Summer in Australia lasts until February which makes it a fantastic season to explore the great outdoors. Visitors are met with a plethora of fun activities to try out at the beaches, vineyards, lush national parks, zoos, golf courses, coastal cliffs and much more. But if you’re a first-time visitor, we suggest you look no further than Sydney as your first stop.
Sydney is a vibrant city, with an eclectic energy and a laidback atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else. Although known as a city that celebrates its outdoors, Sydney doesn’t fall short when it comes to world-class shopping, fine dining festivals, and arts and culture. Here are our top five impressive places to check out!
1. Bondi Beach
A haven for beachcombers, Bondi Beach is most inviting in the summer. It is filled with gorgeous sun worshippers, surfers, and possible celebrity sightings. You can choose to sunbathe and swim in the tepid waters, or head off to surf shops, quaint cafés, art galleries and cool bars. More energy to spare? Consider taking a short walk from Bondi to Bronte. There you can rest for a picnic at the gorgeous Tamara Beach offering its grassy spaces, shady trees, seaside kiosk, and electric barbecue pits, all for free!
2. Sydney Opera House
The breathtaking Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. This iconic structure, was designed by Jørn Utzon, a renowned Danish architect. You can chill at the many cafés and restaurants found after some hearty cultural sightseeing.
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and marvel at the gorgeous sunrise on the horizon as you ascend. Choose between the BridgeClimb Sampler that will take you to the inner arch of the bridge or the Day Climb, if heights don’t give you the shivers. Explore the nearby cobblestone laneways of The Rocks and learn about Sydney’s colonial history, dating back to the arrival of British settlers in the late 1788. If you happen to be there on a weekend, wander around The Rocks Markets and hunt for some original artworks and handmade jewellery that you can bring home to friends and family.
4. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australia’s oldest botanic garden and scientific institution was established in 1816 and is located at the edge of Sydney Harbour. Explore the 75 acres of plants native to Australia and the South Pacific, along with other plant species from around the world. Enjoy a romantic picnic under majestic eucalyptus trees or simply soak in nature’s beauty. The Royal Botanic Garden is surrounded by The Domain, an unfenced botanical parkland that serves as a venue for some of Sydney’s largest festivals and cultural events.
5. Vineyards in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is just a two hours’ drive north of Sydney. It is famed as one of Australia’s most prominent wine regions. There, you can book a tour to witness some of its 120 wineries. Choose between Lovedale’s fine Semillon or Pokolbin’s Shiraz - or have them both, it’s up to you. Just make sure to sober up before the drive back to the city. If you’d like to take part in sports activities, you can tee-off in any of the three championship golf courses in the region. Try riding a horse across the rolling countryside, and take the hot air balloon ride to admire the gorgeous vineyards from a higher vantage point.
Visit tripsavr to discover more of these fun-filled activities on your visit to Sydney and other parts of Australia. Make the most out of this memorable trip!