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Things to do in Sydney this week

Wondering what to do this week? Our list will guide you in the right direction

By Alannah Maher

Spring is in the air, Alfresco street dining has launched in the Rocks, and there's plenty of exciting things to do in Sydney right now. While physical distancing and precautions remain in place, you can still get out and enjoy the city while staying safe and healthy. 

It's prime time to support local businesses and explore Sydney's neighbourhoods, and we're helping you to do that with our Love Local neighbourhood guides. Discover hidden gems from Paddington to Blacktown, including the so-hot-right-now Marrickville, which cracked the top 10 of Time Out's coolest neighbourhoods worldwide.

Health guidelines are strongly advising people in Sydney to wear a mask where you cannot keep 1.5 metres from others, and we've rounded up where to buy masks locally. If you'd prefer to stay in, there are plenty of experiences pivoting to delivery and to the digital realm – allowing you to keep entertained, stay connected to the city and support local businesses. We've covered the best things to do at home.

RECOMMENDED: Sydney's social distancing rules explained and how to go out safely.

Things to do in Sydney this week

People on tables at bar
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2. Settle in for a mid-week escape at this CBD courtyard bar

Bars Since I Left You, Sydney

This fortnightly Wednesday night event from Since I Left You transports you to a different, far-flung corner of the world through the particular, evocative magic of cooking and mixology. Local producer Jonce will be roping in his friends to provide the evening's soundtrack, with a new, live Sydney musician taking the stage for each event. 

Annette Innis 'Sydney Opera House' Art from Trash 2020
Photograph: Supplied

3. See treasures transformed from trash at this exhibition

Art Galleries 107 Projects, Redfern

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, right? That’s the case for the ingeniously inventive artists celebrated by the Bower Reuse and Repair Centres. After a spell at the Parramatta outpost, their second annual Art from Trash moves into Redfern’s 107 Projects spot from October 16.

Film still from Disney's Aladdin, Jasmine and Aladdin ride on a magic carpet.
Photograph: Disney/Aladdin

4. Catch Disney classics from the comfort of your car

Film Family Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta

Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium will play host to the Disney+ Drive-in, firing up the projector from October 22. They'll play a selection of classic animated tales and more recent live-action remakes – including The Lion KingAladdinBeauty and the Beast – plus Marvel’s silliest superhero throwdowns. Of course, there will also be hyperdrive forays into a galaxy far, far away, offering a little something for everyone.  

Pizza, pasta and gnocchi with burrata on top
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5. Feast on seven courses that celebrate soft, stretchy burrata

Things to do Food and drink Multiple venues

You're about to get all the burrata you can handle when Salt Meats Cheese hosts their burrata night on Tuesday October 20. Each of the four Sydney venues will be offering a one-night only menu dedicated to burrata, with seven dishes starring the diva cheese. 

‘A Terrible Beauty’ by Tania McMurty on the Pier at Q Station
Photograph: Supplied/Les Sculptures Refusées

6. Scope out Sculpture by the Sea's rejects at this open air exhibition

Art Sculpture and installations Q Station, Manly

In a nutshell (a seashell?), Les Sculptures Refusées showcases the 'rejects' from Sculpture by the Sea. Some of Australia’s best sculptors will be on show at this open air exhibition situated at the historic Q Station in Manly. While we wait on new dates for the original seaside art stroll, this is our best alternative.


Former INXS lead singer Ciaran Gribbin poses with a guitar in front of bright graffiti
Photograph: Supplied/Johnny D Photography

7. See an intimate performance from a former INXS frontman

Music Rock and indie The Vanguard, Newtown

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ciaran Gribbin to stepped into the enormous shoes left by Michael Hutchence in 2011, becoming the new lead singer of legendary Australian band INXS. He’ll perform an intimate gig at the Vanguard in Newtown on Saturday, October 24.

Table with pink chairs

8. Have a very fancy dinner and drink pairing at the Langham

Restaurants The Langham Sydney, Millers Point

The Kitchens on Kent dinner series celebrates the return of the Langham's in-house eatery after months of shutdown. Elegant, inimate five-course degustations take place on Thursdays each fortnight, and each course comes paired with drinks – just not those you'd expect. 

Lindy Lee's bronze, liquid-like globule sculpture 'Unnameable’
Photograph: Anna Kucera

11. Celebrate the 40-year career of one of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists

Art Galleries Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Rocks

The MCA is back in a big way, and it's fully embracing the new normal, throwing focus on Australian artists. It’s in this spirit that we get absolutely spoiled with a cracking retrospective of Lindy Lee’s exhilarating career. Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop celebrates the Australian-Chinese artist’s genius, nimbly dancing through four decades of jaw-dropping creativity crossing mediums and cultures.

Tables against a window wth red curtains
Photograph: Supplied/La Rosa

12. Head to the Strand Arcade for a pop-up British and Mediterranean fusion feast

Restaurants La Rosa Bar and Pizza, Sydney

At Italian stalwart Pendolino's more casual younger sibling restaurant, La Rosa, a new pop-up steakhouse celebrates the best of British cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean pizzaz. Milan Cricket Club will be dishing up plates like Scotch egg with Oxford sauce; raw beef on dripping toast; grilled tongue on anchovy; whole flounder with green sauce and lemon; and a pig's head schnitzel.

Wendy Sharpe's portrait of Magda Szubanski
Photograph: Supplied/AGNSW

14. See some famous faces at the Archies

Art Galleries Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Australia’s most prestigious arts prizes are back in a big way from Saturday, September 26, after being postponed by you-know-what. The show-stopping Archibald Prize is always a huge event on Sydney’s cultural scene, accompanied by the Wynne and Sulman prizes. This year's finalists give a glimpse into a colourful cross-section of contemporary Australian culture.

Fresh oysters with vinaigrette and lemon on ice.
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15. Feast on oysters at this shuck-ing marvellous celebration

Things to do Food and drink The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, The Rocks

It's the eigth year of the Morrison Oyster Festival and Sydney still can't seem to get enough of those tasty little bivalves. During the month of October, the inner city restaurant and bar will boast oysters from 50 regions around Australia. Oyster Hour is back with $1.50 oysters from 6-7pm daily, and the weekend holds two-hour sessions of unlimited sparkling wine to accompany a dozen freshly shucked sea babies.

'Superheroes' by Griffin Theatre
Photograph: Prudence Upton

16. See Griffin Theatre's first post-lockdown play

Theatre Drama Seymour Centre, Darlington

Superheroes is a play about two women on opposite sides of the world living small lives in a time of big politics. Written by Mark Rogers, it's a comfort for Sydney theatregoers to see Griffin continue its legacy of staging new Australian works. 

Re-Claimed at the Clock Hotel
Photograph: Supplied/Solotel

17. Head to a Surry Hills drinking den for a neon-lit, gin-inspired art installation

Bars Clock Hotel, Surry Hills

A multi-sensory, immersive art installation is transforming the Clock Hotel’s gin garden into an oasis of sound, light and spirits. Re-claimed is a collaboration between Sydney artist Sam Whiteside and creative studio Babekuhl. In addition to the installation itself, there will also be a series of live performances, masterclasses and limited-edition cocktails on offer.

Dining table at Aria
Photograph: Anna Kucera

18. Try out a fun (and more affordable) take on fine dining from two Sydney heavyweights

Restaurants Aria, Sydney

Enigmatically dubbed 'Maybe Aria', a new collaboration between suave CBD bar Maybe Sammy and the inimitable Aria looks set to spice up the mid-week drinks during the month of October. Each Wednesday, the skillful mixologists of Maybe Sammy will take up residence in Aria's abode on the shores of Sydney Harbour, to mix up some fancy cocktails designed to pull you over the week's hump.

Sunset Drive-In Cinema Ku-Ring-Gai
Photograph: Supplied/Sunset Drive-In Cinema

19. Meet me at the drive-in

Film St Ives Showground, St Ives

The latest addition to the Sydney's wave of socially distanced outdoor picture palaces, at the St Ives Showgrounds, has arrived just in time for a night of supernatural scares. There's a huge program ofmovies on offer throughout October, including feel-good classics, brand new blockbusters, and a horror-ific double bill on Halloween.

Food at Cabrones Taqueria
Photograph: Supplied/the Marly

20. Feast on big mac tacos at this Mexican pop-up in Newtown

Bars Pub dining The Marlborough Hotel, Newtown

While not all tacos are created equal, we’re willing to bet the new pop-up restaurant at the Marly in Newtown is dishing out some of the best you’ll find on this side of the globe. Hashtag Burgers, the name behind the infamous Nameless Bar and Sydney’s OTT burger festival Burgapalooza, has teamed up with Mexican-born chef Juan Carlos to create Cabrones Taqueria.

 Machiko Motoi's simple clay vases are traced with detailed linework
Photograph: Supplied

21. Be inspired by Bankstown's best artists

Art Bankstown Arts Centre, Bankstown

While the city-wide Biennale of Sydney may have wrapped up, Bankstown Arts Centre has announced the smaller but perfectly formed inaugural Bankstown Biennale. It’s a celebration of the creative output of 20 Sydney-based artists.

Wayne Blair and Hugo Weaving in costume in Angus Cerini’s Wonnangatta
Photograph: Rene Vaile

22. Unravel an Australian gothic mystery at STC's new show

Theatre Drama Roslyn Packer Theatre, Millers Point

Hugo Weaving and Wayne Blair co-star in this haunting new play marking Sydney Theatre Co's first post-lockdown production. The play explores the 1917 Wonnangatta murders from the perspective of two friends of the victim. Played by Weaving and Blair, the men arrive on a farm to visit their friend, Jim Barclay. When he's nowhere to be seen, they set out for answers, and for justice. 

Bar 83
Photograph: Supplied/Robert Walsh

23. Check out Sydney's new sky high revolving bar

Bars Sydney

The vibe of the top-to-bottom refurbishment of Sydney Tower’s top floor, now home to the loftiest cocktail lounge in the city, is not so much a nod to the ‘60s as it is a full-throated power ballad to the kitschest, campest, most swinging design trends of the age. Sitting 83 storeys above street level, Bar 83's transformation is something to see.

Green apple
Photograph: Unsplash/Aaron Burden

24. Celebrate the legacy of the Granny Smith apple at this dedicated festival

Things to do Around Sydney, Sydney

The Granny Smith Festival is all about chance and the luck of little acts (just like the story behind the humble apple variety, which was actually developed in Sydney). For this year's festival you can catch some outdoor flicks at a drive-in cinema over the weekend of October 3 - 4, see an artist's work take over Eastwood plaza, and check out a whole raft of online events.

Band plays at Mary's Underground
Photograph: Tom Wilkinson

25. Get toe-tapping at these places where you can see live musicians


While big stadium concerts are on hiatus for now, music is playing in more intimate venues across the city. Sydney now has a crop of nightspots bringing musicians back to the stage for reimagined, physically distanced gigs. Check out our list and get ready have a (seated) shimmy to jazz, rock or soul.

Cakes and wine High tea at Langham Hotel
Photograph: Supplied

27. Pass the scones at one of Sydney's best high teas

Restaurants Tea rooms

Do you love cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones with jam and cream and tiered plates of petit fours? Sydney is obsessed with high tea, and with good reason – we know how to bake a good scone. Once you pair them with beautiful harbour views, like at the Mosman Barracks, or cultivated gardens at historic Vaucluse House, and throw in a cheeky glass of Champagne – you've got yourself an aspirational afternoon of leisure.

A painting of a dark blue boxy car on a sandy beach with big surf in a blue ocean and a huge cloud in a big blue sky
Photograph: Supplied/Hiroshi Nagai

28. Be charmed by the pop art of Hiroshi Nagai

Art Drawings Japan Foundation, Chippendale

Check out glorious highlights of the beloved Japanese illustrator's prolific 40-year career in a retrospective hosted by the Japan Foundation in Chippendale. There are pieces on show from his ‘80s heyday right up until now, with Nagai as prolific and successful an artist as ever. 

Pixar Putt
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29. Play putt putt with Buzz and Woody

Things to do Games and hobbies Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta

You can face off with your foes (we mean, friends) at a new pop-up putt putt experience in Parramatta these school holidays. A Disney Pixar-themed mini-golf course is now landing at the Bank West Stadium on September 25, supplying reams of nostalgic putt putt fun.

Dry ice and plates on food on a table
Photograph: Supplied/Hello Auntie

30. Feast on chilled caviar and flowing Spritzes at this new bottomless brunch

News Restaurants

Hello Auntie's luxurious new bottomless brunch at it's Darling Sqaure eatery is designed to have you feeling like you've spent beyond your means. Feast on a menu of delicacies like bo tai (aged beef tartare with caviar) and ca hoi tai (cured salmon with crème fraiche, tamarind gel and Jerusalem artichoke) – all for $70 per person. There's only one sitting each Saturday, between noon and 2pm.

Pink food on a table
Photograph: Supplied/Daniel San

31. Think pink with this feast inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival

Restaurants Daniel San, Manly

The team behind Manly's modern Japanese eatery Daniel San has decided to mock up its own version of a pink-hued sakura paradise. From late September and for the whole month of October, the airy beachside venue will transform into a blushing floral bower, decked out with thousands of cherry blossom stems to emulate the two weeks in spring when the streets of Japan are filled with blooming cherry trees.

Rood Food at the Imperial Erskineville
Photograph: Supplied/The Imperial Erskineville

32. Be titillated by this X-rated dinner and drag show

Things to do The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville

The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville is back with its super saucy drag 'n' dine experience, Rood FoodThis multi-course dinner paired with an adults-only drag revue is not for the faint of heart (BYO pearls to clutch). Dine on suggestive dishes that will make you blush and be entertained with a comedic show by the Impy's resident drag queens. 

Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
Photograph: Supplied

33. Catch some classic queer cinema at the Dendy

Film Film festivals Dendy Newtown, Newtown

The Dendy Newtown is running a five-week Rainbow Retrospective of awesome queer cinema from September 24. Catch schlocky cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as masterclasses in yearning like Call Me By Your Name, or Our Cate bedazzling Rooney Mara in Todd Haynes’ impeccable drama Carol, Céline Sciamma's lush Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight.

A silhouetted person in front of a huge projection of Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night
Photograph: Supplied

34. See the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh brought to life with this mind-blowing immersive exhibition

Art Digital and interactive Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

The triumph and the tragedy of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh has captivated people worldwide, with his art speaking to audiences far beyond the normal gallery-hopping set. Now Sydneysiders can soak up the sweeping, soaring beauty of works like ‘Vase with Twelve Sunflowers’ and ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’ at unimaginable scales.

Woman dressed in robes pouring a liquid into a cauldron.
Photograph: Supplied/The Wizards Cauldron

35. Enter a wizarding world of cocktails and clues

Things to do Wonderland, Potts Point

While you won’t find the greasy-haired potions masters or famed boy wizards at this creative drinking experience in Kings Cross, you will have a lot of fun if you’re keen on the occult. Brew devilish concoctions in your cauldron – but not before you implore the skills of dark sorcery to unlock your potion ingredients in an escape room style challenge. 

Person holding a terrarium
Photograph: Supplied/Little Succers

36. Build your own adorable, living terrarium

Things to do Around Surry Hills, Surry Hills

For those born without the gift of a green thumb, Little Succers' range of cute, deliverable DIY terrariums featuring hardy succulents were a godsend. While in-person classes were halted for much of the year due to restrictions, you can book in to the build-your-own-terrarium bar at Little Succers' Surry Hills studio from mid-September. 

Wall of flowers
Photograph: Supplied/RBG

37. Surround yourself with 20,000 dazzling flowers

Things to do The Calyx, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens' light-filled glasshouse, the Calyx, is back in action with a brand new floral display called In Bloom. With more than 20,000 flowers in a dizzying array of colours, it's a spectacle to be seen.

A solitary paddleboarder on the sea
Photograph: Tim Vanderhoy/Unsplash

38. Try out the best physically distant activities for spring

Things to do

This spring will have to look a little different to previous years. While many social restrictions across Sydney have been relaxed or lifted in recent months, the virus is still present in our communities. Fortunately, there are plenty of springtime activities in Sydney that make the most of the great outdoors while still allowing for physical distancing – so give these a try, and enjoy spring in safety.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair
Photograph: Destination NSW

40. Soak up the scenery at the nine most beautiful lookouts near Sydney

Things to do

For a sizable chunk of 2020, the nicest view most of us could hope for was the one through our living room window. So, since we’re allowed to roam free across the state once more, we reckon it’s about time you levelled-up your vista. Just cop an eyeful of these breathtaking sights in and around Sydney, then start planning your next day trip to behold them IRL.

Drawing in colours
Photograph: Supplied/Pier One

41. Learn something new with these posh crafty cocktail events

Things to do Pier One Sydney Harbour, Dawes Point

Harbourside hotel Pier One is putting on a new series of creative classes in conjunction with some renowned local brands. On Saturdays you can get arty over brunch, and on Sundays you can learn flower arranging with brunch then wield the brush as you master makeup over sunset cocktails. 

North Sydney Olympic Pool
Photograph: City of Sydney

42. Take a lap

Things to do

There's no reason your swim time should suffer when the sun isn’t shining. The Harbour City has several excellent indoor and outdoor heated pools which operate year-round, and after a lengthy shutdown as new safety protocols were hammered out, most of them have now reopened to the public. Here’s our pick of the best of the bunch you can visit right now.

dish featuring red toadstools
Photograph: Supplied/Nel

43. Refuse to grow up at this fancy Disney-inspired degustation

Restaurants Nel, Sydney

Slide on your glass slippers, affordable fine dining fave Nel has reopened its doors for physically distanced dining and they’re inviting you to be their guest with the return of a Disney-themed degustation. ‘Once Upon a Time’ involves eleven dishes with a nostalgia-inducing creative touch.

 Lauren and Kass Hernandez with their work 'The Divide'
Photograph: Lauren and Kass Hernandez

44. Check out this exhibition that celebrates Asian-Australian culture

Art Galleries 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket

The 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has reopened its Haymarket gallery space with a cutely named exhibition series. Holding Patterns is a revolving show that champions the cultural contribution of four artists in a time of crisis, showcasing adaptability in the face of disruption.

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

46. Say hi to ‘Plugga’ the turtle at Sydney's Aquarium

News City Life

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. 

Two women laugh as they sculpt clay with wine and cheese on the table
Photograph: Supplied/Clay Sydney

47. Get your hands dirty at this ceramics studio

Things to do Enmore

Clay Sydney’s new Enmore studio offers chilled-out one-off workshops suitable for total beginners as well as short courses covering wheel-throwing, hand-building, firing and glazing techniques for the clay-curious. If you fancy learning the basics while throwing back a bevvie, the wine and clay night might just be up your alley. 

Fresh produce at Carriageworks Farmers Markets
Photograph: Daniel Boud

48. Check out one of the best markets in Sydney

Shopping Markets

To market, to market? Whether it’s the promise of brekky pho or the racks of vintage threads that gets you out of bed in the morning, these are the markets that we've been itching to get back to, with their local produce, creative wares and delicious snacks.

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

49. Sharpen your pencil for this popular life-drawing night

Things to do Camelot Lounge, Marrickville

In good news for seasoned sketchers and newly minted hobbyists alike, the Camelot Lounge's popular mid-week life drawing sessions are back on. Have your pencil at the ready as a nude model takes to the stage for two sets of artistic posing between 6.30pm and 8.15pm. 

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

50. Explore queer kinship at this heartfelt exhibition

Art UNSW Galleries, Paddington

The notion of ‘family’ has long been a cornerstone of queer identity and a major new exhibition at the UNSW Galleries explores what ‘being together’ means for different queer subcultures – in Australia, internationally and across time. The work of 15 artists (or artist collaborations), along with a series of films, plus material from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, has been compiled for the exhibition.

Interior of Sydney Jewish Museum
Photograph: Supplied/Sydney Jewish Museum

51. Expand your world view at the Sydney Jewish Museum

Museums Darlinghurst

If you haven't visited this Darlinghurst Museum, it's about time you did. There is a misunderstanding that the Jewish Museum is only meant for Jewish people to visit, or only of interest to WWII buffs. In reality, the museum’s mission is to make history accessible through the lens of the Jewish experience, and in doing so, help us to understand our present. Check out new exhibitions like Jews from Islamic Lands while you're there.

Easy hikes in Sydney
Photograph: Destination NSW

52. Take a hike with the best easy day hikes near Sydney

Sport and fitness Walks

There are plenty of opportunities near Sydney for novice hikers to experience the great outdoors without trekking too far from civilisation. In the national parks that sit on the city’s fringes, you'll find several wonderful hikes that are perfect for those who prefer a relaxed amble to a major expedition.

Hilltops region
Photograph: Destination NSW

53. Plan a trip to the most underrated holiday destinations in NSW


International borders look set to remain sealed until at least next year and restrictions on interstate travel are still in effect for much of the country. Fortunately, there's a wealth of great getaway options right here in New South Wales ready and waiting to receive eager holidaymakers. 

BridgeClimb 01
Photograph: Supplied

54. Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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, then it’s an absolute can’t-miss for locals.  

Photograph: Supplied/ANMM

55. Check out this museum's new exhibitions that showcase two perspectives on voyaging history

Things to do

The Australian National Maritime Museum has reopened to the public with two stellar new exhibitions to see. Under Southern Skies and From Kupe to Cook explore not just the traditional, colonial perspectives of James Cook's navigation (and 'discovery') of Australia and the Pacific, but also the perspectives of First Nations people involved in those encounters.

A beautifully plated burrata cheese.
Photograph: Unsplash/Sebastian Coman

57. Learn to make burrata and bocconcini with a bubbly in hand

Things to do Food and drink

If there’s one cheese out there that’s captured everyone’s hearts and minds, it’s got to be burrata. In just 90 minutes, the experts at Omnom Cheese will teach you how to make your own in this hands-on class. The curd masters are back and ready to re-launch their new, smaller classes designed for ultimate health and safety. 

Camping, Mimosa Rocks National Park
Photograph: Tim Clark/Destination NSW

58. Plan your next camping getaway

News Transport & Travel

In excellent timing for the upcoming long weekend, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is opening up a range of campsites all around to state to welcome punters. Regional travel has been given the green light from June 1, which means NSW citizens will be able to travel for a holiday or any other recreational purposes around the state. 

Two blue chairs in front of white wall
Photograph: Supplied/Raes on Wategos

59. Get fancy with the most luxurious accommodation in NSW


Sometimes you just want to exchange your everyday for an alternate reality where plush robes come hand-laundered to your door. We have rounded up some of the most luxurious hotels in NSW for you to escape the rigours of modern life with on a truly indulgent vacay. 

People walking along Coast Track Royal National Park
Photograph: David Finnegan

60. Start planning your next day trip

Travel Short getaways

Follow your traveller's instinct and get away for a day to one of our best day trips from the city – featuring quaint villages, seaside hangouts and mountain escapes. Around a two-hour drive or a scenic train ride away, you'll find yourself rambling through eucalyptus gums, gazing out over gorgeous ocean cliffs, or watching the world go by in a sleepy village. 

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

61. Get some fresh air at one of Sydney's best parks

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. They have sprawling open spaces, free barbecues and shaded spots to while away an afternoon or simply catch a break at lunchtime.

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