If you are in Sydney over the summer, you are in for a real treat. The city comes alive with visitors year-round, but the summer sun also makes an appearance for half the year, meaning longer days and more time to explore everything you want. This is great especially for families, who can take the time off school to play on beaches and enjoy outdoor activities. Here are the best attractions to enjoy in the summer.
Royal Botanic Garden
Even if you are on a tight budget, a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden will definitely fit – entry is totally free! The exotic plants kept here are a real marvel, and the gardens are spread out across enough of a distance that they could entertain even those without green fingers for a whole afternoon. Bringing a picnic here is a real dream, and kids will love to run and play in the open spaces. If the sun’s shining, the gardens are a delight.
We were never going to get far without mentioning Bondi Beach! A haven for surfers, sunseekers, and holidaymakers alike, this is where to be when the sun is out. The golden sands are a short journey from Sydney’s city centre, making this one of the best city beaches in the world. When the surf’s up, you’ll know about it. You can take lessons here if you’ve never been surfing before, or just lie back on a towel with a good book. It’s a safe place for families to enjoy the sea, too. If you can’t get there by yourself, you may find a tour from your hotel which will take you there and bring you back at set times of day.
The Rocks Markets
If you love to shop, the browsing the markets in The Rocks will be a dream come true. Just about everything you can dream of is sold on stalls here, with a food market open on Fridays and everything else open on Saturdays and Sundays. Whether you are interested in local crafts, indie fashion, fresh produce, or something else entirely, you will find it here. First-time visitors to Sydney will also be pleased to know that souvenirs are in abundance.
There’s just something wonderful about strolling around a zoo in the sunshine, admiring animals which come from all around the world. Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is a great hit with visitors from around the world, too, not least because of the marsupials on show. They also have a great collection of other exotic and endangered creatures, so be sure to take a look at everything. You will most likely want to spend a whole day here, so plan accordingly and take your own lunch if you’re not comfortable paying the prices at the café on site.
Wet ‘n’ Wild
What’s the best way to cool down on a hot summer’s day? By jumping into cool water, of course! The whole family can appreciate the fun of pools, slides, and rides at Wet ‘n’ Wild, in the west of the city. Arrive early if you want to be there before the crowds, and if you’re coming with your family, make sure that everyone has swimming costumes, floats, and all the rest beforehand. It can get expensive to pick those items up once you’re inside.
Finally, Luna Park is a great option for families and couples alike. This historic theme park is free to enter, and you will do so through the wide-open mouth of a giant clown – which has to be done for the novelty factor alone. Once inside, it’s $10 per ride, but you can simply wander around and marvel if you’re down at the thin end of your budget. It has a fun, carnival atmosphere, and is certainly part of the culture of Sydney. It’s okay to be a big kid when you’re at Luna Park!
Nothing can ruin the enjoyment of a sunny day in Sydney. When you’re ready to cool off, countless cafes wait for you with iced beverages. If it all gets too much for you, there are also plenty of indoor attractions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art.