Kick off your summer adventures by diving into the great outdoors – experience Sydney’s largest festival, take a trip out to one of Australia’s most stunning beaches and explore the beauty surrounding the hotel. We’ve put together our ‘Top Five’ ways to experience #summerpossibilities this season.
Symphony under the Stars
On 20 January, Sydney Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at The Crescent Parramatta Park to perform a set-list of classical compositions under the canopy of Sydney’s stars. This free event is one of Sydney Festival’s most popular events with bars, food stalls and an outdoor setting making it the most perfect summer escapade.
Take Sydney by Kayak
Sydney by Kayak sets off from Lavender Bay in the early morning, and takes you underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge to watch the sun rise as it peeks over Sydney Opera House. The water is calm, flat and glassy at this time so perfect for beginners – plus you can pre-order your coffee to make sure you’re wide-eyed as you take in Sydney’s most iconic view before the rest of the city wakes.
Cockatoo is Sydney Harbour’s largest island – and perhaps its most colourful – with a past entrenched in stone prisons and naval training, and a present infused with summer tennis matches, cocktails in the Island Bar and cultural festivals such as the Biennale.
The very first ferry of the day to Cockatoo Island leaves Circular Quay at 6.15am during the week and at 6.45am on weekends – this gives you the chance to be first on the ferry and have the Island to yourself before the crowds get there. You can take an audio or group tour, or simply explore the grounds at your own leisure.
Walk from Circular Quay through to Royal Botanic Gardens
Go exploring only footsteps away from the hotel, taking the walk from Circular Quay, past Sydney Opera House and into Royal Botanic Gardens. With spectacular stretches of breathtaking horticulture and glimpses of the iconic Sydney skyline, the stunning nearby gardens are a tranquil location for a casual walk with a view. While you’re passing through, why not visit the Museum Of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of NSW for a little cultural immersion.
Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Collins Beach, Manly
About 15 minutes’ walk from the Manly Ferry, find yourself surrounded by dense greenery, natural waterfalls and golden sands, met by pristine protected waters. With views across the Harbour heads (and a picnic in tow!), this is a perfect summer escape.
Insider Tip: Visit Hugos at Manly Wharf after for a refreshing cocktail overlooking the Harbour.