Wollongong’s stunning scenery, accommodation and local produce will be on show at Harley Days 2016, a new three-day festival bringing together Harley-Davidson bike owners and motorbike enthusiasts from around Australia.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward said Harley Days confirms NSW’s place as Australia’s favourite State for hosting inaugural events.
“Harley Days will be Australia’s biggest ever celebration of the world’s favourite motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson, and we are delighted to have secured it for New South Wales,” he said.
“Set to attract more than 2,000 international and domestic visitors and deliver more than $1 million in visitor expenditure, Harley Days will provide a significant boost to the local visitor economy while highlighting Wollongong’s beautiful natural setting,” Mr Ward said.
New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the new event will join a bumper line-up of sporting, music and foodie events for the region.
“Wollongong is the perfect destination to host this event with its spectacular scenery, coastal riding routes, extensive accommodation options and its close proximity to Sydney,” he said.
“I encourage motorbike enthusiasts and those wanting to take a short-break to plan a trip to Wollongong to experience this exciting Australian-first event,” Minister Ayres said.
Nigel Keough, Managing Director of Harley-Davidson Australia & New Zealand said that Harley Days is set to become Australia’s largest celebration of motorcycle culture.
“With an unprecedented line up of custom motorcycles, live entertainment, stunts and spectacles, the entire weekend is dedicated to celebrating the bonds that recreational motorcycling can create amongst communities, whether you are a rider or not,” Mr Keough said.
Harley Days 2016 will include events such as a Show and Shine, demonstrations, live entertainment, guided rides and a Thunder Run – a mass participation Harley- Davidson motorcycle ride showcasing key locations in Wollongong and surrounds.
Harley Days will take place at Stuart Park, Wollongong from 28th–30th October 2016.