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
Load up the picnic basket and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney.
Escape the heat
When the temperature peaks and you have sweat dripping down your back after one too many T-shirt changes, it's time to head indoors – or dunk yourself in salt water.
Christmas in Sydney
Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere means beach barbecues, long lunches and checking out the festive lights in the city. Find out where you can sing Christmas carols, shop at the Christmas markets, and get a head start on the Boxing Day sales.
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 yoga studios in Sydney
Ashtanga, yin, vinyassa, hatha, bikram – whatever your style, Sydney's got it. Here are the best yoga studios offering a relaxing place to work on your poses. Reward your efforts with Sydney's healthiest breakfasts, or try something completely different and check out the best kayaking spots.
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
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
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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Finders Keepers Markets
Shop from hundreds of emerging designers at this huge indie art and design market
Get all your Christmas shopping at the evening markets at Hyde Park Barracks
Fairs and festivals
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.
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.
If you were in Sydney in January, you’d have seen the Flaming Lips play a free concert in the Domain, built a giant cardboard tower in Darling Harbour, watched ferries race under the Harbour Bridge and you’d have ridden a flying fox at Barangaroo – all thanks to Sydney Festival. The annual cultural celebration is the big one in Sydney’s summer must-do list, and the festival’s contemporary programming always manages to surprise. Events take place across Sydney and Parramatta, attracting an audience of over 500,000 each year. In 2017, it’ll be the festival’s 41st year and they’ve already announced shows from multi-award winning artist PJ Harvey, who is playing the new ICC venue in Darling Harbour, plus the homegrown musical Ladies in Black – a toe-tapping trip back in time based on the comic novel by Madeleine St John. Look out for more announcements when the full program is released on October 26.
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival
Roosters, rats, pigs and snakes will light up the skies in late January for the 21st Chinese New Year Festival in Sydney. It’ll be the Year of the Rooster, and the City of Sydney is putting on more than 80 events around town from a spectacular lantern exhibition to Dragon Boat races and hawker-style food markets. From the festival’s modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, led by festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw.
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Fratelli Fresh are doing a new long lunch
Fratelli Fresh are set to make your Sunday summer lunches a bit longer and a lot tastier, with the introduction of the new long lunch menu. For just $49 you can enjoy unlimited pizza, wine and pasta for two lavish hours, noon-3pm. The menu includes pizzas like the classic Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella, the Diavola with spicy salami, roasted capsicum and olives or the prosciutto and funghi with ham, mushrooms and smoked scamorza. Choose from pastas including the linguine with pangrattato, lemon and chilli or a penne lamb ragù. And finally round it out with a wild rocket and parmesan salad. Add to this unlimited red and white wine and you've got a lunch of epic proportions. This special is avaliable at all Fratteli Fresh locations including Alexandria, Bridge Street, Macquarie Street, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney.
Pause Fest returns to Melbourne this year with a line-up of super smart tech industry insiders, creative entreprenuers and start up leaders. You'll hear from the likes of Etsy's Linda Kozlowski; Pozible co-founder Rick Chen; and CEO of Beattie Wines and Startup Victoria, Georgia Beattie. This year's event will be broken up into Creative, Tech and Business days, with each day to home in on new ideas and innovative technologies relating to each topic. On Wednesday February 8, Pause Fest is focusing on the intersection of creativity and technology, and how creatives are redefining the process of making ideas tangible. On Thursday February 9, Pause Fest will be focusing in on technology and exploring the consequences, risks and endless opportunities that follow progress. Finally, it's all about business on Friday February 10. Keynote speeches and panel discussions will be exploring how moments of change in the digital world can define a business, and how the old and the new might exist in tandem. As well as talks, Pause will be bringing a line-up of innovative tech experiences from Tesla test drives to the world’s first virtual reality Tilt Brush competition by top Melbourne graffiti artists, curated by Backwoods Gallery. Find out more about Pause Fest.
Cork & Chroma
Always wanted to paint but never had the guts or time to go to a session and have a crack? What if we were to tell you, you could paint – with a glass of your favourite vino in hand – right in the heart of Surry Hills? Well you can. Cork & Chroma is Sydney's newest, buzzy creative night out. All you need to do is BYO favourite bottle of wine and Cork & Chroma will take care of the rest. They prepare paints, a canvas and set up for the evening. An in-house artist will take you through a step-by-step tutorial to help you paint your own masterpiece. No artistic experience necessary – this mini workshop is about getting creative and trying something new. Go grab a bottle of your favourite pinot and get ready to get those creative juices flowing.
Hsin Shih Tang
Chinatown's got a brand new Taiwanese restaurant from Taiwanese chefs Henrry Chou and Idi Hu. Both previously worked at the five-star Grand Hyatt Taipei and are now at Hsin Shih Tang producing authentic, famous Taiwanese dishes. Hsin Shih Tang's signature beef noodle soup has been tried and loved by Australia's favourite My Kitchen Rules co-host Mr Manu Feildel. Hsin Shih Tang’s signature dishes are a beef noodle soup and fried rice with pork. The soup base is cooked daily for more than 13 hours, with 15 Chinese herbs, ox bone, vegetables and no added MSG. The restaurant uses only local Australian beef (Wagyu beef shank, chicken and pork), while all noodles are imported directly from Taiwan to retain an authentic taste. The fried pork with rice sees a tender pork fillet marinated in a secret sauce. Time Out readers can try these signature dishes and more by ordering an exclusive tasting menu. For just $53 you’ll get: • Soup• Platter• Fried pork chops• Beef fried rice• Three treasure beef noodle soup• Boiled vegetables• Two special drinks • A dessert Term and conditions:1. Please show Hsin Shih Tang’s staff this article when ordering the tasting menu.2. Tasting Menu dishes cannot be exchanged for other dishes.3. Offer valid until February 28, 2017.