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

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Fifties Fair

Rock around the clock at the biggest retro parties of the year held in surrounds of architectural icon Rose Seidler House.

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Bookshop cafés in Sydney

What better way to keep warm than with a book and latte in hand?

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Whale watching in Sydney

It’s in the winter season that you’re likely to spot whales from the shore as 20,000 of them migrate along the New South Wales coastline.

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Meet Sydney’s matchmakers

These modern-day cupids are doing things the old-fashioned way – face-to-face! We've profiled the best matchmakers in Sydney to find out how they got started, their biggest success stories and what they think of online dating.

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101 things to do indoors

Get out and undercover with our guide to indoor activities, from entertainment parks to sport and fitness, classes and talks and cultural venues that are warm and dry all year round.

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The best things to do when you're alone in Sydney

There's an art to hanging out by yourself. At worst, you'll end up sitting on a park bench staring wistfully at passersby. At best, you’ll enjoy a marvellous escapade where the only person calling the shots is you. Make time for yourself and try out Sydney's best adventures for one.

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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:

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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.

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The best walks in Sydney

Coastal walks, bush walks, historical walks and inner city ambles: there are many routes to choose from to discover Sydney from a new angle. See our list of ten favourite places to wander and remember to pack a camera – these walks offer some of the best vantage points for snapping our city at its best.

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Fairs and festivals

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Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Debate the important issues of our time at the annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas. As part of the Ideas at the House series, the weekend of solo sessions and panel talks features big international headliners as well as homegrown talent.

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Sydney Science Festival

In its second year, Sydney Science Festival has upped its game to include talks from the world’s leading science communicators, from Australia’s Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Alan Duffy to British physicist Brian Cox, New York’s Dr Ellen Jorgensen and NASA’s New Horizons journalist Amy Shira Teitel.

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The Rocks Aroma Festival

Roasters and coffee specialists from across Australia set up a stall at the feverishly popular Rocks Aroma Festival, which attracts 100,000 visitors to the one-day market on July 24.

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Storyology Festival

Speakers from BuzzFeed, Storyful, SBS and the ABC come together for frank and in-depth conversations about the future of journalism at the annual media and creativity festival from the Walkley Foundation. This year’s speakers include Heidi Blake, the investigations editor at BuzzFeed News UK, who co-authored breaking news stories the Tennis Racket and FIFA Files; director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and lead in the Panama Papers project, Gerard Ryle; founder and managing editor of the Egypt startup Mada Masr Lina Attalah; and David Clinch, global news editor at Storyful (US). The festival will include talks and workshops covering everything from open data, to podcasting, leadership and diversity, to revenue streams. There’ll be two live podcast recordings: ‘Politics Pod Double Date’ and ‘News meets comedy’, featuring journos from The Feed, SBS, and The Weekly. Early bird tickets start from $480, and intensive and intimate training sessions are available as part of a Storyology Plus pass. Scholarships are also available for journalists thanks to the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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Customise your hospo uniform with Cargo Crew

Love your hospo job, but getting sick of wearing the same thing every day? Looking to inject some personality into the uniforms of your staff? Cargo Crew – the Melbourne-based leaders in high-quality uniforms – are listening.  Cargo Crew are known for their diverse uniform collections, which range from Scandi-cool aprons with leather straps to chino pants that look as good at work as on your days off. Now, they're going one step further by offering you the chance to completely customise your uniform. Your Way offers endless options. You can select embroidered patches or pin badges to your shirt, monogram your apron and mix and match your outfit. For the full range, visit the website, look around and get in touch with the Cargo Crew team who will take care of the rest.

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Mismatch Brewing Co Sydney Road Trip

If you need a minibreak but lack the budget, let the taste of South Australia come to you when Mismatch Brewing head to Sydney for a craft beer road trip. The Adelaide brew house crew will be showcasing their beers at four ace Sydney venues over four days. If you like a long run up on the weekend head to the Bank on Wednesday for a tasting event that includes beer and nibbles for $10. Thursday night they'll be heading to Frankie's Pizza by the Slice for cheap boilermakers and on Friday the Royal Albert Hotel wil be hosting a full tap takeover so you can taste the full stable of Mismatch beers from 5.30pm. This is also where you can get your hands on their Negroni IPA, triple chocolate Russian imperial stout and their red IPA.  On Saturday they're getting in early so you can order up $25 tasting paddles at the Empire Hotel in Annandale, with complimentary nibbles provided.  Brewer Ewan Brewerton (the most appropriately named brewer in the business) will be on hand at each event for all your pressing beer Q&As.  Save on plane fare and get to one of the Mismatch Brewing Sydney Road Trip events where the South Australian beers will come to you.

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Rye July at the Glenmore Hotel

While some people are doing Dry July, the Glenmore is offering a month of whisky appreciation designed to take the edge off the cold weather and help educate punters in the fine art of the distilled grain. A special whisky menu will be available throughout Rye July, culminating in a ticketed Night of Whiskies on Thursday July 14, where the Glenmore’s cosy middle level becomes whisky central with tastings, meet the makers, cocktail master classes and canapés matched with whiskies. (But before we go any further – yes, we’re aware that there’s two spellings for whisk(e)y – whisky if you’re talking Scotland and Canada, whiskey if it’s Ireland or the USA. For simplicity’s sake we’ll go with whisky here! Inconsistent spelling is just one of the interesting whisky facts you might pick up during July at the Glenmore.) Night of Whiskies will see the Club Room transformed into a Johnnie Walker haven. National Johnnie Walker and Classic Malt ambassador, Sean Baxter (a MasterChef alumnus, BTW), will take guests through premium tastings and share his whisky tips. If you’ve ever wanted to know how to make a whisky cocktail at home then Diageo’s Tim Oughton will host cocktail master classes in the Drawing Room. Each room will have an old fashioned rye pre-batch in barrels available throughout the month also. Tickets to the Night of Whiskies are $55 including a tasting glass, five tokens, cocktail master class and canapes on arrival.

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