UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: The Starlight Festival is held at the A&H Hall Bangalow and will be on again next year, from January 3-6.
UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: The Starlight Festival is held at the A&H Hall Bangalow and will be on again next year, from January 3-6.

What's on: Northern NSW


ONE of the region's most prestigious bowling tournaments will be held in Ballina late December. Running from December 26 through to January 4 is the Summerland Series. The event attracts players from interstate, New Zealand and other overseas countries.

There will be approximately 300 bowlers who participate in the event, as well as more than 300 spectators. Participants will be competing for $24,500 in prizemoney. The event is divided into Summerland Singles and Summerland Pairs. The Pairs tournament will run over three days, with three days break and then the Singles tournament runs a further four days. Finals are held the day after the Singles tournament. For more information, go to cherrystreet.com.au/ sports/bowls.


FALLS is a multi day camping event kicking off at the end of December in Lorne, Victoria and Marion Bay, Tasmania and Byron Bay, New South Wales. The festival brings tunes from around the globe and art that gets you involved.

The festival was created in 1993 from a campfire idea. It was on the home of Falls, the very farm at Lorne in Victoria where it is still held each year. The local event is held at the North Byron Parklands.


THE Ballina Boxing Day Races are happening at the Ballina Jockey Club on Wednesday, December 26 so frock up and get ready for a fun filled day in the sun. This is an exciting event to be a part of. Proof of age will need to be shown prior to entry. Children under 18 must be supervised at all times. For more information, go to ballinajockeyclub.com.au.


NORTH Coast Street Machines car club will celebrate their 29th annual Show 'n' Shine at Ballina Rugby League Grounds on January 13. The gates will open for entrants at 7am and to be set up by 9am.

There will be a variety of street machines, vintage and veteran cars, hot rods and special interest vehicles.

Some of the planned activities on the day will include lucky entrants draw during the afternoon, trade displays to entice you with their merchandise, fully catered for (food and refreshments), activities all day to keep the kids occupied and wheel changing competition. For more information, go to northcoaststreetmachines.com.au.


KYOGLE Bazaar, December 23 is supported by Kyogle Together a non-profit organisation where all proceeds are returned to local community programs. Held at the Amphitheatre in the heart of Kyogle (behind the information centre). Stalls are centred around handmade but also include plants, bric-a-brac, local produce, woodwork, leathercraft and support stalls for local community groups.

For further information phone Sandii Davie on 0457 471 583 (leave message), email bazaar@kyogletogether.org.au, or go to facebook.com/kyoglebazaar.


THE Christmas Cup, December 21 at Lismore features a three course Christmas lunch served feasting tables comprises of a seafood entrée, Christmas lunch main and dessert. This is accompanied by a five hour beverage package to supply an all-inclusive event.

The cost of $120 ($100 for members) per head also includes racecourse and member's lounge entry, race book. Or simply come and throw a picnic rug down on the grass and enjoy the day. With plenty of action on course the Christmas Cup is a great day out for everyone. 11am-7pm. Fixed Price: Adult $10, Concession $6, Lismore Turf Club, Woodlawn Road, Lismore.


LEARN the basics of silversmithing in a relaxed, country setting in Tyalgum, northern NSW on January 5. During the course of the day you will become familiar with the fundamental tools of the trade, learn how to cut, saw, anneal, solder, texture and finish a ring, which will be yours to keep.

Classes run from 10am-4pm on a Saturday, and are for up to six students, to allow for individualised tuition. Full payment is required upon booking to secure your place. Overnight accommodation packages are available with Celestial Dew Guesthouse, conveniently located right next door to Flutterbies Cafe, and just a short stroll from the studio. For more information, go to osirisjewellery.com/ collections/workshops.


BATHE in the Divine sounds of the Crystal Singing Bowls each morning at the Starlight Festival at the A&I Hall Bangalow, January 3-6. Enjoy all day yoga, with Byron Bays most renowned yoga instructors.

Discover the future with a psychic reading, experience a Shamanic drumming, connect with the souls journey in a transformational workshop, or simply relax and browse the main hall markets and enjoy live music and vegan cafe.


THE exhibition, Between Nature and Sin - be held at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery from early December through to February 24, features a decade of past paintings, photographs, videos, and the premiere of Cowboy Country, David Griggs' first feature film. David Griggs explores the darker undercurrents of human existence.

His work, predominantly portraiture, focuses on the human condition; drawing on political imagery, underground media, local histories and personal experience presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

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