Things to do in Sydney this winter

Just because summer has come to an end, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your weekend adventures.

Sydney’s beautiful beaches continue to be hotspots during the winter months, plus there are coastal walks, whale watching and plenty of activities to be found indoors too.

Here’s our top five activities to enjoy in Sydney this winter.

Be dazzled by Vivid Sydney

The big winter ticket is Vivid Sydney, the world's largest Festival of Light, Music and Ideas.

For 23 days, there will be 90 installations and projections, and more than 400 Vivid Music events, up from 190 in 2016, across 40 venues.

There will also be more than 260 Vivid Ideas sessions, up from 183 in 2016, featuring 370 speakers from 12 countries across 67 venues.

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Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall, said Sydney and the rest of NSW is preparing to play host to a huge influx of visitors during Vivid Sydney.

“Vivid Sydney’s biggest-ever program follows last year’s record-breaking festival, which saw more than 2.31 million attendees, including more than 184,000 overnight domestic and international visitors (17,000 from China alone), contribute more than $110 million in visitor spend to the NSW economy,” Mr Marshall said.

WHEN: Friday 26 May – Saturday 17 June 2017.

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Check out Bondi Winter Magic

Bondi Winter Magic is returning in winter in 2017 and organisers are promising it will be better than ever.

"We will be offering you the most iconic venue in Australia to put your skates on ice next to the ocean and at this time of the year there will be whales arching out of the water and pods of dolphins catching the waves so close to shore you could be swimming with them if it weren’t so cold in the water!" they say.

Bondi’s six-week winter festival includes ice-skating, yoga on the beach and camel rides.

Take a coastal walk

Bondi to Cogee coastal walk. Source: instaachiaralove, Instagram.

Get your body moving and warmed up by doing the Manly to Spit walk, Hermitage foreshore walking track or the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

The trail from Coogee to Bondi is a popular six-kilometre stretch of coastline which offers much to see and do along the way, with rock pools to explore, and parks, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.

The stroll between Bondi and Bronte is easy-to-moderate so many stop here, but it is worth going further and you can reward your efforts with a cold one at Coogee Pavilion’s rooftop bar at the end.

Market hop

Sydney’s colourful markets continue throughout the winter, offering everything you could want, including local produce, wine, art and clothing.

Check out the historical Rocks Markets, the Glebe Markets on Saturdays, the fashionable Paddington Markets, or Bondi Markets on Sundays.

Have a bite to eat

Hubert restaurant. Source: Hubert.

Sydney has a number of incredible places to eat out. You could reserve a table at one of Sydney’s top-rated restaurants. Hubert, Automata and Momofuku Seiobo were named as the top three by Time Out.

Other restaurants you could try include the Bridge Room and Sepia in the city centre, Quay in The Rocks, or Pilu at Freshwater.

Take a dip in a landmark ocean pool

Source: A Bikini A Day, Instagram.

Icebergs is the most photographed ocean pool in Australia and undeniably the best place to see the spectacular views of Bondi Beach.

Icebergs has been around almost one hundred years and has become a Sydney institution. It is also one of the only licensed swimming pools in the world.

Sip on pink champagne and try the delicious Italian cuisine at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. It's hard to beat the view so try booking in for lunch or an early table for dinner to make the most of it.

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