Summer might be gone but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend the winter days cooped up at home doing nothing! And despite Sydney’s summer, beach-filled reputation you’ll find that there are a ton of Sydney winter activities you and your friends can do.
From Sydney’s popular winter festivals to other seasonal events that only happen in the winter months, you’ll be sure to find something that will bring a smile to your face. So read on and discover what’s going on in Sydney this winter!
10 Sydney Winter Activities
- Vivid Sydney
You can’t start a Sydney winter activities list without mentioning the shimmering spectacular that is Vivid Sydney. The world’s biggest light festival is once again happening in 2021, and it’s your chance to see Sydney light up like never before.
There are many ways to experience Vivid Sydney. You can take the family to Sydney’s biggest Vivid attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. If you really want to see the lights in the best seats in the house, there’s no better option than on a boat on Sydney harbour.
- Sydney Coastal Walks
It might be too cold to jump into the famous waters of Cronulla, Manly and Bondi beach but you could do the next best thing – take a walk along the beach! Many of Sydney’s top beaches feature waterfront walking trails, the most famous of which is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
Start your walk early in the morning to avoid the crowds or do so in the late afternoon for the chance to catch a beautiful sunset. Either way, you’ll be able experience some great beach views while getting some exercise in!
- Sydney Aquarium & Madame Tussauds
If you’d rather avoid the coastal winds and stay indoors, why not do so at some of Sydney’s most popular indoor spots – Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds? Located right next to one another, both make for a fun day out with the family.
Check out Sydney’s unique sea life (including dolphins and sharks) in all its glory at Sydney Aquarium or pose for a photo with the ultra-realistic wax figures at Madame Tussauds.
- Attend a footy game
If you’re into your sports, you’d know that Australia’s two biggest football codes, the NRL and AFL, hit their peak in the middle of winter! That means that going to a football game is one of the most exciting things you can do during the cold months.
The excitement and the thrill of watching a football game makes them essential Sydney winter activities. You don’t have to be a sports nut to enjoy it either, the fanfare and crowd interaction can be just as fun.
- Skiing and snowboarding
We’re cheating a little here since there aren’t really any places to ski and snowboard but this fun activity just screams winter! For Sydneysiders, the best place to ‘shred some powder’ is the Snowy Mountains, located a couple of hours south of Sydney.
If you’re planning on going, it’s best to find some accommodation at or near the two big snow resorts: Thredbo and Perisher Blue. Pre-purchasing your ski passes and hiring your gear at the resort can save you a lot of money as well!
- Going for a hike
Winter is the best time to go on a hike as the weather is cooler, making this physical activity less taxing on your body. There are a number of hikes in and around Sydney, and they all differ in terms of length and difficulty.
There’s the easy-going Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk located north of Sydney or the tough Victoria Falls hike in the Blue Mountains. Which one you tackle is up to you, but be sure to always wear the right shoes and bring a bottle (or two) of water!
- Explore the Blue Mountains
Speaking of the Blue Mountains, winter brings the best out of this greater Sydney region. There’s a lot to explore but here are some of our favourite Blue Mountain activities for you to do during the colder months:
- Camping at one of the many campgrounds
- Relaxing at the famous Blue Mountains Japanese bath house.
- Visit famous landmarks like the Three Sisters
- Stand under the Wentworth and Katoomba Falls.
- Explore Jenolan caves
- Check out the Sydney Winter Festival
Bringing the list back to the heart of Sydney, the Sydney Winter Festival is a famous frosty festival held in the Sydney CBD. Usually held for two weeks in June, the festival brings a touch of that classic winter wonderland that us Aussies don’t normally get to experience.
The festival features fireworks, live performances, a foodie market, ice slides and a harbourside ice-skating rink for you and the family to enjoy.
- Unwind at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Embrace your inner nature lover by spending a day out at Sydney Botanic Garden. The Garden is made anew in winter, with new flowers and blossoms blooming during this time of the year.
You can take guided walks around the garden, discover the fascinating history of Australian aboriginals, have a picnic on the grounds or simply sit back, rug up and relax amongst the beautiful greenery.
- Learn something new at Sydney’s museums
Get out of the winter cold and into the warmth of some of Sydney’s most interesting and curiosity-satisfying museums. Sydney features many museums, each one focusing on a different yet exciting part of our world. The Maritime Museum is perfect for lovers of the sea, the Powerhouse Museum showcases the best of design, tech and innovation and the Australian museum puts the wonder of Australia on full display.
Experience a side of Sydney you rarely see
There’s so much to see and do in Sydney during winter! And with these 10 Sydney winter activities, you’ll be having just as much fun in winter as you would in the summer.
Want more Sydney winter activities? How about a boat for you and your friends on Darling Harbour? A party boat is still a ton of fun during winter so contact our team at Charter Boat Sydney where we’ll help you find the right boat for you.