50 Incredible And Essential Winter Activities In Sydney

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer

50 Incredible And Essential Winter Activities In Sydney

Winter in Sydney is a truly magical time.

Contrary to popular belief, there are heaps of awesome things to do in Sydney during colder months. In fact, the city really comes to life during winter with live gigs, enchanting light festivals, immersive art shows and magical winter-themed festivals. If you were planning on escaping the chilly winter air and hibernating for the foreseeable future, check out our definitive list of all the exciting winter activities happening around town and get into the winter spirit instead.

1. Get drenched in colour and light at the epic Vivid light festival

2. Plan a trip to the Snowy Mountains to experience winter in all its glory

3. Get on a ferris wheel and enjoy scenic Bondi vistas at the epic beachside Bondi festival

4. Indulge your inner child at Luna Park and take a walk along the harbour for views to die for

5. Book a whale watching tour and get up close and personal with some stunning sea life

6. Head over to The Rocks to experience this dazzling outdoor exhibition that celebrates Japanese art

Image: Supplied/ Sculpture by the Sea

7. Experience a mesmerising wonderland with Nature Illuminated

8. Head over to The Magician’s Cabaret for an evening of pure Parisian fun

9. Prefer an indoor activity? The MCA has heaps of exhibitions and artworks on display.

10. Be a part of the Sydney Solstice festivities that are taking over the city in style

Credit: Destination NSW

11. Head over to the Sea Life Aquarium for a neon-themed underwater bash

Credit/ Destination NSW

12. Take a road trip to Canberra — it’s just 3 hours away and a lovely little escape from the bustle of Sydney

13. Explore the National Gallery of Australia while you’re at it.

14. Get lost in the winter wonderland that is the Darling Harbour Winter Festival

Darling Harbour Winter Festival

15. You simply must add the Carriageworks night market to your itinerary

16. Eat all of the ramen

17. And take all of the pictures at Kusuka Café while downing their glorious watermelon and berries latte

18. Forget your troubles and warm up with a book at one of these cosy cafes.

19. Or beat the chills the Aussie way with one of these stunning coastal walks.

20. Fine dine in style at the Strangers’ Restaurant

21. Prefer to stay in and Netflix and chill? Here’s what’s playing on Aussie TV

22. Live theatre enthusiast? There are heaps of incredible plays and musicals around the city

23. Scrounge for some vintage finds and retro memorabilia at these Sydney markets

24. Plan a date night at these dreamy Pier One igloos

25. Head over to the Macquarie Ice Skating rink for all the fun and good vibes

26. Explore the historic laneways of The Rocks and celebrate Christmas early for the Christmas in July event

27. Take a swim at the North Sydney pool (it’s heated, and the views are killer)

28. Head over to Metro Theatre for an all nighter

29. Head over to one of these cozy and gorgeous brunch places

30. Enjoy a spectacular candlelight concert

31. Get spooked with a late night tour of the Opera House

Credit/ Sydney Opera House

32. Treat the kids (and adults) with a trip to this immersive circus pop up in the heart of Alexandria

Image: Supplied/ Archie Brothers

33. Take in live music and binge on pizza for just $1 at Sydney’s beloved Frankie’s Pizza

34. Head over to Haymarket for this awesome all-you-can-eat dumpling deal

35. Say goodbye to autumn with a day trip to Mount Wilson

36. Soak in the sun and take in the amazing 360 degree views of palm beach from Bible Garden

37. Gorge on delicious bubble waffles at Sydney’s first bubble waffle cafe

38. Get lost in the magical world of The Grounds of Alexandria (to be fair, this one is an all-year round essential)

39. Take a dip in the Figure 8 pools — but take extra caution as they’ve been deemed hazardous

40. Experience the enchanting Winter Village at Parramatta

41. Anime fans, an exclusive anime candlelight concert tailored just for you

42. Journey through time with this immersive dining experience

43. Feeling particularly adventurous? Try out Dining in the Dark

44. Soak in the sun and recalibrate from your week at one of these breath-taking beaches

45. Chocolate connoisseurs — head over to these amazing chocolate shops for some hot chocolate and amazing treats

46. Head over to Mama Saan for jazz nights and some good ol’ fun

Image: Supplied/ Mama Saan

47. Plan a trip just outside of Sydney to explore this magical disused tunnel that glows in the dark

48. Catch a magical winter sunrise at one of these spots

49. There’s live music, good food, good vibes and fairy lights galore at the Night Noodle Markets

50. All rained in? There are heaps of exciting things you can still do.

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