Things to do

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

Mardi Gras events in Sydney
Gay and lesbian

Mardi Gras events in Sydney

We’ve picked out some highlights from the official festival as well as a few more events that champion LBGTIQA culture.

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 shopping in Bondi
Shopping

The best shopping in Bondi

You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim all on the one strip.

Tourist attractions that don’t suck
Attractions

Tourist attractions that don’t suck

Just because they’re popular doesn’t make them tacky... 

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.

Sydney event calendar

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
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The best ferry trips in Sydney

Spring events in Sydney
Things to do

Spring events in Sydney

Fairs and festivals

Eel Festival
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Eel Festival

They may not be the most cuddly creates but eels are an important animal for Parramatta’s local Darug people.

Taste of Sydney
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Taste of Sydney

The annual gastronomic fiesta will transform Centennial Park into a place where all of your food and wine dreams come true.

All About Women
Things to do Buy tickets

All About Women

Sydney Opera House programs a day of talks and panel discussions with a focus on issues that affect women today.

Parramasala
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Parramasala

Previously held in spring each year, Parramasala will now be held in autumn during Multicultural March.

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Bar Luca and Young Henrys join forces
Bars

Bar Luca and Young Henrys join forces

When one of Sydney's best burger joints collaborates with a rock'n'roll beer juggernaut, you know you're in for a good time. And that's exactly what Young Henrys and Bar Luca will be doing for a whole week – a week packed full of burgers, beers and even some love song dedications.  To kick off the celebrations, Bar Luca will be doing a burger pop-up at Young Henrys brewery in Newtown on Sunday February 12. They'll be doing a one-off burger, created especially for the kickass brewers, dubbed the Young Henry the Third. It'll see the much loved juicy BL patty sandwiched in with American cheese, bacon jam, YH Real Ale spiked cheese sauce, YH Natural Lager fried onions and Cloudy Cider braised pulled pork. As they were the victors of Time Out's Battle of the Burger, you know this is going to be a burger you want to try. Then they'll be switching places – Young Henrys will join Bar Luca for a week-long residence at the CBD burger bar, as well as BL Burgers on Oxford Street and the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi. On Valentine’s Day they'll be dong special 'Lovers and Loners' meal deals, beer specials and burger-love-song-dedications, and throughout the rest of the week you can enjoy plenty more Young Henrys brews and burgers.  Find out more about Young Henrys and Bar Luca's pop-up.

Beer DeLuxe is now pouring Hawthorn Brewing Company
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Beer DeLuxe is now pouring Hawthorn Brewing Company

Beer DeLuxe Sydney in King Street Wharf is the home to many a fine brew – more than 150 of them all told. The two-level temple to beer has 20 beers on taps at any given moment and many more by the bottle. Right now Beer DeLuxe is heralding the arrival of Hawthorn Brewing Company’s fine Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pilsner, Witbier, IPA and Golden Ale. Having lived overseas for many years, the team at Hawthorn Brewing tasted first hand the full diversity that exists throughout the beer world. Returning home to Hawthorn, Melbourne, they launched their first brew in 2008 and haven’t looked back. It’s just a sample of the amber goodness to be enjoyed at Beer DeLuxe all year round.

Alliance Française French Film Festival
Film

Alliance Française French Film Festival

Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films.  The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou and many, many more. Gender equality is especially strong in the French movie world, with 17 new movies from women directors. And here’s another drawcard: the festival is running a competition this year with prizes for attendees of a trip for two to France and a trip for two to New Caledonia. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks of movies to look out for. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to take place at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema and Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace.  

Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus
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Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus

Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus are big on fun, food and celebration. Along with live bands, DJs and loads of steins of bier, the Munich Brauhaus always has a great party atmosphere.  They also offer special bucks party packages – for just $50 per person you can enjoy a round of pretzels, a stein of craft beer, a famous Munich pork knuckle and a round of schnapps shots to finish. So get your mates together and celebrate before the big day. Find out more about bucks parties at the Munich Brauhaus.