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Top travel sources describe Sydney as; “the biggest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia, with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and livable cities.”
Set against a stunning harbour backdrop and surrounded by scenic coastline, sandy beaches and picture perfect waterways, it is little wonder Sydney- siders enjoy a healthy, natural and outdoor lifestyle.

Close to the heart of the action in Edgecliff, Sydney Beauty & Dermal Institute (SBDI), is an organisation dedicated to delivering nationally recognised training for the beauty industry. SBDI believes health and beauty goes hand in hand and shares it’s secrets with you about the top five healthy activities you can do here in Sydney…

1. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
Take in sweeping coastal vistas and exert some energy doing the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. With many spots to swim, stop for a breather or socialise, the combination of beaches, parks, rock pools, bays and historic Waverley cemetery en route make this walk a must do.

Starting out as a state project during the 1930s, the well-trod walking track includes Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beaches and a medium gradient cliff-top path from Bondi to Tamarama, with occasional seating and several staircases. The beachside parks offer picnic shelters, barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms.

For those wanting a total challenge, the complete length of the walk is around six kilometres, so allow about one and a half hours walking time. For those of us after some light exercise, the walk can be broken down into shorter sections to be tackled one step at a time.

2. Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden occupies one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions. Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.
Many a Sydney-sider enjoys their lunch break amid the fresh air, sights and smells of the Garden. Free guided walks and Aboriginal heritage tours are offered on a daily basis. Pack a picnic, enjoy feature gardens and exhibitions or just take a stroll around this incredible city oasis.

3. Make the most of the waterways
Sydney isn’t called the Harbour City for nothing. Surrounded by stunning waterways, there isn’t a better healthy option in this city than to try your hand at one of the many watersports happening in and around the harbour, bays and beaches.

Experience Sydney Harbour from a different angle, by hiring a kayak to get a great work out, while soaking up the scenery from your vantage point on the water. Or join the growing number of people getting fit by stand-up paddle boarding in still water. For those who like more of challenge, you could always try a few waves. Speaking of waves, Sydney’s beaches are notorious for being some of the best surfing beaches in the world. Lessons are offered at most surfing hotspots, like the infamous Bondi Beach, so what are you waiting for…? Grab your board (or kayak, boat or paddle) and let’s go!

Yoga, yoga and more yoga
Grab your yoga matt and head to your local park, beach or gym. With this health and fitness phenomenon sweeping the city, why not jump on board to experience the many benefits it brings to your mind and body.
Yoga classes and schools abound in all corners of the city, with different styles, techniques and teachers to suit everyone from beginners to the most experienced yogis. So find one that is right for you and discover inner enlightment (not to mention a toned tummy and thighs in the process). Namaste!

5.Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

BridgeClimb describes our city’s most famous landmark as more than just an incredible feat of engineering. “To Sydneysiders, the Bridge is more than an iconic landmark. We’ve driven it, walked it, drifted under it and felt that feeling when you glimpse it through the window of a homeward-bound Boeing. The Sydney Harbour Bridge belongs to all of us” – www.bridgeclimb.com

And what better way to stay healthy in this city of ours than to climb it?

Opened in 1932, the Bridge has a fascinating history and is the centerpiece of much of Sydney’s cultural character, featured in city celebrations and on almost all picture postcards of our beloved city.

With your climb leader as your guide, step by step you’ll ascend the arches and enjoy the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and beyond. Throughout your climb, your climb leader will entertain you with stories about the history of the Bridge. Once at the top, you will have your photo taken as a reminder of this incredible experience.

So that’s our secrets for staying healthy in our beautiful city. If you’re interested in learning more about any of the nationally recognised courses offered by Sydney Beauty and Dermal Institute in Edgecliff, complete a contact form or call 9326 2211 to speak to a careers advisor now.

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