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What’s on: Summer in Sydney

The sun is coming up at ridiculous-o’clock, cafés and bars are spilling over on to the sidewalks – it can only mean one thing: Summer has arrived in Sydney.

With so much to see and do in this beautiful harbourside city, it can be hard to know where to begin. Don’t panic, Iglu has you covered.


The summer vibe only truly arrives when Sydney Festival officially kicks off. That’s three whole delicious weekends of theatre, dance, music and arts to feast on in January. The 2019 event celebrates 50 years since the 1969 moon landing, and the festival seeks ways to draw together the differing strands that make up modern Australia. If that isn’t enough to quench your holiday thirst, check out the impressive array of music festivals heading your way, including Lost Paradise 2018 (28 Dec), FOMO (12 Jan), The Electric Gardens (26 Jan), Laneway 2019 (3 Mar), and of course the spectacle that is Mardi Gras (3 Mar). For those who like to fully exercise their mind, there is a plethora of Escape Rooms available at your Sydney fingertips with themes ranging from the literary (Next Level) and paranormal (ParaPark Sydney) through to the thoroughly scary (PaniqRoom) and even historical (Second Telling Missions). Afterwards, you can dance away all that stress while nobody is watching at No Lights No Lycra, an incredibly popular weekly one-hour dance class that takes place entirely in the dark. Save some energy for the contemporary art displays available at White Rabbit and Carriageworks, or take a local street art tour through Newtown and Enmore and discover the story behind the local artistry.


One of the very best parts about Sydney in summer is the beautiful coastline and beaches available for your use, all completely free. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the world’s second oldest Royal National Park with beaches, bushwalks and biking tracks on hand, as well as overnight accommodation. Take time to discover the stunning Northern Beaches from Manly all the way up to Palm Beach – or head over to the other side, grab some friends and some swimmers and take on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Feeling coordinated? It’s time for a surf lesson or to hire a SUP for the day – the perfect transport to get you exploring the little coves and secret beaches that surround the city. Borrow a snorkel and meet some new marine friends or churn out some laps at the iconic Bondi Icebergs ocean pool. The aquatic choices are superbly endless.


After so much activity, there’s no better way to chill out for the night than way up high. Newcomer Smoke is a surefire way to enjoy the harbour views, as well as the sunshine. Take it up a level with Henry Deane at The Palisade Hotel, or keep it low-key and casual at The Coogee Pavilion. When the tummy starts rumbling you have hit the city jackpot. Food is to Sydney, as AFL is to Melbourne. From breakfast through to dinner there is nothing served up that that is not totally Insta-worthy, but finding the right place can be a daunting proposition. Try Crown Street for a long stretch of eateries and bars that range from Italian and Japanese through to pub-grub and bar snacks. Kensington Street is a foodie delight with fine dining and casual eats as well as everything in between. If Asian is what you crave, check out Chippendale’s Hawker-style Spice Alley or head to Haymarket’s 1909 Dining Precinct, home to some of the best in Asian cuisine. Late night owls will love Frankie’s American style dive bar serving up delicious pizzas and craft beers as well as some cheeky mid-week karaoke in to the small hours.

There’s no place like Sydney in summer, and there’s no better time than summer in Sydney.

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