10 Ways to Make the Most of Summer in Sydney

With only limited weekends left of summer, it’s time to get out and about and enjoy the last minute Sydney sunshine!

According to the latest research from Australia’s leading travel and lifestyle website lastminute.com.au, 47 per cent of Aussies are looking for a city escape in 2014. 

Here are their top tips to help you do just that:

1) Glam up this summer and rock your hottest red carpet outfit at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards – the Aussie equivalent of the Oscars. It’s the first time tickets have been made available to the public so nab yours quickly and mingle with the stars at The Star Event Centre, Sydney on 30 Jan. The tickets costs $180 per person and includes entry via red carpet, pre-Ceremony drinks and a seat at the AACTA Awards Ceremony.

2) The Sydney Festival will bring the city to life from until 26 January. If you’re looking for the perfect way to kick back in the afternoon sun or kick on into the balmy summer nights, head along to the free activities in Hyde Park as part of this year’s Festival Village. Sacrilege, a life-size bouncy castle of Stonehenge, circus, cabaret, a wide range of family activities and five bars and food options including Food Society, Jafe Jaffles, Woofy’s Hot Dogs and specially crafted goodies from Gelato Messina are a must for those wanting to make the most of summer.

3) Manly is an iconic Sydney summer destination, pumping with energy as Aussies and tourists surf the breaks, play beach volley ball, run the board walk, and more. This February, energy levels will reach new heights as the world's best surfers descend on Manly for the Hurley Australian Open of Surfing from 8 - 16 Feb. 

4) Get your cycle on and explore the city by bike, either on your own or as part of a bike tour. Make sure you stop at one of the many cafes which cater to cyclists around town. Drop into Bespoke and Grind in Marrickville; Atelier in the city; Deus Café in Camperdown; and Town Bike Pitstop en route.

5) Make the most of the few summer weekends left by booking yourself into a swanky Sydney hotel. Who doesn’t want to savour summer by soaking up water views from the bathroom?! Check out hotels with iconic vistas like Blue Sydney, The Sebel Pier One or Shangri-La Hotel. Sydney hotels start from as little as $129 per night so get planning now.

6) Quench a summer’s thirst by joining one of Sydney’s small bar walking tours. Discover heritage buildings, laneways and most importantly, the hidden, quirky watering holes around town. Tours start from $50 per person.

7) Explore the wonders of Sydney on foot as you take on one of the many walking trails around the city. Why not give the Spit to Manly, Bare Island to Henry Head, Bondi to Bronte, Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk or the Hermitage Foreshore a go?

8) Enjoy a walk and listening to the buskers around Circular Quay and then head across to see LA SOIREE; summer's must see performance now back at the Sydney Opera House after two sell-out seasons in 2012 and 2013. The eclectic mix of cabaret, burlesque and circus acts will have you both amazed and in stitches the entire show. Tickets start from $125 per person.

9) Enjoy a long lunch or dinner at one of Sydney’s stunning restaurants. The food and wine on offer is world class. Check out Ms G’s, Opera Bar, Quay, Bishop Sessa, Surry Hills and Boathouse, Palm Beach to name a few.

10) Spoil your plus one this Valentine's Day from the deck of a luxury yacht. What better way to enjoy a romantic summer's night than by cruising Sydney Harbour at sunset as you eat delicious King Island cheeses and sip on a glass of bubbles. Prices start from $104 per person.

For more information, visit lastminute.com.au

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