Revellers across the state are gearing up for a weekend of fun, as Australia Day events get underway across our regional area’s.
More than 3500 people are expected to flock to the historic streets of Carcoar on Friday, for the traditional Australia Day celebration in the village.
Throughout the day, visitors will be treated to re-enactments depicting famous battles between Bushrangers and Troopers on the goldfields in the local area in the 1800s.
There will also be market stalls, Cobb and Co rides, children’s entertainment, vintage cars, picnics by the Belubula river, bush tucker demonstrations and live music.
Additionally, authors and historians will give talks about famous Bushrangers in the historic courthouse.
Period style dress-ups will be available for those wishing to get into the spirit of the day, local food and produce will be on sale from street vendor stalls.
Guests are also invited to browse the towns local shops and it’s five museums, or enjoy a cold beer in the hotel.
Meanwhile, in Corowa, the National Federation Festival will take place over the long weekend.
A range of bands, music and festival activities will be on offer; with markets, buskers, food and wine experiences, a B and S Ball, and the old fashioned grand parade along Sanger Street.
In Parkes, the annual Australia Day harness racing and the infamous Annual Golden Yabby Race will be taking place.
The Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre is holding a community swim-a-thon and concert with performer Andrea Mullens on Australia Day to fundraise for shading around the town’s Olympic pool.
The Taralga Australia Day Rodeo is on once again, including a country music night, a campdraft and a junior rodeo as well as man versus horse versus bike, cattle dog and yard dog trials.
The action at Gunnedah includes triathlon events, raft and craft races and the famous PCYC Duck Race.