Worldwide icon-chevron-right South Pacific icon-chevron-right Australia icon-chevron-right Melbourne icon-chevron-right 20 things to do in Sydney this summer holidays

20 things to do in Sydney this summer holidays

This is what summer is all about
People on a giant water slide
Photograph: Supplied

Slip down a giant slide in the Hunter Valley, roll around in a giant ball pit at Barangaroo Reserve, get lost in a maze of mirrors in Hyde Park. Pack your summer calendar with these all-killer, no-filler events and have the time of your life. For more fun in the sun, see our lists of the best waterfront restaurants in Sydneyrooftop bars in the city and outdoor cinemas.

20 must-do summer events

People on a giant water slide
Photograph: Supplied
News, Events & Festivals

There’s a giant slip ‘n’ slide coming to Sydney

Slideapalooza is a weekend of splashing around on a giant inflatable water slide and getting into energetic water balloon battles, plus live music and food. It’s not just for kids, either. There are two over-18s categories: Slide ‘n’ Sounds and Slide ‘n’ Lights, which include pop-up bars, food stalls and a fireworks finale (as well as getting soaked on the slip ‘n’ slide). For those who need a challenge, there’s the Slide ‘n’ Sprint (for ages 13 and up) which pitches itself as a five-kilometre sports event where you’ll run uphill for 500 metres, slide down 400 metres and repeat until exhausted. Tickets are already on sale for the Hunter Valley event at Calais Estate, 151 Palmers Ln, Rothbury 2320. $59.95-$79.95.

Staying in town?

Zoo Twilights
Photograph: Ian Laidlaw
Things to do

20 things to do this summer in Melbourne

Once again, Australia’s cultural capital delivers a stellar city-wide line-up this summer. From live music at the zoo to late night art and sound installations across the city, there’s plenty to explore. 

More to explore