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7 Things to Do in Sydney This Summer

While the Sydney summer has been in full swing since December, with the New Year comes new opportunities to explore all that the Harbour City has to offer. From immersive forays into the city’s established art scene to family-friendly strolls through some of its most beautiful outdoor spaces, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy the rest of the season

Blacklight tunnel

Experience Mopoke Festival
The first 24-hour art festival to reach Australian shores, Mopoke will transform Macquarie Street into a hub of interactive artistry. Running non-stop from 6PM on the 4th of February to 6PM the next day, Mopoke will feature silent discos, live musical performances, glow-in-the-dark Play Dough gardens a bevy of fine food and drink options and of course, visual art of all forms.

Exterior of Art Gallery NSW North Building

Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales
When respite from the summer heat is calling, make your way to air-conditioned comfort of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which opened the sleek glass doors to its expansive new addition in December 2022. Just a short walk from the city centre, this new wing features thought-provoking contemporary works from Australian and international artists. Visitors can explore both the new gallery, currently dubbed the “North Building” as well as the original Gallery, recently revitalized and now called the “South Building”. 

Kayaking sunset under SYdney Harbour Bridge

Embark on A Kayaking Adventure
From the beaches of Mosman to Manly, there are plenty of prime places around Sydney to go for a kayaking excursion. One of the most breathtaking, perhaps, is Sydney Harbour itself. Paddle beside, beneath and amongst some of the City’s most recognizable icons on a guided sunrise or sunset tour

Outdoor cinema screen with sydney harbour bridge in background

Catch a Movie at an Outdoor Cinema
Embrace Sydney’s warm summer evenings and catch a film under the stars at any of the city’s beautiful outdoor cinemas. There are many to choose from, but one of the most spectacular is perhaps WestPac OpenAir. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, this long running summer institution features glittering views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Stroll through Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Savour the Sydney sun and spend an afternoon wandering through Australia’s oldest botanic garden. Explore at leisure, dive deeper with a guided cultural tour or enjoy one of the Gardens’ many summertime events.


Explore a Weekend Market
Sydney is brimming with opportunities for weekend treasure-seekers. Kirribilli Markets is just a quick ferry ride from Circular Quay, and features endless stalls of handmade goods, vintage wares and gourmet treats. Otherwise, start the weekend off on a delicious note with a trip to the Friday night Chinatown Night Markets, a bustling affair that transforms Dixon Street into a hub of heavenly eats.

Have a Drink at Aster Bar
What better way to end a summer day than with a drink at one of the Sydney’s premiere rooftop bars? Set on the 32nd floor of InterContinental Sydney, Aster offers sweeping views of the Harbour, as well as a creative menu of bespoke cocktails and bites. Particularly spectacular during the hazy pink sunset hours, once the light fades from the sky visitors are treated to a glittering view of the city and beyond.

Planning to explore Sydney this summer? Join us at InterContinental Sydney, where the perfect home base for your city-escape is awaits. Learn more.

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