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Greek Festival of Sydney
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Greek Festival of Sydney

A two-day bonanza of Mediterranean food and culture by Darling Harbour's foreshore

Farewell Yellow Brick Road
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Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Let feathered paths and neon lights guide you through an Elton John fantasy at this glittery Grounds installation

International Womxn's Day
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International Womxn's Day

A symposium designed by and for womxn of colour to build solidarity and explore challenges unique to their communities

Bush Tucker Masterclass
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Bush Tucker Masterclass

Dive headfirst into the fascinating world of Australian native ingredients with an Indigenous expert

Queer Art After Hours
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Queer Art After Hours

AGNSW stays up late to celebrate Mardi Gras with this free event

Shark Discovery
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Shark Discovery

Have an after-dark encounter with the ocean's most misunderstood maneaters at this special event at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

War Horse
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War Horse
4 out of 5 stars

Joey has galloped back into Sydney for a return season

Clean up Coogee Day
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Clean up Coogee Day

Help sweep the beach and be rewarded with breakfast

In Conversation: Creative Women
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In Conversation: Creative Women

Women across creative industries will lead discussions about their passions, struggles and artistic adventures at the North Sydney Community Centre

Rooftop Bottomless Lunch at the Glenmore
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Rooftop Bottomless Lunch at the Glenmore

Get the squad together for endless rosé with postcard-perfect harbour views

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Latest news stories

You can have your 'aura' photographed for a major exhibition at Carriageworks

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You can have your 'aura' photographed for a major exhibition at Carriageworks
The Hyde Park Barracks reopens with a new, immersive museum experience

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The Hyde Park Barracks reopens with a new, immersive museum experience
You can buy insanely cheap $4 tickets to this year's Opera on the Harbour next week

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You can buy insanely cheap $4 tickets to this year's Opera on the Harbour next week
Sydneysiders urged to visit Chinese restaurants as coronavirus stigma impacts businesses

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Sydneysiders urged to visit Chinese restaurants as coronavirus stigma impacts businesses
One of the world's best croissanteries is opening its first Sydney store

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One of the world's best croissanteries is opening its first Sydney store
It's official: every bushfire in NSW has either been extinguished or is 'under control'

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It's official: every bushfire in NSW has either been extinguished or is 'under control'
Is Sydney's nightlife still the worst in the world?

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Is Sydney's nightlife still the worst in the world?
How Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 musical tackles workplace sexism and horrible bosses

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How Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 musical tackles workplace sexism and horrible bosses
Quay has launched a (cheaper) new lunch menu

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Quay has launched a (cheaper) new lunch menu
Broadway's hit 9/11 musical is coming to Sydney at the perfect time

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Broadway's hit 9/11 musical is coming to Sydney at the perfect time
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From our critics

Bathers' Pavilion
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Bathers' Pavilion
4 out of 5 stars

What's old is new again at this refreshed north-side institution

Emma
Film Emma
3 out of 5 stars

Jane Austen's spry matchmaker gets a modern makeover

No Pay? No Way!
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No Pay? No Way!
4 out of 5 stars

This fresh take on a classic farce is hilariously relevant

Parasite
Film Parasite
5 out of 5 stars

This Korean satire won Best Picture at the Oscars – here's why

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas
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Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Get your tickets to Sydney’s original disruptive festival !

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Win a signed bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old bourbon and a whiskey masterclass
Bars Win a signed bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old bourbon and a whiskey masterclass

There's nothing like a good whiskey, and we're giving you the chance to win one of the highest-rated whiskeys in the world. Only 30 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old make it to Australia each year, which makes this product crafted by the Buffalo Trace Distillery incredibly rare.  Each barrel of the Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve bourbon whiskey is aged for 23 years, which gives it aromas of caramel and cream with notes of oak, spices, nuts and leather. All that gets rounded off with sweet components of vanilla, maple and honey. If you’re lucky enough to ever try this bad boy, make sure you savour it neat! If you're a fan of good whiskey, you'll want to enter to win this bottle from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, which also happens to be one of the world's most awarded distilleries. One lucky winner will win a 750ml bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old bourbon whiskey worth $3,500 (RRP). What's more, your bottle will be signed by Pappy Van Winkle's grandson, Julian Van Winkle. You'll also score a whiskey masterclass for you and three friends to be held at the Buffalo Trace office in Sydney.  Keen to taste something similar that won’t break the bank? Pick up a bottle of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon – the flagship from the same joint that crafts Pappy Van Winkle, for around $60 in leading bottle shops. Enter by February 28 for the chance to win. Enter now

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Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair
Art Win the ultimate day and night out at The Other Art Fair

Been wanting to add to your collection, or perhaps buy your first ever piece of art? Head to The Other Art Fair where over 130 handpicked, independent artists will be taking over the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, showcasing thousands of pieces of work from as little as $100. There will also be live art activations, event tours, creative workshops for those who want to get hands-on, live DJs sets to get you in the art party mood, plus a stocked bar and food to keep you going while you peruse the artworks. Been wanting to get some artwork on your body? A tattoo artist will be doing hand-poke tattoos too at the art fair. To mark this auspicious occasion, The Other Art Fair has put together the ultimate art-lover’s bundle to give away as a prize to one fortunate Time Out reader. The prize includes: - 2 x VIP tickets to the private view and opening night of The Other Art Fair on Thursday March 19, not available to purchase - One night’s accommodation for two at Ovolo Hotels Woolloomooloo, worth $699 - Private tour of The Other Art Fair with a Saatchi Art Curator, not available to purchase - Complimentary welcome drinks from 5-6pm - For good measure, $300 to spend on art at the event so you can come home with a piece of your own! If you miss out on the big prize, don't worry. Thirty runners up will also receive a pair of tickets (worth $60) to The Other Art Fair, which you can use to visit the art fair when the event kicks off in earnest between Friday to Sunday (March 20-2

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Myra DuBois: Dead Funny
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Myra DuBois: Dead Funny

Have you ever considered that you’ll never receive more attention than at your funeral, and by then you’ll be dead? Myra DuBois won’t stand for missing the occasion, so the self-declared ‘Siren of South Yorkshire’ is going to deliver her own eulogy. In her Australian debut, DuBois (Gareth Joyner) takes a sharp and comedic swing at death and grief with the acerbic wit she is most known for. Dead Funny is a character comedy of the highest calibre, delivered by the British performer for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. And it’s all set to the musical stylings of Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera).  If you haven’t heard of DuBois, her credits include sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Underbelly Southbank Festival, Latitude Festival and Soho Theatre, a world tour with RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca del Rio and an upcoming feature film adaptation of West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Apparently, Dead Funny will make you laugh so hard you’ll “R.I.Pee” your leopard-print pants — which are obviously required attire to pay the due respect to the late DuBois and her family at this difficult time.  It’s playing in the Sydney Opera House’s Uzton Room from February 18–29, with tickets from $49.90 plus booking fee.

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Hamlet
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Hamlet

For 30 years now, Bell Shakespeare has been changing the way Australians see Shakespeare, with innovative and gripping productions that bring his work hurtling into the 21st century. The company is kicking off its anniversary celebrations with a new production of Hamlet, the tragedy considered by many to be Shakespeare's best work, starring Harriet Gordon-Anderson in the title role. Bell Shakespeare's artistic director, Peter Evans will be at the helm, delivering a production awash with 1960s glamour. This gorgeous vision will provide the perfect backdrop for the story of a young prince's struggle with the enormity of his loss as his family is ripped apart by murder and betrayal. And of course, there's the visit from a certain ghost that changes Hamlet's path forever. Gordon-Anderson is joined by a cast of newcomers and theatrical veterans, including Lisa McCune, Jeremi Campese, Tony Cogin, Jack Crumlin, James Evans, Kevin MacIsaac, Jane Mahady, Robert Menzies, Aanisa Vylet and Sophie Wilde. The production is the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, with previews from February 29.

Five epic secret swimming spots around Sydney
Attractions Five epic secret swimming spots around Sydney

When the mercury rises this summer, leave the city behind and head for the hills. There's nothing quite like a relaxing swim in a cool, clear swimming hole surrounded by nature. If  your mates have well and truly done the beach thing, a visit to one of these little-known swimming holes is the kind of outing they won't forget in a hurry. Round them up, pack some refreshing Lipton Ice Tea, and hit the road. Before you head off for an outback adventure, always check for closures and fire bans on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website and check the air quality rating. Extreme weather conditions and catastrophic bushfires have led to the closures of many national parks in recent months. Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

Get to know the world’s most awarded distillery
Bars Get to know the world’s most awarded distillery

Not only has Buffalo Trace Distillery been producing bourbon whiskey for more than 200 years, but it’s been taking home awards for more than 150 of them and now stands tall as the most decorated distillery on the planet. The family-owned operation’s portfolio includes some of the most storied brands in the business, like Pappy Van Winkle, George T Stagg, EH Taylor, WL Weller and Elmer T Lee among them. Some of these bottles will set you back as much as $3,500, but even the more accessible labels in the repertoire stand out. The Buffalo Trace flagship itself retails for only around $60, yet it’s aged in oak for a minimum of eight years – or twice as long as the competition. Each year, five extremely rare and highly sought-after releases hit the shelves as part of the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Just how rare, you ask? There are only 15 bottles of the distinctively spice-forward 18-year-old Sazerac Rye in Australia – so few because almost 85 percent of the barrels’ liquid content had evaporated at the time of bottling. These super-limited collectibles, which also include Eagle Rare's elusive and delicate 17-year-old bourbon and Thomas H Handy's warm, spicy rye whiskey, cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000 each. Truth be told, they're often resold for a whole heck of a lot more, which means you’d do well to get your hands on one quick smart or pull up a pew at your favourite well-stocked watering hole to sample the goods.

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Things to do this summer in Darling Harbour
Things to do Things to do this summer in Darling Harbour

A few years ago, if you tried to guess what Darling Harbour would look like in the year 2020, your wildest imaginings would not be far removed from today’s reality. Thanks to one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects Sydney has ever seen, the zone is populated by futuristic new buildings and thrilling urban landscaping. Feast your eyes on the great glass palace that is the ICC – host to concerts and major events – or on the coiling wooden facade of the Exchange, which houses restaurants, a food market and the new Darling Square Library. There’s also a schmancy new Sofitel Hotel, a spanking new dining precinct in Steam Mill Lane, and the revamped promenade of Tumbalong Boulevard to stroll through in a state of sheer admiration.      The area is ripe for exploration this summer, with shows, permanent attractions and a mind-boggling selection of food and drink to make it all worth a day’s outing. The precinct is much more accessible than before, and light rail, trains and buses make it very easy to get to. Whether you’re flying solo, catching up with friends or bringing the entire family along, now is your chance to experience the new Darling Harbour for yourself.  Night Owls Kids Film Festival. Photograph: Supplied What’s on in Darling Harbour? One of the free highlights of Sydney Festival, Dodecalis Luminarium is a colourful inflated labyrinth of winding tunnels that looks like it’s dropped in from another planet – find it in Tumbalong Park from Jan 8-26. Over at the

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Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney
Things to do Five outdoor hotspots for making the most of your summer in Sydney

Sunshine just makes things better, and summer is when Sydney truly comes alive. Ready to get outdoors, soak up the sun and make the most of Sydney with your friends? Whether it's kicking back in the great outdoors or trying out the latest event that guarantees a good time, here are five great places to be with your mates this summer. Fresh ideas for catch-ups deserve a refreshing drink like Lipton Ice Tea to help you cool down. Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

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Seven summer barbecue spots in Sydney
Things to do Seven summer barbecue spots in Sydney

Sydney is an outdoor city and summer is its traditional time to shine. When the weather's gorgeous, locals are enticed down to the water's edge. The temptation to stay here all day is strong when there are so many stunning places to swim, play cricket and generally revel in nature. Among Sydney's many attractions are the free outdoor electric barbecues to be found along the harbour foreshore, by the beach and in hundreds of inland parks. Australians' love of barbies is not just a tourism catchphrase, it's an integral part of life – so pack up your meat (or veggo) patties, hit up the petrol station for some refreshing Lipton Ice Tea, and make the pilgrimage to one of these top Sydney barbecue spots... and don't forget your tongs! Find out more about Lipton Ice Tea.

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The best of Sydney

The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour
Things to do The best ways to experience Sydney Harbour

You can't call yourself a Sydney local till you've seen the Harbour from all these angles.

Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney
Travel Natural wonders worth a day trip from Sydney

Visit these beauty-spots in a day and be back home by bedtime.

The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney
Attractions The coolest lighthouses to visit in Sydney

These mystical wayfinders are a beacon for Sydney sightseers.

The best vegan restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Opt for more plants on your plate.

Where to find your perfect Sydney swim
Attractions Where to find your perfect Sydney swim

No matter what your poolside ambitions, we'll help you find the Sydney swim that’s right for you. 

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
Things to do Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Really get to know the city of Sydney through a connection to land First Nations peoples continue to uphold.

The best ocean pools in Sydney
Sport and fitness The best ocean pools in Sydney

Dive in as the sun rises and you’ll have the salty baths to yourself or wade in at hightide for a thrilling swell as waves crash against the walls. 

Where to find the best high tea in Sydney
Restaurants Where to find the best high tea in Sydney

Pass the cucumber sandwiches, please...

The best museums in Sydney
Museums The best museums in Sydney

Head out on a journey of discovery as you learn about fascinating histories, scientific endeavors and design innovations.

The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney
Things to do The most Instagram worthy places in Sydney

Sydney is one seriously photogenic place. Here's where to find the best Instagram gold in the city.

Where to see Sydney’s city skyline
Attractions Where to see Sydney’s city skyline

Head to these parks, walks, beaches and lookouts to gaze on the Emerald City in all its glory.

The best playgrounds in Sydney
Kids The best playgrounds in Sydney

Got a wriggly little one? Let them run off some of that energy. 

Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Sydney

There's far more to accessibility than wheelchair access alone... 

The best spas in Sydney
Health and beauty The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time.

The best markets in Sydney
Shopping The best markets in Sydney

Whether it’s the brekky pho or racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning. 

The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney
Restaurants The best Filipino restaurants in Sydney

These dishes that are born and bred in the Philippines have a distinct deliciousness all their own.

Where to find the best Sydney parks
Attractions Where to find the best Sydney parks

While away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunch time. 

The best day trips from Sydney
Travel The best day trips from Sydney

Escape the city for a day. 

The 50 best bars in Sydney right now
Bars The 50 best bars in Sydney right now

Ensure your evenings never run dry.

The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now
Restaurants The 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney Right Now

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, our handpicked ‘best of’ for Sydney's food scene.

50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
Things to do 50 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life

Take a read and get cracking on that ultimate to-do list. 

The best op shops in Sydney
Shopping The best op shops in Sydney

Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second best. 

Sydney sightseeing
Attractions Sydney sightseeing

Sydney packs a punch when it comes to spectacular views and thrilling activities.

101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney
Things to do 101 fun things to do indoors in Sydney

For those days when it's wet, gloomy or particularly windy.

Top Sydney attractions
Attractions Top Sydney attractions

Let us be your guide to the sights you need to see and the ones you can wave to from an open-top bus. 

The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney
Attractions The best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney

Every dog loves a trip to the beach. 

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Neighbourhood guides

Manly
Manly

Every day’s the weekend at this beachside suburb.

Cronulla
Things to do Cronulla

It's the rough-edged beachside gem in Sydney's Shire crown. 

Newtown
Newtown

We love Newtown for the music. We love it for the food.

Chippendale
Chippendale

Chippo packs a lot of punch for a little fella. 

Bondi
Bondi

The beachside 'burb has amazing cafés, diners and shops.  

Ashfield
Ashfield

Ashfield holds onto the charming remnants of its ageing looks.

Parramatta
Parramatta

Parramatta's food and drink scene is on the rise.

Fairfield
Fairfield

Flavours dominate this multicultural hub in Western Sydney.

Crows Nest
Crows Nest

It's one of the highest points of all of the northern suburbs.

Petersham
Petersham

Make Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’ your first port of call.

Penrith
Penrith

There’s more to Sydney’s adventure capital than adrenaline highs.

Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay

Get around the Lower North Shore suburb's food, drink and entertainment. 

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