Sydney in winter



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 November, 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 a whale-watching cruise to get a closer view.

Vivid Sydney 2023

Vivid Sydney will be brighter and louder in 2023. From 26 May to 17 June 2023, watch the city get illuminated and enjoy 23 days of this program-packed festival. Vivid Sydney fuses mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections with exhilarating live music performances, thought-provoking debates, and deep-dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds.

What’s on in Sydney over winter?

Winter is events season in Sydney. Sing along to big-name musicals like Mary Poppins and Moulin Rouge!. Then cheer on your team at the Ampol State of Origin and NRL Premiership Grand Final.