Winter festivals in Sydney and surrounds you can’t miss

Sydney is popular with the tourists in the summer months. But what many people don’t realise is that it can be a great place to stay even when the weather turns a little chilly.

Winter festivals and events in Sydney are some of the most exciting.

We strongly recommend you hire a car from Sydney Airport and make the most of the fun winter festivals on offer.

Sydney Winter Festival

30th June – 17th July
This is definitely one of the best winter festivals that Sydney offers. Every year St Mary’s Road turns into a hub for winter activities. The outdoor ice skating rink is always a favourite for festival-goers, even the uncoordinated ones! There’s also live music, tobogganing, pop up bars and European-style markets. Welcome to Sydney’s very own version of winter wonderland!

Bledisloe Cup Festival

9th August – 21st October
Rugby Union fans unite! Every year they get to enjoy 10 epic weeks of the best of Rugby Union. Witness one of the world’s greatest rivalries in sport as the Qantas Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks. The festival comes to a fiery end with the Bledisloe Cup test match at ANZ Stadium. Thousands of crowds pack the venue to watch their national teams, regardless of whether it’s rain, hail or shine.

Sydney Film Festival

7th – 18th June
Winter is the perfect time to put on your most comfy clothes, sit around the house with a blanket and watch movies all day long. People love to watch movies when the cold sets in. No wonder someone thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a week and a half of winter to a festival for film! Watch feature films, documentaries, short films and animations from around the world. They’re screened at different venues across the city.

Vivid Sydney (pictured)

26th May – 17th June
This annual outdoor lighting festival really brings Australia’s most populated city to life. Check out the incredible light installations and 3D projections across central Sydney. You’ll enjoy three weeks of colourful and interactive displays. Watch landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House light up. The creativity never stops and every year is different.

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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