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Things to do on Queen's Birthday weekend

Make the most of the winter public holiday with our cheat sheet on what to do

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The Queen’s Birthday weekend public holiday is on Monday June 13, and it falls around the same time as Sydney Film Festival and Vivid Sydney – so there's always plenty to do around town on the long weekend. If you're looking for a caffeine fix on Monday morning, we've got your back. If you want to make the most of your three days off, we've got a list of the best parties this weekend too. Want to GTFO of town? See our short weekend getaways round-up. 

Cafés open on the long weekend
Restaurants

Cafés open on the long weekend

We've compiled a list of the champions making sure you still get your café brekky on the Queen's Birthday.

The best long weekend parties
Clubs

The best long weekend parties

Kick off your weekend at the last Club Night for the season, and cap it off with a touch of nostalgia at Naughty Noughties.

Winter warmers

Fun indoor things to do in Sydney
Things to do

Fun indoor things to do in Sydney

Make like it’s your tenth birthday party all over again and head to one of these indoor activities to shoot lasers, down pins and more.

Sydney pubs with arcade games
Bars

Sydney pubs with arcade games

When it's looking like an indoor sort of weekend, hole up in these fun-time pubs and spend all your pocket money on pinball and beers

The best winter cocktails in Sydney
Bars

The best winter cocktails in Sydney

A cold glass of cider has the potential to stem a force five hangover, but in the depths of Sydney's (admittedly short) winter, a hot cocktail makes a night on the town a welcoming prospect.

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills.

Make the most of your three days off

Short weekend getaways from Sydney
Travel

Short weekend getaways from Sydney

Escape from Sydney to one of NSW (or the ACT's) relaxing retreats. From fantastic local food and wine to shopping, great art, spas or adventure, you'll return to Sydney a new human.

The best museums in Sydney
Museums

The best museums in Sydney

Not just places for school excursions and escaping the summer sun, Sydney’s museums are where you’ll uncover stories about the people who’ve made this city what it is today, its natural history and the science, design and innovation that’ll propel us into the future.

The best camping near Sydney
Travel

The best camping near Sydney

Natural beauty is one of Sydney's best assets, so it makes sense you'd want to experience a night or two in the city's great outdoors. Fortunately, camping around Sydney is not only possible, it's often very affordable. Check out our edit of the city's best camping sites for the chance to wake up next to the Harbour, adjacent to crashing waves, or deep in a national park.

The best art galleries in Sydney
Art

The best art galleries in Sydney

Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – from major institutions like the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, to incredible privately-owned but publically accessible (and free!) galleries like White Rabbit and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, and right down to a thriving scene of independent and artist-run initiatives. Below are some of our favourites.

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