What to Do in Sydney, July

> > Where to go in July

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.

Whale Watching

sydney harbour

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.

whale watching cruise

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.

whales travelling along sydney coast

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?

whale watching sydney

One or the other, they love to put on a show. And we absolutely love watching them.

What to do in Sydney in July - Skating

'Skating at' and Winter Magic are festivals that brings skating rinks to unusual locations around Australia. In Sydney, ice skating rinks are popping up in front of St Mary's cathedral and in Bondi.

The festivals run between June 29 - July 22 2018. 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 ended in 2016 and it looks like it is not coming back in 2018. 

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 some time in the future?

a floating iceberg in Darling Harbour

What to do in Sydney - Bastille Day

the argyle celebrates bastille day in sydney

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 two days early in Sydney - the party starts on Thursday July 14 2018 from 5 pm till late.

sydney july bastille day at the argyle

French champagne, food, music and a bit of cabaret will surely be the ingredients for a memorable night out.

Naidoc Week

naidoc banner

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.

NAIDOC is an acronym standing for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

Each festival culminates with a ball and an awards ceremony, which honours the accomplishments of various Indigenous people for creating awareness of the issues that face them and improving their lifestyle.

The awards recognise:

  • a person of the year,  
  • a male and a female elder,
  • a young person,
  • people who have shown various skills and achievements in the fields of art, sports, work and study environments, including a lifetime achievement award for the contribution to Indigenous people.

The festival week: 8 to 15 July 2018, celebrating women and the role they play in the community.

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.

Scandinavian film festival

21 films from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden will screen at Palace cinemas in Leichhardt, Paddington and Chippendale from the 10th to the 29th of July 2018.

Like this page?

Monthly Calendar












Popular attractions in Sydney

Darling Harbour fish market

Shopping on Pitt Street

How to get around the City

Opera House

The Rocks

More Things to Do in Sydney