That Sunny Feeling: 5 Epic Outdoor Activities In Sydney

Are you striving to get a little more active before the autumn weather really kicks in? Good on ya, mate! Here some cool ideas to help you get started.

Surfing lessons

Image credit: Lets Go Surfing Facebook
Image credit: Lets Go Surfing Facebook

Let’s Go Surfing

North Bondi

Cost: $225 for 3 lessons

Teaching around Bondi, Maroubra and Byron Bay, Let’s Go Surfing has been Sydney’s go-to surfing school for over 20 years. These skilled instructors genuinely love what they do, and they’ll have you up and ready to rock in no time. They welcome everyone, from seasoned wave-riders to folks who don’t know one end of a board from the other, and their lessons are always a blast. So if you’ve always wanted to hang ten on the gnarly waves (surfers still say those things, right?), now’s your chance. Head on down to the beach with these guys for a truly awesome time.

“Totally rate these guys, was fun , a great workout and they actually taught me to surf , well stand up at least – these guys rock!” – Mark D

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Image credit: Manly Kayak Facebook
Image credit: Manly Kayak Facebook

Manly Boat & Kayak Centre


Cost: From $25

If surfing involves too much standing up (not to mention falling down) for your liking, there are plenty of other ways to take to the water. The Manly Boat & Kayak Centre is brilliant, offering low-cost kayak hire to give you the run of the beautiful North Harbour. They also do special tours, teaching you the basics and taking you around a host of secret beaches and fabulous sights. There’s loads of beautiful things to see, and a kayak is the perfect way to explore – so what are you waiting for?

“Went kayaking around Manly during the summer holidays and had a great day. We hired the canoe from Manly Boat and Hire and they has us in the water in no time! The best part was being able to stop over at the little beaches on the way. One beach was only accessible by boat and was absolutely beautiful and untouched. Apparently the penguins actually come to nest there as well!” – ShrimpyNoodle

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Abseiling/rock climbing

Image credit: High N Wild Facebook
Image credit: High N Wild Facebook

High ‘N’ Wild


Cost: From $135

Whether climbing up cliffs or scrabbling down them is more your thing, High ‘N’ Wild will make sure you get a vigorous workout. They’ve been organising thrilling wilderness adventures since all the way back in 1989, and are now based in the stunning Blue Mountains to give you the best experience yet. Yes, that’s an hour and a half from Sydney – but believe us, the gorgeous views are worth the drive. If you’re interested in abseiling or rock climbing, you should definitely give them a call.

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Horse riding

Image credit: Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre Website
Image credit: Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre Website

Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre

Centennial Park

Cost: $90 for a one-hour ride

You haven’t seen Centennial Park until you’ve seen it from atop a horse, and the Equestrian Centre gives you the opportunity to do just that. They do both guided rides and actual lessons, and the staff are super helpful – so don’t worry if the closest you’ve been to a horse is watching re-runs of The Saddle Club. They have horses to suit all ability levels, and you’ll love exploring the picturesque parklands from horseback. It’s loads of fun, and an excellent way to try riding without having to leave the city.

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Paddle Boarding


Balmoral Paddlesurf

North Manly

Cost: $50pp for a group lesson

Blue skies, clear waters – Balmoral Beach is a beauty, and getting out there on a paddle board is incredibly fun. There’s just something relaxing about gliding around on the board – but if you’ve never tried it before, don’t worry. The team at Balmoral Paddlesurf is here to help. With their passion, dedication and positive attitude, these guys simply love paddle boarding – and their infectious enthusiasm means that you soon will too. They’ve got the best gear, the best teachers and the best spot on the beach, so drop them a line sometime!

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