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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.

Summer festivals

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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.

Serene getaway

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.

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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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By | 2017-01-14T06:25:37+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Australia, Travel, Travel Tips|11 Comments


  1. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) March 23, 2016 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Oh my what beautiful and inviting pictures. It sure does make me want to spend a summer in Sydney. There looks like there is so much to do! With lots of activities and so many beautiful things to do, the summer would fly by!

  2. Censie March 23, 2016 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I cannot wait for summer!! WE have a number of concerts planned and I am so ready. Plus a few road trips!

  3. Nancy L. March 23, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Oh…Wow! Gorgeous photos! You don’t need to convince me to take a trip to Sydney. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and my hubby and I hope to go in the next few years. My youngest is entering her second year of college so we are semi-empty nesters. This post makes me want to step up plans to visit!

  4. Miles L. March 23, 2016 at 4:39 am - Reply

    I’ve been wanting to visit Sydney! Your post just made me want to buy an airline ticket. I love your list. I would love to visit their beautiful beaches and watch their surfing contest. I’ll keep this list in mind.

  5. jataya wiley March 23, 2016 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Sydney has always been on the top of my bucket list; however, after reading your post has made me want to go right now! I pray that one day I get to see the Chinese Garden of Friendship! The beaches look phenomenal as well. Thanks for sharing and igniting the fire!

    • Roxana Oliver March 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you all for liking the article and commenting! <3 Much appreciated!
      Hope to see you all in Sydney soon!

  6. Winter March 23, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Sydney is def on my bucket list! I will def reference this post when I plan my trip 🙂

  7. Tami March 24, 2016 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Sydney sounds like a wonderful place to spend a few days. My first stop would be the Chinese Garden of Friendship. It looks like the most interesting place there.

  8. christina aliperti March 24, 2016 at 3:36 am - Reply

    What I wouldn’t do to lay on a beach in Sydney! These are gorgeous photos and give me more reasons to move Sydney to the top of my travel list. It’s always been a place I wanted to visit but even more so now. You just renewed my passion for Australia.

  9. LaShawn March 24, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I want to go to Sydney so bad! It’s on my bucket list! When i think of it, i always think of beaches and scuba diving and Kuala bears. But I know there is so much more to do! I really have to plan it out soon, because when I do go, I will want to spend more than a week there

  10. Lisa wilson September 21, 2017 at 5:06 am - Reply

    My husband wants to spend our next vacation at Sydney in Australia. but I did not agree with him as I had no knowledge about the place and I thought there are not many beautiful places for visiting. I wanted to visit at Venice in Italy. after reading your article my mind totally changed. now I want to visit Sydney. thanks for sharing this article and nice pictures.

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