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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is one of Australia’s most famous gay and lesbian cultural festivals. Spanning just over two weeks, the celebrations typically start with fair day and culminate in the behemoth costume parade through the city’s main gay thoroughfare, Oxford Street.

Date: 19 February 2021 - 07 March 2021
Venue: Various venues, parade on Oxford Street.



The world's largest fun run and Sydney's favourite sporting event, City2Surf is a sporting calendar highlight. The event sees more than 85,000 people pounding the pavements of the city. The 14km (8.7 miles) routes take participants through the suburbs of Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Dover Heights and Bondi Beach. Entry is limited to a certain number of competitors and, except for the invitation-only groups, allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Date: 08 August 2021 - 08 August 2021
Venue: From Hyde Park to Bondi Beach.

Free to spectate.

Sydney Film Festival

Each year the Sydney Film Festival brings together the best new films from around the world, in addition to short Australian films. The festival also hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking, including the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, (which are Academy Award eligible).

Date: 18 August 2021 - 29 August 2021
Venue: Various


Sculpture By The Sea

The world’s largest annual free-to-the-public, outdoor sculpture exhibition takes place along the beautiful New South Wales coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beach. The exhibition regularly draws thousands of people to view sculptures from more than 100 artists around the world.

Date: 21 October 2021 - 07 November 2021
Venue: Bondi to Tamarama Beach.


New Year's Eve

The globally recognised extravagant and colourful fireworks display over Sydney Harbour attracts millions of visitors each year. The event is usually split into two shows, the first at 21:00 (Family Fireworks) and the second at midnight (the Midnight Fireworks). The fireworks show has become one of the most-watched New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the world. The best vantage points around the harbour are listed on the NSW government website.

Date: 31 December 2021 - 01 January 2022
Venue: Sydney Harbour


Sydney Festival

One of Australia's largest and most attended annual cultural event comprises around 300 performances and 80 events performed by local and international artists in at least 20 venues each year. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from circus acts to musical and theatre performances, from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. The festival attracts an estimated 1 million people to its ticketed shows and large-scale free outdoor events.

Date: 01 January 2022 - 31 January 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.


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Featured Hotels


The Woolbrokers Hotel

In the heart of Darling Harbour, Woolbrokers Hotel is located near some of Sydney’s main attractions, including the Sydney Aquarium, Harbourside shopping complex, and Sydney Wildlife World. The heritage building has been redesigned with 27 rooms to accommodate groups, families, or solo travellers.


King’s Cross Backpackers

 Located in vibrant King’s Cross, KXB is popular among travellers looking to be in the heart of Sydney at a cheap price. Newly renovated in 2017, the hostel holds weekly rooftop barbecues, day and night activities, and free breakfast.

Cambridge Hotel

Close to the restaurant and shopping areas of Oxford and Crown Streets is this moderately priced hotel with 149 modern rooms and an on-site Italian restaurant. Adjacent to the hotel is an area that used to be a notorious no-go zone in the 1920s frequented by the city’s worst criminals.

Park Hyatt

Occupying a unique position on the water's edge of Sydney's Harbour, The Park Hyatt has a wide range of rooms to choose from all offering deluxe amenities including shoeshine, turndown, robes, gym access and 24-hour butler service. The hotel's restaurant, the Harbour Kitchen & Bar, offers incredible views of the harbour and opera house through floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors. This Sydney hotel also features a spa, fitness centre and rooftop swimming pool.

Four Seasons

The original luxe Sydney hotel the Four Seasons boasts one of the best views around. Located in the historic Rock’s area overlooking the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge the hotel’s 531 luxurious guestrooms and suites all feature a 42- inch LCD television iPod/MP3 player connectivity and wireless internet access. The spa is one of the best in the city and facilities include steam sauna and Sydney’s largest heated outdoor pool.

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

One of the most boldly conceived hotels in Sydney, Ovolo Woolloomooloo (formerly Taj BLUE Hotel) occupies the renovated interior of an old loading wharf, jutting out into the harbour at Woolloomooloo Bay. Retaining the original exterior and many of the interior beams, the refit is an ingenious exercise in industrial chic. Business travellers are well catered for with luxury meeting spaces with amenities such as AV equipment, TV screens, and other high tech features.