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Australia is a wonderful place to be in summer. The weather is brilliant, there are amazing beaches to choose from, and there are some of the best events in the world staged here. Whether it’s the festival and events, exciting exhibitions, or strolling over one of the markets, you are sure to find something to do while you are here.

Australia Day: Australia Day in Australia’s biggest city has to be big. There are many different things visitors can do on this special day which also happens to be a public holiday. To pay your respects, watch the Wugulora Indigenous Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve, then travel around the city in vintage busses (for a gold coin donation), watch the Ferrython on the harbour, witness how the latest citizens are welcomed to Australia at the citizenship ceremony with the Lord Mayor at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, take the kids to see the Wiggles at Tumbalong Park (it’s free!) or take them to the Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour, and finish off the day with yet another spectacular fireworks display.


Festivals and Events

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: One of the world’s most exciting boating events is back this year – the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is like an institution in Sydney, and it has a firm place in many Sydneysiders’ Christmas holidays schedules. In this race, teams from all around the world are competing for the title in a race that sees them cross the hazardous Tasman Sea all the way to Hobart. The race begins on Boxing Day at 1pm just north of Shark Island, and many spectators will position themselves along the harbour or on the water to see the yachts leave the save waters of Port Jackson. Great spots to see the first minutes of the race can be found on Middle Head in Mosman, on North Head in Manly, and near the Hornby Lighthouse on South Head. 

Sydney New Years Fireworks: Soon after, Sydney will welcome the new year with a massive firework display which is definitely one of the highlights for many summer visitors to Sydney. There are many ways how you can watch the fireworks display around the harbour, and the website which I have linked for you at the end of this paragraph has a wonderful map which highlights all the good vantage points. Some spots are free while others are ticketed (and probably by the time of writing already sold out). With more than a million people expected to watch the fireworks display on the bridge and around the harbour on a number of barges, you can imagine that this is going to be a very busy day in Sydney. Expect that the best places will fill up at around noon. Public transport is yur way to move around on that day, with many road closures in place. For kids there will be a smaller display at 9pm, and the bigger one will of course be at midnight. 

Australia has a wide variety of mountain ranges , outback opal towns, high country, pristine beach spots, tropical islands, reefs, rivers, beach resorts, wilderness areas to national park, all thrown into the mix . I’m now spoilt for my next Aussie adventure.

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