Sydney cannot get enough of city festivals. Whether it is art, comedy, writing, thought provoking talks or just lights – Sydney has a festival for you. That means this city keeps your entertained, enlightened and intelligent. My personal favourite is Sydney Festival which runs throughout January every year and most of the events are free! Here are a few festivals and the time of year they usually pop up:
Everybody needs a break from city life sometimes, and the Blue Mountains are just the right bit far and the right bit close enough for Sydneysiders to get their fix of freedom with a day trip into the bush. Even if its just to the touristy Echo Point in Katoomba, or to take a deep breathe of fresh air while looking out over Govett’s Leap – the accessibility of the mountains gives Sydneysiders a sense of sanity all year round.
Whether its Northern, Eastern or Southern, every beach in Sydney has golden sands and clean water. Head up to Palm Beach for a sense of calm and serenity; head to Bondi and walk the immaculate the Bondi-Bronte coastal walk; or head down to the Shire to add a bit of shopping and personality to your beach day. Even the hidden harbour beaches are amazing for a chill out session with a view of the city skyline, harbour and its surrounding bays. Camp Cove is a prime example, stop off at The Gap lookout and Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel for lunch before or after.
Not into finding sand in your nooks and crannies weeks after visiting beaches? Sydney has yet more nature to offer you instead. National Parks can be found all over the city from Royal National Park to Sydney Harbour National Park. There you can find hikes and strolls to suit any level of enthusiasm. Pack a picnic and away you go!
“Inner West the best” is what you often here locals from the area chant everyday before they take a sip of their cappuccino and dig into a smashed avocado on sourdough. But it really is. This area is a foodies paradise with several top notch cafes in every suburb that dish out great brunch, coffee and/or desserts, what else could a hangry Sydneysider ask for?
Speaking of food, one of the best things about Sydney (and Australia in general) is the multicultural food landscape that gives us the opportunity to try amazing, good quality food from so many cuisine options. Of of these is Vietnamese, and the place to get it in Sydney (and most probably Australia) is Cabramatta. It is home to the largest Vietnamese community in Australia, so you know its legit. Make the journey to spoon delicious phở in to your mouth, as it’s pretty much like going to Vietnam only it takes an hour by train instead.
Central Park Sydney
This place is a sustainable urban citizen’s dream. Self-labelled as ‘The Living Mall’ this “village” is home to a selection of retail shops, an upmarket foodcourt, apartments, art gallerys and a park. The building itself has a sustainable design including a stunning vertical garden and solar panels that light up when the sun goes down. The place just has a vibe that makes you want to come back again and again even just to sit in the park with some ANITA – La Mamma del Gelato or a Love at First Bite Nutella Doughnut from Doughnut Time. Just when it couldn’t get better, it does. Right next door is Spice Alley, a new area where you can yet again get authentic Asian dishes and drinks at a really reasonable price!
So there you have it! Now you have all the excuses for never having to leave Sydney. You are welcome.
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