A Summer Of Possibilities In Sydney This January

The Sydney Life

January School Holidays are just around the corner, and we’ve scouted out Sydney’s ‘Top 5’ family activities to make sure this summer is your best yet. From Circular Quay to Luna Park, you don’t need to travel too far from InterContinental Sydney to find yourself in the heart of the action.

The Best of Sydney Festival


Vibrant, thrilling and bursting with inspiration – January is the greatest time to experience Sydney in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival invites the biggest and best of the world's performing and visual arts to take over The Harbour City, from Sydney Town Hall and The Domain, to  Carriageworks and Sydney Opera House.

From 6-28 January, discover Sydney reimagined by the greatest contemporary theatre, art and culture of 2018. To make sure you don’t miss a moment – our concierge team have highlighted their ‘top 3’ must-dos.

1.       Ferrython in Circular Quay

InterContinental Sydney places you footsteps away from Circular Quay right in time to gain front-row seats to Sydney’s favourite Australia Day tradition: Ferrython. This popular free-of-charge event sees ferries venture from Circular Quay to Shark Island, and finally racing to the finish line at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Embrace Sydney’s 40-year-old tradition by flocking to the shore and watching on as your chosen ferry makes an almighty splash in Sydney’s world-renowned harbour – we recommend you pack a picnic to make a day of it.

2.      Carriageworks presents Aquasonic

Touted as the highlight of 2018’s Sydney Festival, Danish ensemble, Between Music, presents Aquasonic. The world’s first underwater band perform an entire set in individual aquariums – it’s simply magical. Don’t miss the ‘hydraulophone’ – an underwater organ powered by water instead of air.

3.       Tree Of Codes

Ever since The New York Times pronounced this contemporary ballet piece as “Jaw-dropping... with breathtaking physical feats and visual dazzle” – we’ve been counting down the days till we can see it. Debuting from 6-10 January, Tree Of Codes is the colour-splashed vision of Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie xx. With music, dance and artistic strobe lighting – this is set to be an entertaining performance sure to enthral The Harbour City.

Uncover Sydney Festival 2018’s full itinerary here.

Not satisfied with setting the city aglow with artistic liberation – Sydney is taking the January’s adventures even further, igniting #summerpossibilities with a month long line-up of incredible activities and days-out.

The Bees Knees In Royal Botanic Gardens

The Calyx in Royal Botanic Gardens is transforming into a child-like haven for the school holidays: inviting kids to a fun-filled day spent buzzing around the gardens – learning about bees, making bees-wax candles, tasting garden-grown honey and planting a bee-attracting plant to take home. Located just opposite InterContinental Sydney, this educational workshop is perfect for 6-12 year olds and runs on weekdays between 15-20 January.

The Wizard Of Oz

We’ve clicked our red heels and kept our fingers crossed for London’s production of all-time classic, The Wizard Of Oz, to come to Sydney and the dreams that we’ve dreamt of have come true. Capitol Theatre will host the hit musical throughout February, starring Australian icon, Anthony Warlow, as the Wizard and introducing a host of new tunes created by dream-team, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Deadly 60 Downunder at Luna Park

After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 collaborates with Luna Park to host 5 exclusive shows from 13-14 January. Perfect for families, this interactive show celebrates Australia’s most dangerous animals against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Did we mention there may be a few creepy-crawly special guests?

Junior Adventure Tour at Sydney Opera House

Adventure under the white sails of Sydney Opera House with a junior tour designed to bring together the family, and bring out your inner performer. The tour gives you a chance to explore Sydney’s world-renowned icon, pulling back the curtain to reveal a realm of interactive dress-ups, secret stage-markings and fun facts about Australia’s national treasure. The tours run throughout the school holidays from 5—28 January 2018.

The Manly to Shelly Beach Walk

Experience Chief of Concierge, Mark Anderson’s, favourite walk in Sydney. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay (Wharf 5) over to Manly, and take the walk around to picturesque Shelly Beach. Take a dip in Fairy Bower’s iconic rock pool along the way, or do a spot of snorkelling, then finally wind up in Le Kiosk for a spot of lunch. Avid swimmers can take on the world-renowned swim from Shelly Beach to Manly Beach – it’s 1.5km and one of the prettiest ways to take in this small beach town. 

If you've already scouted these locations and are after more ideas, reach out to InterContinental Sydney Concierge who are always In-The-Know and they'll be able to give you more Insider tips.

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December 7, 2017