Enjoy Sydney’s mild winters with a host of fun family activities. From bushwalking and picnics to whale watching along the coast, there’s a new outdoor adventure for every day. Meet native and exotic animals at the zoo or explore Sydney’s fascinating museums and galleries.
Make the most of sunny winter days and get outside with the family. Discover coastal walking trails or hikes through national parks, explore the city by bike and paddle around the world famous Sydney Harbour by kayak. You can also pack up lunch and enjoy a picnic in a scenic spot around the city.
Catch the ferry to visit Sydney’s most iconic zoo with a view. Taronga Zoo is perched on the edge of the harbour and home to tigers, elephants, giraffes, gorillas and many native animals. In Western Sydney, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a safari park at Sydney Zoo where more than 100 species roam in the huge exhibits. If you want to get up close and interact with animals like petting a koala or feeding a kangaroo, then Featherdale Wildlife Park and Symbio Wildlife Parkare for you.
There are plenty of animals waiting for you at Darling Harbour. Wild Life Sydney Zoo is all about native species and is home to the Australian Big 5 – koala, kangaroo, crocodile, wombat and platypus. Next door at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium you’ll find fish, turtles, penguins and sharks, as well as one of only three dugongs on display in the world.
From 30 June to 16 July 2023 at Koshigaya Park in Campbelltown, Chill Fest simply bursts with family fun. Think amusement rides, light shows, marshmallow toasting, food trucks and, of course, an open-air ice-skating rink.
Chill Fest, Campbelltown
Bondi Festival will run day and night between 30 June to 16 July 2023, entry is free, with some ticketed events and you can enjoy a program of arts, live comedy shows, theatre, music, Ferris wheel and more.
Bondi Festival, Bondi Beach
Bastille Festival is a French cultural celebration of food, wine, and art, held annually in Sydney’s Circular Quay and The Rocks, from 13 July to 16 July 2023. Entry is free.
Bastille Festival, The Rocks
Christmas in July can be celebrated at Tinseltown Christmas Pop-up in Surry Hills. From 1 July to 30 July 2023, you can visit elves, play Christmas games, and enjoy Christmas songs.
Lace-up your skates
In the winter school holidays, a number of outdoor ice-skating rinks crop up around the city. Running from 1 July to 16 July 2023, the Pittwater Ice Skating Spectacular is perfect for little ones keen to test out their skating skills with cute-as-a-button penguin skating aids provided.
The Darling Harbour Ice Rink will return to the forecourt of the ICC Sydney this year and to Bondi during the Bondi Festival.
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