Winter in Sydney Part 2: Where to chase the sun
Sydney Winter weather can get truly weird. You can go from 7 degrees to 22 degrees in one day. You’ll be wrapping yourself in layers in the morning and peel off like an onion throughout the day. Only to later feel way too warm while walking through the city.
Winter in Sydney starts on first June and ends on 31st August. I won’t lie, I much prefer warmer seasons as I don’t feel like wrapping myself under a blanket 24/7! But there are ways to keep warm during Sydney winters and even to - almost - feel like summer.
Here are some outdoor places suggestions per time of the day to keep you warm and happy in Sydney during those winter months!
Sunrise at Bronte Beach
There are many many places in Sydney to enjoy the sunrise, but the best is without a doubt on the beach, whether it’s on the northern beaches or eastern suburbs.
A little while ago, I went for sunrise in Bronte Beach to take some pictures and although the 5am wake-up call was a bit hard, there was nothing more gratifying than the sunshine powering through the beach.
Some early morning people were as courageous as going swimming and surfing this early. But I am sure you start your day with a huge smile on your face after such a sunny start of the day.
Oh, and did I mention sunrise is amazing for pictures?!
Morning walk from Dee Why Beach to Long Reef Beach
Mornings can still be cold and there’s nothing better than a good walk under the sun to warm up a little. I recently discovered Long Reef beach and how it has an amazing walk up to Dee Why beach. The whole walk would take about half an hour at least but has amazing views and you can also observe the surfers.
Start from Long Reef to then finish at Dee Why and have a warm coffee in any of the awesome coffee places by the beach - I really like Girdlers!
Lunch at Hyde Park
I actually work next to Hyde Park so this one comes from daily experience! Hyde Park isn’t a huge park but a really nice place to walk around, sit on the grass or a bench. You’ll also get amazing views of Sydney towers through the middle of the park.
Many people have lunch there on a sunny day but there’s still space to take a break and relax. Also, make sure to check the Pool of Reflection next to the memorial, beautiful reflections obviously!
Afternoon nap in the Sydney Botanic Gardens
Another park, another beautiful place! The Sydney Botanic Gardens certainly have the views, the greenery and the wonderful smells of flowers. It’s perfect for a stroll around with incredible sights of Sydney as well as lunch at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, coffee or some more exploration inside the park.
I find relaxing on the grass next to a tree is the best way to truly unwind with a bit of sun. That well-accompanied with a hot beverage and a book. I admit not having done that in a long time but it is definitely nice!
Sunset vibe in Shelly Beach - Manly
Being on the East coast, we don’t, unfortunately, get sunsets right on the ocean horizon like in Perth. However, there are places in Sydney where you can still try to get every bit of sun as much as you can before it’s gone for another cold winter night!
Shelly Beach in Manly is one of my favourite places to soak up every last bit of the sun before night. You can get beautiful views over Manly, relax by the water and even take a little dip if it’s not too cold. The perfect way to end the day before wrapping back into a very warm blanket again!
Don’t worry the Winter in Sydney isn’t that cold, the temperatures don’t get under 7 generally but it’s always nicer with a bit more sunshine! Do you have favourite places in Sydney to keep warm? Let me know where and I’ll make sure to check those out!
And if you’d like to read more about why winters in Sydney are awesome and what to do, check my previous blog post on 5 reasons you’ll love Winter in Sydney.