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Published November 8th 2016
Even a metropolitan city like Sydney has lots of activities to offer in the outdoors. From water sports to horse-riding and bird watching, there is plenty to do in the warm weather. Get out in the sunshine or under the stars with these fun outdoor activities.

Find your centre in the centre of Sydney

BodyMindLife are holding free 'Yoga on the Lawn' classes at Chippendale Green, Central Park Sydney. Being held on every Saturday in November, yogis of any fitness level are encouraged to come along. Be inspired by the peaceful surrounds, award-winning architecture and the striking 'Halo' artwork and you'll forget you're only five minutes walk from Central station.

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Ready, aim and shoot

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Challenge your friends or family to a friendly game of archery in Monterey, 20 minutes south of the CBD. Zoom Archery provides all of the equipment for a rate of $25 an hour, per person.

No previous experience is necessary and Instructors are on hand to help. Even the little ones can have a go (age 5 and up), with kid-friendly bow and arrows available.

Spend a day in the park

Join the 20 million visitors who grace Centennial Parklands each year. With so much to do and so much open space, you can choose to unwind or run wild.

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Centennial park - image source: Sardaka, Wikimedia Commons
By Day: activities include bird watching, bike riding, walking the park's labrynthes, horse riding and golf. It features dog friendly areas and plays host to regular events and workshops. Or you can simply pack a picnic and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of trees, ponds and wetlands, all in the middle of the city.

By Night: explore a different side to the parklands on 16 December when you can peek into the nocturnal animal kingdom. Guided by rangers, you will have the chance to see microbats, brushtail possums and grey headed flying foxes. Cost is $19 for the one-hour guided walk.

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Canoe on calm waters

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Set in a national park, Lane Cove River is the perfect place for some gentle rowing and is within a stone's throw of the CBD.

From $30 an hour, you can hire a rowboat, kayak or canoe to explore the serene waterway.

If you're after a weekend away, there are three types of accommodation available to suit most budgets including cabins, caravans and luxury camping.

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Discover Sydney's lesser known beaches

Sydney is world famous for its beaches – think Bondi, Coogee and Cronulla. But lesser known beaches such as Tamarama, Congwong and Warriewood also deserve a visit.

Warriewood Beach
Located in the Northern Beaches, the beach is one hour's drive from the city. Take the Bicentennial Coastal walk from Narrabeen and reward yourself with a dip in at this stunning beach.

Congwong Beach
With no waves, this spot is a great place for a swim or snorkel. It is frequented by an ice-cream boat (yes, I said boat) and is situated near the entrance of Botany Bay National park. You may want to avoid stumbling into Little Congwong Beach unless you don't mind the clothing-free dress code!

Tamarama Beach
Often overlooked for Bondi and Coogee, Tamarama sits in between these iconic areas but is just as beautiful if not more. It features a children's playground area and BBQ facilities. The currents can be strong so care is needed if you're planning to go beyond the shallow waters.

Tamarama beach
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