Winter is here! And just because it’s gotten cold doesn’t mean you can no longer have any fun. Sydney still has a lot to offer even if some of them are indoors.

Vivid Sydney

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When the temperature drops, and the sun goes down, Sydney shines. Vivid Sydney is the lights and sounds event that has been entertaining families and keeping the cold winter nights warm for everyone who comes.

See the lights and sounds show all across the city. Start off by checking out Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House where the Opera House is transformed into an animated canvas which will serve as the centrepiece as the sky is lit up by images of the First Nations’ spirituality. Accompanying the artwork projected on the Sydney Opera House are songs composed by Rhoda Roberts and Damien Robinson of Wicked Beat Sound System.

Be sure to also visit all of the other locations of Vivid Sydney to get the full experience: Circular Quay, The Rocks, Martin Place, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay, Central Park, Chatswood, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden, and The Galeries.

Vivid Sydney can be enjoyed across all the aforementioned places from 6pm to 11pm on 27 May to 18 June. Visit for more information on everything that’s going to happen.

Winter Festival
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Good news! The Winter Festival is returning to Sydney this year. Once again you can immerse yourself in a world of enchantment, magic and wonder. Open-air ice rinks, fantastic winter themed rides, great food and entertainment for the whole family.

Catch the Winter Festival from June to July in St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

Entrance to the winter festival is free, but rides and access to go ice-skating require tickets. Save money by purchasing your tickets online here:

Sky Zone
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Extreme sports while indoors, away from the biting cold? Sign us up!

Sky Zone is Australia’s first indoor trampoline park. They have two locations in Sydney; Alexandria and Miranda, and both locations have over 100 trampolines connected to form one giant trampoline. With that amount of trampolines, you’ll be bouncing off the walls in no time, literally!

Bit of a warning though, if you’re bringing in kids around 3 years old or younger, it would be better to come at a time when there’s not a lot of people. This is not only for their protection, but it’s so they can maximise their enjoyment as well. With not a lot of people, the toddlers can access more areas than when if the place is packed.

For tickets and more information, visit their website.

Whale Watching
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Winter is when whales traverse the distance from the Antarctic to Australia for warmer waters so this is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. From early May to Late November, an estimated 20,000 Humpback Whales pass by Sydney each year.

Spend half a day relaxing on the deck of the vessel while waiting for a glimpse of the whales. And if you’re really lucky, you may be one of the few people who can get to see Migaloo, the famed white whale!

For cruise details and booking information, check out

Winters in Sydney don’t have to be spent exclusively indoors. The city still has a lot of things to offer despite the cold weather. To go around and see all these very worthwhile activities, the most convenient and cost effective solution is to get a car hire in Sydney. Alpha Car Hire is one of the largest independent car rental companies along the east coast of Australia, and you can be sure you will be getting the best cars for the lowest prices. Now what are you waiting for? Go book your tickets, reserve a car, and get the most out of your winter getaway!