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Sydney in July

July is a bit of a mixed bunch weatherwise, it’s cold but often the skies are lovely and blue. Snow is falling on Mount Kosciusko and very rarely closer to Sydney in the Blue Mountains and Orange.

The first half of the month is the winter School holiday causing prices to skyrocket.

It’s a great time to plan a winter getaway to the snow or head north for some Queensland or Pacific Island sunshine.

Average Temperatures: 17-8°C ( 79.7 – 67.3°F)
While each year varies the last July there were only 5 days of rain.

New events and updated content are added to these pages as it becomes available.

Annual festivals this month

  • NAIDOC Week
  • Archibald Prize
  • Bastille Festival

Markets, Fairs and Festivals


NAIDOC week is a celebration of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by all Australians.

Where: Across the country
When: 2nd week in July
More: on the official site

Bastille Festival

Food, wine, cheese and the best of French culture hit town when the Bastille Festival takes over the waterfront at Circular Quay. Tastings, classes, special menus and plenty of stalls to tempt you.

Where: Circular Quay and The Rocks
When: TBC – a few days before Bastille day unusually
More: Check the official site for more details.

Winterlight Parramatta

We may not have snow but we do love a winter festival. Winterlight at Parramatta offers an alpine food village, amusement rides, and Sydney’s largest open-air ice skating rink.

Where: Church Street Parramatta
When: TBC – middle two weeks in July
More: Find out more on the official site.

Food and Drink

Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS)

Beer, food and cider all star in this multi-day event

Where: Sydney Showground 
When: TBC usually the first weekend in July
More: Follow the official site for more details

Bankstown Bites Food Festival

Join celebrity chefs and hungry visitors at this much-loved food festival. Bankstown is home to a diverse range of cultures and an amazing range of food both beautifully highlighted at this annual event.

Where: Olympic Parade, Bankstown
When: TBC
More: Check the festival site

Art and Design

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

The NSW Art Gallery is always worth a visit but the Archibald is one of its most popular events.

The Archibald awards the best portrait painting, the Wynne Prize goes to the best Australian Landscaper or figure sculpture and the Sulman is awarded to the best mural project, genre or subject painting.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW
When: Mid May till Mid September
Cost: $20

Regional Events

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

We may not get a nice traditional white Christmas in December in Oz but that just means we get two Christmases. Since 1980 the villages of the Blue Mountains have spread yuletide cheer across the region.

Where: The villages of the Blue Mountains
When: June, July and August Nielsen Park
More: Details will be available from early 2020

Have you got questions about any of these things to do in Sydney in July? Pop over to our Facebook group and we would be happy to help.

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