The rhythms and eddies of Sydney’s seasons come and go, as regular as the tides that sweep the beaches around the harbour city.
After several years here, I think I have finally grown accustomed to the signals that a new season is approaching. Whilst the onset of spring is much less pronounced than in the flowering southern counties of my family home in England, the arrival of a Sydney summer is heralded by a number of telling signs throughout the city, the first being the start of the fun running season.
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The 14km City2Surf follows a tortuous route from the centre of the city to the world famous Bondi Beach. More than 60,000 runners participate and the race often starts on a cold early morning before finishing on a characteristically sunny climax next to the beach. The race typifies Sydney’s farewell to winter and transition through to summer as the kilometres wind down.
Sport reveals another telltale sign of summer’s arrival in Sydney with the rugby seasons coming to a close and the sporting chatter turning to all-things cricket and watersports. With the rugby union and league finals on the near horizon, footy fever will die off in the many beach suburbs of Sydney and attention will turn to a number of ocean-based activities, from the surf ironman series to openwater kayak ocean racing plus twilight sail competitions on the harbour.
A change of a more gentile nature and pace will also take place across the city over the coming days and weeks, and one which is a personal favourite of mine. The beautiful frangipani bushes, after lying dormant and leafless for the past few months, will begin to bud and develop the most beautiful scented flowers. As the shrub metamorphises into an irridescent beauty, the air around Sydney’s streets and walkways will fill with the delicious, heady smell of these photogenic little wonders.
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