Sydney Harbour

Now that summer is well under way, travel expert and Sydney local Louise Ryan from leading travel and lifestyle site,, has put together her ‘must do’ list of things to do this summer in Sydney. Whether you are a local on ‘staycation’ or visiting from interstate, there are so many ways to live every last minute of summer in Sydney.

With incredible beaches, a thriving bar scene, arts, events and festivals, Summer in Sydney really is the best time of the year.’s top 10 ways to love Sydney this summer:

Hit the beaches

Coogee Beach

Sydney is spoilt when it comes to beaches, from Bondi to Palm Beach, Manly and Cronulla. Our pick this Summer is to venture to Coogee in the Eastern Suburbs, often referred to as Bondi’s ‘little sister’. Make a weekend of it and stay at the Coogee Sands Hotel & Apartments which is conveniently located next to the latest ‘it’ spot in town, Justin Hemmes Coogee Pavilion (which is also the ultimate spot for a post swim beverage!).

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Summer in Sydney wouldn’t be the same without Sydney Festival’s Symphony in The Domain. Pack a picnic, a blanket, gather your friends and get ready to settle in for a relaxing, free evening of music under the stars. Why not nab a Sydney Secret Hotel deal and make a real night of it?

As the sun sets

Sydney Bars

Hot, balmy beach days are the perfect excuse to relax with refreshing afternoon cocktails! Grab some friends and sip on mojitos, cosmos or daiquiris at any of Sydney’s water view outdoor bars such as Watsons Bay Hotel, The Glenmore Rooftop in The Rocks, or The Bucket List in Bondi.

Stay in a swanky Sydney hotel

QT Sydney

Make the most of the Summer deals by booking yourself or spoiling a loved one with a stay at one of the city’s lush five-star hotels. Beat the heat and stay at the ultra cool QT Sydney located in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district. With’s Summer in Sydney deal enjoy two welcome drinks, plus a late 12pm checkout from $295 per night. Bargain!

Hop on your bike

bike riding in Sydney

Explore the city by bike, either on your own or as part of a bike tour. Make sure you stop at one of the many cafes which cater to cyclists around town. Drop into Bespoke and Grind in Marrickville; Atelier in the city; Deus Café in Camperdown; and Town Bike Pitstop en route.

Get out on the beautiful harbour

Sydney Harbour

Go all out this summer and experience Sydney via a luxury yacht! What better way to enjoy an evening than by cruising Sydney Harbour at sunset as you eat delicious King Island cheeses and sip on a glass of bubbles. Prices start from $120 per person.


South coast of NSW

There are so many awesome day trip destinations just outside of Sydney. Hire a car and road trip down the Grand Pacific Drive to the beautiful South Coast, visiting seaside towns such as Kiama, Gerringong and Wollongong. Or alternatively, ditch the car and enjoy a wine tasting tour to the Hunter Valley.

Pop to Popism

Art Gallery of NSW

Check out the latest Art Gallery of NSW’s current exhibition which is on until 1 March 2015. With more than 200 pieces of work on show, Pop to Popism is colourful and fun, featuring the work of the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Hot tip – a visit to the Art Gallery is the perfect excuse to visit Matt Moran’s latest incredible restaurant, Chiswick at the Gallery.

Spend a weekend in Manly

Spit to Manly walk

Catch the iconic ferry from Circular Quay to beautiful Manly Beach, a world away from Sydney’s CBD. Why not stay the weekend and spend your days at the beach, or hike the incredible Manly to Spit Bridge walk.

Local foodie secrets

Restaurants in carbramatta

Explore Sydney’s little Vietnam and taste all of its culinary delights during a I ate my way through Cabramatta Vietnamese inspired tour. Enjoy the opportunity to sample lesser known Vietnamese delights at a colourful lunch banquet, plus shop like a local as your guide shows you all the best places for creating Vietnamese cuisine.