Guest Article: Roxana
Judging by both international and domestic visitors, Sydney is a leading tourist destination in Australia. Destination NSW, a government agency for the New South Wales tourism came up with the following numbers: Sydney received over 3.1 million international and 9.2 million domestic overnight visitors in the period between September 2014 and September 2015. In addition, every summer Sydney becomes a major tourism hotspot for travellers all round the world attracting 15 million tourists.
A festival season in Sydney starts with Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day. The race at 628 nautical miles is now in its 71st year and has become an icon of summer sport in Australia. Next, the Sydney Festival is a month-long celebration of culture featuring local and international theatre, dance music, visual arts and multi-disciplinary arts. From rock to classic soul music, from Australian to international performers, Sydney offers an array of summer music festivals. The most important event for foodies is Taste of Sydney, a food festival taking place in March, when you can try over 60 dishes from the Sydney’s best restaurants and test your culinary skills at master classes. The Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is also a must-see because you will see Sydney in a whole new light with Chinese lanterns, dragons and dancers.
The most amazing beaches, obviously!
Sydney is blessed with the most jaw dropping, relaxing and fun beaches on the planet! Sydneysiders love their beaches, surfing and the good old barbie. Bondi (the most famous one), Whale Beach, Shelly Beach and Long Reef Beach are some of the most popular with the locals. Also the beaches are packed with cafes and small shops, cute hipster eateries and other super fun stuff! Beach weddings are big cultural thing and Sydney has a lot to offer.
The Chinese Garden of Friendship
The best time to visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship is definitely in the summer. The garden is featuring willow trees rustling in the breeze, cool lakes and lagoons with lotus flowers, magnificent waterfalls and a captivating hodgepodge of pavilions, sculptures and ornamental stone bridges. It is an idyllic spot for recharging your batteries on a long and hot summer day.
The Rocks markets – The Rocks
If you happen to be in Sydney between 10 am and 5 pm on a weekend, stop by the Rocks and you will be greeted by a great number of passionate people selling clothes and accessories, locally-produced homewares, beauty products, photography, art and crafts as well as fresh fruit, crusty bread, chocolate, olive oils and various condiments. Make sure you drop by The Rocks’ candy makers in order to see how an old-fashioned rock candy is being made. Finally, do not forget to snap a picture of your market adventure and post it on Instagram for your chance to win a $200 voucher.
Hurley Australian Open of Surfing
Hurley Australian Open of Surfing is a nine-day event for surf, skate and music fans. It takes place on Manly Beach known as the birthplace of professional surfing in Australia. The country’s biggest event of this kind includes a range of activities for all ages, such as art and retail spaces, fitness activities, food and beverage markets.
Sydney summer nights are perfect for dining under the stars. Set up a tent, or pack up a picnic on one of the following locations: Manly Beach, Shelly Beach, McMahon’s Point, Blue’s Point, Observatory Hill, Nielsen Park Vaucluse, or Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. Morning persons will enjoy romantic sunrise strolls on powder white sand beaches of Sydney.
No matter which type of activity you choose, you will not regret it. Sydney comes to life every summer starting on December the 1st.
This is a guest article written by the lovely:
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter.
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