Sydney :Best of the outdoors

Country: Australia
Region: NSW
Activities: surf, skate, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, climbing

Sydney is Australia’s economic capital and its most eccentric city. It is the main destination for tourism but also a buzzing place which attracts skilled workers from all around the world.

The SOL team chose to write an article about this beautiful city and its multitude of surprising surroundings.


Sydney has it all, a dynamic CBD, an unique harbour featuring the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, a great public transportation system and an extravagant night life.


Also thanks to the sunny weather and a multicultural atmosphere people can enjoy the spectacular beaches, rocky coastlines and well preserved natural parks.

Sydney has so much to offer travellers that the choice of what to do can be a bit overwhelming so we have researched the best in eco-friendly outdoor activities.

If you are a Sportrotter we’ve listed for you the things you should not to miss out on:

Bondi Beach!


Yes, we know it, it is THE iconic beach of Sydney and we agree that you must spend at least one day at Bondi. You can either go surfing or just sunbaking after a swim in the outdoor pool facing the sea.


You must also go for a walk on the costal track from Bondi to Coogee Beach, or if you have some energy left you can do it while jogging like many of the body sculptured citizens.

In the surrounding area you can find everything you need, from surf classes to bikini shops, restaurants and bars to name but a few of the attractions this young and energetic place has to offer.

In February you must not miss the skate contest Bowl a Rama. You will be amazed by all the challenging tricks skaters from around the world perform and you will have the unique opportunity to see Tony Hawk.


Coogee beach

Our favourite! Except for the lack of surf this beach has it all, great BBQ areas, shady lawns to relax or have a drink with friends, areas for beach volleyball and a two level bar restaurant facing the sea. You can also go snorkling straight from the beach and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a blue groper, the star of the clear blue waters. You should also check out Clovelly Beach right next to Coogee, this is also famous for its diverse sea life. Clovelly Beach is easy to access by bus (40 minutes from CBD).

Manly beach

SYDNEY Surfing-mainly-beach

In a short ferry ride of just 30 minutes from busy Circular Quay you will arrive at the white sand beach of Manly that stretches for kilometres. Here you will find many hotels, restaurants and bars facing the sea.

Manly is the perfect place to learn to surf. You can find several schools and shops if you want to rent or buy your own board.


Manly surf schools:

Manly surf school
Sunshine surfing
Aloha surf Manly

Just next to Manly Beach is Shelly beach which is a nice place for those who are not so keen on the surf but would love to go snorkeling for a few hours. Here you will find a protected haven for marine life.

In February don’t miss the Surf and skate competition. You will experience the best surfers and skateboarders in the world, live music and sunny weather!


Sydney Harbor National Park which is situated south of Manly is home to superb swimming spots, bushwalking tracks and picnic areas. Here you will find a surprising range of great scuba spots!

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

20 km north of Sydney. This National Park is amazing if you want to escape the busy city life. You can hire paddle boats, go for a cycle or go horse riding but we also invite you to discover the rich Aboriginal culture. If you choose to give your bike a try, be prepared for up to 15km of paths for which a good fitness level is required. You will be rewarded with outstanding scenery! Cycle to Akuna Bay or West Head both choices are great!

The Blue Mountains

Take a train journey of about 2 hours and you will find yourself surrounded by eucalyptus trees, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and wildlife. On Sunday the round trip costs only $2.50, but we advise you to stay at least 3 nights and try to climb in Blackheath. You will love it! Read more here


Centennial Park

Found halfway between the city and the beach, this park is the perfect spot for those who only have a little time to spend in Sydney but still want to experience some outdoor sport activities. You can cycle in the park and have a go at playing cricket. Almost every day you have cricket fields filled with enthusiastic people who come to learn, to play or just to watch and have a nice day out.

Centennial Park is the largest sports precinct in Australia with more than 35 sports played or featured regularly across the park. If you want to book a field for hockey, soccer, cricket or any other game, the park has a number of fields available for hire.

More information here

The Royal National Park

is the oldest national park in Australia and the second oldest in the world after Yellowstone Park in the United States. It’s diversity is hard to describe as it features, white sandy beaches, jungle tracks and cycling trails. Be sure not to miss Cape Solander, Sydney’s best whale watching spot, on your way to the park from Sydney.

Sail or Kayak in Sydney Harbor



Sydney Harbor’s best sightseeing is undoubtedly from the water, do not hesitate to rent a kayak or go for a sail trip on one of the numerous sailing boats on the harbor. You can stop for a picnic on one of the Harbor’s beaches or if you don’t mind going in your sailing clothes try some tasty food at one of the restaurants facing the water.

You can also go for stand up paddle boarding lessons in one of the various schools in Sydney. We have selected some of them, click here

Sydney harbour kayaks
Kayaking in sydney
Nothbridge kayaks

Sydney by sail
Sailings sydney

Balmain: rowing or sailing

Balmain is perfectly located for water activities. You can seek out a club and enjoy this quiet spot just few minutes from the CBD.

Find useful information on Balmain’s rowing club website or Balmain sailing club

Find all the outdoor activities Sydney has to offer here

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