Are you thinking about swapping the European snow this winter for some South Pacific sun?

If you’re thinking Australia, Sydney is the place to go. This summer there are a number of fun things to do in Australia’s largest city and home of the famous Bondi Beach. Whether you want to go for a surf, swim, build a sand castle or simply get a tan, Bondi is the most popular beach to go to. It is the tourist hot spot and you will likely meet other travellers like yourself. If you love waves, apart from Bondi, you can visit Manly, Bronte or Cronulla.

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Ever thought about learning how to surf? You can find plenty of surf schools in Bondi, Manly and Maroubra. Or if you are less daring and want to try some stand up paddle boarding, you can try it out at Mosman, Manly or Bundeena.

Another fun, promising activity is visiting the Manly Sea Life or the Sydney Harbour Seaworld, where you can learn all about Australia’s plentiful marine life. You can also try to spot some of the marine life yourself with a snorkeling tour offered at Gordon’s Bay and Manly.

If you prefer a wildlife encounter, Sydney Harbour’s Wildlife Sanctuary will even let you get a photo with Australian koalas and if you want even more, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is the place to go. You can grab a ferry from Circular Quay that will take you right past Sydney Opera House and directly to Taronga Zoo. Grab a ticket from the Circular Quay station that includes a cable car ride over the Zoo for a guaranteed best view of the zoo. You can also experience Taronga Zoo at night by attending the Twilight at Taronga concert performance or even staying the night at Roar and Snore.

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Sydney also offers great beachside cafes and waterfront dining. Whether you prefer the fine dining experience or the beachside fish and chips, you’ll be sure to enjoy the culinary treats Sydney has to offer. For a more casual experience, why not grab a picnic blanket and visit some of the gorgeous parks around the city. You’ll be sure to enjoy kicking a ball of any shape and size on the beautifully maintained grass. The top picks include Sydney Park, Hyde Park and Blaxland Riverside Park.

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A great way to get to know the city better is by following the city cycling trail or even joining a bike tour that will be sure to take you along Sydney beaches. Don’t forget to stop by at beachside cafes for a barista made coffee and Italian gelato.

For a great view of the city by night, why not visit one of many rooftop bars Sydney has on offer such as Ivy Pool Club, Corridor in Newtown and the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks.

Sydney Festival is on in January and will be sure to offer lots of dance, music and fun. In late January to early Feb, you can also be part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, which will feature lots of colourful entertainment including dancers, dragons and lights as well as food stalls, markets, exhibitions and cultural events.

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Like slides and rides? Sydney Luna Park has numerous rides to offer for all ages. Another famous new attraction is the long anticipated Wet’n’Wild water park, which is sure to offer a day full of fun for the whole family.

Sydney’s public transport will be sure to suffice all your travel needs around the city; just grab an Opal card and you’re set to travel on any train, bus, ferry or tram. Getting a place close to the city will mean you can enjoy the night walks and be close to any transport you need. You can find the perfect home online with sites like Lifull, which offer great properties for rent or sale all around the city. Maybe you can get one on the beach and surf away the summer.

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Sydney has so much on offer, so book your tickets now, find a place to live and prepare yourself for a summer to remember.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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