All of the best adventures in Australia are done by the seat of the pants, and a Thanksgiving meal should be no different. No organized meals at a restaurant or tony hotel here. Instead, opt for a picnic on a hill. The Sydney Expat Americans meet-up organizes a Turkey Day potluck picnic in a different location each year. In 2012, it’s slated to be on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 2 p.m,. on a knoll above the Opera House. RSVP before you go to get the exact coordinates.
WORK OFF THE CALORIES
Paddle away your Thanksgiving excesses exploring the hidden nooks of Sydney Harbour by kayak. Aptly named Sydney Harbour Kayaks leads four-hour-long tours through Middle Harbour on the edge of Garigal National Park, about a half-hour north of the city. The guides tell tales of the area’s colorful history along the way; some of them are even true.