Swimming at the Boy Charlton
Swimmers are spoilt for choice in Sydney, with ocean, harbour and public pools to make a splash in. The pool with the best location is the heated Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, a favourite with Sydneysiders. Right on the harbour by the botanic gardens, it has a café, massage suites and shaded learners’ pool.
1C Mrs Maquaries Road, The Domain
Bondi to Coogee seaside walk
Put on your sunhat and slap on some sunscreen to follow the coastal walkway winding along the ocean cliffs from Bondi to Coogee. The two-hour ramble passes pounding surfing beaches at Tamarama and Bronte, Aboriginal rock art sites and the final resting place of famous Australians at Waverley cemetery. Stop off for a coffee en route and end the walk with a swim in the sheltered sea baths at Coogee.
A round of golf at Moore Park
Tee off at Moore Park near Paddington, just minutes from central Sydney hotels. The 18-hole public course caters for beginners to experts, and the rolling greens and club-house restaurant are backed by views of the Sydney skyline.
Cycling at Centennial Park
Hire a bike at Centennial Park to join active Sydneysiders on two wheels. Grand Drive, a four-kilometre cycle lane, weaves through the park and there’s also a cycleway for learners. On Sundays, all roads in the park are closed for relaxed car-free cycling.
Snorkelling at Shelly Beach
Sydney’s underwater world is a magical place, so strap on some flippers and goggles for a close-up view at Shelly Beach in Manly. You’ll spot fish, weedy seadragons and octopus, and if you’re really lucky perhaps a little penguin might swim your way.
Catching a wave at Bondi
Learn to surf at Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi, or hire a surfboard if you’re an old hand at riding the waves. Surf between the flagged area patrolled by lifeguards, or go for a paddle in Bondi’s calm seawater pools.