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Top Picks for Summer Fun in Sydney

Summer in Sydney is a feast for the senses. With hot days and balmy nights it’s a great time to engage in the lively celebration of culture throughout the city.

Harbour Bridge

Among our top picks are the re-imagined ‘beach’ at Barangaroo. It combines fun with architectural design using over one million recyclable polyethylene balls. The Museum of Sydney delivers an inner-city beach experience of a different kind, at the Sand in the City exhibition.

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Sand in the City Exhibition. (Source: James Horan for Sydney Living Museums)

The Sydney Festival also features some great events that highlight Sydney’s rich Aboriginal heritage. They include a reading from Lieutenant William Dawes’ notebook. It records his learnings of Aboriginal language from his many conversations with Patyegarang, a young Aboriginal woman, at Dawes Point (Tar-Ra) Park.

There’s also Bayala, an Aboriginal language course that will help you understand some of the foundations and a few greetings and words.

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Dawes Point Battery, 1821. (Source: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales)

Exploring how we use our senses is a fascinating way to interpret and imagine our places. This idea is explored further at the Scent of Sydney installation at the Carriageworks and the Imagined Touch experience.

Finally, historical tours of the Dairy Precinct at Parramatta Park are available every second Saturday of the month. Sydney Living Museums has an extensive school holiday program that offers a range of activities across 12 historic properties.