e love a good long weekend here in Sydney and this Queen’s Birthday long weekend is no different. This year, the Queen’s Birthday public holiday falls on the Monday 11th of June, and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy and explore the beautiful city. Be sure to make the most of this public holiday with some of these fun ideas and events below.
Australia’s biggest lights, music and ideas festival, as well as the largest of its kind in the world, Vivid Sydney returns once again this year for another jammed-packed program. Be mesmerised by the incredible light installations and projections held across the city. Enjoy cutting-edge music performances by top local and international artists such as Solange, Ice Cube, Cat Power and more. Open up your mind with innovative talks and fresh thinking across tech, design and culture with Vivid Ideas.
Dip into a bit of retail therapy this long weekend and hit up some of Sydney’s best retail spots. Head to the City Centre to browse through a wide range of clothing, shoes, accessories, makeup, gifts and more. Enjoy designer and boutique shopping at the elegant Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade buildings.
Stroll on nearby to other popular shopping complexes like Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney for more good buys. For those who consider themselves more of a bargain hunter, head to one of Sydney’s colourful markets, such as the iconic Paddy’s Market near Chinatown or night markets at the heritage-filled Rocks area, as well as at local markets such as Glebe, Paddington and more.
It might be winter, but that usually doesn’t stop true Sydneysiders and visitors from far and wide hitting the beach any chance they can get. While the water might be a bit nippier than usual, you can still have a great fun-filled day by the sand and sea. Bring along some friends and family to one of Sydney’s world-famous beaches, such as Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Cronulla Beach and Maroubra Beach. Pack a picnic, ride some waves, pack a picnic, enjoy some whale-watching or simply sit-back and relax.
There’s almost no better way to enjoy the long weekend than by treating yourself to some of Sydney’s best food and drink. Enjoy a range of mouth-watering culinary experiences across Sydney, from elegant gourmet dining to hearty, affordable ‘street eats’. Discover the hottest and most innovative dining precincts, such as Chippendale and Barangaroo. Later, try out some fantastic bars and pubs, before heading out for more drinks and good times at one of Sydney’s top nightlife destinations.
Discover some of the best and most inspiring films from around the world, all taking place at the incredible Sydney Film Festival. Held every year at the State Theatre, as well as in cinemas across the city, the festival program includes a range of entertaining premieres, talks, parties, and of course, the main highlight – screenings of over 200 unique films. Check out the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer before it ends!
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