The best things to do in Sydney CBD

Don’t hibernate and holiday here this year because Sydney Solstice has taken over the Sydney CBD and surrounds for an incredible 12-day celebration. From June 8-20, in the lead-up to the longest night of the year, this exciting event celebrates amazing food, events and culture. Experience some of Sydney’s best venues, chefs, artists and musicians across the city. As if you needed another reason to love Sydney, the Solstice festival will be sure to warm your soul this winter. Whether you’re a local Sydneysider looking for some exciting ways to fill in your evenings and weekends, or you’re playing tourist in the city, here are some amazing free events, dining and hotel experiences to add to your Solstice itinerary.

Otto Ristorante six course seafood degustation
Otto Ristorante 6-course seafood degustation

It would be rude not to indulge in some fresh seafood when in Sydney! Treat your tastebuds to an Italian-inspired seafood menu, featuring 6 mouth-watering courses. Located on the waterfront at Woolloomooloo, this is an incredible way to round off a day of exploring the Sydney Solstice festival.

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Sydney Opera House Badu Gili
Badu Gili: Winter Nights

Badu Gili means ‘water light’ in Gadigal language and the phrase forms part of the incredible ancient stories of Australia’s First Nations. For 13 nights, the Opera House’s iconic sails will be transformed by these stories, featuring hypnotising projections from six female First Nations artists. Inspired by the showcase, the Opera House forecourt will also host a range of amazing live performances including dancing, poetry reading and music.

The Langham Hotel, Sydney
Romantic overnight package at The Langham

Treat yourself and your partner to a luxurious 5-star stay at The Langham. Staying in a Deluxe City View Room, bear witness to dazzling skyline views as you enjoy a night of pure decadence in the heart of Sydney. Sip on a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine as you decide whether to enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool complete with a star-dappled ceiling, or simply spend the evening relaxing and recharging.

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Botanic House Restaurant, Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens
Luke Nguyen lunch with wine at Botanic House

There’s almost nothing better than a long lunch paired with amazing wine. Indulge your senses with a Southeast Asian-inspired degustation curated by renowned chef Luke Nguyen. This world-class dining experience set amongst the tranquil Royal Botanic Gardens will ignite your senses with every single bite.

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Darling Harbour Winter Festival 2021
Darling Harbour Winter Festival

Darling Harbour will welcome the Winter Festival with a 2-week long celebration of incredible eats, fireworks, a harbourside ice rink and live entertainment. From June 8-20, come along and take advantage of the buzzing atmosphere and attractions. From family bonding to date night, there is something for everyone across the expanse of the Winter Festival and is a definite must-see for all!

6Head Restaurant Sydney, Sydney Harbour
5 course tasting menu by the harbour

Relish in an unparalleled dining experience in the heart of the Rocks, whilst gazing at spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. The 5-course bespoke tasting menu showcases exceptional beef and seafood, paired with a bottle of wine.

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The Vibe Hotel Darling Harbour Sydney rooftop pool
2 night luxurious Sydney City staycation

Enjoy 2 nights in the lap of luxury, right in the heart of Sydney CBD. Mere minutes from premier attractions and renowned restaurants, this is your perfect refuge as you explore the Sydney Solstice. The Deluxe Room will give you all the benefits of being in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, but with an air of zen and relaxation.

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Infinity Restaurant Sydney 3 course dinner
Infinity Restaurant 3 course dinner

Dine on an incredible 3-course meal at Infinity at Sydney Tower, situated an astonishing 81 levels above the city. This unmatched dining experience will have you feeling like you’re living amongst the clouds, as you are spoiled with an array of contemporary Australian dishes and excellent service. With a spectacular revolving view of Sydney, witness the city skyline and iconic harbour from an entirely new perspective.

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Rydges Hotel Sydney and beer tasting session
City escape and beer tasting session

Savour one night of luxury in an Executive King Room in Sydney CBD, just metres away from restaurants, cafes and bars – perfect for making the most of the Sydney Solstice. After you have settled into your lovely suite, head down to the award-winning onsite brewery and enjoy a tasting paddle of house-made brews. After an amazing night’s rest, round off your stay with a delicious breakfast feast and fuel up for a day of exploring the city.

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