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Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour rests between the bustling East Circular Quay of Sydney Harbour and the serene Royal Botanic Gardens. Although our elegant accommodation allow for a quiet environment, we are mere steps away from the best attractions, events and top things to do in Sydney, Australia including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks historic district, and more.

Please read our hotel blog for all the latest news, travel tips, fun things to do in Sydney, and other helpful hints about our city’s wonderful attractions.

January 10, 2017

Summer Has Just Started

Sure, New Year has ended but the celebration continues right here in Sydney. January is the month where Australians come together to celebrate Australia Day, the nation’s achievements and diversity. But wait the effervescent of the Sydney Festival is the biggest performing and visual arts event spread across the city.


Sydney Festival

The three weeks celebration of summer includes 150 events across theatre, dance, circus acts and music. With 73 free events in the program, it is hard to pick which event to attend during the 7-29 January.


With renewed focus on new Australian work and deepening of our connection and senses, stretching from the CBD to Parramatta, where there’ll be circus shows rotating in the big top at Prince Alfred Square.


Top picks:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 20 & 21 January

2. Asian food night markets, street food from Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, 28 January

3. The Beach at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve. Think giant ball pit with recyclable balls.

4. See an all male burlesque stage show. Briefs, are Brisbane boy wonders with a cocktail of drag, circus superheroes and comedy.  6-22 January, Hyde Park North.

5. Turn back time and Roller Jam around the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park. Live DJ set every Saturday afternoon.


Australia Day

What does Australia Day mean for you? It goes without saying, Aussies will use any excuse to have a BBQ, put on the cricket, crack open a slab of beer, turn up the music and eat the never ending TimTam or Pavlova.


There are plenty of lively events and activities happening across the city. What not take a look at our top looks to celebrate on 26 January.

1. Wugulora Morning ceremony at 8am where indigenous performers celebrate our promise land.

2. See Sydney’s first fleet ferries decked in colours and patriotic flags racing across the harbour in the iconic Ferrython race. 10:45am-11:30am

3. Trackside at Royal Randwick Racecourse with live entertainment and free pies on offer. General admission entry to the course is free, plus there will be free live entertainment.

4. Darling Harbour will keep up the tradition with an incredible line-up of homegrown music, interactive activities and the official Australia Day Spectacular. As well as all the on-harbour activities, perfect for families in Darling Harbour. 

5. Head down to The Rocks to catch elite athletes battle it out for gold in Australia’s only international wheelchair event, the G10 Oz Day Wheelchair Race. Vantage points at Alfred Street, George Street or Circular Quay. 9.00am until 10.30am. Call Wheelchair Sports NSW for more details on 9809 5260.


Summer in Sydney is not to be missed.