5 Things to Do in Sydney This Summer (That Won’t Leave You Strapped for Cash)

summer in sydney

When the sun cranks up the heat, our beloved city becomes a sizzling hotspot of good times. Picture this: chilling by the Opera House with a cold one in hand, catching those Bondi waves, or just soaking up the vibes at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Dive into the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, hit up foodie havens for a feast, and maybe even conquer the Harbour Bridge if you’re feeling adventurous. From laid-back beach hangs to culture quests, Sydney’s summer scene is here for unforgettable moments. Let’s soak it all in.

Catch a Flick at an Outdoor Cinema

Enjoy a slew of films under the stars in Centennial Park at Moonlight Cinema or flock to Westpac’s OpenAir Cinema, with a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. 

From now until February 2024, you can take a picnic blanket and your favourite snacks to the various outdoor cinemas across the city, where films on offer include Priscilla, Pretty Woman, Argylle and more. If you’re feeling fancy, opt for the food and drink options available at each cinema, from corn ribs and nachos at Moonlight to eats from Sydney’s favourite restaurants, including Bar Copains, Kepos Street Kitchen and more. 

Paddle Around the Harbour

Take advantage of those early morning rays with a sunrise kayak around the harbour. Sydney by Kayak rents out kayaks and leads group tours at sunrise and sunset. Alternatively, you can hire a kayak and go on your own adventure, for as long as you want. Is there a better way to start a summer morning than a paddle on the water? I guess you’ll find out.

Discover a New Walk

It’s summer, which means hot girl/guy/them walks are back. They’re a great way to explore your neighbourhood or a new area. Consider the Bondi to Manly walk, an 80km track, connecting two iconic beaches. Don’t worry. You don’t have to tackle it in one day; you can split it up into sections. We suggest exploring Parsely Bay and its secret bridge. We also have a list of the best walks in and around Sydney here.

Take a Dip In an Ocean Pool

Chillin’ in an ocean pool is like Aussie 101. They’re right on the coast, getting topped up by the ocean’s ebb and flow, giving you a chemical-free swim in some seriously stunning spots. Just roll with the locals and dive into one of Sydney’s coolest ocean pools here.

Spend a Lazy Sunday at the Beach

With over 100 beaches in Sydney alone to choose from, you could spend all summer beach hopping and still not have found every single one. From surf beaches to calm bays and lagoons, spending a weekend at the beach is a quintessential summer experience. Here’s our list of the best beaches in Sydney.

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