Sure, Sydney’s a glorious city of underground speakeasies, rooftop bars, gastropubs, boozy brunches, Thirsty Thursdays and Sunday sessions. And we’re all inadvertent alcoholics because of this.
It’s time to cap the booze and start living your life to its (sober) fullest. And good news, Sydney is full of fun antics that aren’t just heading to your nearest Happy Hour.
Here’s a bunch of things to do in Sydney that don’t involve getting a drink.
Go Paddle Boarding At Balmoral Beach
If you’re absolutely new to the paddleboarding craze, we definitely recommend hitting up the Balmoral Beach shores. These are some of the calmest waters in all of Sydney, so you won’t get any waves knocking you over. We can guarantee you’ll have some good laughs watching your mates struggle to balance. Hire your paddle boards here.
Have The Ultimate Kidult Fest At Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Let’s be honest, we all love reliving our youth, especially when it comes to laser tag, dodgems, bowling and tonnes of arcade games. Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq located in Alexandria is the best night out in our opinion. And don’t worry if you get snackish Dazzler’s Diner inside will satisfy your cravings with burgers, hotdogs, pizzas and a heap of milkshakes (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Explore The National Park
Get yourself on the Princes Highway to head south for an exploration day. With so many little watering holes and big ones (Hello Wattamolla) to discover, you can get lost in this place. But maybe download a map just in case. If you’re in the mood for a hike, walk 30 minutes down the Winifred Falls Fire Trail and check out the South West Arm Pool. With a rope swing to make you bring out your inner Tarzan, this should be on your list.
Load Up On Desserts
Table 100 is the latest concept to arrive at Park Hyatt Sydney’s signature restaurant, The Dining Room. Basically, for all the gastronomical and dessert theatrics, you'll want to hit this gem up. The three-course feast consists of an entrée and main, followed by the main event, an interactive chef’s dessert table prepared live by executive pastry chef Shlomi Palensya.
Hit Up Oxford Art Factory’s Themed Nights
These legends know how to get the boogie beats down and pumping. Holding legendary themed music nights like grunge/emo bands, throwback 90s hits and now this month they’re bringing us the best with The 1975 on repeat all night long. Yes, the hit indie rock band headed by Matt Healy is going to be played to death and we love it. Head here for more details.
Stuff Your Face With A Feast At Paddy’s Night Food Markets
The iconic Paddy’s Night Markets are open the first Saturday of every month from 6pm. With over 15 food trucks lining up the space, with just about every cuisine you can imagine, you’ll definitely have trouble picking a favourite. Just get there early to avoid the massive queues (and no we aren’t exaggerating).
Build A Terrarium
If you’re keen to jump on the eco-friendly glass garden bandwagon, it’s time to put your green thumb to work at Flowerlane & Co. Not only are these babies low maintenance (read: if you were born lazy these plants are for you) and sustainable, they’re also hella cute and the perfect way to freshen up any space.
We’re not denying you won’t need a drink after you pay a visit to 9 Degrees but let’s just say this is the type of fun you can easily get addicted to. Think rock climbing without a harness. Yep, with over 140 climbs for you to defy gravity (with a heap of grace, obviously) we guarantee this bouldering gem will quickly become your new casual hangout.
Hats off to Makerspace for having the greatest hand-building class ever (we guarantee you’ll come out of it with a prize creation ready to show off to all your friends). And the best part is, this class is for total beginners and there’s a heap of hands-on studio time with tools and firing to help perfect your masterpiece.
The Indigo Project
The awesome team at The Indigo Project (the latest boutique mindfulness and yoga studio) give new meaning to the term rise and grind. Hit up the mindfulness meditation, yoga classes, workshops (like “how to get your shit together in 4 weeks”) and even nap classes.
You could go camping too, check out the best spots in Sydney here.
Image credit: Viviane Okobu.