8 September 2023

Nine things to do in the regions this week (8 - 14 September)

| Claire Sams
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Walawaani Muriyira-Waraga was celebrated in Bermagui in 2022 and will be celebrated again this week. Photo: David Rogers Photography, courtesy of Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing.

From the sea to the land, there are many events planned for this week.

The Ballinaclash Spring Blossom Trail and Tulip Top Gardens will be open from dates in September, ready to tempt you into a stroll as the weather warms. The Bega Bombers are running an all-girls AFL program this spring, which is set to kick off this week. Meanwhile, the cast and crew behind The Secret River will perform their last few performances this weekend before its run comes to a conclusion.

Friday will see the Many Hands Volunteer Expo in Bega, while the Kanzas Rose Bike Ride to raise money for cystic fibrosis will take place on the weekend. If you’re after some fashion inspiration while supporting a good cause, then the Harden Anglicare Fashion Parade is the event for you!

Whales and guinea pigs will also be the focus of separate events this weekend, so pick your favourite animal (or maybe attend both).

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Flowers of different colours planted in neat rows

Warming weather and blooming flowers – what more could you want? Photo: Tulip Top Gardens/Facebook.

Tulip Top Gardens

When: 13 September to 15 October, 9 am to 5 pm (including public holidays)
Where: 20 Old Federal Highway, Sutton
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $45 (depending on ticket purchased), and can be purchased on arrival.

As the weather starts to warm up again, you may have a hankering to spend some time outside – and these gardens are opening once again with some beautiful flowers. Some days also have performances from musicians scheduled.

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Try your hand (or rather, boot) at AFL in this competition aimed at women and girls. Photo: Bega Valley Bombers AFL Club/Facebook.

Bega Bombers’ spring all-girls AFL program

When: Tuesdays between 12 September and 14 November, 5 pm
Where: Roy Howard Oval, Poplar Avenue, Bega
Cost: Free for girls aged 13 to 17, or $40 for those aged 18 or older, with registration via the GoogleDoc.

If the Matildas’ recent Women’s World Cup run has inspired you to lace up your joggers, this is an option to think about if you want to keep that momentum running. This spring camp is aimed at women and girls aged 13 and older, and is your chance to learn how to play AFL, increase your fitness and make some friends.

A person in a Ballinaclash apron pouring wine into two glasses

Take a picnic and relax in an orchard. Photo: Ballinaclash Wines & Fruit/Facebook.

Ballinaclash Spring Blossom Trail

When: 2 September to 15 October
Where: Ballinaclash Orchid and Cellar Door, 4321-3323 Olympic Highway, Young
Cost: Tickets cost $5 for adults (free entry for children under 12 years), and are available via Ballinaclash’s website.

The team at Ballinaclash are opening their orchard to those interested in a stroll (or in sitting under the trees with a picnic basket).

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The curtain on Lieder Theatre’s production of The Secret River will soon fall for the final time. Photo: The Lieder Theatre/Facebook.

The Secret River production

When: 23 August to 9 September (performances on Friday and Saturday remaining), 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Lieder Theatre, 52 Goldsmith Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost between $15 and $30, and are available via Trybooking.

The Lieder Theatre’s run of The Secret River, directed by Chrisjohn Hancock is coming to a close this weekend. Based on the novel by Kate Grenville and adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell, The Secret River is the story of William Thornhill, who was sent from an 1800s London slum to the other side of the world. Purchase a ticket, settle into your seat and watch the story unfold.


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Many hands make light work – will you get involved? Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council/Facebook.

Many Hands Volunteer Expo

When: 8 September, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: Free entry.

If you’re looking for a chance to get involved in your local community, this is something to check out. Community organisations will gather, ready to answer your questions around how you can get involved in their efforts to make the Bega Valley a better place to live.


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The money raised through this fundraiser will go towards supporting those living with cystic fibrosis and their families. Photo: Lisa Maree/Facebook.

Kanzas Rose Bike Ride

When: 9 September, from 9 am (for a 10 am start)
Where: Rusty Horse Hotel, 27 Railway Street, Bribbaree; Bribbaree Showground, Showground Road, Bribbaree
Cost: Entry costs between $5 and $20 (depending on level of involvement).

The ride will start from the Rusty Horse Hotel, with the Bribbaree Showground to be the site of raffles, auctions and a few drinks to close out the day. And it’s all for a good cause, with the money raised to support families living with cystic fibrosis.


A whale jumping out of the water

Whales put in an appearance at Walawaani Muriyira-Waraga in 2022, and may do so again this year. Photo: David Rogers Photography, courtesy of Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing.

Walawaani Muriyira-Waraga

When: 10 September, from 11:30 am
Where: Dickinson Point, Bermagui
Cost: Free entry.

Walawaani Muriyira-Waraga (which means ‘safe journey whale – many’ in the Dhurga language) is a celebration of the whale migration season. Returning in 2023, the event will feature First Nations dance, a smoking ceremony and storytelling to mark the whales’ journey.

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Guinea pigs are the focus of this show in Bungendore. Photo: Capital Country Cavy Club/Facebook.

Capital Country Cavy Club Guinea Pig Show

When: 10 September, entries from 10:30 am (for an 11 am start)
Where: Bungendore Scout Hall, 66 Turallo Terrace, Bungendore
Cost: Entry cost is $5 per guinea pig.

Guinea pigs (also known as cavies) are small animals, but they have a big following in this club. In their September show, attendees will be able to watch the breed shows, browse supplies to help them take the best care of their guinea pigs, pick up some merchandise and more. Proud parents of cavies (must be at least three months old) can enter on the day.


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Get some fashion inspiration and support the community at the same time in this parade. Photo: Harden Anglican Church Op Shop/Facebook.

Harden Anglican Fashion Parade

When: 14 September, from 10 am
Where: Harden Anglican Church Parish Hall, Albury Street, Harden
Cost: Free entry.

When we think of fashion parades, we might think of rich fashion designers – but there’s one organised for this coming week for a good cause. The money raised through this parade will be passed onto Anglicare to support Harden residents in need. So settle in with a cup of tea and some yummy scones, and check out the designs on the runway.

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