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
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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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The DOG's First Birthday
The state's largest craft beer venue, the DOG Hotel, is celebrating a year of serving some of the city's coldest craft brews with a birthday bash. Sixteen of the venue’s 59 taps will be pouring Sydney Brewery's local numbers including the Surry Hills Pils, Darlo Dark and Glamarama Summer Ale. To celebrate the DOG's birthday they will also be doing a one-off collaboration brew. The Light Rail Ale is an American-style fruity steam ale. It's a nod to Randwick’s future transport interchange and you can try a schooner for just $5. After you've knocked back a few craft beers be sure to order up one of the DOG's smoked beef brisket burger (complete with a mac'n'cheese patty, slaw and pickles) or a lasagne spring roll (and yep, that's meat, pasta and cheese inside a spring roll.) Or the Friday fish and chips special for just $9.90. They'll also be giving you free cupcakes to celebrate. You'll also have the chance to win a trip to the Hunter Valley for a two night stay at the Crowne, complete with a brewery tour, dinner and a tasting session. Sydney Brewery’s head brewer Michael Capaldo will be on hand for a chat.
Bondi's got a new tropical cocktail bar
Hotel Bondi is summer ready with the opening of the new Curlewis Bar. The beachside bar has been revamped, complete with a retro cocktail menu curated by Sweet&Chilli. Try a toasted Coconut Espresso Martini or a Tanqueray Crusta with Tanqueray Gin, Hennessy Cognac, lemon juice, apricot nectar and lemon thyme. You can also order up cocktail jugs like the Pomegranate & Cranberry Mojito or a Bloody Mary with Ketel One vodka, tomato and lemon juice, housemade spice mix, chipotle sauce, cucumber, olives and celery. Friday and Saturday nights see resident DJs hop behind the decks to spin Balearic, nu disco and house music till late. Settle into the weekend with tunes and a late-night happy hour 9.30-11.30pm (RSA laws and conditions apply). To celebrate the opening of the Curlewis Bar, Hotel Bondi will be hosting a summer launch party on December 10, with tunes, cocktails and canapés. RSVP is essential and spaces are limited (email firstname.lastname@example.org). The Curlewis Bar is located within Hotel Bondi and is open weekly Thu, Fri 5pm-late; Sat 4pm-late and Sun 2pm-late.
Experience the magic of Christmas in the villages
Start your Christmas season at one of City of Sydney’s free family-friendly concerts. Along with the live music and array of special guests to entertain you, you can also take part in craft activities and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Take home a Santa stocking on sale for $5. All proceeds go to the City’s Christmas charity partner, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Santa will make a special guest appearance at the concerts and each night will culminate in a glittering fireworks display. For more information regarding each concert and their performers please visit sydneychristmas.com.au. Rushcutters Bay Village Concert Sat Dec 3, 6.30-8.30pmReg Bartley Oval, Waratah St, Rushcutters Bay Rosebery Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 4, 6.30-8.30pmTurruwul Park, Rothschild Ave, Rosebery Alexandria Village Christmas Concert Sat Dec 10, 6.30-8.30pmAlexandria Park, Buckland St, Alexandria Surry Hills Village Christmas Concert Sun Dec 11, 6.30-8.30pmPrince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills