The following is a statement from the Brigadoon Executive from a meeting held on Thursday 14 January 2021

In consideration of the latest NSW Public Health advice and directives, and with the advice of Minister Hazzard’s office, Brigadoon this year (17 April 2021) as we go to print is restricted to 3,000 persons in total. This number includes paying patrons AND all those needed to put on the event – Committee, Performers & Volunteers etc.

As such we could only expect to have 2,000 paying patrons. Obviously this would see the event run at a loss. A loss that could be sustainable for this year only.

Of course, this number is likely to change as COVID-19 twists and turns its way through the community. With this in mind the Executive have decided to continue the planning at this stage with a final decision to be made on March 4th. 

This will take into consideration the advice available at that time. We will have a full Committee meeting on that date. The decision will be published online as soon as possible.


Tickets to the general public will go on sale in early February, advance notice will be published on our website and social media.

Planning and preparation for Brigadoon is well in hand, check out our website https://brigadoon.org.au/ for all information or log onto our Facebook page for daily updates: https://www.facebook.com/Brigadoon1978

Our Chieftain for the Day is Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) who will be accompanied by his wife Liz.

We have 23 Pipe Bands, the Kilted Warriors (The Tartan Warriors have a name change), Scottish Country and Highland Dancing, the Fiddlers Tent, Southern Highlands Dogs and of course the Children’s games. Not  forgetti  the Stalls and Clans all ready to go.

Unfortunately there will not be a Street parade, because of Covid-19 restrictions, but don’t despair we will have a parade internally on the Oval precincts.

Let us all hope that this dreaded virus is well away by April and life can get back to some normality. Stay Safe.

Brigadoon Grand Raffle

First there was the bushfires, then the floods and rain now COVID-19 which led to the cancellation of our 2020 Gathering. Because of this drastic chain of events we were unable to make any financial donations to our volunteer groups.

In an attempt to rectify this, Brigadoon will be holding a Grand Raffle for our 2021 gathering which will now be held on Saturday 17th April 2021.



There are some very generous businesses out there who have contributed to our raffle, and we would like to sincerely thank them for  making this raffle possible.

It’s only through their generosity that organisations like us can continue to fulfil our goals and commit financial support to our volunteers.

The Raffle is going along nicely although sales are slow they are promising.

Attached is a copy of the Prize list and I would appreciate it if you would circulate/promote it through your Business, social media and contacts.

For the Business CommunityWill you match our Pipe Bands

They have bought A BOOK of tickets ($100) and if they win a prize All members’ names go into the hat and the person drawn Wins the prize(s).

I hope that everything works out and we are able to go ahead with Brigadoon albeit perhaps on a reduced scale.


Welcome to the Bundanoon Highland Gathering,   the “Premier” Scottish Gathering in Australia  

Brigadoon is a non-profit registered charity (CFN13267) we do not make a profit in the business sense of the word. After taking into consideration all our costs and appropriating a management budget for the coming year, we distribute the Surplus Pool to the large number of volunteer, charity and community groups in the Southern Highlands that assist us in preparation and presentation of the gathering”.

When visiting Brigadoon take time out to experience the natural beauty, arts, wineries, culture and heritage of the Southern Highlands

Mission Statement

“Coordinate a Scottish Highland Gathering, which will include Pipe Bands, Games, Clans and Scottish Dancing”

Our Goals

  • Conduct an efficient sustainable, not for profit event that adds value to our local community.
  • Nurture the ongoing preservation of the Scottish culture through involvement, exposure and educational opportunities.
  • Present a family orientated event for all peoples, community groups, locals and visitors.
  • Provide opportunities for contribution and involvement of volunteers and professionals.
  • Encourage involvement by our youth through schools and youth groups to ensure future continuity
  • Provide an opportunity for the business community to promote themselves through sponsorship
  • Provide opportunities for charitable organisations to raise funds through volunteer work
  • Enhance the profile of the local community as a tourism destination by showcasing the beauty of the Southern Highlands to the visiting public and thereby profiting from the long-term benefits
  • Provide an off peak attraction for the benefit of the local tourism industry


Even after many successful Brigadoon’s, the Committee is constantly looking for ways to improve this very special day.

Whether praise, criticism or suggestion, your comments are always welcomed. So if you have an idea that will help make the Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering even more spectacular, why not drop us a line to:

The Secretary
Bundanoon Highland Gathering
PO Box 74,
NSW 2578
Email: Click here                                                

Future Gathering Dates

  • 17 April 2021

  • 2 April 2022

  • 1 April 2023

  • 6 April 2024

  • 5 April 2025

National Library of Australia Archive Brigadoon Website

WE have just been publicly acknowledged by the National Library of Australia

Quote “We, the National Library of Australia would like to include Brigadoon : The Bundanoon Highland Gathering (website) in the PANDORA Archive that is, grant us licence under the Copyright Act 1968, to copy your publications into the Archive and to provide online public access to them via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain your publications in the Archive and to provide public access to them in perpetuity” end quote.

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications

The National Library of Australia is delighted to inform you that your publication is now publicly available in the PANDORA Archive at http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-148556

Access to your publication in the Archive is facilitated in two ways: via the Library’s online catalogue; and via subject and title lists maintained on the PANDORA home page http://pandora.nla.gov.au/index.html.

We don’t know how many other Scottish Gathering here in Australia have had their websites archived but we are extremely proud and delighted to have been chosen

A real Feather in our Cap or maybe a Hackle in our Tam ‘o’ Shanter

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN SCOTLAND An online article by Scotland Correspondent

Scotland Correspondent is a free multi-media digital magazine based in Scotland covering all things Scottish for a world-wide audience
Launched in January 2017 the magazine is published online and now has readers in more than 45 countries.

World-wide recognition in pictures

Small town in Australia makes it on the international media

A bit of extra worldwide publicity for Brigadoon

I was asked by the Expat Channel of the Telegraph in London, who were putting together a picture gallery of Scottish/Celtic games events around the world to supply some hi-res photos of Brigadoon.

Using material supplied by photographers who so readily give their time for free to document every facet of Brigadoon a varied selection of photographs were supplied to Expat Telegraph (UK)

Click here: Daily Telegraph/Expat