There's no time like summer time in Sydney… it's that time of the year when the water gets warmer and the drinks get colder, the music gets louder and the nights get longer…All in all, life in Sydney generally gets better!
So, shake off those winter blues and welcome summer with open arms. How can you not, when you're looking at days at the beach, picnics in the park, pub-hopping in the city and barbecues in your backyard!
It's the best time to reacquaint yourself with the beach and probably learn a water sport. Bondi and Manly are the big guns that attract thousands of tourists as well as locals. The sun-kissed beaches of Coogee, Maroubra and Dee come a close second, and are just as beautiful. Some beaches cater to crowds offering top-notch eateries and facilities, while others are more casual, encouraging the 'Bring Your Own' food and beverage experience. The choice is yours to make!
So, swap your shoes for flip flops and head to the beach where the water does the talking. If you're that budding surfer who has always wanted to ride the waves at Bondi – this is your time. You may not be able to stop the waves but you can sure learn to ride them with a paddleboard or a surfboard!
And, for scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, Sydney may not have any pristine reefs, but its underwater experience has a different kind of adventure waiting to unfold before you.
White water rafting enthusiasts should head out to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium, a remnant of Sydney's Olympics legacy. With no shortage of challenging waterways to explore, this is an absolutely brilliant summer experience for canoers and kayakers!
But, just a word of caution. It's a great feeling to be out and about with minimum clothing, but the Australian sun can be terribly brutal. If you do forget to coat yourself with sunscreen, you're asking for trouble. But, don't let that keep you from the beach or the water, prepare yourself and use appropriate sunscreen… after all tans may fade but your summer memories will live on!
Another great option for a beautiful summery day in Sydney will be to head to the harbour with family or a group of friends. You could choose to go on an economical ferry ride around the harbour and the northern beaches. But, if you can stretch your wallet a tad bit, you could go on an unforgettable Lunch cruise in Sydney that simply is no comparison to the ferry ride.
With the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair, your Sydney Harbour lunch cruise along the world's most beautiful harbour treats you to an extravagant dining experience as well. Most of the Sydney harbour cruises have air-conditioned dining interiors with panoramic windows and dish out sumptuous multi-cuisine buffets freshly prepared on board. Seated at individual reserved tables, you are guaranteed service that is beyond outstanding.
The expansive foredeck and outer decks of your harbour cruise Sydney are considered to be the best viewing galleries in the harbour. Experience the imposing majesty of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and enjoy picturesque views of Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison, tranquil bays and million dollar homes that line the waterfront.
There's so much to do in Sydney over summer and you have ample time to space out your experiences. But, in my books, nothing portrays summer in Sydney better than water and all associated activities, be it at the beach or Sydney Harbour. So get wet and wild at the beach, enjoy the thrill of watersports and hit the harbour for an unforgettable lunch cruise experience this summer!