Sydney Long Labour Day weekend ideas

4 October 2013

The countdown is on until October 7, 2013, when Australia gets to indulge in a long Labour Day weekend with an extra day off.

There is no shortage of events around the city over the long weekend, or you can choose from the many attractions available for Sydneysiders and visitors alike to enjoy.

If you’re really organised, you’ll even be able to fit in more than one.


For a weekend packed with bright colours, performances, food and free concerts, plan a trip to Parramatta for Parramasala: an event that brings together the best and most entertaining music, dance and theatre from the South Asia region.

Anyone can head along to see the attractions on offer, but if you want to see the undeniable jewel in the Parramasala crown, visit Temptation Reloaded on October 7 for a night of Bollywood magic.

Widely acknowledged as the King of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan himself will be bringing his crown to the stage, right here in Sydney! He is most well known for his roles in ‘My name is Khan’, ‘Chakde! India’ and ‘Swades’. There’s no denying the pulling power of such an international superstar and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the city.

Unless, of course, we consider the rest of the crew in the line-up. Madhuri Dixit could come to the city all by herself and we would still be raving. She has taken the title of the best Bollywood actress – ever – and has won more awards than you have fingers.

Meanwhile, Rani Mukerji has made a name for herself playing a wide variety of roles and is particularly well known for her role in ‘Black’ – a film that Time Magazine nominated as the fifth most successful that year.

It goes without saying that you’ll need to book your tickets in advance.

International Fleet Review

HMAS Sydney sailing

HMAS Sydney sets sail from Sydney Harbour on their North and South East Asian deployment.

This year’s International Fleet Review coincides with the long weekend, running from October 4-11.

It’s not often you’ll get to see a full fleet of ships sail into Sydney Harbour and into Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Garden Island and Bangaroo, so this is a fantastic opportunity for boat lovers.

Neither is it particularly often that the navy puts on such a show – there will be fixed wing and helicopter flypasts, naval gun salutes, marches, concerts and sporting competitions.

There will also be dragon boat races, band recitals and a fireworks show that is set to give New Year’s Eve a run for its money.

For the best vantage point possible, book yourself and your fellow adventurers on a harbour cruise to see all the ships up close.

Australia’s own HMAS Leeuwin will be there with Governor-General Quentin Bryce on board to officially welcome international ships to Sydney to mark the occasion.

Part of the Review, The International Tall Ships Festival, will see a fleet of tall ships travel around various major cities in Australia, such as Perth, Hobart and Adelaide, before making the trek to Auckland in New Zealand.

Russian National Ballet Theatre

Looking for a spot of culture in your long weekend? Then the Swan Lake ballet performance from the Russian Ballet Theatre on October 5 is for you.

Artistic director Evgeny Amosov has taken this spectacular production to multiple countries, wooing audiences and inspiring young guys and girls to become ballerinas all around the world.

The tragic love story of Odette is world famous, but even if you’ve seen it before, it’s not one that you’ll ever quite tire of.

The Star Epsom Day

Saturday October 5 will see the pinnacle of the Spring Racing Festival come to Randwick when top racing horses, famous celebrities and the most entertaining hosts come together for a day of racing and excitement.

With more than $2 million up for grabs in prize money, there’s certainly a lot at stake for those involved, but as a spectator, you simply get to relax as you enjoy the show, the promotions and the entertainment.

Southern Orchid Spectacular

Only a month after we can officially call it spring, it’s probably still sinking in that the weather has warmed up and the flowers have come out to celebrate.

From October 4-6, the Orchid Spectacular held at Caringbah High School in Caringbah will offer flower lovers a chance to see some of Sydney’s best and brightest- flowers, that is.

It will be a relaxed affair with plenty of opportunities to talk to seasoned gardeners about planting and growing the perfect orchid.

Shopping in Sydney

Don’t forget about the array of offerings Sydney has in terms of shopping.

There are so many pockets of excellent shopping opportunities around the city that you might have to pick and choose your favourites. While the city centre is always a popular choice, don’t forget about those in Paddington, Surry Hills, Mosman and Newtown.

If you’re not sure where you want to go, why not take up the chance to do a shopping tour? Even if you’re familiar with the city and its fashion gems, you might learn something new or find a fresh fashion favourite with a knowledgeable and friendly local guide.

Try food and wine in the city

Sydney is a bustling city that prides itself on its range of restaurants, many of which are absolutely top quality. So if there’s a new cafe or restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, or if you think it’s time to find a new local favourite, why not spend the long weekend hunting down some options?

The famous Sydney sunshine is due to be shining so why not soak it up, lizard-like, at one of the city’s many waterside dining options?

Darling Harbour sparkles in the sunshine this time of year, so take your pick of delectable treats like those on offer at Asian fusion restaurant Box&Bowl, and enjoy the front-row waterside seating.

As Sydney is peppered with waterfront options, you could also check out the Manly restaurants for a seat so scenic and food so delicious you’ll feel like you’re sitting seaside somewhere in the Greek Islands rather than Sydney!

Finally, don’t forget about the sumptuous meals and sights on offer in Bondi. Restaurants here such as the Bavarian Bier Cafe bring together the best of Sydney dining, sights and culture for a long weekend experience you’ll promise yourself to repeat next year.