With the warm weather once again upon Sydney, it’s the perfect place for a wonderful weekend getaway. And you don’t need to be rolling in money to make the most of what Sydney has to offer, because summer in Sydney is all about the simple things: good food, good company and good times. Read on for a list of five of the best summer outings and activities, for next to no cost.
Cycle Around Centennial Park
With its 220 hectares of lush, green space, Centennial Park is the perfect escape from city holiday living, particularly if you’re staying in the more chaotic parts of Sydney city. One way to make the most of it is by hiring a bicycle and ambling along its multitude of bike paths.
Operating seven days a week, you can find Centennial Park Cycles adjacent to the amenities near Federation Valley, and here you can hire everything from tandem bikes, mountain bikes and kids bikes to pedal bikes and road bikes. Prices start from at little at $10 per hour for children’s bikes and $15 per hour for adult’s mountain bikes, making it great for inexpensive family fun.
Do the Bondi to Coogee Clifftop/Beach Walk
Stunning scenery meets health and fitness with the Bondi to Coogee walk, which wraps around the coast of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for six kilometres. Start your day with brunch in Bondi before strolling around the rugged-chic cliff tops that will provide you with gorgeous views of crystal clear waters and golden sand beaches until you reach the quaint beach suburb of Clovelly.
Park up for a coffee before making your way through the final few kilometres, only to finish with a much-deserved beer from the Coogee Bay Hotel. Pack your camera, because these are photo ops you won’t want to miss!
Eat Lunch at Darling Harbour/Circular Quay
As well as providing stunning views of one of Sydney’s best features (the Harbour), a lunch date in Darling Harbour or Circular Quay can be a great way to maximise sunshine hours as the majority of restaurants in the area offer outdoor dining.
The top pick for Circular Quay is the iconic, although pricey, Quay restaurant, which has a killer lunch menu with options including Berkshire pig jowl, poached King George whiting and roasted milk-fed Lamb. For more low-key, but equally delicious lunch option, you can’t beat Criniti's in Darling Harbour, with pizza, pasta and seafood options available. Darling Harbour also has some of the best accommodation options in the city if you want to book a hotel in Sydney.
Plan a Picnic/Barbecue at Bronte Beach
The gorgeous setting of Bronte Beach is the best place for a picnic. As well as being one of Sydney’s most picturesque beaches, it has a huge grassy area reserved for families and groups to eat, play Frisbee/soccer/rugby and generally hang out and relax without dealing with real sand in your sandwiches.
It also has a great playground to entertain the kids, sea-swimming baths and a smaller rock pool area where younger children can swim without the threat of waves. There are also barbecue facilities available on site if you fancy lunching in true-blue Aussie style.
Try Some Ferry Fun Around the Harbour
Looking for water fun on a budget? Don’t bother with expensive charters and private boat rides; just take a trip on one of the Sydney Ferries and explore the stunning Sydney Harbour for a fraction of the cost.
One idea is to take the ferry across to Taronga Zoo and spend the day hanging out with the animals. Another option is to take a trip over to the north side and enjoy what Manly has to offer for an afternoon. The Circular Quay to Neutral Bay is another great trip, providing gorgeous views and photo opportunities of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
About the Author: Katie Ellis is a born-and-bred Sydney girl who hangs out all year for summer to come around again.