Things to do

A guide to Sydney events, attractions, outdoor adventures and more

Mardi Gras events in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

Mardi Gras events in Sydney

We’ve picked out some highlights from the official festival as well as a few more events that champion LBGTIQA culture.

The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW
Attractions

The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW

Load up the picnic basket and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney.

The best shopping in Bondi
Shopping

The best shopping in Bondi

You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim all on the one strip.

Tourist attractions that don’t suck
Attractions

Tourist attractions that don’t suck

Just because they’re popular doesn’t make them tacky... 

The best of Sydney

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

Sydney’s a beautiful place to live and a glorious city to visit. We’ve picked out 20 things to do that show off our best side, from kayaking on the harbour and cocktails with a view to our favourite weekly markets, the best underground restaurant in the city and where to get your culture fix.

Healthy living in Sydney
Health and beauty

Healthy living in Sydney

Want to live a healthier lifestyle? Sydney has many options when it comes to clean living – all you’ve got to do is stick to your goals.

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

Escape rooms in Sydney

Puzzle rooms are taking Sydney by storm. Every time we check, another two seem to be popping up out of nowhere – and each one raises the bar with new ideas inspired by the hundreds of escape rooms found across the world. (Apparently Hungary is the place to go for the ultimate mystery room binge – there are more than 100 rooms in Budapest alone). The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.

Things to do when it rains in Sydney
Things to do

Things to do when it rains in Sydney

Just because the skies are falling, doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing...  We may be a city that struggles when the heavens part but look hard enough and there's a bunch of fun to be had in a downpour. The key is staying out of it with these great rainy day activities:

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. See our list of ten favourite places to wander and remember to pack a camera – these walks offer some of the best vantage points for snapping our city at its best.

The Sydney tourist hit list

What to do before you leave Sydney
Things to do

What to do before you leave Sydney

The ultimate guide to Sydney beaches
Attractions

The ultimate guide to Sydney beaches

What to do when you're alone in Sydney
Things to do

What to do when you're alone in Sydney

The best ferry trips in Sydney
Things to do

The best ferry trips in Sydney

Spring events in Sydney
Things to do

Spring events in Sydney

Fairs and festivals

Eel Festival
Things to do

Eel Festival

They may not be the most cuddly creates but eels are an important animal for Parramatta’s local Darug people.

Taste of Sydney
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Taste of Sydney

The annual gastronomic fiesta will transform Centennial Park into a place where all of your food and wine dreams come true.

All About Women
Things to do Buy tickets

All About Women

Sydney Opera House programs a day of talks and panel discussions with a focus on issues that affect women today.

Parramasala
Things to do

Parramasala

Previously held in spring each year, Parramasala will now be held in autumn during Multicultural March.

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Find romance in unusual places
Bars

Find romance in unusual places

Whether you love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Not feeling like dishing out your dollars on an over-priced meal and sparkling wine? Find love in the pub instead, and head to one of these local watering holes for love with a twist.

The 15 dishes you have to eat in Hong Kong
Travel

The 15 dishes you have to eat in Hong Kong

Of all the reasons to stay longer in Hong Kong, food has got to be the best one. 

Valentine's Day at Fratelli Fresh
Restaurants

Valentine's Day at Fratelli Fresh

Spread the amore this Valentine’s Day with an intimate Italian meal for two at Fratelli Fresh. With seven venues around Sydney where you can get premium pasta, charcuterie, salads, Italian wine, pizze and antipasti, Fratelli Fresh brings an authentic touch of Italy to dining in Sydney – seemingly effortlessly. Italian food is, after all, the food of love. You can choose from Fratelli’s à la carte menu or chef’s Valentine’s Day specials. One item not to miss on February 14 is the new Vanilla Panna Cotta: vanilla bean panna cotta, raspberry caramel coulis and chocolate biscotti. Or perhaps you’re planning a surprise picnic in the park? Fratelli Fresh has gourmet hampers that can complete your picnic basket. If cooking at home, visit the retail sections at Fratelli Fresh in Alexandria, Potts Point or Walsh Bay for fresh produce: fruit and vegetables, baked bread, cured meats and more.  

Valentine's Day at The Star
Restaurants

Valentine's Day at The Star

Whether you want a full five-course dinner or a simple heart-shaped pizza, there is something for all lovers at The Star this Valentine's Day.  Black Bar and Grill will be doing a four-course menu of spanner crab, Saikou salmon with housemade gnocchi, striploin Wagyu steak, and chocolate ganache with raspberry, mint ice cream to finish ($175pp).  Over at Sokyo as usual they will be dishing out super-fresh nigiri, sashimi and robata grill, alongside a special Valentine's Day dessert of rose jelly, coconut dacquoise and white chocolate with fresh berries ($18 for dessert).  Balla are offering a five-course menu: scampi tartare and caviar; risotto with calamari, green pea and squid ink; kingfish with Ligurian olive salad and lemon burrata; and veal fillet wrapped in prosciutto with sage and porcini mushrooms. For dessert they will be doing a vanilla semifreddo with raspberries and dark chocolate, and you'll also get bubbles on arrival, all for $139pp ($195 with matching wines).  Then down at Pizzaperta, for just $30 a couple, you'll get a heart-shaped Margarita pizza, two glasses of Chandon and a Nutella-filled Italian donut.  All deals are available from 5.30pm on Tuesday February 14.  Find out more about Valentine's Day at the Star.