Really late to the party. But 2c to throw around.
The worst part with these things is that people decide "Let's do this in the middle of the week! BRILLIANT!"
F#$k that. I don't want to take leave for something like this. Sod that.
Do it on a Saturday. I'll likely be there! Serious!.
Weekday? Even a Friday? No go. Takes 3.5 hrs to drive to Sydney. That'd mean having to take time off work on a Friday. Sod that.
For someone out of town, I dont know if a Friday is too much to ask, for a once a year event.
But yeah, to make it so more than 1, or half, a day you have to take off is asking a bit much.