Sydney’s not to be missed January events

30 November 2015

As January unfolds, summer is well and truly here. And it’s the ideal time to check out some of the fantastic Sydney events on offer. From exhibitions to outdoor festivals to pro sports competitions, there’s plenty to fun things to see and do as 2016 kicks off. Here are five of the best events taking place in Sydney this January.

Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers, The Australian Museum, until 18 July 2016

Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers, The Australian Museum

Tim Jervis Shakelton Expedition, Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers. Image credit: The Australian Museum.


This exhibition tells the incredible tales of the Australian pioneers who pushed beyond boundaries and changed the world. Held at the Australian Museum, this immersive and interactive exhibition takes you on a phenomenal journey where you will discover what it’s really like to be an adventurer against the odds.

Get up close and personal with 50 inspirational figures whose bravery, curiosity and determination continues to inspire. Featuring over 360 objects, including some of Captain Cook’s belongings, the exhibition brings some of Australia’s most incredible journeys to life. The display also showcases the incredible talents of Indigenous Australians, the nation’s first explorers.

Sydney Festival, 7 – 26 January

Summer Sounds in the Domain

Summer Sounds in the Domain. Image credit: Daniel Boud


The Sydney Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year, a celebration of music, dance and theatre in the vibrant hub of Hyde Park. Now in its 40th year, this year will see pop-rock superstars The Flaming Lips headlining Summer Sounds in the Domain, a free concert held in The Domain On January 9. Symphony in the Domain, a free concert set under the stars takes place on January 16.

There’s also the festival village, where you can eat, drink and be merry at a range of markets and stalls during the festival shenanigans. Packing a picnic and heading to The Domain for this event is a Sydney tradition.

APIA International Tennis, Sydney Olympic Park, 10 – 16 January 2016

APIA International Tennis, Sydney Olympic Park

APIA International Tennis, Sydney Olympic Park. Image credit: Owen Hammond


Held as part of the Australian Open Series in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, this international tennis tournament is now in its 124th year, making it one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. The best way to get there is by public transport, with frequent trains running to Sydney Olympic Park train station and a free courtesy bus from the station to the Tennis Centre. Gates open at 10.00 am, so arrive early to nab a seat with a good view of the action.

Australia Day, Sydney Harbour, 26 January

Australia Day, Sydney Harbour

Australia Day, Sydney Harbour. Image credit: David Clare, First Light Photography


This Australia Day, there are plenty of ace events centred around the harbour. The WugulOra Indigenous Ceremony marks the start of Australia Day celebrations at 7.30 am. Check out The Rocks’ markets, with live music spread over two stages. There’s also an Australia Day Party at Darling Harbour as well as the Cruising Concerts; two custom-built floating stages will drop anchor at the most popular locations around the harbour from 12.15 pm onwards. And check out the Yabun Festival, a vibrant annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures showcasing some of the top Indigenous music talent in Australia.

Carve Pro, Maroubra, 15 – 17 January

Carve Pro, Maroubra

Carve Pro, Maroubra. Image credit: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW


With a world-class lineup of pro surfers competing for points towards their series rankings, the 2016 NSW Pro Surf Series is a must-see spectacle this summer, and the Carve Pro is the first event of the series. Kicking off at Maroubra Beach, one of Sydney’s top surf beaches, it moves on to Cabarita Beach and Avoca Beach in February and Boomerang Beach in March. The series showcases the best of Australian and International surfing, creating a NSW coastal road trip to explore the surf and enjoy NSW surf culture.

There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney this January!