Things to do in Winter in Sydney


Explore the harbour city at a simply beautiful time of year. Stunning light spectacles, sparkling winter nights and gorgeous sunny days - Sydney's winter time delivers a vibrant wonderland of activity and entertainment.

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney
  • Vivid Sydney 2015, Sydney Harbour

About Sydney in Winter

Enjoy Sydney’s famed creative and seasonal dining, fashion and shoppingarts and culture, sport and family fun during this spectacular time of year.

Sydney shines during winter each year when Vivid Sydney warms up the city with a celebration of light, music and ideas. From 27 May to 18 June Vivid Sydney hosts a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground-breaking light shows. The city is the beautiful backdrop to this incredible event, with the much-loved winter festival staged at venues across the city.

Immerse yourself in the popular programs of Sydney Film Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival, or the Biennale of Sydney. Or book ahead for the Sydney Theatre Company’s outstanding 2016 season.

While you are visiting check out the coolest and newest places to eat and drink in Sydney. With chef-hatted restaurants, international cuisine and stunning harbour views, Sydney has it all.

Experience Sydney in Winter

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    Food and Wine

    Home to cafes, vibrant bars and world class dining experiences, there are plenty of opportunities to tantalise your tastebuds across Sydney’s food and wine scene. Please your palate with flavours originating from Asia, Europe and beyond, explore emerging dining precincts scattered throughout the city’s suburbs or get back to basics and browse stalls filled with fresh produce at a growers’ market.

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    Arts and Culture

    Showcasing the works of artists, performers and musicians from across the globe, Sydney’s stages and galleries play host to a lively calendar of arts celebrations and cultural events throughout the year. Spend time wandering through the galleries of the city’s museums, experience something new at one of Sydney’s multicultural festivals or step behind the scenes on a tour of the Sydney Opera House.

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    Outdoor and Adventure

    Bordered by sparkling waters and home to a number of green inner city spaces, there are plenty of opportunities to head outdoors and get active across Sydney, from leisurely activities through to high octane adventures. Set aside an afternoon to cycle your way along a scenic beachside trail, jet boat across Sydney Harbour or slow down and enjoy a round of golf in Centennial Parklands.

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    Sporting Events

    Attracting some of the finest athletes from across Australia and the world, Sydney’s sporting venues present a wide variety of sporting competitions and events throughout the year. Cheer on your favourite team during NRL Grand Final Week, watch the Socceroos take on Greece at Sydney Olympic Park or don a blue or maroon jersey and experience the excitement of the State of Origin competition first hand.

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    Shows and Performances

    From classical ballet through to live music, Sydney’s stages feature a great lineup of shows, much loved musicals and performances showcasing the country’s up and coming talent. Sit back and enjoy the music and choreography of Aladdin The Musical or My Fair Lady The Musical, see a play come to life at one of Sydney’s theatres or take your pick from live music, comedy or theatre performances at the Sydney Opera House.

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    Vivid Sydney

    A celebration of light, music and ideas, the multi award winning Vivid Sydney festival is set to return to Sydney in 2016. Tap your feet at one the festival’s live music events, learn from industry leaders at a conference or talk, or wander through the city’s streets to spot iconic buildings, such as the Sydney Opera House, Customs House and the Museum of Contemporary Art, illuminated with vibrant designs.

Sydney's top picks

  • Classic Pub Makeovers, Sydney in Winter Find out more

    Classic Pub Makeovers

    Frequented by generations of Sydney locals, several of the city’s historic pubs have been revitalised in recent years by fresh thinking operators, creative chefs and talented design teams. Sink your teeth into inventive casual dining menus, peruse drinks lists filled with craft beers and experimental cocktails, or simply sit back and admire the unique decor, atmosphere and heritage charm of each venue.

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    High Street Shopping

    Encompassing a mix of popular shopping destinations and new retail hubs, Sydney’s high streets offer the opportunity to discover local designers, shop sought after international labels or simply browse stores suited to a variety of budgets and tastes. Find popular high street brands stocked at Central Park, peruse Oxford Street’s eclectic boutiques or head to The Intersection for the latest local designs.

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    Winter Beach Walks

    Although the weather may be cooling down, Sydney’s mild winter weather still offers plenty of opportunities to head outdoors and make the most of the city’s beachside walks. Savour the natural beauty showcased along the popular Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, follow the shoreline of Sydney Harbour along the Manly to Spit Bridge Coastal Walk, or set out on foot and discover one of Sydney’s other great walking trails.