That time of year has come once again. Where the days are shorter and cooler, but the fireplace is warm and your boyfriend doesn’t mind cuddling you. As they used to say on Game of Thrones: Winter has come.

Now, this might come as a shock to a lot of you, but it does get actually quite cold in Sydney. If you’d go to the Blue Mountains, you can actually get some snow, I kid you not. Now, please don’t cancel your ticket if you were planning to come during winter, because there is still so much to do.

In this blog post, I will show you just some of the things that you can do during winter in Sydney.


Probably my favorited festival in Sydney (I don’t do music festivals, so I am easily entertained) This festival of lights is held once a year at the end of May. It goes for 2 weeks and lights up some of the cities most iconic buildings. From the Opera House to the contemporary museum and much more.


Balmoral Beach, Mosman Sydney

Even though it is winter, and it might be chilly, a couple of hours at the beach makes for a fun outing. Since the city is home to many beaches, finding one to go for a stroll, a quick dip or just to sit won’t be too hard.

Bondi Beach is probably the most famous one to hang out at. There are many nice restaurants you can chill in, pubs you can have a drink in and shops to max out your credit card. You can walk along the promenade and breath in the fresh air and see if you can spot on of the famous lifeguards.

Manly beach is also a great option for a lovely winter’s day. Manly also has plenty of amazing restaurants and shops to warm up on. If you are keen to do a quick walk, wander from the main beach to Shelly beach on the other end, taking you along the Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture walk.

Another amazing beach to go to is Watsons Bay. With lovely beaches, marvelous views and delicious seafood, Watsons Bay on the South Head peninsula in Sydney’s east is a delightful day trip. Australia’s oldest fishing village is home to waterfront restaurants, great walking trails, and a harbourside park perfect for family picnics. Even in winter.


The city of a thousand walks… I did make that just up, but Sydney has many gorgeous walks that can be done during winter.

Underneath are just a couple of cool walks that are pretty all year round.

  1. The Bondi to Coogee walk | A must-do coastal walk that will take you from Bondi Beach to Coogee beach. This 10 K walk takes you along stunning cliffs, million-dollar mansions and lots of pretty beaches. If you walk between the end of June and the beginning of July, you might be able to spot some migrating whales.
  2. Spit bridge to Manly | A walk not for the fainthearted, but it offers some might spectacular ocean views along the way. Make sure to strap you your hiking boats on though, because it is an intense walk.
  3. Taronga Zoo to Balmoral | A 6.5-kilometre medium difficulty trail that takes you along some stunning harbour views, nature at its best, while exploring quiet beaches and beautiful luscious bushland.


It might be winter, but you shouldn’t avoid outdoor activities completely and these gardens are beautiful all year round. With amazing harbour views, it is worth a stroll all year round.


Possibly a better view on a sunny day, but don’t worry Sydney does have a fair few sunny days in winter, heading to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye will give you a great view of the fabulous city of Sydney (and possibly an increased heart rate if you’re scared of heights.)


Whale watching in Sydney

The whale migration in Sydney goes between May and November. But the absolute best time to see them is late June and early July – probably the last week of June and the first week of July, around about the winter solstice is when you will see the most activity.

Places like Watsons Bay or Barrenjoey Headland are great whale watching walks.

Alternatively, you can hop on one of many whale-watching cruises departing from either Circular Quay or Darling harbour.



Things to do Sydney

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  1. June 26, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    I love Sydney. It is such a cool city, and there are so many fun things to do…even in winter! My sister went to the light show this year, and so did my brother. I felt like I missed out!! I’ve definitely got Sydney on my list of places to go back to!

    • bonditobasic
      June 26, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      The light show is absolutely amazing. I went pretty much every night to do some photography (helps that I live very close to the harbor) I hope your sister and brother had a great time 🙂 Xo Manon

  2. June 26, 2019 / 12:10 pm

    Great plan for winter holiday 💕
    I always love to Walk Around The Royal Botanic Gardens (is so beautiful view)
    I not yet been to Australia yet, I hope maybe next year can visit it x

    • bonditobasic
      June 26, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you Jess 🙂
      You should definitely come to Australia, it is such an amazing country, you won’t regret it.
      And the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney are spectacular! A must-see when in Sydney.

  3. Kayleigh Zara
    June 26, 2019 / 12:15 pm

    Ah this looks amazing! Honestly your photography is gorgeous. I think id personally do lots of walking with scenery that stunning, especially by the beach, but Vivid sounds amazing x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿 http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • bonditobasic
      June 26, 2019 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you for your kind compliment Kayleigh 🙂 I appreciate it.
      Doing coastal walks is one of my favorite things to do here in Sydney, there are so many walks with so many different views. It never gets boring. xo Manon

  4. July 2, 2019 / 6:47 am

    Your photography is just AMAZING! I’d love to go whale watching if I ever get the chance! I wish the UK’s winter’s would be so lovely hahaha!

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