Summer time vibes and festivals in Sydney


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Summer in Sydney is simply fantastic with an array of sporting, cultural and fun events happening around the city. Here’s a list of 10 things you might want to get to this summer. Don’t forget we have an array of hostels for you to choose from during your time in Sydney that are located in hip and happening places like Bondi, Kings Cross and Manly. We also have plenty of fun products and tours as well from learning to surf and surfaris to cruising through the Sydney Harbour or taking a scenic flight over the Blue Mountains.

Tropfest. 8 December.
The countdown is on to the world’s largest short film festival that hits the Centennial Parklands on December 8 this year. Come and join the fun with 150,000 other people. This event is free but you’ll need to arrive early to get a good spot.

Carols in the Domain. 21 December.
Those that feel a little Christmassy will want to get to the Domain for Australia’s largest free carol concert. The concert starts at 8.30pm but the action begins at midday.

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 26 December.
If you want to see the sails in full swing in Sydney’s harbour you have to visit on Boxing Day for the start of the annual and much coveted Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Sydney to Hobart

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Sydney’s New Year’s Eve. 31 December
Sydney celebrates New Year’s Eve unlike any other place in Australia. It’s hands down the best party going on around the country with the famed fireworks over Sydney Harbour. If you decide to go stake out your spot early and be prepared for a fun filled day of eating and merriment.

Commonwealth Bank Sydney Ashes Test – Australia v England. 3-7 January.
The Ashes Cricket test comes to Sydney in January for all the sporting action you need over four days in January for that coveted urn. The Ashes does tour Australia – see the other dates here.

Sydney Festival. 9-26 January
Sydney knows how to celebrate and the annual summer festival is a great time to visit the city. There’s theatre, music, dance, cabaret, opera, circus, installations and more.

Chinese New Year

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Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. 24 January – 9 February
Sydney celebrates Chinese New Year with a spectacular array of parades, entertainment, workshops, food, fun and frivolity. The Dragon Boat Races are also an annual favourite.

The Great Sydney Swim. 26 January
You can swim off your holiday weight at this annual event in Farm Cove, right beside the Sydney Opera House. There are distances of 300m, 750m or 2.2km to cater for everyone. The event is also part of a series of races held in Byron Bay, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, the Whitsundays and Sydney.

Ferrython. 26 January


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The Ferrython is part of the Sydney Festival, but it’s just so fun it deserves a separate listing. Most visitors to Sydney take a ride on one of the iconic ferries, and a good way to see them in action is this head-to-head race from Circular Quay to Shark Island and back to finish beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. 7 February – 2 March
For all the razz tazz, glitz and glam of the Mardi Gras join the parade, parties and other events during the month long celebration in Sydney.


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