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Love Every Second - Sydney in Summer


Sydney in summer

Everyone loves sharing a celebration, and in Sydney over summer, there’s a stellar line-up of festivals, sporting events, art shows and performances just waiting to be shared. It’s time to start planning your summer of fun right now! Whether you’re here for the school holidays, on a short break to shop, eat and swim or taking your time to explore everything that the city has to offer – summer is the perfect time of year to visit Sydney.

Must Do

What's On in Sydney

Socceroo fans

Sporting Events

Some of the world’s greatest sporting competitions take place in Sydney this summer. Watch the battles unfold for the AFC Asian Cup and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Sydney International Art Series - Pop to Popism

Arts & Entertainment

Sydney’s arts and entertainment scene thrives in summer offering a vibrant range of world-class arts events, festivals, galleries, exhibitions and international performances.

New Years Eve, Sydney

Festivals & Celebrations

Sydney is home to some of the world’s biggest parties in summer including New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year Festival

Food & Wine in Sydney

Ivy Pool Bar - Sydney rooftop bar

Summer in Sydney bars

Sydney’s rooftop bars are a highlight summer experience, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a chilled beer, wine or cocktail in the sunshine.

Breakfast and brunch Credit James Pipino (Image no 1355919)

Breakfast and brunch

Sydney's cafe culture just got stronger with a handful of top restaurants now joining the trend for fabulous breakfast and brunch menus.

Oyster Bar in Sydney, Credit James Horan (Image no 1398255)

Outdoor Dining

Sydney’s waterside locations are captivating by day and by night, from fine dining experiences by the harbour, or more casual fish and ships by the wharf. 

Beach Lifestyle

Surfing at Bondi, Credit Mikala Wilbow (image no. 1340533)


Surfboards and summer in Sydney go hand in hand. Take on the challenges of Sydney’s world-famous breaks or sign up for surf lessons at Bondi Beach

Sailing on Broken Bay, image credit Toby Burrows (image no. 1410491)

Boating and sailing

One of the best ways to see Sydney Harbour is from the deck of a yacht. The city’s many coastal routes offer plenty of options for a daytrip or overnight cruise.

Curl Curl Ocean pool Credit James Horan (image no. 1398863)

Pools with a view

Sydney's coastline features a series of ocean pools carved out of cliffs and rocky headlands offering a unique swimming experience surrounded by ocean and sky. 

Family Fun

Wild Life Centre Sydney

City Fun

Sydney is a great city for kids. Meet animals from around the globe at Taronga Zoo and explore the free kids’ harbourside playground in Darling Quarter.

Cycling Manly Foreshore, Image credit James Pipino  Image no. 1355960


Cycling around Sydney is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the city - by the beach, along the harbour foreshore, with a tour group, or on your own.

Wet 'n' Wild Image Credit Dave Paull, Fusion Media

Fun out West

Western Sydney offers action-packed family fun in the water. Visit the Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney theme park or try whitewater rafting at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.