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20 Things to do this Autumn - Sydney

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published March 2nd 2020
Keep busy this Autumn with this list of things to do
Autumn: The season we gain one-hour extra sleep in the mornings, the sun disappears a little quicker when we knock off work, and the air might feel slightly crispy but doesn't mean we cannot have fun this season!

The list below showcases 20 free & ticketed things to do this autumn across Sydney and surrounds.

1. Get cultured and experience the celebrations of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney which will showcase guided tours, cultural talks, performances, exhibitions, films, sessions, and more. Click here for the website.

2. Experience the spectacular changing seasons in Southern Highlands. For Top Scenic Drives click here, attractions list click here & a day in Southern Highlands click here.

The beautiful autumn colours in Southern Highlands


3. Speak the language of Love at the French Film Festival. Click here for the website.

4. Celebrate St Patrick's Day with cultural festivities, Guinness or try some Irish Haggis! Click here for the website.

5. Pay your respects at an ANZAC Day service. Click here for the website.

6. Hit the road and explore Australia's capital- Canberra. There are many free things to, see and experience. Click here for Top Family-friendly Attractions in Canberra. Click here for the website.



7. Discover Sydney's Museums and Galleries on a rainy day. The Sydney Living Museums Pass is a great way to explore the ten museums and historic houses on just one pass. Click here for the website.

8. First held in 1823, the Sydney Royal Easter Show (aka The Easter Show) is Australia's largest annual event that celebrates Australian culture from rural traditions to modern-day lifestyles. There is a smorgasbord of activities, attractions, rides, agricultural events, competitions, pop-ups, sideshow alley, farm animals, demonstrations, spectacular shows, and much more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sydney Royal Easter Show Facebook


9. Literary lovers will love Australia's biggest celebration of writing and ideas at the Sydney Writers Festival. There will be world-class celebrations, acclaimed authors, and over 300 events to experience. Click here for the website.

10. For the little ones, the Autumn School Holiday Workshops is a great way to keep the kids entertained. There will be two weeks of creative art fun, with workshops for school kid's ages five years and over and teens. Workshops include art & craft, cartooning, pottery, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and more. Click here for the website.

11. Pick up your fresh seasonal produce at the Organic Food Markets. These Markets supply Certified Organic food, eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade, and healthy products, artisan gourmet produce and conventional fresh fruit & vegetables, freshly baked bread, seasonal produce from the farmer, deli & smallgoods, ready-to-eat meals, fashion, homewares, plants, and more. There are Markets across Sydney and Central Coast. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Organic Food Markets Facebook


12. Explore the spectacular Lookouts at the Blue Mountains. Click here for the website.

13. Take a walk around Sydney city. Climb the Sydney Opera House stairs, explore the changing colours at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park, feast on autumn delights in Chinatown and Darling Harbour.

14. Watch surfers at the biggest professional surfing event, Sydney Surf Pro in Manly. It will showcase over 200 of the world's best men's and women's surfers. Click here for the website.



15. Take a harbour cruise or walk around Sydney city admiring and discovering the beautiful light installations, interactive displays, laser lights, music performances, and more at the Vivid Sydney Festival. Click here for the website.

16. Celebrate Mothers Day with at the Mothers Day Classic. This fundraising event will not just celebrate Mother's Day but help to raise much-needed funds for breast cancer research. For event locations near you check the website.

17. Enjoy a picnic, horse ride or cycle through Centennial Park as you admire the changing the colours of autumn. There is so much to do and see at the Park including, Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden where the little ones will love exploring, relax at the Labyrinth, enjoy a BBQ, take a self-guided walking tour around the Gardens, birdwatch, cycle or horse ride, and more. Click here for the website.



18. Explore the natural wonders and gems in the spectacular and awe-inspiring mighty Blue Mountains. The region will be home to magnificent cool climate exotic gardens which become ablaze with colour during this season. There are also long, and short walks/treks that become a lot more pleasant and enjoyable without the summer heat, and chasing waterfalls is another activity to enjoy here.

19. Camping in autumn is one of the best times to avoid crowds, not get hot and sticky and you do not need lots of layers. Campsites and outdoor attractions are a lot quieter and watching the trees change colour is magical.

20. Day Trip from Sydney- There is plenty to do and see, and you do not have to travel far to explore and discover places near Sydney. Check out my Top 10 Day Trips near Sydney Part 1 and Part 2 for inspirations.

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Why? Enjoy autumn with this list of things to do
When: 1 March 2020-31 May 2020
Where: Sydney & Surrounds
Cost: Free & Ticketed Attractions- See Above
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