Visitor Guide

Visiting Sydney? Here's Time Out's ultimate guide to the city's events, attractions and sights. From tourist favourites to hidden gems

The Sydney Bucket List
Things to do

The Sydney Bucket List

Time Out Sydney editors have selected their favourite things to do in Sydney right now.

The best walks in Sydney
Sport and fitness

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. 

Sydney beaches
Attractions

Sydney beaches

From Sydney’s most famous stretch of sand to the hidden bathing spots around the harbour.

The best art galleries in Sydney
Art

The best art galleries in Sydney

Sydney is busting at the seams with great art – here's where to see it.

A foodie's guide to dining and drinking in Sydney

The Sydney restaurant hit list
Restaurants

The Sydney restaurant hit list

Unless you have the metabolism of a nine-year-old and the finances of a Kardashian, you never stand a chance against Sydney's ferocious dining machine. The openings just don't stop – and ain't nobody got time to keep on top of what's what. Except us, of course. Behold: our eat-and-destroy list, a guide featuring some of the best new restaurants you need to try, along with some old standbys still doing things right. Go forth – and eat all the things!

The 27 most Australian dishes in Sydney
Restaurants

The 27 most Australian dishes in Sydney

No matter how you feel about nationalism, there's one thing all Australians can agree on. We make pretty epic food. We thought we’d celebrate our country with some of Sydney’s finest fare. We’ve found the 27 most Australian dishes that Sydney has to offer. From the best pad Thai to our raddest lamington and most delicious native plant stir-fry. Here is our list, in no particular order, of Sydney's best takes on Australiana:

The best cheap eats in Sydney
Restaurants

The best cheap eats in Sydney

In a perfect world, we'd spend every night enjoying fine cuisine at Sydney's most indulgent restaurants. We'd be at Quay, Sepia, Rockpool Bar & Grill... anywhere, really, that requires half (or all, or far more than) what's currently in your bank account for a shared plate. But we do not live in a perfect world – sometimes the stove is broken, the thought of checking your balance makes you break out in hives and skipping meals seems a viable option. But you don't have to do that! There's a host of restaurants all around our fair town serving up tasty food at prices that won't leave your wallet empty.

The best breakfasts in Sydney
Restaurants

The best breakfasts in Sydney

Aussie breakfasts are legendary the world over, and we damn well know how to do them right here in Sydney. From the best cheese toastie around to that liquorice bread, here's our list of where to go and what to order at the best cafés in Sydney.

The best bars in Sydney
Bars

The best bars in Sydney

This has been the year Sydney’s bar scene got classy. People who not so long ago wouldn’t have touched a straight liquor cocktail with a bargepole are now ordering up Old Fashioneds and Sazeracs without a second thought, and they’re loving it. Sure, the lockout laws continue to dampen the late-night hijinks, but that just means our party starters have had to get creative. New bars are still popping up in any underground space, hidden enclave and lofty spot that becomes available, and the yardstick for bar snacks has been set at an all-time high. The old guard have applied fresh vigour to the cocktail craft in the last 12 months. New additions have reminded us that the best drinks aren’t always the booziest; orange wines are everywhere we look; and this year heralded the rise of locally distilled spirits. Way to level-up, Sydney.

The best pubs in Sydney
Bars

The best pubs in Sydney

Charge your glasses, friends, and join us in a toast to Sydney’s pubs. To the fusty watering holes that champion the old ways: they’ve still got a pie warmer behind the counter, the footy is on the TV and their Reschs is cold and clean. And to the young guns swinging open the saloon doors to local breweries fermenting up a flavour storm in all corners of the city. Great evenings have been built on a foundation of schnitzel and steak, but we’re also showcasing the local pubs getting creative with counter meals and ensuring the tucker is top-notch. All up it’s been a ripper year for the Sydney pub scene: this guide is where we get to sing the praises of the best in the business.

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Barbu

Canada's Cirque Alfonse will be bringing their own brand of contemporary circus to the Opera House, along with their formidable facial hair ('Barbu' is French for 'bearded'). Their latest performance is set to a fast-paced live electronic soundtrack and features spectacles including juggling with beer-filled kegs and forming a human disco ball. The burly men are flanked by two strong women, all of whom perform some serious feats of brute strength and deft skill. These acrobatic hipsters also have strong roots in a more traditional kind of circus and manage to inject some cabaret flair into the show too. For some cheeky end of summer fun, snap up tickets to Barbu and ready yourself for some bearded good times at in the Studio.

Hottest 100, coldest beers
Bars

Hottest 100, coldest beers

Fancy spending the last holiday of January down at the pub? Ripper, mate. If you head to the Dove and Olive, Keg and Brew or the DOG Hotel this January 26, you'll find all three pubs are hosting Australia Day parties with Triple J’s Hottest 100 broadcasts all day long. They'll also be doing Mismatch Session Ale and Hills Apple Cider schooners for just $6.50 and $5 Carlton Draught, Good Ciders, Good Beers or Mad Dog Lagers. Why? Because they're not just celebrating the Hottest 100, they're celebrating the Hottest 100 Australian craft beers, with a social hashtag, sweeps and more.    All three venues will be offering bargain food specials all day long as well as some fun Aussie Day themed chef’s specials. At the Dove and the DOG, you can grab yourself a steak and chips for only $12.50; while the KB is offering a jalapeno beef burger for the same price. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, all three venues will be dishing up homemade Aussie beef and vegemite pies. If that still isn’t enough; the KB and the Dove will also be offering lamb and tzatziki burgers and if you really want to be jumping for joy, then grab yourself some Kangaroo skewers from the DOG. There are chances to win prizes with any Carlton & United Breweries purchase. At the DOG you can win an Odysea surfboard; there is a men’s vintage bike from Reid Cycles up for grabs at the KB; and a summer backyard fun pack of an esky and banana chairs going at the Dove & Olive.  So head for your closest local, fill

Win tickets to an exclusive Time out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea
Film

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Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas Bondi

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinemas Bondi

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