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Olivia Gee

Olivia Gee

Olivia Gee is Time Out's former Sydney Associate Editor.

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The best free nightlife in Sydney

The best free nightlife in Sydney

We all love free things. And when it comes to partying, for many of us, the free-er is always the better. For those of you with itchy dancing feet and fiscal responsibility, we suggest you get more bang for your buck with cut-price drinks and no cover charges in clubs, bars and party basements that are putting the free in footloose and fancy free. Trust us, they exist.  Just so you don’t have to scour their event pages, we’ve found these party spots so you can get in without flashing any cash. Because in da clerb, we all fam. Don't mind throwing down some cashola? Have a squiz at our list of the best dancefloors in Sydney.  

The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney

The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney

Lighthouses have an enduring quality that makes them stand out among Sydney’s beautiful buildings. They essentially do the same job, albeit with some technological upgrades, that they were entrusted to do decades and even centuries ago: ensuring ships don’t run aground on our reefs and rocky outcrops. It’s this history, along with their superb placement near secluded hikes and at the top of incredible coastal paths (perfect for whale encounters) that make these mystical wayfinders such a beacon for Sydney sightseers. If you want to play pretend at being a grisly lighthouse keeper, head to these seven spots where you can get up-close and personal with Sydney’s nautical guides. Tours run occasionally at some of the more senior lighthouses, but you’ll always be able to sit at the feet of the towers and marvel at the view. Stretch those legs on one of the best walks in Sydney.

The best escape rooms in Sydney

The best escape rooms in Sydney

Could you save the world, catch a killer, escape a vampire or bring down a tyrant – in one hour or less? Those are just a handful of the nail-biting missions you can take on at Sydney's exciting array of escape rooms. The concept is simple: solve puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all the senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills, teamwork and deductive logic to conquer.  The Time Out team has tested their mettle at some of the most challenging and immersive escape rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter. If you're still buzzing after your narrow escape, chill out with a drink at Sydney's best bars, or find your zen again at these splendid spas.  

Where to see animals in Sydney

Where to see animals in Sydney

Sydney is a bustling urban metropolis, but if you think our concrete jungle has little to offer in the way of animal inhabitants, you'd be wrong. There’s many a stable, sanctuary, zoo and harbour beach where wildlife from around the globe thrives. Aside from native fauna roaming free in their natural habitats, there are plenty of more exotic creatures you can encounter at one of Sydney's fine animal attractions, from those critters you can meet in the flesh, to those you're better off admiring from afar. Need more animal energy in your life? Check out Sydney’s best dog beaches and these adorable critters that you’ll meet on your next Blue Mountains getaway. RECOMMENDED: The best parks in Sydney.

Unusual fitness classes in Sydney

Unusual fitness classes in Sydney

While manic repetition of squats, lunges, sprints and push-ups is one way to stay healthy and rev your engine with endorphins, some fitness fans prefer a more left-of-field sweat sesh than what a gym or an aggressive bootcamp can provide. These unusual workouts let you dance, bounce, swing and climb your way to a healthier you, and you'll have a ball getting there. If you can’t make it to a class (or are yet to stock up on the requisite glow sticks) you can make jogging fun along these scenic running routes in Sydney. Then, cool off in the salty embrace of our favourite ocean pools. After all that hard work, why not treat yourself? Check out Sydney's best spas.

Haunted sites you can visit in Sydney

Haunted sites you can visit in Sydney

The paramount rule in any spooky situation is to not be the denier. The jock who says, “ghosts aren’t real” is always the first one to get throttled by an angry apparition. So with open minds and willing spirits, we invite you to explore Sydney’s most haunted sites. These former insane asylums, abandoned roads, converted gaols and chilly tunnels may not appear to be the stuff of nightmares in the sensical light of day, but one too many shadowy coincidences coupled with gruesome histories have inspired us to get our ghost-hunting gear together and investigate. If you want some wraith-watching advice from a pro, check out these spine-tingling ghost tours operating in Sydney. And if you need a moment of reprieve from the manic hunt, forget all these grisly tales while you get pampered at Sydney’s best spas. RECOMMENDED: The best underground bars in Sydney.

The best ocean pools in Sydney

The best ocean pools in Sydney

When you can’t choose between the beach and a swimming pool, these salty swimming spots have the best of both worlds. Dive in as the sun rises and you’ll have the baths to yourself, or wade in at high tide for a thrilling swell as waves crash against the walls. If you want more of a wave-fighting challenge, head to the city's best beaches or if you'd prefer to swap sand for seclusion, check out these beautiful bushland swimming holes.  Enjoy a less salty splash at one of Sydney's best outdoor pools.

The best activities for kids in Sydney

The best activities for kids in Sydney

If you've got a brood of little scamps, you should make the most of this glorious city together. These are our favourite places to go with babies, children and tweens as they’re the most consistent when it comes to offering top quality programs for children and families. Check ahead to find out what special events and activities are taking place at each spot, and keep an eye out for extra fun during the school holidays.  Looking for a hassle-free place to eat out with the whole fam? These kid-friendly Sydney restaurants know how to make tiny diners feel welcome, and these are the best Sydney pubs for punters with kids.  RECOMMENDED: The best playgrounds in Sydney.

The ultimate guide to Sydney's Royal National Park

The ultimate guide to Sydney's Royal National Park

Sydney's Royal National Park is less than an hour's drive from the CBD, yet so many Sydneysiders haven't stepped foot in the pristine 15,091 hectares of bushland that lines the coast south of Sydney. Whether you want to swim, trek, picnic, swim, bike ride, swim or just GTFO of Sydney for the day, the Royal National Park will provide an outdoors, adventure-filled day out. For details on where to find parking and what facilities are currently open, please visit the NSW National Parks website. RECOMMENDED: Check out these other beautiful national parks within 100km of the city.

Where to paint and drink in Sydney

Where to paint and drink in Sydney

Perfect technique or pure talent isn’t high on the agenda in this wave of art classes colouring the city streets right now. The relaxed painting sessions encourage patrons to fight artistic self-doubt with liquid courage, so nervous artists can have a less inhibited crack at painting. They generally focus on a single subject matter and send you home after one class with a completed impression of this muse. You might produce a Picasso recreation, a local landscape, or something more along the lines of ‘pineapple on table’. If you need inspiration that your favourite pinot noir can't provide, scour the skyscrapers and laneways for our town’s best street art or go on a tour of Sydney’s best art galleries. Reckon the city is the art? Check out these gorgeous lighthouses around Sydney and stop off at these places where you can gawk at the city skyline. RECOMMENDED: Where to see Aboriginal art in Sydney.

The best op shops in Sydney

The best op shops in Sydney

Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second best. Pre-loved clothes are not only an affordable way to glam-up your wardrobe, but they also help reduce the environmental impact of disposable fashions. And after all, everything is new again eventually, so looking to yesteryear's threads can help keep you on-trend in the greenest way possible. But with more than 100 op shops in Sydney alone, how do you know where to bag the best bargains? Here’s our pick of the best pre-loved shopping Sydney has to offer, whether it be in the fashion department or if you're seeking out a living room's worth of furniture, knick knacks, books or kitchenware.  Still counting those pennies? Eat like a baller on a budget with these delicious cheap eats in Sydney.

A complete guide to Orange

A complete guide to Orange

At the foothills of the dormant volcano Mount Canobolas lies the picture-perfect vineyards and rustic, Federation-era houses of Orange. The surrounding area's varying altitudes and cool climate make Orange the perfect home base for produce like hazelnuts, truffles, cherries, figs and, of course, wine. Drive through cherry blossoms, wattle trees and gold mine adjacent creeks (that still yield a nugget or two) to find some of Australia’s most interesting wine-makers, a bevy of up-and-coming designers and artists, and a thriving, locally-focused food scene. Want to extend your wine tour of Australia? Check our guides to Launceston and the Hunter Valley. 

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Sydney Dance Company Holiday Workshops

Sydney Dance Company Holiday Workshops

Whether your child is a triple threat or has twice the enthusiasm but none of the moves, these dancing workshops will inspire and excite their little feet. Sydney Dance Company has put together a series of school holiday classes suitable for dancing enthusiasts aged 5-18, and there's still spots left in several workshops running until January 26.  There are beginner sessions for the left-footed, classes dedicated to street styles and others where they’ll perform contemporary routines or theatre jazz. And if your little Billy Elliot is more into the rhythm of the streets than ballet, there’s a boys-only hip-hop class, too. The various classes focus on different elements of dance – rhythm, flexibility, self-expression, spatial awareness and breath – but they’ll all aim to improve skills in line with the dancers’ abilities. This summer the workshops are held at Sydney Dance Company’s Wharf Studios in Dawes Point. Classes start at $35 for a 1.5 hour Beginner Dance lesson for 5-7 year olds, and up to $385 for a three-day Dance for Musical Theatre course for experienced 12-15 year olds.  The kids will come home fully spent, with some exciting choreography up their sleeves. To be performed after a nap.

The Big Bounce Australia

The Big Bounce Australia

After bouncing into town for a summer of fun at the beginning of 2020, before the proverbial hit the fan on a global scale, this ridiculously oversized bouncy experience for everyone from toddlers to grown-ups to enjoy is springing back to our fair city in early 2022. The Big Bounce Australia is popping up again at Flemington Racecourse, this time for two weekends in a row! Popping up from January 28-30 and February 4-6 The Big Bounce Australia is bringing three levels of bouncing fun to the city. The inflatable theme park includes the Guinness World Record-certified largest ever bounce house, which has giant slides, climbing towers, obstacle runs, basketball hoops and ball pits sprawled across 1,500 square metres of bouncy real estate. Things get wild in the very centre of this lavish air-filled palace, with a DJ pumping tunes that reverberate through the inflated halls while confetti cannons blast and beach balls fly around the party and game zone. But it doesn’t stop there. The two other components of Big Bounce include a 300-metre inflated obstacle course with 50 challenges that’ll test the mightiest CrossFit warriors, and a lofty space-themed wonderland. This dreamy ride is more about floating around and snapping sick pics than raging against the inflatable machine, and you can enjoy a calmer experience bouncing through three ball pits, climbing up an 18-metre-high maze, and shooting down the gigantic five-lane slippery slide. Families and grown-up kids can enjoy all thi

The Big Bounce Australia

The Big Bounce Australia

After bouncing into town for a summer of fun at the beginning of 2020, before the proverbial hit the fan on a global scale, this ridiculously oversized bouncy experience for everyone from toddlers to grown-ups to enjoy is springing back to our fair city in early 2022. The Big Bounce Australia is popping up again in Western Sydney, this time for two weekends of inflatable fun, Mar 11-13 and 18-20. The inflatable theme park, which will take over Oriole Park in Auburn, includes the Guinness World Record-certified largest-ever bounce house, which has giant slides, climbing towers, obstacle runs, basketball hoops and ball pits sprawled across 1,500 square metres of bouncy real estate. Things get wild in the very centre of this lavish air-filled palace, with a DJ pumping tunes that reverberate through the inflated halls while confetti cannons blast and beach balls fly around the party and game zone. But it doesn’t stop there. The two other components of Big Bounce include a 300-metre inflated obstacle course with 50 challenges that’ll test the mightiest CrossFit warriors, and a lofty space-themed wonderland. This dreamy ride is more about floating around and snapping sick pics than raging against the inflatable machine, and you can enjoy a calmer experience bouncing through three ball pits, climbing up an 18-metre-high maze, and shooting down the gigantic five-lane slippery slide. Families and grown-up kids can enjoy all this action on their own terms at the kid-friendly sessions o

Round She Goes Fashion Market

Round She Goes Fashion Market

Update, Jul 1: The market planned for July 3 has been postponed due to the lockdown in Greater Sydney announced on June 25. Check the website for updates.  After taking a hiatus due to that certain unpleasantness that shut a lot of things down last year, this beloved pre-loved market is back in a new, bigger indoor location. Round She Goes is pulling up stops and moving from Marrickville Town Hall to PCYC Marrickville on Illawarra Road.  Renounce your fast-fashion sins and stay retro with some fabulous finds from this haven for pre-loved fashion and other eclectic goodies. There’s a mix of vintage and modern clothing – it leans towards traditionally feminine attire – and accessories, as well as handmade jewellery and funky trinkets. You’ll find high-end designers like Ferragamo and Carla Zampatti, as well as good quality high street styles from Gorman and Sass & Bide among the 60 or so stalls. Round She Goes is back for one day only on Saturday July 3 from 10am to 3pm. It’s $4 entry at the door (cash or card), and you can hone your bargain-spotting sense with a coffee from one of the caffeinating carts on site. There is free parking, the 423 bus stops right outside, or it's a 13-minute walk from Marrickville Station.

Magnums and Movies

Magnums and Movies

If you adore the theatrical dining experience at Hubert (not to mention dreamy dishes like velvety soft Wagyu tartare and golden chicken fricassĂ©e), then you’ll want to snap up a table at their Magnums and Movies series.  The concept is pretty simple: it’s dinner, drinks and a movie. You’ll get to sample magnums of wine from top producers around the world with your popcorn, and enjoy a buffet dinner at intermission inspired by the film being screened. These classy movie nights in the glamorous basement happen sporadically and cost $165 per person, with all elements of the evening catered for.  The first film in the winter lineup is Alexander Payne's 2004 comedy Sideways, with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church: it's got dry humour, existential drama and a lot of Merlot. Later in the year, we've got Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, followed by three special screenings of Jean Luc Godard's neo-noir film Alphaville for Vivid. Tarantino's epic 2009 film Inglourious Basterds is screening on Father's Day in September, and the season closes its curtains with Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich. As for your intermission meal? Most plates are a twist on some of Hubert's classics: a French-style roast chicken is served with beans and cavolo nero; a salade d’endives with walnut dressing; pommes de terre with butter and garlic; and housemade, flaky choux buns come stuffed with crĂšme patissiĂšre. Book your spot here. 

Roller Disco Brunch

Roller Disco Brunch

At the Roller Disco Brunch you’ll be partaking in just that: a brunch with intermittent twirls around a retro roller skating dancefloor. And this party on wheels ticks off just about every Sydney-day-out ideal: bottomless booze, pizza, a retro theme and a similarly old-school sporty activity. The location is still TBD, but we do know they’ll be pumping tracks from the ’80s while you zoom around the arena with the wind in your teased-up hair. During the 90-minute sessions, you’ll also get to scoff as much pizza and down as many mimosas as humanly possible (the piping hot slices are only going for the first hour, though). You can book online for any session through the day, but they’re all reserved for those over 18. Be sure to pack your most spangly leotards and extra glitter to nab the best-dressed prizes – perhaps forego the flares though, for your own safety.  

Roller Disco Brunch

Roller Disco Brunch

At the Roller Disco Brunch you’ll be partaking in just that: a brunch with intermittent twirls around a retro roller skating dancefloor. And this new party on wheels ticks off just about every hipster Melburnian could want: bottomless booze, a retro theme and a similarly old-school sporty activity. They’ll be pumping tracks from the ’80s – the height of the roller skating era – while you zoom around the arena. If you roll along to one of the brunch sessions and skate 90-minute sessions from 11am-6.30pm on Saturday, you’ll also get to scoff as much pizza and down as many mimosas as humanly possible (the piping hot slices are only going for the first hour, though). The location is still to be determined, so keep an eye on the event page. You can book online for any session, but they’re all reserved for those over 18. Be sure to pack your most spangly leotards and extra glitter to nab the best-dressed prizes – perhaps forego the flares though, for your own safety.

Parramasala

Parramasala

The streets, laneways and parklands of Parramatta are transformed every year by a kaleidoscope of culture and colour when Parramasala brings parades, performances, markets and workshops to the area, celebrating the many cultures that make up our diverse city. For the special ten-year anniversary in 2020, you can expect more vibrant live music, incredible traditional costumes, engaging theatre, music and dance, and of course, joyful street parades and activities. To that glorious multicultural mix, they’ll be adding more amazing food offerings, with cuisines hailing from South America, the Middle East, Indigenous Australian communities and South East Asia at the International Food Village from March 13-15. Also keep your nostrils flared for the intoxicating scents from the International Aromas Festival, a marketplace for coffee and delicious brewed beverages from around the world popping up on March 15. This year's Parramasala live line-up starts with the annual Welcome Parade, a procession of performers, drummers and colour leading in to a rambunctious opening night party on Friday March 13 with the Grammy award-winning party band Los Amigos Invisibles kicking the celebratory atmosphere into gear. Be sure to also check out the Masala Music Festival on March 14 where you can experience sets from Sampa the Great, Mojo Juju, Adrian Eagle, and many more. For global dance fans, head to the World Dance Congress for stunning performances from Indian Bharatanatyam to African street d

James Blunt

James Blunt

From ‘You're Beautiful’ to ‘Goodbye My Lover’ and ‘1973’, James Blunt has been beside us as we walked through windy streets, wrestling with our emotions and finding musical remedies to our heartache. Now, the British star is heading to Australia for a massive 2020 tour. The trek Down Under will showcase his new album Once Upon a Mind, which features the very emotive Blunt sound we love to cry to in tracks like ‘Cold’ and ‘Monsters’, as well as more boppy-pop numbers like ‘The Truth’ and ‘Youngster’.  Across all his Australian dates, Blunt will be joined by award-winning artist Jason Mraz. The ‘I’m Yours’ singer will add a little extra light to Blunt’s wonderfully emotional work, with jangly guitars and keys colouring the collab.  Hear Blunt’s new contingent of tear-jerkers, and hopefully a few golden oldies, at his Melbourne performance on November 18, 2020. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 3.

James Blunt

James Blunt

From ‘You're Beautiful’ to ‘Goodbye My Lover’ and ‘1973’, James Blunt has been beside us as we walked through windy streets, wrestling with our emotions and finding musical remedies to our heartache. Now, the British star is heading to Australia for a massive 2020 tour. The trek Down Under will showcase his new album Once Upon a Mind, which features the very emotive Blunt sound we love to cry to in tracks like ‘Cold’ and ‘Monsters’, as well as more boppy-pop numbers like ‘The Truth’ and ‘Youngster’.  Across all his Australian dates, Blunt will be joined by award-winning artist Jason Mraz. The ‘I’m Yours’ singer will add a little extra light to Blunt’s wonderfully emotional work, with jangly guitars and keys colouring the collab.  Hear Blunt’s new contingent of tear-jerkers, and hopefully a few golden oldies, at his Sydney performance on November 20, 2020.

Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre

As you’re strolling past a baseball game or languishing under the Whomping Willow-style trees lining the footpaths of Petersham Park, you may hear gleeful water-soaked cries floating past you on the breeze. That’s because the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre is tucked away behind the play equipment within this unassuming Inner West green space. The centre is home to a sunny eight-lane 25m heated pool, plus a splash deck and toddler pond, making it perfect for all the hip families who inhabit this region of Sydney. The pools and grounds are also fully accessible, with ramps and hoists readily available. The recently redeveloped open-air pool is a perfect spot for summer picnics, as they have a cafĂ© and barbecue areas safely enclosed within the centre, and the very old-school but undeniably charming Petersham Bowlo across the road for post-swim pints in the sunshine.

Linear

Linear

Explore Indigenous connection to cultural legacy and the physical, cultural and spiritual lines that link First Nations practices and narratives across Australia. This exhibition at the Powerhouse has been curated by the award-winning head of design at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Murri man Jacob Nash. Linear features ten Indigeous practitioners from across the country, working in diverse artistic mediums. This includes photographic work from the renowned Wayne Quilliam, an interactive augmented reality experience of ancient Indigenous communication practices by Mikaela Jade, and Cairns-based artist Bernard Singleton’s impressive installations of 20 Galga (spears) and ten Milay (spear throwers). At the centre of the show is a massive map showing the lines that connect the country, instilled with meaning beyond a mark on a page. This piece by Ngarinyin Elder David Mowaljarlai is the inspiration for the visual representations of language and culture in Linear. 

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Did you know your recyclables can earn you cold hard cash?

Did you know your recyclables can earn you cold hard cash?

Have you ever reached the end of recycling week and had to do the awkward night-time run where you ashamedly slip your extra beer bottles into your neighbour’s yellow bin? Well, those days may be over, because the City of Sydney has rolled out a scheme to encourage Sydneysiders to donate their excess drink containers in return for a small profit. The Return and Earn system offers recyclers a ten-cent refund for every bottle you bring to deposit locations around the city. You get the choice to redeem your earnings in the form of a shopping voucher at participating stores like Woolworths, as a cash or electronic transfer, or to donate the money to charities such as Oz Harvest and the McGrath Foundation. As of September 15, 2021, Return and Earn points across Greater Sydney are reopening in stages, in line with the public health orders. You can check the status of your nearest return point online via the myTOMRA app here. Your questions about Return and Earn, answered Where can you take your bottles? There’s four types of return points. You can take smaller quantities to over-the-counter deposits at participating news agencies or corner shops, and bring larger bundles to dedicated collection depots, where you’ll receive cash and sometimes electronic transfers. Then there are the donation stations where you do a DIY deposit and pass on all your earnings to charity. But the most versatile option is the reverse vending machines (RVM), where you can choose from donating your earnin

Sydneysiders can order tiny, living Christmas trees direct to their door

Sydneysiders can order tiny, living Christmas trees direct to their door

There’s nothing quite like the smell of pine-fresh Christmas trees in December. The plastic Kmart substitute simply hasn’t got the charm of a living tree – and it’s not doing the environment any favours either. But getting out to the woods (read: Christmas tree farms or markets) dressed in full lumberjack attire to find the perfect yuletide fir can be too much of a hassle for many. Fortunately, this Xmas, the festive flora will come to you, courtesy of online plant retailer Floraly. The Redfern-based eco-friendly flower delivery service last year launched an adorable Christmas tree delivery project, and this year it's back to fit out your living room with seasonal sparkle with just a click of a button. Their tiny Chrissy trees stand at 50-60cm tall and come with all the festive trimmings and tree necessities: fairy lights, baubles, a tree topper, batteries, soil, a care kit and a collapsible pot all in the box.  Photograph: Supplied / Floraly The best part? The tree’s root system is still attached, so you can plant that cutie or keep it in a bigger pot ready for Christmas 2020. The other best part? Delivery within Sydney and other cities around the country is totally free. Truly, it’s a Christmas miracle. The entire Floraly service, from their festive trees to their flower deliveries, is focused on sustainability, with the petals and greenery being sourced and delivered locally to ensure quality, reduce floral waste and offset carbon emissions.  You can order a tree now start

Where to see jacaranda trees in Sydney and NSW

Where to see jacaranda trees in Sydney and NSW

It’s here. It’s time. It’s purple. When mid October rolls around, the jacaranda trees in Sydney come into their fabulous mauve aura bloom. Sydneysiders have fallen so deeply in love with these lilac goddesses that the jacaranda tree is often mistaken as an Australian native, when she’s actually a Brazilian babe. To account for the purple floral takeover of Sydney, locals have come up with a few interesting explanations for the tree’s prevalence. One tale that is probably an urban myth is the story of a hospital matron who sent newborns home with jacaranda seedlings to spread the lavender haze around the city, others credit civic workers who supposedly planted the trees as part of a city beautification program in the early 20th century up until the 1960s. But whether they came by way of a stylish Brazilian botanist or were flown in via newborn-bearing storks, jacarandas stretch their dreamy purple limbs out across Sydney every year from now until the end of November, bringing floral joy and feeding the Instagramming masses. Now we’re in the thick of jacaranda season, here’s a few of the top spots to go tree hunting around Sydney and NSW. Photograph: Destination NSW Circular Quay and the RocksWhile the big white sails and ol’ Mr Coathanger are splendid sights to behold without floral adornments, the subtle embellishments of lilac flowers are a fresh spring framing for these iconic structures. Jacarandas bloom along the foreshore, the cobblestoned streets of the Rocks and in a

Sydney’s new light rail will officially (hopefully) open on December 14

Sydney’s new light rail will officially (hopefully) open on December 14

It’s for real this time (we think). After months of testing and set-backs, Transport for NSW has announced that the new light rail will begin rolling between Circular Quay and Randwick on December 14. With all things going to plan, you can start preparing an itinerary for next weekend along the new light rail route, with the added bonus of your journey costing zero dollars. In celebration of the grand red ribbon cutting, you can ride the L2 Randwick light rail line for free from December 14-15, with services starting at around 11am. Transport for NSW advises that you bring water and be sun-safe when using the light rail on its debut weekend, as there will likely be queues. Over the next six months, you can ride the fresh-faced line from 7am-7pm midweek, with regular services running every four-eight minutes between Circular Quay and Central, and the Central to Randwick carriages rolling out every eight-twelve minutes. After this ease-in phase, extended services will be brought in. Once you hop off the line, check out Sydney’s top attractions. 

The fresh decade of All About Women speakers has just been announced

The fresh decade of All About Women speakers has just been announced

With 2020 rolling in on a red hot carpet of climate catastrophe and worrisome global leadership, we can only hope that the new decade holds positive change for the world. The Sydney Opera House’s annual feminist festival, All About Women, doesn’t promise to reveal the master key to all of society’s problems, but it does present intriguing investigations into issues and ideas that affect not just women but every member of society.  The impressive line-up of speakers that have just been announced for next year’s festival will discuss everything from the handling of sexual assault cases within the justice system to our social relationship with alcohol, the body positivity movement, and menopause. Doctor Edwina Throsby will be returning as festival director for the eighth edition of All About Women, which will focus on the connectedness of all kinds of feminists, people who identify as female, and humans more generally on International Women’s Day, March 8. Photograph: Supplied Leading the group of diverse speakers is writer and artist Chanel Miller, whose memoir, Know My Name, has fuelled discussions about sexual assault on college campuses in the US, the treatment of survivors and perpetrators in the court system, and how this is reflected in media coverage. In 2015, Miller was sexually assaulted while unconscious at a Stanford University party. Her assailant, Brock Turner, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, of which he served three months. Miller’s vivid memoir depicts

Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today

Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today

Fried chicken fans: prepared your oil-fuelled engines, because Gami Chicken and Beer is giving away a chook feast in Melbourne this evening. The casual Korean fried bird and beer franchise will be serving up 250 boxes of boneless mala chicken at each of their venues for free from 5.30pm Friday, November 29. If you’re one of the lucky punters first in line to nab a box, you’ll get to experience the spicy, numbing flavour combo in mala sauce, which is made up of Sichuan peppercorns, dried chilli pepper and oily goodness. Order a refreshing Gun Bae lager, cider or soju to combat the delightful heat.   You can win your chicken dinner at the national chain’s 17 outlets across Melbourne. There are three CBD locations, with the rest scattered across the suburbs from Box Hill to Point Cook. There will be 250 boxes flying out the door at each location. Love a freebie? Gelato Messina is giving away free scoops of alcoholic Espresso Martini gelato this summer. Or get stuck into more fried chook at the Smith (it's bottomless).

Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today

Gami Chicken is giving away hundreds of boxes of fried chook today

Fried chicken fans: prepared your oil-fuelled engines, because Gami Chicken and Beer is giving away a chook feast in Sydney this evening. The casual Korean fried bird and beer franchise will be serving up 250 boxes of boneless mala chicken at each of their venues for free from 5.30pm. If you’re one of the lucky punters first in line to nab a box, you’ll get to experience the spicy, numbing flavour combo in mala sauce, which is made up of Sichuan peppercorns, dried chilli pepper and oily goodness. Order a refreshing Gun Bae lager, cider or soju to combat the delightful heat.   You can win your chicken dinner at the national chain’s three Sydney locations; in Castle Hill's Castle Tower Shopping Mall, Central Park Mall in Chippendale, and their CBD Market Street venue. There will be 250 boxes flying out the door at each location. Missed out? Find more sizzling meals at the best places for fried chicken in Sydney.

See free live music and score 50 per cent off your late-night eats at these Merivale venues this summer

See free live music and score 50 per cent off your late-night eats at these Merivale venues this summer

Considering the delicious experiences that await at Sydney’s excellent bars and restaurants, and all the banging spots to see live music, we’re already very keen on roaming the town on a balmy summer eve. But hospo giant Merivale is giving Sydneysiders even more incentive to explore the city this summer. They're calling their new series of festive specials ‘This is Sydney’, and it offers a pretty impressive range of free fun, discounts and new adventures at their CBD venues.  We’ve got our party sights set on the free gigs. It all kicks off tonight with a set by the Preatures at the Ivy. Powerful vocalist Isabella Manfredi will be leading the ’80s-twinged indie-rock group at the totally free gig from 6pm.  Throughout summer we’ll also get to groove with ‘Molotov’ singer Kira Puru, Newtown pop-belter Thandi Phoenix, jazzy crooner Brendan Maclean and disco-fantastic duo the Dollar Bill Darlings. Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan And then, let the late-night snack party begin. Until the final day of summer, from Tuesday-Saturday, there’s 50 per cent off all bar food at Merivale’s CBD venues from 11pm-midnight. That’s a full hour of molten croquettes and pippies in creamy garlic sauce from Bar Topa, irresistible mac’n’cheese with pretzels at Palmer and Co, or Little Felix’s smoked salmon and buffalo curd on sourdough, plus much more. The whole summery affair will also bring exciting new ventures to the city, including a smaller outpost of Totti’s, Bondi’s fresh Italian eatery, and l

Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Melbourne this summer

Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Melbourne this summer

The frozen dessert magicians at Gelato Messina don’t ever seem to take a break from their sugary experiments. One minute they are crafting cute cake-based masterpieces in miniature, and the next they’re hosting epic car park food festival collaborations in Sydney with renowned Aussie eateries. Now, they’re really kicking into party gear and serving Melburnians Espresso Martini gelato – and you can nab a scoop for free. Working with Grey Goose, Messina has mixed together a smooth coffee gelato blend with vodka and a swirl of choccy fudge to create Espresso Martinis in frozen dairy form. While it’s going to be a sweet experience, booze is certainly present, so this treat is reserved for people over the age of 18. If this sounds like your kind of dessert, you can find it at their pop-up shop in Federation Square from December 7-11. And if you’d like to try it for free (and are prepared to face a caffeine-fuelled horde of Espresso Martini lovers) head here on December 7 from 4-8pm. The pop-up, which they’re calling ‘Fountain of Goose’, will also be serving complimentary vodka, lime and sodas each day, just in case you needed extra incentive to visit. The Fountain of Goose will be operating from 4-8pm on December 7-8 and 3-7pm on December 9-11. I scream, you scream: here are more of Melbourne's best ice creams.

Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Sydney this month

Score free Espresso Martini gelato from Messina in Sydney this month

The frozen dessert magicians at Gelato Messina don’t ever seem to take a break from their sugary experiments. One minute they are crafting cute cake-based masterpieces in miniature, and the next they’re hosting epic car park food festival collaborations with renowned Aussie eateries. Now, they’re really kicking into party gear and serving Sydneysiders Espresso Martini gelato – and you can nab a scoop for free. Working with Grey Goose, Messina has mixed together a smooth coffee gelato blend with vodka and a swirl of choccy fudge to create Espresso Martinis in frozen dairy form. While it’s going to be a sweet experience, booze is certainly present, so this treat is reserved for people over the age of 18. If this sounds like your kind of dessert, you can find it at their pop-up shop at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay from November 20-24. And if you’d like to try it for free (and are prepared to face a caffeine-fuelled horde of Espresso Martini lovers) head here on November 22 from 3-7pm. The pop-up, which they’re calling ‘Fountain of Goose’, will also be serving complimentary vodka, lime and sodas each day, just in case you needed extra incentive to visit. The Fountain of Goose will be operating from 2-6pm on November 20 and 21, 3-7pm on the 22nd, and 1-5pm on the 23 and 24th. Plan a festive feast for December with produce from these fun Christmas Markets in Sydney.

You can now recycle soft plastics and coffee capsules at Marrickville Metro

You can now recycle soft plastics and coffee capsules at Marrickville Metro

Sydney has been on a sustainability sprint of late, with deliverable, apartment-sized, eco-friendly live Christmas trees becoming the Yuletide flora of choice, and initiatives for door-to-door e-waste and textile recycling popping up around the city. Now Inner Westies have another avenue for separating the recyclables that don’t belong in yellow bins or cardboard skips. A community recycling space at Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre has just been opened so when you can’t reduce or reuse, you can recycle items in the most efficient way. This means things that aren’t permitted to be disposed of in your home recycling bin can still be saved from landfill. The tricky recyclables that you should cart to the wall include: soft plastics, household batteries, beauty packaging, mobile phones and their accessories, and single-use coffee and tea capsules. The wall has handy hints for how you can become a recycling goddess (like washing out your containers) and what is, unfortunately, not accepted. Photograph: Supplied This Marie Kondo-level well-ordered wall sits near Australia Post within the centre. Head here for all your tricky recycling needs during the shopping centre opening hours, or to use the reusable bag station – where you can borrow and return shopping bags if you forgot your own tote – which has been a feature at the Metro since July 2018. If you love the natural world, check out our favourite Sydney parks full of flourishing greenery and room to roam.

You can order a tiny live Christmas tree to be delivered right to your door

You can order a tiny live Christmas tree to be delivered right to your door

There’s nothing quite like the smell of pine-fresh Christmas trees in December. The plastic Kmart substitute simply hasn’t got the charm of a living tree – and it’s not doing the environment any favours, either. But getting out to the woods (read: Christmas tree farms or markets) dressed in full lumberjack attire to find the perfect yuletide fir can be too much of a hassle for many. Fortunately, this Christmas, the festive flora will come to you, courtesy of online plant retailer Floraly. The eco-friendly flower delivery service is launching an adorable Christmas tree delivery project that’ll fit out your living room with seasonal sparkle with just a click of a button. The tiny trees stand at 60cm tall and come with all the festive trimmings and tree necessities: fairy lights, baubles, a tree topper, batteries, soil, a care kit and a collapsible pot all in the box. And they deliver Australia wide. Photograph: Supplied / Floraly The best part? The tree’s root system is still attached, so you can plant that cutie or keep it in a bigger pot ready for Christmas 2020. The other best part? Delivery within Melbourne is totally free. Truly, it’s a Christmas miracle. The entire Floraly service, from festive trees to their flower deliveries, is focused on sustainability, with the petals and greenery being sourced and delivered locally to ensure quality, reduce floral waste and offset carbon emissions.  You can pre-order a tree now starting at $79 for delivery in the first week of Decem