Picture Perfect: Summer in Sydney


Sydney might be having an unusually soggy summer thanks to La Niña, but RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE, the Harbour City always manages to DAZZLE at this time of year.
A La Niña weather event in the Pacific (for the second consecutive year) means a wet summer and cooler temperatures for much of Australia, including Sydney.
Taking off or arriving, there’s no better sight than the glistening harbour, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop.
Not even the odd shower can ruin Sydney’s festive vibe, with the giant tree in Martin Place the centre of attention again over Christmas.
The Sydney Fish Market’s 36-hour marathon is a Christmas tradition. The event usually attracts 100,000-plus customers, purchasing more than 370 tonnes of seafood.
Six tonnes of fireworks welcomed the New Year over Sydney Harbour, despite fewer people packing the foreshore this year due to Omicron.
No matter the weather, summer in Sydney is always humid. A dip at iconic Bondi Beach is the perfect way to cool off.
Wandering beneath the magnificent Hills Figs in Hyde Park (planted around 1857) is reminiscent of The Mall in New York’s Central Park.
Salesforce Tower at Circular Quay will be the city’s tallest office building at a height of 263.1 metres when it’s completed mid year.
Ferries are a mainstay of Sydney’s public transport landscape and one of the best ways to explore the harbour. The Alexander is one of nine First Class ferries operating on Sydney Harbour.
The Opera House and the “Coathanger” are unmistakable Sydney landmarks.
One of Sydney’s iconic heritage buildings, Customs House at Circular Quay (with the new AMP Building behind) connects the city’s past with its present.  Located on the roof top is the distinguished restaurant Cafe Sydney.
Dubbed ‘Sydney’s only cable car’, Sky Safari at Taronga Zoo gives you some of the most stunning views of Sydney Harbour from high above the tree tops.
The Coast Walk at the Royal National Park provides incredible coastal lookouts, swimming spots and seasonal wildflowers along this challenging 23.5km track. Don’t do it all in one day.

© 2022 BERNARD O’RIORDAN (TRAVEL INSTINCT). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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