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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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Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Sydney City Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in Sydney on a morning or afternoon sightseeing tour that crams all the city’s best bits into just a few hours. Snap photos of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; visit the glamorous Bondi Beach; travel through The Rocks and Paddington; and take in the views from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Small Group All-Inclusive Blue Mountains Day Trip

Small Group All-Inclusive Blue Mountains Day Trip

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Explore the Blue Mountains on a full-day tour that features the UNESCO World Heritage-listed region’s natural beauty, including landmarks like Three Sisters, Jamison Valley, Leura, and unlimited rides at Scenic World. On the return trip to Sydney, meet native Australian wildlife at Sydney Zoo, then cruise back to the city on a scenic Parramatta River cruise. Bonus: includes a delicious 2-course lunch at an award-winning restaurant.
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  • 10 hours
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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach
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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
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Sydney Opera House New Year's Eve Opera Gala

Sydney Opera House New Year's Eve Opera Gala

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Enjoy a memorable New Year's Eve celebration at the Sydney Opera House with a ticket to the Opera Gala, an elegant evening of opera classics performed by Australian and international artists. The Opera Gala puts on a world-class selection of arias and other favorites, and the intermission is timed to coincide with the evening fireworks show. Audience members can watch Sydney's famous fireworks display from a superb vantage point right on Sydney Harbour, which provides incredible views of the colorful festivities.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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