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50 Things To Do In Sydney This Summer

By Anna May - 01 Dec 2017

things to do in sydney this summer


Summer is officially here! ‘Tis the season for getting jolly, salty, sunkissed skin, eating  and good times galore. To make sure this season is the best it can be, we’ve put together your ultimate Sydney summer bucket list. 

What are you waiting for?! 

  1. Grab your mates for a picnic in Centennial Park, and secure one of their BBQs for free! 
  2. Drive up to Palm Beach (get there early) and nab yourself a table at The Boathouse for a day of fresh prawns and wine. 
  3. Demolish all of the best acai bowls Sydney has to offer. 
  4. Draw something inappropriate on your mate’s back when you rub their sunscreen on.
  5. Learn to surf. But actually do it this time. 
  6. Enlist a buddy and do the Spit to Manly walk.
  7. Then celebrate your achievement with a beer at Wharf Bar afterwards. 
  8. Achieve the perfect sandy summer locks without the cost, with a bottle of Sun-in.*
  9. Brave the heights and jump for your life off the rocks at Camp Cove.
  10. Try your luck at making a vodka watermelon.
  11. Head to Marrickville Organic Markets and stock up on lots of fresh produce for your kitchen. 
  12. Brave the rats tails and overpriced snacks, and head out for a splashin’ good time at Wet n’ Wild Sydney.
  13. Have one final attempt to get your body summer ready with pilates
  14. Pack up the car, make a playlist and head off into the great unknown for a summer road trip.
  15. Visit one of Sydney’s best kept secret beaches
  16. Make like a tourist and visit Taronga Zoo. Or partake in a Roar & Snore to stay the night in style. 
  17. Head to Bunnings for a hung over sausage sizzle (or three).
  18. Visit Bondi Icebergs Terrace and get involved in a boozy Sunday brunch with prosecco x 100. 
  19. Stay out of the burning sun and bronze yourself the smart way with one of our favourite tanning salons
  20. Treat your sore head to a hot, steaming plate of dumplings at one of Sydney’s best yum cha restaurants
  21. Head to Coogee Pavilion for a Sunday sesh (their Sunday Sundown series is back, baby).
  22. Have a beer, food truck and banter evening at Batch Brewing Co.
  23. Grab your mates and indulge in some glamping in the South Coast
  24. Leave your dignity at the door and go crazy at the totally vegan Gelato Blue in Newtown
  25. Make like the kidult you are and ride the roller coaster at Luna Park Sydney
  26. Relive some memories and head on over to the recently re-opened Cargo
  27. Live your childhood dream of running off to join the circus by free falling at Sydney Trapeze School
  28. Start day drinking as soon as the clock strikes 12pm at the damn gorgeous The Newport
  29. Attempt to bake cookies on your car’s dashboard on a stinking hot day. 
  30. Get yourself down to the Opera Bar and do not forget to snap chat the entire time.
  31. Make sure you’ve been to every single beer garden in Sydney, twice.
  32. Literally, dance like no one is watching at No Lights No Lycra
  33. Relive your youth and grab a sherbet or freckle ice cream cone the next time ye ol’ ice cream truck rolls around.
  34. Not a fan of the beach? Hightail it to Northbridge Baths for a dip in one of Sydney’s best swimming pools followed by a legendary acai bowl from Ritual Coffee Traders
  35. Get in touch with local flora and fauna by tackling one of the Royal National Park Walks.
  36. Kick back, relax and simply accept the Christmas period traffic like a trooper.
  37. Pack the dog and become one with nature at one the best dog-friendly camping spots in Sydney. 
  38. Gather up your girls and head out for a (not-so) classy ladies lunch.
  39. Eat fish and chips on the beach and just accept it’s all going to our seagull friends eventually.
  40. Celebrate the forthcoming weekend in style at Roll On Thursdays at Sky Terrace
  41. Get in on those alcoholic milkshakes ASAP. They won’t drink themselves. 
  42. Don your best plaid-and-polo combo and head for a twilight round at Palm Beach golf course.
  43. Put reindeer antlers and a red nose on your car. Go on, it looks great…
  44. Head to Cronulla to take a dip in the epic ocean pool.
  45. Get your god damn tickets to Laneway! Cudos if you’ve already snapped some up. 
  46. Grab your blankets, snacks and booze and head to Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park. We’ll be front-and-centre for pretty much all of the movies. See you there!. 
  47. Two words for you: GELATO BABY.
  48. Do a day trip up to Port Stephens and try your luck at sandboard surfing.
  49. Gather up your mates and head to Cornersmith for a delish spread. Hell, we reckon you should book yourself into a pickling class while you’re there! 
  50. Get a tarpaulin, the hose and some Morning Fresh to make yourself a backyard Slip’N Slide. Yeeeeeeeeeeew!

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Cronulla Beach | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks

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