Things to Do in Sydney in Spring 2018 – Attractions, Activities & More

Unlike in the United States, September marks the start of spring instead of fall in the Land Down Under. The chill of winter is finally fading and sun has started to shine down on Sydney again. It’s the perfect time to get back outside and explore.

If you’re planning a trip and looking for things to do in Sydney in the Spring, take a look at our suggestions for the top attractions and activities to check out this year, including…

  • Hop On Hop Off Tour
  • Sydney Jet
  • Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Magistic 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise
  • Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop On Hop Off Tour
  • CarriageWorks Farmers Market
  • Blackmores Sydney Running Festival
  • Sydney Fringe Festival
  • Good Food Month

Save on Attraction Admission

Regular admission to a number of these Sydney area activities are included on The Sydney Pass.

Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Check out all Sydney tourist passes, attractions and prices.

Please note, some of the Spring events listed below may be separately ticketed and not included on The Sydney Pass.

Hop On Hop Off Tour

Experience the best of Sydney with the Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour—one of the best ways to get around to all the top sights in Sydney.

Sit on the open-air deck and enjoy the sights as your driver narrates the ride. You’ll learn more about Sydney’s most famous buildings and points in history, and you’ll be able to hop off at any time to do some self-guided exploring.

Disembark at Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, the Sydney Tower Eye, and more.

Getting in: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi tickets are included on the Sydney Explorer Pass.

Sydney Jet

Now that winter is over, it’s time to get right back into the waters of Sydney, and there’s no better re-introduction than the Sydney Jet Thrill Ride.

On the bright red jet boat, you’ll zip, 260-degree spin, and jump through the waves around Sydney Harbour. As you fly by, your operator will point out the famous sights along the waterfront. See the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and many of the gorgeous Sydney mansions before you take off at top speed again.

You will definitely get splashed on this ride, but not to worry – you’ll be able to stow away your belongings and throw on a rain poncho.

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

Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour on the ‘other side’ of Sydney in the perfect Spring weather.

Your guide will take you past all of the most important sights and provide you with a history of Sydney and its storied past. On bike, you’ll be able to cover way more ground and see more of Sydney than you thought possible.

By the end of your tour, you’ll have biked 8 miles of Sydney’s coast at a leisurely pace. It’s a great way to spend the day exploring Sydney.

Getting in: Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour tickets are included on the Sydney Explorer Pass.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Meet the locals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo!

Explore ten themed habitat zones that boast all of Australia’s most famous critters. See quokkas, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies interacting and frolicking around their habitats.

The zoo also offers daily talks, shows, and performances where kids and adults alike can learn more about these Australian natives.

Getting in: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tickets are included on the Sydney Explorer Pass.

Magisitc 2-Hour Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Magistic Sydney Harbour Cruise complimentary beverage

Enjoy a peaceful cruise around Sydney Harbour aboard the Australian-built catamaran cruise ship.

Float past major sites and attractions, like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Cheers to the beautiful views with an included glass of champagne and dine on lite-bites.

This cruise is a great way to take advantage of the nice weather and learn more about Sydney’s history in the most relaxing setting.

Getting in: Magistic 2 Hour Harbour Sightseeing Cruise tickets are included on the Sydney Explorer Pass.

Blue Mountain Explorer Bus

Australia is known for its range of outdoor activities. From some of the tallest mountain ranges, to tropical rainforests, to massive national parks and quarries, it’s a paradise for active nature lovers.

The Greater Blue Mountain Area, a World Heritage Site and popular hiking destination, is located about an hour outside of Sydney. The Blue Mountains are home to an abundance of Australian wildlife and include a mix of trails, river, lakes and valleys.

With the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus, you’ll have three full days to enjoy a narrated, hop-on hop-off tour to and from the mountains. You’ll be able to get on or off at 30 different stops, including Katoomba Falls, Scneic World, Echo Point, and the Three Sisters mountain range.

If you have an adventurous spirit, a trip up to the mountains is a must. It’s a great way to connect with the nature and wildlife of Australia.

Getting in: Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour tickets are included on Sydney Explorer Pass.

CarriageWorks Farmer’s Market

September 1, 2018 – February 2, 2019

Redfern

Photo via Sydney.com

Held in the heart of the Redfern neighborhood, this award-winning farmer’s market takes place every Saturday throughout the Spring and into the Summer.

Join the community and shop around the booths that offer home-grown veggies, unique Sydney dishes, and even locally made arts & crafts. It’s a great place to explore and pick up a few souvenirs for friends back home.

Getting in: CarriageWorks Farmer’s Market is free and open to the public every Saturday.

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

September 16, 2018

North Sydney Chatswood

Photo via Sydney.com

Often referred to as one of the most scenic and spectacular courses to run in all of Sydney, the Blackmores Running Festival returns to Sydney this September.

With over 33,000 participants signed up, it’s sure to take over the entire city. Whether you’re a runner or not, it’s quite a sight to see so many Sydney natives running over landmarks like the Harbour Bridge.

Find a spot along the water and set up camp for the day.

Getting in: the Sydney Blackmores Running Festival is free to watch.

Sydney Fringe Festival

September 1 – 30, 2018

Throughout Sydney

The Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent festival in all of New South Wales, returns this September for a month-long run of activities and art installations.

The festival has been running for the past eight years and works to celebrate local artists and performers. This year, the artists will also hail from places overseas, like the U.S. and Europe. From unique art installations throughout the city to eclectic performances, the Fringe Festival sure to be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Visit the Festival Village right near the Central Business District to peruse booths and arts & crafts stands. Catch a talk from esteemed doctors. Take in a light show outside the Sydney Opera House. The Fringe Festival is a little bit of everything.

Getting in: Sydney Fringe Festival tickets are not included on the Sydney Explorer Pass.

Good Food Month

October 1 – 22, 2018

Throughout Sydney

Photo by AWOL

Get a taste of Australia’s top-notch culinary culture during Good Food Month.

Australia’s biggest food festival returns for a month of eating-inspired events curated by esteemed chefs and restaurants from around the city.

Stop by Hyde Park Palms, the festival’s pop-up restaurant in Hyde Park. The palm-springs inspired eatery will boast a deliciously prepared menu, but more than that it will serve as the event hall for many talks and seminars throughout the month.

The Night Noodle Market will also return to Hyde Park nightly to fill the Sydney air with unbeatable smells and scents. If you’re visiting Sydney in October, make sure to stop by at least one Good Food Month event.

Getting in: Good Food Month events vary and may be separately ticketed. Night Noodle Market is open for the public to explore.

Let’s Recap

Who knew Spring could be this much fun? We hope you enjoyed these suggestions of a few popular things to do in Sydney during the Spring.

And remember, you can save on combined admission on many of these popular attractions, tours, and more with The Sydney Pass.

Please note, some of the Spring events taking place mentioned in this post may be separately ticketed and not included with The Sydney Pass.

The information contained in this post, to the best of the author's knowledge, was accurate at time of publishing. We do our best to ensure and maintain the accuracy of this information.
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