Warming winter activities

27 June 2013

Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

Coastal Walk from Coogee to Bondi, Photo Credit Hamilton Lund

Even in Sydney’s cooler months, there’s nothing wrong with the cultural scene which is exploding around the city with the kind of flair and colour that would put a circus performance to shame.

You’ll have no excuse to stay inside for the cooler days once you know what’s going on, so rug up, get a group of friends together and get yourself along to some of these great events.

Bondi Winter Magic

The two closing weeks of July bring in the Bondi Winter Magic festival, which is just as magical and wintery as it sounds. Held opposite Roscoe Street Mall on Bondi Beach, the event offers some exciting rides for the kids like the Fantasy Cups, Mini Ferris Wheel and Rocket Rides.

Don’t forget to see the laughing clowns and pick up some fairy floss for that true festival feeling.

Bondi Winder Magic Festival

Bondi Winder Magic Festival 2013

While you’re there, remember that the event is raising funds for the Jewish House crisis accommodation and crisis services, so if you need an excuse to take a second ride on something then you can do it for charity!

As well as the festival, the entire month of July will be celebrating the winter magic program with Bondi History Walks.

You’ll need your walking shoes, some warm and comfortable clothing, a camera and your sense of adventure. These walking tours will give you a guided tour around Bondi streets every Wednesday and Sunday for the month.

Be sure to register for your walk ahead of time so the organisers know to expect you.

Camping in winter

It just doesn’t sound right does it? But it will once you realise that this is luxury camping at its best.

The Lane Cove National Park surrounds a section of the Lane Cove River, and has a variety of camping options around the peaceful pocket of bushland just ten kilometres out of Sydney.

This is no ordinary camping experience, as you are provided with life’s little luxuries like a television room and wireless internet access, while still getting out into nature and away from the city.

Tandara in particular is ideal for a luxury stay.

Australian Centre for Photography

Photography doesn’t stop for the changing weather, in fact, it rejoices in it – and so should you.

The 2013 winter season of the Australian Centre for Photography is on until August 18 and is offering visitors the chance to see three fantastic exhibitions in one place.

The images show a range of subjects from surrealism to photojournalism, with three decades of Pat Brassington’s work highlighting his skill and knack for spotting potential in future technologies, as he was one of the first artists to see the possibilities of digital photography.

David Burnett is a name well known to those interested in photojournalism, and is one of the few photographers worldwide who has managed to create images of all of the United States presidents since JFK.

Dine with the Sultan

After all of that you’re probably ready for something of a feast, so head into Newtown for a meal at the Sultan’s Table.

A delectable spread of breads and dips will distract you from the array of appetising meals on the menu, and all of it will warm you from your toes up.

It’s BYO, so you can match the food however you like, and bring along a group of friends to make a meal of it.

You’ll have a choice of authentic Turkish dishes, all of which are made from recipes that have been handed down through the generations.

On your way out, make sure you stock up on the fabulous dips that are sold at the counter to keep your fridge full of delicious snacks. The only problem will be not cracking straight into them before they even make it to your fridge!