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Summer in Sydney


Outdoor fun

There are plenty of things to see and do in Sydney over summer. Visit the Sydney markets and explore the stunning beaches that pepper the coastline.

On a warm summer evening, pack a picnic and watch a film at one of Sydney's outdoor cinemas. Venues include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Centennial Parklands, and Sydney Olympic Park.

Must Do

What's on in Sydney this summer


If you're planning a holiday in Sydney, summer is a great time of year to visit. The city gears up for a spectacular season of events and celebrations from New Year's Eve to Sydney Festival, with plenty of world-championship sporting events as well. The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a harbour spectacle – secure a good vantage point to see the exciting start of this blue-water classic on Boxing Day. Be sure to book your accommodation ahead of time to choose a great place to stay.

If you're travelling with kids, there are plenty of things to see and do during the school holidays. Carols in the Domain, Australia Day festivities and the Chinese New Year Festival and parade offer fun and entertainment, while Sydney's major museums and galleries host exhibitions and events.

Sydney's famous beaches have all the essential ingredients, from great waves to rock pools, cafes and shady picnic spots. Waterside dining also comes alive in the warmer months. Some of the best cafes and restaurants in Sydney are by the beach – check out the scene at Palm Beach, Manly Beach, Balmoral Beach and Bondi Beach.

For a truly memorable holiday, make sure you enjoy experiences that are unique to Sydney. Soak in the natural beauty of the city and harbour on a seaplane that takes off from the harbour, and head to a waterside restaurant on Pittwater or the Hawkesbury River for a long, lazy lunch. Discover secluded harbour and ocean beaches on easy walking trails, or swim in a saltwater pool. Love every second in Sydney this summer as you explore all of the many activities on offer.