2 July 2021

Nine things to do in the region this week (2-8 July)

| Lottie Twyford
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Two male campers around a fire

Spend a night under the stars at Mogo Wildlife Park. Photo: Mogo Wildlife Park.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, events may be postponed or cancelled at short notice. Check with organisers for the latest event details.

While it isn’t exactly the school holidays we all hoped and planned for, there are still things to do around the region, albeit while needing to stay a bit closer to home.

Mogo Wildlife Park is putting on a special camping adventure for the whole family, or you can pay a visit to Kiama Pilot’s Cottage Museum and check out the blowhole while you’re there.

Also on offer is Yass Community Markets, a family fun day out in Merimbula, a weaving workshop in Goulburn, and a NAIDOC Week poetry and storytelling workshop in Batemans Bay.

There is also Truffle Infused Weekends at Mount Majura Vineyard, a Truffle Dog Hunt Demo ‘N’ Lunch at Contentious Character, as well as Bush Traditions Sessions at the Goulburn Club.

Have a great week and stay safe, everyone!

All week

Mogo Camping Adventures

When: Saturday, 3 July, Monday, 5 July, and Thursday, 8 July, 3:30 pm arrival
Where: Mogo Wildlife Park
Cost: Varies – book online.

Visitors can now embrace the great outdoors and camp overnight at Mogo Wildlife Park, home to Australia’s most diverse collection of exotic wildlife.

Perfect for families, couples, singles and groups, this new experience is all-inclusive, with tents, beds and meals included, as well as a group animal encounter on arrival.

Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the rich history of the NSW South Coast and hear live country music around a campfire after dinner.

The following morning will see guests awaken to the distinctive calls of animals and enjoy a breakfast overlooking the park’s Sumatran tigers.

Truffle cheese and wine on table

Name a better combination than truffles, wine and cheese for a good cause. Photo: Mount Majura Vineyard.

All weekend

Truffle Infused Weekends

When: Saturday, 3 July, to Sunday, 4 July, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry recommended at 3:30 pm)
Where: 88 Lime Kiln Road, Majura ACT
Cost: $40 – book online.

Come in to the cellar door at Mount Majura Vineyard to taste a selection of wines matched with truffled brie. Combining deliciously rich triple-cream brie-style cheese with truffles from Jayson at The Truffle Farm.

$10 from each tasting will be donated to Raw Potential Canberra.

Pilot's Cottage Museum in Kiama

Pilot’s Cottage in Kiama was built in 1881 and today is a museum. Photo: Pilot’s Cottage Museum.

Pilot’s Cottage Museum in Kiama

When: Saturday, 3 July, to Sunday, 4 July, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Blowhole Point Road, Kiama
Cost: $3 to $4 – see more online.

Built in 1881, this historic cottage details much of the history of the Kiama region. It was used as a home and office for pilots of the area for almost a century.

It is situated near the Kiama blowhole so make sure you pay the iconic South Coast landmark a visit while you’re there.

Bush Traditions Sessions

When: Saturday, 3 July, to Sunday, 4 July, in the evenings
Where: Goulburn Club, 19 Market Street, Goulburn
Cost: Free – see more online.

Enjoy an evening of Australian folk music with songs, dance, tunes, poems and more.

Participation is encouraged so bring voices and instruments and join in. A booklet of local dance tunes has been compiled to use at the sessions, or you can join in and singalong by ear.

Woman shopping for produce at Yass Community Markets

Visit the Yass Community Markets, held on the first and third Saturday of every month. Photo: Visit Yass Valley.

Yass Community Markets

When: Saturday, 3 July, at 10:00 am
Where: 62 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry. For more information, visit the Yass Valley event page.

Yass Community Markets is held on the first and third Saturday of each month at Yass Memorial Hall. Stalls include a variety of local produce including fruits, vegetables, jams, sauces, oils, baked items, arts and crafts.

Brown dog's face

The truffle dogs will do the hard work while you sit back and relax. Photo: Contentious Character.

Truffle Dog Hunt Demo ‘N’ Lunch

When: Saturday, 3 July, at 11:00 am
Where: Contentious Character, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin
Cost: $40 – book online.

Join the gorgeous truffle dogs for a Truffle Dog Hunt demonstration – a sneak peek into what a real truffle hunt is like – on the lawn at the Contentious Character vineyard. Touch, feel and smell fresh truffles and ask any burning questions you’ve ever had about these delicacies.

Then indulge in a two-course lunch with options for a special dessert, extra fresh shaved truffle and paired wines.

Woven decorative piece

Create a woven masterpiece from your upcycled clothing at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery on Tuesday, 6 July. Photo: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.


Woven Wonder Rugs

When: Tuesday, 6 July, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Cost: $38 – book online.

Be kind to the planet and your wallet by transforming your unwanted fabric items into woven masterpieces. Participants will be guided in how to weave a magical and practical rug to use anywhere at home.

Bring along some unwanted T-shirts to be incorporated into your rug.

Dakota Feirer standing next to tree

Researcher, educator, advocate and poet Dakota Feirer will run the NAIDOC Week Poetry and Storytelling Workshop at Batemans Bay Library on Wednesday, 7 July. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.


NAIDOC Week Poetry and Storytelling Workshop

When: Wednesday, 7 July, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Batemans Bay Library, Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay
Cost: Free – register online.

Students aged from eight to 14 are invited to Batemans Bay Library during NAIDOC Week to learn about Indigenous ways of healing country and the art of modern day storytelling through poetry.

The event will be led by Dakota Feirer, a commissioned poet supporting the environmental restoration project, Poem Forest.

Having grown up on Yuin country and graduating with an honours degree at the University of Wollongong, Dakota has been carving a path as an independent researcher, educator and advocate for healing country and is passionate about giving back to community.

Kids at Top Fun bowling alley

Kids will love the Family Fun Day at Top Fun in Merimbula on Wednesday, 7 July. Photo: Top Fun.

Family Fun Day @ Top Fun

When: Wednesday, 7 July, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Merimbula Top Fun
Cost: Free – register online.
These school holidays, head to Top Fun in Merimbula for a Family Fun Day of activities and games with lunch provided.
Registration is essential on Facebook or by emailing [email protected].

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