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What’s On in Sydney This Winter

Winter 2016/2017

When the summer ends, the fun and events don’t have to finish with it. There are plenty of events and free things to do in Sydney during Autumn. There are still plenty of festivals to enjoy. The Royal Easter Show brings with it fun and excitement for the entire family. From petting zoos to the rides, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Sydney Comedy Festival offers plenty of laughs. Sydney’s world famous Mardi Gras Parade is a colourful event that is not to be missed. Vivid Sydney lights up the city’s landmarks and puts on a dazzling light show. In addition to the festivals, the whale season begins as the whales start to make their way north. Learn something new at special museum exhibits and tours. Enjoy great foods and wandering through the stalls at markets. This Autumn, Sydney offers you plenty opportunity to make each day exciting.

Whale Watching Season
Sydney
May 20 – November 1
Whale watching in Sydney is quite a spectacular thing. Every year, from Autumn until Spring, you can witness the humpback whales making their way up the coast to the warmer North Queensland waters. Then you can watch them travel down south again with their calves. You can watch the whales make their journey from the land or sea. From the land and for free, you can sometimes see them from beaches, Manly Headland, on the Bondi to Coogee walk and more coastal walks or headlands. The Royal National Park and Kurnell are also great places to spot whales from their beautiful coastal walks along sea cliffs. You may have to pay a park entry fee. From the sea, you can join whale watching tours, like the Captain Cook Whale Watching Cruise redeemable with your Sydney Flexi Attractions Pass, redeemable by iVenture Card.
Vivid Sydney
Sydney City
May 26 - June 17
Vivid Sydney is a spectacular 23-day festival of light, music and ideas. This unique festival features stunning free public exhibitions of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations along with a contemporary music program. Art, technology and commerce join forces in this festival to bring forth a wonderland of light art. The Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other landmark buildings are illuminated with light installations at this time. Enjoy light sculptures around the city and in parks. Musical acts are performed by Australian artists and International artists at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, other large venues and bars. Enjoy guest speakers as they come together in a celebration of innovation, creativity and community in sectors such as film, architecture, arts, advertising, marketing, events and more.
The Rocks Discovery Museum
The Rocks
Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
If you are in the Rocks, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the popular museums and cultural experiences. The Rocks Discovery Museum is a stand-out attraction and has some of the richest history in Sydney. The museum’s unique collection tells the exciting story of the Rocks from pre-European days all the way to the present Sydney. There are four permanent exhibitions, as well as an interactive research area to elicit the interest of every member of the family. During the school holidays the Museum runs the Kids Dig- a chance for kids as they journey into the world of an archaeologist, dig up artifacts and decipher their meanings. You’ll find plenty of artifacts, photographs, installations and touch screens in the museum and be transported through the Rocks’ history.
The Rocks Markets
The Rocks
Saturdays and Sundays
Don’t miss The Rocks Markets held every weekend from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It’s the perfect thing to do on a nice day. Wander through the stalls full of passionate people selling things that you will love. It’s a cool, relaxed and charming environment. Browse through hand-made gifts, clothes and jewelry. After you are done browsing through the stalls, head over to the Northern end of George Street right under the Harbour Bridge and try delicious food and desserts from the venders.