10 Things To Do In Sydney This Summer
Summer in Sydney is iconic – the sun is shining, the water is warm, and the people are friendly. Whether you are a local visiting Sydney CBD for a weekend hotel stay, or an International Traveller on their bucket list adventure to Australia, there is something for everyone in Sydney this Summer 2018. Here is our Top 10 things to do in Sydney this Summer.
- Sydney Festival
- New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour
- Christmas Tree at the Queen Victoria Building
- Australia Day Celebrations
- Bondi Beach
- Sydney Opera House – La Bohème
- Cocktails with a View
- Museum of Contemporary Art – David Goldblatt Photography Exhibition
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
- Palm Beach
1. Sydney Festival
From 9th – 27th Jan 2019, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on big ideas and cutting-edge art and performance. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from jaw-dropping contemporary ballet to epic art installations, international theatre hits, primal circus, immersive virtual reality, modern Indigenous art and theatre, punk protest music and more. With events located throughout Sydney including Walsh Bay, Opera House, and City Recital Hall, The Russell Boutique Hotel is the perfect Sydney Festival Hotel Accommodation choice.
2. New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour
Sydney New Years Eve is iconic, and The Russell Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the action. Start with a drink on Private Rooftop Terrace at The Russell, then descend to George Street to a nearby restaurant or bar and watch the NYE fireworks at midnight. Our hotel’s proximity to the best of the Sydney NYE party destinations means you are in the heart of the action for New Years Eve Sydney 2018!
3. Christmas Tree at the Queen Victoria Building
The beloved QVB Swarovski Christmas Tree stands at 24 metres over three floors residing under the famous QVB Dome and is Sydney’s tallest Christmas Tree. Shoppers will be enchanted by its nostalgic beauty with over 82,000 sparkling Swarovksi crystals and 65,000 twinkling lights topped by a dramatic 2.2m wide crystal gilded star, with a total weight of over 6. tonnes. Whilst you are there, why not browse the shopping boutiques within the Queen Victoria Building?
4. Australia Day Celebrations
Hot Summer sun. Loud music. Cold beers. Good times. Australia Day celebrations in Sydney are as memorable as they come. With the official celebrations taking place right nearby in Circular Quay, The Russell Boutique Hotel is the perfect destination to make your Australia Day Weekend a Long Weekend in the city. There will be street party, night time fireworks, official ceremonies, and fantastic free entertainment. Downstairs from The Russell on George Street Sydney, the Fortune of War is Sydney’s Oldest Pub and will be hosting an Australia Day event not to be missed!
5. Bondi Beach
With its brazen beauty and eclectic crowds, Bondi Beach is the hub of many summer events. This is where backpackers wearing Santa hats and swimming costumes celebrate Christmas Day. A few weeks later, the beach is full of people from all around the world enjoying the sand between their toes and the water on their face. Only a short bus ride from Circular Quay, Bondi Beach is perfect for The Russell Boutique Hotel guests looking to get out of the city and explore Sydney.
6. Opera House – La Bohème
The Sydney Opera House is an iconic landmark only a few minutes walk from The Russell Boutique Hotel, but a visit is not complete without seeing an Opera production. La Bohème is the original bohemian love story, set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930s Berlin. If you’re new to opera, La Bohème is one you must experience. If you’re prone to tears, this production will assist. Season runs 2nd January – 28th March 2019.
7. Cocktails with a View
Got your heart set on a sharing a few city drinks at sunset? Chasing spectacular Sydney Harbour and Opera House views in one? If you answered yes, then a twilight date with the cocktail menu at the Opera Bar is by far one of the best spots to grab a drink in the area. Make sure you get a photo with that magic Sydney backdrop to treasure forever.
8. Museum of Contemporary Art – David Goldblatt Photography Exhibition
Capturing seven decades of his work, David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018 features his compelling portrayal of the rise and dismantling of apartheid. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition includes his striking key black-and-white and colour photographic series, and marks the photographer’s final project before his death. Open 19th October 2018 – 3rd March 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, just across the street from The Russell Boutique Hotel on George Street in The Rocks.
9. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Talk a leisurely stroll around the Gardens past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, or venture into the gardens to explore one of the fantastic exhibitions on display. When the sun is shining on a perfect Sydney Summers day, enjoy the views across the harbour from one of the best located Botanic Gardens in the world. With plenty of free exhibits and ticketed events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And with the gardens only a short walk from The Russell Boutique Hotel, it is the perfect day out for those with a few extra days to explore around Sydney and Circular Quay. Top Tip: The Botanic Gardens are the best place to snap a photo of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge together in one shot!
10. Palm Beach Day Trip
With hundreds of stunning beaches up and down the Sydney coast, it is hard to pick which one to visit. Palm Beach is Sydney’s northernmost suburb, straddling the Barrenjoey Penninsula affording sweeping views of the ocean, Broken Bay, Lion Island, and Ku-ring-gai National Park. Take a scenic day trip from the city and explore the beautiful surrounds, or enjoy a surf lesson at the iconic Palm Beach. ‘Palmie’, as locals call it, feels like hundreds of kilometres from Sydney, not 45. In just over an hour’s drive from the city you can be strolling along the beach, surfing, swimming, sailing, dining at a water-side café or bushwalking up to the Barrenjoey Headland’s lighthouse.