Spring and Summer 7 Day Travel Plan


The warmer months in Sydney are a great time to visit our magnificent city. Sydney is more easygoing with an appreciation for outdoor lifestyle and an excitement for an unforgettable season of events from Festival of the Winds and Sculpture by the Sea in Spring to New Years Eve and Australia Day in Summer.

For a truly memorable holiday, make sure you take pleasure in experiences that are exclusive to Sydney. Discover our secret beaches and explore our wildlife as you wander through our coastal walks. Spoil yourself with fresh and local produce from our markets whether you bask in the sun on a picnic rug or delight yourself with Sydney’s top eateries over a long, lazy lunch. With plenty to see and do during spring and summer, you will love every second this city has to offer.


Centennial Parklands is one of Sydney’s must-see attractions. Situated only 10 minutes from the city this beautiful public parkland is the perfect place to get active or relax and enjoy the scenery. Take a peaceful stroll around the ponds and feed the ducks or enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the tracks.

If you’re feeling peckish slide into Centennial Parklands Dining for some incredible food and stunning panoramic views or enjoy the simple pleases of a picnic in the park.
Make the pilgrimage up the street until you reach one of Sydney’s favourite shopping destinations, Oxford Street! Take your time as you weave in and out of some of Sydney’s best retail boutiques that line the streets. Stop for a hot coffee or honeycomb hot chocolate at Mickey’s Café before continuing on towards the city.

If you’re up for it, take a wonder around the leafy suburb of Paddington. The quaint streets are full of character and give a hint of Victorian era ambience, but make sure to pop in and check out some of the small art galleries before you leave.

Finish off at the corner Underwood Street and William Street in Paddington. Head upstairs at The London Hotel and enter into an American style diner where you can bite into one of Sydney’s best burgers. Chur Burger has returned and with a vengeance… This tucked away treasure is sure to satisfy your tummy and for the affordable price of $10 you can eat any burger off the menu!




Make your way down to Circular Quay and catch a short ferry ride over to Taronga Zoo in Mosman. Sign your day away to a scenic animal experience and take in the most spectacular view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Taronga Zoo is home to a variety of beautiful international animal species and unique Australian wildlife.

Take a peaceful walk along the Headlands Park and let the track guide you on one of Sydney’s great harbour sidewalks to Balmoral Beach. Not only will you troll through breathtaking natural bush lands, you will be taken on a little history lesson as you pass past former military sites.

As you reach the end of the road you will stumble across The Boathouse. Here picturesque is an understatement. It’s Sydney Harbour’s best show off yet. Melt into the rustic furnishings to soak up those last rays of sunshine over a crisp glass of Rosé and a bucket of salt and pepper calamari. Don’t mind the seagulls!



Jump on a ferry and cruise on over to the suburb of Manly in Northern Sydney. This laidback beachside suburb is the perfect combination of beach culture meets sophisticated wine and dining. Walk along the palm-tree lined shores before heading over to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and take the opportunity to come face to face with some critically endangered species. The sanctuary offers interactive experiences such as the hands on touch pool, guided tours and educational presentations. If you’re feeling adventurous take a dive in the deep end and experience the marine life up close and personal with the Shark Dive Xtreme program. Get amongst the fish, stingrays and sharks and if you’re lucky enough to get a spot, you can take the plunge and experience the feeding frenzy from inside the tank and without a cage! (Only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Be sure to pop into Adriano Zumbo’s and try a zumbaron before strolling down the Manly corso, which runs from the harbourside at Manly Wharf to the ocean side at Manly Beach. The corso is lined with restaurants and cafes and is great if you’re in the mood for some retail therapy. After weaving in and out of the street shops enjoy a late lunch at Out of Africa or an early dinner at Hugos where you can try some of their famous Hugos pizzas!




Only 90 minutes from the city you can enjoy one of Australia’s most well known national parks, The Blue Mountains. The national park is known for its incredible geographic and cultural significance, including some protected sacred Aboriginal sites. With over 140km of walking tracks and trails there are plenty of places to wonder and get lost in the land of waterfalls, remarkable rainforest, stunning views and natural wildlife.

While you’re there peak out the valley of Echo Point to the famous Three Sisters, an unusual rock formation representing that of three sisters. Don’t forget to take a photo in front of the magnificent trio!
Perched on the edge of Jamison Valley at Echo point, Echoes’ Boutique Hotel and Restaurant is the perfect location for lunch or dinner. Indulge in the unique cosy atmosphere inside next to the open fire or sit on the terrace and take in the stunning panoramic views. Set against the glorious backdrop of Echo point, this quaint restaurant offers delicious food and boutique wines suitable for a luxurious experience.



Capture the lively atmosphere of Darling Harbour. This harbourside locale is almost solely constructed for entertainment and is bursting with activities fit for the whole family. Ask questions at the Australian Maritime Museum, be captivated by the sheer entirety of the IMAX theatre, get close to a shark without getting wet at the Aquarium or revisit your childhood at Darling Harbour’s very own carousel.

Snap up one of the best catches at the Sydney Fish Markets, the largest fish markets of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere! Bite into some grilled snapper before continuing onto the Royal Botanical Gardens. Nestled on the edge of Sydney Harbour this oasis in the middle of the bustling city offers an array of romantic rose gardens and themed floral gardens, which are sure of be in full bloom when the spring sun is out.

Get your heart pumping with an exciting jet boat adventure on Sydney Harbour. See the city by sea on a thunder jet boat ride, where you will pass by the exclusive suburbs of Rose Bay and Watsons Bay before moving on to Taronga Zoo and Luna Park. Keep in mind this is no peaceful sail, so adrenaline junkies get ready to experience the thrills and spills of the thunder jet! It’s time to get wet and wild peeps.

Wind down in the afternoon at waters edge and enjoy the extraordinary experience that is Opera Bar. Admire the 180-degree views that encompass the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. Enjoy a sunset dinner or try one of the delicious cocktails at offer!




There is no better way to kick off the weekend than with a trip to Sydney’s very own bohemian village. The quirky suburb of Glebe has enchanted Sydney locals for years, with every street corner offering a variety of eateries, coffee shops and vintage clothing. Glebe is lit up on Saturdays with a vibrant and funky market place that attracts crowds from far and wide who come to score some second hand riches. Offering the best in barista brilliance, The Wedge Expresso on Glebe Point Road is the perfect place to put down the shopping bags and do some people watching from the long open counter that sits on the street.

Head back towards the city and get ready for a truly fun experience at The Island. This open-air space is Australia’s first and only floating beach club and provides an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the superlative views of Sydney Harbour. Priding itself on seductive sounds, exclusive company and stunning sunsets, The Island is the best way to kick off your Saturday night antics, where they encourage everyone to feel like millionaire babies and Hollywood hotshots. Take your time while you soak up the sun, sip on sangrias and watch the sunset.

To cap it off, make your way over to The Anchor Bar and Restaurant on Campbell Parade, South Bondi. This bustling little bar has already made a name for itself in Bondi so don’t be surprised if its packed to the brink when you arrive. This place is effortlessly cool and has some of the best cocktail bartenders in Australia conjuring up some scrumptious drinks for all their anchored fans. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds and try the tapas while you’re there!



Start off your morning the right way, with breakfast at one of the best views in the house at the Icebergs Terrace Café. Sit back and take in the multi-million dollar view while you sip on your organic coffee and feel the breeze of the ocean on your back. The terrace offers some delicious organic breakfast options that are sure to get your day off to a splendid start.

For $6 you can dive into the famous Bondi Baths. Over a century old, this landmark has been a popular attraction for locals and tourists from far and wide. Do laps in the 50 metre Olympic pool or throw your towel down at sit by the oceans edge.

Sip on a fresh coconut as you take the Bondi to Bronte Coastal scenic walk where you will absorb breathtaking views of Bondi Beach, McKenzie’s Bay, Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach. You might even be able to spot some humpback whales and dolphins on your walk!

Stop off and enjoy a nice picnic at Bronte Park or continue on around the track until you reach the stunning cliff-top views of Waverley Cemetery. This local treasure with its glowing white marble gravestones on a clear day is perfect for photos.

Make your way finally over to the edge of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and pop down to Watsons Bay Hotel for a Sunday session as you overlook the skyline of Sydney’s famous harbour. Revamped with the theme of an old, adapted Mediterranean beach house, the perky and relaxing yacht club will have you indulge yourself with fresh produce and top-notch seafood as you sit outside under a beach umbrella or palm tree.

For more things to do around Sydney, check out our Autumn and Winter 7 Day Travel Plan and our Essential 4 Day Travel Plan.





Festival of the Winds

Australian and International kite flyers will showcase their flying skills and creative designs at Bondi Beach. There’ll be a workshop where you can build your own kites and fly them.

When: 14th September
Where: The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Contact: 02 8362 3420


Art and About

Art and About present’s artworks from local and international artists. This year’s theme is “endangered” and there will be many different styles of art.

When: 19th September – 12th October
Where: Various locations around Sydney
Contact: 02 9265 9333




Crave Sydney International Food Festival

The Crave Sydney International Food Festival will span a month of delicious food around Sydney. There’ll be world renowned chefs, writers, and food lovers from everywhere.

When:1st October – 31st October
Where: Hyde Park (bounded by College, Elizabeth & Liverpool Streets), Sydney
Contact: 02 9292 07005


Manly International Jazz Festival

The 37th annual Manly Jazz will feature performances from acclaimed jazz musicians from all over the world. Previous years have included Bill Summers, Lionel Cole and James Morrison.

When: 4th October – 6th October
Where: 1 Belgrave Street, Manly




Sculpture by the Sea

Stroll the seaside from Bondi to Tamarama and admire the striking outdoor sculptures that will transform the coastal walk into an art gallery.

When:23rd October – 9th November
Where: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney




Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival and is held in Sydney’s own Centennial Park. The short film competition is open to anyone and attracts more than 700 contestants which are then whittled down to the 16 best and shown on the big screen.

When: 7th December
Where: Centennial Park


Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht starts from Sydney Harbour, cuts through the Bass Strait and finishes in Hobart. There are plenty of spots around the harbour and on sea to view the race.

When: 26th December
Where: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, 1 New Beach Road, Darling Point
Contact: 02 8292 7800


New Year’s Eve

Sydney Harbour celebrates the New Years like no other city, and features one of the biggest fireworks displays in the World. This year’s theme is “Inspire” so be prepared for just that.

When: 31st December
Where: Sydney Harbour and the City




Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival presents the biggest explosion of the world’s best performing and visual arts coming together in a landslide of creativity. From Hyde Park to the Opera House, Sydney will be showered in artistic events including cabaret, live music, theatre, dance and much more!

Where: Various locations around Sydney
When: 9th January – 26th January
Website: www.sydneyfestival.org.au



The yearly film festival welcomes entries from all ages and genres leading to an enticing selection of films spanning over 9 days. The marathon’s grand opening night is on Bondi Beach, bringing the big screen outdoors.

When:9th January – 18th January
Where: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach




St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is a music festival that features the most unique and underground artists. Past years have included Highasakite and SOHN.

When: 2nd February
Where: Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road, Rozelle


Sydney Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is the largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Oxford and Flinders Streets in Darlinghurst will explode in parades, floats and spectacular costumes.

When: 13th Feb – 8th March
Where: Suite 6, 94 Oxford St Darlinghurst
Contact: 02 9383 0900


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