While Sydney is known for its spectacular beaches and warm weather, there are still plenty of things to experience in ‘The Harbour City’ during winter. In my opinion, it’s the perfect time to explore, as there are fewer crowds and tourists roaming about, unlike the summer months.
So, whether you’re a local or a tourist, here are our best things to do in Sydney during winter.
1. Soak up Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is the largest winter lights, music and ideas festival in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s known for its dazzling kaleidoscopic light projections and installations, live music performances, exhibitions and innovative ideas sessions.
Running from end of May to mid June, Vivid Sydney takes you into a psychedelic world full of colour and creativity, transforming such sights as The Rocks, Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, Customs House and Martin Place.
A cool way to see the Vivid Sydney sights is by jumping on a night cruise – nothing compares to being on the harbour soaking up the views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and The Rocks, all lit up during this colourful festival.
TIP: Go during the week to avoid the weekend crowds. This way you’ll get more time and space to enjoy the installations and performances.
2. Walk along Sydney’s Foreshore
While Sydney may not welcome you with warm waters in winter, it still offers you an opportunity to enjoy a long winter walk and enjoy the scenic beauty of the shore. The city has many great walking tracks such as Bondi to Coogee Walk and Manly to Split Bridge Walk. Stretching over several kilometres, these treks offer you spectacular coastal view and an opportunity to have quality time with your partner.
TIP: Don’t forget to bring your camera, as the coastal views are simply incredible.
3. Explore the Royal National Park
The second oldest national park of the world 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.
TIP: Wear comfy shoes and stop by the Audley area for a picnic/lunch. Also here you can try your hand at rowing a cute little lake boat.
4. Jump on a whale watching tour
To go on a whale watching tour is without a doubt one of the top things to do in Sydney during winter. From July to November these majestic creatures cruise the waters off Sydney where they are migrating north to breed. So, if you want to get up and close and see these marine animals in action – breeching and blowing, then head on a day tour with such operators as Oz Whale Watching which will not only showcase Sydney’s beautiful harbour waters, but will take you to some of the best whale watching spots.
TIP: Book in advance as whale watching tours often book out quickly during the season.
5. Day trip to Blue Mountains
Only 1.5 hours from Sydney is the iconic and beautiful region of the Blue Mountains. During the winter months, the Blue Mountains really come alive and oozes an enchanting, crisp and cute cottage town atmosphere. There’s so much to do here and your day will be jam-packed.
From indulging in Katoomba or Leura’s boutique shops, B&Bs, warm-friendly restaurants/cafes to checking out the Three Sisters and visiting the Jenolan Caves, you’ll have a memorable time in the Blue Mountains. The only thing you’ll wish you did was to stay longer.
TIP: I recommend if visiting the Blue Mountains you should make a long weekend of it. Also try staying at a B&B – one of our favourites is Katoomba Manor.
Were any of these on your list? What are your best things to do in Sydney during winter?