Quirky traditions are a quintessential part of Australian country life and part of this is small towns celebrating anything from pumpkins to oysters with a local festival. Cootamundra, located around an hour and 45 minutes from Canberra, is no different from its cause for celebration being the blooming of the local Cootamundra Wattle.
The Cootamundra Wattle Time Fair and Street Parade is held annually on the final Saturday in August. The fair showcases the unique spirit of outback NSW with the small town coming together to celebrate with a market day and parade.
The market runs from 9am - 4pm at Fisher Park, Cootamundra and features over 60 stalls including local makers, artisans and producers. There are also games, rides and face painting for the kids and plenty of food for the whole family.
The whole town comes together for the parade which features local dancers, musicians, animals and community groups on floats decked out with blooms of golden wattle. The parade follows the main street of Cootamundra, Parker Street, and starts at 12 noon.
Cootamundra is an easy day trip from Canberra and the Wattle Time Festival and Parade is a family-friendly opportunity to escape the city and explore one of the beautiful and welcoming small towns of the Canberra region.