Lonely Planet Writer

It’s summer somewhere! Australia is luring travellers with drone video of its beaches

If you’re already wondering how you’ll bear another cold winter, it may be time to think about a trip to Australia as it heads into summertime.

A Snapshot of Sydney Beaches from the Sky from Destination NSW on Vimeo.

Destination NSW (New South Wales) is showing off just how nice Sydney is in the summer months with drone footage of its famous beaches – likely stirring up a bit of wanderlust in anyone who is currently taking out their winter coat. As Australia heads into the summer season, the tourism group is expecting more than ten million overnight and day-trip visitors to head to Sydney.

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Australia beaches. Image by Destination NSW

“Summer is an absolutely magical time to visit Sydney and make the most of the city’s famous coastal lifestyle with more than 90 beaches on offer”, said New South Wales’ Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, in a statement. The tourism group compiled a list of some of the best places to see in the city, and the top spots are unsurprising. They recommend the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour BridgeBondi Beach and Manly for first-time summer visitors, but note that the Botanic Garden Sydney and Centennial Parklands are also popular.

Beaches in Australia. Australia beaches.
Australia beaches. Image by Destination NSW

There are also a number of big events that will be held this summer, with the Australian Open of Surfing starting in February, Sydney Festival running from 7 to 27 January, and New Year’s Eve, when Sydney holds its world famous fireworks. For anyone wanting to watch the display over the harbour, there are free viewing locations at Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and McMahons Point.