The Hunter Region has plenty to offer with picturesque beaches, lush farmland and rustic vineyards. From vibrant beachside towns to quieter rural escapes, the Hunter Region acts as a weekend sanctuary from the routine and chaotic traffic of Sydney.
Here’s our list of the top affordable things to do outside of Sydney this August:
Feel the music in Newcastle
Newcastle Musc Festival 2018 (Aug 3rd - 19th)
Newcastle, the main city of the Hunter Region, brings you a 17 day and night Australian music festival. In its third consecutive year, they are ramping up the program again with over 350 artists performing. The festival will have a diversity of musicians and offer an array of musical genres from jazz to classical to indie.
Newcastle Jazz Festival 2018 (August 24th - 26th)
If you can’t get enough jazz, blues and swing in your life then the Newcastle Jazz Festival is the place for you. 31 years strong; this is the Hunter's longest continuing music festival and will have more than 100 local artists gracing its stages.
Outside of these fantastic music festivals, Newcastle is a harbour city set on the East Coast of New South Wales and is a vast cultural hub with restaurants, shops, cafes and renowned beaches.
Put on your best bush hat
Central Coast Country Music Festival 2018 (August 10th - 12th)
This free country music festival presents a line-up of top Australian country music performers. With food stalls, various activities and forms of entertainment, this free event is great for the whole family. Situated at the pristine seaside location of Memorial Park at The Entrance, there is plenty to see and do, in and out of the festival.
Farewell to Winter
The largest and longest parade in Newcastle, attracts up to 30,000 visitors. This free, family friendly event is a must. Supporting local businesses, community groups, charities, sporting groups, local entertainment and more, this event is an opportunity to get a real sense of the Hunter Region’s community. With roughly 120 stalls, two stages for local musicians and performers and lots of local food on offer, it really has all you want in a day out.
Greater Bank is the principal sponsor of the Wallsend Winter Fair and will be offering visitors a chance to win $1000 on the day just by visiting a number of local businesses. This is a great opportunity to support Australian small businesses, the Hunter community, and to potentially win some cash.
Here's what to expect from Wallsend Winter Fair - check out last year's event below!
Spring time in Cessnock
Cessnock Spring Fair 2018 (September 1st)
Receiving over 8,000 volunteers each year, offering free entry and hosted by St Philip’s Christian College, this isn’t your average school fair. With amusement rides, show bags, helicopter rides, gourmet food stands and lots more, this annual event is sure to keep the kids busy and the parents entertained. Located in the largest town in the Hunter; the gateway to the region’s renowned vineyards, Cessnock features flourishing countryside and charming heritage buildings.
Founded in the Hunter Region over 70 years ago, Greater Bank has long been invested in supporting the communities we call home and promoting the advantages of our diverse and picturesque backyard. If you’re in the Hunter Region and you need to know where your nearest Greater Bank is located, please click here for more information