Things to do

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

Backstage tours in Sydney
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Backstage tours in Sydney

Step behind the curtain to experience theatre from a different angle in these intimate behind-the-scenes tours of Sydney’s most impressive theatre spaces.

NAIDOC Week in Sydney
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NAIDOC Week in Sydney

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. Events take place from July 2-9 honouring the theme ‘Our Languages Matter’. This year's theme celebrates the role Indigenous languages play in cultural identity and connecting us to place through storytelling.

Things to do when it rains in Sydney
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Things to do when it rains in Sydney

Just because the skies are falling, doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing... 

10 Darug words and their meanings
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10 Darug words and their meanings

Language teacher Joel Davison shares his insight into one of Sydney’s first dialects.

The best of Sydney

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.

The Sydney tourist hit list

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

Indigenous walks and tours in Sydney
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Indigenous walks and tours in 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

Sydney Science Festival
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Sydney Science Festival

The Sydney Science Festival returns for the third year this August. 

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Smooth Festival of Chocolate
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Smooth Festival of Chocolate

Ready to indulge? 

Way Out West Festival for Children

Way Out West Festival for Children

Sydney’s only contemporary arts festival for children and families is in its seventh year.

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Bastille Festival – the Food Wine Art Revolution
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Bastille Festival – the Food Wine Art Revolution

Celebrate French National Day, also known as Bastille Day. 

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Four Outback Australian adventures to try
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Four Outback Australian adventures to try

Natural swimming holes, laughing kookaburras and canyons that rival the world’s best.

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

With more than 100 varieties of rare, vintage and limited-edition gin.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and exhibition showcase not only the best of the natural world, but the patience, ingenuity and talent of the photographers who spend their time embedded within wildlife so that they can get that incredible, revealing shot. Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, this year's 100 finalists were taken by some of the world’s best nature photographers and selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

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Bacco Osteria e Espresso
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Bacco Osteria e Espresso

At Bacco Osteria, they’re playing the long game. Classic, three-ingredient Italian fare and ace wine might not be the hot new thing, but importantly it’s what people actually want to eat most nights of the week. This is the new venue from the masters of understated Italian in Sydney, Andrew Cibej and Scott Williams, who have cast off from the good ships 121 BC, Berta and Vini for a glass-fronted wedge of restaurant along the Angel Place warren in the CBD. Although their new digs lack some of the romance of a Surry Hills location, convenience is a big factor. It’s just behind the City Recital Hall, so that’s a big thumbs up for a post-concert plate of pasta, and it’s pared-back, functional aesthetic is the right pitch for regular CBD diners who want to be able to drop in for cured meats and wine straight from the office without a change of costume.  Take a shortcut to happiness via the salumi plate. The salami here has that glossy, almost juicy quality to it that shames the pale imitations in your supermarket deli. One is spiked with fennel seeds, another with just a hint of chilli, and if the salty duck breast prosciutto is a bit metallic for your tastes, the soft, nutty capocollo will quickly mollify your palate.  The three-ingredient waltz keeps perfect time with smoked, cured kingfish tacked on fresh apple slices and lightly pickled kohlrabi. The second dance is a rollick of stracciatella – imagine a burrata that has become so overwhelmed with cream it collapses into s

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