Sydney in the Summertime: A What To Do Guide

Sydney in the Summertime: A What To Do Guide

Monday December 21st, 2015

Summer in Sydney means school holidays, Christmas, festivals, and lots of sun.At this time of year, prices can be higher than normal, so try to book in advance for the best deals.

With average daily temperatures of 26°C, you will need to pack accordingly. Even at night temperatures can be as warm as 19°C. January is usually the warmest month, and is the most popular time of the year for people to check out some of the best beaches in the world right here in Sydney.

Activities to enjoy in the summer include walking around areas such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, Hyde Park, and the iconic Sydney Opera House. The high temperatures can mean an increased risk of bushfires, so be mindful if out walking in the bush and check for warnings before you set out. It’s also a great time to try beach activities, for example surfing, or just spend time on the sand doing nothing.

Summer also tends to be prime time for annual events in Sydney. Some of the best festivals and events taking place during the summer months include the Sydney Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, and the Great Ferry Race. If you want to know what the top events are and places to be and see, then this guide will give you all the information you need to find the best places in Sydney over this Summer.

Firedoor Restaurant
23-33 Mary Street,
Surry Hills


The first Australian restaurant to run purely with a fire-powered kitchen is right here in Surry Hills with the aptly named Firedoor. Open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and lunch on Fridays, the food you eat will be infused with the distinctive aromas of wood. The cooking is primarily done over coals, and will surprise you by how elegant and tasty food can truly be when cooked in this way.

The Glenmore
96 Cumberland Street
The Rocks


If you’re looking for a bar that will be a little bit different and provide for a great night out, you can’t go past The Glenmore. This heritage pub situated at The Rocks has been expertly restored, and keeps many of its original features with a modern twist. One of the key attractions to this particular venue is the rooftop bar, which features stunning views of Circular Quay. And no matter what the weather is, there’s a retractable roof, so you can continue to stay even if the weather isn’t so great. There are plenty of bottled beers, wines, spirits and cocktails to choose from.

Batch Brewing Co
44 Sydenham Rd


If you’re a bit of a beer connoisseur, you may want to make sure you check out the Batch Brewing Co. Andrew Fineran and Chris Sidwa are the brewing team responsible for some of the best brews of Sydney’s craft beer scene. You can sample the beers in mason jars, or take a growler (1.89L) or a bomber (640mL) away with you. On the weekends, you needn’t worry about food to go with your beers, as they call in food trucks to help with your hunger needs.

Bondi Beach


Without a doubt, Bondi Beach is one of the most iconic and most well-known beaches in Australia and the world. Located around 8km away from the Sydney CBD, it is also one of the busiest beaches in and around Sydney. Bondi Beach is not just a great place to soak in the sun, swim in the beautiful waters and surf the day away, there are also a number of excellent bars and restaurants in the area that will certainly make your day.

Dee Why Beach
Dee Why


Along the North Shore of Sydney lies the beautiful beach of Dee Why. Whether you want to take a swim in the surf or you want to do some laps in the lap pool, it’s all possible here. There are playgrounds for the kids and plenty of dining areas if you wish to have a picnic lunch. It’s a great place for the whole family, and is perfect for unwinding and relaxing. With food and drink in close vicinity, it’s very easy to spend a day (or two) right here on one of the best beaches Sydney has to offer.

The Rocks Markets
Playfair and George Streets
The Rocks


If you’re looking to wander around some interesting and enticing market stalls, you can’t go past The Rocks Markets. On Friday between 9am-3pm, the Foodies Market is one of the best places to find crusty bread, irresistible chocolate, olive oils, condiments, homewares and fresh fruit, all while you listen to the sounds of buskers to provide a laid-back atmosphere you might not find anywhere else. The Foodies Market is all about finding, eating and enjoying some of the best foods on the market.

On Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm, you’ll find over 200 market stalls here providing a wide range of items for sale. Items include fashion and accessories, locally made homewares, beauty products, photography, art and jewellery.

Paddy’s Markets
Haymarket and Flemington


One of the most popular marketplaces in Sydney are Paddy’s Markets. Open Wednesday – Sunday at Haymarket and Friday – Sunday at Flemington, Paddy’s Markets has over 1,000 stalls between the two venues. There are plenty of things to check out and buy here including fashion, accessories, gadgets, wigs, beauty products, food, toys, music items, novelties, plants and souvenirs. There are even stalls with services such as massage therapy available to check out, so there really is something for everyone here.

Sydney Sixers T20 Big Bash League
Sydney Cricket Ground
Moore Park


Starting in December and concluding in January, the Sydney Sixers play host to some games right here at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the T20 Big Bash League. This is a great chance for the whole family to enjoy a night out together, watching one of Australia’s best loved sports. Kids are always welcome and due to the shorter game time (compared to a conventional cricket match) the kids are more likely to enjoy the thrill and excitement of the players hitting the ball for six! You can even have the chance to get an autograph by one of your favourite cricket players.

Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race
Darling Point


One of the most iconic yacht races/events of the world begins right here in Sydney. Running from Boxing Day, this yacht race is one of the most covered yacht race in the media in the world. This year, it celebrates its 70th year running, so will surely be an exciting and eventful place to be. The race starts from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour and travels 628 nautical miles to the finish line in Derwent River, Hobart.

Belvoir Street Theatre
25 Belvoir Street
Surry Hills


If you’re looking to get a spot of theatre in during your stay in Sydney, you can’t go past seeing a show or two at the iconic Belvoir Street Theatre. Belvoir is one of the most respected and celebrated theatre companies, and sees the likes of performing artists such as Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis, and many more. There are plenty of upcoming shows that are suitable for the whole family, so be sure to check in with what shows will be playing during your summer stay in Sydney.

Twilight at Taronga Summer Concert Series
Bradleys Head Road


Beginning 28th January through to 12th March, experience an open air twilight show on the lawn of Taronga Zoo. The fully licenced amphitheatre will be home to some of the best artists to listen to and enjoy. You can pre-order a gourmet hamper, picnic rug and chairs so as the sun sets, you can enjoy a drink and a fantastic show. Some of the line up for this year’s concert series include the likes of Josh Pyke, John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins and James Morrison Big Band.

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