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February 7, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Newcastle is set for a bumper month of events in February when the NRL All Stars, Australian Boardriders Battle National Final, Australian Surfing Awards, Surfest and Australian Bowl-Riding Championships take place in the city between 10 and 26 February

Winner of three International Festivals and Events City Awards, Newcastle is home to quality events which will see some of the biggest names in sport flock to the city in February.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase says the 2017 events calendar in Newcastle promises to be the biggest and best yet.

“Newcastle has an incredible coastline, and a well-earned reputation as a surfing and events destination all year round. In 2017 Newcastle will play host to nine events including Port to Port MTB, FIM Asia Supermoto Championships, Master Women’s Australian Championships (Hockey) and the Coates Hire Supercars 500. I encourage all sports fans to visit Newcastle and check enjoy these amazing events,” she said.

Just two-and-a-half hours north of Sydney, the seaside city of Newcastle is a working harbour city with rich a history, quirky arts culture, thriving dining and shopping scene and eight amazing surf beaches. Close by are world-class wineries in the Hunter Valley, the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere in Port Stephens, world-heritage listed Barrington Tops and Australia’s largest salt water lake, Lake Macquarie.

  • NRL All Stars Friday 10 February 2017

The NRL All Stars is back in 2017 and is a week-long event that celebrates Rugby League’s commitment to Indigenous Australia. Visitors can see the best the NRL has to offer when the Indigenous All Stars take on the World All Stars at McDonald Jones Stadium. For more information visit

  • Australian Boardriders Battle National Final 17 – 19 February 2017

The Australian Boardriders Battle is the biggest grassroots club series in surfing history and involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs. The tour allows Australian World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardrider clubs, allowing fans to see their surfing heroes at Newcastle Beach. For more information visit

  • Australian Surfing Awards Saturday 18 February 2017

Surfing’s night of nights features the who’s who of the Australian surfing community and recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the development of surfing in Australia. Male and Female Surfer of the Year, and Hall of Fame awards are given out. For more information visit

  • Surfest Monday 20 – Sunday 26 February 2017

Surfest is the longest running professional surfing competition in Australia and will feature some of the up and coming surfers from Australasia and around the globe. The high profile 2017 line-up includes surfing superstar Owen Wright, who will return to pro-surfing for the first time since his wipeout in December 2015. Other Australian World Championship Tour surfers include the event’s defending champion Matt Wilkinson alongside Julian Wilson, Joel Parkinson, Adrian Buchan, Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore. Held at Merewether Beach, an Australian National Surfing Reserve, the event is a must-see on the WSL World Tour schedule. For more information visit

  • Australian Bowl-Riding Championships Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 February

Newcastle’s Bar Beach will play centre stage for another Australian Bowl-Riding Championships and will see some of the world’s best skateboarders and bowl riders battle it out for a huge prize pool. For more information

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