What's On: Northern NSW
MAD HATTER'S PICNIC
WHY not get a group together and have some fun at a three-course, picnic-style buffet on Saturday, February 24. Mad Hatter games and decor will create the scene. Great prizes to win. Prize for the best Mad Hatter's hat and costume. All profits to ovarian cancer research. Adults $35, children 5-12yrs $15 and under 5yrs free. Bookings essential. Picnic from 6pm to 8pm at the Lismore City Bowling Club, Molesworth St, Lismore. Details at .www.hightealadies.com.au/ or phone Glenda Ramsbotham on 0416 231 596.
WOODENBONG Seasonal "Yowie Country" Market is held on the last Saturday of the month at the end of each season in February, May, August and November. Next market is February 24. Held at the Woodenbong Public Hall grounds, Unumgar St, from 8am-2pm with a variety of stalls, food and coffee, country atmosphere and a children's playground on-site. Free entry. Contact Marian on 0487 635 558 for further information. Woodenbong is 59km from Kyogle and 143km from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Officially declared a village in 1908, it is rich in natural and cultural history and is located in the shadow of Mt Lindesay.
HELD annually at Kingscliff on the wave-rich Tweed Coast, the Australian Longboard Surfing Open is the premier World Surf League longboard surfing event in Australia. More than 5000 surfers and spectators are attracted to this celebration of longboard surfing. The age demographic is diverse, as the event caters for 10-year-old grommets to grandparents in their 70s. They all share a love of the ocean and the surfing lifestyle that promotes a sport powered by the clean raw energy of nature. The event takes place from February 28 to March 4 at 61 Marine Pde, Lions Park, Kingscliff. Check out Facebook page or the website.
CLEAN UP DAY
IN 1989 an "average Australian bloke" had a simple idea to make a difference in his own backyard - Sydney Harbour. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day. In the past 27 years, Australians have devoted more than 32 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected more than 344,000 tonnes of rubbish. Clean Up Day in 2018 takes place on Sunday, March 4. Businesses will "clean up" on February 27, while schools mark the day on Friday, March 2.Volunteer at a site near you by checking out the website www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.
WITH breast cancer can come fear, uncertainty and exhaustion. However, for many a diagnosis can also become an opportunity for a life-changing experience. Join us for a day where together we each have an opportunity to share our wisdom to support the healing process. The retreat on March 4 is hosted by complementary health practitioners, health professionals and women who are interested in women's health. Please note that no medical advice is given at the event. Bookings are essential at www.esotericwomenshealth.com/events for the retreat from 9.30am to 4pm at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore. Cost $60. Call Mary-Louise Myers on 0419106702 for details.
UKI Buttery Bazaar runs every third Sunday of the month, next held March 18. Come along and enjoy the wonderful village atmosphere that is Uki. Just a country drive away - 40 minutes from the Gold Coast, less than an hour from Byron Bay. Half the fun is getting there. Leave the big smoke behind, breathe fresh air, and take in the spectacular mountain scenery. Stay for a scrumptious lunch from one of the foodies or just mellow out under the shade trees. Cruise the trash and treasure bargains, take home a plant or two, and meet the friendly locals. Held at 1454 Kyogle Rd, Uki. Check out www.ukivillage.com.au/community/markets.
THIS year will be the inaugural event for the Tweed Coast Charity Walk on Sunday, March 25. The walk will start from Family Park in Fingal (next to the Rovers Surf Life Saving Club) and follow the coastline to Lions Park, Kingscliff (7km). Participants can enter individually or in teams of two to 20 people. Minimum age is 12 (accompanied by a paying adult). Costs range from $25 to $45. All participant fees are a tax-deductible donation to Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Additional fundraising is encouraged. First start wave is at 8am. Details at www.coastalcharitywalk.com.au.
GRAB your kilt and get to Maclean, the Scottish Town in Australia, on March 30 and 31. Walk among the clans that invade the town for the Highland Gathering every Easter from around the country. Piping competitions take place non-stop at different venues, as well as street concerts with dancers, pipers and singers. A parade along the main street of all participating bands takes place on Easter Saturday (8.30am sharp) and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing - tossing the caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall. Details at www.macleanhighlandgathering.com.au.
JOIN a volunteer-run lighthouse tour to the top of the Cape Byron Lighthouse, taking advantage of the 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean from the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. Tours available every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm depending on suitable weather and availability. Cape Byron Lighthouse is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there, take Lawson St (which becomes Lighthouse Rd) and follow it to the lighthouse. Limited parking is available at the lighthouse and a $7 car entry fee applies. Gold coin donation. The last tour runs at 3.30pm. For more information phone NPWS Cape Byron Lighthouse office on 66209300.