New Year's Day

Begin the first day of the year in a summer wonderland. After the magical night of Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks, you’ll discover wonderful things to do on New Year’s Day, from relaxing on gorgeous beaches and cruising on beautiful Sydney Harbour to exciting music and sporting events.

Field Day is an annual outdoor music festival in the Domain, a lovely park in the city centre adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden and the Art Gallery of NSW. Local and international artists across hip-hop, house, indie and electronic styles perform on multiple stages in front of thousands of fans.

A pretty park on the waters edge at Circular Quay, Sydney

You’ll find iconic attractions open, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites the Sydney Opera House and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Or take a ferry across one of the world’s great natural harbours to Taronga Zoo for the amazing bird show and meet the stars of the animal kingdom.

You can meet king penguins, dugongs, sharks and sea dragons at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour, a short walk from the grand Queen Victoria Building. Next to the aquarium, in Wild Life Sydney Zoo, are koalas, kangaroos and a saltwater crocodile – the world’s largest reptile.

Curious giraffes at Taronga Zoo in Mosman, Sydney

And explore the treasures of the Australian Museum, next to pretty Hyde Park. For exhibitions and shows in Sydney, check out the events calendar to find out what’s on. This summer, there are fabulous international exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art.