Summer officially begins in Australia on 1 December, which is also the day that the St George Open Air Cinema in Sydney releases its 2015 programme. This is an amazing outdoor cinema with the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the lights and skyscrapers of the city as a backdrop behind the screen. Resident writer Kristy Barratt picked the Royal Botanic Gardens as one of her top five sights in the spring 2014 guide, which is currently completely free to download via

Royal Botanic Gardens

This is one of the prettiest places to be in spring. With far-reaching views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, pack a picnic and find a spot to set up by the waterfront. Or head to the garden shop at 10.30am any day of the week to join in a free guided tour of the flowering gardens.


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