October Long Weekend Labour Day

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October Long Weekend

Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October in NSW. Make the weekend special by enjoying events such as the delicious Good Food Festival or the thrilling NRL Grand Final, or simply make the most of the beautiful spring weather by relaxing on Sydney's beaches and coastal walks. 

  • Bondi Beach, Sydney
  • Whale watching, Sydney

October long Weekend in Sydney

Enjoy the best of Sydney’s cafesrestaurants and bars celebrating the 2016 Good Food Month. Discover delicious cuisine, new flavour sensations and a world-class culinary scene at food markets, pop-ups, cooking classes and other events across the city.

Watch on as this year’s NRL premiers battle for the top spot. The 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, featuring some of the country’s best rugby league players going head-to-head, is held on Sunday the 2nd of October at ANZ Stadium. Be part of the thrilling spectacle, along with a mighty crowd of passionate fans there to enjoy the show.

NRL Grand Final, Sydney

Visit some of Sydney’s fantastic museums and galleries. Head to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where you can see the prestigious and highly anticipated Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibition until October 9. The Archbald Prize famously includes portraits of public Australian figures, from politicians to celebrities and sporting heroes.

Celebrate Walktober in Sydney and get active over the long weekend by exploring the city’s wonderful and diverse tracks and trails, from coastal walks to suburban pathways. Bondi to Coogee, the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head and the Manly to the Spit Bridge all provide glorious views of the city and its surrounds.

Good Food Month, Sydney

Head to the annual Manly Jazz Festival on Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October. Relax on Manly Beach as you listen to the smooth sounds of jazz across the weekend, with outstanding local and international musicians performing by the water. To get there you can board a ferry at Circular Quay and enjoy unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour

Just a short walk from Manly, North Head Lookout offers a spectacular panorama of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. It's also a great location to spot whales at this time of the year. Other excellent whale watching vantage points can be found in national parks across Sydney including Ku-ring-gai Chase National ParkKamay Botany Bay National Park and the heritage-listed Royal National Park.

To see where the whales are right now in maps you can use the Wild About Whales app. This will also give you tips on how to spot them and the best vantage points.

The Western Sydney Marathon also takes place on the 3rd of October at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, offering another great way to get moving and have fun with whole family.

Explore the city's many vibrant outdoor weekend markets. Unearth vintage goods and discover up-and-coming designers at Bondi Markets, Glebe Markets and Paddington Markets, or shop for fresh produce at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. Or simply wander your own way to relax on one of Sydney beautiful beaches

For those planning a long weekend out of Sydney, you can explore the State on a caravan and camping trip and discover a wide range of events taking place in regional NSW during the October long weekend.

  1. Rozelle Collectors Markets

    Saturday 29 July to Sunday 1 April 2018, Inner Sydney

    The Rozelle Collectors Market is one of Sydney's favourite outdoor second hand, bric-a-brac and antique markets. Stallholders have been selling their pre-loved wares to an ever expanding audience in the grounds of the...

    29 Jul -01Apr
  2. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 14 January to Saturday 16 December 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is an award-winning authentic Farmers Market held every Saturday in the heart of Redfern in Sydney.This renowned market features...

    14 Jan -16Dec
  3. Moore Park Foodies and Farmers Market

    Saturday 29 July to Saturday 29 December 2018, Moore Park

    Moore Park Foodies and Farmers Market is Sydney's finest producers market. It offers a wide range of top quality produce at a great price in one very convenient location, just 10 minutes from the Sydney Central...

    29 Jul -29Dec
  4. Balmain Markets

    Saturday 29 July to Saturday 4 November 2017, Balmain

    At the Balmain Markets browse amongst the second hand books, recycled art, contemporary galleries and jewellery plus sample home made vegetarian snacks from the multicultural food hall.There are...

    29 Jul -04Nov
  5. Bondi Markets

    Sunday 19 February to Sunday 31 December 2017, Bondi

    Established in 1993, the Bondi Markets are open every Sunday in the wonderful, beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School.Head to the markets and you'll find original designer clothing, exotic...

    19 Feb -31Dec
  6. Brewery Yard Markets

    Sunday 6 August to Sunday 4 February 2018, Chippendale

    The Brewery Yard Markets is an exciting, rapidly growing, inner-city market held on the first and third Sunday of every month on the green at Central Park, Chippendale, opposite University of Technology Sydney...

    06 Aug -04Feb

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NSW Public Holidays in 2016 and 2017

Holiday20162017
New Year's DayFriday 1 JanuarySunday 1 January
Additonal Day Monday 2 January
Australia DayTuesday 26 JanuaryThursday 26 January
Good FridayFriday 25 MarchFriday 14 April
Easter SaturdaySaturday 26 MarchSaturday 15 April
Easter SundaySunday 27 MarchSunday 16 April
Easter MondayMonday 28 MarchMonday 17 March
Anzac DayMonday 25 AprilTuesday 25 April
Queen's BirthdayMonday 13 JuneMonday 12 June
Labour DayMonday 3 OctoberMonday 2 October
Christmas DaySunday 25 DecemberMonday 25 December
Boxing DayMonday 26 DecemberTuesday, 26 December
Additional DayTuesday 27 December 

See NSW School Holidays dates