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9 Things To Do Between Christmas and New Year: Sydney

It’s an awkward week that seems uneventful, until now.

The presents are handed out, the house is all tidied up and now you’ve got a couple of days of nothing. Welcome to the awkward end-of-year week. How do you fill all that free time? Well, we’ve done the necessary research and found some wonderful things to do between Christmas and New Year. From theme parks to zoos and even a quirky circus, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Whether you need to keep the kidlets occupied or if you are a fiend for furry creatures, going to the zoo would make the perfect start to your time off. And where better than Sydney’s most picturesque animal sanctuary, Taronga Zoo. Get up close and personal with cute and cuddly creatures and witness the scary ones from afar. There’s even an insect world, where you can find some chilling creepy crawlies.

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Luna Park

Luna Park is a thrill-seekers paradise, offering plenty of hair-raising rides and attractions for anyone needing a good lift. Their latest addition, Volaré, is Australia’s largest and highest Wave Swinger of its kind and the first permanent new ride to land in Sydney in five years. New rides aside, there’s plenty more craziness to be found at Luna Park.

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Liverpool Sculpture Walk

Works from one of Sydney’s most popular art events, Sculpture by the Sea, have landed in Sydney’s west, with a selection of eight sculptures to be installed along the Georges River in the inaugural Liverpool Sculpture Walk. Starting at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, this exhibition extends along the Georges River to Casula Parklands, South West Sydney’s biggest adventure playground.

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Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema is open over the holiday period, bringing a smorgasbord of blockbuster entertainment to Centennial Parklands and Western Sydney Parklands, Sydney. As well as soaking up the action on the silver screen, be sure to enjoy some food and drink from the nearby vendors. You could also upgrade your tickets to something more special (couples, take note!). Moonlight Cinema in Sydney also allows BYO.

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Sydney Zoo

How many zoos can Sydney have? Not enough if you ask us. Alongside the Great Western Highway in Western Sydney, is Sydney Zoo, featuring an eclectic collection of animals in a park that is so flat it doesn’t have any stairs. See animals like Sumatran tigers, red pandas, tufted capuchin, zebras, orangutans, African lions and Asian elephants. In fact, they house over 90 exotic and native species.

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Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is a spell-bounding, steampunk production that makes full use of modern technology while retaining the true essence of what a circus ought to be: entertaining wild fantasies. In this realm – set in the latter half of the 19th century – reality is quite relative indeed. And Sydneysiders have until Sunday 29 December 2019 to watch it! Read our review here.

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Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Image: Martin Girard / Costumes: Philippe Guillotel © 2014 Cirque du Soleil


…where you control the action! Sydneysiders have surely heard that ad over a hundred times. And now that summer is upon us, there’s no better time to visit this action-packed water/adventure park. Reminisce on past times, coursing down the Bobsled or jumping off The Rock. Then, fill up your thrills with newly opened rides like Funnel Web and The Perfect Storm. It’ll be a jamboree at Jamberoo!

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Beach Spotting

Well, it’s summer. Not making the most of the beach is un-Australian. Go beach spotting during that awkward time at the end of the year. Catch a ferry to Manly Beach from Circular Quay, take a bus to Bondi or hop on a train and go north or south in search of those golden sands and blue cool water. If you’re feeling carefree, perhaps seek out a nude beach. The world’s your oyster, as they say.

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Take A Weekender

You’ve come to the right place if you’re seeking ideas for weekend getaways. We’ve published a variety of weekend itineraries, just for you dear reader! Escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney and find a cool coastal town or regional environment to reinvigorate your mind, body and soul. Click the button below to see our collection of cool weekender trips you could plan right now. Port Stephens? Palm Beach? Bathurst? Orange? We’ve got it.

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