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Everyone loves a long weekend. That amazing Friday feeling as you leave the office and your cares behind you at 5pm knowing you won’t return for 3 whole days. No Sunday night blues as you remember you’ve still got another stress free day to come. And of course there’s the realisation that next week is only a 4-day week. Winning!

There’s no better long weekend in Sydney than the October Labour Day weekend. Spring is in full swing and the whiff of summer with endless barbies in the park, visits to the beach and thongs as the footwear of choice is no longer a distant memory.

But what to do with those acres of beautiful, work free hours? Well long lie-ins, casual coffees and afternoons sipping a cool beverage in the garden are a must. But if you feel like getting out and about here are a few ideas courtesy of the All Wheels Car Rental and Refrigerated Truck Hire teams.

2016 Good Food Month

October is Good Food month in Sydney and it’s a fantastic opportunity to sample and explore the diverse and rich food culture this city offers. Supported by some of Sydney’s best chefs, foodies and restaurants, look out for lots of events throughout the month including one of our personal highlights, the Night Noodle Markets starting on 6 October.

 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final

It’s the Rugby League Grand Final weekend, and that means that you simply cannot go anywhere without hearing something about the decider. Whilst the Sharks and the Melbourne Storm slog it out at ANZ Stadium, there’s also the matter of where you’ll be to soak up the atmosphere, especially if you’re lucky enough to have tickets. However this year also sees the first NRL Nation at Darling Harbour, featuring unique interactive experiences, meet and greet opportunities with players and legends from every NRL club, children’s entertainment, a daily mascot parade and Marvel movie nights. NRL Nation opens on 1 October, and runs until Saturday 3 October.

 The Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin

We love nothing more than a festival celebrating anything on 4 wheels (or 2, 3, 6 or 8 for that matter!), but nothing seems more deserving of our reverence than the good old Aussie Ute. The iconic Deni Ute Muster is a two-day event celebrating the diversity, tradition and vibrancy of Australia.  On 30 Sept – 1 Oct visitors can enjoy the World Record blue singlet count, live music concerts, show n’ shine, bull ride spectacular, trade and catering stalls, whip cracking, wood chopping demonstrations, helicopter rides, Brophy’s Circus, camel rides and AFL on the big screen.

Manly Jazz Festival

The Manly Jazz Festival runs until 3 October, so if you know your Latin from your New Orleans Jazz and your Blues from your Swing, it’s well worth a visit. The internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz Festival is known worldwide for its beautiful location and the diversity of music it presents. It is first and foremost a music festival, but it’s also a celebration of Australia’s beach culture, good food, great times and especially the intoxicating Manly beach suburb vibe. A very solid reason to head North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge out to our beautiful Northern Beaches.

 Sydney Architecture Festival

2016 is the tenth birthday of the Sydney Architecture Festival. Sydney has a diverse architectural history from beautiful federation and art deco buildings, to contemporary structures, including some of our most icon structures such as the Opera House and Central Station. Whether you’re an amateur architecture enthusiast or seasoned pro, you can celebrate design, architecture and the built environment through events, talks, tours and exhibitions from 20 September – 3 October.

 Leura Gardens Festival

The Leura Gardens Festival starting on Saturday 1 October, is a fantastic opportunity to make a day of it or even a weekend of it in the Blue Mountains. The gardens of Leura are famous for their magnificent displays of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias and other cool climate exotics, as well as flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs. The Leura Gardens Festival is a registered charity event with all funds raised going toward the purchase of equipment for the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital and local medical foundations.

Oktoberfest Sydney

Couldn’t make it to Munich this year? Don’t worry, Sydney has an Oktoberfest of its very own which is certainly the next best thing. Whether you’re sampling some of the finest beer outside of Germany or keen to soak up the entertainment and gigantic servings of schnitzel, you’ll be in the right place this October. The Rocks is one of the iconic destinations to get your beer festival fix, with Sydney’s biggest cluster of traditional pubs serving a huge range of craft beers and local favourites. And of course, All Wheel’s best advice is leave your car at home on this occasion unless sparkling water is your drink of choice!

So much to do so little time! Three days can seem like a lifetime but if you blink you’ll miss it. So get out and about this October Labour Day Long Weekend. If you need help getting you where you want to be All Wheels Car Rental and Commercial Truck Rental can get you there.


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