Public holidays, religious festivals, historical recognition, whatever type of public holiday it is, there’s bound to be something amazing for you to get up to in the city! Sydney is home to a vast array of incredible restaurants, pubs, markets, museums, galleries and festivals, meaning that you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to finding something to do on the most joyous and fun days of the year! If you’re looking for a little celebratory inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on for some top activities to make your year as unforgettable as possible.
New Year’s Day
The day after New Year’s Eve is a slow one, after the biggest night of the year you don’t exactly want to be out and about first thing. This is the perfect day for a lazy brunch at home, followed by a chilled-out afternoon at the beach. For some amazing atmosphere and general merriment, head to one of the more known beaches in Sydney, like Manly, Bondi or Coogee. You’ll find live music, public barbeques and all sorts of fun at these spots!
Australia day is full of excitement and city-wide celebrations. For a front-row seat to all the harbour action, including ferry races, plane shows and musical performances, why not hop on a harbour cruise? Australia Day harbour cruises in Sydney are perfect, you’ll get bar service, snacks and a calm spot to bask in the beauty of the city.
Easter weekend is usually a little slower in the centre of the city, which means it’s the perfect time to explore the incredible Botanical Gardens! Stroll the grounds and pack a picnic for the ideal Easter weekend treat. This could also be a great time of year to head to the outdoors or moonlight cinema, you’ll see the movie with a gorgeous backdrop of the city.
Head to a heritage pub this Anzac Day to get involved with the ancient tradition of good old Two-Up – it’s some serious fun and the atmosphere will be brilliant. Be sure to head to your local dawn ceremony to pay your respects. If you’re more into spending the day at home, why not bake some Anzac biscuits from scratch? This is a great family-friendly activity.
The main Sydney attraction for boxing day has to be watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart boat race! You can choose to book yourself a front-row seat at your local beachside destination or head to a public park and watch amongst your community. You can bring a picnic breakfast to keep the merriment going. Boxing day is also a great time to head to the cinema, big releases are often out the day after Christmas and it will be fun for the whole family.
New Year’s Eve The big one! New Year’s Eve is a very high key night, so it takes some planning to avoid walking into an expensive and unenjoyable trap. If you want to keep it simple, opt for picnic grounds with a view of the fireworks. To spice things up a little, head to a central music festival or book a table at a beautiful restaurant for an extra special indulgence.
Sydney really does have so much to offer, whether you want something luxurious or totally free, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Make your year the best one yet with these amazing activities!