Insider's guide to a Sydney summer

02:08, Dec 06 2013
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Ice cream at Manly.
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Sunset over Sydney Harbour from Cremorne Point.
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Balmoral beach
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Bondi Coastal Walk.
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Doyles on the beach restaurant at Watsons Bay
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The entrance to Chinatown on Dixon Street, Haymarket
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The Paddington Markets.
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Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont.
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The MCA lit up during Vivid Sydney.

So you've done the Bridge Walk, seen the Opera House and soaked up some rays on Bondi, but do you know the real Sydney?

Leading travel website, Wotif.co.nz has put together a top ten insiders guide to help you experience the city like a Sydneysider this summer.

New Zealand Product Manager, Renee Piggott said, "Sydney in summer is about making the most of the weather and natural environment."

"Get outside, take a walk and explore the many areas of Sydney," Piggott said.

"It's not all about the great outdoors though, no trip to Sydney would be complete without indulging in some delicious food. We've made sure to include some of our favourite food-based summer treats as well."

The top ten summer activities in Sydney are:

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1. Head to Manly, take a walk along the palm-tree lined Corso, watch the volleyball players and enjoy an ice-cream.

2. See Sydney Harbour from a different point of view - grab a picnic basket and head to Blues Point.

3. Indulge at Gelato Messina's flagship store in Darlinghurst. You can choose from over 40 flavours from this award winning ice-cream maker but we suggest the popular Salted Caramel and White Chocolate. Yum!

4. Head to Balmoral for fish and chips on the beach. You can work off your dinner by enjoying a stroll on the beachside promenade.

5. Take the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte for a delicious brekkie before taking a quick dip.

6. Enjoy a ferry ride to Watson's Bay, Australia's oldest fishing village for lunch at Doyles Restaurant. A fine dining experience not to be missed.

7. Enjoy dinner and a world-class show. Hit the town in Chinatown for some authentic Asian cuisine before heading to Capitol Theatre in Haymarket to see Disney's landmark musical event, The Lion King.

8. Head to Paddington for shopping along Oxford Street. Shop Australian designers at The Intersection or head to the Paddington Market.

9. Seafood lovers should head to the Sydney Fish Market for a behind the scenes tour or cooking class at the Southern Hemisphere's largest fish market.

10. Soak up Sydney's latest exhibition "War is Over (if you want it): Yoko Ono" at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA to the locals) and then enjoy a wine + debrief at the MCA café overlooking the harbour.

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