Sydney in spring checklist

Part cafe, part roastery and part organic garden – the Grounds of Alexandria is regarded as the prime coffee institution in Sydney. Photo: Destination NSW

Springtime in Sydney brings along with it long sunny days, clear weather and a kaleidoscope of colours.

As the temperature warms up, so do Sydneysiders as they flock around café tables, art exhibitions, farmers markets and more.

And there is no better time to explore the city than this season as it springs to life with a hive of activity worth visiting that you would want to check off your list.

Sydney Running Festival

Strap on your running shoes and join Sydneysiders as they run across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic free at the annual Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sept 16.

Offering a unique experience during your travels, you can run along scenic routes that start from Bradfield Park, Milsons Point and end at the Conservatorium of Music or the Sydney Opera House.

Divided into multiple categories, you can choose to participate in either the full- or half-marathons or rally your friends and family for the more leisurely 3.5km Family Fun Run and the 10km Bridge Run. All proceeds from the event will help benefit charitable causes.

Purple rain

In spring, the jacaranda trees bloom in magnificent purple hues – perfect for a selfie background. Photo: Destination NSW

Forget cherry blossom flowers. Come springtime, the entire stretch of McDougall Street in Kirribilli transforms into a dreamlike fairyland courtesy of the blooming jacaranda trees that rain purple flowers on the street.

Don't miss the chance to stand under the brilliant coloured canopies and take Instagram-worthy shots against the stunning backdrop.

Located on the north side of Sydney, McDougall Street is a mere five-minute walk from Milsons Point train station.

Likewise, seek out the other jacaranda prime spots such as Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Paddington, and the University of Sydney campus or celebrate all things purple at Grafton Jacaranda Festival on Oct 27 to Nov 4.

Located six hours away from the capital city, you might want to drive yourself up to the North Coast of New South Wales and witness the crowning ceremony of Jacaranda Queen and Princess, explore markets, cultural displays and even enjoy live entertainment.

Tulip Time

The oldest floral festival in Australia, come and see the Corbett Gardens transform into a colourful display. Photo: Destination NSW

You don't have to travel all the way to Holland to witness tulips in their full splendour. Every year, Tulip Time – one of Australia's oldest floral festivals and the largest event in the Southern Highlands region, sees Corbett Gardens in Bowral transform into the centrepiece of the festival.

Running from Sept 18 to Oct 1, catch the spectacle of more than 75,000 tulips and 15,000 annuals mass-planted in Corbett Gardens alone, an additional 40,000 tulips across the Wingecarribee Shire as well as private garden tours, a craft market, live music, and more.

Besides garden shows, other highlights during the two-week event would be the street parade. Featuring colourful floats, marching bands, and vintage cars on show, the family-friendly event will be held on Sept 22, the first Saturday of the festival.

Sculpture by the Sea

Featuring over 100 installations along the Bondi-Tamarama coastal walk, it is the considered to be the largest sculpture exhibition in the world. Photo: Destination NSW

For three weeks starting Oct 18 to Nov 4, the iconic Bondi Beach plays host to the largest outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world.

Spanning two kilometres across the scenic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea will feature over 100 larger-than-life installations by local Australian and international artists. Best of all, it's a free-to-the-public event.

While you're at it, make time to visit the Bondi Icebergs Club where you can have your fill of delicious food or take a dip at the famous Bondi Icebergs Pool that overlooks the oceanfront.

To complement your exploration of the coast, go on and take a road-trip to the hinterland of Blue Mountains and explore its rich natural attractions. Board the world’s steepest passenger railway at Scenic World and take in the sights of the majestic Three Sisters rock formation that towers above the ancient rainforest.

Weekend done right

Part cafe, part roastery and part organic garden – the Grounds of Alexandria is regarded as the
prime coffee institution in Sydney. Photo: Destination NSW

In Australia, coffee isn't just another fancy drink – it's a brewing business. After all, it introduced to the world the flat white while the rest of us were still sipping on latte art.

Get a taste of the Sydneysider lifestyle and join the line that forms at the Grounds of Alexandria during brunch.

Housed in a former pie factory, there’s a reason why this coffee institution is called the mother of all cafés. Serving a variety of specialty coffee and innovative menu offerings such as polenta chips and the breakfast burger, The Grounds is also part an in-house roastery, part bakery, and part organic mini-farm thrown in for good measure. And you might want to be the first to queue on weekends to avoid disappointment.

After brunch, walk around town and discover fresh seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market – open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm – or support local artisans and designers at The Rocks Markets (Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm). Looking for unique gifts for your loved ones back home? Then head over to Paddington Markets, a community market which opens every Saturday since 1973, for an array of handcrafted goods and souvenirs. Sydney is truly abuzz in spring as there are plenty of things to do and markets to explore around town.

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Sydney in spring checklist


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