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Borealis in the Vines

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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An aurora match in Bowral

This winter, watch the lights dance across the sky over Centennial Vineyards with the magic of Borealis in the Vines. A mesmerising installation that will transport you to the Arctic using art and technology, this is a spectacular show to rival the Northern Lights without the expense of a flight.

Elevated in darkness and surrounded by nature, special effects will bring alive the awe of Aurora Borealis through the blend of colour, movement, density of light beams and changing weather to create unique projections over the vines.

The man behind this wonder is Switzerland-based artivist Dan Acher, who enjoys creating spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences with the result of creating a sense of belonging and community. Landscapes are his playgrounds that reach thousands of people.

Coming together with theatrical hazers and laser beams to replicate the natural phenomenon is a tranquil soundtrack by French composer Guillaume Desbois. Developing sounds in layers using synthesisers and traditional instruments, this captivating experience will truly immerse you and add to the sense of wonder.

But that's not all, Bowral Winterfest will be serving up delicious food and beverage options to delight on. Wander through charming wooden stalls that transport you to a cozy alpine ski hut, offering winter warmers and mulled wine to keep you toasty.

Borealis in the Vines is open Thurs-Sun with staggered, timed entries from 6pm-9pm. Once you arrive for your session, you can stay as long as you like.

Ticket prices are as follows:-

ADULTS: $25 (Thurs & Sun), $29 (Fri), $34 (Sat)
CONCESSION: $20 (Thurs & Sun), $24 (Fri), $29 (Sat)
CHILD (2-15 yrs): $10 (Thurs & Sun), $14 (Fri & Sat)
Under 2's are free.

If you want to enhance your experience, you can do so with a VIP ticket ($55 on Thurs & Sun, $59 on Fri & $64 on Sat) that includes priority entry with a designated line (no queue), premium viewing area, a souvenir lanyard and a drink voucher to redeem for a champagne, beer, wine or soft drink.

A box office is onsite for tickets but it's best to book ahead online as availability can't be guaranteed by just turning up on the night.

This perfect place in the beautiful Southern Highlands will be a night to remember and you can make it even more special with a Dinner and Show combination in the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant for $95 per person. Available on Friday and Saturday nights, it includes entry, a drink on arrival, dinner and VIP restaurant parking. Bookings can be made here.

With Bowral only 90mins from Sydney and 2hrs from Canberra, this event makes the Northern Lights a reality without travelling across the globe. Parking is available onsite and on Friday and Saturday nights there is a shuttle service that will get you to and from the vineyard. You can pick it up on a half hour loop from Boolwey St Bus Stop in Bowral and Mittagong Railway Station or a 40min loop from Leighton Gardens Bus Stop in Moss Vale. A ticket will need to be pre-purchased. For questions on this service, you can email
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When: Thurs-Sun 6.30pm-10pm
Phone: 02 4861 8722
Where: 252 Centennial Rd, Bowral
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Promised a spectacle akin to the majestic Aurora, what we were met with was, unfortunately, a considerably low-grade light show. One might venture as far as to suggest this was a misrepresentation, teetering on the line of deceit.

They created a faux cloud using a smoke machine, with a basic laser light serving as the primary illuminator. The show, indeed nothing close to a show, felt severely lacking, particularly considering the steep admission price of $35 per adult.

Visiting on May 27th, my family and I paid close to $200 for the tickets alone, mislead by the false advertising, anticipating a visual delight. Regrettably, we left with nothing but a sense of disappointment. Moreover, the accompanying amenities - the food stalls - were disappointingly mediocre and fell short of justifying the trip.

What was intended to be an enchanting evening turned out to be a costly outing that failed to deliver on its promises. Disillusioned, we certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
by kavee (score: 0|8) 1 day ago
This looks amazing.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10580) 7 days ago
looks and sounds fabulous, Irenke!
by Elaine (score: 3|9398) 35 days ago
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