Sydney city winter highlights
Sydney city is the beautiful backdrop to the much-loved annual winter festival of lights, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney. Watch on in awe as the sails of the Sydney Opera House are lit up, and take in the beautiful meandering journey around the harbour for the much-loved Light Walk. An astonishing line-up of world-class performances are scheduled for Vivid Music and Vivid LIVE, and be inspired by the world's creative leaders at Vivid Ideas. Don't miss this spectacular 18-day festival between 23 May and 9 June.
If it's your first visit, head straight to Sydney Harbour. It's one of the most photographed locations in the world, nothing compares with seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere, or catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island or Watsons Bay and enjoy the beauty of the harbour and its surroundings. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of Sydney's best restaurants, including Quay, Aria Sydney and Cafe Sydney.
In the heart of Sydney's CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, another must-see attraction. Dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city's premier shopping destinations. If a shopping mall is more your idea of shopping heaven then try Pitt Street Mall and Westfield, both in the city centre. Further South you'll find Sydney's Chinatown, with Paddys market and some great Chinese restaurants on offer.
Only a 10-minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to entertain the whole family, enjoy a delicious harbourside meal or experience Sydney's energetic night-life. Darling Harbour is also where you'll find the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
For a bird's-eye view of Sydney, head to the summit of Sydney Tower Eye. From here, enjoy views stretching across the city to the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains to the west. Thrillseekers should try the Sydney Skywalk experience, a moving, glass-floored viewing platform at the top of Sydney Tower Eye. Also at the top, the Sydney Tower Buffet offers banquet-style dining, with 360-degree views of the city as you enjoy a relaxing meal. Be sure to take advantage of the special offer for kids to eat free for lunch and dinner on selected days year-round.