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The best of Summer in Sydney
The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. It’s starting to feel a lot like summer…one of the best times of the year to be in Sydney. There is always so much to do, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s your guide to making the most of summer in Sydney.
There’s nothing Sydneysiders love more in summer than hanging out by the water. The opportunities lurking in the surf are endless. Head to Manly or Bondi and try your hand at boogie boarding, SUPing, surfing or snorkeling – or simply take a book, hat and towel down to one of Sydney’s more secret beachy hideaways like Manly’s Store Beach (only accessible by water) or Botany Bay’s sheltered Congwong Beach and simply let the tide wash over you. Go rockhopping, hire kayaks, try an ocean swim, or just jump on the iconic Manly Ferry to experience the very best approach into Sydney Harbour available.
If you prefer to observe rather than immerse, do what the locals do and spend a Sunday morning on one of the famous Sydney coastal walks watching the world go by. Bondi to Coogee offers a stunning coastline with plenty of pit stops along the way for dips or treats. Alternatively, try out the Manly Scenic Walkway up to the Spit in Clontarf for secluded harbour beaches and spectacular views. Whatever floats your boat, just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!
With so much time spent hunched over your desk studying, now is the time to flex those limbs, get the blood flowing and get active. This summer, Sydney is determined to get you moving. Grab your wheels and join in the Sydney Rides Festival from Oct 4-23 with different events happening across the city that cater for all tastes. Rides are themed by interest and scale with something for everyone whether you’re a ‘Saturday Slowie’ or an adventure thrill-seeker. If all that is not enough, and you fancy clocking up some serious Ks, challenge yourself to the Sydney-Gong bike ride. A mere 90kms later you will be gazing out to sea at Wollongong. But the good news is, you do get a discounted train ticket home. Phew! And if you book a spot before Nov 11 you’ll get your entry for a slick $110.
But if bikes aren’t your thing and you prefer to feel terra firma, Walktober is for you. Create your own walking challenge or join in pre-organised community walks, simply register your details and you could also be helping raise money for Bluearth charity encouraging healthier and fitter children. Bonus.
What is summer in Sydney without music and the arts? Going strong for 41 years, the returning Sydney Festival (Jan 7-29) promises to transform and light up numerous venues across our city with a wide range of diverse and exciting acts from dance and rap through to theatre and circus. Featuring music heavyweight PJ Harvey, tickets are sure to go fast. But panic not if you miss out, the festival provides many and varied free acts along the way.
Keep well ahead of the music game and organise your tickets upfront for Field Day (Jan 1), surely the only way to begin the New Year. Head on over to the Domain to find a staggering lineup including hip hop’s favourites Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper, alongside other indie and electronica acts including Aussie’s own Alison Wonderland, Hermitude and What so Not. Happy New Year people!
There’s no end to the culture on offer this summer. Check out the stunning Sculpture By The Sea free exhibition in Bondi along the famous coastal route from Oct 20-Nov 11, or head to the NSW Art Gallery where (in conjunction with The Tate London) you can check out over 100 representations of The Nude including at the centerpiece Rodin’s The Kiss – the first time it has ever left the shores of Europe. This artistic collaboration on show from Nov 5-Feb 5 2017 presents a truly unique opportunity for Sydney, and is yours for just $18 concession.
For the lighter side of life be sure to sample Sydney’s craft beer week October 22-30, with over 100 events at 75 venues across town. From meet-the-brewer sessions and beer tasting to food and drink matching, this is serious beer-crafting business. Watch out for the extra activities that are unique to this event.
If bubbles are more your style, why not check out the horse racing at the Spring Carnival. It’s a great excuse to dress up and get together with mates and maybe even have a flutter.
It’s just not summer without sport, and there’s no sport in summer like cricket. Some might say it’s the sound of summer. Watch the Aussies bat it about against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Nov 4 with tickets available from just $30, and again in New Year tradition against third-ranked Pakistan (Jan 3, Jan 22).
‘TIS THE SEASON
The big event in summer is always Christmas, and there are definitely some traditional events you simply should not miss this season. Carols in the Domain (Dec 18) is Australia’s largest free Christmas concert and unfailingly lays on a star-studded event creating a magically festive evening in the heart of the city.
Boxing Day is all about the Sydney-Hobart yacht race. Head to one of Sydney’s stunning headlands with a picnic blanket and watch the magnificent fleet begin their voyage south. It’s a spectacular sight that has become synonymous with Christmas in Sydney.
Come New Year’s Eve it would be a crime to live in this beautiful city and not watch the amazing pyrotechnics on display at midnight from the Harbour Bridge. Check out the best vantage points and accessibility tips right here.
DON’T FORGET TO CHILL OUT TOO
With so much to do and see across the city this summer, be sure to find time to chill out and relax. Enjoy some free Jazz at The Opera Bar on a lazy Sunday afternoon, perfect your cobra with some yoga by the sea or walk off those mince pies around one of Sydney’s beautiful National Parks.
With options for all, Sydney really is that one city where every day feels like a holiday.