Year round, we Sydney folk are quite lucky when it comes to weather conditions. Although we’ve had some unfortunate luck with what seems to now be an annual occurrence of #SydneyStorms, the rest of winter really is quite nice.
Unlike our northern friends, a winter weekend in Sydney can usually be classified as days with some sunshine and temperatures that don't drop below 10 degrees until after nightfall.
If you’ve experienced winter in Sydney and know what our city has on offer, a winter weekend can be arguably better than a summer one.
For any Sydney guests or Sydneysiders that are currently stuck trying to figure out how to spend their weekend throughout the chillier months, I have gone through my ideal winter weekend activities.
Kicking off the weekend – Embrace your cultural side & check out the small bar scene!
Depending on how late you were out on Friday night, Saturday is a great day to get around some of Sydney’s cultural galleries.
Wandering through Sydney’s art galleries can leave you lost in time and wondering where the entire day went.
Start your day at Circular Quay visiting Museum of Contemporary Art and check out their astonishing three-levelled gallery. Be sure to top it off with a bite to eat at their top floor café with rooftop views of Sydney Harbour.
After lunch, head past the Opera House to the Royal Botanic Gardens for a variety of natural scenery and scents, whilst on your way to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Another option, is to spend a day visiting Sydney’s smaller galleries and museums. Head to Chippendale and visit the White Rabbit Gallery filled with a selection of 21st century Chinese art. Make sure to visit the tea room to fill your stomach with some delicious dumplings!
For the afternoon head over to Woolloomooloo and visit Artspace for some 80’s and contemporary art pieces.
Comfy Tip – Utilise the NSW public transport trip planner to plan your day in advance and manoeuvre yourself around Sydney.
In recent years, Sydney’s bar scene has peaked (sorry Melbourne) and is perfect for a cosy wine and dine throughout the winter months. To stay warm and within walking distance, I recommend visiting York Street in Sydney CBD, which has become somewhat of a precinct for small bars.
Start your walk from the QVB, and you’ll find your way to The Cuban Place through to The Barber Shop, The Rook and many more quirky intimate venues.
With the introduction of ‘the lockout laws’ many venues won’t let you in after 1.30am. Keep this in mind and make sure you head to venues that stay open late. If you’re after late night venues that also serve food till close, you’ll definitely want to check out Frankie’s Pizza Bar (Hunter Street) or The Smoking Panda (Park Street).
Comfy Tip – Aim to get into a venue you prefer before 1.30am, as you will not be allowed in any time after that! Be sure to check out Broadsheet or The Urban List for reviews and updates of all the cool bars of choice throughout Sydney.
Relaxing before the week ahead – Stroll Sydney’s scenic routes & check out the café scene.
A Sunday in Sydney would not be a proper Sydney Sunday unless you have taken part in a coastal walk!
Depending on how the winter winds are treating us, many Sydney locals head for our seaside coastal walks to round off the weekends.
Sydney’s greatest attractions are its beautiful beaches, and whilst we’re not advising you to go swimming and catch a cold, we do advise popping on some warm clothes and hitting Sydney’s beautiful coastal walks throughout the northern (Manly to Spit Bridge Walk) and eastern beaches (Bondi to Coogee Walk).
If you’re up for a walk, but hoping to stay close to the action in Sydney CBD, walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and you’ll find yourself ending up at Sydney Harbour Bridge & the Sydney Opera House.
Comfy Tip – Time your walk closer to the end of the day and for the best view sunset views in Sydney!
If it’s too cold to hit the seaside for a stroll, you’ll find Sydney locals filling cafes for all day brunches and a few Bloody Marys to round off the weekend.
The Sydney café scene is constantly buzzing, and if you take them one by one, you will still have a growing list of spots to check out.
A local favourite for cafes is Surry Hills, known for housing some of the best coffee spots in the country. There is a number of small cafes with their own individual personalities. Our golden rule to live by is the stranger the café looks, the better the coffee!
Now you’re set for the weekend. Get out of the house, pop your coat on and make the most of your winter weekends in Sydney!
Thanks for reading, and be sure to let us know what are your favourite things to do in Sydney throughout the colder months!
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