The Best Ways to Spend Winter in Sydney

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Winter is in full swing Sydneysiders but that doesn’t mean we get to sit inside under the covers and watch Netflix all weekend. Instead, throw off the covers, pop on your winter woollens and check out these great wintery events. Here’s our tips for the best way to spend winter in Sydney.

Winter Wonderland presents Disco Inferno

When the weather outside is frightful… you know how the words go! And the team at Manly Wharf Hotel are taking the weather seriously. They’re making it snow. Winter Wonderland presents Disco Inferno is a one-night only event on Saturday 4th July that will see the hotel turned into a cool climate playground. Think snow machine, cheese fondue, Fireball whisky cocktails and a dark chocolate tequila that’s going to get a fire warming in your belly. Pop on your ear muffs and ski jackets and get ready to party to the beats of Brenny B Side and Graham Mandroulos.

Entry is FREE
Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
Saturday July 4th

(02) 9977 1266
manlywharfhotel.com.au

Bondi Ice Rink

The beach doesn’t get as much use during winter but the annual Bondi Ice Rink is always a hit. Head on down to the Pavilion just in front of the sand, strap on your skates and give it a go. If you’re no Torvill and Dean, book in for a lesson, held daily from 9am, on the hour and go for 45 minutes. The rink is open until late so you can skate under the stars – it’s really quite magical.

Tickets $22
Bondi Pavilion Forecourt, Bondi Beach
20th June – 12th July 
www.bondiwintermagic.org.au

The Tea Salon Drinks

Warm up with The Tea Salon's Super Spiced Cacao

Warm up with The Tea Salon’s Super Spiced Cacao

There is no better time to drink tea than on a cold winter’s day. Whether you’re escaping the winter chill or need a timeout from a shopping session, Westfield Sydney’s Tea Salon has some brand new winter drinks on the menu. Curl your hands around a steaming bowl of Super Spiced Cacoa – raw cacao, chilli, ginger, orange zest and cardamom, or wait until July for the Matcha Hot Chocolate – white chocolate, finely ground green tea and frothy milk, and the Hot Banana Smoothie. Keep an eye out for the Tea Salon’s upcoming cake demonstrations by Katherine Sabbath too, where you can learn how to make her signature Upside Down Ice Cream Cone Cake. And then there’s the Limited Edition Katherine Sabbath High Tea series where Katherine Sabbath ha made over the menu with her seriously indulgent treats, starting Wednesday 15th July. So many delicious things to look forward to!

Level Four, Westfield Sydney
theteasalon.com.au

Katherine Sabbath Cake Demonstrations
Thursday, July 16th from 6pm to 8pm (includes flute of French pink sparkling rose and petit scones)
Friday, July 17th from 10am to 12pm (includes premium loose-leaf tea and petit scones)
Tickets cost $45 per person + booking fee
Click here to buy tickets

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges Blue Mountains

Really embrace winter this year with a weekend getaway to the Blue Mountains. Coat, gloves, hat, boots, it’s totally appropriate to wear all your favourite winter fashions when you’re in the mountains. After a long day eating and antiquing, snuggle up by the fireplace (electric, all you need to do is press a button to get it roaring #winning) at the Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges. These beautiful suites are perfect for hiding away with a good book and a glass of wine by the fire.

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges
132 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath 
parklands.com.au

> Find more ideas for the perfect weekend away in the Blue Mountains

Winter Garden Dinner, Chiswick at the Gallery

CHISWICK at the Gallery's dishes bring fresh produce to the table

CHISWICK at the Gallery’s dishes bring fresh produce to the table

While the last thing you want to do is go out in the cold and garden in winter, the chefs at Chiswick have been hard at work in their new kitchen garden. The Winter Garden Dinner is their chance to show off. The four course meal is filled with the fruit from the garden (okay it’s mainly vegetables but save room for dessert!) and wines. If you miss that, the Southern Highlands Regional Dinner at Chiswick will bring flavours of the region to your plate on the 24th June.

Winter Garden Dinner, Chiswick at the Gallery
Tuesday, 23rd June, 6.30pm
$155 per person
Bookings essential
(02) 9225 1819
www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au

Park Hyatt Sydney Turns 25

Spend an evening at The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt

Spend an evening at The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt

When it’s your birthday during the middle of winter, you have to work extra hard to make it feel special. When you’re turning 25 and you’re a five star hotel, you get to go all out. The Park Hyatt is a quarter of a century this July and to celebrate is hosting a series of special events and offers. The piece de resistance is the 8 Hands in The Dining Room. On the 15th July four chefs, including the hotel’s own Franck Detrait, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome’s Fabien Berteau, Ormeggio at the Spit’s Alessandro Pavoni and The Bridge Room’s Ross Lusted will create a decadent one of a kind four course menu with matching wines. Proceeds from the meal will be going to Camp Quality, Heart Research Australia and SIDS and Kids. If you can’t make it on the night, pop by The Living Room for a cheese plate and glass of wine for just $25.

Oh, and all spa treatments at Park Hyatt’s The Spa are 25% off for the month of July, Monday – Thursday. 

8 Hands in the Dining Room
$295 per person

Bookings essentials
(02) 9256 1661
sydney.park.hyatt.com

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About the author

Lisa used to use Sydney as a base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure but these days she’s got her feet almost on the ground, with a desire to try every high tea in Sydney, and a cute cavoodle puppy at home. Travel writer, photographer and Kitchen Aid freak, she loves to eat, bake and write.

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