My Sydney Summer Secrets: Brendan Host

25 August 2015

Brendan Host

Brendan Host


Out and about: The Bondi to Coogee coastline walk takes about 90 minutes at an easy pace and sees you walking through Waverley Cemetery, which is a great area to spot Nankeen kestrels in summer. Finish with an ice-cream on Bondi Beach as a reward.

Natural attraction: I love to check out the latest summer exhibition at the Australian Museum and always round out a visit by going to the bird, dinosaur and skeleton rooms. Kids under 16 get in free.

Starry nights: Sunset Cinema in North Sydney in a favourite summer experience. There’s nothing better than watching a movie sitting on a bean bag, under the stars, with a glass of wine and a couple of mates. Take a picnic, and remember to hire that bean bag (a must for a comfortable evening).

Sips in the city: A cocktail or a glass of NSW wine at The Winery or craft beers at The Dove and Olive Pub in Surry Hills are a must. Both venues offer a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. If you’re going for the beers, wedges are an excellent side.

Ticket to glide: Head for the Lane Cove Boatshed in the Lane Cove National Park and hire a kayak for 30 minutes or even a full day. Go for a hike later, and settle in for a barbecue lunch after all the activity.

Top takeaway: Batch Burgers & Espresso in Kirribilli has some of the best burgers and thick shakes in Sydney. Get a takeaway for the ultimate picnic under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where you can soak up the sensational view of Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.

On the water: Cables Wake Park in Penrith, western Sydney, is perfect for wakeboarding, waterskiing and kneeboarding beginners and pros alike. Spend a fun day out doing something different. There is also a playground area and inflatable slides for the kids.

Sweet sensation: The Blue Mountains walking trails are sublime, especially around Wentworth Falls (the best place to spot a yellow-tailed cockatoo in my opinion), but a trip here is not complete without a visit to the Leura Candy Store. Anything mint is awesome!

It’s a scream: Want an eerie night out? I’ve had a blast every time I’ve visited Q Station, a former quarantine station in Manly said to be haunted by ghosts. A few screams may have been had too, all in good fun.

On the fly: No visit to Sydney is complete without a trip to Taronga Zoo. Check out the stunning QBE Free Flight Bird Show and see our native birds showing off their natural skills. The daring can try out our new Wild Ropes course, too.

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  • gymnast46

    We did it and loved it!