Sydney and New South Wales are always a good idea, but it's an especially lovely place to visit in fall and winter. As the leaves turn golden, the parks provide a colorful backdrop for autumnal strolls and its trendy cafes serve instagrammable and comfort food. Besides, the winter season offers the perfect excuse to explore some of Sydney’s museums, galleries or go on a whale watching cruise.
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Take advantage of the dark sky and try some of these nighttime holiday ideas for both kids and adults in Sydney and New South Wales. The nights may draw in earlier during autumn and winter but there's plenty to fill your days with.
Vivid Sydney, the world-famous festival of light, music and ideas, returns for 23 nights this winter. The multi-award-winning festival illuminate Sydney with mezmerising new light art to inspire and plenty of entertainment for everyone.
Fall asleep under a blanket of stars in Sydney at Taronga Zoo’s Roar and Snore safari-style tents overlooking Sydney Harbour. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you shouldn't miss!
Don’t miss this activity if you’re planning an inland self-drive. A 6-hour drive west from Sydney boasts an environment perfect for stargazing under the dark skies and an observatory with up to 5 telescopes for spotting the stars and galaxies.
If Sydney has one thing to boast about other than its sightseeing and adventure offerings, it’s that it sure knows how to dine – with a twist. Much to the delight of foodies out there, there’s always a new café or restaurant swinging open its doors in Sydney, each with its own unique take on common dishes to stand out from the crowd.
Devon Café, known for serving tongue-in cheek comfort food take on café staples, has become a favorite with locals. Cuckoo Callay has surely established a name for themselves with their very own Mi Goreng chicken thigh burger – packed with maple bacon, house-made kimchi, avocado and coriander aioli on a potato burger bun. See top 10 cafes here.
Sydney Fish Market (SFM) offers visitors and Sydneysiders the opportunity to experience an authentic working fish market. It is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s third largest seafood market in terms of variety.
It’s only fitting that the very best of Australia’s produce and wine take centre stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant. Celebrated Australian chef Peter Gilmore steers the diner through the diversity of the nation’s home-grown flavours introducing what he envisages as the essence of Australian cuisine.
Australia has almost 400 mammal species and about 140 species of marsupials. Other than the usual suspects such as koala and kangaroo, you'll get to encounter other incredible wildlife too!
See orca, minke and humpback whales during their winter migration on a 2.5-hour open water cruise through the entrance of Sydney Harbour and out into the Pacific Ocean.
One of the quirkiest experiences in Port Stephens is camel riding on Birubi Beach, Anna Bay. A guided tour along the soft, silky sand on the beach, and into the sand dunes is a must when you visit Port Stephens.
Jervis Bay is famed for having some of the whitest sand in the world and crystal clear water. On top of that, Jervis Bay is home to an abundance of marine wildlife, including close to 100 bottlenose dolphins!
Have you checked out the stunning mountains in New South Wales? There are many unforgettable experiences in the mountains and countryside that you can get during the autumn and winter seasons.
In Autumn, the Blue Mountains’ cool climate gardens and deciduous trees are ablaze with colour. Marvel at the rich colours of the Japanese maples, North American oaks and dawn redwoods at the Mount Tomah Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Explore the tree-lined back streets of Blackheath, visiting Campbell’s Rhododendron Gardens and the church hall in Wentworth Street framed by Autumnal leaves.
With burnished grapevines and crisp days, Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Hunter. For a bird’s eye view of the long lines of Autumnal vines, watch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon. Several hot-air balloon operators offer this exhilarating experience before a gourmet breakfast on landing. Autumn is also when the Hunter hosts one of its signature culinary events, the Lovedale Long Lunch, a progressive dining experience where guests move from one winery to the next.
The Snowy Mountains is Australia’s only true alpine wilderness and a must do for all ages. The snow resorts are located in the breathtaking Kosciuszko National Park which is also home to Australia’s highest peak Mt Kosciuszko. There are four unique ski resorts: Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selywn Snow Resort where you can stay on-snow or choose to set up base at any number of nearby local towns in the Snowy Mountains region.