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Things to do in Sydney, even during winter holidays!

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Sydney is a wonderful place to enjoy at any time of year.  It’s never really cold, with cool days and nights but clear blue skies for most of the winter, and its many attractions are as accessible in winter as they are in summer.

See an event at the Opera House

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The Opera House is one of the most famous buildings in the world and seeing a performance, dining at the restaurant or sipping cocktails overlooking Sydney Harbour is an essential thing to do in Sydney.

It’s not just operas that are held at the Sydney Opera House – concerts, dance, literary and conversations are all held in this magnificent building. Tours of the Opera House are also available – so put this on your list of things to do in Sydney.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

From the Opera House you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You can walk the bridge on foot and take in the Harbour sights or, go on an organised climb across the top.

Not for the faint hearted, yet the views of the city, Harbour and Opera House are extraordinary.

Explore the beaches

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Sydney is a city surrounded by beaches, with Bondi Beach arguably the most famous. A short bus trip from the city centre, Bondi is a patrolled beach – check with Life Guards that it’s safe to swim. Bondi is filled with cafés, swimmers, surfers and those enjoying the sunshine, at all times of year.

Plus, there are spectacular cliff walks from Bondi to Tamarama beach to the South. In fact, you can walk to Coogee, pick up a coffee, swim in the ocean pools then head back to Bondi for a sun filled excursion.

Other incredible beaches worth a visit are Balmoral Beach on the North Shore, a sheltered beach popular with the famous and young families. Once again, high quality cafés and restaurants line the shore.

To the south of the city are Maroubra and Cronulla, both famous for their surf. To the north lie Manly, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. All are known for their gourmet food in these seaside enclaves.

Brunch in style

Sydney enjoys a café lifestyle and is filled with gourmet restaurants in the city, the east and northern suburbs. But, the dining doesn’t just start at night. Sydney has a very healthy brunch culture – that meal you have instead of breakfast but are too hungry to wait until lunch!

The beachside suburbs are also good options for cafés with great brunch options. As are the inner city suburbs like Surry Hills, Darling Point, Newtown, Glebe, Erskinville and Alexandria.

Shop and, then shop some more

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Sydney has a solid reputation for excellent shopping. Luxury and designer shopping is best in the CBD and Bondi Junction (Stop off on your way back from Bondi Beach!).

Within the CBD, one major shopping area centres on the Pitt Street Mall. It is dotted with major brands and exquisite boutiques in the arcades off the Mall.

And no shopping trip is complete without a visit to the beautiful Queen Victoria Building (The QVB). This spectacular late nineteenth century building has been fully restored and is home to an array of boutiques, big brands, cafés and restaurants.

Discover The Rocks

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The Rocks, near Circular Quay and the Opera House is filled with interesting shops, famous restaurants and is the heart of historic Sydney.

The Rocks is the site of first European settlement in Australia in 1788. Historic tours will show you a different side to this flashy city and it’s an interesting, educational thing to do in Sydney.

Day trip to the Blue Mountains

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The Blue Mountains are about one hour from Sydney. Bus tours run daily to this natural wonder. Sandstone formations rise out of the bush, fresh air, cool weather (it can snow out there!), great food and spectacular scenery await those looking for a travel adventure outside the CBD.

Side trip to the Hunter Valley vineyards

The Hunter Valley is three hours from Sydney, so requires slightly more than one day to see. It is filled with vineyards and gourmet food. Bus tours and run to the region for those who like to sample the premium wines grown in this region.

As you can see, if you’re planning winter holidays, want some sun and lots of different kinds of adventures, there are many things to do in Sydney – whether if you’re living there or visiting.

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