Special Events

LifeMilestones are often celebrated with main street parades or festivals of a distinctly local flavour. The centenary of Campbelltown in 1920 was the cause of much celebration with a huge street parade, watched by pioneering families of the district and the then governor of New South Wales Sir Walter Davidson. Fishers Ghost Festival is another event that annually commemorates the legend surrounding the death of Frederick Fisher, a local businessman and landowner, whose battered body was discovered by an Aboriginal tracker from Liverpool named Namut in 1826.

LifeThe Orange Blossom Festival held in the Baulkham Hills Shire aims "to stimulate the social, cultural and sporting activities within the shire". The festival commenced in 1969, coinciding with a dramatic population increase in the district. The name of the festival commemorates Chelsea Farm in the Hills shire, which was the first place in Australia to grow oranges.

Fairfield City celebrates its multicultural population by holding an annual Carnivale.


The Blue Mountains have, in recent years, become the centre of Christmas in July festivities. Yulefest capitalises on the colder, alpine climate of the Mountains to provide visitors with an opportunity to partake of a traditional European Christmas feast in a winter setting.