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Spend the day outdoors in Sydney

November is usually the city’s sunniest month, with temperatures warm but rarely scorching, so little encouragement is needed to enjoy the plentiful beaches and parks.
Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, opened in 1973

Parks & gardens

1 SYDNEY HARBOUR NATIONAL PARK

This scattered park protects large swathes of bush around the shore. It ofers varied experiences, all with blissful harbour views, and covers islands, quiet beaches, ancient rock art, lighthouses and headlands. Free self-guided tours are available from the park ofce in historic Cadmans Cottage, near Circular Quay in the city centre (nationalparks.nsw.gov.au).

2 ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

These spacious gardens are superbly tranquil, and well-tended lawns, interesting botanical collections and ever-present harbour views make it Sydney’s most beautiful park. Highlights include the rose garden, the rainforest walk and a rare Wollemi pine. Be sure to make like a local and take a picnic (rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au; Mrs Macquaries Rd; free).

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