Although any excuse to visit Sydney is sure to be a good one, there is a special thrill in exploring this coastal metropolis in the blooming season of Spring. Not only are there a plethora of events unfolding across the city's harbour, parks and streets, but there is also time for the little things in life like stopping to smell the roses. See the pretty petals reach for the sky, adding another layer of beauty to this picturesque surrounds of Sydney.
Once you've had your fill of the flora, hire a car and explore these must-see Spring events!
Festival of the Winds, Sunday September 13
It's kite time! Get the sand between your toes on Bondi Beach as you fly a colourful kite through the skies. People bring along a wide variety of kites, bedazzling viewers with a diversity of designs, shapes and hues. Think cartoon characters, large flowers, animals and all sorts of creative kite formations! International kite-flyers flock to the event, so you can delight in watching them show off top-notch skills in dipping and floating the kites.
Don't fret if you didn't bring a kite along in the boot of your rental car – there is a kite-making workshop hosted on the beach. You can fly your artistic masterpiece with pride, and no matter if you're road tripping with little ones or friends, the festival is sure to remind you of the simple pleasures of being a child.
Food stalls line the beach on this day, with scrumptious cuisine to keep stomachs full. Art exhibitions themed to the event will be on show at the nearby Bondi Pavilion Gallery, and the artsy vibe continues with dance workshops and puppet shows.
Willoughby Spring Festival, September 1 – 30
What's a springtime visit to Sydney without seeing this iconic festival? Sydney's North Shore neighbourhood of Chatswood is the buzzing heart of this festival, with a site called 'The Concourse' used as the hub with an array of workshops, including making resin jewellery and knitting. Ballet masterclasses, musical concerts and flower shows abound at The Concourse throughout the month. In true Spring spirit, there's also an orchid show with the opportunity to purchase this majestic flower on sale.
Art exhibitions for this year are centred around the theme 'Imagining Place' – sure to inspire some interesting conversations with your road trip companions!
Art and About Sydney, September 18 – October 11
This month's artistic focus is on photography, with an exhibition of 22 thought-provoking pictures showcasing the work of the finalists for the 2015 $10,000 Australian Life Prize. The theme, as the prize title suggests, is on what it means to be Aussie – so this is a lovely exhibition for both Australians and tourists visiting the land Down Under to get a sense of the culture of the country.
Admire the large-format prints of these photographs exhibited in Hyde Park North, near the Archibald Fountain. Spring is the idyllic time to see art in a natural outdoor gallery, and Hyde Park is a cultural landmark worth navigating in its own right. Did you know that this is Australia's oldest park? There's more than 16 hectares of lush green open space for your Spring adventure here, so check out the surrounds after you've soaked in the art in the sunshine.