If you are planning on visiting Sydney in the near future, we have some fantastic ideas and events you can see or take part in, including Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve celebrations and The Ashes!

Vivid Sydney

When – May to June 2018

Where – All over the city, centered around the harbour

As if Sydney Harbour is not impressive enough already, between May and June in 2018, the harbour will be awash with colour and art as part of the Vivid Sydney event. Vivid Light transforms the city from sunset and the icons of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are bathed in amazing colours, as well as the botanic garden and other city buildings and a light walk leading through The Rocks. It’s also a great time for music in the city, with Vivid Live featuring both local and international acts along with sound and light laser shows, an inspirational time to be in the city.

Handa Opera

When -  22 March to 23 April 2018

Where – Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point

Experience Pucini’s classical Bohemian love story of La Bohème in the unforgettable Sydney harbour location. Arrive around sunset for a glass of bubbles with views of the iconic skyline and a night of food, fireworks, song and spectacle. Eat at one of the pop up restaurants on site, then settle down for an exhilarating spectacle of opera at the water’s edge. For visitors in March and April, book early.

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

When – 31 December…every year

Where – All over the city

As one of the first of the world’s major cities to see in the New Year, Sydney always seems to be able to grab headlines as the rest of the world watches. Forget freezing on the Thames, or cramming into a sub-zero Times Square, much more civilised is a midsummer BYO cruise, or a concert on a harbour island, while fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond. There are events across the city, from Sydney Observatory to Sydney Tower or rooftop bar. Stick around until 26 December when there’s an equally impressive celebration of Australia Day.

Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras

When – 16 February to 4 March 2018

Where – around the city with the main parade on Flinders Street and Taylor Square


Celebrating its 40th year in 2018, the Sydney LGBT mardi gras is one of the worlds biggest and is a fantastically colourful, fun and imaginative celebration of love across the city. The parade has an energetic and outrageous collection of over 200 groups and impressive floats with the party going on through the night. With Dykes on Bikes, glamorous drag queens and community heroes it’s an event of great colour and beauty for all visitors to see.

The Ashes Test and more sport

When - 4th – 8th January 2018

Where – The Sydney Cricket Ground

In what could be the deciding test match in this year’s Ashes series, the country will grind to a New Year standstill and fill out the 48,000 stadium. Sydney is, of course, a city of sport, and the Ashes will be one of the many big events going on this year in a list that includes the Sydney Rugby Sevens, Blackmore Sydney Running Festival and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. Plus of course, the SCG is a venue for Rugby, Aussie Rules and stadium tours.


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