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 2018 Events in Sydney and New South Wales
1 January (Monday) 2018 – New Years Day (Public Holiday) – it’s a long weekend!
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.
Australia 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)
Gordon’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)
Sydney’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)