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Sydney is Australia’s largest city and is regularly rated as one of the best cities in the world. It boasts two of the world’s most recognisable icons – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera house – as well as being home to one of the most famous stretches of sand – Bondi Beach. With a year round moderate climate, over 200 beaches in the city and it’s surrounds as well as beautiful parks and bushlands, Sydney offers a fabulous lifestyle. Popular attractions in NSW include the Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley and the NSW Snowy Mountains.

 

Major Festivals and Events in Sydney

Sydney Festival: January 5-28th

The year gets off to a great start with this cultural celebration of dance, theatre, art and music. With over 300 performances over the 13 days, many of them free and child friendly, this is a diverse and exciting celebration of Sydney. www.sydneyfestival.org.au

 

Australia Day Celebrations 26th January 2017

Officially to commemorate the landing of the first fleet in 1788, but off the record this is a day of celebrating Australia and what makes this country great. Boat races, parties and picnics a plenty. www.australiaday.com.au

 

Chinese New Year Festival February 2016 http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au/

Sydney bursts in to colourful celebration to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With night-time markets, dragon boat races and a Twilight Parade, this festival is great fun for all the family. www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

 

The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: 2nd March 2013

If you like your festivals over the top and dressed in sequins and feathers, you will love Mardi Gras – the annual celebration of Gay (lesbian and every sexuality in between) Pride. With a variety of parties and events over a three week period the festival’s highlight is the parade through the streets of Sydney. www.mardigras.org.au

 

Sydney Writer’s Festival: 20-26 May 2013

The Sydney Writer’s Festival is a literary celebration featuring over 400 Australian and International writers participating in over 300 events. Many events are free and child friendly – so whether you are an aspiring novelist, are interested in writer’s ideas and inspirations or just love to read, this festival is a great annual event. www.swf.org.au

 

Sydney International Food Festival :October 1st-31st

Food lovers unite for this month long gastronomic celebration. From the Hyde Park night noodle markets, to the cooking lessons from top chefs, to the special dinners hosted all over Sydney – this is one festival that won’t leave you hungry. www.cravesydney.com

 

Sydney’s New Year Celebration: December 31st

Ending the year with a bang is the fabulous Fireworks celebrations over Sydney Harbour (and other venues throughout Sydney and NSW). Family friendly fireworks at 9pm and end of year fireworks as the clock strikes midnight. www.sydneynewyearseve.com






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