


    Southern Highlands Arts Festival

    Studio 2 Hillside Pottery open as part of the Southern Highlands Arts Festival.

  • Fisher's Ghost parade with skeleton float.


    Festival of Fisher's Ghost in Campbelltown

    Fisher’s Ghost parade in Campbelltown. Accessed from Creating and Educating blog.

NSW is abuzz with major arts festivals in November. Whether its sculpture set deep in NSW countryside or music soaring through the rooms of a gallery, this is the month to get out of the city and soak up heartland culture.

If you’re driving south instead there’s two more weeks to experience the Southern Highland Arts Festival. The famous Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail may be over but there’s plenty more visual art, programs and performances to entice you.

The Hunter Valley’s largest sculpture festival, the Sculpture in the Vineyards is back again from 25 October to 29 November 2014. If you like your plonk with a good helping of art, this is the location for you; this year there’s more events, more tours and a new Sculpture by Night event.

While you’re in the Hunter take an opportunity to find local museums and galleries. As entrée, journey to the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie. Then in Newcastle, tuck into a veritable smorgasbord of historic homes, award-winning museums and great art.

Still not sated? Then complete your vineyard experience with the Hunter Valley Degustation Trail, lose yourself in the Upper Hunter Valley, or visit beautiful coastal towns and quaint inland villages, rich with heritage in the Great Lakes and Manning Valley.

Heading further up the coast this weekend? Make sure you check out the Eutick Memorial Still Life award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. This award draws hundreds of artists from around the country and the associated festival includes artist Graham Marchant painting in the gallery, mezzo soprano Sally-Anne Russell performing exquisite arias plus talks and tours.

While you’re there, nip into the Coffs Regional Museum. Just opened, the museum was closed by flood and now it’s back after five years, bigger and better than before!

If you’re driving south instead there’s two more weeks to experience the Southern Highland Arts Festival. The famous Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail may be over but there’s plenty more visual art, programs and performances to entice you. 

If you're heading from Sydney stop off at Campbelltown Art Centre on the way. The centre is currently exhibiting the annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, a highlight of Campbelltown’s (now finished) Festival of Fisher's Ghost. This year marks the 52nd year of the award, with prize money in excess of $40,000. 

From Campbelltown, travel through Thirlmere, Mittagong, Bowral and Berrima. From the gorgeous Sturt Gallery to the Bradman Centre and the Berrima Museum, this is a region brimming with the old and the new. Use our Highland Fling Trail to guide the ultimate weekend excursion.


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Berrima District Museum

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