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Spend a Sizzling Summer in Sydney

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Spend a Sizzling Summer in Sydney

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Sydney's always an amazing destination, but it's particularly spectacular during those sizzling summer months, when everybody dons their swimsuits and boardies to head to the beach and get a good dose of vitamin D.

No, there's no place quite like Sydney to while away a summer's day. Here are some of the best activities for you to try when you're in the city during those warmer months.

Experience a summer in Sydney: Life's a beach 
Sydney is made up of perfect pockets of coastline just begging city dwellers to dip their toes in for that refreshing feeling. 

Bondi Beach is the most popular destination, located to the city's east. It fills up with locals and visitors alike quickly on a hot summer's day - so get there early. Have a burger or stop for a coffee at one of the cafes, restaurants and bars before finding your very own spot to lay down your towel on the sand. 

Want to see even more of Sydney's stunning coast? You don't have to go far. There's a path that hugs the shoreline and runs from Bondi to Coogee Beach. Take a short walk to check out nearby Tamarama and Bronte Beaches, or walk the whole 6-kilometre length to Cogee at the end. Each beach has its own unique character and amenities.

Catch the ferry north to Manly Beach from Circular Quay and take in views of gorgeous beaches and bays as well as forested coastline on the 30-minute trip across Sydney Harbour. When you arrive, enjoy strips of shops and eateries, then lounge on Manly Beach or take yet another coastal trail east to the lesser-known Shelly Beach, where crystal blue waters and boulders make you feel like you're swimming in a lagoon.

Get a taste of the great outdoors without leaving the city
Pay a visit to the Centennial Parklands, which is home to around 360-hectares of beautiful land for recreation.

It features walking, cycling and rollerblading trails, as well as opportunities for horse riding - all in the city! There's also an array of wildlife such as blue-tongued lizards and musk ducks that live in the park among diverse tree and plant species. 

With facilities such as barbecues, playgrounds, pavilions, markets and cafes, there's everything you need for a great summer's day out with your family and friends. Check the local calendar of events to see if you can catch a live musical or theatrical performance in the parklands, too, as these often take place during summer.

Summer's made for eating al fresco
Dine on a delectable dish with a sumptuous side serving of stunning harbour views this summer in Sydney. The wide open sky and sparkling waters will be right in front of you.

The aptly named Waterfront Restaurant is one place to start, located in Sydney's funky Rocks district with a backdrop of stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This eatery serves Australian cuisine, with decor inspired by the country's seafaring past. 

Another option is Front Restaurant and Bar, which dishes up fantastic panoramas of Walsh Bay and the Sydney Harbour with its mouth-watering menu. Cool off from the heat by sipping on a delicious fruit cocktail or eat alfresco in the breeze on the pier.

For a real Sydney experience, head to the Opera Kitchen at the Sydney Opera House, which boasts magnificent views along with a delicious range of meals. Whether it's a burger you're craving or a tantalizing Asian-inspired dish, you'll find it here, all the while gazing upon some stunning vistas beneath the sunshine.

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