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Winter escapes – Sydney

If you’ve always wanted to visit Australia, why not escape the UK’s freezing temperatures and head to Sydney this winter? We’ve got some great suggestions for the places you can visit while you’re in Sydney and events you can go to…

Things to see all year round

It’s pretty much a given that you’ll visit Sydney Harbour, see the Sydney Opera House and go across Sydney Harbour Bridge during your stay as they are must-see visitor attractions. We highly recommend you do the Bondi to Coogee Beach coastal walk and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at least one day during your holiday. You’ll find being in the gardens so relaxing and you can admire plants and trees that you simply can’t find in the UK.

If you want to learn more about Australia’s history, art and culture then why not visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian National Maritime Museum or the Sydney Jewish Museum? The Rocks is an area of Sydney you’ll want to visit too, it has lots of museums, restaurants and a fabulous market.

There are plenty of free walking tours that you can go on or if you enjoy cycling then you could go on a cycling tour of Sydney instead. Make sure you enjoy the sunshine and spend some time sunbathing on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach!

Events in December

If you’re a fan of Carl Cox, Hermitude or Slumberjack, then you need to head to the Electronic Music Conference which is being held on the 1st and 2nd of December. More than a hundred of the biggest names in electronic music will be attending so it’s going to be awesome event.

You won’t want to miss the Campbelltown Christmas Carols event which takes place at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on the 5th December. The event starts at 6pm and you’ll need to bring a blanket and a picnic with you. You’ll be able to join with thousands of other people and sing traditional carols as well as watching wonderful performances by local artists and a dog display team. At the end of the night there’s going to be a wonderful fireworks display – if this event doesn’t make you feel Christmassy, nothing will!

You might also want to take part in the annual Santa Fun Run on the 6th and raise money for the children’s charity Variety or perhaps go to the Messtival on Bondi Beach, a one-day festival celebrating mangos!

There is literally something on every day in December so if you visit Sydney during this month you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Events in January

January is a wonderful month to visit Sydney as it’s the Sydney Festival from the 7th – 26th January. There’s drama, music and dance performances, art installations, circus shows and so much more. Highlights of the festival include the 21st century musical Woyzeck, circus performance La Verità and Anima Eterna Brugge Beethoven Symphonies. There are lots of free events for the whole family to enjoy including a fantastic bubble disco, a fairground and opera performances under the stars.

If you want to see something different (and pretend to be a cowboy for the day) head to the Picton Rodeo on the 2nd January. If you’re a tennis fan then you simply must go to see a match or two being played at the Apia International Sydney, from the 10th – 16th of January.

Events in February

Sydney is a great place to visit for Chinese New Year. From the 20th – 21st February you can expect a huge parade, dragon boat race and plenty of other activities. Exact details haven’t been confirmed yet so you’ll have to watch this space!

Other events in February include Bowl-A-Rama, Australia’s biggest skateboarding competition which sees some of the best Pro skaters from around the world competing (20th – 21st February), the Murray Rose's Malabar Magic Ocean Swim to raise money for Rainbow Club Australia (21st February) and the Manly Inflatable Boat Race (27th February).

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