The sun will rise at 6:47 am and set at 4:56 pm, giving Sydney-siders just 10 hours, 8 minutes daylight! This is a list of things you can do to celebrate this day - any excuse is a good reason to go out and have some fun!
1. Mona Vale Winter Solstice ocean swim
This will be held on Sunday 24th June, 2018.
Don't let the time of year stop you from taking part in the Mona Vale Winter Solstice Ocean Swim! The average water temperature at this time of the year is around a lovely 20° to 22°. Even though this is put on as a race, it is a casual event to enjoy the ocean rather than the race. There are only four divisions and after the swim, there will be the legendary free soup kitchen. A great motivation to get you in the water and swim to the end!
The swim starts at Bongin Bongin Bay, north of the pool, and finishes at Mona Vale Beach. There is the free parking available, and cheap entry fee of just $25.
You cannot enter on the day ,so visit this site to learn more about this event.
2. Winter Solstice Feast at Three Blue Ducks This will be on the actual winter solstice day - Wednesday 21st June 2018. It will start at 6.30 pm and go until 10.00 pm and there are limited tickets available. These will cost $150 and you can book them here.
It will be held at 3 Blue Ducks at 1, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery. It will be at their converted warehouse in Rosebery with hot fires, hot coals and 6 courses to enjoy with seasonal winter drinks.
You can expect:
Coffee rubbed brisket with smoked potato mash
Wood roasted pumpkin with smoked eggplant
Charred king prawns with avocado mousse
Oyster bar on the deck – a selection of natural oysters
Peri Peri chicken with chickpeas, and cucumber
Spit roasted pork rolls with mustard and pickles
Local distillers, Archie Rose, will be serving up drinks with their limited edition Winter Gin. Also available will be the masters of hops, Young Henry's, who will be serving up their latest winter "hop ale". Don't miss out on this celebration full of food, fire and fun. It's the longest night of the year, it's a reason to party.
At this event, you will get up to see the sunrise from Elizabeth Bay House before you go to work! This will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June, from 6.30 am to 8.30 am. Elizabeth Bay House is at 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay.
Elizabeth Bay House is in the perfect spot to catch the morning sunrise on winter solstice. Here, there will be a panoramic view as the sun rises over the horizon.
Dress in warm clothes and come to the elegant Elizabeth Bay House before dawn on Thursday or Friday to experience this phenomenon. It will be presented by Andrew Jacob, curator of astronomy at Sydney Observatory.
Afterwards, join in for a hot drink and a pastry in the dining room, and stay awhile to enjoy a tour of the house and hear more stories from "the finest house in the colony".
4. Manly Yoga - Winter Solstice Celebration with Radha
This reflective Winter Solstice Celebration will be at Manly Yoga on Thursday 21st June, 2018.
It marks the Winter solstice celebration and it is a time when nature recedes and goes quiet, and we can respond to this by taking time out to reflect and be still. The yoga begins in the darkness, before dawn. Sitting in the dark gives you the space to honour "nature's call to quiet reflection".
You will then journey into the centre by walking in a spiral to the central candle to find your strength and inner light. This will enable you to begin feeling renewed and have greater strength.
Here there will be market stalls, entertainment, food, music and fun for all the family. You can find out more at this link.
6. Winter Solstice, Albury
This will be a free community event, on 21st June, at the QEII Square, Albury, and starting at 5.00 pm.
Here you will gather with the community for one night to support those affected by suicide. You will be inspired by the stories and songs of the guest speakers and performers here.
The Winter Solstice here was started in 2013 by the founders of Survivors of Suicide and Friends, Annette and Stuart Baker. It is their aim is to bring the subject of suicide and mental illness into the public forum to be addressed without shame or stigma.
The Winter Solstice is an opportunity for communities to gather on the longest, and often the coldest night of the year to be entertained and supported.