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Fresh produce at Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Photograph: Daniel Boud

Things to do in Sydney this weekend

Whether you're staying in or hitting the road – we've got you covered.

By Maxim Boon and Divya Venkataraman
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Buckle up for the weekend, folks. Whether you're staying in or going out, we've got a whole lot of ideas to help you make the most of it. The much-loved Carriageworks markets returns, El Jannah opens its first drive-through, and you can finally try a long-awaited Disney-themed fine dining degustation

Itchy feet? Head out on your next road trip, or explore of these incredible national parks right by the city. When you're all tired out and ready for a drink, pick a spot from this list of our favourite bars and settle in for a nightcap.

P.S. Make sure to stick to appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures when you go out, as laid out by the WHO and the Australian Department of Health.

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People standing with champagne in front of a koala enclosure
Photograph: Supplied/Wild Life Sydney Zoo

1. Book out the entire zoo for dinner

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If you're looking for an evening that you'll be able to relay back to the grandkids in 2070, we've got you sorted. You can officially book out the entire Wild Life Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour for an evening for yourself and nine friends – and have the whole grounds as your very own personal playground for the night with a three-course dinner, too. The experience is $2000 for ten people, or $200 per person – a pittance when compared to the mileage you'll get out of those koala baby selfies. 

Fresh produce at Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Photograph: Daniel Boud

2. Head to the Carriageworks Farmers Market

Shopping Markets Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Hooray! The Carriageworks Farmers Market is back in action from this weekend. It'll be back as a 'shop and go' market – ut you'll be able to wander through and get your hands on artisanal cheese, hand-churned butter, fresh flowers and hot coffee, too. The market is open between 8am-1pm. 

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Food at Brighter Coffee
Photograph: Anna Kucera

3. Melt into one of the best cheese dishes in Sydney

Restaurants European

Burrata, brie or blue? Raclette or ribiola? Cheddar or comte? Would you like yours melted on pizza, pasta, potatoes and bread, or whipped into fluffy clouds for dessert? Whether you prefer it washed rind, runny, salty or sweet, there's a cheese dish for all moods and budgets in Sydney. Here's where to find some of the best. 

Plates of food at El Jannah
Photograph: Supplied

4. Hit up El Jannah's first drive-through

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With its much-heralded reputation for a crisp, hearty Lebanese charcoal chicken, chips and a fragrant garlic sauce, El Jannah has already set up shop across seven venues in Sydney. Now Smithfield will get a shopfront where you can order menu items like half and quarter chickens, rolls, burgers, platters, skewers and salads for takeaway and dine-in. 

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dish that appears to be logs with fire
Photograph: Supplied/Nel

5. Try this Disney-themed degustation

Restaurants Nel, Sydney

Slide on your glass slippers and get ready for a feast that will leave you feeling happily ever after. Affordable fine dining favourite Nel has reopened its doors for physically distanced dining and it's inviting you to experience return of a Disney-themed degustation. ‘Once Upon a Time’ involves eleven dishes with a nostalgia-inducing creative touch. 

Cottage next to lighthouse by the sea
Photograph: David Young

6. Book in to this lighthouse keeper's cottage in Byron Bay

News Transport & Travel

While there's a lot of uncertainty around at the moment, it's nice to lean into the odd escapist fantasy – like, for example, that of being a lighthouse keeper on the most easterly point of the country, doing honest toil and living a simple salt-of-the-earth life by the sea.  To make it a reality (if just for the weekend), you can book in to stay at one of two assistant lighthouse keeper's cottages at Byron Bay's lighthouse – yep, in those houses just metres from the lighthouse and the ocean. 

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Fried chicken on a plate at Goobne
Photograph: Supplied/Scott Ehler

7. Get your hands on bottomless Korean chicken and booze

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Korean fried chicken may have taken the world by storm, but a new Korean-style chook courtesy of Haymarket's Goobne is now taking the lead – it's hot, oven-roasted, and made without a single drop of oil. Goobne, meaning ‘oven-roasted’ in Korean, cooks its chicken at a piping hot 195 degrees Celsius, leaving it tender and crisp. Settle in for a bottomless evening of chicken wings and boozy drinks for $69 per person. 

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Macon Reed, ‘Eulogy For The Dyke Bar’, 2016. Installation and public programs series. Image courtesy: the artist

8. Check out a queer art exhibition in Paddington

Art UNSW Galleries, Paddington

A major new exhibition at the UNSW Galleries explores what ‘being together’ means for different queer subcultures – in Australia, internationally and across time. Perhaps the most visible feature of Friendship as a Way of Life is the foyer of UNSW Galleries, which American artist Macon Reed has transformed into a ‘Dyke Bar’ for the duration of the exhibition.

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Gelato scoop next to jar of Biscoff
Photograph: Supplied/Biscoff

9. Try this new Biscoff gelato

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Who says you can't eat gelato in winter? The master craftspeople at Gelatissimo have launched their special flavour for the month of August – and it's perfectly timed to meet the city's sudden obsession with all things Biscoff. Get yours at any of the Gelatissimo outlets around the city for the month of August. 

The Credeaux Canvas at the El Rocco room
Photograph: Supplied

10. Watch a risqué play at a Kings Cross theatre

Theatre Drama El Rocco Room, Potts Point

Sydney’s first “post-lockdown” theatre show is an intimate affair featuring betrayal, a love triangle, an art hoax, queer undertones, and full-frontal nudity.  We’ve become accustomed to seeing new theatre online and re-embracing cabaret with dinner and a show, but now up to 24 Sydneysiders can sit down (appropriately spaced, of course) to take in a full-length play in-person – and this is one you'll want to see in person. 

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Nadia Odlum working on her maze mural ‘I’ll meet you here again’
Photograph: Supplied

11. Explore public art in Parramatta

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You can take in a city stroll and get your art fix all in one go thanks to a new outdoor show curated by Parramatta Artists’ Studios. Parramatta by Foot assembles some of Western Sydney’s best emerging artists and challenges them to create footpath reflecting the rich diversity of the local community – like Nadia Odlum’s winding labyrinth work ‘I’ll Meet You Here Again’ in the Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library forecourt. 

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15 Centimeters Japanese cheesecake
Photograph: Supplied

13. Get a freshly baked Japanese cheesecake delivered to your house

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Outsource the time and effort required for pastry-cheffing by ordering a freshly baked Japanese cheesecake to your door from new Sydney business, 15 Centimeters. It’ll cost you $36 for the classic vanilla, or $38 for matcha, chocolate or Tahitian lime, and they require two days' notice to ensure your cake is ‘yakitate’, meaning 'freshly baked' to order. 

Nude model poses, she faces away from the camera holding a sparkly shawl in the air.
Photograph: Supplied/Camelot Lounge

14. Try live-drawing at the Camelart Club

Things to do Camelot Lounge, Marrickville

Marrickville’s intimate live music space the Camelot Lounge is opening back up the doors after lockdowns, and in good news for seasoned sketchers and newly minted hobbyists alike, it’s popular weekly life drawing sessions are back on. The Camelart Club kicks back off from Wednesday, July 29, downstairs in the quirky lounge room-like surrounds of Django @ Camelot. 

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Frango Edmondson Park exterior
Photograph: Supplied/Grace Photography

15. Hit up Sydney's first Portuguese charcoal chicken drive thru

Restaurants Portuguese Sydney

It’s an idea so good, it seems almost ludicrous that no one came up with it sooner. Courtesy of the chicken experts at Frango, Sydney now boasts the nation’s first Portuguese charcoal chook drive thru. Fans of flame-grilled piri piri goodness have been tucking into Frango’s meals for more than 30 years, ever since its flagship Petersham outlet fired up its trademark charcoal grill pit for the first time in 1989. 

Aziz Hazara, 'Bow Echo' at the MCA, Nirin
Photograph: Aziz Hazara

16. Check out the Biennale of Sydney 2020

Things to do

Every other year, the Biennale of Sydney transforms the city’s major creative institutions into an exhilarating showcase of the world's most exciting artists. Wiradjuri man Brook Andrew took the reins as the Biennale’s first Indigenous Australian artistic director this year, with the Wiradjuri word “Nirin” (edge) his theme for the 22nd iteration. 

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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel room with blue bed
Photograph: Supplied/Watson's Bay

17. Book in for a free night's stay-cay at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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With its glorious waterfront views and coastal-chic fit-out, you probably don't need a whole lot of convincing that booking a weekend enjoying the harbourside luxury of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is a good idea – but the fact that the team behind the hotel is offering guests two nights of accommodation when they book one is the gentle nudge of encouragement that might convince you to lock it in. 

green sea turtle swims in tank
Photograph: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

18. Say hi to Plugga the turtle at Sydney Aquarium

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is welcoming a brand new resident, and she’s a beauty. Weighing in at 120 kilograms and 75 centimetres long, Plugga is a rescued Australian Green Sea Turtle. This 30-year-old female moved to the Darling Harbour aquarium after a 534 kilometre, six-hour journey from Coffs Harbour – which was a complete success, according to the aquarium. Swing by and say hi. 

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Auburn Botanic Gardens
Photograph: Destination NSW

19. Visit a gorgeous public garden

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You might think that the difference between a park and garden is just a matter of semantics, but in truth, they’re altogether different spaces. Through an artful mix of creative landscaping and fabulous flora, they have the power to transport us, be that into another culture, an exotic climate, or simply a new state of mind. We’ve picked out seven of Sydney’s most beautiful gardens where you can stop and smell the roses.

Fondue skewer dripping with cheese
Photograph: Supplied/Swissotel

20. Sample authentic Swiss three-cheese fondue in the heart of Sydney

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When it comes to the perfect winter delicacies, it doesn't hurt to take some cues from our colder-weather cousins up in the northern hemisphere. This year, the Swissotel's Crossroads Bar has brought back its annual Swiss Fondue in a decadent three-cheese version, featuring a combination of gruyère, emmental and comte cheeses, which are blended together to create a lusciously rich combination.

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No-sew mask examples
Graphic: Time Out

21. Make your own no-sew face mask

News City Life

The latest health advice from the state government is now recommending that people in Sydney wear a face covering while out in public, particularly in crowded areas and on public transport. While face masks can be bought from chemists, hardware stores and some additional retailers, it's also pretty easy to make your own version at home. 

Band performs on stage at the Soda Factory
Photograph: Supplied/Soda Factory

22. Listen to live music at the Soda Factory

Things to do Soda Factory, Surry Hills

After months of aching absence, live music is back on Sydney.  Surry Hills’ retro vibed bar the Soda Factory is joining in on the fun with five nights a week of live music. The venue is hidden behind a vintage Coca-Cola fridge door in the phony storefront of ‘Bobby’s Boss Dogs’. While the decor says  jukebox vintage Americana, the live music line-up is firmly all about local and now. 

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Women with dogs
Photograph: Anna Kucera

23. Feed your pup for free on Sundays

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If you're a dog owner, you've been a long-time recipient of unwavering adoration, tail wags upon entry, and licks just when you need them – and now, it's time to give your pooch a little something back. Tucked away on Bourke Street, Surry Hills' most dog-friendly hangout, The Carrington, has the answer: whenever you buy a (human) meal on Sundays throughout July, you'll get a free meal for your pup as well.  

Sydney Seaplanes Empire Lounge
Photograph: Supplied

24. Watch seaplanes take off while you brunch

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For a particularly photogenic kind of brunch this weekend, head over to the Rose Bay Empire Lounge, where you can watch seaplanes take off and land at the marina nearby while you linger over your latte and pick at platters laden with brunch-time goodies. For a reasonable $30 per person, you'll be served warm, fresh sourdough, patisserie picks, spreads, olives, haloumi chips, shakshuka, fresh honeycomb and an assortment of cheeses, crackers, house-made pickles and dips. 

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Elioth Gruner 'Spring frost' 1919, Art Gallery of NSW
Photograph: Supplied

25. Fieldwork: Landscapes West of Sydney

Art Paintings Multiple venues

The Art Gallery of NSW’s latest travelling exhibition, Fieldwork, goes west in more ways than one. Collecting late 19th to mid-20th-century works that beautifully render the landscapes of Sydney’s western suburbs, the Hawkesbury River and the Blue Mountains, the collection will also physically head west. Fieldwork will mark the grand reopening of the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery on July 18. 

Three cats lounging on a fluffy blanket
Photograph: Supplied/Catmosphere

26. Have a feline time at Sydney's cat café

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Sydney’s only cat café is doing a big pussycat stretch after taking a prolonged nap and is ready to welcome back human guests. “You can’t really disinfect a cat,” owner Darren told Time Out.  If snuggling up with a cup of coffee and a brood of fluffy new friends sounds pretty good to you, it’s about time you got down to Catmosphere, now that it's serving coffee and offering cat cuddles again.  

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Untied cocktail
Photograph: Alana Dimou

27. Book in for soul brunch on this Barangaroo rooftop

Bars Pubs Barangaroo

This modern Australian rooftop bar located smack bang in the middle of Barangaroo is all about slinging tropical cocktails in an open-air environment. On Saturdays, Untied hosts a Southern-inspired 'Brunch with Soul', featuring live soul singers across two sittings, at 11am and 2pm for $79 per person. On Sundays, things get a little more plant-based, with an all-vegan bottomless brunch on Sundays across the same sitting times, for $69. It's enough to entice even your most carnivorous friends. 

Igloo on harbour
Photograph: Supplied/Pier One

28. Snuggle up in an igloo on the pier

Things to do Pop-up locations Pier One Sydney Harbour, Dawes Point

These cosy, fancy igloos are draped in furs and filled with hearty winter feasts for you and your crew of winter city explorers. The pop-up experience has been run by hotel Pier One in winters past, and they'll again be setting up igloos on their wharf that cater for up to 10 people. The ‘Hot Tub Igloo' sits on a balcony with sweeping harbour views, where you'll get your own private bathroom and two-and-a-half-hours to soak up the scenery. 

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Happy Place Live Nation 2020 supplied
Photograph: Live Nation/supplied

29. Go to your Happy Place

Things to do Pop-up locations Broadway Shopping Centre, Glebe

If there's something we Sydneysiders could do with a decent dose of right now, it'd be pure, unadulterated joy. The Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit of boldly colourful, immersive environments is back from Friday, July 3 – just in time for the school holidays, too. 

Cheese and wine in a row
Photograph: Supplied/Revolution box

30. Get cheesy raclette and fondue kits delivered to your door

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Get your Frenchy fix with boxes of wine, cheese and other goodies delivered to your door. Vive la révolution indeed, especially if it's this cheesy.  Now, the crucial question: which box will you choose? Kits contain allthe ingredients you need to make fondue or raclette – or simply treat yourself to a selection of wine and cheeses from the full range online. 

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BridgeClimb 01
Photograph: Supplied

31. Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge for cheap(er)

Museums The Rocks

Hoorah! Sydney Bridgeclimb is open to the public again. Yes, you have to wear an unflattering grey jumpsuit –  but if climbing the fourth-longest single-span steel arch bridge in the world is a should-see for out-of-towners and visiting celebrities (Oprah, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake have all opted in), then it’s an absolute can’t-miss for locals. Plus, they'll be offering discounted rates on climbs until Sunday, July 19. 

People walking outside on street at Dendy Cinema Newtown
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

32. Catch a movie at the Dendy

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A fixture of Newtown's King Street, the much-loved independent cinemas at Dendy Newtown are open again from July 9. Plus, with its proximity to the Inner West's best eateries, you don't have to wander far for a pre-movie meal or post-movie nightcap. Check out Icelandic dark-humoured drama A White, White Day or Elisabeth Moss's new biopic Shirley, about a horror writer who finds inspiration in her new houseguest. 

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Three drag queens pose on stage in brightly coloured dresses
Photograph: Supplied/Universal/Bruno Lozich

33. Sashay in for drag and dinner on Oxford Street

Things to do Universal, Darlinghurst

It’s a little bit fancy, a little bit saucy, and a whole lot of fabulousness. There’s a brand-new dinner and show in town, and it's a Premiere, darling.  Oxford Street stalwart Universal is back in business, with an immersive dining experience featuring performances from some of the city’s most seasoned drag queens, a gourmet three-course dinner and bottomless bevvies. 

Avoca Vale Lookout, Blue Mountains
Photograph: Destination NSW

34. Get away from the city

Travel Short getaways

International travel may be a distant dream, and for the time being, interstate jaunts are off the cards. But in NSW, you don’t need to travel far to make a couple of nights away feel like a proper holiday. Whether you’re in the mood for a beach break, a hike in the mountains, or an escape to the country, we’ve found a host of getaway destinations that are easily accessible from Sydney. Need to squeeze your excursion into a day? These are the best day trips from Sydney.

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Eileen's Bar
Photograph: Steven Woodburn/Supplied

35. Check out the Four Pillars Gin Lab

News Bars & Pubs

While Sydney’s hospitality sector has been in hibernation, the Four Pillars team has been hard at work creating a sophisticated new gin joint in the heart of Surry Hills. The venue has three distinct parts: its street-facing gin shop, which has been trading since the end of May; its ‘Gin Lab’, where workshops on the botanical intricacies of gin making will be hosted; and Eileen’s, an intimate cocktail bar. It's gin o'clock. 

Incu Stores at The Galeries CBD
Photograph: Supplied

36. Snag a bargain at Incu's new outlet store

News Style & Shoppng

During lockdown, Sydney's fashion set was reduced to trying on outfits only for mirror selfies, or extravagantly accessorising above the shoulders for Zoom calls – but there's a shining light now on the horizon. Cult fashion boutique Incu opened up their latest Sydney store in Rosebery, where you can get up to 60 per cent off your favourite chic labels. 

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Untied cocktail
Photograph: Alana Dimou

37. Try an all-vegan bottomless brunch

Bars Pubs Barangaroo

This modern Australian rooftop bar located smack bang in the middle of Barangaroo is all about slinging tropical cocktails in an open-air environment. On Saturdays, Untied hosts a Southern-inspired 'Brunch with Soul', featuring live soul singers across two sittings, at 11am and 2pm for $79 per person. On Sundays, things get a little more plant-based, with an all-vegan bottomless brunch on Sundays across the same sitting times, for $69. It's enough to entice even your most carnivorous friends. 

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Bowl of noodles with egg and truffle on top
Photograph: Devon Cafe

39. Head out for these truffle-based dishes

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Some love 'em and some hate 'em, but either way, truffles (the pungent, forest-dwelling kind, not the chocolatey rum-laced kind) have embedded themselves into the consciousness of Sydney's dining scene as the ultimate wintery delicacy. Devon Café has launched an all-new truffle menu at its Surry Hills, Barangaroo and North Sydney locations, Goodfields Café has one of its own, and you can even get truffle dumplings at New Shanghai. 

Shaun Gladwell, 'Planet and stars sequence: Barrier Highway' 2009 (video still),
Photograph: Shaun Gladwell

40. See Under the Stars at AGNSW

Art Galleries Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Under the Stars highlights our shared understandings of the night sky. Highlighting the commonalities and connections in our shared attempts to understand the sky above our place in relation to it, the exhibition has a particular a focus on Indigenous knowledge. It presents an opportunity to explore, engage and educate at a time when discussions surrounding the 250 years since Captain Cook’s arrival have sparked great debate, as further highlighted by the Black Lives Matter marches. Under the tars includes the work of artists like Lindy Lee, Mick Kubarkku and Shaun Gladwell. Shining a light on complex ideas, it also centres the idea that the night sky is an expanse that is not owned, and that connects us all. The free exhibition runs until sometime next year.

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A pair of feet in ice skates on a rink
Photograph: Pixabay/Manfred Richter

41. Lace up and go ice skating

Things to do Ice skating

While some of our favourite icy pop-ups are taking a hiatus this winter, permanent rinks are beginning to frost back up in anticipation of visitors. Make sure you check in with your local rink before racing on down in your bedazzled unitard – not all are opening at once, and new rules mean you'll likely need to pre-book and/or have your temperature checked before hitting the ice, and spectators are likely to either incite a visitor fee or be barred completely. That said, there's icy fun in Sydney for the whole family to practice their ice skating twirls, double axles and graceful tumbles. 

Bubbletent, Capertee Valley
Photograph: Supplied/Destination NSW

42. Head out on one of these wintery getaways

Travel

Australia has always existed in the popular imagination as the slip-slop-slap land of sun, sea and snags. But our backyard isn't just worth frolicking around in the summertime. From the majestic, crisp peaks of the Blue Mountains to the bucolic vineyards of Mudgee, we've rounded up some of our favourite cold-weather destinations to travel to from Sydney. 

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a stallholder holds up a cardboard box filled with fruit and vegetables
Photograph: Supplied/Cambridge Markets

43. Head to the Cambridge Farmers Markets

Shopping

From June 13, every Wednesday and Saturday you can pick up a bag of crunchy carrots, loaf of warm sourdough and an armful of flowers at EQ’s Cambridge Markets. There are about 40 stallholders at each market peddling gourmet cheeses, ripe cherry tomatoes and piping hot gozleme. It’s a broad mix of retailers, from fruit and veggie stalls to children’s clothing and French linen. You can also get your hands on certified organic fruit and vegetable boxes from from Block11 Organics, third-generation farmers with farms in central western New South Wales and the Hawkesbury. 

People painting on canvas and drinking wine.
Photograph: Supplied

44. Paint and sip with Cork and Canvas

Things to do Classes and workshops Cork and Canvas Crows Nest, Crows Nest

As the city opens back up, Cork and Canvas are inviting us back into the studio again. That’s right, you can dip your brush and wet your whistle in public once more at their Crows Nest and Darlinghurst sip and paint studios, with classes having started up again in early June. Most classes run from Wednesday through Saturday nights, with afternoon sessions on Sundays and some Saturdays, starting at $55 including materials (just BYO wine and snacks). 

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Whale breaching
Photograph: Unsplash/Todd Cravens

45. Head to a lookout point to watch whales

Things to do Walks and tours

Hark! What's that? If it's winter in Sydney and you're standing by the sea, it could very well be the most majestic creature of the sea popping up to say hello – and, y'know, breathe. In Sydney, winter is your best bet to catch a glimpse of some humpback whales, as 20,000 of them make moves along the New South Wales coastline between May to August. Head to one of these lookouts to with your camera and binoculars in tow capture some blowholes spouting.

Cheese melting off a wheel
Photograph: Unsplash/Claudio Schwarz

46. Settle in for all-you-can-eat raclette

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Our basest instincts are piqued at the idea of anything slapped with an "all-you-can-eat" label. When that something is cheese-based, all bets are off. Surry Hills southern French style restaurant, Loluk Bistro is dishing out raclette – giant wheels of cheese which are melted over a flame until the cheese begins to ooze off its wheel – generously drizzled over vegetables, potatoes, salad and plates piled with charcuterie including bresaola, saucisson, coppa, ham and prosciutto. Plus, you can keep ordering more. 

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Garie Beach in the Royal National Park
Photograph: CC/Dimitri Koussa

47. Check out the best national parks to explore near Sydney

Attractions Parks and gardens

Cities are amazing, but every now and then, it feels good to slow down, escape the urban jungle and get back to nature. Fortunately, you won’t have to travel very far to find yourself surrounded by verdant greenery and soothing solitude as you explore one of many national parks that can be found on Sydney's fringes. Next time you need a break from the pace of city living, we suggest you take a trip to one of these lush and leafy retreats within 100km of the CBD. 

Jacaranda tress at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Photograph: Destination NSW

48. Wander around a green space

Attractions Parks and gardens

Whether you're looking to go for a run, walk your dog, have a sedate picnic or just take a break from your four walls, these are the parks to visit. Remember to continue to practice physical distancing as much as you can while you're outdoors. 

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Man holding bagel with cream cheese
Photograph: Supplied/Brooklyn Boy Bagels

49. Pick up New York-style bagels in Marrickville

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None of us are travelling to New York anytime soon, but you can still get yourself a true taste of the Big Apple with Brooklyn Boy Bagels' new carpark set-up. Drop in, grab a box of bagels (as well as some lox and schmear), and cruise on back home.  Brooklyn Boy's got all the bagels you could want: plain, blueberry, sesame, poppy seed and, just as you'd find in a bodega in the boroughs, an everything bagel scattered with poppy, sesame and caraway seeds. 

Diner with people inside
Photograph: Supplied/Blacktown Skyline Drive In

50. Check out Blacktown's drive-in cinema

News City Life

The Sky Line Drive In in Blacktown is open again to the public, with a whole season's worth of cinematic programming to keep you coming back for more. Blacktown's drive-in cinema will be screening a wonderful mish-mash of the best blockbusters, cult classics and throwback family flicks – including Frozen II, The Goonies, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, Grease and more. The drive-in cinema will be open Thursday through to Sunday each week. 

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Three people pose against a pink flamingo wallpaper, they are holding red feather fans in front of them and wearing lingire.
Photograph: Katia Schwartz

51. Take a burlesque class online

News City Life

Sky Sirens Academy of Burlesque, Pole Dance & Aerial Artistry in Surry Hills is a place where people across Sydney have converged to learn new skills and reclaim their own sensuality. While the studio has temporarily closed its doors, it's released a suite of online classes: unleash your inner flapper, try some burlesque, improve your flexibility, or polish up your freestyle showgirl moves. 

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