Sydney in Winter

Winter is a magical time in Sydney, with plenty to do whatever the weather. See the city light up with Vivid Sydney, a spectacular annual festival of light, music and ideas. Look out for whales cruising along the coast, cosy up in a small bar, hit the shops or head to the theatre to see a show.


Trendy Bars & Pubs

Explore the many small bars in Sydney, hidden down secret laneways or in underground cellars. On sunny days, hit the rooftops and admire the views of the harbour and city skyline from above, or head to a cosy pub for a traditional Sunday roast.

Where to Shop in Sydney

Shop for one of a kind pieces in Sydney’s markets, such as the weekly Paddington Markets, or Bondi’s Sunday craft market. Browse the boutiques in the beautiful heritage listed Queen Victoria building or update your winter wardrobe in the many malls.

Great Walks & Whale Watching Vantage Points

Between May and August humpback whales make their annual migration from Antarctica to the Pacific and back. The whales can often be seen from the coastline, with many vantage points in Sydney, like Barrenjoey Headland and North Head. Or you can take whale watching cruise to get a closer view.

Vivid Sydney 2021

Vivid Sydney is back in 2021 and will transform the city over 23 nights from 6-28 August with a newly reimagined program of light, music and ideas.