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Things to Do in Sydney This Summer

Things to Do in Sydney This Summer

Sydney heats up in the summer months, December to February, making this the best time to soak up Australian beach culture and explore stunning nearby scenery such as the Blue Mountains. It’s also a time of great cultural activity and seasonal festivities, making summer one of the best times to visit Sydney. Here are a few ways to enjoy it.

  • See the city’s top sights in a short time on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour.

  • Learn to catch some waves with a surfing lesson on Bondi Beach.

  • Save money at top attractions and create your own itinerary with the Sydney Attraction Pass.

  • Explore the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains on a day trip with river cruise.

  • See Australia’s diverse animals in their natural habitats on a 4WD wildlife tour.

  • Explore Australia’s oldest wine-producing region on a Hunter Valley wine-tasting tour.

  • Celebrate the season as you soak up the sights of Sydney Harbour on a Christmas Day lunch cruise.

  • Hear opera singers perform arias and get a from-row view of Sydney’s fireworks at the New Year’s Eve Opera Gala at the Sydney Opera House.

  • Enjoy a festive meal while sailing through the harbor on a New Year’s Eve tall ship dinner cruise.

  • Ring in the New Year with a 6-course meal and unrivaled fireworks views at Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining.

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The Ultimate Sydney Attractions Pass

The Ultimate Sydney Attractions Pass

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Visit some of the top 35 attractions in Sydney with the convenience of the Sydney Attractions Pass, the perfect travel companion for exploring Sydney and its surroundings. Whether you plan to check out the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, or you wish to go out to Manly and the Blue Mountains, the Attractions Pass is a cost-effective choice. Save up to 40% off regular admission prices, and have a choice of six different pass options.
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  • 90 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.60
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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

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Learn the art of surfing with a lesson from a qualified instructor at the world-famous Bondi Beach, just a short hop from central Sydney. Get an informative and fun surfing lesson with your expert instructor, who shows you the basics, including getting up on the board, reading the surf and catching waves. If you want advanced instruction, private lessons accommodate all levels of expertise. Add a great workout and some waterside excitement to your vacation with a private or small-group surfing lesson in the heart of Australia’s surf culture.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.81
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Wild Australian Wildlife 4WD Tour from Sydney

Wild Australian Wildlife 4WD Tour from Sydney

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See Australia's most famous native animals in their natural habitat on a full-day tour from Sydney. In a comfortable 4WD, explore the Southern Highlands with a naturalist guide to look for koalas, kangaroos, platypus, emus, wombats and other critters in the wild. Your small-group tour includes refreshments and dinner in a classic pub, and you stay out after dark in order to view nocturnal animals in action. With numbers limited to 11 people, enjoy a more customized experience.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.11
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Sydney Opera House New Year's Eve Opera Performance

Sydney Opera House New Year's Eve Opera Performance

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Celebrate the coming of the new year with a sublime New Year's Eve performance at the Sydney Opera House. Opera Australia performs 'La Bohème,' a story of six friends during a Paris winter. Enjoy a special New Year's Eve bonus as the intermission coincides with the evening fireworks show that takes place over Sydney Harbour, allowing you to enjoy front-row views of the fireworks lighting up Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skyline. Start the new year in style with this special performance at the Sydney Opera House.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$195.12
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New Years Eve Tall Ships Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

New Years Eve Tall Ships Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour

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Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with a festive New Year’s Eve dinner cruise on Sydney Harbor. Ring in the new year in style aboard a traditional square-rigged tall ship with a cruise that includes dinner, drinks, music, and front-row views of Sydney’s famous fireworks display. Enjoy watching the procession of colorfully illuminated vessels on Sydney Harbour while dining on fresh seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes accompanied by unlimited wine, beer, and soft drinks during this 5.5-hour cruise from Darling Harbour.
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  • 4 hours
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