Things to do

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

The best trampoline parks in Sydney
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The best trampoline parks in Sydney

Jump around all day long at these six indoor trampolining parks. You'll find warehouses packed with trampolines that cater for birthday parties, dodgeball competitions and hours of rainy day fun. Find more rainy day activities, including the best escape rooms in Sydney. 

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. Siphoning some of our spare moments into volunteering can be daunting, so we had a look at few of the places keeping benevolence floating in our city at the moment and how you could get involved.

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

Just because they’re popular doesn’t make them tacky... 

Fitness challenges in Sydney
Sport and fitness

Fitness challenges in Sydney

Walk, crawl, climb and conquer these sports events that'll give you a medal for your efforts and a good excuse to eat that cheeseburger afterwards.

The best of Sydney

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
Health and beauty

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.

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...  We may be a city that struggles when the heavens part but look hard enough and there's a bunch of fun to be had in a downpour. The key is staying out of it with these great rainy day activities:

Sydney event calendar

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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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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Sydney Science Festival
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Sydney Science Festival

The Sydney Science Festival returns for the third year this August. Presented as part of National Science Week, the festival will bring together the best Australian and international scientific minds to present an interactive program for all ages. Among the jam-packed line up will be Science in the Swamp at Centennial Park, the Sky Photos exhibition at Sydney Observatory and the Powerhouse Museum’s Family Day. The highlight of this year’s festival will be the This is a Voice exhibition which delves into the relationship between the human voice and identity. After entering into an echoless chamber, visitors will be taken on an aural journey full of strange and glorious sounds that will challenge their conception of the human voice. Young and old, get involved.

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

Maybe you saw him on HBO's Treme, or one of his appearances on Conan, Leno, Kimmel or Fallon. Now, hot off the back of touring with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Trombone Shorty is coming down under to play Bluesfest and some special sideshows. Joined by his swinging band Orleans Avenue, Trombone Shorty brings brass and big band sounds to life on the stage with serious flair. The jazz and soul maestro isn't a stranger to big stages – he's played at the White House, alongside Madonna and helped out pop producer Mark Ronson on his albums – so you can expect some big vibes from him when he plays the Metro Theatre.

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Barangaroo Ngangamay
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Barangaroo Ngangamay

Barangaroo Ngangamay is an innovative, interactive artwork that gives you the chance to go on an journey of learning and discovery throughout Barangaroo Reserve. Using an app to place you within the context and history of the site, Barangaroo Ngangamay uses geo-locating to reveal intricate stories, songs and rock engravings scattered throughout the Barangaroo Reserve. The Barangaroo Ngangamay app includes five short films, which are unlocked by visiting sandstone artworks handcarved by Aboriginal elders Vic Simms, Steven Russell and Laurie Bimson. Each film shows the resilience and diversity of Barangaroo and the Aboriginal women who used to call the Reserve home. Created by renowned Indigenous multi-media artists Amanda Jane Reynolds and Genevieve Grieves, the work is the result of a collaboration between the pair and local Aboriginal communities and elders, developed to tell ancient and treasured stories of the world’s oldest living culture. The Barangaroo Ngangamay app is available to download for iOS and Android devices.

Help the homeless by eating kingfish poké
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Help the homeless by eating kingfish poké

Hawaiian poké is a dish currently sweeping the world and Salmon & Bear seafood eateries in Zetland and Newtown are among the best places in town to eat it.   Poké – basically a delicious raw fish salad – has been a highlight of Salmon & Bear since they opened, with tuna, salmon and sweet prawn varieties designed by chef Mark Jensen (who taught at the Sydney Seafood School for 15 years). Now Salmon & Bear have created a new kingfish poké: diced Hiramasa kingfish in a miso and sesame dressing served on a salad of kale, quinoa, fennel, tomato, sweet potato, carrot, Spanish onion and pepita seeds. To launch this new dish, Salmon & Bear wanted to support the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s First Response Program. The program ensures that anybody who is homeless leaves the centre with a pathway towards getting a roof over their heads. The kingfish poké costs $21, and $2 from every one sold will be donated to the First Response Program, until they’ve raised enough money to get 20 people off the streets. You get a tasty meal, plus the warm feeling of having helped someone in need. Nicely played, Salmon & Bear.  

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