Now that the summer season is well and truly cranking, it’s time to soak up the city and all of its wondrous glory. To help you do just that, we’ve teamed up with BridgeClimb Sydney to serve up all the best summer activities to tackle.
Take In Sydney Harbour From Above
Whether you’re a tourist or Sydney local, there’s no denying the BridgeClimb Sydney is an iconic experience. If you’ve never taken the plunge (or rather, the climb), or your last trek to the top is now nothing but a very distant memory, then it's time to put this one back on your to-do list. With over four million Sydney-siders and international visitors having conquered the bridge, it's no wonder it has remained a Sydney must-do for over 20 years.
Perched an impressive 134 metres above the harbour, you can expect panoramic views of the city and its surrounds over an unforgettable three-and-a-half-hour experience. To conquer this uniquely Sydney experience for yourself, head here to book.
Sink A Local Brew, Or Two
As the number of independent breweries in Sydney continues to rise, it’s no wonder we’re slowly establishing ourselves as the beer capital of Australia (just don’t tell Melbourne). Nothing tastes as sweet as drinking a beer right where it’s made, which is why heading to your local brewery is one of our all-time favourite summer activities. If all that climbing has made you thirsty, make sure to head Young Henry’s in Newtown, Yulli’s Brews in Alexandria and The Grifter in Marrickville after your trek to the top.
Long Lunch At The Best
If there’s anything we Sydney-siders know how to do, it's a long lunch. And boy, do we do it well. Whether you’re into the views at the iconic Cafe Sydney, the sea breeze at North Bondi Fish or the boujee French flavours at Franca Brasserie, there’s always an abundance of choice when it comes to spending your precious weekend hours and of course, hard-earned coin.
Take In The Sunset
We’re all a sucker for a sunset, which is why it’s always best to scope out the best vantage point. From the obvious Grassy Knoll at North Bondi to Queens Avenue in Vaucluse and Larkin Street Lookout in Waverton, there are hidden spots tucked away in every corner of this city. If you’re still not content, you can even watch it 134 metres above the harbour, atop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a twilight climb with BridgeClimb Sydney.
Buckle Up For A Road Trip
There’s nothing quite like a summer roadie, especially the pretty kind. So, depending on your scenic preference, you can soak up surf views on Mollymook Drive, scope out lush rainforest on Waterfall Way, snap a picture in front of the rolling farmland vistas along Thunderbolts Way or gawk at the stunning valleys at the nearby Moss Vale Road. Because what’s better than an ‘Gram-worthy road trip? Our thoughts exactly.
Combat The Great West Walk
Having only recently just opened, we’ll forgive you if you haven’t heard of The Great West Walk. Spanning over 65 kilometres from Parramatta to the foot of the Blue Mountains, the path crosses a protected Cumberland Plain woodland, rivers and parklands. The walk is mostly flat, speckled with shared parks and sites like Nurragingy Reserve’s picturesque lake and stunning Chinese Gardens. Make sure to catch the insane vantage point past Blacktown Olympic Park and across the M7 Freeway where you’ll get a panoramic view of the Blue Mountains from the Blue Labyrinth to Kurrajong Heights.
Venture To Wine Country
What’s better than a scenic road trip? A scenic road trip to wine country. Whether it’s to the emerging wine region of Orange, the world-famous Hunter Valley or the nearby Southern Highlands, there’s an abundance of cellar doors to visit and a variety of wines to try. If you’re keen to ‘go large and in charge’, make sure to organise a private winery tour and learn a thing or two while enjoying bulk tastings.
Picnic In Lush Gardens
A summer hit list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. With flowers, trees, perfectly manicured grass and views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge stretching over 30 lush hectares, it’s no wonder this we’re including this as is one of our top hangouts this summer season. Pack a rug, some portable speakers, a good Brie and you’re set.
Explore Taronga Zoo
One of the biggest and best attractions in this great city of ours is Taronga Zoo. Don’t be fooled in thinking zoos are only for kids and families, Taronga Zoo is a classic weekend activity for just about any age. Brace yourself for an abundance of animal encounters, tiger treks, gorilla feeds and even seal shows. If you want to take your experience from 0 to 100, book in for the ‘Roar and Snore’ experience and enjoy an overnight stay in stunning glamping accommodation, a night led safari and even join in on feeding time.
Late Night Feed
Balmy summer nights mean late night feeds, and where better to satisfy your hunger than at the Chinatown Night Markets. Prepare your tastebuds for flavours from Hong Kong to Hanoi, with yum cha, teppanyaki, takoyaki, sushi, Sichuan, pho and more. Running every Friday, there’s no better way to end the work week.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to tackle BridgeClimb Sydney and so much more in preparation for your best summer yet.
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