I often get asked for suggestions on what to do over the weekend. Planning for me normally begins on a Thursday. Any earlier in the week feels too soon to be discussing, as there are still too many work days to get through before those two glorious days off. The messages start appearing on my phone, the Facebook events get organised, your work colleagues start bringing up their plans and BANG! it’s Friday afternoon, and it’s time for some Sydney fun!
Below is a list of different things that I think make up an ideal weekend. Of course we are all different, but I feel that the below let’s you appreciate this beautiful city that I call home, and takes you to areas away from the CBD hub.
Breakfast or Brunch.
The breakfast/brunch culture is big on either a Saturday or Sunday morning. Be prepared to wait for a table, with many of Sydney’s cafes being packed to the rafters, especially those by the beach on a good day, or generally anything in the areas of Darlinghurst/Surry Hills/Bondi.
Some of my favourite places include:
Head to the Beaches.
If the weathers hot, then Sydney siders are at the beach. The great thing is that our city is surrounded by water. I am an aquarian born in the summer time, so I very much love to spend as much time as I can at the beach. The cool thing about Sydney, is that you can choose from multiple beach experiences. We have our harbour beaches with the likes of Balmoral Beach, Milk Beach and Red Leaf, these are generally more family oriented as they have no surf. You then have your two types of surf beaches. The North beaches, which include Palm Beach, Manly and Freshwater, or your East Beaches including the famous Bondi, Coogee or Maroubra. There is a beach for everyone, or an ocean pool if that’s more your thing.
Coogee Beach in the East.
Manly Beach in the North.
Balmoral , a Harbour Beach.
Ocean Pool at Bondi Beach.
Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk.
Sticking to the beach theme is the Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk, which is the perfect way to do some exercise, catch some rays of vitamin D and of course, see our beautiful coast line up close and personal. Start in either Bondi and Coogee and just follow the track. You won’t miss it, as the other half of Sydney will already be there doing it with you.
Ferry to Manly.
Sometimes it’s nice to change it up a bit and try a different mode of transport. The best way to do this is to jump on the Sydney Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. Not only do you get to travel out of the heads and across the sea for the half hour journey, but you get dropped off in yet another amazing beach waiting to be explored. Not to worry if the weather isn’t great, Manly has plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to keep you occupied for the afternoon.
Other then breakfast/brunching, you also must be lunching. Sydney has an exuberant love for food, with a vast choice of every cuisine you can think of. The best things about it though….is you can get fantastic food (none of this mediocre stuff in Sydney) in many different areas. We have places serving Pizza like in Italy, Xiao Long Bao like in China, Lamb like in Greece, Pad Thai like in Thailand, Burgers like in the States and Paella like in Spain.
Some of my favourite lunch places include:
Head to the Markets.
Another thing Sydney has an abundance of is markets, where you can find all things from food, clothes, second hand goods, and one of my favourite things; flowers. Some of the more popular ones are Paddington Markets great for clothes from Sydney’s up and coming designers, Bondi and Eveleigh Markets for fantastic food and organic produce, Kirribilli Markets for second hand clothes, Paddy’s Markets for cheap fruit, vegetables and tourist souvenirs and Sydney Markets for beautiful flowers at really low prices. Some are weekly, others fortnightly, and some even monthly or quarterly. Have a browse and check out what is on each weekend, most have a dedicated website or Facebook page.
Check out a Sydney Festival/Event
There is always something going on…yes, every weekend! You just need to know what is happening and where. There are some nifty websites that can always help you out with stuff like this, such as the Club Carlson Sydney destination page, which is also helpful if you need to book accommodation if you’re here for the weekend. Some of my favourite events in a Sydney calendar year include:
So there we have it folks. A mighty long list of my ideal things to do on the weekend in Sydney. Hopefully I have inspired you to get planning for this weekend :).