inter is the perfect time to get out and explore Sydney – the crowds are smaller, and there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy! Whether you are a local or a visitor, here is our top 9 things to do in Sydney this Winter.
Explore the light, music, and ideas at Vivid Sydney, the biggest festival of light in the Southern Hemisphere!
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas that will run from 24 May to 15 June 2019. Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect.
With so much to see and experience, the best opportunity to take it all in is to explore over multiple nights. The Russell Boutique Hotel is perfectly positioned close to the famous Vivid Light Walk around The Rocks and Circular Quay, as well as close to many of the theatres and galleries who host ideas talks and musical performances.
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Mid-Week Vivid Special:
$195/night for Superior Ensuite Room, with $50 dining voucher & complimentary breakfast (Sun-Wed only)
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When: Daily from 6pm Friday 24th May – Saturday 15th June 2019
Where: The Rocks, Circular Quay, Barangaroo & Darling Harbour
More Info: https://www.vividsydney.com/
The Art Gallery of NSW is free to enter and is perfect to explore on a cold winters day. Housing incredible collections and welcoming over 1 million visitors a year! Entry is free to the general exhibitions, however some specific exhibitions and special events within the museum may have an additional cost.
The Art Gallery of NSW is conveniently located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is known for its world-class collection of Aboriginal, Asian, European and contemporary art installations. Make sure to plan your trip for a Wednesday – the entire Gallery stays open for Art After Hours. Enjoy free talks and films along with access to all of their year-round exhibits after closing hours. You can check their website ahead of time to see which talks and special events will be happening.
Where: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
More Information: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/
Sydney boasts a vibrant and eclectic Theatre, Musicals, and Arts scene. Whether you are experiencing the latest exhibition or immersing yourself in a classic Broadway show, The Russell Boutique Hotel is the ideal destination to explore the best Sydney culture has to offer, located in the heart of The Rocks and Circular Quay near the Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Theatre Company, and more.
If you’re visiting during winter, try scoring tickets to fantastic local productions of Chicago, Muriel’s Wedding, or Hugh Jackman in concert?
Where: Capitol Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Qudos Bank Arena
More Information: https://www.therussell.com.au/events/sydney-musical-accommodation/
When the temperature drops, you can count on the local pub to welcome you with open arms. The Fortune of War, conveniently located downstairs from The Russell Boutique Hotel, offers ample space to enjoy a beer at the bar, or a delicious meal in the sun-soaked Bistro terrace. It has retained its old world charm, but has also built an enviable reputation with tourists as well as locals, for providing a warm, traditional service in a cosy heritage bar in The Rocks. Open 7 days with live music Thursday – Sunday.
When: open 7 days
Where: 137 George Street, The Rocks
More Information: https://www.therussell.com.au/bar-dining/fortune-of-war/
Bondi Feast is 10 nights of arty business, a pop-up fringe-style winter festival, celebrating the best in comedy, theatre, music, storytelling, arts and hot foods, all washed down with some mulled cider, showcasing over 200 artists in 40+ shows across 10 nights from 9-20 July 2019.
When: Tuesday 9th – Saturday 20th July 2019
Where: 6 venues around Bondi, including Bondi Pavillion & Bondi Beach
More Information: https://www.bondifeast.com.au/
Bastille Festival Sydney is a free entry, French cultural celebration of food, wine and art, held annually in Sydney’s Circular Quay and The Rocks. For the 2019 Festival, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, très grand!
Customs House: The Parisian Foodie Village
Cahill Expressway: The Gourmet Produce Alley
First Fleet Park: Entertainment & Foodie Village
MCA Lawn: Le Mulled Wine Cinema
The Rocks: Christmas in July
OPT: The Family-Friendly French Village
When: Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July 2019
Where: Circular Quay & The Rocks
More Information: https://bastillefestival.com.au/
Situated on spectacular Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is an experience not to be missed. Located just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, Taronga Zoo offers up to 20 free keeper talks and animal shows throughout the day. The Sky Safari cable car connects the ferry to the main entrance.
Roar and snore is a long-running overnight experience offered by Taronga Zoo. It lets you bunker down after the zoo shuts its gates and stay in luxurious tents until morning. You’ll get to meet all the critters such as lions, tigers, snow leopards and a sun bear as well as dine at the zoo’s restaurant. The next morning you will be served a delicious brekkie before being able to feed a giraffe, pat a seal and sunbake with an echidna.
When: Tuesday – Sunday nights
Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman
More Information: https://taronga.org.au/sydney-zoo/accommodation/roar-and-snore
Every Friday the air comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of street food being served. Fragrant smoke lingers gently in the air, and local produce sizzle to perfection, and sweet treats are lovingly prepared by talented providores. Then on Saturday & Sunday, Stroll down sandstone steps and up cobblestoned lanes as you discover locally-designed fashion, handcrafted jewellery, textiles, homewares, art, beauty products and photography, plus delicious food to fuel your exploration.
When: Friday Foodies Market, 10am – 4pm Friday
The Rocks Markets, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Where: Playfair St & Jack Mundy Place, The Rocks
More Information: https://www.therocks.com/things-to-do/the-rocks-markets.aspx
Wander through the tea market and discover some of the best artisanal teas around, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, indulge in a sweet treat or sit down and enjoy a tea cocktail in the brew lounge.
There’s also workshops, talks and masterclasses hosted by leading specialists where you can participate in a tea tasting, learn about tea basics, food pairing, blending and tea ceremonies, or just discover more about the history and health benefits of tea.
When: Sunday 18th August 2019
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
More Information: http://www.sydneyteafestival.com.au/