Great Sydney things to do this winter

JENNIFER ENNION
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014
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Catching a performance of the stand-out theatre production The Lion King is just one of a number of great things to do in Sydney this winter.

Whether you're a tourist to the city or a local, here are a few ways to enjoy the cold months.         

FAMILY

Face your fear of sharks by snorkelling with them at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour.

It's a great opportunity for tweens to learn more about sharks in a safe, controlled environment.

Groups of four snorkellers are protected in a see-through tank situated at the surface of a pool as reef sharks and tropical fish swim past.

The snorkel lasts for 20 minutes and children can be as young as five.            

THEATRE

If you still haven't seen The Lion King at the theatre, then put it at the top of your winter to-do list. This musical is as brilliant as the critics say, from the booming voices of the actors to the stunning costumes and the flawless music.

The standout performance is by South African actress Buyi Zama, who plays Rafiki and has a voice to silence the audience.

The Lion King is on at Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, and is into its last shows, closing on August 31.           

ICE

If you like to embrace the cold, make sure you head along to The Winter Festival at Darling Harbour.

This is a great event for families, with one of the highlights being the open-air ice-skating rink.

There is also an apres skate lounge and beer garden, where you can warm up with a hot choccy or mug of gluhwein (mulled wine), and you can feast on traditional winter cuisine at the festival village.

Kids will love the Thredbo Snow Slide (an 80-foot inflatable slide) and the giant Lindt Lindor Zorb Balls.

The festival starts on June 13 and runs until July 13.

DESIGN

Fans of the musical Strictly Ballroom will love the exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

The Strictly Ballroom Story celebrates both the stage and screen musical, and features plenty of bling.

Visitors will be able to get up close to the sequins, feathers and beads of the colourful costumes created by Catherine Martin, as well as design sketches and set photos.

The exhibition is on until November 9.        

IF YOU GO

For accommodation close to the attractions, consider Quay West Suites Sydney. Although it can be noisy due to its location on Gloucester Street, it has fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. For more, go to accorhotels.com.

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The writer received assistance from Destination NSW and Accor.

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