The first of September marks the end of hibernation here in Sydney as the city’s outdoor venues turn off their heaters, spectacular walking tracks entice early morning risers and beachside events clutter up the calendar.
Bondi celebrates the start of the new season with a bang, hosting both the Festival of the Winds – Australia’s largest kite flying festival - and Sculpture by the Sea, which entices thousands of people down the beautiful coastal track to Bronte. Both are family friendly and best enjoyed with a quick ocean dip and something to nibble on from the nearby farmers’ markets.
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Over on the north shore, October dishes up Manly Jazz Festival, an enduring local favourite. Outdoor stages line the corso, hosting more than 850 artists from around the world. Other warm day favourites in this neck of the woods include secluded swims at Shelley Beach, the Spit to Manly walk, and afternoon drinks on the deck at the Wharf Hotel.
Wine lovers will be pleased to find some of the sector’s biggest events stretched out across the spring calendar. Out two favourites are Wine Island and Pinot Palooza: the first because of its spectacular set up on Clark Island, right in the middle of Sydney Harbour; and the second because of its buzzing atmosphere and seemingly endless collection of perfect pinots.
If you feel like getting active around town, sign yourself up for the Sydney Running Festival where you can soak up the city’s best views on anything from a 3.5km family fun run to an all-out 42.2km marathon. If swimming’s more your style, the Dawny to Cockatoo Island Swim provides the perfect opportunity to splash your way across the harbour, while the Coogee Island Challenge puts you out in the open ocean.
While all these events are certainly huge draw cards for the city, the warmer months are also a wonderful time to simply explore the everyday attractions. Ferry rides under the Harbour Bridge are perfectly tepid, walks through the Royal Botanic Gardens are filled with flowers and emerging plant life, and Sydney’s rooftop bars (click here to check out our favourites) are once again in full swing, making the most of higher temps and longer daylight hours. Ocean pools also win back their appeal, whether you’re eyeing off iconic Icebergs or tranquil Wylie’s Baths and outdoor meals at The Grounds of Alexandria or The Bucket List in Bondi once again become excellent options.