October Long Weekend
Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October in NSW. Make the weekend special by enjoying events such as the delicious Good Food Festival or the thrilling NRL Grand Final, or simply make the most of the beautiful spring weather by relaxing on Sydney's beaches and coastal walks.
October long Weekend in Sydney
Enjoy the best of Sydney’s cafes, restaurants and bars celebrating the 2016 Good Food Month. Discover delicious cuisine, new flavour sensations and a world-class culinary scene at food markets, pop-ups, cooking classes and other events across the city.
Watch on as this year’s NRL premiers battle for the top spot. The 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, featuring some of the country’s best rugby league players going head-to-head, is held on Sunday the 2nd of October at ANZ Stadium. Be part of the thrilling spectacle, along with a mighty crowd of passionate fans there to enjoy the show.
Visit some of Sydney’s fantastic museums and galleries. Head to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, where you can see the prestigious and highly anticipated Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibition until October 9. The Archbald Prize famously includes portraits of public Australian figures, from politicians to celebrities and sporting heroes.
Celebrate Walktober in Sydney and get active over the long weekend by exploring the city’s wonderful and diverse tracks and trails, from coastal walks to suburban pathways. Bondi to Coogee, the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head and the Manly to the Spit Bridge all provide glorious views of the city and its surrounds.
Head to the annual Manly Jazz Festival on Saturday 1st October and Sunday 2nd October. Relax on Manly Beach as you listen to the smooth sounds of jazz across the weekend, with outstanding local and international musicians performing by the water. To get there you can board a ferry at Circular Quay and enjoy unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour.
Just a short walk from Manly, North Head Lookout offers a spectacular panorama of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. It's also a great location to spot whales at this time of the year. Other excellent whale watching vantage points can be found in national parks across Sydney including Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park and the heritage-listed Royal National Park.
To see where the whales are right now in maps you can use the Wild About Whales app. This will also give you tips on how to spot them and the best vantage points.
The Western Sydney Marathon also takes place on the 3rd of October at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, offering another great way to get moving and have fun with whole family.
Explore the city's many vibrant outdoor weekend markets. Unearth vintage goods and discover up-and-coming designers at Bondi Markets, Glebe Markets and Paddington Markets, or shop for fresh produce at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. Or simply wander your own way to relax on one of Sydney beautiful beaches.
For those planning a long weekend out of Sydney, you can explore the State on a caravan and camping trip and discover a wide range of events taking place in regional NSW during the October long weekend.