With warmer weather finally arriving across the state, now is the perfect time for a road trip around the local region. The beautiful yellow blankets of canola fields and flowering cherry blossoms make the Hilltops region of Southern Tablelands one of the most magical destinations in the state. Day tripping around the countryside takes on fresh perspectives when the landscape is draped in the colours of springtime.
Start in Boorowa, an area long known for outstanding Merino sheep and fine wool. More than two decades ago the townspeople of Boorowa began a tradition that was set to capture the curiosity and imagination of people across western NSW. Renowned for it's wool, Boorowa seized the opportunity in the late 1990's to showcase what the region could offer and created a wool week event which incorporated wool shows, wool workshops and shearing displays.
The annual event has continued to grow and is now a wonderful festival of family fun, as well as a celebration of all things wool - with a dose of Irish charm thrown in for good measure. The Boorowa Irish Woolfest will be back again in 2021 always has a range of unique and interesting entertainment, stalls and displays to keep the whole family enthralled. There are still many places in Boorowa where you can get your hands on fine woollen crafts and clothing along with a range of other local wares, so a stop along your journey is always worthwhile.
As you continue to explore the region's historic sites, tasty local food, and natural landscapes, why not journey on to historical sites like the Chinese Tribute Garden or continue to Tout's Lookout past Monteagle for breathtaking 180 degree views that seem to stretch on forever. Along the way, stop off to sample the delicious wine and produce of the area, check out the award-winning coffee, cafes and pubs and catch the cherry blossoms in Wombat, Kingvale and Young. For those thirsting for water views and pursuits, the region offers the Murrumbidgee which winds through Jugiong, while Wyangala Dam is located at the region's northern extremity and is popular everyone from water-skiers to those looking to catch a fish big enough to brag about.
This year The Hilltops Spring Virtual Markets will be held on the October long weekend from 9:30am, Saturday October 3 through to 4.00pm, Monday October 5, due to events such as the Harden Kite Festival and Boorowa Irish Woolfest not being able to held in their traditional formats. This market will be held online through @HilltopsRegion Instagram page, so be sure to see what local offerings are available from the comfort of your home. For the latest information on the Hilltops region and what's on offer, visit www.visithilltopsregion.com.au.