IN THE VINES
Experience the Northern Lights at the Bowral Winterfest
The magic of Borealis continues, with the Northern Lights coming to Centennial Vineyards in Bowral this winter.
The mesmerising installation transports you to a place faraway, where time slows down as your eyes look up.
Through colour, movement, density of light beams and changing weather, unique auroras are projected over the vines. The perfect blend of technology and art. Set to a tranquil soundtrack, become truly immersed in the wonder and magic of Borealis.
Created by Switzerland-based artivist Dan Acher. Dan’s intent with his work is to create spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences – create a sense of belonging and community. Cities are his playgrounds, reaching thousands of people.
Who needs the Northern Lights when Bowral has Borealis in the Vines?
THE BOWRAL WINTERFEST
Escape to a winter wonderland with the Bowral Winterfest, the perfect addition to ‘Borealis in the Vines’.
Wander through charming wooden stalls that transport you to a cozy alpine ski hut, offering up delectable winter warmers and mulled wine to keep you toasty.
Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere, and don’t forget to look up! The captivating auroras of Borealis light up the night sky, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your winter festival experience. Join us for a night of winter delights at the Bowral Winterfest.
252 Centennial Road, Bowral NSW 2576
A (ticketed) shuttle service runs on Friday and Saturday nights between:
- Bowral: Boolwey Street Bus Stop to Centennial Vineyards
- Mittagong: Mittagong Railway Station to Centennial Vineyards
- Moss Vale: Leighton Gardens to Centennial Vineyards
The Bowral & Mittagong shuttle operates every half hour from each pick-up point.
The Moss Vale bus runs continuously on a 40-minute loop.
Shuttle tickets are purchased alongside your Borealis in the Vines tickets.
For detailed information please see our FAQs below.
HOW TO GET TO BOWRAL
From SYDNEY (North) – 90 mins (118km) via Hume Motorway/M31 South
From CANBERRA (South) – 2 hours (170km) via Hume Motorway/M31 North
Parking is available on-site at Centennial Vineyards
Accessible parking is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to book your accessible parking bay, please email email@example.com.
Looking for a winter weekend getaway?
Look no further than the charming town of Bowral, nestled in the Southern Highlands and just a short drive from Sydney and Canberra. Set in picturesque countryside, Bowral is renowned for its stunning gardens, boutique shops, art galleries and world-class restaurants to indulge in.
Explore and stroll through the town’s charming streets and explore the local markets or enjoy the great outdoors with hiking and cycling. Whether its relaxation or an outdoor adventure you’re looking for, Bowral offers something for everyone.
From budget-friendly options to five-star luxury, Bowral has a wide range of accommodation options to suit any budget.
Check out Destination Southern Highlands for a range of getaway ideas and accommodation options.
Book your winter weekend getaway, and fall in love with Bowral and the magic of the Southern Highlands.
WHERE TO EAT, STAY & GO
Visit our partners in Bowral and across the Southern Highlands
CENTENNIAL VINEYARDS RESTAURANT
Venture to the top of the vines at Centennial Vineyards restaurant for Dinner & Light Show. This package includes drinks, dinner, parking & entry. Book via Centennial Vineyards Restaurant.
On 25 acre horse riding farm, set up for every disability. No steps, hoist, adjustable bed, pet friendly, bathroom perfect, 20 mins to Borealis.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Borealis in the Vines?
Borealis In the Vines is an outdoor immersive light and sound installation at Centennial Vineyards using theatrical hazers and laser beams, to create an effect that replicates the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. A gentle soundtrack is played alongside the visual effect to create a peaceful and magical experience.
How long does Borealis run for?
Borealis is a continuous performance, which means you can stay for as long as you like once you arrive at your session time.
The session times indicated on your ticket are entry times. It is important to arrive at your designated session time to manage the flow of visitors and ensure a good experience for everyone.
Sessions times can be viewed here
What time should I arrive?
We advise you arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes in advance of your session time.
Sessions times can be viewed here
What do I bring?
Borealis in the Vines is an outdoor night-time event, during winter, so we recommend you dress for the weather. Warm winter clothing is essential! We recommend beanies, gloves and scarves, and even a blanket if you want to rug up!
Weatherproof cushions and neat foldable seats are also a good option to bring if you want to sit and stay for a while.
An exciting selection of winter-warming food and beverage offerings will be available to purchase at the event. BYO alcohol is strictly prohibited, however our vendors on site are licensed and will be selling an assortment of alcoholic beverages.
What is the Bowral Winterfest?
The Bowral Winterfest is an exciting addition to Borealis in the Vines. Serving up delicious food, hot beverages like mulled wine, all while being surrounded by the enchanting auroras of Borealis.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes. It suitable for all ages but please note, the event takes place at night, so for safety purposes young children must be supervised at all times.
Can I take photos or videos?
Yes! Borealis looks magnificent in video and photographs and we encourage you to get your cameras and phones out to capture the visual magic of this effect. We love seeing your pictures and footage so please be sure to tag us on social media @borealisau or using hashtags #borealisau #borealisinthevines.
What are the ticket prices?
Ticket prices can be viewed here
Can I buy tickets onsite?
It is important to purchase your tickets in advance by visiting our website www.borealisau.com. While we have a Box Office at the venue, we cannot promise there will be availability to purchase tickets on-site and you may be turned away if you do not have a pre-purchased ticket.
Is the experience accessible?
Borealis is a visual and auditory sensory experience that can be enjoyed by most people. There is accessible parking close to the event, accessible toilets, and step-free access for wheelchairs and prams.
Those accompanying a person with a disability may enter free of charge if they present their Companion Card to Front of House staff at the time of entrance. If you have any special requirements you would like to discuss in advance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Is Borealis in the Vines safe for people with epilepsy?
The lighting effect is not designed to ‘flash’ but it does flicker. Patrons with concerns are advised to reference this short video clipof the effect to help determine if it is suitable for them.
What do I need to know about the shuttle service?
We run shuttle services on Friday and Saturday nights, from Bowral, Mittagong, and Moss Vale. Shuttle tickets must be purchased prior to the event. You will be asked to present your ticket upon the service arrival to the venue. Shuttle tickets are non-refundable.
Each shuttle service has 50 seats and allows for 20 standing guests on a first-come, first-served basis, and has accessible accommodations. If you have a specific access requirement for the shuttle service, please contact email@example.com.
- The first Bowral shuttle leaves Boolwey Street Bus Stop at 6.15pm and the last shuttle leaves Centennial Vineyard at 10.15pm. The shuttle service runs continuously on a half hour loop until the end of the evening.
- The first Mittagong shuttle leaves Mittagong Railway Station at 6.15pm and the last shuttle leaves Centennial Vineyard at 10.15pm. The shuttle service runs continuously on a half hour loop until the end of the evening.
- The first Moss Vale shuttle leaves Leighton Gardens at 6.00pm and the last shuttle leaves Centennial Vineyard at 10.15pm. The shuttle service runs continuously on a 40-minute loop until the end of the evening.
Please be at the pickup location 5 minutes prior to departure as buses will depart at designated times. Please note, buses will not return to departure points to pick up any “latecomers”. If you miss the bus prior to your session time, you may wait for the next bus.
Shuttle tickets are available to purchase on the Ticketek website once the session date/time and number of tickets has been selected, and prior to taking payment.
Can I attend Borealis in the Vines if it is raining?
The event is sensitive to certain weather conditions, however light rain can actually enhance the effect and still certainly be enjoyed by audiences. Refunds will not be issued in the event of rainy weather.
The event will only be cancelled, and refunds issued, if the weather conditions are deemed unsafe to go ahead.
Do I need to book a parking space?
We take parking bookings for persons with a Disability Parking Permit. If you have one of these, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Ticket Purchase Order Number. There is no cost for this service.
If you do not have a Disability Parking Permit, standard parking will be readily available upon arrival to the venue, subject to availability.
Can I bring my dog to Borealis in the Vines?
At Borealis in the Vines, only assistance dogs are allowed at Centennial Vineyards. If you have a assistance dog, please make sure to bring the necessary documentation and present it to our front-of-house team upon arrival.
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Borealis in the Vines is proudly supported by a $623,678 grant through the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund, which aims to support the social and economic recovery and prosperity of Regional NSW.