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Footy Finals + October Long Weekend Guide 2023




Welcome to your Footy Finals + October long weekend 2023 guide. We’ve got your chance to win tickets to the NRL Grand Final plus where to watch the AFL AND NRL Grand Finals!

Remember Double Demerits are running from Friday 29 September to 2 October 2023 for all the details click here

Here’s your guide to the best of the best as we wrap up what has been an exciting footy season.

Watch the AFL & NRL Grand Finals at Gosford RSL

Get to Luminous Brasserie and enjoy a meal before kick-off for both AFL & NRL Grand Finals.

While you’re there you may want to try one of Gosford RSL’s newest brews – The Mr Jimi – 4.7% ABV

Mr  Jimi, is a  juicy hazy pale ale, dry hopped with galaxy hops highlighting hints of passion and tropical fruit with a low bittering finish. Perfect for Footy Finals.

A beer glass with Mr Jimi written on the side the glass is filled with a refreshing looking beer.

If you’re more a lager drinker, then Oak Haven’s Bone Dry could be for you. 4.6% ABV.

Bone Dry Lager is brewed using the finest Australian malts, low in bitterness with a clean, crisp taste; perfect for the Australian climate.

Drink Responsibly.

Blues, Grooves and Footy all at Railway Hotel

Looking for a fun-filled long weekend?

Look no further than Railway Hotel Gosford! They have got you covered with blues, grooves, and footy.

Enjoy the screening of both NRL & AFL games while indulging in their regular menu along with a wide selection of wines, beers, and cocktails. Make your long weekend the best with Railway Hotel Gosford!

Table filled with foot including pies and peas, steak and with glasses of beer and wine

Score BIG at Oldfield Cellars

Get ready to score big this footy finals season with Oldfield Cellars!

Whether you’re cheering for the underdog or the top dogs, they have the perfect match for your taste buds. From ice cold Balter to classic VB, Oldfield Cellars will keep you refreshed throughout the game.

And when it’s time to celebrate, their craft beers, champagnes, and sparkling wines will make sure you toast in style.

For those who prefer something stronger, they’ve got a lineup of bourbons, rums, and a variety of other whiskies to keep the party going. So, shop with Oldfield Cellars and turn your footy finals into a winning celebration. Cheers to the game and great drinks!

*Conditions apply with Rockford Special.

Oldfield Cellars promotion highlights wild turkey bourbon for $199.99 Rockford Barossa shiraz 2019 for $119.99 Capital brewing 16 pack carton for $69.99 and Philtre 2 X 4 packs $31.99

Terrigal Beach House – your destination for Live Music & Footy Finals

Don’t miss out on the footy finals and jam-packed music line-up featuring 9 acts over the 4 days at Terrigal Beach House this October Long Weekend.

Sunday will be bigger than ever, so come and join the Terrigal Beach House crew for a great time!

CLICK HERE for your insider guide! 

No bookings are available over the Long Weekend. Walk-ins only.

Paddy & Rob Palmer’s FINAL SIREN: 

Want to get your hands on a double pass to the NRL Grand Final at Accor Stadium this Sunday?

Listen to 107.7 Triple M for the Final Siren to sound any time during Paddy & Rob Palmer for Breakfast! Once you hear it, call through on

1 333 53 for your chance to get on the shortlist!

School holiday fun @ Deepwater Plaza:

The kids can show their creative and crafty side at Deepwater Plaza these school holidays.

From Making sunflowers, bug masks, beach balls and much more. Held from 11am-2pm Wed-Friday of both weeks of the holidays.

Coastal Twist LGBTIQA+ Arts and Culture Festival: 

Coastal Twist will be held from 26 September – 2nd October 2023 is 7 days of jam packed surprises, playful and profound fun and learnings with LGBTIQ Arts & Culture from across our region, our state and our country as we invite adventurous Artists, Thinkers and Innovators to present work that simultaneously entertains and expands our worlds, our tolerance and our possibilities!

Magic happens and life is what you make it when we work together to deliver what a few years prior was thought impossible for this region!

From zero to hero we have aligned as a community, collaborated with our leading organisations, partnered with our most innovative local businesses and shared intentions with the regions largest employers and global brands to move forward with our mission for “A HAPPIER HEALTHIER AND MORE WELCOMING CENTRAL COAST”

Other events:

Ettalong Bowling Club’s SPRING FEST – A family FUN DAY on the green 🎡

It’s all happening at Ettalong Bowling Club on Sat 30th Sept
Live Entertainment
Pop up local breweries/wineries/distillery vendors
Kids jumping castle/ games & food stalls
BBQ & Hotdog Stall
Supported by Triple M with the Roadies onsite
Proceeds from the day will be donated to Mary Mac’s Place

Flowerpot Mug Posy @ Burbank at Saddles💐

Join us for an exciting Flowerpot Mug Posy workshop. We’ll be creating a beautiful fresh flower posy in these gorgeous pastel mugs.
Cost $95 PP
All materials provided.
4370 1010 Bookings essential.

Marcia Hines @ Laycock Street Theatre 🎙️

Australia’s beloved musical treasure, with a career spanning five amazing decades, has announced that she will spend the second half of 2023 touring the regional cities and towns of Australia. Accompanied by her musicians and production crew, each performance will be a celebration of the extraordinary output of this legendary Australian.
From the early days of ‘Fire and Rain’ to the Discotheque album and all the way through to the 2022 release of ‘The Gospel According to Marcia’, each performance will encapsulate Marcia’s extraordinary vocal range and recording career.

Since moving to Australia from Boston at just 16 to star in the production of Hair, Marcia has become an integral part of the Australian music and entertainment industry. 22 albums, 2.6 million sales, countless chart topping singles and multi-platinum albums. She continues to reinvent herself and in doing so sets new industry benchmarks. From Jesus Christ Superstar to ‘Queen of Pop’ to ‘Australian Idol’, induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and an Order of Australia in 2009, this extraordinary woman has been an inspiration to women and Australians everywhere.

Her return to regional centres across Australia is an acknowledgement of the importance of these cities and towns to her journey. These years of touring were so significant in the establishment of her career and her relationship with Australian audiences. Expect two hours plus of memories, musicality and a little madness. The amazing Miss Hines and her touring family are a wonder to behold!

Performance Schedule
7.30pm – 8.05pm – Support Act
8.05pm – 8.25pm – Interval
8.25pm – 10.00pm – Marcia Hines

Get Your Boat licence for the long weekend 🚤

Join the fun on the water! Get your licence with our popular boat & jetski licence course!
Course running Friday 29/9, 6pm @ Gosford.
Bookings essential. Book online – click ‘get tickets’ – or by phone.
Our fun courses help you gain the skills and confidence to go boating safely.
3 Simple steps to get your licence with our course:
✅Complete your free logbook (available on our website)
✅Take our qualification & your logbook to Service NSW
✅Obtain licence – go boating!

Weave & Sip at the Gallery Gosford 🧺

Weaving Workshop
Friday 29 Sept 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Enjoy a relaxed natural fibre based weaving workshop while sipping some bubbly and laughing with friends. No experience necessary.
Wine, light refreshments and materials provided.
$70.00 Non-members
$65.00 Members

Junior Chef Classes @ Pinocchio’s 👩🏼‍🍳

Looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids during the school holidays? Look no further!

Junior Chef Classes at Pinocchio’s Dates: 27th & 29th September, 4th & 6th October Time: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM Age Group: 5 to 12 years old

Join Pinocchio’s for their School Holidays Junior Chef Cooking Class, where your little ones will embark on a pizza-making adventure led by their Executive Chef, Joshua Grant.

Class Highlights:

Kids will craft their own pizzas with favourite toppings, then cook, savour, and share their delicious creations!

They’ll create both savoury and dessert pizzas 🍕 PLUS take home a pizza dough ball for more pizza-making fun

But that’s not all! Parents can join in the fun too. For just $25 per adult, enhance your experience with a glass of wine and a shared grazing board while you watch your aspiring chefs at work.

Make this school holiday memorable with a delightful family activity at Pinocchio’s in Gosford. Limited spots available, so reserve your child’s place today!  (Link in our calendar of events ⬇️)


Check out our calendar for all other long weekend event details here


Whatever you’re up to over the October long weekend 2023 – be safe and have a great one!