September 20, 2016

Spring into Sydney these School Holidays

9 reasons to holiday in Sydney this spring!

Ah, spring. The magical time of year when flowers bloom, birds sing, bees buzz and Sydney comes to life!  With the September school holidays fast approaching, the kids are thriving for a fun adventure. 

The Harbour City is serving up plenty of reasons to visit these school holidays. We’ve got 9 hot tips as to why you should spend spring in Sydney and What’s on.

1.       Central Park – Broadway

A short stroll from Mercure Sydney is a new downtown destination, where a global collaboration of architects and artists have created an exciting urban village. One of the events being run these holidays is a week-long Silent Disco Ice Skating Festival.

Think Blades of Glory figure skating whilst listening to the live DJ set on your very own pair of headphones. There will be no stopping you!

Popping up September 23 to 29, skating will be open 10am to 8pm daily. The Silent Disco activation is from 4pm each afternoon and the first 100 people on the ice after this time will receive a bonus $10 voucher. This family friendly Skating Festival is free for all to attend.


2.       Harbour side fun at Luna Park

Sydney's spring weather is ideal for enjoying Sydney Harbour, so why not visit the iconic Luna Park at Milsons Point, next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The amusement park will delight the young and young at heart with thrilling and fun rides and spectacular views of the amazing Sydney Harbour. 


3.       Australian Museum - City Centre

The Australian Museum offers permanent galleries as well as temporary and touring exhibitions; the kids will love the popular Dinosaurs exhibit. Wild Planet the newest permanent exhibition featuring 400 amazing and diverse animals on our planet. In this exhibition, you will learn about the importance of biodiversity and discover when, where and how different species are connected to one another in the Tree of Life.


4.       Learn to Surf at Bondi

A 25 minute commute from Central, Bondi offers a range of activities throughout the school holidays as well as mesmerising views and waves that draw surfers from everywhere. Bondi Beach is one of the world’s best destinations to learn to surf, so why not enrol in an accredited surf school and learn from experienced teachers who know the waves and will help you understand ocean conditions.

For the quintessential Bondi experience, book a lesson with Lets Go Surfing. You can also teach yourself to surf with plenty of board hire available. Surfing can be a dangerous, so make sure you abide by the beach rules and understand local surfing conditions.


5.       Aladdin @ the Capitol Theatre – Haymarket

ALADDIN is the must-see show of the year, from the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical. 

With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects, Disney’s ALADDIN is breathtaking. The Capitol Theatre is a 10 min walk from Mercure Sydney. Click here for tickets


6.       Cycle Centennial Park – Moore Park

Located moments from the Mercure Sydney and easily accessible by car or public transport, Centennial Parklands is a must see location in Sydney. Free to visit, the Parklands are home to over 15,000 trees, Australian wildlife, ponds, flowers beds, statues, as well as offering a selection of cafes and restaurants.

Best way to get around the Parklands is to hire a bike and cycle through vast and beautifully maintained open green spaces. To start planning your visit the website or download the Centennial Parklands App "My Parklands" (for iPhones and Androids)


7.       Sydney Tower Eye - City Centre

Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views of the beautiful harbour city. From the golden beaches to the distant Blue Mountains, you'll be amazed by the views.

Your ticket includes the 4D cinema experience - the first produced in Australia - where you can uncover a new dimension to Sydney through a whole new perspective. The engaging film experience is taken to the fourth dimension with evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and water! More info

8.       The Kid’s playground at Darling Quarter - Darling Harbour

Darling Quarter's playground is one of Australia's best. Water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides and flying foxes will keep toddlers and teens entertained for hours. It's fun, thrilling and best of all free!

The Playground is within walking distance of the Hotel and only a 5 minute drive.


9.       Powerhouse Museum – Pyrmont

Located in the old Ultimo Power Station building 10 minutes walking distance from Mercure Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship venue of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). With a strong focus on creativity and curiosity, a range of 12 permanent exhibitions, the children will love the interactive exhibits, demonstrations, performances, workshops, forums and other special events held throughout the Museum.

Well if you can cram all these awesome activities and venues into one trip, you (and the kids) will definitely need a place to rest after your jam packed agenda. Have no fear, we're here for you. Relax at Mercure Sydney and kick back while you feel at home.