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Things to do in Winter in Sydney

  • A couple have lunch with a cruise ship and the Harbour bridge in the background
  • Dining at Quay Restaurant. Penelope Beveridge


With dazzling light shows, sparkling winter nights and mild sunny days, Sydney's winter time becomes play-time for everyone. Enjoy Sydney’s famed creative and seasonal dining, the latest foodie trends, shopping treats, spectacular arts and culture shows, sports and family fun. The city is the beautiful backdrop to the much-loved winter festival of lights, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, staged at venues across the city.

Must Do

  • St Isidore

    Food and Wine

    Sydney is famed for its alfresco dining, bars, cafés and growers' markets. Eat in the hottest new dining precincts and discover the go-to suburbs for multicultural cuisine. Tuck into comfort food favourites this winter and jump out of bed with purpose for Sydney's best brunches.
  • Jetpack Adventures


    You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying adventure, sport and the great outdoors in Sydney. Explore one of Sydney's famous beach-and-bush walks, reach for the skies on a jetpack or skydiving adventure, and get active on the water stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking.
  • Westfield Sydney


    From beachside and suburban markets, to historic city-centre arcades, boutiques in laneways and the best malls and department stores, Sydney offers a treasure trove of eclectic, stylish and unique designs. Shopping hotspots include the city centre, Bondi, Paddington, Surry Hills, Newtown, Balmain and Mosman.
  • Tottenham

    Sports in Sydney

    Sydney is a sport lover's paradise, catering to fans of many codes of football, plus motorsports, horseracing, badminton and more. Don't-miss matches this winter include English Premier League icons Tottenham Hotspur taking on Sydney FC, State of Origin and the Netball World Cup.

  • Performers from Matilda the musical

    Arts and Culture

    Sydney is a stage for local and international, established and emerging talent, with arts and culture performances, festivals and exhibitions behind every corner. Go behind the scenes at iconic institutions such as the Sydney Opera House and visit unique museums for different perspectives on this vibrant city.

  • Qantas Wallabies V All Blacks


    You'll love every second of Sydney's star-studded line-up of winter events. See world-class performances such as Les Miserables, exciting festivals like Vivid Sydney, and hotly-contested local and international sporting matches with the likes of the Netball World Cup 2015.

Sydney chefs reveal dining secrets

Dan Hong's Favourite Sydney Restaurants

Some of Sydney's best chefs and food personalities share their hot tips on the city's dining scene, from favourite coffee spots to the most scenic picnic locations, great food bargains and much more.

Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid Sydney is set to shine even more brightly in 2015 when the country’s best festival delivers its biggest program yet.

For 18 nights, from 22 May – 8 June, Vivid Sydney will once again transform the city and harbour.

Be dazzled by bright shimmering lights, be amazed by spectacular music performances , and be inspired by new leading ideas.

Light up your Sydney stay!

May and June will be blockbuster months in Sydney with some of the best local and international music and sporting talent taking centre stage. View tickets here

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Sunset over Sydney Harbour
Vivid Sydney
Bondi Icebergs in Sydney