There are few cities on earth more picturesque than Sydney. From the rolling waves of the Northern Beaches, to the vibrantly proud streets of Darlinghurst, to the million-dollar vistas of Mosman, Sydney impresses at every turn.

Summer in the city has its obvious drawcards, however the cosmopolitan metropolis is also abuzz during winter.

Home to a diverse array of arts, sports and cultures, the harbour city is as lively as it is beautiful, and presents an extraordinary year-round calendar of events.

Be inspired by Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event, the Biennale of Sydney  on display until 16 September 2012. Encouraging collaboration between international artists, the Biennale delivers a program of talks, tours, performances, forums and film screenings, at evocative locations like the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Pier 2/3, and Cockatoo Island.

While Bondi Beach sizzles in summer, the iconic Australian landmark sparkles in winter. Treat the family to a fun day out set against a backdrop of the world’s most famous beach. The cooler months see Bondi inundated by the Winter Festival, which brings music, art, fashion and an ice skating rink to the Eastern Suburbs hub.

Take in Sydney from a different perspective; experience the raw beauty of the harbour city from aboard a yacht. Join a full day sailing adventure and navigate through some of the world’s most renowned waterways, exploring famous inlets like Manly and Bondi and learning about local history.

A busy winter’s day of exploring calls for a feast of hearty food and good coffee  extravagances Sydney flaunts in abundance. 

Embrace the warm ambience of the Park Hyatt’s The Living Room and enjoy a scrumptious Winter Collection afternoon tea overlooking Sydney Harbour. Indulge in winter’s ultimate comfort food, soup, at Sydney intuition Chrysler Café Bar on Pitt St and in Martin Place. Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville serves Sydney’s ‘Best Coffee’, as awarded by the Good Cafe Guide Awards 2012. While Bourke St Bakery in Surry Hills satisfies baked good aficionados with warm sausage rolls, fresh hot bread and assorted sweet cakes.

Winter is a great time to visit Sydney  the crowds are thinner; the colours are a brighter shade of brilliant; and the events are unique.

Discover Sydney in Winter

  • Virgin Australia operates flights to Sydney direct, daily from all Australian capital cities and most major regional ports, and from international destinations such as Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Nadi and Bali.
  • Our partner, Virgin Australia Holidays offers great Sydney holiday packages.