For us hardy, Northern hemisphere folk it is strange to think of an Australian winter.

Whenever we think of Australia it is pretty much all beaches, sunshine and outback living!

Now that winter is drawing in, it is time to see a different side of Australia. In Sydney, this weekend marked the beginning of the Sydney Winter Festival in Darling Harbour.

While the temperature is still around 20 degrees during the daytime, you can still feel the chill of a morning and evening as many Europeans will take advantage of the cooler weather to hold Christmas in July celebrations.

Darling Harbour will be transformed into a winter wonderland; ice-rinks, igloos, snow-globes and snow slides galore! From June 13 – July 13, head to the Harbour for a Christmas-y fix!

The ice-rink is $24 for a 45 minute session and, believe it or not, isn’t the only pop-up ice-rink in Sydney. You can head over to Bondi Beach (yes, you read that right) for a $22 45 minute session right next to the beach! The rink is at Bondi Pavilion from June 27 – July 13.

Darling Harbour will play host to a myriad of wintery events form ice-shows to fireworks and a traditional European market will be set-up in the area serving all of your favourite reminders of home.

A Lindt Chocolate Cafe will also be set-up to warm the cockles once you had a little skate. If you spend $15 in store, you will be given the chance to take to the water in a Lindt zorb ball! It is a pretty strange promotion but not many people can say they’ve been in a Lindt sponsored zorb ball on the waters of Darling Harbour!

An 80ft inflatable slide will also be on hand for all kinds of fun! It is a pretty sizable slide to be fair so check it out before you brag to everyone you know that you’ll be fine flinging yourself down it.

Alongside the ice-rink in Bondi, there will be farmers markets, outdoor artwork and historic walking tours of the area.

It might not be known for its winter fun but Sydney is getting in the winter spirit, make sure you get out there and check it out!