Top 10 spots for summer fun

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Top 10 spots for summer fun
    Things to do; Bellevue Hill; Double Bay; Darling Point; Paddington; Rose Bay; Vaucluse; Watsons Bay

Published 18 November 2020

Avoid crowded beaches this summer and try one of these other fun local activities instead.

Visit one of our local markets

Pop down to the Double Bay Organic Markets (Thursdays, 9am-2pm, Guilfoyle Park) or the Paddington Markets (395 Oxford St, Saturdays, 10am-4pm). Stop by for your weekly grocery shop or a spot of Christmas shopping.

Woman looking at flowers at markets
Double Bay Markets

Have a picnic in McKell Park, Darling Point

Grab a picnic rug, your friends and family and enjoy plenty of shade, space for games (and social distancing) and a stunning harbour view in McKell Park.

Flowers in a park with the ocean in the background
McKell Park

Conquer part (or all) of the Bondi to Manly Walk

This 80km walk takes you past Sydney’s most iconic locations. Learn more at:

Along the Hermitage Foreshore Walk
Along the Hermitage Foreshore Walk - part of the Bondi to Manly route

Paddle out from Rose Bay

Hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board from Rose Bay and explore the bays and beaches all the way around to South Head. Pack a lunch, sunscreen, wear a life vest and a hat and enjoy Sydney from the water.

Woman on a stand up paddle board with her dog

Take a dip at the Watsons Bay Baths

Located on Marine Parade adjacent to the library, the Watsons Bay Baths is a fully accessible tidal swimming enclosure featuring two floating sunbathing pontoons, a boardwalk and seating with great views of Sydney Harbour. After a splash, enjoy a picnic at Robertson Park or fish and chips at one of the nearby cafes and restaurants.

People swimming and jumping off a pontoon into the Watsons Bay Baths

Discover our public art 

Take a walk – or cycle – around our local area to enjoy a wide variety of compelling public artworks, which you’ll find scattered along the harbour foreshore, in our parks and tucked away in quiet laneways.

You’ll discover murals, painted traffic signal boxes and large and small sculptures along our DIY Art and Culture Walking Tour. Make sure not to miss a photo op with the Egg Swing and Sea’s Nest!

Woman sitting in Egg Swing sculpture reading a book
Egg Swing, Royal Hospital for Women Park, Paddington

Spend an afternoon at Parsley Bay

Tucked away off Horler Avenue in Vaucluse, Parsley Bay is the perfect place to spend a summer’s afternoon. Go for a walk through the bushland, along the harbour foreshore and over the suspension bridge (one of the last remaining ones in Sydney).

Kids will have a blast with the netted swimming enclosure, new all-abilities playground and the large grassed area is perfect for picnics and games. Look for a water dragon sunning itself on the rocks during your visit!

Man sitting on park bench overlooking the water and Parsley Bay suspension bridge

Go for a walk in Cooper Park, Bellevue Hill

Quietly tucked away in Bellevue Hill, Cooper Park is a rainforest oasis in the heart of the city. With plenty of shade and lush greenery, it’s a great choice on a hot summer’s day.

There’s plenty to keep everyone in the family entertained including tennis courts, sports playing fields, bush walking tracks, off leash dog areas, picnic tables and a playground.

Woman walking through lush rainforest

Wander down William St, Paddington

Take a detour off Oxford St and wander down this eclectic side street lined with Victorian terrace houses that are home to a wide range of unique boutiques, stores, and eateries.

Street with brightly coloured terrace houses

Shoot some hoops at the new multi-purpose courts at Christison Park

The two new courts at Christison Park cater to both netball and basketball and feature low-level sports lighting, enabling play at night.

There’s also an outdoor gym nearby if you want to rev up your heart rate!

Girls playing netball on the new multi-purpose courts

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