Sydney summer survival kit

Survival kit in Sydney’s Australian summer.

My workation since December in Sydney comes to an end. Here are my learnings to cope well with the hot summer days here.

✳️ As soon as you wake up, sunscreen is the order of the day. Especially if you have a sensitive, light teint from Germany.

✳️ Always wear a cap or hat, even if it’s cloudy. Because the weather changes quickly and the sun loves this city.

✳️ Dance in the rain, because it feels like a warm shower (but not during a thunderstorm, please).

✳️ The Botanical Garden is always worth a walk and offers shade and good cafés.

✳️ And anyway: Enjoy the coffee culture here and choose a favorite café where you can take a Long Black or a Flat White for breakfast first thing in the morning. Just exceptional!

✳️ And be careful: Cafés close at 4 p.m. at the latest, sometimes earlier. The insider tip in this case: use ice cream parlors.

✳️ “Anita’s” has the best ice cream in Sydney in our opinion. And also roasts its own coffee. Ideal, for example, for an affogato.

✳️ Enjoy the cool days. There were more of them than expected.

✳️ Take advantage of the opportunities to cool down. The Prince Alfred Park Public Pool was around the corner from us and the ocean beaches were not far away as well.

✳️ By car, you’ll quickly be in the cooler Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley if you’re a wine connoisseur.

✳️ And if the opportunity arises, fly to Hobart for a few days and enjoy the mild, pleasant Tasmanian summer climate there.

✳️ Don’t plan outdoor activities if the temperature rises above 100 degrees (or 40 C). We had such days, but less than expected. Maybe a handful in 3 months.

✳️ The nights are tropical and enjoyable for evening walks and of course for the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

✳️ A museum is always a good idea. Air conditioning and great exhibitions and there is always something attractive for kids.

✳️ Plan public transport for your excursions, for example the ferries, also for cost-efficient sightseeing. There are always wonderful photo opportunities of the beaches, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

✳️ You can’t do anything in Sydney without Apple Pay or at least always have a credit card on hand. Everything here works digital.

And last but not least.

✳️ Don’t miss the Great Barrier Reef. Because it is indescribably beautiful and a miracle of nature and perhaps finite. Who knows. A good hour flight to Brisbane, half an hour cab ride to Radcliff and another 1 1/2 hour flight with a propeller plane to Lady Elliot Island and you’re there. A wonderful eco resort: basic, expensive, but worth every dollar spent.

My name is Bernd Scharbert and I support leaders in the question of how to reconcile family, career and life. If you are interested, please feel free to follow me at LinkedIn, #prepare4landing or contact me directly.

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