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Events in and around Illawarra

As we embrace each new season in Australia, so comes the excitement of new and fun events to enjoy. The Illawarra region of New South Wales is filled with a diverse range of seasonal activities, from outdoor music festivals to winter whale watching. Here are some of the best seasonal events to experience in the Illawarra.

Spring Festivals:
As the weather begins to warm up, the Illawarra region becomes awash with colourful blooms and lively festivals. One of the most popular events is the annual Tulip Time Festival in Bowral, where visitors can enjoy a sea of beautiful tulips in bloom, accompanied by live music, street performers, and market stalls.

For those interested in food and wine, the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival in Kangaroo Valley is a must-see event. Local chefs and winemakers showcase their talents, while visitors can enjoy tastings, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment.

Summer Celebrations:
The long, hot summer in the Illawarra region calls for outdoor activities, and what better way to enjoy the sun than at a music festival? The Yours & Owls Festival in Bald Hill, Wollongong, is a great event for music and art lovers alike. Each year, the festival features a lineup of internationally renowned artists, alongside local living legends.

For sport lovers, the Illawarra Hawks basketball games provide entertainment and excitement. Cheer on the team as they take on competitors from across the country.

Autumn Harvest:
As the leaves turn orange and red, the Illawarra region becomes a hub for food lovers, with the annual Berry Gardens Festival in February showcasing the region's best produce. Visitors can enjoy tastings, wine tours, and cooking demonstrations, as well as live music and a stunning illuminated garden walk.

Another popular autumn event is the Robertson Show, held in late February. With show rides, live animal displays, and competitive exhibitions, it's a great day out for families.

Winter Whales:
Winter in the Illawarra region sees an annual migration of whales, and there are plenty of opportunities to view these majestic creatures up close. The Jervis Bay Wild Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise offers a chance to witness the migration season firsthand, with expert guides on hand to provide information and answer any questions.

For those looking for indoor activities, the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk provides a unique experience. Walk high above the forest floor to take in panoramic views of the region, and learn about the local flora and fauna from experienced guides.

No matter what the season, the Illawarra region offers a range of fun and exciting events for locals and visitors alike. Keep an eye on local event calendars for even more exciting events throughout the year.

For more information:
- Tulip Time Festival: 02 4861 7100
- Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival: 02 4872 2332
- Yours & Owls Festival: 02 4227 3333
- Illawarra Hawks: 1300 364 326
- Berry Gardens Festival: 02 4464 3386
- Robertson Show: 0408 770 422
- Jervis Bay Wild Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise: 1300 766 818
- Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk: 1300 361 933