Sydney is synonymous with a blazing sun, golden sands, and blue, glittering seas that stretch on forever. For the tourist, the Harbour City is a haven, jam-packed with activities, sights, and adventures – from the Harbour Bridge to the iconic Opera House, there’s always something to do in Sydney.
Regardless of what season you visit Sydney, you will never be short of entertainment; however, summer is when this glorious city truly flourishes – here are five things to do to make the most of Sydney’s beautiful summer.
In Sydney, there is always a festival to attend or an exhibition that you absolutely have to see. January is when Sydney’s cultural side springs to life with the Sydney Festival – a celebration of visual arts, music, performing arts and theatre. Jam-packed with over 20 days of entertainment, Sydney Festival provides you with an overwhelming selection of films, installations, and street music so you can see the city’s heritage and heart manifest before your very eyes. Make sure you book early and try to secure yourself a place in the heart of the city so you have easy access to all the performances and activities – it’s well worth the price.
If you’ve ever dreamed of watching a movie under the stars, this is the perfect chance for that vision to come to fruition. The Opel Moonlight Cinema is an open-air cinema screening classic, cult, and blockbuster films in the beautiful lawns of Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park. With over three months of screenings, this Moonlight Cinema is the perfect place to bring your significant other for a night of romance; alternatively, you can bring a picnic blanket, round up your friends and have a great time watching your favourite films. Ticket prices generally range between $14 and $32 – a small price to pay to watch The Breakfast Club or The Hobbit underneath the vast Sydney sky.
Picnic in the Botanic Gardens
For another enjoyable day under the blanket of the blue Sydney sky, you can’t go past a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Located against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, you’ll have a stunning view to gaze at as you munch away on your picnic treats.
Pack away your things and go for a coastal visit
One of the greatest things about Sydney is its surrounding coastal towns. While the likes of Bondi Beach and Manly Beach are popular amongst tourists, the truly magnificent stretches of sand don’t begin until you leave the central hub of the city. Wander up to The Entrance or Terrigal for secluded, golden beaches, or hitch a ride down to the South Coast and bask in the sunlight at beaches like Jervis Bay or Batemans Bay.
And last but not least…The Bridge Climb
One of Australia’s iconic structures, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge is a sight to marvel. However, don’t just walk across the bridge at the same level as the traffic, or view it from under the Opera House’s wing – the best way to experience the Harbour Bridge is to climb it! The Bridge Climb offers unparalleled views of the Harbour City, and prices start from $198 during February or $238 from December to January.