An abundance of fresh produce, quirky crafts, vintage clothing and live music can be found in Sydney markets.
Sydney is the place to be during summer with its iconic beach culture, breathtaking coastal walks and vibrant arts scene. With so many things to see and do, it’s time to tick off your Sydney summer bucket list and make the most of the sunshine. Here are some suggestions on things you can do in this lively city this summer!
Explore the beautiful sights of Sydney on foot as you walk along the many walking trails available along Bondi Beach, Henry Head, Manly Beach or Hermitage Foreshore to name the few. Want an expert to show you the way? Take advantage of a guided sightseeing and running tour in Sydney here.
Join a bike tour and cycle your way round the city as you discover little nooks and crannies. You can also choose to hire a bike from Town Bike Pitstop, stop over Bespoke and Grind for excellent coffee and brunch and snap pictures by the Sydney Harbour Bridge! To all water lovers, try your hand at sailing, surfing, kayaking or snorkelling!
Catch a ferry from Circular Quay over to Watsons Bay and enjoy stunning views and fresh seafood. The fish and chips from Sydney’s celebrated dining hot spot, Doyles on the Beach is to die for. Pack your bathers and a ball for a game of cricket if you’re down for a classic Aussie day in the sun!
Watch the sunset on one of the city’s rooftop bars such as The Terrace at the Woollahra Hotel, Corridor in Newtown, or the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks for magnificent views across to Sydney Opera House.
Sydneysiders, it’s time to get cracking - live every summer day to the fullest and live spontaneously!
As it starts to heat up outside, take advantage of the weather by going on walking trails, having BBQs at the park, and of course relishing in some sweet summer treats! Today we share with you some of the simplest summer recipes that are refreshing and delicious.
1. Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches
Store bought waffles and ice cream are the best way to go about for this! To assemble, toast waffles until crisp and golden. Place a scoop of ice cream on one warm waffle. Top with another warm waffle and gently press together. Your ice cream sandwich is now ready to go! This simple dessert is a perfect way to cool off and treat yourself.
2. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
There is nothing quite like fresh, squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. For this you will need 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind, 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (8 large lemons) and 5 cups of water. Stir together sugar and 1/2 cup boiling water until sugar dissolves. Stir in lemon rind, lemon juice and 5 cups of water. Chill and serve over ice.
3. Strawberry Kiwi & Lime Frozen Yogurt
For this recipe, you will need 3 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, 3 kiwi’s peeled and chopped, 1 lime zested and juiced, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup honey and 1 cup of Greek style plain yogurt. Serve with fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas, kiwi or cantaloupe and you are done!
4. Banana Ginger Smoothie
This recipe not only tastes good, but helps to soothe digestion, heartburn, nausea and any other stomach issues. You will need 1 sliced banana, 3/4 vanilla yoghurt, 1 tablespoon honey and ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger. Combine the banana, yoghurt, honey and ginger. Blend until smooth.
The Christmas tree goes up, the light starts twinkling, and the whole family sits around the living room to pick a Christmas movie to end the night. As part of our Christmas series, we recommend some of the best Christmas movies of all time!
1. Home Alone
When Kevin McCallister’s family leaves him at home by accident while they go on vacation, the 8-year-old comes up with a brilliant scheme to prevent burglars from robbing his house. Kevin certainly lives out all your childhood fantasies in this Christmas classic that never gets old!
2. The Polar Express
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, The Polar Express is a 2004 American musical fantasy film on a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, courage and the spirit of Christmas.
3. A Christmas Story
A timeless classic for years, this movie follows young Ralphie who struggles with bullies, family issues and an infamous lamp in the shape of a leg. The only thing keeping him going is his desire to own a Red Ryder BB gun.
4. Joyeux Noel
Daniel Brühl and Diane Kruger star in this heartwarming Christmas tale based on the real story of a Christmas Eve truce between British, French and German troops.
5. It’s A Wonderful Life
Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who, on the verge of committing suicide, is visited by an angel who reveals to him the meaning of life.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an oversize elf who never quite fits in at the North Pole and journeys to New York to locate his biological father. While Ferrell drives the action, Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Bob Newhart keep the laughs going in this hilarious movie!
One of Australia's premier wine regions just north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a great destination to go and see some of the first vineyards in Australia. Although the vineyards were planted in the 1830s, the Hunter Valley has only been renowned as a wine district since the 1970s, popular with visitors for weekends away.
Oh who doesn’t love a good ol’ burger that could make you weak at your knees? Here’s our take on some of Sydney’s best burgers.
There’s a reason why the queue never stops at Mary’s, and that’s because these five star American-style burgers are nothing short of succulent, juicy and flavourful. Order a Mary’s burger and make sure you add in extra double beef or bacon to get your meat fix. They also have some of the best mashed potato and gravy – a must-try indeed!
Bar Luca is renowned for its Blame Canada, a combination of maple-glazed bacon, wagyu, maple aioli, American cheese and poutine all in a milk bun. How yummy does that sound? With music pumping through the speakers and every table occupied almost every other day, this place has a great ambience and is the place to be with your friends on a weekend!
Neil Perry’s Burger Project is pretty extraordinary! There are 14 burgers to choose from and pretty much everything on their menu is delicious. We recommend the chilli cheese burger that’s jam-packed with flavour and topped with a generous serve of jalapeno peppers, crunchy pickles, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Finish off your meal with a Valrhona chocolate shake that’s rich and malty.
Kerby Craig, winner of six consecutive Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide is the man behind these wonderful Japanese-inspired burgers. Their best-selling chicken katsu burger is a harmonious blend of crispy hand crumbed chicken katsu, Yuzu kosho mayo, onion, shredded cabbage and tonkatsu sauce. Yum!