It’s happening in the Hunter

Hot Air Balloon, Pokolbin

Image: Cessnock City Council
Newcastle’s 36th annual Surfest has kicked off across the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie region with the best local and international surfing talents descending on the Hunter this March and April.

The amazing six-week Surfest event includes competitions for the grom’s and pro’s, as well as the Wandiyali Indigenous Classic and the Evolution Charity Cup where funds are raised for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

With the wildcards and junior events already completed, the Newcastle – Hunter region is thriving with good swell, and good times to be had. Live music, art, sport and the world-famous Hunter Valley is only a stone’s throw away.

With so much competitive surfing on offer, there are plenty of opportunities to come down and watch the action – but it’s all about the swell. And with the Hunter Valley less than an hour up the road, a lay day won’t disappoint. 

Cellar doors and vineyards, hot-air ballooning, national parks and some of Australia’s best places to eat and drink won’t have you rushing back for dinner. Rent some bikes, take the kids and pack the dog because there are plenty of family-friendly options and venues to cater for all.

The best part about coming to the Hunter is everything is close. Just aim for the Valley, Pokolbin, Branxton, Singleton or Cessnock, the best plan is to keep it loose and allow for the experience to take you.

Surfest runs throughout March and into the first few days of April with the AAP Consulting Women’s Pro and the City of Newcastle Pro presented by Burton Automotive running in tandem from Tuesday, March 29th – Sunday, April 3rd.