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Australia Day in Sydney
Things to do

Australia Day in Sydney

January 26 is a controversial date in Australia’s history – one that marks the beginning of colonisation. At Time Out, we’ve listed the best public Invasion Day, Survival Day and Australia Day events.

The best Chinese New Year events in Sydney
Things to do

The best Chinese New Year events in Sydney

Sydney’s official Chinese New Year festival is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Things to do

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Now is as good a time as ever!

16 free things to do at Sydney Festival
Things to do

16 free things to do at Sydney Festival

One of the coolest things about Sydney Festival is that heaps of events are free. 

Where to eat right now

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney
Restaurants

New restaurants, cafés and bars in Sydney

If you love food and live in Sydney, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your iPhone's entire storage capacity by now. Still, we must persevere. For a tightly curated guide to dining in Sydney, we suggest you visit our restaurant hit list.

Sydney bar and pub reviews
Bars

Sydney bar and pub reviews

Looking for somewhere great to drink in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our bar and pub critics. 

Sydney restaurant and café reviews
Restaurants

Sydney restaurant and café reviews

Looking for somewhere great to eat in Sydney? Check out the latest reviews from our food critics. 

The best fish and chips in Sydney
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The best fish and chips in Sydney

When is comes to hot weather, outdoor dining, nothing beats golden, fried chips and a piece of fish.

The best burgers in Sydney
Restaurants

The best burgers in Sydney

What could be more perfect than finely ground meat between sweet slices of bread with cheese?

Find the best breakfasts in Sydney

Best of Sydney

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best walks in Sydney

Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from to discover Sydney from a new angle.

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers
Sex and dating

Meet Sydney’s matchmakers

These modern-day cupids are doing things the old-fashioned way – face-to-face!

The best art galleries in Sydney
Art

The best art galleries in Sydney

Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, White Rabbit and many more.

The best rooftop bars in Sydney
Bars

The best rooftop bars in Sydney

Sometimes there's nothing better than the sun on your back and a cool drink to keep things chill.

Outdoor drinking and dining
Bars

Outdoor drinking and dining

All year round there are beer gardens to visit, rooftops to summit, and waterfront bars to kick back in.

The best museums in Sydney
Museums

The best museums in Sydney

Uncover stories about the people who’ve made this city what it is today, its natural history and the science, design and innovation.

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

Competitions and announcements

The Time Out Bar Awards are almost sold out!

The Time Out Bar Awards are almost sold out!

Don't miss out on tickets to our biggest party of the year, featuring Rhys Nicholson and DJ Flex Mami.

Win an all-expenses-paid night out with your magnificent seven
Film

Win an all-expenses-paid night out with your magnificent seven

Take your crew out for a night on the town, Magnificent Seven style.

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How to be more Sydney

Healthy living in Sydney
Health and beauty

Healthy living in Sydney

Sydney has many options when it comes to clean living – all you’ve got to do is stick to your goals.

Outdoor art in Sydney
Art

Outdoor art in Sydney

Take advantage of clement days and balmy evenings with one of these al fresco exhibitions and art parties.

The best underground bars in Sydney
Bars

The best underground bars in Sydney

There's a lot of good reasons to head down rather than up when you're feeling parched. Underground it's always party o'clock, because even if it's 2pm, it feels like after dark.

The best waterfront bars in Sydney
Bars

The best waterfront bars in Sydney

Between the harbour, the coastline and the rivers that snake back through Sydney we have ample spots to sit a while and watch the waves.

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out.

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Win a double pass to the Karaoke Climb
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Win a double pass to the Karaoke Climb

Imagine performing your favourite song in an open-air karaoke booth on the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and having it captured on film. This summer, BridgeClimb is offering a special Karaoke Climb, and you could win a double pass to experience it, valued at $606. Each climber also receives a complimentary group photo and a baseball cap. To enter, tell us before February 16 what song would you like to sing at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Your karaoke song: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now!   Terms and conditions in full. By entering this competition you agree to receive relevant communications from Time Out including news, events, offers and competitions. Note: the prize is valid Monday to Sunday for day or night climbs (excluding twilight and dawn) and must be redeemed before March 6, 2017 on the Karaoke Climb.

Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is coming
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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is coming

Bring the family into the city to see Sydney in a whole new light when the Chinese New Year Festival celebrations begin on Friday January 27.To welcome the Year of the Rooster, Westpac presents Painting the Town Red – wherein famous Sydney landmarks are lit up in red lights for three nights, January 27-29.   The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several other icons will be lit up by red projections from 8pm to midnight, symbolising good fortune and happiness, plus a featured projection of the Festival Rooster on the Australian National Maritime Museum.  From Friday January 27 through to Sunday February 12, Lunar Lanterns will be installed around Circular Quay. Towering up to ten metres in height, the 12 lanterns represent the signs of the Lunar Zodiac and have been designed by Asian-Australian artists with festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw. The lanterns will be illuminated each day from dusk – you can learn more about them and see photos here.  

Introducing the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge
Restaurants

Introducing the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge

Love schnitzel? Up for a crumbed, golden and tasty Australia Day challenge? Then you'll want to head to the Munich Brauhaus or Bavarian Bier Cafés across Sydney on Thursday January 26. The Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge sees one kilo of golden veal schnitzel topped with beetroot and everyone's favourite breakfast combo – crisp bacon and sunny side up eggs. The task – if you choose to accept it – is to finish the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister in less than one hour. If successful, you will receive your mega-meal on the house (usual price: $100), a Schnitzelmeister champion T-shirt, your very own spot in the Schnitzelmeister Hall of Fame and of course, bragging rights. You can take on the Big Oz Schnitzelmeister challenge at the Munich Brauhaus in the Rocks and at Bavarian Bier Cafés at Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Parramatta, Miranda and York Street.

Hong Kong 101
Travel

Hong Kong 101

You could spend a week, a year or a decade in Hong Kong and never be bored once. Pulsing with energy and always evolving, it’s the perfect place to explore if you’re into people-watching, eating, shopping, hiking, partying, relaxing, art, history… or perhaps all of the above. Thanks to its compact size and zippy public transport system, Hong Kong is also remarkably easy to navigate, meaning you can cram a lot of action into a fairly short trip. The most unexpected part? A multitude of beaches and green hillsides are within easy reach of the city, providing the perfect respite when you seek it. Here are the must-see districts to explore in the days you have free either side of the Sevens.

Sydney area guides

Cabramatta
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Cabramatta

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Bondi

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Auburn

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Penrith

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