Sydney summer events - 5 reasons you have to be there!

Sydney summer events - 5 reasons you have to be there!

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Longer days, warmer nights, BBQ season- summer is when Sydney really shines.

Not only do the stunning beaches and coastal walks look their best in the glorious sunshine, but the city comes to life with a whole host of exciting events to keep visitors entertained.

Ready to pack your bags? After hiring a car from Sydney Airport, make sure you check out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay.

  1. Sydney NYE

    Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia, if not the world! From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each year, more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style.
  2. Chinese New Year

    More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. 2019 will see the arrival of the Year of the Pig, and will feature a huge celebration including lights, lanterns, music and food.
  3. Australia Day

    People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national holiday was created to commemorate the founding of the colony of New South Wales in January 1788, but these days it is a great excuse to come together with family and friends! Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.
  4. Australian Open of Surfing

    Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.
  5. Mardi Gras 

    Finishing off the summer in style in early March is Mardis Gras, the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. Mardis Gras is a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement. If you love a party, you won't want to miss this one.

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Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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