Alice grew up around Sydney's pub bands, so her friends were all musos, but writing was her thing. After starting an Arts Degree majoring in English at the University of Sydney, she made a switch to journalism, and did a degree in Communications at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

She worked her way through roles in writing and editing at a range of magazines, including working on travel, lifestyle and food content for the Virgin Australia in-flight magazine. She also worked on titles including Entertain Me, Management Today, Weight Watchers Magazine, and a custom publishing title for Lexus. 

In 2007, she helped launch Women’s Health magazine in Australia. She started as a sub-editor, worked her way up to features writer, features editor and eventually deputy editor, and for her work in food journalism, she was awarded the 

While working on Women’s Health’s Women in Sport campaign, she interviewed athletes daily, and became obsessed with spectator sport – especially women’s sport. She was lucky enough to be a judge in the Sport Journalism category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

She spent a decade at Women’s Health, so when she decided it was time to spread her wings and learn new things, this sporting focus led her to move into a marketing and content role at the NRL, for NRL Touch Football, and eventually a similar role at gym company One Playground.

But she loves writing and editing most, so she was thrilled to return to media, to Time Out, where she gets a chance to support her other passion: Sydney. She adores this diverse place she's always called home – from the scruffy music venues of her childhood, like The Bridge Hotel, to her new favourites, such as Lazybones, as well as all the incredible restaurants, beaches, bushwalks (and sporting events!) in between. She feels lucky to spend her weekdays exploring the city for work, and her weekends with her husband and son.

To read a Q&A with Alice, click here.

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The 52 best things to do in Sydney in 2024

The 52 best things to do in Sydney in 2024

We might be a little biased, but in our humble opinion, Sydney's got it all. Can you think of many other cities in the world that rival its natural beauty, rich heritage and history that dates back thousands of years, and its creative, culinary and cultural offerings by world-class pros. In fact, there's so much to see, do, sip and ponder here, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed. Worry not, dear reader – we're making it simple for you. Our team (including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure and our Sydney Editor Alice Ellis) sifted through every good time the Big Smoke has to offer and put together a Sydney bucket list for the ages. Whether you're a new arrival or a born-and-bred local, this 2024 Time Out Sydney round-up of the city's must-do activities will let you experience Sydney from every angle. After all those great activities you're bound to be thirsty. We suggest you head to one of the best pubs in Sydney right now.  Need somewhere to stay? Check out Sydney's best Airbnbs, or Sydney's best hotels.

The best Malaysian restaurants in Sydney

The best Malaysian restaurants in Sydney

Whether your pick is a fiery laksa with plump prawns and honeycomb-like tofu, nasi lemak with coconut rice, funky sambol and crispy anchovies, tender and comforting Hainanese chicken rice or hot AF chilli crab, Malaysian food has got it going on. Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have slurped (and scooped) their way around town – and here's where to get your roti on, Sydney-style. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Want more? Check out the most delicious Indonesian restaurants in Sydney. After a bargain bite to eat? Here are the best cheap eats in Sydney. Or if you just need a drink, these are Sydney's coolest bars.

The 65 best cheap eats in Sydney right now

The 65 best cheap eats in Sydney right now

Winter 2024 update: Let’s face it: life is expensive. But the good news is that you don’t need to stay home every night and survive on frozen pizza, thanks to our city’s incredible cheap eats. The best bit? Often they rival any dishes you would find in a fancy fine diner. We’ve rounded up the top places with prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, including our current faves Spicy Joint, Emma's Snack Bar and Tita Carinderia. Because life’s too short to eat bad food. Going out for a meal is sometimes a big occasion, worth the splurge. But it doesn't have to be that way. From banh mi to tonkotsu ramen, biang biang noodles to vegan burgers, and pretty much everything else in between, some of Sydney's greatest culinary hits are the cheapest. Time Out Sydney critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have eaten their way around town to bring you this list, and while cheap isn't what it used to be, there are still lots of excellent affordable venues to check out. These are the ones well worth their salt. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Want to spend less at the big-ticket players? Check out our cheap fine-dining hacks. Looking for a café to sit down at for coffee and brunch? Here's our guide to the best cafés in Sydney.

The best French restaurants in Sydney

The best French restaurants in Sydney

France – the home of love, day drinking, red berets and impossibly stylish people. It’s also home to fine French fare: everything from soft cheeses and fresh baguettes to bouillabaisse bursting with the flavour of the sea. When your annual leave is all dried up, Francophiles can get their fix at one of Sydney’s many excellent French restaurants. Here are the best places to dine on French cuisine, from steak frites to silky crème brûlées, so you can feel oh-so French any day of the week. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. While you're here, check out: These are the best Italian restaurants in Sydney Here's where to find the tastiest Greek food in Sydney Quench your thirst with our list of the best bars in the city

The 52 best happy hours in Sydney right now

The 52 best happy hours in Sydney right now

Cozzie livs is on everyone’s mind right now – it’s on ours, too. But as a champion for good times, great food and excellent drinks here in Sydneytown, we also don't want to stay indoors each evening. So, Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have done the hard yards and rounded up the very best happy hour deals here in Sydney, where you can snag a schooner for $6, yum snacks for $5 and cocktails for $10. It's fun you can feel good about. We say have a squiz, head out and we hope you have a happy time at these happy hours. We sure have. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. After more fun for less? Here's our guide to the best free things to do in Sydney, the best op shops, and (of course) Sydney's best cheap eats. Thirsty for more? Here are the best bars in Sydney right now.

28 cool things to do this winter in Sydney

28 cool things to do this winter in Sydney

1. Go to the movies for a bargain $10 on Sunday mornings at all Hoyts Cinemas throughout June. 2. Go for a dip without the crowds. Prince Alfred Park Pool’s 50-metre, nine-lane pool is heated and open all year round. 3. Winter is the only time of year when you can walk under the romantic Japanese cherry blossom trees at full bloom. Auburn Botanic Gardens' Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the season with an epic festival (you'll have to wait until August – and exact dates for this year are yet to be released). Photograph: Cumberland Council 4. We certainly don’t get the snow fall of our European cousins, but New South Wales has some beautiful alpine resorts that makes going to the snow a lot cheaper. Head to Perisher, Thredbo or Charlotte Pass to hit the powder. Check their websites for sweet deals on ski and snowboarding during winter. 5. Warm up by an open fire at one of the city’s historic pubs, like the British-accented Lord Dudley in Woollahra. Here are the best pubs with fireplaces in Sydney. 6. With shorter days and longer nights, it’s the best time of year to spook yourself silly with one of Q Station’s Ghostly Encounters. This one is scary enough that it's only available for people aged 15 and over, and people under age 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 7. Warm your hands and belly with a delicious pie from Flour and Stone. Their chicken, tarragon and leek is a stunner, as is their beef rendang pie. Yum. 8. From May through August, humpback whales are

The 29 best places to eat and drink in Circular Quay

The 29 best places to eat and drink in Circular Quay

It's one of the first places you'll visit as a tourist, a pre-theatre go-to and has some of the most iconic views in the world – but being a tourist hotspot means Circular Quay is not without its pitfalls. Thankfully, bar the over-priced traveller's traps, there is still great eating and drinking to be had in the area if you know where to look. From flash fine diners like Quay and Aria, Spanish wine bar Deux Frères, cheap and cheerful spots Mary's and Belles Hot Chicken, and charming boozers Le Foote, Opera Bar and Apollonia, Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have rounded up the best restaurants and bars in and around Circular Quay that'll ensure the eats and drinks are as good as the view. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. After restaurants in other parts of Sydney's city? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in the CBD. Want more? Check out our ultimate guide to the best restaurants in Sydney here.

The best set menus in Sydney

The best set menus in Sydney

Sometimes when you go to a restaurant, all you want to do is kick back and let the food come to you – without even thinking about it. Enter, set menus. Not only do you get to taste a bunch of great dishes, but it often works out to be cost effective – and that's a win win in our books. We've eaten our way around Sydneytown to find the best set menus – from fine diners to casual eateries – at three price points: $65 and under; $85 and under; and $100 and under. Time Out Sydney's Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure is currently loving the $50 set menu at Dimitri's Pizzeria, the $49 ‘Mate’s Rates Menu’ at Three Blue Ducks, and the Southeast Asian feast at Mumu for $89 per person. From birthday celebrations with the family to a long boozy Saturday lunch with the gang – we've got you covered.  So, round up your mates, make a booking, and get ready to feast. We sure have.  Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. ALSO RECOMMENDED: Work your way through Time Out's guide to the best cheap eats in town Check out our ultimate guide to the best happy hours in Sydney Eat well and save with Sydney's cheap meal specials for every night of the week

25 things to do for $25 or less in Sydney

25 things to do for $25 or less in Sydney

Sure, Sydney’s hella exxy, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find some cheap as chips things to do that won’t leave a big hole in your bank balance. 1. Climb some boulders harness free (don't worry, the padded floors promise a soft landing) at 9 Degrees in Alexandria. For less than $25 you can nab a casual climb. $24  2. Connect to country with an Indigenous guided walking tour at Dharawal National Park in Campbelltown. The walk generally happens every month – confirm dates and details and make your booking here. $15 3. Go for a dip at the heritage-listed Wylie’s Baths that sit below the Coogee coastal walkway. $6  4. Nab purr-fect coffee and meow-nificent cookies with the Catstronauts at Surry Hills’ Catmosphere Cat Café. $24 for weekday entry to the Cat Lounge   Photograph: Robert PolmearCatmosphere 5. Slurp down some epic noodle soup. We've rounded up our favourite bowls from around Sydney, here. From $15   6. Get a hit of the good feels that come with volunteering, by pitching in at Pocket City Farms for their Thursday and Saturday morning volunteering. $0  7. LOL all night long at the Running Joke on Level One of the Potts Point Hotel every Tuesday night. From $19 8. See the beaches on two wheels with a Cruiser Bike from Manly Bike Tours. $22 for an hour 9. Tuck into a sweet and fluffy tower of soufflé-pancakes at the Australian outpost of the widely popular Japanese chain, Gram, in Chatswood. $19.80 Photograph: Leigh Griffiths/Supllied 10. Work up a sweat in a gr

These are the best gyms in Sydney

These are the best gyms in Sydney

Sydney is jam-packed with gyms. From small studios to big mega-chains, single-service boutiques to multi-service offerings, and everything in between. The amount of choice can be overwhelming. Luckily, our Sydney Editor Alice Ellis has worked in the fitness industry, so she knows what separates a mediocre gym that you'll probably be wasting your money on, from a gym that you'll be motivated to attend so you can actually achieve the results you're after (whether that's building strength, losing weight, getting your stress in check or joining a new connecting with people). This list has been curated by all our Time Out Sydney editors and writers, who've covered a lot of ground when it comes to Sydney gyms. Read on to find the right gym fit for you. Looking for a healthy feed? Here's our guide to healthy eateries that don't suck. Prefer to pound the pavements? These are the best run clubs in Sydney. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, things to do in Sydney, travel inspo, food and more, straight to your inbox.  

The 59 best pubs in Sydney right now

The 59 best pubs in Sydney right now

Winter 2024 update: Happy winter, folks. Whether you’re after a hearty Sunday roast, a beer and a steak in a sunny courtyard, or a mid-week deal, warm up and eat and drink well at one of Sydney’s very best pubs. Right now, we're loving the forever cool Hollywood Hotel, Manly Wharf Bar with its fresh menu by a former Rockpool chef, and Petersham’s old faithful, White Cockatoo Hotel. We’ll see you at trivia. There's a lot that goes into making a great pub. They need to furnish you with an excellent meal and friendly service, and a game of pool or darts doesn't go astray. On a sunny day, it's all about having a welcoming beer garden, and on a Sunday, it's all about a cracking roast. There are a lot of rock-solid pubs in this city, and these are our picks of the bunch, pulled together by Time Out Sydney critics including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure. Cheers! Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. For something a bit less pubby, a bit higher end, see our picks of the best bars in Sydney. Hungry? Check out our ultimate guide to Sydney's best restaurants. 

The 68 best cafés in Sydney right now

The 68 best cafés in Sydney right now

Winter 2024 update: Head outside in the fresh and crisp winter’s air and start your morning on the right note with a cracking brekky and coffee at one of Sydney’s best cafés. Currently, we’re lusting over sun-lit and charming The Wedge, Manly’s new spot Noon, and the forever-delicious A.P. Bakery. The real question is: how many have you checked out? Sydneysiders are café people. We're constantly on the hunt for the city's best coffee, we won't bat an eyelid over shelling out $30+ a head for brunch, and we love nothing more than donning our finest sport-luxe activewear and catching up with mates on a weekend morning over eggs, fritters and crusty artisan sourdough. So, whether it's a reward for tackling one of Sydney's most beautiful walks, a quick caffeinated catch-up, an indulgent hangover fix after a night at one of the city's best bars, or a workday coffee stop, these are the best Sydney cafés, according to our in-the-know Time Out Sydney critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure. We'll have one B&E roll, please.  Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Is it lunch time? Check out our guide to Sydney's best restaurants right now.

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Albee's Kitchen

Albee's Kitchen

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve always thought of Malaysian as the comfort food of Asia. You’ve got rich, coconut-creamy, flavour-packed curries and soups. Charred skewers of meat with moreish peanut sauce. Melt-in-your-mouth Hainan chicken with flavourful, stock-soaked rice. At Albee’s, a popular Malaysian eatery in Campsie, you’ll find all of this and lots more on the seemingly never-ending menu. It’s a whole 37 pages jam-packed with colourful photos of food that make you want to lick the pictures. The worst part is you’ll want to order it all (at least the prices are affordable, by Sydney standards, so you can go to town).  We start with some drinks from the rainbow-hued pages of iced coffees, milkshakes, fresh juices, mocktails and hot drinks. We go with a Malaysian iced coffee (just the perfect amount of sugar mixed with milk and what’s unmistakably Nescafé), as well as a coconut milkshake, which is like a thick, creamy, snow-white frappe topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Then we pick some feel-good faves, starting with the chicken and lamb combo satay sticks. The chicken is decent, but it’s the lamb that I quickly reach back for before it’s all snapped up by my date. The little chunks of lamb have been cut with just the right amount of fat that a lick of flame has created a melt-in-your mouth caramel flavour. It pairs deliciously with the thick, slightly spicy peanut sauce that’s served on the side.  We have to try the laksa, but instead of going for the usual suspects (chicken or pra

Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau

Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau

It's arguable that the beautiful Sarah Bernhardt (the famous French actress) was the world’s first international celebrity, and when Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) painted her, the posters of the painting quickly became ubiquitous in Paris, and were ripped from the streets by collectors as soon as they were pasted up. Now, the work of this art nouveau maestro is on at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) this winter, in a Sydney exclusive, Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau. The most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work ever seen in Australia runs through to September 22. Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau is the first exhibition of historical art presented in the Art Gallery's recently renamed Naala Badu north building, which opened at the end of 2022 as part of the Sydney Modern project. The exhibition explores his full oeuvre, drawn from the Mucha Family Collection and featuring 200 works from the artist's five-decade career, including paintings, illustrations, posters, jewellery, photographs, sculpture and even an immersive digital experience. Alongside Mucha’s work, the exhibition also features a selection of Japanese prints from the Art Gallery’s ukiyo-e collection, which were popular during Mucha’s time in Paris in the late 19th century, which influenced the art nouveau style. Plus more recent art inspired by the countercultural rediscovery of Mucha’s work. This major winter blockbuster leads AGNSW’s 2024 exhibition program, which brings the human fig

Elixr Health Club

Elixr Health Club

Best for: Those who like to do laps at the gym Elixr Health Club in Bondi Junction offers Pilates, yoga, cardio and weight-training areas, and a 25m indoor magnesium mineral pool. They're all about providing a refuge from the busyness of life outside, so they also provide meditation and personal development seminars, and Pilates teacher training through Elixr School of Pilates. From $43 a week, you can get access to unlimited Pilates, yoga and fitness classes, access to the pool at Bondi Junction, access to their dedicated weight-training and cardio areas, and access to member events and workshops.

Whalebridge

Whalebridge

Park your butt on an outdoor seat at the completely alfresco Whalebridge at sunset and, as you look over towards the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park beyond it, it’s impossible not to understand why Sydney’s harbour is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Watch the ferries pull into Circular Quay's wharves, the sparkle of the last rays of sun reflecting off the water, the sky change colour, as people behind you wander over to the Opera House for an evening show. It’s a very Sydney experience.  What’s also very Sydney is ordering up a plate of Sydney rock oysters. We pair them with a glass of prosecco and Whalebridge's Piquant Margarita, made with white tequila, agave, lime, and some Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur that brings a touch of chilli. Then we have a think about what else to order once we can flag down the waitstaff, who were very responsive to start with but become a little harder to get the attention of once the place gets busier.  We’d love to spend hours exploring the French menu (classics like French onion soup with gruyère croutons; twice-baked soufflé with 18-month comté cheese; mussels with a cream, white wine and garlic sauce; the lobster with mustard and gruyere; and, of course, the steak frites). But, like many others, we’re here for a light dinner before an Opera House show, so we decide to stick with sharing a starter and a couple of light meals.  A lobster roll to start. The chunky portion of lobster meat is lightly battered and served with a mild c

Food

Food

5 out of 5 stars

From the earliest times, our society has revolved around food rituals. Before the agricultural revolution, days were spent hunting and gathering. Now that we don’t have to spend a whole lot of time on that, we instead spend our days working to earn money to buy necessities like food, and then shopping for it, preparing it, going out for it, deciding what to consume. The actual eating is just one of the few ways we expend time and thought and energy on food. That’s what Food, a show on at the Lawler, Southbank Theatre for Rising, explores.  And considering how big a part of our lives food is, frankly, we’re surprised this is the first show we’ve seen that’s revolved around the stuff.  It’s impossible to explain what Food is in a nutshell. It’s immersive theatre. A dinner party (one where you won’t get to enjoy any food, mind you). A magic show. A guided meditation. Absurdism at its finest. A one-man show (or is it?! There is a lot of hilarious audience participation. Sit in the back rows if you’re not in the mood).  The show starts in familiar territory – some audience members will gather around a massive square banquet table, while others will sit in the rows behind and to the sides. Your waiter for the evening is master New York illusionist Geoff Sobelle.  But before too long, the night descends into a visual history of the evolution of what we eat and how we produce it. There are herds of bison, fields of wheat, factories, train lines, plantations, supermarkets, restaurants

Remix Sydney

Remix Sydney

Get inside Australia's brightest minds in technology, culture, art, media and entrepreneurship at this huge summit, as they explore the future of the creative and cultural industries, creative cities and the creative economy. The multidisciplinary festival has popped up in cities across the world, bringing boundary-pushing talks and discussions to New York, London, Istanbul and Dubai before heading back to Sydney. Set across two days, Remix Summit Sydney is a festival of talks, debates, panels, workshops and social events led by innovators and changemakers. It's basically a field guide to what's next for us, our nation, and our world. What's not to love? The theme for this year’s tenth anniversary special is Ideas For The Revolution, with speakers covering everything from high street culture to immersive experiences. This year, over 50 speakers will be sharing their insights on stage – with highlights including Tony Broderick, Director of Marketing at Netflix, the NSW 24-Hour Economy Commissioner Michael Rodrigues (one of the Time Out Future Shapers for 2024) and our very own Kaylie Smith (former Managing Director at Instagram APAC, and current Managing Director at Time Out APAC). Among many others, you’ll also hear from John Hughes, CEO at Luna Park Sydney, Justine Simons OBE, London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture & Creative Industries and the founder of World Cities Culture Forum, Caroline Butler-Bowdon, CEO of the State Library of NSW, Daryl Karp, CEO of the Australian Nationa

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan

Everyone loves Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, which sits by our sparkling Sydney Harbour in the centre of the city – but did you know Australia’s biggest botanic garden (also in Sydney) is just under an hour’s drive from the CBD? The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is just 60 kilometres from the middle of Sydney city. It’s part of Camden Council and Campbelltown City Council. This huge botanic gardens takes up a huge 416 hectares, which makes it bigger than Central Park in NYC. Who knew?!  The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is one of the most important conservation sites in NSW, and it’s free to visit.  You can see native flora and fauna from across Australia, as well as lawns, lakes and landscaped gardens. Want to know more about the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, how to get there, and what activities you can do when you're there? Get all your FAQs answered over here. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, travel inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. 🌿 Want more public gardens you can visit in and around Sydney? Click here for our guide to the best. 🤐 Here are 7 beautiful hidden places in Sydney that you probably don't know exist. 🍷 Prefer indoor activities? These are our favourite hidden bars in Sydney.

Dumaresq Street Cinema

Dumaresq Street Cinema

Sydney's cheapest cinema is the Dumaresq Street Cinema in Campbelltown. All tickets for all sessions are just $8.50 – less than a third of the price of some Sydney city cinemas. Start saving for that house deposit now.

Hilton Sydney

Hilton Sydney

If you want to be smack-bang in the middle of the city, The Hilton Sydney is where it’s at. It’s located on George Street, diagonally across from Town Hall Station, opposite the historic Queen Victoria Building (QVB), with easy access to the light rail down to Circular Quay and The Rocks or up the other way to Chinatown. And the other side of the hotel backs onto Sydney’s shopping heart, Pitt Street. Of course it’s gone through classy refurbishments since it was first built in 1974, but refurbs have kept the rooms’ original structures, so you won’t find big, glass walls overlooking the city like you often do in modern hotels – instead, you’ll feel like you’re up in your own private abode, with smaller windows that look out across Sydney. From right up high on the 39th floor where we stay, we look down at all of the tops of the surrounding buildings, including the green copper domes of the QVB.  Rooms have all the comfy trimmings and mod-cons you'd expect from a luxury stay, including Nespresso machines, 24-hour room service and access to mini-bar refreshments by phone (less tempting than the drinks and snacks that are right there in your room). They also have very comfy big beds: their signature Hilton Serenity Beds. But there’s so much action around you that you might not end up spending much time in your room. As well as being in the centre of the city, the hotel’s multiple venues are well worth checking out. We started with sunset drinks at Zeta Bar, which has a classy ind

Marble Bar

Marble Bar

The Marble Bar, a speakeasy-style bar underground the Hilton Sydney hotel, turned 130 in 2023. It’s hard to believe Sydney has any bars that are this old, right? Pubs, sure? But bars! This one was actually originally built as part of the Tattersall’s Hotel, and all the way back then it cost an astronomical 32,000 pounds to create. The Victorian-style bar was then dismantled when the hotel was demolished, and carefully reassembled in 1973 in the new Hilton. The lavish fit-out makes the place feel like a time capsule. It is, indeed, clad in marble, with elaborate pillars and archways throughout. The ceilings are designed with ornate plaster detail, coated in gold. The bars are made from polished mahogany. And a collection of French realist-style paintings by Julian Ashton, commissioned in the late 1800s for a record-breaking sum, line the walls in gilded frames. The space is divine, and we say you can’t really call yourself a true Sydneysider until you’ve at least stopped by for a cocktail.  You’re best off swinging by at Marble Hour – every Sunday to Wednesday from 4-6pm. That’s when you’ll get $20 signature cocktails and $12 house wines and spirits. The cocktails are inspired by aspects of the bar’s 130-year history – for instance, the Four Sons (Wild Turkey bourbon, cognac, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva rum and Manuka honey) is a nod to the bar’s founder, George Adams, who was the youngest of four sons. While the Doris Martini (riesling, Hendricks gin, St. Germain and rosé)

The Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant

The Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant

4 out of 5 stars

It was far from unusual to hear about restaurants shutting up shop during the lockdowns. But there was one pandemic-related closure that did send shockwaves through Sydney, and that was the loss of Sydney institution Golden Century.  The word ‘institution’ is used too liberally, but Golden Century was deserving of the label. The Cantonese-style seafood restaurant, which opened in 1989, was the most famous Chinese restaurant in a city that loves its Chinese. It was a hit with all walks of all life: everyone from high rollers to Labor party pollies, uni students, late-night revellers seeking midnight bites, and even some big names from around the world (spotted: President George H.W. Bush, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Rod Stewart). People came from all over to try their signature dish: pippies in XO Sauce. So, when Golden Century went into administration in August 2021, it was hard to imagine a Sydney without it. For that reason, it wasn’t a big surprise when it was announced, a couple of years later, that a very similar offering would open in the space. And when it comes to filling that gap, Royal Palace Seafood Restaurant ticks the boxes. You’ve got the same lively bustle, the bright neon lighting, white tablecloths and, of course, the fish tanks in the windows – from where waitstaff pluck your order of lobster, coral trout or parrot fish straight from the water.  We’re seated near the tanks, and it’s actually a fairly dramatic spectacle to watch big fish flapping about in plastic

Vintage Kilo Sale

Vintage Kilo Sale

After the weighty success of the first ever Vintage Kilo Sales in 2023, this popular clothing market (that offers up great finds at the bargain price of $50 per kilo) is returning to Marrickville this month... But wait, there's more! Thanks to the clear appetite for this first-of-its-kind-in-Australia way to shop, the French Fripe Group (who specialise in the wholesale of vintage and second-hand clothing imported from overseas) have announced that they're taking the event on tour across Australia.  What we know so far is that, after it's run in Marrickville on April 13, it will head down the coast to Wollongong, for a run on April 27-28, at the University of Wollongong campus. Vintage Kilo Sales are popular in Europe, and now New South Welshman have the opportunity to discover treasures while participating in sustainable buying practices. While a kilo of clothes can be purchased at $50, shoppers can also purchase additional hand-picked vintage items from a special section. Note that while it's a free-entry event, they recommend purchasing a $2.75 ticket by booking here to secure entry and dodge the wait time. Last time they ran the event in Marrickville, there were 6,000 treasures to sift through. If you’re inclined to “go away and have a think about it” before rushing back to see if your coveted item is still on the rack, be wary. Our advice? If you love it, buy it.  Doors will open at 8.00am at 29 Smith Street, Marrickville. You can stay up-to-date with all fresh happenings

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Oh snow! Experts predict Australia's snow season could be 55 days shorter by 2050

Oh snow! Experts predict Australia's snow season could be 55 days shorter by 2050

Australia's snow season has officially kicked off, but skiers and snowboarders aren't quite hitting the slopes with major gusto this year – yet. Major tourism company Vail Resorts has reported a 22 per cent dip in ticket sales for their resorts, which include NSW's Perisher and VIC's Hotham and Falls Creek. Of course, the cost-of-living crisis has had an impact, but volatile conditions are also to blame. When NSW's season opened last week, instead of powdery snow, the season's first skiers encountered something more like slushy grass. For this reason, Perisher and Thredbo (who have introduced fun activities not dependent on snow) only had a beginner’s conveyor belt running. Yet, despite the forecast of a warm winter, ski resorts are still hopeful of a strong season, saying low snowfall is typical of early June – after all, some of the best snow seasons in recent times have begun with slow snow starts. RECOMMENDED: The best ski resorts in Australia this winter. The BOM doesn't release a long-range snow forecast, but they've told The Guardian that snow levels are highly variable – and that “just one weather event” can significantly shift snowfall. In terms of forecasting even further ahead, environmental activist group Protect Our Winters teamed up with the Australian National University to conduct research into Australia’s changing snowscapes. Australia’s ski industry is worth $3.3 billion and employs more than 26,000 people, but the Our Changing Snowscapes report shows that i

Oh snow! It’s predicted NSW’s snow season will become two months shorter by 2050

Oh snow! It’s predicted NSW’s snow season will become two months shorter by 2050

Snow season in NSW is meant to have begun, but skiers and snowboarders don't look like hitting the slopes with major gusto this year – yet. Major tourism company Vail Resorts has reported a 22 per cent dip in ticket sales for their resorts, which include NSW's Perisher and two other ski fields in Victoria. Of course, the cost-of-living crisis has had an impact, but volatile conditions are also to blame. When NSW's season opened last week, instead of powdery snow, the season's first skiers encountered something more like slushy grass. For this reason, Perisher and Thredbo (who has introduced fun activities not dependent on snow) only had a beginner’s conveyor belt running. Yet, despite the forecast of a warm winter, ski resorts are still hopeful of a strong season, saying low snowfall is typical of early June – after all, some of the best snow seasons in recent times have begun with slow snow starts. The BOM doesn't release a long-range snow forecast, but they've told The Guardian that snow levels are highly variable – and that “just one weather event” can significantly shift snowfall. RECOMMENDED: Here's our guide to doing the snow on the cheap In terms of forecasting even further ahead, environmental activist group Protect Our Winters teamed up with the Australian National University to conduct research into Australia’s changing snowscapes. Australia’s ski industry is worth $3.3 billion and employs more than 26,000 people, but the Our Changing Snowscapes report shows that i

Sydney trains have transformed into epic music and light experiences for Vivid

Sydney trains have transformed into epic music and light experiences for Vivid

Taking the train doesn’t often blow your mind. Until now. In possibly the coolest Sydney news we’ve heard this year so far, Vivid Sydney is running an experience called Tekno Train by Paul Mac, as part of the epic Vivid Music program. And yep, Tekno Train is pretty much what it sounds like: a Sydney Train turned into a sensory sound and light experience that moves you along the tracks. The last tekno trains will chug their way through the city this weekend – here's everything you need to know. This thrilling musical adventure isn't just be a one-night affair – this service is running hot for the 23 nights of Vivid, making use of disused train lines through Sydney’s city circle. As passengers ride the train, they're treated to an original techno soundtrack by Paul Mac, in carriages lit by immersive custom lighting that moves to the beat of the music. Cooler, still: as the train moves, the music and lights respond to match the train’s speed and even the changing landscape outside.  Photography: Supplied | Destination NSW | Vivid Sydney 2024 Paul Mac doesn’t really need an introduction, but for those scratching their heads, he’s one of Australia's leading electro-pop musicians, singer/songwriters, producers and remixers known for his musical work with Itch-E & Scratch-E, LCD Soundsystem, Rüfüs Du Sol, Ngaiire, Daniel Johns, George Michael, Sia and even our Kylie Minogue. Why did Mac want to be part of this trip? “Trains have always fascinated me,” he says. “Their mix of rhythm

The first ever Time Out Sydney Arts & Culture Awards 2024 are here

The first ever Time Out Sydney Arts & Culture Awards 2024 are here

Sydney's arts and culture scene is buzzing. From dazzling musicals to provocative indie shows, to blockbuster exhibitions and eye-opening visual art, the city is alive with a diverse array of cultural treats. And what better way to shine a spotlight on our vibrant industry than by launching the very first Time Out Arts & Culture Awards? The inaugural awards celebrate the best of performing and visual arts over the past 12 months (productions and exhibitions showing between May 17, 2023 to May 17, 2024 are eligible). Time Out's dedicated editors and reviewers in Sydney and Melbourne have been busy catching countless musicals, plays and exhibitions to give our readers what Time Out has long specialised in: independent critical reviews. And now, they're ready to share the findings – all of the nominees for our critics' choice awards have just been announced!  Presented in exclusive partnership with the Pinnacle Foundation, the 2024 Time Out Arts & Culture Awards will feature the following categories: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Musical Best Performance in a Musical Best Play Best Performance in a Play Best Art Exhibition Best Museum Exhibition The Impact Award  People's Choice Awards: People’s Choice: Best Musical People’s Choice: Best Performance in a Musical People’s Choice: Best Play People’s Choice: Best Performance in a Play People’s Choice: Best Art Exhibition People's Choice: Best Museum Exhibition A winner will be awarded for each award category, in both Sydney and

19 absolutely free things to do in Sydney that you might not have heard of before

19 absolutely free things to do in Sydney that you might not have heard of before

1. Discover new bits of the city on a free tour. Ever heard of I’m Free Walking Tours? Now you have! Find out more over here. 2. Do a free group fitness class. Live Life, Get Active runs yoga, boxing and cross-training classes around Sydney for zero dollars. 3. Catch free jazz in The Rocks. It’s on every Thursday evening throughout winter, from 6-9pm. 4. Enter a trivia game. The Golden Sheaf runs free trivia on the last Tuesday of every month. 5. Check out Rose Seidler House. Take a stickybeak at this incredible ’50s-era house that’s open to the public on Sundays. Photograph: Nicholas Watt 6. Stroll to Collins Flat Beach. You reach this tiny cove by following a beaten bush track from Manly, through lush rainforest foliage – here you’ll find glassy flat water, a little waterfall and, if you’re lucky, even fairy penguins. 7. See some free comedy. Hopsters Brewery in Enmore runs free comedy nights, as well as a whole lot of other fun stuff.  8. Go to the Brett Whiteley Studio. In this workspace of the late Australian artist you’ll find his unfinished paintings, equipment and a graffiti wall covered with pictures and quotes. There are loads of great Sydney galleries with free entry to permanent exhibitions (including the Art Gallery of NSW, the MCA and White Rabbit Gallery). Check out our guide to galleries over here. Photography: Supplied 9. Have a picnic in Wendy’s Secret Garden. Wendy Whiteley (wife of the aforementioned Brett Whiteley) has grown a stunning public garden –

A new 4-day hike with forest gullies and huts is slated for this Blue Mountains NSW conservation area

A new 4-day hike with forest gullies and huts is slated for this Blue Mountains NSW conservation area

The NSW Government recently revealed plans to lease out part of the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area and Wollemi National Park in the Blue Mountains to a private company for up to 20 years, for the construction of 18 cabins along a four-day walking track. Development is underway on a number of new walking experiences within the Conservation Area, including a 5-kilometre, family-friendly Lost City walking track, and a 100-kilometre-plus walking track that will be a moderate-grade walking experience in remote landscape. The big Gardens of Stone Walk track covers a huge range of terrain, featuring panoramic views of a waterway called Carne Creek, as well as clifftop views, sandstone escarpments, forested gullies, canyons and stone pagoda formations. The idea is for it to cater to both independent as well as supported, guided walkers, and it should establish Lithgow (140km from Sydney, and running all the way to the Widden Valley) as a premier walking destination, potentially drawing in visitors from around the world. It will improve access to the existing Glow Worm Tunnel precinct and other visitor experiences within the Conservation Area, including cycling, short walks, camping and 4WD and motorcycle touring. Photograph: Supplied As mentioned, the Government is proposing engaging a private company, Wild Bush Luxury (part of Experience Co), to develop the new walking experience. Wild Bush Luxury is known for its thousands-of-dollar expeditions in different hiking are

12 insider hacks to get the most out of your night at Sydney’s epic Vivid festival

12 insider hacks to get the most out of your night at Sydney’s epic Vivid festival

Vivid Sydney is our favourite part of the cool season – there's hot stuff to do, whether you love light installations, sparkling night walks, firey food, gigs or immersive experiences. But it's also busy, there's a lot to choose from, some parts are exy, and it's located a while away from where most Sydneysiders live. No probs, though – by going to the festival ourselves and speaking with the people who put it on, we've gathered tips to help you have your best Vivid yet. ALSO RECOMMENDED: Here's our ultimate guide to Vivid and all the best stuff that's on now   Check for weekend track work. There will be some road closures for Vivid, and extra train, bus and ferry services, so obviously public transport is the way to go – unless you’re aiming to catch the train on a Saturday night when it’s not running. So although Transport for NSW is, in general, running more trains, still check ahead for weekend trackwork so your plans aren't stuffed around.  Go early on the ferry. You get a beaut view of Vivid from the ferry, but Transport for NSW has advised that ferry services are super popular – so you can end up waiting a while for enough room. Expect that you might have to wait, or perhaps park on the other side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (if you're coming from the north), and walk across it.  Dodge huge crowds. The less-busy nights at Vivid are Monday to Thursday. Set aside a few nights if you can. Even if you only want to cover the 8.5-kilometre Light Walk (it's hefty), that ro

シドニーで「テクノ電車」が運行

シドニーで「テクノ電車」が運行

シドニーで毎年開催される光とアートと音楽の祭典「Vivid Sydney」は、「Vivid Music」プログラムの一環として、「テクノトレイン・バイ・ポール・マック(Tekno Train by Paul Mac)」が運行されることを発表した。これは、その名の通り、音と光に包まれながら線路の上を走る電車に乗れる体験。今年、この街で最もクールな話題が飛び込んできたといえるだろう。 このスリリングな音楽アドベンチャーは一夜限りのものではない。シドニーの環状線であるシティ・サークルの使われなくなった線路を走るこの電車は、Vivid Sydney期間中の23夜にわたって「熱い」運行が予定されている。 電車内で響くのはもちろん、マックによるオリジナルのテクノサウンドだ。没入感のある照明は、音楽のビートに合わせて動くようカスタムされたもの。さらにクールなことに、​​音楽と照明は電車の速度や外の景色の変化に合わせて反応するという。 マックの紹介は不要だろうが、首をかしげる人のために説明しておこう。彼はオーストラリアを代表するエレクトロポップミュージシャン、シンガーソングライター、プロデューサー、リミキサーで、Itch-E and Scratch-E、LCDサウンドシステム、Rüfüs Du Sol、Ngaiire、Daniel Johns、ジョージ・マイケル、シーア、そして我らがカイリー・ミノーグとの音楽活動で知られている。 Photography: Supplied | Destination NSW | Vivid Sydney 2024 マックはなぜこの「旅」に参加したかったのだろう? 彼はその理由を次のように説明してくれた。 「電車はいつも僕を魅了します。『カチッ、カチッ』というリズミカルな音、金属と金属がぶつかり合う音、ブレーキの音やにおいなど、どれも誰もが共感できる興味深い感覚体験といえるでしょう。テクノトレインはさらに一歩進んで、音楽と照明を駆使して、通勤で乗るような電車の旅を感覚的なジェットコースターに変えるんです」 テクノトレインには、60分のルートが2種類用意されている。一つは、子ども連れの家族に適したゆっくりとした地上の旅で、もう一つは、全てが「増幅」され、テンポが速く、より拍動するテクノビートを楽しめる地下の旅である。 Vivid Sydneyが、シドニー市内で使われなくなった鉄道インフラをクールに活用したのは今回が初めてではない。2023年に初公開された「Dark Spectrum」では、ウィンヤード駅の下にある古いトンネルを、光と音の体験の場へと生まれ変わらせた。 ニュー・サウス・ウェールズ州の雇用・観光大臣であるジョン・グラハムは、次のように述べている。 「Vivid Sydneyは、常に新しいユニークな場所を見つけ、思い出に残る一期一会の体験をプログラムにしています。2024年のテクノトレインは、そのレベルをさらに引き上げます。オーストラリアの音楽賞を数々受賞しているポール・マックが作る線路上のためのトラックによって、電車に乗るという日常的な体験が、楽しい時間とユニークな共有体験に昇華されるでしょう」 また、Vivid Sydneyのディレクターであるギル・ミネルヴィーニは次のように語っている。 「今年の祭典は視野を広げ、先入観に挑戦し、人間性をたたえることに重点を置いています。ポール・マックによる『テクノトレイン』は、世界屈指のアーティストたちによるさまざまなアートの形式が、いかに日常的な活動を真に記憶に残るものに変える

There’s a secret botanic garden in Sydney that’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park

There’s a secret botanic garden in Sydney that’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park

Us Sydneysiders love our city's Royal Botanic Garden, situated right by our dreamy Sydney Harbour and nearby our iconic Opera House. But did you know Australia’s biggest botanic garden – also in Sydney – is just under an hour’s drive from the CBD? The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is located just 60 kilometres south-west of the middle of the city (which means you can drive there in under an hour). And you should, because with a whopping 416 hectares of space (that’s bigger than Central Park in New York City), there’s plenty to explore.  The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is one of the most important conservation sites in NSW, and it’s free to visit. So if you haven’t been yet, where the bloody hell are you? Where is the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan? Mount Annan is in the Macarthur region – it’s part of Camden Council and Campbelltown City Council. It’s on Dharawal Country. Photograph: Destination NSW; Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan What can I see at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan? These gardens are home to native flora from across Australia. The huge space is made up of lawns, landscaped gardens, lakes, and there are even plenty of native animals to spot.  There’s a lot to see, but some of our favourite sections include: the Connections Garden, which is mind-blowingly beautiful, especially in spring, when the gardens host an annual wildflower display.  There are barbecue and picnic areas, including in the beautiful Bottlebrush Ga

More than 2,500 valuable items lost at Sydney Airport are being auctioned off for bids from $10

More than 2,500 valuable items lost at Sydney Airport are being auctioned off for bids from $10

Ever lost something at an airport? Sydney Airport’s annual Lost Property Auction proves you’re definitely not alone. This year, more than 2,500 unclaimed items found at Sydney Airport in the past year – from luxury jewellery and laptops to a jaffle maker and even a leaf blower – will be auctioned off for charity, with bids starting at just $10.  Bag a bargain and do your bit to raise money for a good cause – all money raised will go to the Harding Miller Education Foundation, which grants four-year scholarships to high-school girls experiencing disadvantage who demonstrate high academic potential. The auction has begun, and it runs until Sunday, May 12 (that's Mother's Day, in case you want to try to find something nice for Mum). So what sort of loot is up for grabs this year? The 2024 Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction includes: 320+ jewellery items  300+ headphones & earbuds200+ watches200+ sunglasses  150+ laptops  120+ bottles of alcohol100+ phones and tablets  an electric scootera framed and autographed photo of Lionel Messia massage tablea wedding dressa jaffle makera leaf blowera Star Wars Storm Trooper voice activated helmet, a Darth Vader helmet and a collection of lightsabers+ loads more Basically, something for everyone! Photograph: Supplied | Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction | Hayden Buchanan Not only could you bag something at a fraction of the cost price, but you could help a young woman in need.  “It’s great to see these unclaimed items find new homes w

Buzzing Lakemba is Sydney's latest purple flag nightlife zone

Buzzing Lakemba is Sydney's latest purple flag nightlife zone

The hugely popular Ramadan Nights market that brings thousands of people from across Sydney to Haldon Street and Railway Parade in Lakemba for Ramadan feasting is now over, but that doesn't mean the buzz on Haldon Street has stopped. The multicultural Sydney spot is the third Sydney precinct to have Purple Flag status, meaning it's been officially recognised as being a welcoming, safe, diverse, vibrant and accessible place to enjoy time after dark.  As part of the NSW Government and 24-Hour Commmission's many reforms to continue to put the life back in Sydney's nights, they launched the Purple Flag initiative, an internationally recognised accreditation program that awards certain areas as great places for everyone to enjoy nightlife. The CBD laneway precinct known as YCK (York, Clarance and Kent Streets) was the first area to achieve purple flag status, followed by Parramatta and then Lakemba. Lakemba of course has the Ramadan Nights market once a year, but Haldon Street is lined with many popular restaurants, sweets shops, sparkling lights, as well as buzzing little grocers that stay open until late. It's also easily accessible by public transport, thanks to its train station. Photograph: Supplied | Department of Enterprise, Investment and Trade Media and Corporate Affairs The Purple Flag recognition has been welcomed by local businesses keen to welcome revellers from all over the city (and beyond). Lakemba business owner Rasha Almaanawe from King of Sweets says their doo

We asked how you save money in Sydney – here are your best budget tips

We asked how you save money in Sydney – here are your best budget tips

The majority of us are feeling the pinch right now, so we put it to you, our audience, to share with us how you save money living in an expensive city like Sydney. We asked you over on our Instagram, and here are your answers... SHOPPING “If I’m going to shop at Woolies, I do a little shop there in the morning so I can get the free coffee when you spend over $30.” “I buy groceries in bulk. Whether that’s buying the bigger packets of things and paying less per unit at the normal supermarkets, or going to Costco. You can save a lot of money this way.” “Instead of buying furniture, we use Street Bounty. There are Street Bounty groups on Facebook – we're on the Inner West group, but there are SB Facebook Groups for areas across Sydney, where people post things they want to get rid of. We got a beautiful outdoor table and a bike for free.” “I don’t go to the supermarket in a rush – instead, I go when I have plenty of time, so I can hunt for reduced items. You can find some steals if you spend the time looking.” “I shop at Aldi, not Woolworths or Coles.”  “I look for the ‘Quick Sale’ Woolworths yellow stickers on things like barbecue chickens. If the chicken was cooked several hours before, they’ll mark it down to as little as $2.50 for a whole chicken, which lasts me for a few days’ meals.” “I take some time to compare prices of our regular purchases (e.g. SodaStream cylinders) instead of just buying them wherever I happen to see them.” “I use the ShopBack app. It’s actually a no-