As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, the vibrant Australian city of Sydney has plenty to offer visitors of all ages and nationalities from the iconic Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour. There’s never been a better time to visit than 2014, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best upcoming events over the next year. See for more details on flights and get planning your vacation Down Under!

Sydney Festival

From the Honda festival Garden in Hyde Park to Paradiso at Town Hall and events at the Sydney Opera House, January is one of the best times to visit, as the city is taken over by The Sydney Festival. Bringing together some of the world’s best artists, the festival has something for all tastes and budgets from indie and world music to international theatre, late-night burlesque to dance music. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer in the Southern Hemisphere!

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family

If you’re planning on visiting The Australian Museum in 2014, be sure to visit its latest exhibition – Tyrannosaurs. Running until the end of July, this is the world’s first exhibition exploring this legendary dinosaur family, and you’ll learn all about the mighty T.Rex as well as all of the tyrannosaurs’ shapes and forms including the ‘Crown Dragon’ and the ‘emperor dragon’, with a skeleton just 1 metre in length.

The exhibition features specimens from China and North America that have been previously unseen Down Under, as well as life-sized skeletons and models that brings this incredible dinosaur family to life in a whole new way. Guaranteed to engage young and old visitors, the exhibition uses cutting edge technology to bring you the first augmented reality exhibition in Australia for a real hands-on experience.

Chinese New Year

This year, Sydney’s Chinese New Year festival will be taking place between 24th January and 9th February, and there will be a whole host of cultural events, exhibitions, entertainment and markets to welcome in the Year of the Horse. Best of all, most of it is free! There are over 80 events to choose from, and details can be found on the Sydney Chinese New Year website, but two things not to miss out on are the spectacular Twilight Parade illuminating the streets on the 2nd February and the Dragon Boat Races the following weekend.

Sydney Film Festival

The Sydney Film festival is celebrating its 61st anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest in the world! Reflecting on the historic development of the Australian film industry, the festival will take place between 4th and 15th June this year, showcasing some of the best feature films, documentaries, short films, animation and much more from Australia and around the world. There are more than 250 screenings available to ticket holders, but a real highlight is the Official Competition, which sees twelve films battle it out in front of a jury of industry professionals to net the maker a AUD60,000 prize.