Queen's Birthday - June Long Weekend


The Queen’s Birthday is a public holiday celebrated in NSW on the second Monday in June. This lively long weekend is a great time to explore the many open attractions and events in this beautiful harbour city. 

  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
  • Food and Wine at Opera Bar, Sydney

About Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

In 2017 the Queen’s Birthday falls on Monday 12 June in NSW. Take some time to enjoy this long weekend by seeing the lightshows of Vivid Sydney, enjoying a thrilling show, dining at one of Sydney's top-rated restaurants or exploring Sydney’s many attractions.

The largest festival of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney shines throughout the weekend, with projections from 26 May to 17 June. Explore the dynamic program of amazing light installations, cutting-edge music and thought-provoking workshops throughout the city that will turn your inspiration into action.

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Visit Taronga Zoo, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, and meet delightful elephants, see a koala and feed giraffes. In the evening you can experience the fully interactive and immersive Lights for the Wild event. This Vivid Sydney experience allows you to interact with the light sculptures with a state-of-the-art wristband.

Travel back in time to Pompeii, the untold Roman Rescue. This incredible exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour features more than a hundred objects, including shipwrecks, found around the famous ancient city buried by a volcanic eruption 2,000 years ago.

Sydney Film Festival, Sydney

Take a seat at the stylish State Theatre for The Sydney Film Festival as it showcases the best in cinema from Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries and short films. And at Pyrmont’s Sydney Lyric Theatre, the acclaimed and award-winning live production of The Bodyguard is enthralling audiences.

There are many attractions open during the weekend. Ride the thrills at Luna Park, across the harbour from The Observatory. The Australian Museum, next to Hyde Park, has dinosaur skeletons and a special mini-museum for kids under five. Meet beautiful Tasmanian Devils at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour, near the city centre.

Browse the Friday Chinatown Night Markets for delicious yum cha, or enjoy a heavenly meal at one of Sydney’s restaurants.

  1. Titanic The Exhibition

    Saturday 8 April to Friday 30 June 2017, Moore Park

    Titanic The Exhibition, arrives in Sydney for the first time ever from April 8! Journey into the heart of the Titanic and experience the world's largest and most comprehensive exhibition about this iconic...

    08 Apr -30Jun
  2. The National: New Australian Art

    Thursday 30 March to Sunday 16 July 2017, City Centre

    The first of three biennial surveys presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art. Three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of...

    30 Mar -16Jul
  3. The Bodyguard

    Saturday 22 April to Sunday 2 July 2017, Pyrmont

    Producers John Frost, Michael Harrison and David Ian today announced that one of Australia’s finest vocalists and performers, Paulini, will play the leading role of Rachel Marron in the Australian Premiere of the...

    22 Apr -02Jul
  4. Vivid LIVE

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Running from 26 May to 17 June 2017, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House is a celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid LIVE is the highlight...

    26 May -17Jun
  5. Vivid Skywalk

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, City Centre

    Experience Sydney like never before and join in the city's most illuminating festival on a Vivid Skywalk! Don't miss your exclusive opportunity to soak up the ultimate bird's eye view of world-famous Vivid...

    26 May -17Jun
  6. Vivid Sydney - Light, Music and Ideas

    Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June 2017, Sydney Harbour

    Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important...

    26 May -17Jun
  7. Parramatta Farmers Market

    Friday 5 May to Friday 29 December 2017, Parramatta

    Over 20 farmers and producers from the Sydney basin and regional NSW will be selling high quality, authentic local, seasonal produce directly from growers and artisan food producers.Come early and...

    05 May -29Dec
  8. Chinatown Night Market

    Friday 27 January to Friday 29 December 2017, Chinatown And Haymarket

    The Chinatown Night Market is a multicultural community market that is very popular with the city locals and is now rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction in Sydney.As part of the Asia On Your...

    27 Jan -29Dec
  9. The Beaches Market

    Friday 14 April to Friday 29 December 2017, Northern Beaches

    A Farmers and Produce market in Warriewood, Sydney. Come and buy the freshest produce and food. Products include local honey, local and imported specialty cheeses, fish, meat, olive oils, bread, plants and flowers…...

    14 Apr -29Dec
  10. Shire Farmers Market

    Saturday 3 June to Saturday 3 February 2018, Sydney South

    Visit the Sutherland Shire to experience a market atmosphere like no other, with stalls selling freshly grown produce, mouth watering food, barista grade coffee and much more.

    03 Jun -03Feb
  11. Carriageworks Farmers Market

    Saturday 14 January to Saturday 16 December 2017, Redfern And Waterloo

    Carriageworks Farmers Market, previously known as Eveleigh Farmers Market, is an award-winning authentic Farmers Market held every Saturday in the heart of Redfern in Sydney.This renowned market features...

    14 Jan -16Dec
  12. Bondi Farmers Market

    Saturday 3 June to Saturday 31 March 2018, Bondi

    The Bondi Farmers Market is held every Saturday at Bondi Beach Public School. The market brings you fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, organically grown meat and poultry, just picked flowers, artisan breads,...

    03 Jun -31Mar
  13. Glebe Markets

    Saturday 18 February to Saturday 16 December 2017, Glebe

    Everything from original design clothing, per-loved attire, biec-a-brac, books and arts and crafts, jewellery and hats.There are food stalls and some outdoor entertainment including bands, jugglers and...

    18 Feb -16Dec
  14. Sydney Film Festival

    Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, City Centre

    The Sydney Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. One of the...

    07 Jun -18Jun
  15. Royal Randwick Race Day

    Saturday 10 June to Saturday 22 July 2017, Randwick

    The Australian Turf Club invites you to the track for a day of great racing at Royal Randwick.Racing brings friends, family and colleagues together for a thrilling experience. Witness the thundering hooves...

    10 Jun -22Jul
  16. Hobby Show and Show N Shine

    Saturday 10 June to Sunday 11 June 2017, Hawkesbury

    Come and visit the beautiful Hawkesbury and Historic Windsor district, then travel up Putty Road and visit the East Kurrajong School of Arts Hobby Show.See and explore exhibits of all types at the Hobby Show...

    10 Jun -11Jun

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