Summer is a time to kick-back, relax and revive. While for some of us, that translates to summertime feasting, festivals and general end of the year mayhem—but summer can also be the perfect time to unwind, pause, take stock and settle down.
The general consensus is that it’s been a crazy fast year, so if you’re feeling a bit burnt out and overwhelmed, dive into our list of events, activities and ideas that are all good for the body, mind and soul.
Here’s your guide to the ultimate summer of wellness in Sydney.
Kick Start Your Recharge At One Of Sydney’s Incredible Wellness Centres
If you're looking for a little guidance on your wellness journey, Sydney has a solid collection of wellness masters to help set you on your way. As well as being some of the hands-down best places to go for a life-changing facial, Luna Beauty & Apothecary, MO+ and Venustus incorporate wellness and alternative healing into their beauty and massage practice so you can get glowing inside and out.
At Luna, qualified naturopath and beauty therapist Fay Halkitis specialises in naturopathic skin health—she'll investigate all things diet, lifestyle and emotions and recommend treatments and simple switches you can make to feel your best self, day-in, day-out. At Venustus, Jeannie Bourke and her supremely talented staff marry up traditional massage with reiki, crystal healing, aromatherapy and more so you have a full-circle vision of health and relaxation. One visit will have you absolutely hooked. Similarly, at MO+ you can pair a massage session with some of the best therapists in the business, alongside acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
Up Your Fitness Game At Sydney's Toughest Workouts
No doubt, Sydney loves a hectic new workout to get stuck into. This year, we've charted some of the toughest high-intensity classes to pop-up in town—so if you're keen to get sweaty and get ultra-fit this summer, you'll want to dive on into this list. From boot camps, to high-intensity rowing, night club spin and truly evil reformer pilates—these classes will leave you feeling in tiptop shape in no time at all.
Try A Viola Spin Class
As well as the chants and cheers of your spin instructor, it's really the music that keeps your legs pumping throughout a spin class. If you're keen to try something a little different on that front, Flow Athletic is hosting a one-off viola spin class, in which Marianne Yeomans, a violist from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra who also worked on the Ministry of Sound orchestra tour, will play uplifting classical tunes as you pedal through a vibing spin session. It's happening on Thursday 28 November at 6.30pm, head here for more details and to book your spot.
Plan A Weekend Escape
If you and your crew haven't made plans to escape the city over summer yet, don't worry. If you're feeling a digital detox or just keen to chill out at beaches that are quieter than Tamarama and Bondi, check out our list of some of the best camping spots in NSW. Got a pooch? Here's where you can camp with four-legged friends.
If tents aren't your vibe, we've also found some of the best tiny houses to rent in NSW, as well as Unyoked's newest cabins and a brand new directory of luscious country hideaways that will challenge your love of Airbnb called Riparide.
Lose Yourself At Lost Paradise
I know, I know, we said this list would be steering you well away from festivals and late-nights into a couple of months of quiet, calm wellness bliss. But listen up. Lost Paradise is a special sort of New Year's Eve festival that offers a roster of yoga and wellness activities, alongside a long line-up of dance, pop and electronic heroes (like Rufus du Sol, Honey Dijon and Cub Sport, for example).
The festival's jam-packed "Shambhala Fields" programme is a soul-soothing, slightly quirky haven to recharge the mind and body. Try goat yoga (a beginner's yoga class with actual baby goats), laughter yoga (where you will literally belly laugh for 10 minutes straight), ice bath sessions, judgment-free dance yoga or deep house yoga. There'll be a screening of the climate change film 2040, panel discussions and a special Sacred Taste Cocoa Bar.
Plus, if you think about it, music and dancing with mates are equally good for the soul—so you really can't go wrong here. Get your tickets ASAP.
Zen Out At Sydney's Most Beautiful Yoga And Pilates Studios
In need of a little quiet to escape all that Christmas chaos? Sydney's got an impressive collection of absolutely stunning yoga and pilates studios, that will teleport you to a serene sort of aesthetic bliss. From humming walls, to sublime minimalist design and bathrooms you’ll want for your own home, search your ClassPass directory for one of these truly beautiful studios.
Gift Yourself A Massage
Christmas is a time for giving—and while you'll likely be shopping up a storm for your nearest and dearest, make sure you gift yourself something special too. Fresh out of ideas? You can't go wrong with a massage, and these are the absolute best places to get a massage in Sydney. From Hawaiian and Thai deep tissue techniques to targeted trigger point therapy and an actual aqua medic pool that will charge you into an actual superhuman, prepare for some heavy relaxation time.
Embrace Recovery, The Biggest Fitness Trend To Hit Sydney In 2019
What is recovery fitness you ask? Recovery is the gentle art of recuperating from the strain of work, home, life and how hard you’re going at the gym. Its purpose is to help you carry on better and stronger than before and not burn out in a blazing flame of glory and exhaustion. Incorporating float therapy, infrared saunas, oxygen therapy, spot cryotherapy and more—it's a wonderful way to nudge your body into physically chilling out. Read all about it, and learn where you can do it in Sydney, right here.
Punch Your Way Into 2020 At One Of These Boxing Studios
In 2019, boxing totally blew up in Sydney—with a fresh set of boxing gyms and boxing-inspired workouts popping up all over town. Haven't tried it? You should. If you’re after a challenging, results-driven, high-intensity workout that will have you air-punching like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky—boxing’s your new go-to. And, yes, we do have a list that will guide you through Sydney's coolest new boxing studios.
Chase That Runner's High
The world is made up of two types of people: those of us who love to run, and those who hate it. If you belong in the group that loves to hit the pavement, check out this list of seven epic running tracks to try in Sydney. Whether you're keen for a 10km beast with hills and rough terrain, something by the sea or a quick lunchtime jog, we've got you covered.
Soak Up Sydney's Unbeatable Beauty
Walking more your thing? Well, why not stroll along some of Sydney's most scenic routes. Whether you’re looking for a dog-friendly foreshore walk, an inner-city stroll, Sydney’s most iconic coastal track or even an 18.5-metre high loop to get your sky-high steps in, Sydney really does have it all. Here are 14 of the most stunning walks to take in Sydney.
Need more activities on your plate? Check out the rest of our Best Summer Ever itineraries here.
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