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Maya Skidmore

Maya Skidmore

Lifestyle Writer

Maya Skidmore has been the Lifestyle Writer at Time Out Sydney since 2022. Before then, she worked as a freelance features and copywriter, with her bylines appearing across the likes of SBS Voices, Billabong Women's and Astray, as well as a colourful variety of creative corporations and publications. As an Iranian-Australian young woman born n' raised in Sydney, Maya is all about finding the cheekiest and most diverse corners of our city, and then writing about it. When she's not furiously scribbling, you'll find her frolicking through a rainforest and/or giggling at photos of fat seals on the internet. 

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The best bookshops in Sydney

The best bookshops in Sydney

There are few greater pleasures in life than getting lost in a really good book. We've put together a list of the best bookshops in Sydney that offer up a vibey day of wholesome literary fun, but will deliver juicy reading material straight to your doorstep. What's better than that? Still curious? How about reading one of these 12 best books about Sydney.

School holidays in Sydney

School holidays in Sydney

Spring has arrived in town, and with it, the spring school holidays in Sydney. A time of wildflower frolicking, chilly beach runs and blustery good times. This year there is so much for kids (and their chosen adult companions) to do, with Sydney turning its family-friendly spring magic on to an all-time, enchanted high. We've also got some indoor fun in the mix for those wet weather days. Whether it’s getting up close with Sumatran tigers, seeing Bulnuruwanha – a kids' dance about how birds were createdm – practicing your parkour skills, or hitting a hectic hole-in-one at Holey Moley, we have you covered with the best things you can do across town, as well as at home (if the wet weather decides to rock up and dampen your plans). This year’s spring September holidays look like a good time for everyone – no matter how big – or, how small.  Want to stay fresh on what's happening in Sydney right now? Check out our list of the very best things for you, and your kids to do this weekend.

The ultimate guide to Kakadu National Park

The ultimate guide to Kakadu National Park

If you’ve ever dreamt of exploring the land before time (friendly dinosaur babies not guaranteed), boy, is there a place out there for you: Kakadu National Park. It's a World Heritage Site and Australia's biggest national park. Tucked into the Top End of the Northern Territory, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Darwin, Kakadu is a powerful place with a powerful history. The traditional land of the Bininj and Mungguy people and home to 19 different clan groups, Kakadu has been a sacred place of living and ceremony for Indigenous people for 65,000 years. Covering 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is a wild land rich with tiny yellow butterflies, rolling lightning storms, ancient rock art galleries, immense red gorges and deep blue pools, and its primordial wealth of life is something that has to be felt to be truly believed. A trip to Kakadu is one that makes you fall deep, and it will stay firmly within you long after you leave.  Here are the coolest things you can do, the best places you can stay, and the most delicious things you can eat while you throw yourself into the adventure of a lifetime.    Photograph: Tourism NT/jack.and.meganSunset at Ubirr   What's the best time to go? In this far northern part of Australia there are six seasons, with each one bringing something wonderful to the table. The dry season is the most popular (and arguably the best) time to hit up Kakadu, with most of the attractions open and free from the big floods that come through in the wet. I

The best winter getaways from Sydney

The best winter getaways from Sydney

Australia has always existed in the popular imagination as the slip-slop-slap land of sun, sea and snags on the sands. And with such a plentiful supply of beaches, parkland, waterfront bars and lush scenery here, it's a reputation that's well deserved. But our backyard isn't just worth frolicking around in the summertime. Dare we say, for many of our most cherished NSW holiday locations, winter is the merino-wool hat that they actually wear best.  If you’re feeling that it’s high time you ventured out of the Big Smoke in search of glorious winter sunshine, brisk mountain air or a crackling hearth in a country pub, this guide to some of our favourite cold-weather NSW getaways (that aren’t a trans-Atlantic boat trip from Sydney Harbour) may be just the thing for you.  Read on and be warned: they are chillingly good.  Keen to jaunt away somewhere quickly? Have a look at our list of the best short getaways you can take from Sydney. 

33 ways to tell you're a true Sydneysider

33 ways to tell you're a true Sydneysider

Whether you've lived in Sydney all your life or you're a transplant from elsewhere, there are a few subtle ways you can tell if you've become a true Sydneysider at heart. Here are the tell-tale signs. 1. You’ve accepted activewear as your weekend uniform.2. You think it’s completely reasonable to spend 25 minutes finding a glory park rather than park a 10-minute walk away from your destination.3. You see no reason you should have to cross the bridge, whichever side of it you live on. The massive body of water separating the two is a sign.4. You think Bondi Beach is the worst, and you proudly wear this relatively popular opinion as a mark of your individuality.5. You've sprinted to a bottle shop at 10.45pm.6. You still think there's a chance you'll start surfing.7. You mourn the demise of independent business when another local pub is taken over by a hospitality conglomerate – and then feel guilty for not hating the new decor.8. You know that the best dumplings in the city are from the place with the grapes on the ceiling in Haymarket. No, not that place, the other one that looks exactly the same.9. You've lined up for hot cream puffs from that hole-in-the-wall in Chinatown.10. You’ve finished two podcasts and started untangling a complex moral dilemma in your life by the time the 370 bus has made its way up King Street.11. You can correctly pronounce Bondi, Wynyard, Coogee, Woolloomooloo and Kogarah and know that there are two hs in Leichhardt.12. You have lived in a falling-

MP Allegra Spender: "I want young women to believe they have a role in public life"

MP Allegra Spender: "I want young women to believe they have a role in public life"

Teal independent Allegra Spender triggered a serious political uproar when she won the traditionally Liberal seat of Wentworth in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in a landslide in the 2022 federal election. A Cambridge-educated businesswoman descended from Liberal Party royalty, Spender joined the ranks of a record number of teal independents across the nation fighting for effective climate and environmental policy that still appeals to the affluent constituents of her electorate. Ahead of her appearance at Antidote Festival on Sunday, September 11 at the Sydney Opera House, Spender chats with us about the actionable climate policies she'll be championing, the plight of young Aussies in our current system, and how she reckons we can all move forward into a brighter, cleaner, less divided future.  What ignited your decision to run for the seat of Wentworth? Why is being in politics important to you?  The nail in the coffin was the inaction on climate change. I just felt like I couldn't just stand by and watch someone in my seat continue to support policies that are not going to do anywhere near enough and are actually incredibly obstructionist. Then, at the same time, part of it was also women. I feel very strongly that Parliament should reflect the diversity of our country more broadly, in terms of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age: but it hasn't even got the basics right in terms of gender. So, I stood for that, because I want women to be able to stand up and I want young women t

Writer Olivia Laing: "I realised very early on that not all bodies are treated the same"

Writer Olivia Laing: "I realised very early on that not all bodies are treated the same"

In the world of words, British-born writer Olivia Laing is an all-round legend. An award-winning author and commentator, Laing has written six books that have been translated into 19 languages, including Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (2020), and her most recent release, Everybody: A Book About Freedom which came out in 2021. On top of being a much-awarded and bestselling novelist, Laing has written extensively on art and culture for The Guardian, The Financial Times and The New York Times, with her fearless and expansive exploration of what it means to inhabit a body in the wilderness of human society coming to a head in her latest book. Ahead of her upcoming talk at the much-anticipated (and radical) Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House, Time Out sat down and chatted to Olivia about the shackles of the human body in 2022, her own experience as a queer person growing up in Britain in a gay family in the homophobic 1990s, and what she would get up to in Sydney for a day if time and space were no object.  You look at the body with very different eyes to the rest of mainstream society. Can you explain what the human body means to you?  I think when people talk about ‘the body’ they tend to mean health or physical appearance: fitness, beauty, fashion, things like that. I’m much more interested in what it’s like to live inside the body, in a vessel that’s so permeable and vulnerable, not to mention mortal. Before I became a writer I was a herbalist, and so in the 1990

The best alcohol-free things to do in Sydney

The best alcohol-free things to do in Sydney

Look, Sydney – if we're being real, booze in our town is kindaaa a big deal. Whether it be the plethora of pubs, bars and distilleries that pepper our Emerald City – or simply the bazillions of boozy embellishments to brunches, lunches and pop-ups that are constantly in action all over town, it's clear that Sydney has a soft spot for the ol' devil's drop.  Despite the undeniable good times that come hand-in-hand with alcohol, it can sometimes feel good to say nay to the drink, with there being some seriously clear-headed and (hopefully) regret-free fun to be had in the sharp arms of sobriety.  If you feel this way, you’re not alone. This move towards no-booze is becoming more and more popular with both all of us common folk who got grogged-out during the pandemic, as well as with numerous businesses – with us seeing a serious influx of alcohol-free spirits and experiences popping up all the way from Gordon’s gin to Seadrift, Australia’s only non-alcohol dedicated distillery.   In spite of all of these fresh-faced developments, it’s normal to feel a wee bit sceptical about doing cool stuff in Sydney without any grog at all. But fret not. We have created the ultimate list of every wild and wonderful thing to do across town that doesn’t involve you having a drink in your hand, and honestly – they all look pretty bloody good.  To that, we say cheers! 

The best things to do in Sydney this August

The best things to do in Sydney this August

August is here, bringing us some brilliant winter sunshine, wattle explosions and a whole plethora of excellent cultural, arty and foody times that are guaranteed to warm up even the most wintery of hearts. This last month of the cold season will be delivering the goods, with plentiful theatre shows, art exhibitions, live music performances and delightfully delicious new restaurants and bars popping up across all four corners of the Emerald City.  If you want a more fresh-air kind of escape, check out the best winter getaways you can take from Sydney, or head to the snow before spring makes it impossible. if you want to really turn that winter level up to maximum, check out our list of the best places to go ice skating in Sydney, then warm up at one of these epic pubs and bars with fireplaces. Below, we have put together a list of absolutely everything happening in our city this month, making sure that whether you're heading out or staying in, we have you covered.  Want to really capitalise off the cold? Check out our list of the best hot springs you can soak in across NSW. 

The best plant nurseries in Sydney that also do delivery

The best plant nurseries in Sydney that also do delivery

Thinking of starting or adding to your collection of house plants? These plant shops, nurseries and foliage delivery services have everything you need from on-trend indoor foliage and low-maintenance greenery to nourishing soil and pots that double as decoration. If you've got a case of the black thumb, the knowledgeable staff at these nurseries are your best resource for plant care know-how. Also, if you can't get out and about to buy them for yourself, we've found out which one of these do delivery so you don't have to.  If you want to skip the gardening altogether and decorate with blooms from the best flower delivery services in Sydney. If this has got you in the mood for some plants 'in the wild' why not check out the best public gardens you can visit in and around Sydney. Want to green up your life, without stress? Check out these seven low-maintenance indoor plants that you probably won't kill.

The best free (and cheap) dates you can go on across Sydney

The best free (and cheap) dates you can go on across Sydney

For the young folk, the poor folk and the folk who just like to run free, love in this economy can tend to be tricky. It’s common folklore that living in Sydney generally means that (unless you’re a multi-bazillionaire with eight private islands) taking your squeeze out on the town can mean a significant dent to your superfund and the possible loss of an arm and leg to the capitalist gods. So to all you lovers out there whose weekly budget doesn't stretch to chartering a seaplane (or even just one exotic cocktail at any CBD bar), we hear you and we see you. That’s why we have put together an ultimate list of the coolest cheap and totally free dates available to lovers in the Emerald City. Each of these options is guaranteed to set you back either nothing or next to nothing. So grab your current cutie, leave your hundred-dolla bills at home and hit the road. Free love, folks, is where it's at. 

Oz Whale Watching Cruises

Oz Whale Watching Cruises

If, this winter season, you’re on the hunt for a leisurely four-hour whale watching cruise on and beyond Sydney Harbour that provides you with a succulent Aussie barbecue lunch as well as free flowing tea and coffee – Oz Whale Watching by Sydney Princess Cruises may be just the thing for you.  Kicking off from Circular Quay, this whale watching cruise is one of the longest on the Sydney whale watching market in terms of duration (so if you get violently seasick, mayhaps stay clear), with their open plan vessels ferrying you across the high seas for nifty prices that won’t break the ship's bank. If you are into long days out on the ocean, this cruise is definitely good value, with you getting a full day out, plus a freshly chef-prepared barbecue feast (spoiler: you get pineapple, salad and barbecued chicken) for $99 if you’re an adult, $75 if you’re concession, $55 if you’re a child aged between five and fourteen, and $25 if you’re an infant aged between zero and four.  For those prices, you get to listen to live commentary from their resident whale experts, as well as luxuriate in the open space these specially designed whale watching crafts have on offer. With two stories and plentiful out-door decking and inside seating, this cruise is all about a wholesome and comfortable day out, with punters able to enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding waters, and (if they’re lucky) gleaming glimpses of humpback whales as they play in Sydney’s waters on their annual migration from

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Big Clay Day

Big Clay Day

Clay fiends, rejoice. The pottery demigods over at Clay Sydney are throwing a massive and totally free (that’s right, free) neighbourhood clay party in Marrickville and you’re all invited.  Kicking off on Saturday, October 15, Big Clay Day will be filled with a veritable bonanza of free pottery classes (of both the hand throwing and wheel-spinning variety), a ceramic market stall slinging Clay Sydney’s pottery wares, and a gallery space that will be filled with the studio’s sculptural pieces for all those interested in viewing.  The Time Out team has tried out Clay Sydney's boozy clay classes at the Enmore studio and we can vouch, they put on a muddy good time.  Everything will go down in Clay Sydney’s Marrickville studio, with the vibes set to flow along the trajectory of local block party meets arty showdown, with them teaming up with the pastry lords over at Grumpy Donuts, the gin kings over at Poor Tom’s Distillery, and the natural booze masters at Mixtape Brew to create a delicious day of locally-made food and fun.  When it comes to the clay classes, everything will be operating on a first come, first served basis. As such, if you’re keen on throwing some shapes, you should aim to be the first one at the door, with the event going off from noon until 4pm on Saturday, October 15. To find out more about this mud fest, head over to their Facebook event page. This one looks pretty good.  Want more good times and great classic hits? Check out everything happening in Sydney th

Gin & Tequila Journey Sydney

Gin & Tequila Journey Sydney

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a heady swig of a) gin or b) tequila make for a jolly good time. The wonders of these diverse and delicious liquors are known to many of us, but when it comes to finding out where the very best joints in Sydneytown to swill 'em actually are, we can often come up lost. That is, however, until now.  Enter: Gin Journey and Tequila Journey – the two sauced-up babies of British-born Leon Dalloway, Gin Journey founder and all-round lord of all things liquor, who has been charming fans of the devil’s drop with his educational bar crawls from London to Sydney since 2013.  Gin Journey is Dalloway’s original invention, with this tried and tested explorative experience taking you on a guided tour of Sydney’s boutique distilleries and hidden gin bars, including Poor Tom's Gin Hall and the Four Pillars Gin Lab. This minibus tour taking in the ultimate gin destinations in the city will let you sample five top gins and five superb cocktails while learning about this popular tipple's fascinating history, from its checkered days as ‘mother’s ruin’ to its present-day ascendancy and the botanical bonanza of contemporary Aussie gins.  Each gin journey takes you to five different hidden bars and gin distilleries across Sydney, with every guest getting five gin drink samples, and five artisan gin cocktails to smooth their way. Expect good chat, delicious (and extremely high quality) gin moments, and to leave at the end of the day feeling more than pleasa

Guide Dogs Café pop-up

Guide Dogs Café pop-up

Don’t start hysterically screaming all at once – but a pop-up café filled with actual, real life, legitimate puppies is coming to Sydney’s CBD for one glorious day only. We know. It’s all too much.  On Saturday, November 19, Guide Dogs NSW is throwing an incredibly paw-fect brunch party for all those who enjoy frolicking with labrador puppies for a good cause. With attendees able to cuddle puppies, drink coffee, pose in a pooch-themed photobooth and play in a plushie dog toy ball pit, this event of the century is all about raising awareness about the wonderful work that Guide Dogs NSW does for those living with vision impairment.  As such, on top of all the cuddly shenanigans, there will also be a number of guide dogs and therapy dogs in attendance, with their owners there on scene to speak with you about how their canine companions enrich all aspects of their lives. Also, when it comes to food – fret not. You will also be eating well, with the entire event catered by the Blind Chef, with a full afternoon tea display, including tea, coffee and guide dog-themed dessert snacks all set to hit your table.  Tickets to this event (as you may expect) are pretty limited, with only 180 spots up for grabs. For all Sydney puppy fans who know they can’t miss out, early bird tickets will be going on sale on Friday, September 23 at 9am for $30. You can do that by clicking right here, but if you miss out on that run, tune in on October 17 for general release tickets that cost $40, with kids

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

If you’ve ever dreamt of eating blue cheese in a fluffy white robe on top of a gigantic white bed that looks out over the glittering expanse of Sydney Harbour, you’re in for a bloody treat. Enter: the Pullman Quay Grand, luxury hotel and all-round glamour-pad that’s situated smack-bang in the middle of Circular Quay. Gasp.  The Pullman Quay blends seamlessly into the shiny borderland of Circular Quay, marrying classic hotel luxury with an unbeatable centralised location. With 70 rooms on offer, a resident bar, restaurant, jacuzzi, sauna, gym and heated indoor swimming pool, this luxe hotel is all about levelling up your Sydney stay to new, hyper-glam heights. You get the choice of balcony suite rooms facing the harbour (the bougiest, and arguably the best) or garden view suites that look out onto the Royal Botanic Gardens. Either way, the view is delightful.  We stayed in the deluxe one bedroom harbour view suite, where a series of flashy open-plan rooms opened up to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour. Following the muted colour tones and metallic finishes seen throughout the hotel, the veneer of luxury was definitely the bottom-line here. Our room was fit out with a marble corner spa-bath, a shiny chrome kitchen, huge apartment style lounge and sitting area, two flat screen TVs (a lack of streaming services were a bit of throwback to 2007), a dining room, and a mammoth white bed from which you could see all the wild lights of the harbour ci

Smash Room City

Smash Room City

For all the ragers out there who wish they could break all their kitchenware just for the sweet momentary release of it (but hold themselves back because of, you know, rising plate prices/ seriously alarming the neighbours), your day has finally arrived. Enter: Smash Room City, Sydney’s newest chamber of destruction where you get to (with a sledgehammer, no less) smash all the TVs, glassware and ceramics that your angry little heart desires, with the best bit being that nobody (probably) will call the police.  This healthy coping mechanism is the brainchild of 21-year-old Ben Horwitz, who has recently launched this brand-new establishment in Homebush West for all those who feel that they are in need of blowing off a little (or a lot) of steam. Describing themselves as the only smash room in Sydney that allows group bookings, and allowing 13-17 year-olds to smash away with a guardian present, Smash Room City is an excellent alternative date, group hang or rainy-day activity for the reckless.  A maximum of four people are allowed in a room together at any given time, with you getting fitted out in protective safety gear (including a helmet, boots, overalls and glasses) before heading in. You are also allowed to pick whatever rage tunes you want to play over the speakers during your 30-minute session, with you also getting the chance to get involved with Smash Room City’s legendary ‘letting go plate’ where you are told to write down all your negative thoughts, feelings and recen

Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden

Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden

Hidden deep (well, kind of deep) within the heart of Centennial Park is a playground like no other. Surrounded by wide sweeping parklands, wildflowers and mammoth Moreton Bay fig trees, Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden is one of New South Wales’  few nature-play paradises made for kids and adults alike.  Filled with endless opportunities for wild exploration, this garden is open every day from 10am to 5pm, and is all about encouraging kids of all ages to get lost in a nature-filled oasis that also doubles as a playground. Fit out with an intricate and excellent tree house, a gnarly bamboo forest, a fancy water play area, banksia tunnels, turtle mounds and dry creek beds, this ‘wild play’ locale is full of wonderful nooks and crannies that keep kids fresh, entertained and connected to the big outdoors, all from within the controlled paradise of Centennial Park.  Fit out with a coffee van and amenities, as well as plenty of places for adults to sit and smell the native flowers, this garden is an excellent stop for the whole family, with it having a lil’ slice of something to keep everyone entertained.  You can find Ian Potter Wild Play coming in through the entrance off Grand Drive, opposite the York Road gates, at the Centennial Park entrance. Keep your eyes peeled for the directional signs once you’re in there, or find them by using one of their maps. Entry is free.  Want more kid-friendly fun? Check out our survival guide for the upcoming school holidays. 

International Dumpling Day at White & Wongs

International Dumpling Day at White & Wongs

Dumpling fans, sit up straight right now. Your big day has arrived. On Monday, September 26 the folks over at eclectic fusion restaurant White & Wongs are putting on a bottomless dumpling bonanza for International Dumpling Day, and one of the deals will only set you back only 25 bucks per head.  If you like yourself a lil’ yum cha moment, you can go for the all-you-can-eat dumpling menu, which will include dumplings from the restaurant's staple offerings as well as from the famed ‘Fun Dumpling Menu’ – where you’ll get the chance to eat your way through a wild and wacky journey paved with Vegemite and emu dumplings, mac and cheese xiao long bao, hot fried jam doughnut buns, Cherry Ripe spring rolls, and prawn and parmesan toast.  On top of all these crazy combinations, you (and three of your mates) can dig into a giant 10-inch long xiao long bao for just $35. This colossal dumpling will be stuffed with pork mince and swimming in a pork-based broth and will be ample food for four hungry people. Also, staff give you a straw to suck up the broth before they slice this mother of all dumplings open. How charming.  Also, just a note: there will only be 30 of these big boys available on the day, so if you’re keen, make sure you order yours in advance.  The succulent action will kick off from 11am until late on September 26, with allocated hourly seating slots up for grabs. You can find out all the dumpling details and book yourself in by clicking right here. Want all the dumplings, a

So Frenchy So Chic

So Frenchy So Chic

Calling all Francophiles: the biggest French music festival (outside of France, of course) and all-round bigtime posh picnic is coming back to Sydney for the first time since 2020. Ooh la la.  The aptly coined 'So Frenchy So Chic', an annual Parisian-inspired summer party, will be arriving in Sydney's Bicennential Park on Saturday, January 21, 2023. It will bringing French cheese, French music, French wine, and all-round summer-picnic-by-the-Seine vibes to Glebe's foreshore in such a way that one would normally have to buy a pricey Euro plane ticket to properly experience.  This year's festival rendition will showcase a gorgeous range of native French artists, with a whole host of the nation's best and brightest talent making the big trip Down Under to perform their exclusive sets. You can expect to see the likes of Pi Ja Ma, whose French pop comes scented with a distinctive '60s swing, Rover, whose wild sounds won him the French equivalent of a Grammy at the Victoires De La Musique, and Suzane, whose fast and fiery sound and dance moves have made her a big name all through Paris' live music scene. Music aside, one of the best things about So Frenchy So Chic is spending the day drinking Champagne on the grass while snacking on indulgent French treats. Tuck into food provided by Bellevue Cottage, which is headed up by Antoine Moscovitz who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne.  Think haute cuisine in a relaxed setting

Pleasures Playhouse

Pleasures Playhouse

A six-week-long music and art festival is coming to an abandoned cinema in Haymarket, transforming this storied venue into Sydney's newest entertainment hub.  This massive party is all about reinvigorating Sydney’s hidden corners and bringing brand-new, shiny life into our underground music and arts scene that has spent far too long on the backburner. Whether it be a wild underground sexuality and body positivity party courtesy of ‘Leak Your Own Show us Ya Tips’, live music performances by the likes of Alex Lahey and Nai Palm, a ‘raunchy’ cabaret show with an accompanying full live house band,  pop-up Yum Cha, record nights, or Arthouse movie showings accompanied by natural wines from P & V and noodles from Biang Biang, this wild, late night, brazenly bold celebration of subcultures and amazing food has something for everyone.  Held in Haymarket’s long-abandoned Harbour City Twin Cinema, Pleasures Playhouse is all about showcasing what exists, with the dusty old Chinese movie theatre set to get a revamp after 15 very dormant years. The venue will be transformed into a dystopian wonderland that links the venue’s old roots with a new, technological future. On top of celebrating the past, this party is also all about boogieing into the present, with the festival linking up with many of Haymarket’s restaurants to bring epic local eats into the space, as well as showcasing top-shelf grog from Sydney-based booze masters. You can expect to sample the wares of  P&V Merchants, Mike Be

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market

In big news for all Sydney market lovers, the Big Design Market is making a massive comeback after three years away. With 200 Aussie stallholders taking to the Cutaway at Barangaroo for three days of food, art, homewares and design shopping, this event is one not to be missed.  Kicking off on Friday, September 9 and running until Sunday, September 11, this year's market will be offering up (amongst many other wonders) handmade ceramics, homewares, clothes, jewellery and limited edition art prints. There's also a mouth-watering array of locally made food and drink, including the likes of Broomfield Pies, fresh poke bowls from Fish Bowl, donuts from Melbourne's renowed Shortstop, portugese tarts from Natas & Co, Melbourne's Billy Van Creamery natural ice-cream, Melb's St Ali coffee, and fresh cocktails mixed on the spot by a pop-up bar run by the Sydney legends over at Archie Rose.  This year's market rendition is also all about spotlighting Indigenous design talent, with punters able to peruse the wares of six design leaders from Indigenous communities across Australia, including the likes of Haus of Dizzy, Magpie Goose and Pia Designs. On this, Tasmanian artist and Palawa woman, Annie Hay of Pia Designs will be creating a 45-metre long, vibrantly coloured mural that is set to take over one whole wall inside the collossal subterranean Cutaway space. The mural will only be hanging around for the three days that the Design Market is on, so if you're keen to geeze it, we reckon y

Harbour City Twin Cinema

Harbour City Twin Cinema

Once a Chinese movie theatre, this iconic cinema has been abandoned since the early 2000s. Now, it has been reopened as a new venue for the six-week culture festival, Pleasure Playhouse. 

Michael Reid Art Bar

Michael Reid Art Bar

If you like your cocktails with a side of culture, look no further. Michael Reid, renowned Aussie gallerist and art dealer, has just opened up a brand new art bar that is all about showcasing wild new art forms, locally-sourced cocktail concoctions and cutting-edge vibes. Saucy.  This moody new venue is all about transformation, with it existing as an exhibition room during the day, and then morphing (at dusk, no less) into a contemporary bar space for all those who like to get loose at night, with the Michael Reid Art Bar taking its base inspiration from the artistic underworld of Berlin, where day and night blend seamlessly through the melding forces of art, booze and good times.  Situated in the Star Sydney, this new space acts as a little spot of dramatic difference to the things you normally find at the casino, with the gallery bringing its visitors a flow of bougie canapes, including (but not limited to) a foie gras brûlé, as well as a series of locally-sourced cocktails and seltzers, including the likes of a double-barrelled negroni from Surry Hills distillery Four Pillars, and the ever-classic Archie Rose Espresso Martini.  With fresh exhibitions set to come through every four to six weeks, this architecturally designed space is made to showcase the work of international and local artists all through the day, and all through the night, with the gallery also available for private hire for those who like a lil’ hint of arty debauchery underpinning their functions.  Art

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Victoria is scrapping its mandatory isolation period for people infected with Covid-19

Victoria is scrapping its mandatory isolation period for people infected with Covid-19

From October 14, Victorians will no longer be required to isolate for five days after testing positive for Covid-19. The decision follows a unanimous vote by the national cabinet and applies to all Australian states and territories.  Implementation will be left in the hands of state powers, but at this stage, Victorians can expect isolation rules to be nixed as well as support payments for those infected by Covid-19 to cease. Exceptions will remain in place for casual workers across sectors like aged care, disability care, hospital care and Aboriginal health care.  This call comes off the back of the Australian government’s decision to move away from considering Covid-19 an "emergency", with prime minister Anthony Albanese saying in a statement to the ABC that an isolation mandate required government support, but now, as we move forward, things have changed, with him adding that it wasn’t feasible for the government to pay support wages “forever”.   “It was always envisaged that these measures were emergency measures that were put in place”, says Albanese.  In a media release, the Victorian Greens have cautioned the Labor government against scrapping these requirements. "Unless we retain some basic public health measures, there will be nothing to slow the next increase in Covid-19 which may not be far away," says Dr Tim Read, the Victorian Greens health spokesperson.  ICYMI: Japan has announced it will fully open to Aussie travellers.

A koala joey has just arrived at Taronga Zoo

A koala joey has just arrived at Taronga Zoo

In extremely cute news for everyone, a tiny (and oh, so sweet) koala joey has just emerged from her mother’s pouch for the very first time at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Yep. You have complete licence to freak out.  Born at Taronga to mum Willow, this crazy cute new addition is just under eight months old, and is the first baby koala to make an appearance following Taronga’s koala breeding program.  Following the devastating effects of the catastrophic bushfires in 2019 and 2020 on Australia’s koala population, this gorgeous female joey is a welcome sight for everyone, with her entrance into the world one that is definitely worth celebrating. And with the little one already fast progressing past her milestones (including snaffling eucalyptus leaves and riding on her mum’s back), everything seems to be properly looking up.  Taronga Zoo is yet to give her a name, but the zoo team is calling on the public to help them out in choosing one of their Australian-inspired names, with ten lucky folks getting the chance to win a family pass to the zoo if they are successful. All you’ve got to do is head over to this link and say in 25 words or less whether you reckon our newest (and fluffiest) gal is more of a) Minty, b) Phoenix or c) Dora. It’s all up to you.  You can meet this sweet little lady, as well as Wadu, the baby wombat on your next trip to Taronga Zoo.

NSW to scrap mandatory isolation period for people infected with Covid-19

NSW to scrap mandatory isolation period for people infected with Covid-19

In breaking news, NSW has officially scrapped all Covid-19 isolation rules, meaning that people infected with Covid will no longer be mandatorily required to isolate for five days after testing positive.  Following a unanimous decision by national cabinet, all Australian states and territories will no longer be federally required to implement isolation rules, with everyone in NSW and Australia-wide seeing these requirements end as of October 14. How this will look will be left in the hands of state powers, with NSW premier Dominic Perrottet a main instigator behind this push to eradicate Covid health restrictions.  After October 14, support payments for people infected with Covid will also cease, however there will be exceptions for those who are casual workers across the sectors of aged care, disability care, hospital care and Aboriginal health care, with national cabinet agreeing to continue targeted financial assistance for all people involved in all these sectors.  This call comes off the back of the Australian government’s decision to move away from considering Covid-19 an "emergency", with prime minister Anthony Albanese saying in a statement to the ABC that an isolation mandate required government support, but now, as we move forward, things have changed, with him adding that it wasn’t feasible for government to pay support wages “forever”.   “It was always envisaged that these measures were emergency measures that were put in place”, Albanese said.  NSW will implement

Japan has announced it will fully open to Aussie travellers

Japan has announced it will fully open to Aussie travellers

  Earlier this year, Japan announced that it was accepting international visitors – but only if they were part of a sponsored tour group. Unfortunately, this resulted in a stark decline in foreign tourism, so the Japanese government began to consider loosening its strict travel rules. Well, that time has finally come: Japan is permanently opening back up to Australian (as well as many others) travellers, with them putting a decisive end to pretty much all travel restrictions that are all set to kick off on October 11, 2022. Yep, that soon.  The tour group requirement will be nixed, and Australians looking to visit our Pacific island neighbour will be able to independently book their own flights and accommodation. On top of all this, Japan has also scrapped their arrivals cap and their visa-waiver system for Aussies, meaning that you can enter the country without having to get a pesky visa first.  If you have been fully vaccinated (including a COVID-19 booster shot) you will not have to undergo a PCR test before leaving Australia, and will also be exempt from being tested on arrival. Because Australia is classified as a ‘blue country’, regardless of your vaccination status, you will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival if you’re travelling from there, but if you are not vaccinated and are coming from a ‘yellow country’ you may be subject to up to five days of self-isolation.  Now, to enter, all you’ll need is this completed questionnaire and a Covid-19 vaccination cert

Japan to fully open to Aussie travellers: Here is everything you need to know

Japan to fully open to Aussie travellers: Here is everything you need to know

Calling all Aussies, near and far who like international travel: today's your lucky day. In recent developing news, Japan is permanently opening back up to Australian (as well as many others) travellers, with them putting a decisive end to pretty much all travel restrictions that are all set to kick off on October 11, 2022. Yep, that soon.  Australians looking to make the dreamy trip will no longer have to jump through the irksome hoops of only being able to go in through a tour group or travel agency, with people now able to independently book their own flights and accommodation. On top of all this, Japan has also scrapped their arrivals cap and their visa-waiver system for Aussies, meaning that you can enter the country without having to get a pesky visa first.  If you have been fully vaccinated (including a COVID-19 booster shot) you will not have to undergo a PCR test before leaving Australia, and will also be exempt from being tested on arrival. Because Australia is classified as a ‘blue country’, regardless of your vaccination status, you will not be required to self-isolate upon arrival if you’re travelling from there, but if you are not vaccinated and are coming from a ‘yellow country’ you may be subject to up to five days of self-isolation.  Now, to enter, all you’ll need is this completed questionnaire and a Covid-19 vaccination certificate (you don’t have to be vaccinated to enter, but if you’re coming from a ‘yellow country’ that isn’t Australia, you can provide t

Jupiter is the closest it has been to Earth in 59 years

Jupiter is the closest it has been to Earth in 59 years

Stargazers, it’s time to look up. For a week following Monday, September 26,  Jupiter, king of the planets and all-round brilliantly big lad, will be coming the closest it has come to Earth in 59 years. Gasp!  The gas giant has a 12-year orbit around Earth, with it (much like our humble blue planet) not orbiting the sun in a perfect circle, meaning that most years, we miss each other. This year however (for the first time since 1963) Jupiter will come within a whopping 591 million kilometres of Earth, a fact that will mean that it will be suspended in our skies in unusually big and bright form that will be visible to the naked eye – along with four of its 75 moons.  If you have a telescope, you will be able to see our solar system’s largest planet in all its glory, including getting a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at Jupiter’s famous Big Red Dot and ringed bands. Even if you don’t have a telescope handy, a common pair of binoculars will also stand you in good stead on this intergalactic mission.  For all those just using their eyes, it is recommended that you head outdoors straight after sunset to a dark and elevated area, where Jupiter will appear as a brilliant star, lying low on the horizon in the east, where you'll be able to pick up four tiny starry dots around it – the famous Galilean moons. If your view is obstructed upon rising, you will still be able to catch it lighting up our skies throughout the night. The best day to see this planetary phenomenon is Monday, Septemb

Júpiter no estaba tan cerca de la Tierra desde hace casi 60 años

Júpiter no estaba tan cerca de la Tierra desde hace casi 60 años

Amantes de la astronomía, es hora de mirar hacia arriba. Este lunes 26 de septiembre (y también durante unas cuantas noches después) Júpiter, el rey de los planetas, alcanzará el punto más cercano a la Tierra de los últimos 59 años.  El gigante gaseoso, al igual que nuestro humilde planeta azul, no gira alrededor del sol en un círculo perfecto, lo que significa que la mayoría de los años apenas es visible con tanta claridad en nuestro firmamento. Sin embargo, este año (por primera vez desde 1963) Júpiter se acercará a la friolera de 591 millones de kilómetros de la Tierra, lo que significa que estará suspendido en nuestros cielos en una forma inusualmente grande y brillante y que podrá ver a simple vista (si la contaminación lumínica os lo permite).  Según los astrónomos, Júpiter no hará una aparición similar en nuestros cielos hasta el 7 de octubre de 2129, por lo que os sugerimos que os toméis vuestro tiempo esta noche para no perderos este fenómeno único.  NO TE LO PIERDAS: 20 planes geniales de este otoño Lee la revista de otoño de Time Out Madrid, con entrevistas, reportajes y las mejores recomendaciones de ocio y cultura de la ciudad. O descárgala gratis aquí.

Jupiter is coming the closest it has to Earth in 59 years tonight

Jupiter is coming the closest it has to Earth in 59 years tonight

Stargazers, it’s time to look up. On Monday, September 26 (and for a few nights afterwards too) Jupiter, king of the planets and all-round brilliantly big lad will be coming the closest it has come to Earth in 59 years. Gasp!  The gas giant has a 12-year orbit around Earth, with it (much like our humble blue planet) not orbiting the sun in a perfect circle, meaning that most years, we miss each other. But this year (for the first time since 1963), Jupiter will come within a whopping 591 million kilometres of Earth, a fact that will mean that it will be suspended in our skies in an unusually big and bright form that will be visible to the naked eye – along with four of its 75 moons.  If you have a telescope, you will be able to see our solar system’s largest planet in all its glory, including getting a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at Jupiter’s famous Big Red Dot and ringed bands. Even if you don’t have a telescope handy, a common pair of binoculars will also stand you in good stead on this intergalactic mission.  For all those just using their eyes, it is recommended that you head outdoors straight after sunset to a dark and elevated area, where Jupiter will appear as a brilliant star, lying low on the horizon in the east, where you'll be able to pick up four tiny starry dots around it – the famous Galilean moons. If your view is obstructed upon rising, you will still be able to catch it lighting up our skies throughout the night. The best day to see this planetary phenomenon is

The Cook Islands have lifted all travel restrictions

The Cook Islands have lifted all travel restrictions

If pure white beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and tropical rainforests are your idea of a good time, you’re in luck. The paradise overlords in the Cook Islands have just announced the permanent lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions, signalling a brand-new jump forward for the glorious island nation. Hoorah!  The lifting of all vaccination requirements for travel and entry to the islands are the final removal of restrictions for the country, reverting travel conditions back to those far and distant days of the pre-pandemic. After a tough few years of Covid-induced closure, the Cook Islands are ready for business, with this opening-up the final step in what has been a long two years of isolation.  Photograph: Supplied Now, all ye holiday-makers can sunbathe, waterfall-chase and snorkel through colourful tropical reefs like it’s 2018 (aka, when all the *unpleasantness* was just a twinkle in the edge of the sky), with it announced that extra flights have been added from late October for all the keen Kiwis and Aussies who are long overdue for a pristine island vacay.  Now, all you’ve gotta do is grab your best reef-safe sunscreen, book in that leave, and buy a lovely broad-brimmed hat. Your Cook Islands adventure awaits.  Can't make it to the Cook Islands just yet? Hit up one of these wildly gorgeous NSW beaches instead.  

The Rail Union is turning off all Opal machines for one week out of protest

The Rail Union is turning off all Opal machines for one week out of protest

In breaking news for Sydney commuters, the NSW Rail Union has announced that they will be switching off all Opal reader machines across Sydney’s train stations for one week, with it all kicking off on September 21.  This move is a product of the sustained industrial action and open-warfare between the rail union and the NSW state government, with this news coming off the backend of the union’s Fair Work Commission fight with the government over a new pay deal for rail workers that has resulted in ongoing disruptions across the Sydney rail network in the last month.  Opal machines will all be completely turned off as a result of this continued battle between the unions and government, with NSW Rail, Tram and Bus Union secretary Alex Claassens saying to the Sydney Morning Herald that this measure is all about targeting the government rather than individual members of the public.  “We want to put pressure on the government and senior bureaucrats, not the travelling public”, he said.  “We’re making sure that they’re going to be kept open and working the way we want them to work so people don’t have to pay”. Claassens added.  This industrial action has been called “economic sabotage” by Transport Minister David Elliot, with him saying that turning off the machines will cost taxpayers millions in lost fare revenue.  You can travel for free on Sydney trains from Wednesday, September 21, with more details expected to emerge in coming days.  Want to take advantage of this news over th

It's official: La Niña is returning for the third summer in a row

It's official: La Niña is returning for the third summer in a row

It’s been confirmed. La Niña is officially returning to Australia’s east coast for the third summer in a row. Sorry folks.  The weather gods over at the Bureau of Meteorology have confirmed that due to atmospheric indicators (including equatorial cloudiness and trade wind strength), along with recent cooling in the central tropical Pacific, all us on the east coast can expect another sodden summer, with more heavy rains and flooding predicted to hit our horizons.  The silver lining? Despite La Niña’s reappearance, the Bureau of Meteorology has also said that we can expect it to drop off early next year, with this particular La Niña rendition expected to be weak to moderate in strength, whilst also being a relatively short lived weather event. There’s always hope.  Despite this, the rains will reportedly continue to fall throughout spring and into the first half of summer, with this being the very first time that Australia has experienced three consecutive La Niña events alongside back-to-back negative Indian Ocean Dipole events, with these three different climate drivers converging to create wild and wet weather across the country.  This triple La Niña event is incredibly rare, with this one being just one of the three to hit us since records began in 1900 – with Sydney only this year predicted to break a 60-year rainfall record. Due to a lack of historical precedent, the real impacts of this unusual climate event are hard to predict, with experts warning of increased floodin

Ruby's Fried Chicken are giving away 100 free boxes of spicy fried chicken

Ruby's Fried Chicken are giving away 100 free boxes of spicy fried chicken

Fried chicken fans, listen up. On Saturday, September 10 you could snag yourself a totally free (that’s right: free) box of perfectly crispy fried American-style chicken. We know. This is all very dreamy.  This action will all be going down at the newly-opened Ruby’s Fried Chicken in Concord, where to celebrate their debut on the Sydney chicken scene, the lil’ joint will be giving away 100 free ‘off the menu’ boxes of their spiciest chicken to the first 100 customers that rock up from 11.30am until they’re all sold out. Gasp!  The chicken box in question comes with a selection of juicy (and yet, so crispy) wings and tenders, as well as slaw, pickles, and Ruby’s special sauce. They have warned however that this whole situation is heavy on the spice, so if chilli ain’t your thing, perhaps stay away.  Ruby’s Fried Chicken comes to us from the folks behind Mister Gee Burgers, and is open from 11.30am to 9.30pm on Saturdays, meaning that you have a bit of time throughout the day to try to score yourself said golden box.  That being said – we reckon this deal probably won’t be around for long, so maybe think about flying over Concord way as quick as your lil’ wings will carry you.    Want more of the good stuff? Check out our list of where to snag yourself the best fried chicken in Sydney.