Sydney can get incredibly hot in summer, so the cooler month of June makes it an ideal time to check out everything this New South Wales capital has to offer. Not only will the streets be less crowded with summer revellers, but there are plenty of events taking place to make the trip all the more enjoyable. One of the biggest events is VIVID, which runs until 8 June in 2015. This 18-day festival includes lighting, music and ideas, with an an attendance of 1.43 million in 2014. VIVID sees Sydney transformed into an extravaganza of lighting installations, with music shows put on by local and international artists along with plenty of informative speakers.

Blue Mountains

Head over to the Blue Mountains to celebrate Yulefest, when Christmas comes early to thousands of people who visit the area each year from June to August. Expect all the trappings of a winter Christmas, with roaring fires, big roast dinners and even some snowfall, in a mid-year setting.

The Yulefest tradition began at the Katoomba guesthouse in 1980, and since then it has grown to be embraced by restaurants and other facilities all around the region. Indulge in feasts of turkey and ham, with plenty of mulled wine, as you enjoy the chilly weather in this stunning region. Work off all that excess with hikes and bike rides through the mountains.

June also sees the annual Winter Magic Festival in the Blue Mountains, with a parade of entertainers taking to the streets to Katoomba to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

Northern Territory

If you want to use your June holiday to escape the winter blues, head up north to enjoy the Northern Territory's dry season, which lasts from May to October. The area certainly makes the most of the weather at this time of year, with plenty of events and festivals to enjoy. Try Darwin's BassInTheGrass, the biggest music festival in the territory, or head to Alice Springs to get into the spirit of the Lasseters Camel Cup. Another great option is Arnhem Land's Garma Festival, Australia's most significant Indigenous event.

Darwin hosts Mindil Beach Sunset Markets during the dry season, where locals and visitors take to the beach to dine on an array of foreign foods and purchase crafts and jewellery. There are also fire shows, natural remedies to try and performances to witness as you watch the sun go down over the beach. Be sure to rug up, however, as the temperatures can get quite cold at night, though June is almost certainly the most comfortable time of year to visit both the central and top end of the Northern Territory, as far as weather goes.


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