Published May 30, 2021

Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest city, has a population of over 4.5 million people. It is known for its breathtaking beaches, historic harbors, and there are also lots of things you can enjoy during wintertime. Winter months in Sidney last from June to August, with average temperatures ranging from 8.8 to 17 degrees Celsius, so this time of the year means you can enjoy Sidney with fewer people! 

Summer may generally be the best time to visit Sydney, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to go on winter tours? Going to the beach is a great way to relax and show off your summer outfits and tanned bodies. However, have you considered modeling your winter outfits? Or have you thought of all the enjoyable activities that are only available during winter days?

This article will provide you 12 things you can do to have a fun, adventurous, and epic winter in Sydney.

1. Hike In Blue Mountains 

The Blue Mountains is an excellent choice for a winter wonderland experience. Right on Sydney’s doorstep, you’ll find classic lookouts and waterfalls, outdoor sports, and camping. This tourist spot maintains a high level of quality appreciated by both locals and visitors of Sydney in winter.

2. Weekend Market Shopping

If you’re looking to satisfy your hunger, walk around, or do some fast shopping, Sydney markets are the place to be! Crafts, clothing, international cuisine, and even entertainment are all available in the area.

3. Shop and Sell at Kirribilli Markets

It’s never too late to try selling your own things in the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, along with 220 stalls to choose from. Who knew you could earn some extra cash while having a good time in Sydney?

4. Enjoy a Hollywood Movie Tour

Did you know that at least 18 Hollywood movies have been filmed in Sydney? Take a self-guided tour and discover the streets and places from many of the movies you’ve probably seen. Here are a few of the locations from the Hollywood films:

  • The Great Gatsby at International College of Management in Manly
  • The Wolverine at The Small Town of Picton
  • Strictly Ballroom at Petersham Town Hall 
  • The Matrix (all three movies) at BT Tower in Market Street, skyscrapers in Sydney’s CBD, and all over Sydney
  • Peter Rabbit 1, 2018 and Peter Rabbit 2, 2020 at Sydney’s Centennial Park

5. Ski at Thredbo

Thredbo, only a five-hour drive away, is the most popular ski resort near Sydney. It is open 365 days a year and offers various exciting activities such as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, backcountry tours, wellness retreats, and much more.

6. Pub Hopping

In Sydney, whether you’re a local, an expat, or just passing through, there’s a pub ready to welcome anyone. While most bars close at midnight, some won’t let you in after 11:30 p.m. So, plan your route ahead of time and be aware of their closing hours.

7. Local Festivals and Events

Your winter travel will undoubtedly be anything, but dull, with festivals held almost every week in various parts of the region. The Sydney events mentioned below are some of the ones you can look forward to:

  • Bondi Winter Festival
  • NAIDOC Week
  • Winterlight Parramatta
  • The Rocks Christmas in July Village
  • Winterland Campbelltown

8. Whale Watching Tour

The best time to go on a whale tour is between late June and early July. Although many cruise lines provide at least two to three whale watching tours, you can also book a private yacht for more fun and relaxation. Barrenjoey Lighthouse is an excellent place for whale watching. It is a heritage-listed building standing above sea level with a height of 113 meters.

9. Garden Tours

If you are a plant-lover and you have a green thumb, you can always go to the impressive gardens right in the heart of Sydney. The best magical gardens to visit are:

  • Chinese Garden of Friendship
  • Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Lisgar Gardens
  • Fig Tree Lawn – Royal Botanic Garden

10. Art Gallery Strolls

In Harbour City, the art scene is thriving. This is evident from the numerous art museums scattered through the city. So if you fancy or appreciate art, below are several museums you will surely love to visit:

  • National Gallery of Australia, Parkes
  • Artspace Sydney, Woolloomooloo
  • Sydney Observatory
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo

11. Enjoy the Country Life at Gundagai

Gundagai is an Australian country town in the NSW Riverina, located four hours southwest of Sydney and five hours north of Melbourne. The Kimo Estate, a 7000-acre farm near Gundagai, offers several beautifully built cabins for a taste of country life if you’re spending the night. 

The iconic Dog on the Tuckerbox, a memorial to early settlers, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

12. Run Away to Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley is a fantastic getaway located only two hours from Sydney and a little further from Canberra. In this place, you can participate in physical activities such as walking, kayaking, and other enjoyable activities! If you want to learn more about the local food scene, visit the main Kangaroo Valley village. It is known for its historic bridge, cozy pubs, and tea rooms.


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Winter in Sydney is a magical time, with lots of outdoor activities to do and places to see regardless of the weather. The feeling of the surroundings gives a chilly vibe, so your day trip from Sydney will undoubtedly be enjoyable! Plus, since it is the holiday season, hotel prices are lower and cheaper than other seasons. Remember that the winter season arrives in Australia around June, July, and August, so book your tickets as early as now!

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