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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Queen's Birthday - June Long Weekend


The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is a public holiday granted to all Commonwealth nations and is celebrated in NSW on the second Monday in June. Take advantage of the extra day and explore all that Sydney has on offer!

Must Do

Queen's Birthday in Sydney

Martin Place lit up for the opening night of Vivid Sydney 2014. Image Brett Hemmings

Take advantage of this year’s June long weekend by getting out and exploring all that Sydney has to offer. Whether you’re looking to keep the whole family entertained, enjoy a meal at one of Sydney’s top restaurants, discover Sydney’s bustling shopping districts or head on an outdoor adventure, there’s plenty to see and do around the harbour city this June long weekend.

Make your way to the water’s edge and enjoy a meal with a view at one of the city’s top harbourside restaurants, or cozy up with a drink at a quirky bar in Sydney’s CBD and stylish inner city suburbs. For a spot of retail therapy, explore Sydney’s many bustling shopping precincts and browse through an alluring mix of upmarket stores, homegrown fashion boutiques and retail outlets. Take advantage of the many weekend markets held across the city’s suburbs and shop for funky homewares, take home fresh produce or find the next addition to your wardrobe.

Keep the kids entertained over the long weekend by spending the day at one of Sydney’s family-friendly attractions. Head to Luna Park for old fashioned all-ages fun, or introduce the kids to animals and sea life from across the globe at Taronga ZooSea Life Sydney Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo. For a day of educational and interactive fun, make your way to one of the city’s museums including the Powerhouse Museum or the Australian Museum.

Breathe in the fresh winter air, enjoy spectacular views and explore Sydney on foot along one of the many scenic walks that weave their way around the city and its suburbs. Enjoy panoramic coastal views along the Bondi to Coogee Walk, savour harbour vistas from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head Walk, or take on the challenge of The Coast Track as it makes its way through the Royal National Park. The Queen’s Birthday falls at the start of the annual whale migration season, so keep an eye on the water as you make your way along coastal trails.

  • Vivid Sydney

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music, and ideas. Watch Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art transform into canvases of light. Be inspired by the Vivid Ideas program of talks and unwind with Vivid Music.

  • Theatre and Shows

    Make your way to one of the city’s many established theatres and arts venues to see a program packed with old favourites and new creations played out across the city’s stages. Choose from a wide range of theatre productions, musicals, concerts, ballets, operas and comedy shows on offer during this year’s Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

  • Sydney Film Festival

    One of the world's longest-running film festivals is back with a 12-day program showing the world's best feature films, documentaries, short films and animation. Now in its 61st year, the festival features a packed program of exclusive talks with filmmakers and other industry experts.