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

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.

20 things to do this summer
Things to do

20 things to do this summer

Slip down a giant slide in the Hunter Valley, roll around in a giant ball pit at Barangaroo Reserve, get lost in a maze of mirrors in Hyde Park. Pack your summer calendar with these all-killer, no-filler events and have the time of your life.

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 outdoor cinemas in Sydney
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Sydney

Do alfresco movies like an expert with Time Out’s guide to the 2016-2017 season

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
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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
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Spring events in Sydney

Fairs and festivals

So Frenchy So Chic
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So Frenchy So Chic

So Frenchy So Chic is back for a fourth year at new stomping grounds, but with all the fancy trimmings that we’ve come to expect from the wildly popular French-style picnic in the park. The line-up on stage includes the energetic six-piece Deluxe, who blur the lines between hip-hop, soul and pop; the Limiñanas sing in English and French with a sensual 1960s vibe; actor-poet-folk musician Bertrand Belin will bring his catchy tunes from Paris to Bicentennial Park; and festival royalty Nouvelle Vague are back with new songs form their latest album I could be happy plus covers of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and the Clash’s ‘Guns of Brixton’.  Of course, one of the best things about so Frenchy is spending the day drinking Champagne on the grass. If you’re smart, you’ll pre-order the hampers from Simmone Logue, which include quiche with buttery crème fraiche pastry, goose-egg meringues and charcuterie and cheese platters. Prefer to buy on the day? There’ll be stallholders selling French delicacies like oysters, foie gras, raclette, crêpes and macarons. Plus, the Laurent Perrier bar will be open for bubbles, rosé and cocktails. So Frenchy is a family-friendly festival and kids under 12 can attend free of charge. They’ll have activities to entertain the enfant terrible, from face painting to bubble artists, drumming classes and lawn games like pétanque and croquet. 

Sydney Festival
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Sydney Festival

The annual cultural celebration is the big one on Sydney’s summer must-do list, and the festival’s contemporary programming always manages to surprise.

Symphony Under the Stars

Symphony Under the Stars

We’re convinced that if Sydney Festival didn’t present Symphony Under the Stars during summer, the festival director would have a lynch mob outside his door – such is the popularity of this free outdoor event. This year, they’re bringing the delightful event under the stars to the Domain and to the Crescent in Parramatta Park. Pack a picnic and settle down for a concert conducted by Nicholas Carter at the Domain and by Jessica Cottis in Parramatta, covering a repertoire from Elgar’s Enigma Variations to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. There’ll be bars and food stalls at both events.

Laneway Festival

Laneway Festival

St Jerome's Laneway Festival has managed to go from just that – a festival in the backstreets of Melbourne for friends – to an internationally renowned tastemaker in a matter of year. 2017 will be no different, when the festival returns to the Sydney College of the Arts for a day of grassy fun. 

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Summer festival of fun at Kingpin
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Summer festival of fun at Kingpin

This summer get a crew together and head down to Kingpin to enjoy festival style fun, all in the one place. For just $30 you'll score a festival pass, which allows you to mix and match Kingpin's all-star games and activities. Score a strike at bowling, aim and fire in laser tag or get your joystick on with 30 minutes of arcade game frenzy.  All this gaming is going to require some fuel, so make sure you load up on drink and food specials. You can get a fruity Pimms jugs for just $25 and there are lots of ace options for groups, like the Mexican share plate which comes with build-your-own fajitas and tacos. There are also mega burgers, curly fries, Kentucky buffalo wings, southern fried chicken sliders and nachos. Plus, when you purchase your summer festival pass, you'll automatically be in the running for awesome giveaways. Prize packs filled with the sweetest summer swag includes Eskys, round beach towels, GoPros, wireless speakers, a $100 Sunglass Hut voucher and heaps more. Both Kingpin Darling Harbour and Kingpin Macarthur will be hosting the ultimate summer festival of fun offers every day from 10am-6pm, and both venues have fully licensed bars and themed music to keep you dancing as you play.  Find out more about Kingpin's summer festival of fun.

The Burger Project is making your summer soft serve dreams come true
Restaurants

The Burger Project is making your summer soft serve dreams come true

Summer is here and Sydney is heating up. Want to know the best way to cool down? A tasty soft serve ice cream is a pretty good option... And when they are only $2? well that's even better. Head into Burger Project – at World Square Centre, Bondi Junction, MLC Centre, Gateway Sydney and Macquarie Centre – to get your hands on a deliciously rich soft serve cone. They are usually $4.50 but every weekend throughout January you can get your hands around one for a cool couple of bucks. The soft serve is churned in-house daily and made using fresh dairy cream and milk, with all natural flavourings. Choose from real vanilla bean or Valrhona chocolate, swirled into a crunchy waffle cone. Meaning the hardest decision you'll have to make this summer may just be the age-old question: chocolate or vanilla?

Hotel Bondi launches a new summer menu
Bars

Hotel Bondi launches a new summer menu

Hotel Bondi has just launched a new summer menu, which is perfect for digging into after a day at the beach or closing out your weekend on. Starters include Baja fish tacos, flash fried calamari or a bucket of Crystal Bay prawns. Freshen things up with a salad, like the ocean trout ceviche with ruby red grapefruit and cucumber or seared yellow fin tuna with seaweed, pickled radish and avocado. They also have a brand new fire pizza oven, from which they'll be dishing out favourites like Hawaiian and Margarita, alongside sizzling additions like the carmalised onion and black fig pizza with goats curd and thyme, or the chilli prawn with tomatoes, spring onion and lemon. You'll also find pub classics like a parmesan crumbed veal schnitzel with pickle and fennel slaw, or the Bondi grilled Angus burger. Also keep your eye out for $15 weekday specials of chicken parmi and fries, a 200g ebony Angus top sirloin with mash or fries or a beer battered dory with chips and tartar.  The bistro's extended summer hours mean you can get dinner or lunch Mon-Fri  noon-3pm and 5-10pm and Sat & Sun noon-10pm. So get down and enjoy a slice of summer at Hotel Bondi.

Australia Day Parramatta
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Australia Day Parramatta

City of Parramatta and Channel 9 News are hosting a huge party on January 26 with Sydney’s biggest hot air balloon display at sunrise and a main stage of Aussie rock and hip hop at sunset. The Australia Day event kicks off at 6am with Aerial: a three-hour display of hot air balloons, plus kids’ rides and family entertainment. From 11am, visit the Big BBQ – ‘90 metres of meat’ from smoked to grilled and basted. The annual CARnivale sees hundreds of beautifully restored vintage cars, bikes and trucks on display – including original racing cars from Parramatta Parks 1950s racing circuit. There’s a Hottest 100 party in celebration of Triple J’s annual countdown. Plus, kids can dance from 10.30am-4.30pm with free music performances at the Kids’ Crescent. However, the Main Stage is where it’s at from 4.30-9pm, as hundreds of people gather at the Crescent to hear from musicians BEATZ, Thandi Phoenix, Thundamentals and Eskimo Joe – all before a fireworks finale at 9pm. 

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