Venue Information

The 5th Border Collie National will be held at the purpose-build Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs at Dogs NSW, which boasts specialised facilities for conformation judging, herding, agility, obedience, as well as facilities for an array of sporting events including endurance, earth dog, lure coursing and field retrieving trials.  This scenic heritage-listed site is the home of dog sports in NSW.

Visitors and guests will enjoy watching the formalities of the National ringside, under the shade of beautiful Australian native eucalyptus trees. On-site vendors offer ample catering for food and hot beverages, as well as access to a complimentary exhibitor refreshment station. Entry to the Dogs NSW grounds is free.

The Dogs NSW Grounds are located an hour west of Sydney’s CBD and airport in the growing Western Sydney corridor. For those travelling by car, it is conveniently connected by road in short distance from the M4 and M7 motorways.  We advise checking the TransportNSW website if you plan to travel by public transport.

International Visitors Check-In

We want our international visitors to feel welcome when they arrive in Sydney! If you are an overseas guest attending our National in October, be sure to 'check-in' with us to let us know you are coming!


Please find below some recommendations for accommodation options close to the grounds for exhibitors and visitors.

Recommendations for visitors without dogs...

  • Mercure Hotel @ Penrith Panthers (Penrith) - 14km (14 mins). Excellent dining and entertainment options available onsite.
  • Napean Shores (Jamison) - 14km (14 mins)
  • Astina Serviced Apartments (Penrith) - 12km (14 mins)
  • Holiday Inn (St Marys) - 7km (13 mins)
  • Nightcap Jamison Hotel (Jamison) - 11km (12 mins)
  • Atura Blacktown (Prospect) - 15km (12 mins)
  • Hawkesbury Race Club Hotel (Clarendon) - 34km (35mins)

Suggestions for exhibitors travelling with dogs...

  • Nightcap at the Blue Cattle Dog (St Clair) - 3km (4 mins).  Cars & trailers permitted. No dogs in rooms.
  • Penrith Valley Inn (Penrith) - 18km (20 mins).  Trailers permitted at additional charge. No dogs in rooms.
  • Avina Caravan Park (Vineyard) - 31km (35 mins). Dog friendly. Contact owners for terms.
  • Hawkesbury Showground (Clarendon) - 34km (37 mins). Camping facilities available.

Private home rental via online sites such as AirBnb or HomeAway may be another excellent option for exhibitors travelling with dogs (especially groups). Search for properties in the Penrith, Blacktown, Camden or Fairfield areas for locations with easy access to the grounds and on average within 30 minutes by car.


Bookings for on-site camping facilities at the 2019 National can be placed directly through the Dogs NSW Online Bookings system.

Dogs NSW has 20 powered and 20 unpowered sites, shower and toilet facilities and an off-leash dog area. More information about Camping at Dogs NSW can be found on their website, and any queries you may have can be answered by the Dogs NSW office staff.

Caravan Hire
  • Camplify
  • Leanne Hagarty - phone 0407 415 388 (drop-off and pick-up to Orchard Hills)


The Official Opening of the 5th Border Collie National will be held on the Friday evening, 11th October 2019.  All our exhibitors and guests are invited to attend.  This is a free-to-attend event. The opening will be from 5pm in the historic Rotunda at the Dogs NSW Grounds.

As part of the Official Opening, and in keeping with the tradition of the 4th Border Collie National in Queensland 2016, the club will be again running the 'Judy Vos Memorial' Breeders Team Challenge.  This will take part at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony at approximately 6pm in the breed ring. Entry online via ShowManager.


International visitors or those without access to ShowManager can pre-order a Commemorative Catalogue directly with Lynne Cook via email: 


One of the highlights of every National is the Presentation Dinner & Closing Ceremony.  This year the event will be held on the Sunday evening 13th October at the Hubertus Country Club, just 10 minutes drive from the Dogs NSW Grounds. The event will be informal with a buffet dinner, so no formal bookings for 'tables' are required - simply book and pay for yourself!  There is ample seating for guests to use during dinner both inside and out on the deck overlooking the grounds, and excellent provisions for trailer parking.

Bookings for the Presentation Dinner are essential. Tickets are $50 each and must be booked and paid for by 20th September 2019 (new extended closing date).

  • Exhibitors - please book and pay for your tickets when completing your online entries. This can also be completed via ShowManager by visitors with an existing ShowManager or DogzOnline account.
  • Visitors & Guests - please email to book your tickets and obtain payment information. 


For those planning their visit to Sydney for the first time (or for the first time in a long time...) and are hoping to stay on for some holiday-ing whilst here for the National, here are some ideas of what your trip may entail.

We would recommend flying into Sydney early so that you can enjoy exploring our lovely CBD and harbour, before relocating west for the National. The Dogs NSW Grounds is at the foothills of Sydney's historic and serene Blue Mountains, so this would be a perfect next destination following our weekend of BC fun and festivity! Or why not stay on a little longer still, and enjoy a relaxing getaway to the Hunter Valley or Southern Highlands before flying out.