Where to go and what to do to have fun in the sun in Sydney over summer
BEST BEER GARDENS
Great for: Eating trattoria-style in a cobbled courtyard under the shade of a magnolia or Japanese maple.
Great for: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks outside in the chic decked area
before heading indoors for seasonal modern fare.
Great for: Getting an eyeful of the harbour. Out-of-towners and locals alike can’t help but be impressed.
BEST ROOFTOP BARS
Great for: After-dinner drinks. Peer down at the bright lights of George St before the music kicks off inside.
Details: Level 4, Hilton, 488 George St. (02) 9265 6070; zetabar.com.au
The Glenmore Hotel
Great for: Sunday-afternoon beers with friends on the old-fashioned rooftop, smack bang in The Rocks.
BEST AL FRESCO DINING
Great for: Malaysian food. It’s called the Temple of Love; bow to the big Buddha and grab a table outside.
Details: The Roof Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park Level 2, 201 Sussex St. chintaria.com
Great for: A bite of history. Balcony tables have the best views in this eatery at the top of Customs House.
Details: Level 5, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay. (02) 9251 8683; cafesydney.com
Ash St Cellar
Great for: Laneway lunches. Snack on sharing plates at the most intimate venue in the Ivy complex.
BEST PICNIC SPOTS
Great for: Lunch-hour lounging. Pull up a piece of grass or fight city slickers for a bench in the patch of green between Museum and St James.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Great for: Cucumber sandwiches and scones. Manicured lawns and duck ponds ring the Harbour around Farm Cove so bring your picnic blanket and settle in.
Pyrmont Good Living Growers’ Markets
Great for: Organic produce and gourmet goodies. Come early: the fruit, vegies, artisan cheeses and baked goods sell out fast.
The Rocks Markets
Great for: Anything and everything. The original high-quality tourist weekend markets have expanded to include Markets by Moonlight in summer, Farmers’ Markets on Fridays.
Details: Playfair and George Sts, Jack Mundey Place, The Rocks. therocks.com
Chinatown Night Market
Great for: Traditional trinkets and street food. Stroll through Chinatown on a Friday; there’ll be twice the number of people vying for attention.
Great for: Harbour views. You’d have to hold up traffic to truly appreciate Sydney’s iconic landmark while driving over it. The walkway on the eastern side is a much better option.
Great for: Cityside sanctuaries. Go round the 3.8km circular track or through the fig-tree-filled parklands.
Details: Paddington. (02) 9339 6699; centennialparklands.com.au
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk
Great for: Jaw-dropping views of the headlands on a cliff-hugging 4km walk from Bondi to Bronte. Follow the coast south to Clovelly and Coogee.