Summer staycation in the Inner West

Summer holidays are a time when many of us load up the car and head to the beach or bush to spend a well-earned break. However, as travel planning – both domestic and international – continues to be a bit uncertain, many of us are choosing to stay close to home and enjoying downtime on a staycation. Plus, here in the Inner West and Greater Sydney, we’re spoilt for choice with things to see, do and experience right in our own backyard. So, whether you’re a culture vulture, a beachgoer, a walker or a cyclist, here are some ideas to help you have a great holiday at home.

Holiday in your own backyard

The Inner West is a treasure-trove of holiday-activity opportunities, from its many historic walks to its beautiful parks and swimming spots. Head to other articles on our blog, and you’ll find Canada Bay Club has done the work for you when it comes to rounding up the best of what our vibrant locality has to offer.

Take a walk on the West side

There are so many options for exploring our local area on foot or by bike, and the Inner West Council has a fantastic walking and cycling route resource with everything you need to know on where to go. Check it out for all kinds of interesting itineraries, from Balmain’s Tom Uren Trail to Ashfield cycling routes and self-guided art tours.

Further Afield

Spending a few hours exploring the tranquil Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour or the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a great way to cool down in lush surrounds on sticky summer days. Alternatively, pack your swimmers and a towel and pull on your trainers to go ‘surf and turf’ as you hit the trail on the best of Sydney’s spectacular coastal walks. There are so many to choose from – it’ll take your whole staycation to experience them all!

Image Source: Sydney Coast Walks

Make a splash in the Inner West

Too hot for walking? Pack a picnic and spend the day by the water at one of the Inner West’s many public swimming spots. Don’t miss Chiswick Baths – a relatively undiscovered harbour pool at the end of Chambers Reserve – and glorious Cabarita Park Beach – yes, beach! – on the Parramatta River. Read our full round-up of the best places to cool off in the Inner West.

Further Afield

Sydney is blessed with some of the finest beaches in the world, from harbour nooks including Nielsen Park and Watsons Bay in the Eastern Suburbs to Chinamans Beach and Sirius Cove on the North Shore. Sirius Cove is even dog-friendly, so you can bring along your four-legged family member to enjoy the fun, too. Although the crowds and traffic heading to Bondi Beach and its neighbouring Bronte and Tamarama can be daunting, there are numerous other coastal havens to explore.

Check out the sheltered swimming and snorkelling spots at Little Bay Beach and historic La Perouse in the south-east, as well as Maroubra’s stunning Mahon ocean pool. In the north, Balmoral is a favourite beach for families, and the rock pool at North Curl Curl is a fun adventure across the clifftops.

Image Source: Parramatta River

Enjoy the great indoors

Sometimes, at the height of summer, all you want to do is hide from the heat. There are plenty of other ways to cool down and chill out over the holidays. If you have kids in tow, this activity hub on the Inner West Council website has a comprehensive list of child-friendly activities, workshops and events.

Further Afield

For adults and children alike who want to escape the sun, it’s the perfect time to catch up on the latest blockbuster exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or any number of other great galleries and museums around town. Any time is a good time to explore the industrial wonders of the Powerhouse Museum in nearby Ultimo or the quirky curiosities at the Justice & Police Museum in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The Sydney Living Museums site is a hub of information for culture lovers. Remember to check the website of each venue before you visit for up-to-date opening hours and conditions of entry.

Image Source: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Book a sleepover in your own hometown

A staycation doesn’t mean you have to stay at home, so why not make like a tourist and book a night in one of your local hotels or pubs? The boutique Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale is at the centre of the action – plus, it’s close to the atmospheric buzz of Newtown and our Inner West. Best of all, it has a rooftop pool (complete with a poolside bar) to get you in the holiday mood.

Further Afield

For a truly memorable experience, Taronga Zoo’s Wildlife Retreat is like being on luxury safari, offering a variety of accommodation options as well as fine dining, stunning views of Sydney Harbour, and up-close-and-personal time with the zoo’s inhabitants. If you’re more into ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping), the well-equipped site that comes with the Roar and Snore package is great for kids and adults alike.

Also on Sydney Harbour, take an overnight trip to explore the industrial history of Cockatoo Island by day, then stay the night in one of the island’s accommodation options, from a waterfront campground to heritage holiday houses.

If you feel like gettin’ wet and wild with the kids out west, visit Raging Waters Sydney. Then dry off with a bit of nostalgia and a movie next door at the Skyline Drive-In cinema.

Image Source: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Want even more to explore? Peruse delicious food and clever handicrafts at one of the local markets, enjoy some theatrical events throughout January at Sydney Festival and more – there are thousands of entertaining reasons to book your staycation. Of course, while you’re enjoying all the delights of the Inner West and beyond, why not celebrate with a family dinner here at Canada Bay Club?

The Brasserie offers family-friendly food in a relaxed atmosphere on the ground floor of the Club, with fresh salads, roasts, woodfired pizzas, pasta and more. Kids can enjoy the new playground while the adults catch up over a meal. Plus, our Balcony Bar, open in the evenings from Friday to Sunday, is the perfect spot to say ‘cheers!’ as you watch the sunset.

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Canada Bay Club in Sydney's Inner West has been a meeting place for the local community for more than 50 years. Since opening in 1966, the culturally diverse club has grown froma small social sports centre to a club with state-of-the-art function rooms, two restaurants, live entertainment, kids' arcade, and health and fitness classes for its 20,000+ members.


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