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.
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.
The Sydney tourist hit list
Events coming up in Sydney
Fairs and festivals
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.
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.
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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Canada's Cirque Alfonse will be bringing their own brand of contemporary circus to the Opera House, along with their formidable facial hair ('Barbu' is French for 'bearded'). Their latest performance is set to a fast-paced live electronic soundtrack and features spectacles including juggling with beer-filled kegs and forming a human disco ball. The burly men are flanked by two strong women, all of whom perform some serious feats of brute strength and deft skill. These acrobatic hipsters also have strong roots in a more traditional kind of circus and manage to inject some cabaret flair into the show too. For some cheeky end of summer fun, snap up tickets to Barbu and ready yourself for some bearded good times at in the Studio.
Hottest 100, coldest beers
Fancy spending the last holiday of January down at the pub? Ripper, mate. If you head to the Dove and Olive, Keg and Brew or the DOG Hotel this January 26, you'll find all three pubs are hosting Australia Day parties with Triple J’s Hottest 100 broadcasts all day long. They'll also be doing Mismatch Session Ale and Hills Apple Cider schooners for just $6.50 and $5 Carlton Draught, Good Ciders, Good Beers or Mad Dog Lagers. Why? Because they're not just celebrating the Hottest 100, they're celebrating the Hottest 100 Australian craft beers, with a social hashtag, sweeps and more. All three venues will be offering bargain food specials all day long as well as some fun Aussie Day themed chef’s specials. At the Dove and the DOG, you can grab yourself a steak and chips for only $12.50; while the KB is offering a jalapeno beef burger for the same price. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, all three venues will be dishing up homemade Aussie beef and vegemite pies. If that still isn’t enough; the KB and the Dove will also be offering lamb and tzatziki burgers and if you really want to be jumping for joy, then grab yourself some Kangaroo skewers from the DOG. There are chances to win prizes with any Carlton & United Breweries purchase. At the DOG you can win an Odysea surfboard; there is a men’s vintage bike from Reid Cycles up for grabs at the KB; and a summer backyard fun pack of an esky and banana chairs going at the Dove & Olive. So head for your closest local, fill
Win tickets to an exclusive Time out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea
Nominated for FIVE Golden Globe Awards:• Best Picture (Drama)• Best Director – Kenneth Lonergan• Best Actor – Casey Affleck• Best Supporting Actress – Michelle Williams • Best Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan Time Out has 50 double passes to see Manchester by the Sea at Event Cinemas, George St. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of the working class Chandler family from Massachusetts. After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Manchester by the Sea is the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief" - Time Out New York Manchester by the Sea will be released in Australian cinemas on February 2. To enter, simply enter your details below before 10am on Friday, January 20. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now! Terms and conditi
Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas Bondi
Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema returns to Bondi Beach on January 19 for six weeks of cinema and ice cream under the stars. This year’s film program is a mix of hot recent releases (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, La La Land, Moana, Passengers, Trolls, Rogue One), as wells as cult classics (Dirty Dancing, Clueless, Forrest Gump, Anchorman) and more. There's a fully licensed bar stocked with wine, beer, cider and non alcoholic drinks, plus pizza and salads available. Sunday screenings feature free Ben & Jerry's ice cream before the movie starts, so if you're keen to see Trolls, Why Him?, La La Land, Lion or Gold be sure to book a 'Sundae Session'. Tickets are selling fast and capacity is limited, so check out the program and book now to avoid disappointment.