While other folk are still snoring, Sydney's early birds are being their best selves
By Time Out editors|
We’re an optimistic bunch – rising at the crack of dawn to snap sunrise pics by the pool or hitting our fitness goals in the park. Set your alarm an hour or two earlier and smash this list of 90 glorious early morning activities.
1.Be one of the first swimmers to wade into the salt water atBronte Bathsand soak in the views of an empty beach as daylight creeps over the horizon.
2. Get in early to feed the animals at Taronga Zoo. You’ll need to book in a sleepover atRoar N Snore, but at 6.15am you’ll get to feed a seal and sunbake with an echidna.$185-$320.
3.Book in for a surf lesson at Bondi Beach.Let’s Go Surfingruns 6.30am sessions for beginners, so you can practice standing up (and falling off) before the beach gets busy.$95.
4.Take photos of the sunrise from one of the tallest towers in Sydney. Nikon runs aCityscapes Masterclass class that starts at 7am, 266 metres above the city at Sydney Tower Eye.$99. Sat Jan 20.
5.Glebe Rowing Club teaches newcomers how to perfect their scull in a four-week Sunday morning program from 8.30. Get on board for a new cardio workout on the water.$275. Nov 4-12, Jan 21-Feb 9 & Feb 25-Mar 18.
6.Weave your way around working fishermen on the auction floor at Sydney Fish Market and see more than 100 varieties of seafood in the 6.40amBehind the Scenestours.$35.
7. Start the day drifting 300m above farmyards and pretty country towns with Balloon Aloft on a sunrise tour over Camden Valley. Daily 4am. $299-$339.
8.Slow down with a guided meditation class atW1ll. The studio is beautiful and you can sip on peppermint and cocoa tea afterwards.Tue, Thu 7.15am $22.
9.Cycle through the Alpe d'Huez (without leaving Sydney) at a one ofScenic Cycle’s 6.45am or 7.45am classes.$22.
36. Strap on a snorkel and gawk at the Gordon’s Bay fishies before anyone gets there. BYO snorkelling gear.
37. Get to the Sly Fox by 3am and you can shuffle to their silent disco until 6am. Fri, Sat 2pm-6am.
38. Get up at sparrow's fart and charter a 7am sightseeing flight with Sydney Seaplanes. Mon-Sun 7am. $200pp.
39. Sing your lungs out for an hour of power at Dynasty Karaoke before a brisk morning walk home at 4am. Daily4am. $8pp.
40. Kick a ball around with some mates before the sun comes up at the Domain (car park is open from 6am). Daily 6am. $4 for 30 mins.
39. Early birds can start their morning with a sunrise stand-up paddleboarding lesson at Watsons Bay’s WATSSUP – the hour-long class includes fitness and SUP skills, plus morning coffee. Tue, Thu & Sat 6-7am. $50.
40. Start your day with dessert by scoring a slice of Black Star Pastry’s famous watermelon cake. Sun-Wed 7am-5pm; Thu-Sat 7am-5.30am.
41. Eat a famous breakfast from Bills. Not only will you skip the queues that form later in the day, but you’ll have extra hours to burn off those ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter. Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat, Sun 7.30am-10pm.
42. Join the Sydney Tsunami Dragon Boat Club, who have a training session on Saturday mornings from August until March that kicks off at 8.45am. If you’re not sure you want to commit, the first three lessons are free.
43. Get adventure ready with trek training workouts with Wild Women on Top. They run 7am sessions at Balmoral, Middle Harbour, Manly and Sutherland where you work out with a weighted pack. $49.
44. Go on a self-guided sculpture walk with the Sydney Culture Walks App, which will guide your from St Mary’s Cathedral down to the Botanic Gardens. Bring a coffee for an arty start to your day.
45. Watch the sunrise from the steps of Hornby Lighthouseright out at Sydney’s farthest eastern tip. While you’re there pop down to Camp Cove for a morning dip.
46. Beat the queues to one of Sydney’s best bacon and egg rolls at the Orange Grove Organic Marketsevery Saturday from 8am. They cure the bacon with honey and port, the yolk is always runny.
47. Learn to capture a sunrise on camera with this 2.5 hours course for early risers. 5am-7.30am. $95.
48.Every Tuesday and Friday, shoot and dribble at a 7am mixed basketball game at the KGV Recreation Centre.Morning Hoops is taught by not-for-profit organisation Each One Teach One, who are passionate about making exercise accessible to all. $10.
49.The very first ferry of the day to Cockatoo Island– it leaves Circular Quay at 6.15am during the week and at 6.45am on weekends. Explore the storied island before most people wake up.$5.88.
50. Get on your horse at Centennial Park where Sydney Horse offer 30 minute and 60 minute park rides, plus private lessons, from 6am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. $60-$120.
51. Go all out on a business breakfast at the Grounds of the City. The vintage coffee house theme will make the first meal of the day feel as exciting as going out for dinner. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 7am-6pm; Thu 7am-late.
52. Ladies: start your day right and hit McIver’s Ladies Baths – the only remaining women’s-only baths in Australia – from sunrise, when it’s fresh-as. Daily from sunrise. $2 entry.
53. Take five – or ten – to browse the comprehensive newspaper offering (and free Wi-Fi) in the ground floor lounge of Customs House. Mon-Fri 8am-midnight.
54. Get your coffee with a shot of greenery; the Royal Botanic Gardens has three places you can get a caffeine hit on your way to work: the Botanic Gardens Café (daily from 8.30am), the Pavilion Kiosk (daily from 8am) and the Blond Café at the Palace Gate (daily from 8am).
55. Conquer a mountain before everyone else has started their day: 9 Degrees bouldering centre is open from 6am on Wednesdays – and they even have good coffee and home-made muffins. $19.80 for a day pass.
56. Creative Mornings is a breakfast gathering that offers food for the mind and pastries for the tummy. It’s free to attend the breakfast lecture and events are always held on a Friday morning. Monthly, Fri 8.30am.
58. Take a snorkelling tour of Fairlight Beach where you’ll can see cockatoo fish, sea urchin and teeny tiny pomfrets. Hire mask, snorkel and fins for $25 from Dive Centre Manly. Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm; Sat, Sun 8am-6pm.
59. Board a fishing charter at D’Albora Marina at the Spit in Mosman and let Fishing Sydney Tours show you where to catch the best snapper. They offer five-hour trips, setting off from 6am. $600pp.
60. Early birds can perfect their birdies at Moore Park Driving Range, where you can tee off at 6am, six days a week. Pick up a bucket of 25 balls for $5.
79.Smash out a game of squash from 7am atMatraville Sports Centre, where you can book into one of six courts.Daily 7am-5pm. $24 per hour.
80. Eat breakfast ramen at Rising Sun Workshop. From 8am this bike shop and café pumps out a butter toast imbued broth, topped with a just-cooked onsen egg and shards of crisp bacon.
81. Host a breakfast barbecue at Bronte Park. Beat the crowds and fry up bacon and eggs, before taking an early morning dip.
82. Head to the Boathouse Balmoral at 7am to nab the best seats (right by the boardwalk and overlooking the water).
83. Get down to La Perouse by 7.41am which is a major solunar feeding time – ie, the best time to go fishing.
84. Follow the call to prayer at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque. Morning prayers are at dawn and sunrise. Even if you are not religious, visitors are welcome (take off your shoes!), and you can book a tour for any day except Fridays. It’s like being in Istanbul. Tours $5 donation.
85. Every day, Orange Sky Laundry washes and dries clothes for people who are sleeping rough in Sydney. You can volunteer to help out at any time of day – including before 9am, Monday to Sunday.
86. Stinking hangover? Shake it off with a breakfast burger heaped with sausage, bacon, cheese, a hash brown, HP sauce and maple syrup at Mary’s CBD. They open at 7am, Monday to Friday.
87. Explore the city on two wheels. Sydney has multiple bike share companies dotted around the city, including Reddy Go,Obike, Ofo and Mobike. Hire starts at $1-$2 for 30 minutes.
88. Stock up on air-freighted Buffalo mozzarella before your morning espresso at Fourth Village Providore – did you know the Mosman deli opens from 7am every day?
89.Jostle with florists as they scan the floor for the freshest blooms at theSydney Flower Markets.Mon-Sat 5am. $3.67-$8.90.
90. Facing your fears is a challenge best tackled before breakfast. Book in for a 6am tandem drop with Sydney Skydiveand you could be jumping out of a plane 4,000 metres over Wollongong Beach, all before your favourite café opens. From $319.