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.
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.
WALKING YOUR BUTT OFF
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
WALK AROUND THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS
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.
CHECK OUT THE BUCKET
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.)
GO WHALE WATCHING
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.
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