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From Sydney's best kept secrets, to last minute road trips to major international jaunts, we've got your travel needs covered

How to spend a weekend in Wellington
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How to spend a weekend in Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city is known for its concentration of excellent coffee shops, leading restaurants and craft beer scene – but it’s also rich with beautiful waterside walkways, hilly cycle paths and a specialist sanctuary of the country’s rarest wildlife. 

5 reasons your next trip to Hobart should be around Dark Mofo
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5 reasons your next trip to Hobart should be around Dark Mofo

It’s time Hobart got more credit. 

Sydney's best spa hotels
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Sydney's best spa hotels

From underground whirlpools to invigorating hammams.

The best Hunter Valley wineries
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The best Hunter Valley wineries

It takes around 3.5 hours to get to Sydney’s local wine region.

Five animals you’ll meet on a Blue Mountains bushwalk
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Five animals you’ll meet on a Blue Mountains bushwalk

You’ve got a good chance of running into a scaly, furry or feathered friend. 

An insider's guide to Sydney travel

The best hotels in Sydney
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The best hotels in Sydney

The best luxury hotels in Sydney
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The best luxury hotels in Sydney

The best boutique hotels in Sydney
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The best boutique hotels in Sydney

The best glamping sites in NSW
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The best glamping sites in NSW

Short escapes from Sydney, within driving distance

Short weekend getaways from Sydney
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Short weekend getaways from Sydney

End winter on a high with an escape from Sydney to one of NSW's relaxing rural retreats. From fantastic local food and wine to shopping, spas and adventure, you'll return to Sydney a new human.

The South Coast and Southern Highlands
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The South Coast and Southern Highlands

The Hunter Valley
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The Hunter Valley

The Central Coast
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The Central Coast

Byron Bay
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Byron Bay

Interstate trips from Sydney

Road trips from Melbourne
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Road trips from Melbourne

Look beyond Australia's second largest city to its surrounding countryside.

The best hotels in Adelaide
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The best hotels in Adelaide

Adelaide's practically swimming in great hotels, from the reliable and affordable to the truly luxurious.

The best hotels in Perth
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The best hotels in Perth

Perth’s hotel scene is exploding. More than 20 new or renovated hotels have opened around the city since 2012. 

The best hotels in Brisbane
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The best hotels in Brisbane

Brisbane’s hotel scene is changing. The boutique revolution has well and truly hit town.

What to do in Tasmania
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What to do in Tasmania

From pristine wilderness sites to one of the most avant-garde galleries in the world Tasmania has it all. 

An expert's guide to the ACT
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An expert's guide to the ACT

Right now Canberra boasts hipper hotels than Sydney, and some of the best galleries in the country.

International escapes from Sydney

Anaheim, California
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Anaheim, California

Sure, everybody loves Disneyland... but there's so much more to this revitalised SoCal city.

Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas

Famous for festivals, live music and barbecue, the cosmopolitan capital of Texas has plenty to recommend it.

Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Okavango Delta, Botswana

Explore the Okavango Delta – one of Africa’s most majestic destinations. 

New Zealand
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New Zealand

From scenery so breathtaking to achingly hip boutiques and wine bars, New Zealand punches above its weight.

The essential guide to Santiago
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The essential guide to Santiago

The gateway to South America is one of the continent’s hot spots for galleries, museums, meats and Pisco Sours.

Travel tips and tricks

How to score an airline upgrade
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How to score an airline upgrade

How to get the best hotel room
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How to get the best hotel room

Top five premium economy cabins
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Top five premium economy cabins

Hotel pools for night swimming
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Hotel pools for night swimming

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Untold stories
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Untold stories

Untold Rum was born of a passionate collaboration between leading Australian bartenders and spirits experts. A range of subtle spices is added to a unique blend of smooth, two- and three-year aged golden rums; the result is a distinctive, full-bodied spiced rum that is made to mix. Untold Rum’s makers believe that our experiences are what enrich and define us. So we at Time Out invited seven Sydney bartenders to tell us a story about the life of their bar and to invent an Untold Rum cocktail that conveys the essence of that story. Sydney’s bartenders have lived through interesting times over the last four years, and they understand that life is a journey. Inspired by Untold Rum, here’s what they came up with. You can enjoy their Untold cocktails and share stories with their makers from July 10 to August 21, 2018. To hear more about the stories and watch filmed interviews with the bartenders, check out @UntoldRum. THE COCKTAILS Jacoby's | The Baxter Inn | Eau de Vie | Earl's Juke Joint | Bulletin Place | This Must Be the Place | Shady Pines Saloon

Sokyo Lounge is your new winter hangout
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Sokyo Lounge is your new winter hangout

Sokyo in The Star has a deserved reputation as a top Japanese restaurant, but did you know the adjoining Sokyo Lounge is a relaxed yet chic place for an after-work catch up that comes with the promise of crazy-good bar snacks?  A refined menu is available on the bar top offering Sokyo favourites that pair perfectly with a cocktail or two: maguro tataki, kingfish miso ceviche, cuttlefish or red snapper tempura, and tuna crispy rice. There are also skewers of juicy, tender Wagyu tri-tip glazed with a teriyaki sauce. Sokyo’s à la carte menu is available throughout the remainder of the lounge.Photograph: Supplied Your food can be matched to your selection of wine, beer, sake and cocktails. There are many Japanese single malts to try, and an extensive range of sake, shochu and uemeshu.  From the cocktail list, a Chasing Kojima combines Yuzu sake, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and elderflower, or you can make like Bill Murray with a Suntory Old Fashioned.  Sokyo Lounge hosts DJs every Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm. Kicking back here in a velvet armchair with a little bowl of edamame and a cocktail is a sure-fire cure to the winter blues.   Photograph: Supplied

Explore Yourself Sundays
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Explore Yourself Sundays

Every Sunday the Imperial will be celebrating the spectacular spectrum of the LGBTQI+ community with the arrival of its new party, Explore Yourself. They'll be opening up every level of the venue and filling it with fab performers, great beats, expressive spaces, drink specials, and most importantly giving attendees the chance to celebrate themselves.   It all kicks off at noon on the Imperial's fresh new rooftop, with jugs of fruity cocktails and epic long format DJs sets that'll get you warmed up for the evening. Local favourite DJ Dan Murphy will be hopping behind the decks from 3pm, and a venue-wide happy hour kicks off at 5pm with $20 cocktail jugs, $12 jugs of beer and $25 bottles of house wine. It's then time to lip sync for your life with Lip Sync Heroes. If you think you've got the chops you can hop up on stage and belt out a tune, with fairy drag mother Farren Heit on hosting duties. You're also encouraged to tip the performers with the Imperial's own fab currency 'Mitzi Moolah', which you'll receive with drink purchases. Drag'n'Dine will be running as usual also, so you can fuel up on a delicious meal and get ready to dance the night away. You'll also find $12 Espresso Martinis from 10pm until midnight, and a temporary art exhibition by illustrator LukeJohnMatthewArnold, whose bright prints will pop up in celebration of marriage equality until the end of August. 

Champagne Bar pairs Veuve Clicqot with their new winter menu
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Champagne Bar pairs Veuve Clicqot with their new winter menu

Any luxurious evening should start with a glass of Champagne. At the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar, they’re dedicated to upholding this principle. This winter, they’re offering a special menu to accompany the king of respectable apéritifs: a glass of Veuve Clicquot. There’s two delectable dishes on the Veuve Clicquot Aperitif menu to pair with your sparkling refreshment. The first is a serve of pickled oysters, sweetened by a generous dose of sake. A cucumber granita adds a burst of summer vitality, countered by the warming spiced apple foam and tied together with flying fish caviar. If you’ve been dreaming about a creamy fromage accompaniment, you’ll want to try the burrata. This Italian buffalo milk cheese is like a softer, silkier version of mozzarella, and comes spiced with a peppery mix of dukkah alongside zesty preserved lemon. Blood orange adds a little punch and sweet peas balance the acidity of the dish. Designed by the Sofitel’s executive chef, either of these exciting menu items, paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, could be yours for $39 each. So if you’d like to watch the sparkling harbour lights reflect off the water while you dine from a warm corner of the bar, visit Champagne Bar before August 31. Enjoy these winter offerings from 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 3pm Friday and Saturday.