We may be heading for longer nights and colder temperatures here in the UK, but Down Under things are only just hotting up. So before you start digging into the back of your wardrobe in search of those woolly hats and scarves, how about treating yourself to a sunny getaway in Sydney? Australia’s biggest city basks in sunshine for more than 300 days of the year, and with temperatures sitting between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius on average in October and November, there’s no better time to explore Sydney and its surrounding beauty spots.
Check out our guide to spring in Sydney to get started, and don’t forget to take advantage of our Airport Connect service for a hassle-free start to your holiday.
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Sculpture by the Sea
The cliff top coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee features high on most visitors’ Sydney bucket list, and for good reason. Six kilometres of stunning coastal views, dramatic cliff drops and sandy beaches make it a hugely popular destination with walkers, surfers and beachgoers, but for a few weeks in October and November it also attracts those with an artistic disposition.
The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition sees the two kilometre stretch between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transform into an avenue of spectacular art installations. Over 100 sculptures, crafted by artists from around the globe, can be enjoyed completely free of charge between 23 October and 9 November. There are several large car parks available nearby at Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach, making it easy for you to pick up a car hire in Sydney and explore the beaches of the Eastern Suburbs.
The majestic Blue Mountains are located to the west of Sydney and are easily accessible by car, making them the ideal destination for a day trip out of the city.
One of the most popular destinations within the Blue Mountains range is undoubtedly the unique Three Sisters rock formations, which offer some of the best views of the area’s vast, sweeping valleys. From here you can also reach the walking trails which lead to The Ruined Castle, another magnificent rock formation, complete with unrivalled views. Make sure you put aside a good four or five hours for that particular trek however, and don’t forget some comfortable hiking boots and plenty of water.
Take the opportunity to explore a bit of the fabulous eastern Australian coastline by heading south to Jervis Bay. What’s it got to offer, we hear you ask? Well, just about everything really. White sandy beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, whilst the clear waters are home to a large population of humpback whales and dolphins. You’ll also find kangaroos and wallabies on land, alongside picturesque camping grounds, fantastic hiking routes and an abundance of restaurants, bars and attractions.
Hop on one of the daily boat cruises and catch a glimpse of the area’s marine mammals, or set off on a scuba diving or snorkelling tour of some of the bay’s best spots. Jervis Bay is less than a three hour drive from Sydney, but there are plenty of hotels, beach houses and bed and breakfasts available should you decide to hang around for a day or two.
Good Food Month
It’s not just the comfortable temperatures and wonderful colours that make Sydney such a delightful springtime destination. This time of year also happens to be a particular highlight for food lovers, thanks in part to the annual Good Food Month festival which runs throughout the month of October. Recognised as the largest festival of its kind in Australia, it offers a heady mix of international cuisine served up in restaurants, cafes, bars and specialised venues across the city.
One particularly popular event can be found at Hyde Park on any given night on the 10th-26th of October. If you’ve got a soft spot for Asian flavours then you may find yourself making a few repeat visits to the Night Noodle Markets. Take your pick from the 50 plus stalls which transform the park into the city’s best spot for a night time feast and soak up the lively atmosphere created by extravagant fairy lights, cosy outdoor dining areas and oh-so-tasty dishes.
Art & About Festival
In addition to food, Sydney’s streets and neighbourhoods also become a hotbed for the creative arts during the spring season. The Art & About Festival is an annual celebration of street art in which just about every square inch of the city’s streets are a canvas for creativity. You can expect to stumble upon a host of quirky art installations, graffiti, live street performances and a few unusual characters, all in the name of freedom of expression.
Make sure you check out the ‘Little Sydney Lives’ in Hyde Park, which features photographs taken by children aged 11 and under. The park plays host to a wide range of exhibitions, but one of the most enjoyable aspects of the festival is to simply wander the streets and see what you stumble upon. Expect the unexpected.
The annual Newton Festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant Newton district which attracts over 80,000 people annually. Its residents firmly believe their community is second to none hence why this year, with their tongues firmly in cheek, they’ve gone as far as to declare Newtown an independent state. All in the name of fun of course, and with a view to boosting the neighbourhood, as all the festival proceeds go towards community support services.
The festival itself features everything from live music to dog shows, kids’ zones, garage sales and art exhibitions. The community also prides itself in its environmental practices, so check out the Green Living Centre for some top tips on sustainable living.
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