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.
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.
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.
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.