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Things To Do in Sydney

While Sydney is known for its spectacular beaches and warm weather, there are still plenty of places to visit and things to experience in The Harbour City during winters. What makes winter the perfect season to explore the beauty of the city is the lack of summer crowds that can make exploring Sydney a bit messy during the hotter months of the year.

So, whether you’re a local or a tourist ready to take advantage of your vacations and explore Sydney in winter, here are our top recommendations. Give them a try and make your experience of vacationing in Sydney worthwhile.

1. Enjoy Lights, Music, and Drinks at Vivid Lights

Vivid Lights is the largest winter festival in the entire Southern Hemisphere that’s known for its dazzling kaleidoscopic light projections, live music performances, and exhibitions. This year, the festival is five days longer which means that tourists will be able to enjoy 23 days of illuminated winter nights  in Sydney.  To take excitement and fun to the next level, the festival also includes an exhibition and several live music performances from renowned artists and pre-show and post-show drinks at Deep Purple Pool. And you may  take a cruise on the Harbour to benefit from the light displays: See the link: Princess Cruises


Vivid Lights 2018

2. Take a Scenic Walk

While Sydney may not welcome you with warm waters in winter, it still offers you an opportunity to enjoy a long winter walk and soak up the scenic beauty of the shore. The city has many great walking tracks, such as Bondi to Coogee Walk: See the excellent youtube video (above) by Paul Atroshenko. Stretching over several kilometres, these treks offer you spectacular coastal views and an opportunity to have quality time with your partner.  Also see Paul’s video of the Taronga Zoo to Middle Head Walk  (below).

3. Visit the Royal National Park

The second oldest national park of the world is in the Sutherland Shire. It offers you a lot more than just the scenic views of its glorious cliffs and secluded beaches. From whale watching to bushwalking and barbecues, there are a plenty of options available at the Royal National Park.  So, plan a trip to this amazing location this winter, indulge in a fun-filled activity and beat the winter blues.

4. Go Whale Watching

Ask anyone for the best things to do in Sydney in winter and whale watching is sure to top their list. The Harbour City offers you the rare opportunity get up close with the magnificent marine creatures . Select the best whale watching spot in Sydney and spend a day watching whales breeching and blowing as they migrate to the north to breed.

5. Ice Skating at Bondi Beach

6. Plan a Day Trip to the Blue Mountains

If you’re the adventurous soul who’s ready to breathe in and enjoy the fresh, air and wind, you should plan a visit to the Blue Mountains.  Visit the 340 million years old Jenolan Caves to experience the cool underground temperatures or climb up the Kanangra Wall to keep yourself warm and comforted in the cold weather.

7. Centennial Park

And in my nook of the woods, the Eastern Suburbs, this huge park close to the city centre is a must. Paul Atroshenko has  placed a video on YouTube showcasing these amazing parklands.

8. The Sydney Bridge Climb

And of course, don’t forget the Sydney Bridge Climb, during the warmer summer months.



  1. Roger Britton

    Some great places, Anne. Our American friends liked Power House Museum and the Tower at night.There are just so many interesting places to see and explore.

    • Anne Skyvington

      Oh, yes, I left those out. A great meeting place, that Tower at night! And of course, the Power House… and the Art Gallery’s nice to be a member of, too. Thanks for the comment, Roger.

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