National Tree Day
Sydney’s biggest tree planting event will take place at Sydney Park, where organisers hope to plant between 4,000 and 5,000 trees
Sports in Sydney
Sydney Centre for Tennis
The Sydney Centre for Tennis is a great place to both get coached in your game and improve your overall fitness with their Tennis Australia-developed Cardio Tennis program.
Sydney Cricket Ground - SCG
Sydney's pre-eminent and most beloved sporting coliseum, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has come a long way in its 134 year history. The land that began as sand hills and swamplands – prime hunting and fishing territory for the Gadigal tribes – has since borne witness to some of Australia's most amazing sporting feats and many of the world's greatest entertainers. But although the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Madonna have all staged shows here, it is as an action arena that the SCG is most justly famous. As a cricket ground, it hosted Don Bradman's world record 452 not out in 1930 and the very first One-Day cricket game under lights in 1978. As football field, it squeezed in 78,056 people for St George v South Sydney in 1965, and shook to the rafters in 1996 when Tony Lockett kicked the Sydney Swans into their first Grand Final in over six decades. In between it has hosted the Empire Games, A-League soccer and even Highland Dancing knees-ups. Today, it is the active home ground of the NSW Blues cricket team in summer and the Sydney Swans AFL squad through winter and, all year round, the spiritual home to Sydney rugby league and rugby union... and all Sydney sports lovers.
It's the big one on the run calendar. Whether you’re a serious runner, jogger, walker, pusher or want to join in for the first time, don’t miss your chance to be a part of Sydney’s favourite sporting event. Entries open later in the year but you'll want to start training now – Heartbreak Hill's a bitch and 14km can feel much longer than it sounds.
Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
The Sydney Olympic Sports Centre consists of two venues, the Main Arena and the Hall of Legends. Both can seat up to 5000 people and can accommodate up to thirty different indoor sports.
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Visitors to Broadway Shopping Centre this year will have noticed Level 2 has been kept under wraps while undergoing a major redevelopment. Next month we’ll get to see the results of this multi-million dollar renovation as the bandages fall away to reveal an exciting new food offering for Broadway customers, starring the fifth Sydney outlet for Taiwanese dumpling masters Din Tai Fung. Joining those popular purveyors of xiaolongbao will be Mexican taqueria kings Guzman y Gomez, ready to satisfy those burrito cravings, as well as popular franchises Grill’d Healthy Burgers and Nando’s. The other food outlets announced are Zeus Street Greek; Pepper Seeds Thai; Sushi Hon; Schnitz; Mumbai Express; and Ilmi Korean BBQ. The new food retailers join a high profile list of fashion and beauty tenants including recently announced Sephora, H&M and Calvin Klein Underwear, moving into Level 2 this August. More names will be revealed over the coming weeks – watch this space.
Sydney Dog Lovers Show
Whether you’re a dog owner or you’re hoping to become one, there’ll be plenty of puppies to go round at the Dog Lovers Show. You can pick up expert tips on behaviour, diet, first aid and surviving with a new puppy. This year’s event will be star-studded as celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown will be there to captain a team of talented K9s in the Weave Pole Challenge. Renowned animal trainer Peta Clarke will take to the stage to offer insights into celeb-dog training and will introduce the canine duo that stole the show as ‘Bruiser’ and ‘Rufus’ in Legally Blonde the Musical. Pamper your pooch with gifts from the hundreds of stalls selling the latest gear. Hear the stories of war veterans and their experiences in working with war dogs and, most importantly, visit the Pat-A-Pooch nursery to cuddle all the pups you could ever imagine. Book online to fetch up to a 20 per cent discount.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot. Previously held at the Australian Museum, this year's exhibition, showcasing the best of wildlife photography in 2015, is taking place at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images were taken by some of the world’s best nature photographers and selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity. Among the 100 images on show is Australian explorer and conservation photographer Michael AW's 'Under Water' category winner (pictured): a photograph of a Bryde's whale in the middle of a feeding frenzy, taken off the east coast of South Africa. Entry is by a Special Exhibition ticket that also grants visitors access into another key exhibition at the Maritime Museum, Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude, which is on loan for a limited season from the Natural History Museum, London.
Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch
Cross-Tasman rivalries are sharpening up once more with the annual New Zealand vs Australia rugby union clash the Bledisloe Cup this August. This year the Bledisloe Cup Charity Lunch is taking place at Beer DeLuxe in King Street Wharf, hosted by Phillip Cornwell and featuring special guest former rugby union star (and current Balmain coach) Matt Dunning. Tickets to the lunch are $100 per person including a three-course meal and drinks. The afternoon will feature raffles and hot charity auction items guests can bid for courtesy of some of Australia’s best craft brewers. From Two Birds Brewing, there’s a T-shirt and beer prize pack. From Akasha Brewing there’s a cap, T-shirt and brewery tour on offer (the tour includes a complimentary tasting paddle). There’s also a tour on offer from Wayward Brewing – to which the winning bidder can bring 20 mates, including tastings. Time Out is also getting in on the charity spirit with two gift bags, each including bottles of white wine and red wine, a six-month subscription to Time Out Sydney magazine, and a copy of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016. If you love craft beer almost as much as you love your rugby then you’re going to want to get along to this – but book now to avoid disappointment. The very deserving charity benefiting from the event is Bear Cottage – the only children’s hospice in NSW.