Things to Do in Sydney in August 2018

August means winter is nearly coming to an end down in Sydney!

While June through August is considered winter months, they’re nowhere nearly as cold as you’d think. The average temperature during the day is 45- 62°F, which means you can still take advantage of a lot of Sydney’s outdoor activities. On top of that, there are tons of different museums, exhibits, and special events to see that will keep you warm as you explore all that Sydney has to offer in August.

If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney in August 2018, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • A ride on the Sydney Jet
  • SEA Life Sydney Aquarium
  • The Sydney Opera House Tour
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • The Sydney Science Festival

The Sydney Opera House Tour

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There’s no way you can visit the land down under without stopping in at the Opera House. Whether you just want to explore the promenade and take in the best view of the bridge and harbor or you want to tour the famous complex, it’s a can’t-miss on every tourist’s list.

The Opera House is home to over 1,600 shows a year and has been an iconic landmark since its construction. It’s famous shape and design makes it the crown jewel of the harbor. Enjoy a guided tour of the Opera House and go behind-the-scenes with an expert Opera House employee.

If you really love the arts, grab tickets to a show at the Opera House box office.

Getting in: The Sydney Opera House Tour tickets are included on the Sydney Pass.

SEA LIFE: Sydney Aquarium

The aquarium is a great place to visit during the winter in Sydney. There’s plenty to see, do and learn.

Explore the underwater paradise of Australia’s oceans. Come face-to-face with locals like the Pacific octopus, barracudas, seahorses, jellyfish and more.

Journey over to Dugong Island to see one of Australia’s most famous sea creatures – the adorable dugong. Pig and Wuru, the aquarium’s resident dugongs, will swim and play while you learn more about the species and the folklore surrounding them.

Getting in: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets are included on the Sydney Pass.

Splash around the harbor on the Sydney Jet

Passengers on the Sydney Jet Thrill Ride Boat Cruise

Even in the winter this thrill ride is a must.

The Sydney Jet will take you all around the harbor as your expert operator does 360 turns, tailspins and more! It’s the most exhilarating way to see the landmark-lined water.

Don’t worry, you’ll get waterproof protective wear to cover your clothes and belongings before you disembark on the ride of your life.

Getting in: The Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride tickets are included on the Sydney Pass.

Madame Tussauds Sydney

Get transported to the A-List right in Darling Harbour at Madame Tussauds Sydney!

Meet your favorite celebrities, political figures, and artists for yourself. Snap a selfie with Lady Gaga, write a song and perform with Taylor Swift and get up-close and personal with the Queen and Kate Middleton.

Madame Tussauds is the perfect place to spend a day, especially since its located in Darling Harbour where there are plenty of other attractions and sights to see here. The Australian National Maritime Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney aquarium and plenty of top-notch dining and shopping are also in the Harbour.

Getting in: Madame Tussauds tickets, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets, and Australian National Maritime Museum tickets are all included on the Sydney Pass.

The Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower has a unique shape that stands out in the city’s skyline. Climb all the way to the top and snag one of the best views in all of Sydney – there’s nothing else that can beat it, it’s the tallest building in Sydney!

As you journey up the tour, enjoy learning more about Sydney and its history with the interactive and educational exhibits on display. Then, peer out and snap photos of the Central Business District, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and more from the highest possible point.

You’ll also enjoy the Sydney Tower Eye 4D Cinema Experience, a 4-minute show enhanced with special effects including flashing lights and water sprays that will show you more of Sydney’s famous landmarks and attractions.

Getting in: The Sydney Tower Eye 4D Cinema Experience tickets are included on the Sydney Pass.

Sydney Science Festival

August 7th-19th, 2018

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Now on its fourth year, the Sydney Science Festival features 200 different events that cover forensics, life sciences, life-size dinosaur displays and more.

Learn about the evolution of the world, watch a DNA extraction and stargaze into the beautiful night sky of Sydney. The Sydney Science Festival is perfect for visitors of all ages and provides tons of fun and free activities. This year’s festival will be the biggest one yet!

Getting in: most festival activities are free of charge to attend. Please check their website for any events that require additional ticketing.

Sydney Tea Festival

August 19th, 2018

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Sample new blends, learn to create your own and learn more about the health benefits of drinking tea at the Sydney Tea Festival.

Enjoy perusing booths of local and national tea vendors. You’ll have a chance to taste a range of new and unique tea flavors from tea experts who create the drink themselves. If you’re a big tea drinker, sign up for a workshop or lecture to learn more about how to make your own and how it affects our bodies.

Getting in: the Sydney Tea Festival is a ticketed event. You can purchase tickets for $16.50-$20 here.

New exhibits at The Art Gallery of NSW

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The Art Gallery of NSW is an expertly-curated and free art museum with tons of cutting-edge exhibitions and special events happening all year-round.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes annual exhibition has returned for the summer. The eagerly anticipated event is a highlight for many artists and art lovers as the pieces have received the highest of artistic awards.

Getting in: The Art Gallery of NSW is free to the public.

Cambridge Markets EQ

July 4th, 2018 – June 19th, 2019

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Every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am-2pm, you can stop by Moore Park and peruse the stalls full of fresh food and local-made crafts.

Taste seasonal produce, sip on fresh coffee or create a beautiful bouquet with a local florist. There will be plenty to eat and do for the whole family, including live music and entertainment throughout the day.

Getting in: Cambridge Markets EQ are free to the public at Moore Park

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CarriageWorks Farmer’s Market

July 7th, 2018 – February 2nd, 2019

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Another great farmer’s market that is open for the season is the CarriageWorks Farmer’s Market in Red Fern at the CarriageWorks facility.  Hop on public transit and get off at the Red Fern station for an easy walk over to the market full of crafts and delicious food and drink.

The market is open every Saturday from 8am – 1pm and has plenty to offer. Meet local food producers, try Australian delicacies, pick up your favorite treats and enjoy a day of immersing yourself in the culture of Sydney.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

There you have it – all the best events and attractions to visit this August in Sydney.

Remember, many of these great attraction options are included on The Sydney Pass, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the seasonal events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with The Sydney Pass.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your August vacation itinerary.

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