This winter, explore a new city with our Winter Bucket list series. In Sydney, find the best views in town, fun festivals, local foodie favourites and one of a kind adventures.
Brunch at bills
Relax at this urban beach house serving up bills' signature ricotta hotcakes complete with honeycomb and banana. This is the perfect place for a long, relaxed brunch after an early morning cliff walk or ocean swim, and the breakkie menu is served until midday.
Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo
There’s only one place in the world where you can snap a giraffe chilling out with the arch of the Harbour Bridge and gleaming white sails of the Opera House in the background. Don't forget, there is plenty of stellar Instagram material from the ferry and the zoo!
Take a food tour of Bankstown
Bankstown is the epitome of a multicultural foodie hub, with influences from Asia, Europe and the Middle East all on show. From spice emporiums to tiny takeaways, this south-west suburb is full of flavour and culture. Plus, it's home to Sydney's best Pho to help warm you up in winter!
Sunset at the Opera House
No trip would be complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House at sunset, so if time allows, head back to Circular Quay, grab a gelato from Gelatissimo (try the affogato flavour for a late afternoon pick-me-up), and enjoy spectacular views of the harbour as the sun goes down.
Coffee in a bookstore
Tucked away on a side street behind the Bondi ‘strip’ (the stretch of shops located along Campbell Parade, opposite the beach) sits the charismatic bookstore Gertrude and Alice. A bohemian hideout amid the glamour of the beach, this shop sells both new and second-hand books and is also an atmospheric café complete with antique furniture.
Sink into the snow at Darling Harbour
Wander through a Frozen Forest, skate around the ice rink, and play in the snow pit at Darling Harbour's Cool Yule Fesitival. Perfect for kids and adults. Stick around after dark each weekend for a spectacular fireworks display.
Strap on your skates and brace yourself for loads of frosty fun at #DarlingHarbour #CoolYule. Have a play in our snow pit, go for a spin on our outdoor ice rink, wander through our frozen forest and see fireworks light up the night sky! All this and more from 2-17 July, tickets on sale now at darlingharbour.com
Sip cocktails by the beach
Designed to look like the conservatory of an eccentric botanist, at Coogee Pavilion you can enjoy a colourful Mediterranean menu paired with local or imported beer, specialty wines and fresh, tropical cocktail offerings to complement some very impressive ocean views.
Eat a Mary's burger
Mention ‘fried chicken’ to any Sydneysider and one of the recommendations will undoubtedly be Mary’s. The cheeseburgers are first-rate, but the fried chicken and creamy mash are definitely worth shouting about.
Art after dark
Sydney is full of great galleries and museums, though the MCA has regular exhibitions and events held after 5pm and into the night. Listen to talks, take tours, and watch performances from local and international talent plus grab a drink from the rooftop bar with great views.
Walk along the coastline
Take some time to soak up the winter sun on the white powdery sand, then go for one of the most pleasant and picturesque walks Sydney has to offer, the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee.
Ice skate in the park
A giant ice skating rink will be perched in front of iconic St Mary's Cathedral this winter alongside delicious food and drink stalls as part of The Winter Festival. Skate until your heart's content day or night. It's fun for all ages!
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