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Things to Do in Sydney this June

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The call to bunker down and stay cozy is being heeded by many across the state as temperatures drop and motivation to do much more than stare at a screen and eat comfort food plummets.

It is very tempting to pull the plug on socialising and venturing outdoors on the weekends or evenings for a few months. But there is more to life than wearing PJs and ugg boots all day and catching up on Netflix, updating Facebook and diving into a bowl of mashed potatoes with a side of sour cream and melted butter.


If you are based in Sydney one of the best reasons to venture out into the cold (rugged up of course) is to explore the impressive Vivid Lights Festival down at Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. Find your favourite beanie and gloves, don your winter coat and boots and have a night out with friends or family sipping a hot chocolate or warming mulled wine and viewing the city’s landmarks decked out in vibrant colour and light. One of the best things about the festival is that its free. Follow the dazzling tour of lights through the city and finish off with a dinner somewhere warm and cozy (though book early if planning to dine anywhere in the vicinity of the lights displays such as the Rocks, Darling Harbour or Circular Quay). Vivid is on until June 15. 

The Sydney Film Festival is another reason to shed your dressing gown for something a tad more glamorous and brave the chilli winds this month. Always a great opportunity to view obscure, outstanding and sometimes outlandish films, many of which have collected awards around the globe before reaching our shores. With a number of films events already sold out, it really is first in best (warmly) dressed. Sydney Film Festival  winds up June 16.

Be a Culture Vulture:  

Sydney is home to many a gallery and museum, as well as many well stocked libraries across the suburbs. Whether you’re into art, history, ceramics, dinosaurs or stuffed birds you’re bound to find something fascinating to explore even if its raining outside. It’s also a budget friendly option as many museums and galleries offer free general entry. The MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Gallery of NSW are both free to visit the general admission exhibitions (though featured exhibits will attract an entry fee). The Rocks Discovery Museum is also free as is the Sydney Observatory which offers free daytime admission for a self-guided visit to the gardens (but fees apply to access the telescope domes, viewings and 3D theatre). Perfect for a rainy day, being a tourist in your own city can be a nice way to while away a few hours while being enchanted by our history or arts scene.  Local libraries can also be a source of inspiration and an outing that doesn’t break the bank (great for kids too). Pour though the collection of magazines, books or explore the DVD collection and bring home a pile of material to keep you occupied at home without spending a cent.

However you decide to spend your wintery weekends and evenings, stay cozy and enjoy yourself.  Extra sleep, nourishing grounding foods and time out to relax and unwind will help you to keep your energy levels restored during the coldest part of the year.    

Alison Gallagher is a freelance writer, resourcefulness expert and entrepreneur. She has been featured in various publications including Stellar Magazine, Australian Health and Fitness Magazine, and Cleo Magazine. Alison is particularly passionate about sharing practical tips on how to live simply, sustainably and seasonally.