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January in Sydney & NSW

January is summer holiday time in Sydney and NSW, beginning with a public holiday for New Year’s Day and another public holiday for Australia Day. School holidays continue until late January.

Major events include the Sydney Festival which incorporates film, theatre, dance and music and takes place in laneways and venues around Sydney and Australia Day events on the 26th January. You’ll also find all sorts of school holiday events at major venues like Darling Harbour, the Rocks, and the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park a well as through the outer suburbs of Sydney.

Regional events in January each year include such diverse events as the Elvis festival at Parkes, the Illawarra Folk Festival in the Illawara region and the Guyra Lamb & Potato Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival in the New England region of NSW

January 2017 Events in Sydney and New South Wales

  • 1 January (Sunday) 2017 – New Years Day (Public Holiday)
  • 2 January (Monday) 2017 – Additional Public Holiday for New Year – it’s a long weekend!
  • 11th to 15th January 2017 – Parkes Elvis Festival (Central NSW) On the second week in January every year, the town of Parkes in Central New South Wales comes alive to the sounds of a 5 day festival featuring hip-swivelling Elvis Impersonators. Parkes is in Central NSW, is 365km from Sydney and 306km from Canberra.
  • 26 January (Thursday) 2017 – Australia Day Public Holiday. see Themes For Parties.com.au for Australia Day party ideas and costumes).
  • 27 January (Friday) 2017 – School Term 1 begins in New South Wales schools: Eastern division (see AU school holiday dates) This is a pupil free day, students start on the following Monday.

January Events from the forum

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Australia Day Sydney Harbour CruiseAustralia Day Sydney Harbour Cruise,
Please note: 2015 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2016 dates later in the year. Watch Sydney Harbour come to life! There is no better place to be than on Sydney’s Harbour to celebrate Australia Day! Come aboard a 3 hour cruise to watch the Australia Day festivities on Sydney Harbour including the Tug and Yacht ballet, Tall Ships race, Harbour Parade and many more events happening throughout the day. You will feel the pulsating atmosphere as your cruise is positioned in a prime spot to view all the excitement this memorable day has to offer. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top left of their pages)
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Gordon's Bay, Clovelly Underwater Scooter ExperienceGordon’s Bay, Clovelly Underwater Scooter Experience,
Clovelly is a small beach-side suburb in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Clovelly is located 8-kilometres south-east of the Sydney CBD, approximately 15-minutes travel time by road. Underwater scooter tours allow you to experience the amazing underwater world with fun and easy to use water scooters. You can relax, float and watch from the surface or dive below for a closer look at the teeming marine life. Leave your worries behind and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the ocean while being pulled along above or below the water, the choice is yours. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top left of their pages)
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Sydney's Gay and Lesbian History and Culture Walking TourSydney’s Gay and Lesbian History and Culture Walking Tour,
Sydney’s world-famous Mardi Gras is the evolution of 200 years of gay and lesbian history in Sydney. From the gay governor whose conduct scandalised the British Empire to the bright lights of the gay strip on Oxford Street, hear the stories and see the sites that define Sydney as one of the friendliest cities for gay and lesbian culture in the world. see more info and booking details from Viator (multiple currencies, select yours in top left of their pages)
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Horse Riding - Two Hour Trail Ride with Tuition - Blue MountainsAdrenalinHorse Riding – Two Hour Trail Ride with Tuition – Blue Mountains

Get out of the rat race and into the saddle with a fantastic one hour trail ride in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Don’t worry if you have no experience as tuition is provided. (from Adrenaline)

Horse Riding, One Hour Trail Ride with Tuition - SydneyAdrenalinHorse Riding, One Hour Trail Ride with Tuition – Sydney

Take the foot off the accelerator and relax in the country with a 1 hour horse ride outside Sydney. All levels of experience catered for. (from Adrenaline)

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