28 Ideas to Help You Recharge This Summer

We all know that working in events is hard. Time and again Event Coordinator makes the list of top ten most stressful jobs as compiled by CareerCast.com. Surprised? Neither were we... 

As the year draws to a close it is time to relax and take a little bit of time for yourself. It might only be a few days of public holidays or you might have some extra time off; either way make sure you recharge before diving into a busy 2019.

Here at Event Birdie, we think the best way to recharge is by getting out and about in the city that you love and soaking up a handful of events and experiences. Kick off your event planning shoes and enjoy being a participator, rather than an organiser this summer.

To make it easier for you to plan your day out, we've put together a list of 28 things in Sydney and Melbourne that you can do to help recharge Event Birdie style... Enjoy!

Things to do in Sydney This Summer

Cruise on Sydney Harbour

1. Antarctica To The Great Barrier Reef in a day | SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Get up close and personal with some King and Gentoo Penguins on a Penguin Expedition Voyage. No one feels stressed when faced with these amazing animals. Book your Prenguin Expedition here. While you're there check out the brand new Day & Night on the Reef with it's state-of-the-art interactive displays. 

2. Relax with Rosé in the City | Urban Winery Sydney

Relax with rosé and take a cellar door tour through this inner city winery. For the more adventurous become a winemaker and blend your own wine. Check out their wine experiences here. 

3. Hang Out With The Cool Kids | Roslyn Packer Theatre

Attend the Sydney Festival in 2019 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre. Check out the Summer 2019 productions here - there are some really interesting performances!

4. Charter Your Own Private Boat | Harbourcat Party Boat

Get up to 40 of your best friends together and take to the water for an afternoon on the Harbour with Harbourcat Party Boat. This vessel is unlike any other and comes with a BBQ onboard so you can BYO catering and drinks, plus a range of inflatables and water toys so you can take a dip!

5. Become Part Of An Artwork | Museum of Contemporary Art

Head to Circular Quay and check out the David Goldblatt exhibition or Primavera 2018 with young Australian Artists. Join artist Phuong Ngo as he spends 10 days building origami boats for Article 14.1. See the MCA website for details of what's on. 

6. Ride The Half Pipe | Wet 'n' Wild Sydney

Feel like a kid again and head to Wet 'n' Wild Sydney for a fun day out. You can even chill out in your own beach view cabana! Head to the Wet 'n' Wild website for opening hours and more information.

7. Picnic In The Park | Centennial Homestead

Enjoy the beautiful grounds in Centennial Park while you dine at Centennial Homestead Kitchen or Pantry. For anything from a quick grab-and-go bite or long sit-down meal - see their menus here. 

8. Take A Ride | Luna Park

Take the kids for a day out or enjoy a date night on the ferris wheel. See more information on opening times and tickets at Luna Park Sydney.

9. Be Amazed By Nature | Australian Museum

Witness nature at its most dramatic, graceful and unexpected with the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2018 until 28 January at Australian Museum. The No1. William cafe (located on the top level, with spectacular views) is a great spot to while away a hot afternoon!

10. Reach For The Stars | Sydney Observatory

Reach for the stars and enjoy a family friendly Twilight Tour at Sydney Observatory. Alternatively learn something new and take their adult astronomy course: Understanding Relativity

11. Relax At Manly | Hotel Steyne

Visit the Glasshouse for High Tea on the first Sunday of Every Month or head there on Thursdays for Ping Pong, Pizza or Pie. They have also opened a second rooftop bar... See what's on at their website for more information.

12. Party Like An Animal | Taronga Zoo

Get tickets to Twilight at Taronga to see the likes of You Am I, The Waifs and The Paper Kites. For the schedule of performaces see the Twilight at Taronga page. 

13. Enjoy The Magic | Julian Bull Magic

Be hustled and tricked by Julian Bull, who's sleight of hand, illusion, juggling and mentalism will leave you spell bound. Tickets and dates via Eventbrite.

14. Become An Artist | ArtHouse Hotel

Release your artistic talents with Life Drawing at the Attic Bar on Mondays at ArtHouse Hotel.  

15. Go To The Theatre | Eternity Playhouse Theatre

2019 is year of the Creative Hub for Darlinghurst Theatre Company. They’ll be staging unique and captivating performances including comedy, dance, cabaret and music. To see what is on during their 2019 season head to their website.

Things To Do In Melbourne This Summer

Melbourne Skyline

16. Splash Under The Stars | Adventure Park

Splash under the stars this coming January with Summer Nights at Adventure Park

17. There's Room At The Zoo | Melbourne Zoo

Enjoy the sounds of Zoo Twilights with Aloe Blac and Rufus Wainwright. For tickets and more information head to the Zoo Twilights page.

18. Enjoy Art And A Drink | National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

Spend Friday nights at NGV with art, bars, dining and DJs in the garden. See their upcoming and current exhibitions here. 

19. Catch Up With The Greats | Melbourne Museum

See an exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life or visit their most popular resident, Phar Lap. See the Melboune Museum website for what is on.  

20. Cool Down With A Swim | Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Dive in and cool down with their indoor and outdoor pools, wellness zone including hot yoga, cycle studio, performance gym, swim analysis lab and more. Check out the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre website for more information.

21. Get Some Culture | Arts Centre Melbourne

Take a guided tour or check out the triumphant disaster, Peter Pan Goes Wrong this January. Check out their website for a full calendar of must-see events at Arts Centre Melbourne.

22. Take To The Skies | Latitude Melbourne

Climb, jump and get competitive with dodgeball. They even let you fly! Take the family to Latitude Melbourne or head there with some friends. For opening hours and prices see their website

23. Concert Goer Or Sports Fan - You Choose | Melbourne and Olympic Parks 

Check out the A-League Championships, Australian Open, The NRL Indigenous All-Stars, World Cup Gymnastics or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Melbourne and Olympic Parks has a day out for everyone!  

24. Take Time Out In Gaol For A Day | Old Melbourne Gaol

Visit old Melbourne Gaol for one one on one time with Ned Kelly or to catch some ghosts. For what's on and more information see their website

25. Run Off The Christmas Pudding | Lakeside stadium

Go for a run after the excess of Christmas or start on your 2019 resolutions at an international standard athletic running track. See Lakeside Stadium for more information.

26. Refresh Under The Water | SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Take the family out for the day to explore the magical underwater world that is SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

27. Take A Luxurious Cruise | Luxury Cruises Melbourne

Get your mates together for a luxurious cruise around Melbourne's waterways. They can even arrange to get you to the dock in luxury - all you need to do is choose which colour Lambourgini you want to arrive in! Check out their website for more details.

28. Create Your Own Wine And Dine Tour On The Yarra | Riverland Group Venues

Take a walk along the Yarra River and stop off at one (or more) of the many bars and restaurants that line the banks, including The Boatbuilders Yard, Pilgrim, The General Assembly and Riverland Bar. For more information on locations and menus see the Riverland Group website.