28 December 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (29 December - 4 January)

| James Day
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Moruya rodeo

Moruya Rodeo reported one of its biggest crowds ever on New Year’s Day 2023. Could this year be even bigger? Photo: Moruya Rodeo Facebook.

If you’re looking for things to do as we enter 2024, there’s plenty to fill the days.

For those considering an exhibition or two, you can visit Bega’s Spiral Gallery or Sarah Nicole-Hewitt’s exhibition at the seaside town of Bermagui. Before cracking into the New Year festivities, why not visit the Ulladulla brick show or take a late night walk through Central Tilba with a couple of local yarns along the way.

However, if it’s a bucking time you’re looking for, check out the rodeos at Moruya and Nowra. Or just keep it chill with the family at Merimbula’s New Years Eve market. But for a truly relaxing first day of the new year, drive out to the Lake George Winery for their long lunch and take in all the exciting thrills to come with 2024.

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An owl statue.

Barbara established her studio in 2020 as a tribute to her mother’s legacy, and it has quickly burgeoned into a thriving hub of creativity and music. Photo: David Stocker.

Maggy’s Shed and Matilda Johnson present ‘Kindly Tilly’

When: Exhibition open 27 December to 17 January; Opening event on 30 December at 3 pm
Where: Spiral Gallery, 47 Church Street, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

Maggy’s Shed, the studio of artist and educator Barbara Crowden, will host an exhibition featuring handcrafted ceramics, paper making, assemblage, paintings and block printing crafted by Matilda Johnson. Maggy’s Shed, a haven for creativity in Bega, is putting on the event as a celebration of community support and to honour local artists. Join Matilda, Barbara, friends and family at the Spiral Gallery for the event, which was made possible thanks to the Mumbulla Foundation Young Women’s Grant 2023.


Poster advertising the event on a painting of Bermagui by Nicole.

Above can be seen one of Nicole’s paintings of Bermagui’s coastline. Photo: Grimm-Hewitt Facebook.

Bermagui Exhibition by Nicole Grimm-Hewitt

When: Exhibition open 29 December to 7 January; Opening event on 29 December from 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: 1/24 Lamont Street, Bermagui
Cost: Free entry.

New artworks by Ms Nicole Grimm-Hewitt are on exhibit at the seaside town on the Sapphire Coast. There will be an opening night with a glass of bubbles and some light refreshments available to all those who attend.

A barmen giving drinks over the counter to a group of three elderly people.

The organisation has been running these twilight walks throughout December, and will continue to do so in every week of January. Photo: Tilba Walks Heritage Talks Walking Tours Facebook.

Twilight walk through Central Tilba

When: 29 December, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Sweetwater Tilba, Central Tilba
Cost: Tickets can be purchased on Facebook.

Run by Tilba Walks Heritage Talks and Walking Tours, you can enjoy an evening exploring Central Tilba while listening to local backstories. Prior to the walk, attendants will enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the bar and saloon of the famous Sweetwater Tilba.


A few red, black and orange pieced LEGO sets on black table.

There will be a monster raffle with $500 worth of LEGO up for grabs. Photo: Playwell Events Facebook.

Ulladulla Brick Show

When: 30 and 31 December, from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Ulladulla Civic Centre, Ulladulla
Cost: Tickets can be purchased on Facebook.

A new LEGO exhibition will be showcased at the Ulladulla Civic Centre for this Christmas holidays. Over 40 tables of custom-built models will be on display, ranging in themes and including play tables where children can build their own. Vendors will also be selling LEGO sets and parts throughout the day.

A bull rider holding on as it bucks at a rodeo.

The rodeo will be held at the Worrigee Equestrian Centre, which is less than 10 minutes drive away from the centre of Nowra. Photo: Nowra Rodeo Association Facebook.

Nowra’s 2023 Annual Rodeo

When: 30 December from 10 am
Where: Worrigee Equestrian Common, Worrigee
Cost: Tickets can be purchased on Facebook.

Back and bucking for another year of rodeo at Worrigee’s Equestrian Common. Bring in the New Year with some fun for the family at this Nowra event. It’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!


Families sat around a trailer with a band playing on it at the park.

The market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm. Photo: Sapphire Coast.

Rotary Merimbula’s New Year’s Eve Market

When: 31 December, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ocean Drive, Merimbula
Cost: Bookings can be made on the event website.

Between Fishpens and Main Beach in Merimbula there will be another market at Ford Park this New Year’s Eve. On show will be diverse range of jewellery, fashion, fresh produce, food, plants, books, crafts and other knick knacks for the whole family to enjoy. This market is a treasure trove of unique finds – see what you can spot!

A group of people sat outside in a beer/wine garden.

The restaurant and bar will be expecting attendants to dress as their favourite 70s rock band, movie star, celebrity or in their best pair of flares. Photo: Yass Valley Tourism.

NYE at Yazzbar

When: 31 December, from 8:30 pm to 11:59 pm
Where: 81 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Bookings can be made on the event website.

If you’re looking for a classy way to celebrate our arrival into the new year, head to this 70s style event at Yazzbar. The Crossbenchers will be playing their glam rock to a crowd who can compete for prizes over whoever’s the best dressed party goer.

Come as your favourite 1970s rock band, movie star, celebrity or just in your favourite retro outfit. The night is all about letting your hair down and getting loose.


Border-collie dog with grapes from Lake George Winery

Some of the smoke-tainted grapes from Lake George Winery being eyed-off by the winery’s dog. Photo: Supplied.

New Year’s Day Long Lunch

When: 1 January, from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Lake George Winery, Gundaroo
Cost: Tickets range from $69 to $1390.

If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate the new year with the family, look no further than Westering’s lunch at the Lake George Winery. The festive feast includes a delicious long lunch with mouthwatering dishes and wines. Relax and enjoy the holiday spirit while savouring the stunning views of Lake George. What a great way to start 2024!

Bookings are available on their website, with a minimum of two guests allowed including children.

A poster advertising the event with a rider and three bulls around the text.

The showground is right next to the town centre and its golf course. Photo: Moruya Showground/Facebook.

Moruya’s New Year’s Day Rodeo for 2024

When: Gates open at 1 pm, main performance starts from 4 pm
Where: Moruya Showground, Moruya
Cost: Children under 10 free, under 16s $15, and adults 16 and over $30.

Bring the family to Moruya Showground on New Years Day for the annual New Year’s Day rodeo. The riders will be taking on some of the best bucking bulls in the country, and there’s all your favourite rodeo events, including bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, bareback and a new event – poly buckjump. There’s also a massive prize pool with over $25,000 to be won on the day. Hot food trucks, ice cream vans and a bar will be open until late. Tickets are available on Ticketek, which can be found on Facebook.

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patricia gardiner9:41 am 31 Dec 23

Bull riding, bronc riding and calf roping involve animal cruelty where the animals are tormented in order to provide entertainment. None of these activities are used on rural properties in Australia.
If they were, property owners would be charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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