Things to Do in Sydney in the Summer

October 8, 2012 by

Eating & Restaurants, Free Things To Do, Things To Do, Top Attractions, Travel Tips

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

The stereotypical Australian sunshine and hot, hot weather appear through December, January and February, but you will be happy to know that the average high temperature across these months runs just around 80ºF.

Is there any better time to be a Sydneysider or visitor in Sydney than in the summer?

The city livens as everything – from dining and socializing to work time lunch breaks – is taken outdoors. As a visitor, you might want to do as the Aussies do and head outside, too, and this list of summertime things to do in Sydney can help.

Spend your days at the beach or on the water.

Both free and beautiful in Sydney, the beach provides the perfect way to get your fill of Sydney summer. Plus, you are never too far away from a good beach in Sydney. One can easily clock off in the city and head to world-famous Bondi Beach for a quick swim with time to kill.

Some summer things to do that involve beaches and water include:

  • Completing the Bondi to Bronte, or the Bondi to Coogee, beach path walk.
  • Learning to surf at Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches.
  • Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding in Sydney Harbour.
  • Going for a spin on a Sydney Harbour jet boat.
  • Learning to scuba dive, which is always better in warmer water.

Buy some tickets for a summer festival.

Summer is prime festival season for Sydney and its surrounds, so whether you like music or arts, there is probably a festival to entertain you. One small warning: be sure to stay hydrated when going to summer festivals as the sun can be blazing hot.

Some popular summer festivals in Sydney include:

  • Sydney Festival – This arts festival takes place for a couple of weeks during January and features art of all kinds: such as dance, drama,and visual.
  • Big Day Out – This music festival occurs in late January and early February and features a day full of popular musical acts.

Visit the open air cinemas.

With brilliant weather and an outdoors culture, Sydney opens its doors to produce a number of open air cinemas across the city. It’s almost like a drive-in but without the cars!

Some popular open air cinemas in Sydney include:

Drink or dine at outdoor and rooftop restaurants and bars.

When walking through Sydney city in the summer, the noticeable trend involves after work drinks and nightlife taking to the sidewalks. Tables and chairs outside the venue are packed with people, and rightfully so given the Australian love of the open air. A favorite of many in the summer months would be the rooftop bars and restaurants that are scattered throughout the city.

Some rooftop bars and restaurants in Sydney include:

Grab some seats at a sporting event.

Australians love two things: beer and sport. In the summer months, visitors and locals alike can gather together to take part in these two activities at the same time – all in the name of rugby, footy or cricket. Be sure to grab a ticket and come dressed in your team colors!

- Brooke Schoenman

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