Things to do in Winter in Sydney

Highlights

Enjoy the spectacular Vivid Sydney festival, blockbuster musicals, exciting sporting events, fabulous exhibitions and whale-watching cruises in Sydney. There are delicious dining experiences and you’ll see iconic attractions such as the Sydney Opera House on lovely walks along the harbour foreshore.

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About Sydney in Winter

Discover a winter wonderland in Sydney, from spectacular festivals and fabulous musicals to one of the great natural wonders of the world – the annual whale migration. Explore one of the world's oldest national parks, enjoy international sports, and savour delicious food. You’ll love every second.

The beautiful harbour city shines with Vivid Sydney, a much-loved celebration of light, music and ideas. This incredible three-week festival illuminates the night with mesmerising light sculptures and marvellous light shows on the iconic white sails of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House.

Whale watching is an unforgettable experience in Sydney. You can see frolicking humpbacks from coastal headlands and on boat tours between May and November. The mild winter is perfect too for splendid walks along the gorgeous harbour foreshore and in the city’s magnificent national parks.

Your tastebuds are in for a treat, with a delectable range of restaurants and cafes. Indulge in gourmet dining by the sparkling harbour and sip cocktails in sky bars. You’ll also be delighted with the shopping, from bustling markets to elegant arcades such as the grand Queen Victoria Building.

A fantastic time of the year for cultural events, book your tickets for upcoming blockbuster shows such as Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Check out the events calendar for other performances and exhibitions, including contemporary art in The National.

For sports fans there are many exciting sporting events, from international soccer and the rugby test series to the State of Origin rugby league and American college football. English premier league club Arsenal are playing two games in July against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.