The best of Sydney
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.
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.
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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival starts this weekend
The City of Sydney's Chinese New Year celebrations begin on Friday February 16. Head down to the outdoor stage in First Fleet Park – the green space where The Rocks meet the Quay, next to the MCA – for the first of six free performance celebrating culture, community and friendship. Gather from 5pm for pre-show acts including choral singing, opera, classical music, fashion shows, tai chi and kung fu. Then from 7pm, the Lunar Spectacular Show commences – a one-hour curated program showcasing traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian dancing, Koreandrumming, and Japanese hip hop. The show features the Chinese New Year Festival dancers and stilt walking.The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is honoured to welcome an international delegation of 22 artists from China’s north-central region of Henan including Shaolin Monks. The ensemble will showcase Shaolin Xiang Xing Quan (imitation boxing), kung fu skills, Shaolin weapons and stunts.Henan artists will also treat guests to traditional dance and music performances. Cultural entertainment includes Henan dialect rap, Chinese classical dance, and a traditionalperformance using the pipa, which is often referred to as the king of Chinese folk musical instruments (February 24-25 only). The performances are happening Friday-Sunday this weekend and next weekend. While you are down at Circular Quay, don't miss the spectacular exhibition of giant Lunar Lanterns in locations from the Opera House to The Rocks.
Sunset20°North continues each weekend in February
Sunset20°North is the new free summer sundown series that has been hitting Barangaroo this month, lead by Yuwaalaraay artist and designer Lucy Simpson. Presented by Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the day-to-night food, music and culture series takes cues from the site’s historic namesake, Barangaroo (the female leader of the Cammeraygal people of Sydney) and puts Indigenous and women's voices at the forefront of every evening. A creative focal point of the evening is the Grandmother Tree, an interactive installation by Lucy Simpson and not-for-profit architecture organisation, Archrival. Inspired by Cammeraygal stories and the towering Sydney Red Gum tree, the artwork transforms the harbour and Sydney skyline using light, colour and movement. A harbourside outing isn't complete without some A-grade snacks and to this end Claire Van Vuuren of Bloodwood and Popla has pulled together a bunch of fierce female chefs to make sure your picnic game is strong. Jane Strode (Fred’s), Analiese Gregory (Franklin, Hobart) and Thi Le (Anchovy, Melbourne) will each be creating custom menus for each of the sunsets. The offerings put local and seasonal produce at the forefront and pay tribute to the history of the headland, from Pambula oysters shucked to order, through to Australian ingredient laden dishes like stir fried yabbies with mountain pepper and curry leaf. Each evening will be sound tracked by the likes of Sampa the Great, Wallace, GL, Caiti Baker, and more. This weekend (Fri Fe
Cremorne area guide
The traffic hurtles down Military Road transporting commuters to the Northern Beaches, but there's plenty of reason to pause on this arterial thoroughfare. Cremorne's leisure pursuits centre around the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, the most beautiful and best-programmed cinema in Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival's northerly hub. Clustered around it is a healthy swarm of restaurants and bars, notably Barrel Bar and Dining and the Mayor as well as Korean, Japanese, Indian and Vietnamese cheap eats. A vibrant café culture keeps the locals brunched, caffeinated and caked up.
Max your summer in Sydney
From immersive art that sees you wandering through a light-up underwater forest, to music festivals that take you from sunset well into the night – summer is when Sydney comes alive. Soak up the sun, then take it to the max over the long hot nights with parties, up late events, street markets and more. There’s no excuse not to be out and about. In association with