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

The best indoor climbing centres in Sydney
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The best indoor climbing centres in Sydney

There’s a bit of a shift going on in Australia’s rock climbing circles, with many climbers preferring to get their climbing fix indoors than risk temperamental weather outdoors.

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

These Aboriginal led and operated businesses share knowledge and history that dates back thousands of years. 

Places to volunteer in Sydney
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Places to volunteer in Sydney

Sydney can be a cold beast, but it can also be a big-hearted fluffy one. Running parallel to the cliches of suits and yachts are the pockets of the city where you can give some of your valuable time to those who need it most.

The best glamping sites in NSW
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The best glamping sites in NSW

They combine the comforts of luxury of hotel rooms with the adventure of sleeping under the stars.

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Sydney's harbour islands
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Sydney's harbour islands

From Botany Bay to Pittwater, Sydney's islands are full of colourful history... and great places to lay a picnic blanket. Take a day trip to one of these ten landmarks surrounded by water and see Sydney from another perspective.

20 things to do in Sydney at least once in your life
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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 waterfalls in Sydney and NSW
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The best waterfalls in Sydney and NSW

Load up the picnic basket and take a road trip to find these cascading falls around Sydney. 

Healthy living in Sydney
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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.

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The Sydney tourist hit list

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

What to do before you leave Sydney
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What to do before you leave Sydney

What to do when you're alone in Sydney
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What to do when you're alone in Sydney

The ultimate guide to Sydney beaches
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The ultimate guide to Sydney beaches

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

Fairs and festivals

Vivid Sydney
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Vivid Sydney

The largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere has an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events.

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Pyrmont Festival
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Pyrmont Festival

Pyrmont Festival brings together the charm of Mudgee and best of the city in a spectacular two-week spread of food, wine and art.

Sydney Writers’ Festival
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Sydney Writers’ Festival

In a week of talks, workshops and performances, the Sydney Writers’ Festival brings together more than 400 international and Australian writers from authors of best-selling fiction to TV scriptwriters and spoken word poets. Last year, outspoken poet-rapper-novelist Kate Tempest took the festival by storm after a memorable appearance on Q&A last year. Gloria Steinem gave a rousing keynote address on the progress of feminism at Sydney Town Hall, and author of A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara closed the week by asking: how much can a reader handle? The first speaker for this year’s program is Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci, who is giving a talk on satire at Sydney Town Hall on May 2. The full program will be available on Thursday April 6. Tickets for the 20th festival are on sale from 9am, Friday April 7.

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Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival returns under the curatorship of Nashen Moodley. There will be prizes awarded as usual for features, documentaries and short films.  Check back here for more details of the festival as they're released.

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Eight of the world’s most beautiful overwater villas
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Eight of the world’s most beautiful overwater villas

Overwater bungalows are famous across the world, and there's no guessing why – who wouldn't want to wake up in a house on stilts above some crystal clear turquoise water? For those seeking all out relaxation (and enviable Instagram snaps), take a peek inside eight of the world's best overwater bungalows.

Stockroom Restaurant and Stillery Cocktail Bar
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Stockroom Restaurant and Stillery Cocktail Bar

Surrounded by the retail and tree-lined streets of Double Bay is the InterContinental hotel, a charming destination whose marble and gold interiors house a restaurant and cocktail lounge that any passer-by can experience. Enter the hotel via the regal, winding marble staircase and try the gin-focused menu at the sophisticated Stillery lounge. Or sidle into Stockroom Restaurant for a seasonally-inspired menu utilising the best of local produce, and a casual atmosphere. With more than 100 varieties of rare, vintage and limited-edition gin and an innovative menu of aromatic G&Ts, Stillery is your place to start. Each of their unique G&Ts is elaborately garnished with botanicals matched to the base gin's flavour profile. A Gin Mare, for example, is a savoury Mediterranean sipper that arrives crowned by ripe basil leaves, rosemary twigs and a juicy cherry tomato with fever tree tonic, adding botanical-enhancing flavour and aromas. You can settle in here with a long list of gin cocktails and accompanying tasting plates or head to the adjoining dining room for more. Stockroom Restaurant is offering a three-course menu paired with a Stillery G&T for $69 per person this autumn. Stockroom Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Alex Vilches, has designed the menu to pair nicely with the flavours of gin. Dishes are made with floral elements in mind, like the glistening kingfish carpaccio which arrives dotted with crunchy black sesame and delicate edible flower petals, the fresh and light bites

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Redsalt Restaurant
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Redsalt Restaurant

Two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley’s Lovedale is a community well known for its produce and wineries (among them Wandin Valley Estate). It’s also the home of the Lovedale Long Lunch, where the region’s leading chefs and winemakers come together and work together once a year, sharing a table and freezer space. And it’s in Lovedale you’ll find the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, home to Redsalt – a restaurant showcasing the best of local produce all year round.  Redsalt’s menu is under the direction of executive chef James Ashton, taking his lead from the seasons and sourcing local ingredients. Free-range poultry hails from a farm across in Thirlmere, while leaves of red elk, rocket and spinach come, we’re told, “from Gloria” – a grower whose property you pass on the way in.  Among the starters, go for fois gras parfait, spread, country-style, across the sweet and soft brioche, which is baked in-house. Prawns grilled à la grecque come stacked over a cocktail sauce in the American Floridian style – a tomato base with horseradish, tarragon and a touch of mayo. Shrimp share the plate with softly charred cos lettuce that gives the dish smokiness, while pickled watermelon rind teases out the sweetness of the sauce.  Mains are built around a grill concept, with a feature dish by Ross Lusted from much-awarded Sydney restaurant the Bridge Room – a grilled Wagyu loin with spinach butter, bone marrow, heirloom carrots, dried morels and a stick veal jus. But today, it’s the dry-a

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Sculpture at Scenic World
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Sculpture at Scenic World

When art escapes the galleries and gets out into the landscape, magical things can happen. There’s nothing quite like trekking through a Jurassic-era rainforest, rounding a corner and suddenly spying a cloud of red snowballs, a mosaic of mirrors, a convoy of toy trucks, or a squadron of ninja koalas. That’s the appeal of Sculpture at Scenic World – the element of surprise, delight, to have our senses confounded, our minds provoked – and the reason why the event is enjoying a sixth season in 2017. The exhibition, which kicks off on April 7 and goes for just one month, brings another dimension to Scenic World in Katoomba, and makes a visit especially appealing for parents who want to expose their kids to art as well as the great outdoors.   Take the trip down the steepest railway in the world (the Scenic Railway), then make your way along Australia’s longest elevated boardwalk (the Scenic Walkway) to discover the exhibition. Thirty-five local, interstate and international artists have created works specifically to be installed in the rainforest along the Scenic Walkway. As part of this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World, there is a program of workshops for children called Sculpture for Small People that encourages kids to engage with the artists and their works. These are fun, educational workshops on Saturday and Sunday mornings that cost $15, including all materials, in which children can create their own artworks to take home – from ceramics and Easter Eggs to spider web