While the weekend may be the traditional day for relaxing and having fun, these days it’s not so cut and dried anymore. With millennials increasingly choosing to work flexible hours, and plenty of holidaymakers heading into Sydney for weeks of vacation, it’s clear that entertainment needs to be easy to find on weekdays too. Here are the best activities and attractions that you can enjoy on any day of the week.
Harbour Boat Tours
With boats leaving through the day, you can easily go on a tour of Sydney Harbour in whatever kind of vessel takes your fancy. You can go for a dinner tour, a brief sightseeing tour, or even take a ride on a tall ship which will head out further into the waters. These tours are a great way to see the city, and even if you’ve lived in Sydney for years, it will give you a new perspective that you’ve never seen before.
Shopping in the QVB
The Queen Victoria Building, often shortened to the QVB, is one of the foremost shopping malls in Sydney. It’s located in an historic building which boats stunning architecture, and you can find a wide range of household names on sale in the boutiques. It’s not the only choice if you want a rainy day shopping experience – there’s also the Pitt Street Mall, Westfield, and a number of other shopping centres throughout the city. With indie boutiques, designer outlets, and plenty of local crafts on offer, you can’t go wrong with a day of shopping. The malls are open every day, but usually have later opening hours on Thursdays for that extra bit of shopping time.
The Work-Shop Classes
Learning to do something new is always a valuable use of your time, even if you are only interested for novelty purposes. The Work-Shop, situated in the Redfern area, offers classes on a wide range of subjects. You can learn how to do your own Henna tattoos, how to crochet, how to blend gin, how to brine your own vegetables – it’s all up for your consideration. You can book in for a class in advance, and they’re held both week-long and year-round. Don’t limit yourself just to the Work-Shop – if they don’t offer the class you want, you can be sure that someone else in Sydney will.
Art Gallery NSW
Not only is it free to go into the Art Gallery NSW, but it’s also free to take a guided tour of the exhibitions. Both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions will grab your imagination, and it’s open all week round for your perusal. If that’s not enough, you can also pop in to the Museum of Contemporary Art for free. The exhibitions will cost a little more to enter, but as they’re only an extra cherry on top of the permanent collections, you can do it all for free. Again, they’re open all days of the week, so go early on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowds and get a private showing of the art from Australia and around the world.
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary
One of the most fun activities for families in the city is to head to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Manly Beach is a key attraction, but if it’s a little cold or rainy, then you can head inside to see some spectacular sea creatures. The sanctuary focuses on conservation, so it’s a great place to learn about the risks to Australian sea life and how we can reduce them. There’s an interactive rock pool and feeding demonstrations that kids will love, and you can even go scuba diving in tanks with sharks, turtles, and rays. It’s a perfect experience for the weekdays, when there will be less people around and you’ll get more of a chance to admire the fish and sea creatures.
There’s always something going on in Sydney, no matter what day of the week you want to go out and get some entertainment. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and you can also enjoy theatre shows, fine dining, indie coffee, and all kinds of cultural experiences week-long.