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

Haunted sites you can visit in Sydney
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Haunted sites you can visit in Sydney

With open minds and willing spirits, we invite you to explore Sydney’s most haunted sites.

The best beaches in Sydney
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The best beaches in Sydney

It can be a daunting task deciding just where to sample the surf. We're here to push you onto the right waves.

Places to volunteer in Sydney
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Places to volunteer in Sydney

We had a look at few places keeping benevolence floating in our city and how you can get involved.

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best walks in Sydney

Strut along these 12 glorious routes around Sydney that suit amblers of all abilities.

The best of Sydney

Food and drink festivals in Sydney
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Food and drink festivals in Sydney

Unhinge your jaws for tastings, cooking demonstrations and chef meet-and-greets.

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

While away an afternoon in these wide open spaces.

The best ferry trips in Sydney
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The best ferry trips in Sydney

Chugg out across the glistening expanse of our stunning seas on these seven cruises. 

The best dance classes in Sydney
Sport and fitness

The best dance classes in Sydney

Shake your booty or tackle contemporary twirls these six stellar Sydney dance classes.

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

Get up-close and personal with Sydney’s nautical guides, then marvel at the view.

The Sydney tourist hit list

Accessible attractions in Sydney
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Accessible attractions in Sydney

Sydney sightseeing
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Sydney sightseeing

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
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Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney

Top Sydney attractions
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Top Sydney attractions

Tourist attractions that don’t suck
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Tourist attractions that don’t suck

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A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Sydney
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A Time Out editor’s perfect day in Sydney

We took a city-based road trip to fill a day with our favourite Sydney activities. Helping us get from A to B and back again was the Subaru Impreza. 

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Liveworks

Liveworks

Explore the frontiers of gender, politics and spectacle in this festival of experimental art at Carriageworks

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The Big Anxiety
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The Big Anxiety

The huge program includes more than 75 events across 32 Sydney venues tackling mental health and wellbeing.

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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

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, immersive installations, performances, DJs, and food and drink. To mark this auspicious occasion, The Other Art Fair have 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 Other Art Fair Opening Night on Thursday October 24, 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 - Limited edition tote bag - Welcome drinks from 5-6pm - For good measure, a whopping $300 to spend on art at the event! Thirty runners up will also receive a pair of tickets to The Other Art Fair, valid Friday-Sunday October 25-27, so your chances of winning a prize are pretty good. Enter below before October 13.  Enter here

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Eat and drink your way through Parramatta
Restaurants

Eat and drink your way through Parramatta

Naturally Sydney’s “second CBD” Parramatta has a thriving food and drink scene. Thanks to the delicious cuisines of the many diverse communities who call it home, Parramatta is bursting at the seams with hole-in-the-wall eateries, heaving family restaurants, and a new in-flux of uber cool cocktail bars. But where to start? Never fear, we’ve got some hot food tips under our (expanding) belts for you. Kickstart your Parramatta food trip with robust coffee and memorable brekkie. Circa Espresso has got the breakfast goods with their signature Ottoman Eggs – a Middle Eastern-inspired egg and eggplant dish given that extra zing from garlicky labneh and crispy fried sage and leek. Try a caffeinated brew with a view at the riverside Armory Wharf Café with their Sriracha eggs – a blue swimmer crab laden breakfast of champions. Top it off with a mid-morning sweet treat and ignite your Instagram likes with one of Bay Vista dessert bar and café’s towering desserts. Parramatta (and neighbouring Harris Park) is so rich with fantastic Indian restaurants we devoted an entire feature to it. Head to Billu’s Indian eatery for their signature tandoori chicken and classic thaalis, or hunt down our pick for the best biryani in Sydney from Hyderabad House. Finish your tasty trip into ‘Little India’ with a rainbow-hued treat from Chatkazz sweets or a delightfully sticky gulab jamun from Taj Indian Sweets and Restaurant. As the sun sets take your full belly to one of Parramatta’s fun bars and brew

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Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly
Bars

Join the launch party for the kooky new bar above the Marly

The team at the Marly are finally ready to unveil their absurdist new creation, Cuckoo. Designed in collaboration with Monster Children and International World Wide (the Norfolk, the Old Fitz), Cuckoo will be more than a new bar. They’re not giving too many details away, so to properly investigate what wonders await, you’ll want to ascend the stairs on October 18 and jump down the rabbit hole at the launch party.  What can you expect from this curious new venture? They’re promising an uninhibited and raucous attitude. Think wood panelling and retro style – with just the right amount of kitsch mountain décor. Insta moments will abound: visitors will be able to test their skills on an epic indoor climbing wall, for instance.  Crusty giant pretzels will be your primary bar snack, designed to be dunked in delicious condiments from the vast array housed in the “Condiment Kingdom”. Schnitzels will be the star of the main menu, and you’ll have the chance to sample a rainbow of schnapps in between bouts on the dancefloor. Cuckoo will be creating this beloved European concoction in house, and since cocktails simply can’t be ignored at a party, you’ll likely spot a few fruity distillations in your more elaborate drinks. If all this heady aband

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See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney
Theatre

See the Australian thriller Splinter in Sydney

This thriller by Hillary Bell follows a couple whose missing five-year-old daughter returns after nine months missing – with no scratches and no explanation. They're forced to grapple with the uncertainties of their past and move forward under enormously difficult circumstances. “There was this play that I read before it went into production at Sydney Theatre Company, which I loved but didn’t get to direct, and it stayed with me always,” Griffin Theatre Company's artistic director Lee Lewis says of Bell’s work. The original production played in Sydney in 2012, would usually count a play out of a major revival for at least a few more years, however, Lewis wanted to challenge that expectation during her time at Griffin. “There’ve been extraordinary plays that have been written over the last 20 years which aren’t old enough to be considered classics so we can’t do a ‘classic revival’, but we could just do the damn play again because it’s good.” Starring Hilary Bell’s sister Lucy Bell and Les Miserables star Simon Gleeson, this claustrophobic chamber piece questions how well we know our families. Splinter runs until October 12 at the Griffin Theatre Company. Further details and tickets are available here.

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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel
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IKEA launches an Australian Slow TV channel

IKEA caused a bit of a stir in marketing circles a couple of years ago with its series of deliberately boring YouTube commercials. These included a teenager doing the dishes for five minutes, a couple on a couch kissing in front of a TV for eight, and some young people arm wrestling for six. The ads played in front of YouTube content and many people skipped them, but they also garnered a cult following of joyfully disbelieving fans. The ads were inspired by the Scandinavian trend of ‘Slow TV’ in which almost nothing happens – designed as an antidote to our over-stimulated lives (some cool examples of Slow TV screened on SBS last summer). Now, IKEA is using the phenomenon as a way of promoting their new 2020 catalogue. They have launched an Australian Slow TV channel live streaming the 14-day (336-hour) journey of its products in shipping containers on board a ship to Australia. The channel, which in perfect Nordic understatement IKEA says  “does not aim to excite”, is narrated by Kent and Sara Eriksson, narrators of the original IKEA Sleep Podcast. The Swedes are reading from the new IKEA catalogue with the sound of waves gently crashing against the ship’s stern in the background. Sounds a bit – well, dull, right? And that’s exactly the point. IKEA say they want to help Australians get a good night’s sleep, and watching this YouTube channel may indeed have that exact effect. And if you’re inspired to go buy a new IKEA bed to do it on, well that’s entirely up to you. The c

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