Sydney is spectacular all year round, but there’s something pretty special about summer in the Harbour City. Soak up the sun on golden sand beaches, swim lazy laps in an ocean pool and explore the harbour on a stand-up paddle board. When it’s time to refuel, head for a stylish rooftop bar or waterside restaurant. And if you’ve got kids in tow, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.
Beaches & water sports
Make the most of sunny summer days by getting out on the water. From Palm Beach in the north to Cronulla in the south, there are hundreds of beaches and waterways to explore. Discover secret coves that only the locals know about, swim in an ocean pool that’s been carved straight from the rock and paddle around calm harbour bays.
In summer, the best place to be in Sydney is outside. Grab a drink at one of the city’s slick rooftop bars and make the most of the sunny days, warm nights and million dollar views. Hungry? Get a table by the water and settle in for a seafood feast overlooking Bondi Beach, fine dining by the harbour, al fresco eats on a historic wharf or a lazy long lunch by the banks of the Hawkesbury River.
It’s the longest school holidays of the year and kids will have up to six weeks off over summer. That’s plenty of time to discover all the best family-friendly things to do in Sydney. Swim at beautiful beaches, meet friendly animals, climb through the treetops, follow winding coastal trails and splash around at playgrounds.
From markets and street fairs to concerts, musicals, theatre, open air cinema, art and more, there’s something to do every day in summer. Get your tickets for big name events or discover something new happening in your neighbourhood.
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