It is winter and the weather is fresh. Wondering what to do in Sydney in July?
Just leave the couch and have a day out, there are so many cool options.
This is the best time of the year to hop on a boat and hope to spot some whales flipping their huge tails in the air.
The beautiful mammals travel along the eastern coast of Australia from the cold Antarctic waters to the warm tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef and then back.
July is the month of the Bastille day, celebrated in Sydney by the French community and their Aussie friends. And it is the month of some cool winter events.
A cruise around the spectacular harbour of Sydney is always something to look forward to. But it so much more exciting when you go on a whale watching trip.
Usually the huge animals start their migration north around April and then travel back south till
November. There are no guarantees you will see them, but July is the
month with a high probability of some close encounters.
Like this one. It looks like it is a humpback whale, as it has a small dorsal fin. The other whales that travel along Sydney's coast are the southern right whales. They don't have any dorsal fin and their blows are V-shaped.
So would the blow in the image above belong to the southern right species rather than the humpback?
One or the other, they love to put on a show. And we absolutely love watching them.
'Skating at' - a festival that brings skating rinks to unusual locations around Australia. In Sydney the ice skating rink is popping up in front of St Mary's cathedral.
The festival runs between 2 - 16 July 2017. Don't have your skating gear with you? Not a problem. You can hire boots and funny 'penguins' to push your kids around the rink.
Unfortunately the Cool Yule festival of prior years is not coming back in 2017.
It used to be so fun for anyone dreaming about a white winter. An ice skating rink, a floating iceberg, fake snow flakes, mulled wine, winter food, an ice show, frosty fireworks...and you had the complete magical winter experience in Darling Harbour.
Maybe next year?
For those of you, who either miss or dream about visiting France, go to the Argyle in The Rocks. You will mix with the French and the francophone community and celebrate the 14th of July, the French national day. It comes one day early in Sydney - the party starts on Thursday July 13 2017 at 5 pm.
French champagne, food, music and a bit of cabaret will surely be the ingredients for a memorable night out.
Every July Australia celebrates the Aboriginal populations, their culture and history. It is the week long NAIDOC festival, hosted by a different city every year.
The awards recognise:
The festival week: 2 - 9 July 2017.
To support the festival, you can learn more about Australian Aborigines, understand their culture, get familiar with, or buy some Aboriginal art, get more information about Indigenous names and visit places rich with Aboriginal significance, for example Uluru or Alice Springs.
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