Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, known as Manly Dam, has a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna. It's great for picnics by the water and is renowned for mountain biking and water skiing.www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/play/parks-gardens-and-reserves/manly-dam
Things to do by the beach
Summer beach action
Things to do in Sydney's summer
Sydney is the perfect destination during summer holidays, effortlessly mixing the buzz of a large city with a cosmopolitan beach culture. With so many things to see and do by the sea, you can make the most of this beach lifestyle with friends and family.
Always wanted to hang ten? Summer is the perfect time to learn to surf at one of Sydney's many famous surf beaches. Get started or hone your skills at surf schools in Bondi, Manly or Maroubra. Many of the city's beaches have surfboards for hire, too.
Want to try something a bit different? Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to see the beach and keep fit! Several spots around the city offer instruction and board hire, including Manly, Bundeena and Mosman.
Looking for something to do when you rinse off the salt and sand? Visit one of the many waterside cafes and restaurants around the city. In Manly, you'll find food and drink aplenty by the water. Afterwards, visit Manly Waterworks to enjoy the waterslides or to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary to check out the marine life.
If you prefer to scope out marine life with a snorkel or a tank, Manly is also a great place for underwater adventures. Gordon's Bay near Clovelly is another top spot for beneath-the-surface encounters. Book in for a Snorkel Safari if you want an expert guide to help you.
While you're enjoying yourself at the beach, remember to play it safe. Regularly reapply your sunscreen and always swim between the yellow and red flags where the surf lifesavers patrol.
Keep in mind that many attractions have school holiday deals, giving you and your family the chance to explore more of the city for special package offers.
Get fit outdoors
It's the perfect time of year in Sydney to get outside for your exercise. Kayaking is great for your core, cardio fitness and strength training. If you like your sun salutations, find a beachside yoga class. Try Mysan Yoga at Manly, the Mosman Yoga Co-op at Balmoral Beach, or Yoga by the Sea, which offers seaside classes at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama. Pedestrians can set out on one of the city's longer coastal walks, or go for a run around the harbour. If you're really keen, get in the harbour for the Great Sydney Swim in January.
More outdoor summer fun
There is plenty of outdoor summer fun in Sydney in Summer. Visit the Sydney Markets for a bit of open-air shopping. On a warm summer evening, pack a picnic and watch a film at one of Sydney's outdoor cinemas. Venues include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Centennial Parklands, and Sydney Olympic Park
Things to do at Chowder Bay
Secluded Chowder Bay, along with Middle Head and Georges Heights, form the beautiful Headland Park near Mosman and Balmoral. There are plenty of things to do in the bay's calm waters, including swimming, paddling, snorkelling and diving. After your time in the water, enjoy a harbourside meal at Ripples at Chowder Bay or high tea at Gunners Barracks.
Running and cycling in Sydney
Cycling is popular in Sydney, with some great shared pedestrian and cycle paths around the city and harbour. All you need is a bike, a helmet and you're set to go. Bike hire is available at a number of locations around the city. Favourite pathways include a winding 35 km through Homebush Park near Sydney Olympic Park, the 7 km 'bay run' around the harbour via Rozelle and Drummoyne, and a ride around beautiful Centennial Parklands.
Sydney's heritage-listed Royal National Park is affectionately known to locals as the 'Nasho' or just 'the Royal'. Established in 1879, it's the world's second-oldest national park. It features unique...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/royal-national-park
Close to Hurstville, Cattle Duffers Flat picnic area is a fun and relaxed grassy picnic area popular with all ages, but especially families with young children. There's plenty of room for the kids to ...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/georges-river-national-park/cattle-duffers-flat-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
The sounds of the birds singing from trees that rustle with the wind - it won't take you long to relax at this scenic spot right next to Lane Cove River. Moola picnic area is one of Lane Cove National...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/lane-cove-national-park/moola-picnic-area/picnic-bbq
Rodd Island, located in the sheltered waters of Iron Cove, just off Birkenhead Point, has a colourful history and boasts some of the best views west of the bridge. This perfect picnic spot is in the f...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/rodd-island/picnic-bbq
Dharawal National Park offers a diverse bushland experience in southern Sydney. Sustained by a distinctive network of creeks, including the ecologically-important O'Hares Creek catchment, this leafy p...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/dharawal-national-park
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