The city of Sydney has so much to offer in the way of celebrations, all year round! Whether you’ve lived here for a while and you’re looking to learn more about your new home, you’re visiting from out of state or you’re a local Sydneysider through and through, there’s always going to be undiscovered gems and new events to experience in this glorious city. Read on for a few inspirational ideas and attractions that you can get up to on some of the key days and celebrations of the year…
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day can often be a pretty sleepy one – after all of the excitement and celebrations from the night before, you’d be forgiven for being a little slow. Once you dust yourself off and feel ready to face the day, pack a picnic and head to a serene local beach for some healthy summer sun away from the crowds. If you want a coastal chill but you’re still into the idea of some atmosphere, consider hauling to iconic spots such as Manly or Bondi for an exciting day of barbecues sunning and surfing.
There’s always plenty happening on Australia Day, particularly around the centre of the city. Make the most out of your long weekend by heading to cultural ceremonies, booking yourself a wine tasting with a view or setting sail on an Australia Day Harbour cruise! Exploring with cruises on the Sydney Harbour really are the perfect way of soaking up the city, seeing the sights and having an amazingly memorable experience that you’re going to treasure forever. A ferry cruise on Australia Day is amazing because you’ll be able to be in and amongst all of the action whilst still being totally comfortable and happy throughout the entire cruise – the best of both worlds!
Ahh, Easter Weekend – such an amazing time of year and perfect for some family adventures all over the city! If you want to treat your little ones to a truly delightful day out, consider heading to the Royal Botanic Garden for a large scale easter egg hunt and picnic! The kids will love making friends whilst they hunt for chocolate, and you can kick back and relax with the other gown ups. If you want something slightly more low key, consider heading to Taronga Zoo to meet some furry friends and learn something new with the whole family.
Pay your respects at your local Dawn ceremony to kick things off right this Anzac Day. Your early morning can be followed by a relaxed day of baking homemade Anzac biscuits or strolls around your local park. If you’re up to more action, head to The Rocks markets for a day full of history and culture as well as food, drinks and fun. If you fancy a beverage or two, gather your mates and hit up your local for a game of Two Up and plenty of good times.
Boxing Day calls for some festive fun that the whole family can enjoy! If you fancy a relaxed action filled outing, consider heading to a viewing point to witness the kick off of the Sydney to Hobart race! You can pack up a picnic to use up your leftovers and bring along your favourite garden games to pass the time when the boats pass your point. This is a great time to link up with mates and family friends, so get organising to bring some excitement to your Christmas celebration schedule.
New Year’s Eve
The biggest night of the year! New Year’s Eve often winds up being a little more disappointing than anything else, so why not treat yourself to another cheeky cruise experience to really make the most out of one of the most iconic locations to ring in the new year, Sydney’s harbour! A ticket on a ferry gives you front row seats to both firework shows, a delicious dinner, dancing, drinks and plenty of quiet time on deck when you need it. This is an experience that you’ll never forget!
Are you excited to try out one of these incredible public holiday event celebrations? Get planning your year now for your most fabulous 365 days yet!