Winter is a great time for visitors of Sydney to undertake lesser known activities that even the locals take for granted.

From looking out for whales to admiring handmade designs at Paddington markets, there is a lot to love about Sydney in winter.

Here are 5 things to get you started:

1. Whale watching season commences in May and runs right through until December, to coincide with the northern migration.

From July to September, cruises leave Sydney regularly, offering you the chance to see Southern Right whales, Humpbacks and dolphins visiting the coast.

2. Winter gives visitors an invitation to dine at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the world.

This year Two Hat awards went to Sydney restaurants: Aria, Assiette, Becasse, Bently Restaurant & Bar, Berowra Waters Inn, Bistro Ortolan, Buon Ricordo, Claudes,  Guillaume at Bennalong, Iceburgs, Lucio’s, Pilu at Freshwater, Restaurant Balzac, Rockpool, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sean’s Panorama, and Universal.

3. Bondi comes alive with the Sydney Winter Festival. 600 square metres of ice are laid along Bondi Beach to create an outdoor ice rink.

Come July, the famous sands of Bondi become Sydney’s alpine wonderland, complete with an Alpine Ski Hut to keep you warm.

4. Art After Hours program comes alive in winter, with art, talks, jazz and films available to enjoy every Wednesday from 5pm until 9pm at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Go to their website to lock in your next evening of Sydney culture.

5. Every Saturday, rain hail or shine, the Paddington Markets is where you’ll find local arts and crafts up for sale. The markets offer delicate selections of handmade jewellery, clothing and vintage treasures.

Paddington Markets are open from 10am.

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