If you’re a great big Disney fanatic, or you know one (of any age), you’ll want to chase the white rabbit all the way to the Grounds of Alexandria for its latest themed takeover. A sparkling, neon-lit installation has taken over the picturesque venue’s gardens and laneways to celebrate the Walt Disney Company’s 100-year anniversary. From the classic cartoon Princess crew, to the curious creatures Alice met down in Wonderland, to Mickey and Minnie Mouse themselves – you’ll stumble across illuminations of tonnes of characters from the Disney universe. You can also take it to the next level, with Disney-themed cocktails and a pretty pastel cake making their way onto the menu. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Sydney (@timeoutsydney) You’ll need to pay a visit to one of the Grounds’ on-site eateries if you want to explore this nostalgia-heavy activation. During the day, the Grounds’ Cafe is open for brekkie, brunch or lunch (walk-ins are always welcome, but you can skip the queues by booking your table online). In the evenings, you can see the gardens sparkle when you book a table in the Potting Shed restaurant or attend an event at the Grounds. Hot tip: We reckon the decorations look their best at dusk and after dark. Disney at the Grounds is open now until April 2023 (yes, that means the Disney magic will be in full force for Valentine’s Day!). Want more pretty things? These are the best art exhibitions in Sydney.
The first month of the year kicks off with the return of the inimitable Sydney Festival, the all-immersive glowy wonders of Van Gogh Alive and the opening of the awe-inspiring and all-round astounding Sydney Modern project at the Art Gallery of NSW. These huge celebrations of culture are starting the year as we mean to go on, with the city bursting at the seams with music, art, theatre, dance and lectures. It's all looking up.
It's also a great time of year to get out and about, so be sure to check out the best walks in Sydney, marvel at the city skyline from these fab spots, or check out one of Sydney's best beaches. Can't decide which to visit? We've ranked the 50 best sandy stretches in the city.