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Top 10 Major Events in Sydney

Top 10 Major Events in Sydney
Spring and Summer 05/06

From concert halls and car-racing to cricket and Camille Pissarro, a massive line-up of events is set to keep the pulse of the harbour city buzzing in the coming months. Our Top Ten gives you a flavour of what you can expect – with many more sporting, cultural and social events to choose from at

14 to 19 October 2005

ICC Super Series International Test Match
Summer in Sydney isn’t the same without a day or two of cricket in the sunshine. This year the season kicks off early with a new series that sees Australia play the world’s best in a six-day Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join Ponting, Gilchrist, McGrath and the rest of our Aussie team as they hackle the likes of Tendalkar, Flintoff and Lara in this cricketing spectacular. Tickets available through

19 November 2005 to 19 February 2006

Camille Pissarro The First Impressionist

This is the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ major summer show and the largest exhibition by a major Impressionist artist ever to be held in Australia. A favourite genre of art lovers across the country, the Impressionists have consistently drawn crowds through the 19th and 20th century. The exhibition comprises more than 100 works - approximately 60 paintings and 40 works on paper, including some of the Pissarro’s most famous images.

4 to 6 November 2005

A1 Grand Prix of Nations

The A1 Grand Prix of Nations is a first for motorsport – 25 nations, including Australia, will compete on a level playing field in a series where technology and innovation are deliberately equalised and performance is determined by human bravery, skill and excellence. Aussie motor enthusiasts are in for a treat when the fourth round of the inaugural World Cup of Motorsport descends on Sydney’s Eastern Creek International Raceway. Tickets available through

16 November 2005

World Cup Qualifier Soccer

Watch Australia’s Socceroos fight for a place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany playing the fifth-place team from the South American qualifiers. The team will draw on players from the best soccer leagues in the world. And the players will draw on an enormous fan base as soccer has grown to become Australia’s largest team sport. Tickets go on sale 17 October through

26 December 2005

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Australia’s largest ocean race starts from Sydney Harbour, with thousands of people taking a ringside seat around the foreshore. An icon on the summer sporting calendar, join the locals with their picnics and champagne as they cheer on the yachts from 1.10pm. Departing on Boxing Day, it ends several days later in Hobart. Check out Sydney’s day cruise companies for special tours on the day that follow the fleet for the start of their journey.

31 December 2005

New Year’s Eve

Sydney Harbour is the only place to be as Australia welcomes in the New Year. This is one of the largest free public events in the world, featuring an incredible 80,000 fireworks and a dazzling lights display. Broadcast into 600million people’s homes across the globe, visitors can join in the celebrations on the ground. The Sydney Harbour and Bridge Fireworks shows commence at 9pm and midnight. Followed by a party that our city has become renowned for the world over.

7 to 26 January 2006

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival is Australia’s premier cultural event. Director Fergus Lineham’s first Festival, 2006 will showcase the finest Australian talent alongside some of the most acclaimed international artists and companies in the world today. Visitors get to jump on the locals this year with pre-release travel and ticket packages available for the first time. Secure your seat to select events including The Andersen Project, Symphony in the Domain, The Ferrython, Sylvie Guillem and George Piper Dances and Elvis Costello in Concert with the Sydney Symphony. The full program will be announced on 4 November.

8 to 14 January 2006

Sydney International – Tennis

The Sydney International is the premier tennis event in New South Wales enticing a star studded field of world class players. Don't miss the chance to see it and feel it live at the Sydney International Tennis Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. Hewitt, Moya and Ferrero are already lined up, and women from the top 10 of the world create sensational entertainment courtside at this Grand Slam event.

26 January 2006

Australia Day

One of the biggest celebrations for Australia Day takes place at a range of events in Sydney’s city centre and around the harbour foreshore. Darling Harbour is a centre of activity with family entertainment and international food, setting the scene for a dazzling array of fireworks and music at night. Other highlights include the Streets Ferrython, Tall Ships Race and the Australia Day Surfboard Challenge from the Sydney Opera House steps to McMahon’s Point.

26 January to 12 February 2006

Chinese New Year Festival

The biggest Chinese New Year Festival outside of China is thrown right here in Sydney. In the Year of the Dog, 2006 will see the laneways and streets of Sydney’s Chinatown filled with crackers and dragons, good wishes and colourful celebrations. The New Year period is an ideal time for Sydneysiders and visitors to join in and celebrate the colourful pageantry and tradition of Chinese culture.



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