For a crackling good time, trot out to Laggan for the town’s annual piglet races
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Once a year, the tiny community of Laggan, in the NSW Southern Tablelands, comes alive with a rip-snorter of an event: the Thoroughbred Piglet Races. The town's population of 358 swills to the 1000 mark for the event when people come from all parts of NSW and the ACT. Organised by the Upper Lachlan Foundation as a fundraiser for the...
Nine things to do in the region this week (14-20 January)
What's On
School returning is still a couple of weeks away, but fortunately there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in the region this week. Bells Family Carnival has graced Batehaven, on the NSW South Coast, for decades and is again gracing the region with its rides and fairy floss. Also, a crash course in Thredbo will train up children in the...
Femininity not forgotten in Ancient Greek blockbuster at National Museum of Australia
Arts & Culture
The subtitle to the 'Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes' blockbuster exhibition now open at the National Museum of Australia suggests women might not get much of look in. But that notion is soon dispelled upon entering the gallery and meeting Nike, the goddess of victory, and the other female depictions among the 170 items from the British Museum that will...
Gunning prepares to honour its history with bicentennial celebrations
Community
Gunning is the sort of place struggling rural villages could well learn from. It has new businesses opening regularly, its population is on the rise, and despite what everyone said in 1993, diverting traffic from the main street to the highway did not herald its death knell. Rather, it seems to have given the Southern Tablelands town a new lease...
Nine things to do in the region this Christmas and New Year
What's On
It wouldn't be the end of the year and the beginning of another without fireworks going off somewhere, and the skies above Wagga Wagga and Batemans Bay will both light up for New Year's Eve. There'll be dust (and people) flying in Jindabyne and Tumbarumba when two annual rodeos come to town, and a tribute show to country musicians Keith...
The magic of Giiyong Festival will return in 2022 to bring communities together
Arts & Culture
The long wait is over as the acclaimed Giiyong Festival will return early in 2022 to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian communities together. It has been three years since the hugely popular first festival was held in the Yuin Nation in 2018. It then endured cancellations in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has now been announced...
Nine things to do in the region this week (17-23 December)
What's On
Christmas is just around the corner so there is plenty of fun stuff happening in the region this week. Jockeys will cling to their horses and jostle for silverware in races in Goulburn and Moruya, avid punters in boats will take to Lake Jindabyne, and the voices of angels will fill the centre of Cooma. Learn the ins and outs...
Santa rolls in as late-night shopping comes to Yass
What's On
Late-night shopping in Yass is a lot more than the shops staying open past 5 pm. It's a full-on festival and it's returning to the quaint NSW town for the second time this Christmas season. The town's main street will come alive with stalls of local produce, wines, crafts and handmade wares lining its sides on the two Thursdays before...
Nine things to do in the region this week (10-16 December)
What's On
It happens every year: you've left the buying of Christmas gifts to the 11th hour. Well, now that hour is upon you. If you still haven't got to the shops, there's plenty of opportunities in the region to address the Christmas shopping situation. Antiques from Bowning Antique Centre are coming out of storage to a pop-up shop in Yass, and...
Art exhibition celebrates the ups and downs of Queanbeyan River
Arts & Culture
Artist Henry Smith comes from Todd River in Alice Springs, which is less of a river and more of a dry and crusty gully that's home to aimlessly wandering ants rather than swimming fish. When he first arrived in Queanbeyan a year ago and walked along the city's tranquil and tree-lined waterway, the experience made such an impression on him...
Nine things to do in the region this week (3-9 December)
What's On
There's plenty to see and do in the region this week. Regional towns continue to light up as the Aussie NightMarkets tour of NSW settles at Queanbeyan Showground this weekend. Crowds will gather at Cooma Racecourse for the historic Sundowners Cup on Sunday, 5 December, celebrating a 1959 film that featured a horse race at the same location. Gear up...
Putting the ‘E’ into Terribly British Day: Queanbeyan car show to celebrate 60 years of the Jaguar E-Type
What's On
The rain had finally let up long enough to allow the sunlight to trickle through the deciduous trees onto the road below, bouncing off the curves of a dark green sports coupe parked underneath. The majestic columns of a Classical-style building rise in the background ... Sounding British enough? It should, because the coupe in question is none other than the...
Meet Stuart Whitelaw, Moruya’s ‘River’ man
Arts & Culture
There are people who talk of their grand aspirations to make the world a better place, and then there are those who quietly work on projects that become catalysts for significant change. Eurobodalla architect Stuart Whitelaw is the latter. Stuart's modesty hides the significance of his collaborative work that has resulted in a quiet food revolution, with the growth of...
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