Love Every Second of Sydney Summer

Sydney in Summer

There’s no better time than Summer in Sydney! Its brilliant, temperate climate is perfect for making a splash at the beach, taking a waterside seat for a long lunch at an award-winning restaurant or strolling along glorious stretches of coastline. Then there’s the jam-packed calendar of summer events to consider, from international stage shows to elite sporting matches and art exhibitions. Sydney in Summer. Love Every Second.

Outdoors & Adventure

Explore one of Sydney's famous beach-and-bush walks, strap your feet into the pedals of a sleek cruiser or chunky mountain bike to discover Sydney’s great outdoors or get active on the water – go surfing, give stand-up paddle boarding a go or try out kayaking! You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying adventure, sport and the great outdoors in Sydney.


Creative talent, skill and ideas have made Sydney a thriving centre of artisan industry, with many creations known globally but made locally. Discover the local markets through to Sydney’s landmark stores including the flagship branches of Myer and David Jones in the CBD, both multi-level, one-stop shops for the best local brands and international picks. Don’t forget to check out the stunning, heritage surrounds of the Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade add atmosphere to leisurely boutique browsing, with plenty of inviting options for afternoon tea or brunch.


Sydney hosts an exhilarating line-up of sporting events this summer. Sydney is a sport lover's paradise, catering to fans of many codes of football, plus motorsports, surfing, golf and more! Don't-miss events this summer include the Emirates Australian Open Golf Championship, Coates Hire Sydney 500, HSBC Sydney Rugby 7s festival, the Australian Open of Surfing and more!

Food and Wine

Sydney is famed for its alfresco dining, bars, cafés and growers' markets. Eat in the hottest new dining precincts and discover the go-to suburbs for multicultural cuisine. Enjoy the warmer summer weather and all of the great outdoor dining options that Sydney has to offer.

Arts and Culture

Sydney is a stage for local and international, established and emerging talent, with arts and culture performances, festivals and exhibitions behind every corner. With internationally acclaimed performances on the city's many stages, award-winning festivals, as well as a number of exhibitions across the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Upcoming Events in Sydney

You'll love every second of Sydney's star-studded line-up of summer events. See world-class musicals, exciting festivals like Sydney Festival and hotly-contested local and international sporting matches.

Sydney and NSW Highlight Events 2016:

Sydney International Art Series - Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks
Date: 3 November 2016 - 5 March 2017

Sydney International Art Series - Nude: Art from the Tate Collection
Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Date: 5 November 2016 - 5 February 2017

NSW Open Golf Championship (Kel Nagle Cup)
Location: Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, Colebee
Date: 10 - 13 November 2016

Emirates Australian Open Golf
Location: Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay
Date: 17 - 20 November 2016

Location: Various locations in NSW
Date: 18 November - 2 December 2016

2016 ARIA Awards Presented by Telstra
Location: The Star, Sydney
Date: 23 November 2016

2016 NAB AFL Draft
Location: Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park
Date: 25 November 2016

McDonald’s AFL9s Classic
Location: Moore Park, Sydney
Date: 25 - 26 November 2016

MotorWorld Sydney
Location: Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek
Date: 1 - 4 December 2016

Coates Hire Sydney 500
Location: Sydney Olympic Park
Date: 2 - 4 December 2016

Sydney Festival
Location: Various locations across Sydney
Date: 7 - 29 January 2017

Australia Day
Various locations across Sydney and NSW
26 January

Australia v The World in FAST4 Tennis
Location: Sydney
January 2017

HSBC Sydney 7s
Location: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park
Date: 3 - 5 February 2017

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Location: Various locations across Sydney
Date: 17 February - 5 March 2017

Location: Bondi Beach
Date: 18 - 19 February 2017

Australian Open of Surfing
Location: Manly Beach
Date: 25 February - 5 March 2017

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Carmen
Location: Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney
Date: 24 March - 23 April 2017

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