2023 Winter Escapes in Sydney

2023 Winter Escapes in Sydney

During the winter months, the streets of Sydney truly come alive, offering visitors a range of exciting experiences. From lively music festivals to challenging fun runs and inspiring arts and culture, the city has something for everyone. So why not embrace the chill and book flights, secure your Sydney accommodation with View Sydney, and let us guide you through the best Sydney winter escapes? With our insider knowledge, you’ll be set to explore the winter wonderland that is Sydney.

Vivid Sydney | Light, Music, Foods and Ideas Festival

Vivid Sydney is an annual event where creativity, innovation and technology collide. For 23 days and nights, the city’s iconic landmarks and public spaces are transformed into a mesmerising display of lights, 3D projections and interactive exhibits. However, Vivid Sydney isn’t just a feast for the eyes – it also offers a range of musical performances, workshops, and talks from the leading artists, thinkers, musicians and culinary experts in the world right now. And you can easily access it all via public transport from your hotel in North Sydney.

The iconic Sydney Opera House with its distinctive sail-like design, located in Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Film Festival

With a focus on independent and experimental films, Sydney Film Festival offers a diverse line up of thought-provoking and ground-breaking cinema over two weeks. Screenings are held in various venues across the city, including the stunning State Theatre, reachable by train from your Sydney accommodation. The festival also provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with the creative minds behind the films at talks and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, making it an absolute must-do Sydney event for any film lover.

The Winter Village

If you’re seeking a winter escape in Sydney, The Winter Village in Parramatta is the perfect destination. This enchanting winter wonderland offers a range of seasonal activities, including an ice-skating rink, a snow play zone, and alpine-style food and drink stalls. The village also has cosy igloo cabins for catchups with friends or romantic dates. So, throw on your winter coat and boots, and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of The Winter Village this May, June or July.

Cozy igloo cabins illuminated at night in Winter Wonderland, Sydney, Australia.

Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion Week is the ultimate winter event for fashion-forward individuals on the lookout for the latest styles and trends. This major event attracts designers, models, and fashion enthusiasts from around the world to experience cutting-edge runway shows and exhibitions hosted in some of Sydney’s coolest venues, including Carriageworks. If this Sydney winter event sounds up your alley, lock in your Sydney accommodation and prepare to embrace the world of emerging fashion.

Bondi Festival

For an interesting spin on winter, check out the Bondi Festival, an annual celebration of fun, food, and music. Located only steps from world-renowned Bondi Beach, this Sydney winter festival features a spectacular ice-skating rink beside the sandy shores of Bondi. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of food and drink stalls, live music, and a winter market. Whether you’re chasing an adrenaline rush on the ice or a cosy spot to relax, Bondi Festival ticks the box for a fun-fuelled winter festival in Sydney.

People ice skating on an ice rink at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.


Get ready to lace up your sneakers and join the world’s largest fun run at Sydney’s City2Surf. With tens of thousands of participants every year, this 14km race starts in Hyde Park, just a 20-minute bus ride from View Hotel in North Sydney, and finishes at Bondi Beach. Along the way, runners will experience breathtaking views of Sydney’s beautiful coastline and the challenging incline of Heartbreak Hill. And if that’s not enough motivation, the route is buzzing with cheering spectators, live music and food stalls for your post-run feed.

Participants running in the City2Surf marathon in Sydney, Australia

The Bastille Festival

Only a short trip across the harbour from View Sydney hotel rooms can you experience the best French culture and cuisine at the Bastille Festival in Circular Quay. As well as offering the chance to indulge in delicious French wine and cheese, the festival also offers live music performances and entertainment – the perfect scene to dance the afternoon away. Whether you’re a serious Francophile or just looking for a cultural day out, Sydney’s Bastille Festival is a must-do winter festival guaranteed to transport you to the heart of France momentarily.

Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival

Warm up this winter with the help of some soulful tunes at the Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival, hosted annually in the beautiful beachside suburb of Cronulla. With multiple stages featuring local and international talent, the festival is a lively event for music lovers. Grab some tasty bites and drinks from on-site food stalls, and relax in the laid-back atmosphere surrounded by music, sun, and sea breeze.