Sydney is bursting with wintry fun from markets to festivals and more. But if you want to swap the city rush for the quiet of the countryside, there’s heaps of options available. While the Southern Highlands will light up with the beauty of the Borealis, the coastal town of Kiama is getting ready to host its very own Winter Festival and it sounds like the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway. There’s an ice skating rink with actual ice on offer plus food trucks, light installations and entertainment, all overlooking the sea.
Kiama Winter Festival
Set to take place from July 7 to July 12, the Kiama Harbour Foreshore and Blowhole Point will come alive with heaps of fun activities for kids and adults alike.
There’s daily face painting, warm seaside igloos, a pop-up bar and dazzling light installations like Incirrata by South Coast local Luke Turk. The festival’s most prominent feature — ice skating under a transparent marquee by the sea returns with sessions planned every hour from 10am. There’s also themed sessions including a retro night and a onesie night from 5pm to 8pm every night.
Home to famous blowholes, excellent restaurants and stellar whale-watching spots, the vibrant town of Kiama lies just 90 minutes south of Sydney. Through its winter festival, the local council is encouraging people to get amongst it instead of hibernating in the colder months.