Here are four reasons why you should visit Sydney and New South Wales in Autumn:

1. See the Autumn Leaves (March-May)

Couple enjoying a romantic picnic by Hawkesbury River near Wisemans Ferry.
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For us city-dwellers living in Singapore’s tropical climate, Autumn in Sydney is a wonderful time to witness the spectacular display of leaves changing colour, immersing yourself in nature and enjoying the cooler weather.

See Autumn colours in Sydney:

  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Auburn Botanic Gardens, Sydney
  • Blue Mountains Botanic Garden – Mount Tomah
  • Hunter Valley Vineyards
  • Southern Highlands Heritage Villages (Bowral, Berrima, Mittagong, and more)

2. Go on a Foodie Adventure

Couple tasting wine at vineyard
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Delight your taste buds with seasonal menus at award-winning restaurants, exploring farmers markets for fresh local produce and discovering stylish cafes in quaint neighbourhoods. Wine aficionados will love the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival which takes place annually in the months of May and June.

3. Celebrate the Sydney Royal  Easter Show
(3-14 April 2020)

Entertainer at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park.
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The Sydney Royal Easter Show is an annual celebration of Australian culture, from rural traditions to modern-day lifestyles. Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park comes alive with a festive atmosphere offering all-day fun for the whole family. Get up close to adorable farmyard animals, go on exciting carnival rides, enjoy live entertainment and more. And don’t miss the nightly display of fireworks!

4. Experience the Vivid Sydney Festival  (Late May – Mid June 2020)

Views of Harbour Lights installations on marine vessels moving across Sydney Harbour during Vivid Sydney 2019.
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As Autumn transitions to Winter, Sydney city gets transformed into a massive outdoor art gallery during Vivid Sydney – Australia’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Witness the Sydney Opera House come alive with stunning light projections during the Lighting of the Sails. Interact with innovative lighting sculptures and projections at precincts including The Rocks, Circular Quay, and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Artistic minds will be thrilled by a line-up of Australian and international music acts and a program of workshops and seminars by renowned thought-leaders and creatives.

Unforgettable Things To Do In New South Wales

In Australia’s largest and oldest cosmopolitan city, there’s definitely something for everyone! Sydney is undoubtedly the most well-known Australian city with its beautiful beaches, UNESCO world heritage sites and first-class dining experiences. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an adventurous holiday, Sydney has something special to offer to every visitor, making it the perfect holiday destination! Be it a quick, spontaneous getaway or a thoroughly planned trip, here are some unforgettable things to do in New South Wales.

1. Explore the Sydney Opera House

Sydney First Fleet ferries competing in the annual Ferrython Race on Australia Day 2016.
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The Sydney Opera House is recognised as an architectural wonder with its unique structure and pristine white façade. Learn about its magic on an intimate backstage tour! Explore areas such as the artist dressing rooms and orchestra pits that are only made available for performers and crew members. Lastly, end the tour by having a delicious breakfast in the world-famous Green Room situated in the heart of the building.

2. Summit the Sydney Harbour Bridge

BridgeClimb
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Known as the ‘Coat Hanger’ among locals, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s greatest arch bridge and is also one of Sydney’s two most famous landmarks. Going on a BridgeClimb is one of the best ways to get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Harbour City. Climbs are available from morning to night. Don’t miss this unforgettable, and uniquely “Sydney” experience!

3. Discover the magnificent Blue Mountains

Tourists enjoying sunset views of The Three Sisters, Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.
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Be charmed by the alluring views of the Blue Mountains, a short 90 minute drive from Sydney! Home to the breath-taking Three Sisters rock formation, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventure seekers! You can explore the Jenolan Caves, the world’s oldest open caves, ride the world’s steepest incline railway at Scenic World, or set out on a hiking trail through lush Jurassic rainforest at your own pace.

4. Rejuvenate in the Hunter Valley

Couple enjoying a wine tasting at Hunter Valley Resort.
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Pamper yourself amongst the vineyards and rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. A 2-hour drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley boasts of more than just award-winning tipple. Go on a sunrise hot air balloon ride with sweeping views of the vineyards, taste local produce such as cheese and chocolate, savour a gourmet lunch paired with exquisite wine, and bring the children to Hunter Valley Gardens with its charming Storybook Garden, Aqua Golf & Putt-Putt, and mouth-watering desserts at Cupcake Espresso.

5. Outdoor adventures in Port Stephens

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 7: Destination NSW and Sand Dune Adventures shoot at Worimi Sand Dunes on June 7, 2018.
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Choose your adventure in Port Stephens, 2.5 hours north of Sydney. Dubbed the dolphin capital of Australia and home to the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, you can spot playful dolphins from an afternoon cruise, ride a quad bike or sand board down the towering dunes, and relax with a camel ride along the beach at sunset.

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