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13 December 2016


Whether you’re an adventure lover, relaxation lover or fun lover, Sydney is jam-packed with things to do, especially in the summertime. Check out our top ten picks!

1. Embrace the spirit
One of the best times to explore Sydney is at Christmas time when the city is in full celebratory mode. Sing along to your favourite Christmas songs at Carols in the Domain or Carols in the City, SMS the Martin Place Christmas tree or marvel at the glittering Swarovski tree in Sydney’s iconic Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

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2. Discover one of Sydney’s secret beaches
If you’re looking for a private place to soak up the sun, escape the crowds and visit one of Sydney’s hidden pockets of paradise. There are a number of secluded sandy spots (like Milk Beach, Parsley Bay, Redleaf Beach and Gordon’s Bay) in and around Sydney … you just need to know where to look!

3. Check out Sydney Festival (7-29 January 2017)
Sydney Festival is a great time to soak up everything Sydney has to offer. Enjoy a mix of over 100 events (including free and family events) featuring local and international artists. The program runs for three weeks every January – so don’t miss out!

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4. Pick a perfect picnic spot
If leisurely lunches in the sun are your thing, why not head to one of Sydney’s charming picnic spots? Soak up the serenity and enjoy beautiful views of the harbour at Wendy’s Secret Garden, Neilsen Park, Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Balls Head Reserve or at the new Harbourside Park at Barangaroo Reserve (just to name a few!).


5. Dive into a new workout
We all tend to overindulge during the Christmas period, but don’t let your fitness take a back seat. Stay motivated and have some fun attending group fitness classes (like F45, Cross Fit or Hard Candy), break a sweat at a local dance studio or soak up stunning city views while doing laps at Prince Alfred’s Park Pool. No matter what your exercise style, there’s sure to be something that suits! Check out these 9 free workout spots in Sydney.

6. Take a wander through an art gallery
Escape the heat and madness of the festive season and recharge at one of Sydney’s art galleries. Housing a fabulous mix of artworks by both international and local artists, our top picks include The Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Brett Whiteley Studio, Artspace and 2 Danks Street.

7. Check out some local markets
Local markets are a great way to spend your day and, of course, to meet the locals. Sample fresh and tasty produce at Eveleigh Famers Market, Orange Grove or King’s Cross Organic Market. Or enjoy the wonderful diversity, creativity and colour of the many artisan markets sprinkled around Sydney. Some of our favourites include Rozelle, Surry Hills, Glebe, Bondi or Kirribilli markets.


8. Have some family fun
If you’re looking for a full day out with family or friends, grab your swimmers and head to Wet‘n’Wild, Jamberoo, Splasher’s Water Playground or WaterWorld Central for some water fun in the sun. Or take a walk on the wild side at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary or WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Perfect for kids (and adults) of all ages.

9. Seek out one of Sydney’s spectacular secret waterfalls
Escape the hustle and bustle for a day and visit one of Sydney’s secret waterfalls. Enjoy the tranquility and unsurpassed beauty of Wattamolla or Winifred Falls at the Royal National Park, Minnehaha Falls in the Blue Mountains or Collins Flat Beach in Manly. These Sydney gems are hidden away in lush settings and are only a hop, skip and a jump away from the city.

10. Grab a drink at one of Sydney’s best beer gardens
Kick back, relax and have a yarn with friends in one of Sydney’s cozy beer gardens. Some of our top picks include The Courthouse Hotel (Newtown), Beresford Hotel (Surry Hills), Oaks Hotel (Neutral Bay), Slip Inn (Sydney), The Newport (Newport) and Balmain Hotel (Balmain).


Want to find out more?
For more information about local events, activities, bars, restaurants and places to visit, check out Sydney Events, Concrete Playground, The Urban List or City of Sydney.



Date: 13 December 2016 Author: Jenna Kazokas

About the author:

Jenna Kazokas

With a proven track record in graphic design, brand management, copywriting, and email marketing, Jenna brings a passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of the marketing landscape, particularly in the digital space.

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