Sydney Travel Guide


Public Holidays

26 Jan - Australia Day
First Monday in Oct - Labour Day
First Monday in Aug - Bank Holiday
Second Monday in Jun - Queen's Birthday
1 Jan - New Year's Day
25 Apr - Anzac Day
26 Dec - Boxing Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day
Mar-Apr - Easter

Sydney Festival
Sydney’s mid-summer celebration of the arts includes the perennial favourites Opera in the Park, Symphony Under the Stars and a huge program of visiting international theatre, dance and music companies.

Australia DayNew Years Eve, Sydney
The Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular at Darling Harbour is the highlight of a City and Statewide program of events celebrating Australia’s national day. Presented by the Australia Day Council of New South Wales.

Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
A dazzling street parade followed by the Mardi Gras Party are the highlights of the largest gay cultural festival in the world. It features a month-long program of events.

Autumn Racing Carnival
From mid-February for two months Sydney becomes the race capital of Australia. The carnival features some of the world’s richest races alongside a colourful social calendar including balls, celebrities and Fashion on the Field.

Sydney Royal Easter Show
The country comes to town for the Royal Easter Snow, now at its new showground at Homebush. It’s a chance for city folk to see the State’s finest agricultural produce and livestock.

The Sydney Food and Wine Festival
The World’s Longest Buffet and the Darling Harbour Waiters’ Race are the highlights of Sydney’s premier food festival in late June.

International Marching Bands Festival
The Sydney Opera House forecourt and the promenades of Darling Harbour resound to the beat as top marching bands from around the world compete and combine in this colourful festival.Sun Herald City to Surf

Sun Herald City to Surf
The annual fun run from the city to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach is one of the largest participation events in the world.

Tourism Week
“Tourism is Everybody’s Business” is the slogan, as the tourism industry demonstrates the benefits of tourism in this showcase of our fastest growing industry.

Sydney Marathon
Commencing on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, the race crosses the Harbour Bridge taking in views of the Opera House, runs through the historic Rocks area and Darling Harbour to finish at the Sydney International Athletics Stadium at the Olympic Park, Homebush Bay. Concurrent with the Marathon is the Sydney International Ten-K Run.

CarnivaleYidaki Didgeridoo and Dance
Carnivale celebrates the cultural diversity of New South Wales with a festival which includes music, dance, literature and performance from cultures around the globe.

A Sea Change
The second festival of the Sydney Cultural Olympiad will focus on successive waves of migration to Australia with events in Sydney and around the country.

Manly Jazz Festival
A potent mixture of sun, sea and jazz music comes together in this popular festival.

Christmas in Sydney
Pitt Street Mall, Darling Harbour and The Rocks come alive with festive illuminations to celebrate Christmas in Sydney.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
The yachts create a breathtaking spectacle as they depart from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day for this race with over half a century of tradition.

New Year’s Eve
Join in the fun as Sydney prepares for the new Millennium with a spectacular harbour show with the Harbour Bridge coming alive for an unforgettable finale. Hosted by Sydney City Council.

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