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Australia Day in Sydney

On Australia Day on January 26, be sure to wear green and gold and join in the celebrations. Sydney's beaches are popular on Australia Day, the pubs are crowded and oh so festive, and Darling Harbour's evening concert is a must-see.

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Public holiday activities in Sydney

Ocean pool, Palm Beach

Those visiting Sydney on a public holiday can look forward to a city that's even more vibrant and exciting than usual.

October's Labour Day Long Weekend – and the beautiful weather that usually comes with it – is the perfect time to enjoy all the attractions Sydney has to offer. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at one of the city's  parks or enjoy the lively atmosphere of Darling Harbour.

On Australia Day on January 26, be sure to wear green and gold and join in the celebrations. Sydney's beaches are popular on Australia Day, the pubs are crowded and oh so festive, and Darling Harbour's evening concert is a must-see.  Head to a Sydney Harbour vantage point to watch the Great Ferry Race or why not spoil yourself on board a luxury harbour cruise – enjoy the sparkling harbour by day and fireworks by night. A harbour cruise is also a great place to be on Boxing Day so you can watch the beginning of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – an Australian tradition.

Commonwealth nations celebrate the Queen's Birthday on the second Monday in June with a long weekend. Many take advantage of the extra day off by heading to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, and so can you. As well as a World Heritage-listed national park to explore, there are antique stores and other unique wares to discover, and plenty of cafes and restaurants with open fires to ward off the winter chill. The magical Jenolan Caves is well worth including on your itinerary – cave tours vary in length and difficulty. The Hunter Valley to the north is Sydney's wine country, offering plenty to see and do, and the Royal National Park just south of Sydney is the place to walk, canoe and bike ride.

Whatever the public holiday, Sydney's year-round great weather and attractions means there's plenty to see and do. Make sure you visit Taronga Zoo for a great day out, and marvel at the citywide views from a height on a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb – it's an experience you'll never forget!

Anzac Day in Sydney

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is an important holiday for Australians, and there are a few ways to commemorate this significant day in Sydney. Crowds gather at dawn in Martin Place every April 25 to honour the fallen soldiers of World War I in a memorial service, followed by a military parade and Commemoration Service at Hyde Park.

Bondi to coogee coastal walk
New Year's Day

If you've celebrated New Year's Eve into the wee hours of the next morning, New Year's Day in Sydney is a day to take it easy on one of the city's beautiful beaches or to savour the summer sunshine at a waterside restaurant. If your resolution is to get fit, ease into it on one of Sydney's glorious coastal walks.

Shopping at Paddington markets, Image Pierre Toussaint
Boxing Day sales

If you haven't emptied your savings account in the lead up to Christmas, take advantage of the big discounts on offer at the legendary Sydney Boxing Day sales. Join the crowds at Pitt Street Mall and other Sydney city shopping centres to bag a bargain for you or that special someone in your life.

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