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12 TOP 5 Sydney Royal Easter Show

14 CALENDAR The top events for April

18 INSIDER Stanton & Co, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "The National 2019: New Australian Art" and more

26 ONE BLOCK Balmain

28 AROUND TOWN The perfect day in Manly

30 #SYDNEY Instagramming Sydney's best

8 THE GOLDEN VALLEY Autumn in the Blue Mountains

24 SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN Awesome activities for kids

32 HAROUR TOWN Cruising iconic Sydney Harbour

34 NATURE'S OWN FIRWORKS Australian Opals shine bright

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44 Explore 66 Maps 48 Sights A sweet medley of textures from Stanton & Co, Rosebery, Sydney.

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Welcome to Sydney! While the city is famous for its scenic harbour views and the architectural wonder of the Sydney Opera House, the CBD offers much more. The heart of the city is now buzzing with cool laneways, casual dining venues, shopping hotspots and hip bars. Latenight dining continues to expand, so check out three of the best in The Fix (page 72). One of the city’s highlights is its ferry rides. A journey that attracts commuters and visitors alike is the F4 cross-harbour trip from Circular Quay to Pyrmont. Here, it’s worth stopping at Balmain East Wharf to stroll along Darling Street, which has a raft of local hotels, cafés, bookshops and stores (page 28). As a treat this month, don’t miss Handa Opera’s performance of “West Side Story” right on Sydney Harbour (page 14). See the live show while you take in an unsurpassed view of the harbour and bridge. And who could resist that?

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Q: There’s a lot happening in Sydney over April. What are some of the not-to-miss activities on your calendar?

A: Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival is a great option for a day at the races, with a major event being held every Saturday throughout April. Held at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens Racecourses, these are very easy to get to. See your Les Clefs d’Or Concierge and they can even arrange a private viewing suite for you. Q: What is a stand-out activity for kids these school holidays?

A: You can't go past the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Held from April 12 to 23, there's ample time to get to Sydney Olympic Park and experience the fair. The annual event celebrates Australian agriculture and provides a unique insight into rural traditions and culture. Kids can experience live shows that include horses, cattle, sheep dogs, wood-chopping and many carnival rides. Q: If you could take any ferry ride in Sydney, where would you travel to?

A: Located directly opposite Milsons Point and Barangaroo, Balmain is very accessible by public ferry from the city. One of Sydney’s oldest and most established suburbs, Balmain is now a real foodie destination, with some of the city’s best pubs

and pâtisseries. It’s a lovely old part of Sydney that has something for everyone. Q: What is your favourite seafood dining destination?

A: Saint Peter restaurant in Paddington. What I like about this restaurant is that they select their sh daily so the menu is always changing. You will also be amazed how creative their team of award-winning chefs are. They actually offer dry-aged seafood from their specially designed cool rooms—something that is unique and that adds to the avour of the seafood! Q: Where should visitors go for a great view of the city?

A: Kirribilli has a great view of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House. Located on the north side of Sydney Harbour, it is very accessible by ferry or just a short walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s a very pretty suburb that you can spend some time exploring.


The Golden Valley

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Beautiful any time of year, the Blue Mountains in autumn become saturated with seasonal colour. By Kirsty Sier.

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THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS of the Blue Mountains contain so many natural wonders and hidden treasures that it feels like a different world. But at just under two hours’ drive from Sydney, it’s an easily accessible destination that suits everything from a day-trip to an extended getaway. The spectacular beauty that seeps into every nook of the Blue Mountains lends itself to a slower, more creative and leisurely mentality. Known for breathtaking natural vistas such as the Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls, the Mountains are also a hub for creatives. Each small town brims with galleries, bakeries and retail boutiques selling handmade trinkets. If you're able to stay for a few days in the Blue Mountains, it can pay to hire a car from Sydney (avis.com.au) and drive between these small towns, all of which have their own unique communities and attractions. However, if you can only get away for a day, it's best to choose an area to explore thoroughly so you can move at a more relaxed pace. Companies such as AATKings (aatkings.com) also offer full-day return bus tours from Sydney, so you can jump on and off at major sites and let someone else do the decision-making. An obvious choice for those looking to tick off all the major attractions is Katoomba, home to the Three Sisters. Located at Echo Point—a lookout spot with sweeping valley views that will quite literally take your breath away—the landmark is an iconic rock formation that, according to

Aboriginal legend, was created when three sisters were turned to stone. These days, the sisters draw millions of visitors each year, who marvel at their lofty forms that jut out from a carpet of trees over 3,000 feet above sea level. In autumn this vista is particularly spectacular, as the surrounding foliage transforms itself into a glowing blanket of orange, gold, pink, green and silver. For the visitor looking for a more bodily form of gratification, the Hydro Majestic Hotel (hydromajestic.com.au)—just a short drive away in Medlow Bath—is famous for its indulgent high teas and opulent architecture. Another popular Blue Mountains destination is Leura, in which a full day could easily be spent wandering through tree-lined streets and exploring craft stores and bakeries. If you draw the line at one bakery stop, make sure it’s Bakehouse on Wentworth (bakehouseonwentworth.com.au), where freshly made pies and decadent cakes are snatched up by locals. Try to make it here early before everything is gone! Leura is also home to more than its fair share of activities—many of them at Scenic World (scenicworld.com.au). The family-owned tourist attraction is a town of its own accord, holding within its sprawling clifftop structure limitless drinking and dining options, shops, sights and events. A particular highlight is the Scenic Skyway, a cable car that soars 270 metres above ancient canopies and allows 360-degree views thanks to an impressive (and slightly terrifying!) glass floor.

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(Left to right) Cascade Falls, Blue Mountains. Chocolate High Tea, Hydro Majestic Hotel. The Scenic Skyway. (Opposite page) The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains.

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the retail shopfront or, even better, learn how to make these things yourself. Lyttleton Stores hosts regular workshops that run anywhere between a couple of hours to a full day. Some of their upcoming events in April include beekeeping, life drawing, permaculture and medicinal tea-blending. The best way to keep up-to-date is to check their website. If you’re driving to the Blue Mountains from Sydney, make sure to make a pitstop at The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan (australianbotanicgarden.com.au), a picturesque haven bursting with native flora. Located on the eastern outskirts of the mountains as you approach also sits Norman Lindsay Gallery (normanlindsay.com.au) and the associated Lindsay’s Café, a heritage-listed museum and residence established by the author of iconic Australian children’s book “The Magic Pudding”. Despite the temptation to order the namesake pudding, trust us: the scones are the truly magical item on this menu. Although the Blue Mountains can quite easily be done as a day trip from Sydney, there’s so much to see that an overnight stay is recommended for a more leisurely pace. From treehouse glamping to AirBnBs to local hotels replete with country hospitality— the Blue Mountains contain a broad range of traditional and boutique accommodation, all under two hours from the city.

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(Top) The Hydro Majestic Hotel. (Middle & bottom) Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum.

If you’re keen to get your feet back on the ground after a run-in with the birds, Wentworth Falls Loop is one of the most popular walking tracks in the Blue Mountains, taking you through lush bushland past waterfalls (including the namesake Wentworth Falls), cliffs and lookouts. The full circuit is 10.2 kilometres and takes around six hours to complete, but it is also possible to do sections of the track. Make a plan before you go using sites such as Wild Walks (wildwalks.com) and, in case your energy flags along the way, stop by Leura’s The Candy Store beforehand to fill your pockets with sherbet bombs and peppermint pinwheels (candystore.com.au). A lesser-known but no less interesting town in the Blue Mountains is Lawson, named after Lieutenant William Lawson, one of the three famed explorers who first crossed the Blue Mountains. This historic town is full of beautiful traditional buildings, many of them now owned by independent retailers selling unique handmade items. The artisanal side of Lawson is embodied in Lyttleton Stores (lyttletonstores.com.au), a relatively new food and retail initiative that champions sustainability in all its forms. Comprising a grocery store, kitchen, art gallery and garden, most everything here is made either on-site or sourced from local suppliers and creatives. Stop by and grab a meal made from local seasonal produce, a souvenir from


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Line up for wild new rides and watch the Evening Entertainment at Sydney Royal Easter Show on 12-23 April. 2

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Use a trail map to compete for The Great Garden Egg Hunt at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on 20-21 April. 3

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Enjoy a drink at the City Tattersalls Club's venerable Lower Bar which was recently renovated.

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When you're searching for antique jewellery or a timeless watch, visit Kalmar Antiques at Queen Victoria Building.

EVENING FIREWORKS AT THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW. PHOTO: MONDE PHOTO.

Reflect

Take part in ANZAC Day on 25 April by seeing the Dawn Service at 4.30am, followed by the ANZAC Day March at 9am.


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West Side Story Handa Opera takes on “West Side Story”—right on Sydney Harbour—for its stunning performances. Sing along to famous tunes, including omewhere , Tonight , “America” and “I Feel Pretty”. Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney. sydneyoperahouse.com 14

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Sydney Writers' Festival With more than 300 events on offer, Sydney Writers' Festival offers a weeklong conversation on books and ideas. Thousands of readers and hundreds of writers will come together at the festival hub at Carriageworks (an eight-minute walk from Redfern Station) and venues across the city, including Sydney Town Hall and City Recital Hall. Carriageworks, Wilson Street, Eveleigh. 8571 9099. swf.org.au

TOP: HANDA OPERA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR PRESENTS “WEST SIDE STORY”, PHOTO: © PHILLIP BOOTH. BOTTOM: MICHAELA MCGUIRE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SYDNEY WRITERS' FESTIVAL. PHOTO: © ADRIAN COOK.

April at a Glance


IN APRIL "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" in Concert (Apr 10-13) With the fifth film, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is projected onto a giant screen and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s innovative score. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. sydneysymphony.com

Throughout April

Garden Art Month Located close to the CBD and the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (RBGS) is a peaceful haven. As a real bonus, RBGS is running a month-long garden art event, where visitors can check out an array of exhibitions, workshops, walks and a special children’s program. on t miss the argaret Flockton Award, which attracts the best scienti c botanical illustrators from around the world. rs ac uaries oad, ydney. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/art 16

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Apr 11–14

Ocean Lovers Festival Conservation and sustainability are the driving themes of Bondi's inaugural Ocean Lovers Festival, a genuinely Australian response to the plight of our global oceans. Exploring fun and practical ways to look after our blue planet, the festival runs Sunrise Yoga, Marina Debris Trashion Parade, Eco Markets & Expo, an Ocean Lovers Lap swim and run event, live music and kids' workshops. Don't miss the Whales Opening Ceremony on April 11. Bondi Beach. 0411 500 160. oceanloversfestival.com

This play focuses on a family dealing with big questions about life and the universe. Tricky topics to cover, but actors Jacqueline McKenzie and Mandy McElhinney reach the stars in this Australian premiere. Sydney Theatre Company, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. 9250 1777. sydneytheatre.com.au

Harlem Globetrotters World Tour (Apr 13) Currently holding 21 Guinness World Record Titles, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters return to Sydney to 'ally-oop' and 'run-and-gun' during their Fan Powered World Tour. Qudos Bank Arena, Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park. qudosbankarena.com.au

Fireworks (Throughout April) See the night sky light up with spectacular fireworks displays at Darling Harbour every Saturday night this month. Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. darlingharbour.com

TOP: IKEBANA - "TRANSFORMING AUTUMN", FEATURED IN GARDEN ART MONTH AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY. BOTTOM: SWIMMER, NORTH BONDI © UNDERWATER EARTH/XL CAITLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY/CHRISTOPHE BAILHACHE.

"Mosquitoes" (Apr 8–May 18)


"Possum Magic" (Apr 15-28) A new stage adaptation of the Australian classic, Mem Fox’s "Possum Magic" will captivate and enchant children and adults alike. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. 9250 7111. sydneyoperahouse.com

Mini Makers: In the Deep Sea (Apr 13-18) Kids (and parents!) can join a silent disco to the sounds of a Playground Sounds DJ during a cool 'underwater' party. Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney. australianmuseum.net.au

TOP: RON FUNCHES, SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL. BOTTOM: ATC THE CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY, PHOTO: PAUL MCMILLAN.

Star Wars Identities (Until Jun 10) Discover how you fit into the "Star Wars" universe at this interactive adventure. Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. 9217 0111. maas.museum

Apr 13

Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes hether you re a regular racing devotee or a pure beginner, it s time to don your most stylish out t and perhaps a fascinator) to be part of the 4-million Longines Queen li abeth takes ay at the oyal andwick acecourse. Live entertainment, ne cuisine and thrilling thoroughbred racing turns this autumn afternoon into an unforgettable experience. oyal andwick, Alison oad, andwick. . australianturfclub.com.au

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Sydney Comedy Festival Creating a laugh tsunami in the CBD, Sydney Comedy Festival brings hundreds of comedians from Australia and around the world to perform on various stages. Whatever flavour of comedy tickles your fancy–stand-up, sketch, improv, satire–you’ll find it during this massive event. The festival kicks off with a Sydney Comedy Festival Gala at the Sydney Opera House, then spreads throughout the city from there. Check the website for venues and comedians. Various locations. 9519 9231. sydneycomedyfest.com.au

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Eliza Food + Wine

The new kid on the block in Darlinghurst is Eliza Food + Wine. Light and airy yet warm and inviting, Eliza offers a modern Australian menu at a reasonable price. It’s worth a visit purely for the perfect crackling on the pork belly! Hard DINING

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A menu revamp to celebrate its first birthday in Rosebery, Stanton & Co is a 240-seat restaurant with a dramatic dining room, enormous bar and an open kitchen that puts you right amongst the action. Only one year old, the venue is already renowned for its contemporary Australian menu and extensive range of cocktails, craft beers and wine. On their rst birthday, diners get the presents in the form of a revamped menu. ith offerings such as spanner crab tacos, salmon ceviche and twice-cooked chicken with sweet corn textures, there s a lot to explore. Regulars need not fret, as the old favs—like the 1.2kg crispy pork knuckle—are still on the menu. Lunches here have a fast and fresh approach while dinner is a chance to take your time and enjoy shared plates. Wed–Sat midday–late, Sun midday–5pm. Level 1, The Cannery, 34 Morley Avenue, Rosebery. 8339 0580. parlourgroup.com.au/stantonandco LOCATED IN THE CANNERY

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up lunch, it's also capable of taking special occasions to the next level. Wed–Thu 6pm– late, Fri–Sat midday–late, Sun midday–4pm. 247 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. 9194 5002. elizafoodandwine.com For more great festivals in the city visit wheretraveler.com


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THE NATIONAL 2019: NEW AUSTRALIAN ART

Bring your walking shoes to visit three leading galleries to an exhibition at a Sydney art gallery? This month, you can see one momentous exhibition at three galleries. The ational ew Australian Art is an ambitious partnership between the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art. 70 emerging, mid-career and established artists present provocative, political and poetic observations. As a visitor, this is the perfect opportunity to see current work by some of Australia's heaviest hitting artistic talent. Ongoing. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks. the-national.com.au WHAT'S BETTER THAN GOING

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Plants with Bite To see a killer new exhibition, visit The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney's "Plants with Bite”. It explores the world of carnivorous plants, which are as fascinating as they are horrifying. Discover the creepy and cunning plants, such as the infamous Venus flytrap, at The Calyx, the largest green wall in the southern hemisphere. Free. Daily, 7am–6pm. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au For more great exhibitions in the city visit wheretraveler.com

TOP: MIRA GOJAK, "STOPS", 2017. © MIRA GOJAK, PHOTO: CHRISTIAN CAPURRO. BOTTOM RIGHT: DROSERA CAPENSIS FROM "PLANTS WITH BITE". PHOTO: GREG BOURKE.

EXHIBITION


TOP: ANET LAURENCE, "FOREST THEATRE OF TREES ", , INSTALLATION IE , " ANET LAURENCE: AFTER NATURE", MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, IMAGE COURTESY AND THE ARTIST, PHOTO: AC UIE MANNING. BOTTOM: IMAGE OF A SPERM HALE. PHOTO: BRANDON COLE. BRANDON COLE TE PAPA MUSEUM, N .

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JANET LAURENCE: AFTER NATURE

he first ma or survey e hibition o an Australian icon more than 30 years, Janet Laurence is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. Her work often explores the interconnection of living things and addresses environmental challenges using a wide array of materials. “After ature features many of anet s important works, including early pieces from the 1990s and some larger installations from the 2000s. While the works are both mesmerising and beautiful, they also provoke ideas about how our daily lives can impact future survival. This is a challenging yet ultimately positive retrospective. Ongoing. Daily 10am–5pm. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks. 9245 2400. mca.com.au WITH A CAREER SPANNING

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Whales | Tohora The "Whales | Tohora" exhibition at the Australian Museum features a life-sized model of a blue whale’s heart, the size of a small car. This is only one of an impressive array of artefacts, including an 18-metrelong sperm whale skeleton. The exhibition explores the biology of these fascinating creatures while

celebrating their impact on South Pacific culture. Delving into the risks still posed to their ongoing survival while shedding light on their history, "Whales | Tohora" is an enthralling mix of science, mythology and storytelling. Until 28 April. Daily 9.30am–5pm, 1 William Street. 9320 6000. australianmuseum.net.au

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Don’t miss Roald Dahl’s delicious tale

GOT A SWEET TOOTH for theatre? The spectacular new musical of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is playing at the Capitol Theatre now. Audiences of all ages are being delighted by this larger-than-life tale of one boy’s ourney into the magical chocolate factory. Prepare for hilarious Oompa-Loompas, ama ing inventions, outrageous costumes, infectious songs and a riotous good time. Ongoing. 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket. 9320 5000. charliethemusical.com.au

Basement Jaxx Apr 14

Iggy Pop Apr 15 and 17

Hozier Apr 22–23

UK electronic music duo Basement Jaxx brings The Metropolitan Orchestra along for the ride when they play at the Sydney Opera House.

At the age of 71, the spritely Godfather of Punk can still give music lovers a lust for life at the Sydney Opera House.

Irish soul-folk troubadour Hozier will perform songs from his acclaimed EP, "Nina Cried Power", at the Sydney Opera House.

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It’s 1977 all over again when the musical “Saturday Night Fever” boogies onto stage at the Lyric Theatre. It’s going to be difficult to stay in your seat when hits like “Stayin’ Alive”, and “Jive Talkin’” start booming from under those spinning disco balls. To sweeten the deal, this production stars the legendary Marcia Hines as The Diva! If you have disco fever, there’s only one cure: tickets to this spectacular production. Ongoing. Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont. 9509 3600. saturdaynightfever.com.au For more great

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CLOCK ISE FROM TOP LEFT: MADISON MCKOY MR-BEAUREGARD AND MONETTE MCKAY IOLET BEAUREGARD AND CAST IN "CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY", PHOTO: EFF BUSBY. EUAN DOIDGE AND MELANIE HA KINS IN "SATURDAY NIGHT FE ER", PHOTO: DANIEL BOUD. IGGY POP, PHOTO: ROSS HALFIN.

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Verve

"VERVE": CALLUM LINNANE, COCO MATHIESON IN "AURUM", PHOTO: © JEFF BUSBY.

April 5—25

This month, the Australian Ballet presents erve , three different works full of energy, emotion and exhilaration. Each work has its own choreographer: Alice Topp’s Aurum , followed by tephen aynes’ Constant ariants and nishing with Tim Harbour’s Filigree and hadow . aried, beautiful and thought-provoking, erve is contemporary Australian dance for the st century. ydney Opera House, ennelong Point, ydney. . australianballet.com.au/ the-ballets/verve


School Holiday Fun JUST BECAUSE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS are for kids doesn’t mean their full-grown minders can’t also indulge in a little childlike wonder. From underwater discoveries to treetop adventures, these Sydney destinations will have you and the family travelling to a world of carefree entertainment.

LUNA PARK If you’ve ever had dreams of flying, they can soon become reality with a ride on Volaré, the latest attraction to hit Sydney’s Luna Park. As Australia’s largest and tallest wave swinger, the gravity-defying family thrill ride lets you swing up and over the harbour with elevated views over the crowds below. Once you finally become

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grounded again, all the old favourites such as Coney Island, the Wild Mouse and the Rotor will be waiting for you. 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point. 9922 6644. buyonline.lunaparksydney. com/where-sydney

journey with a special Peppa Pig headpiece and activity book. There’s even the opportunity to get a “pigture” taken with Peppa herself! Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour. sealifesydney.com.au

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A pig might not be the first attraction that comes to mind when you think of an aquarium, but it’s no ordinary pig that will be making an appearance at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium these school holidays. Beloved cartoon character Peppa Pig will be celebrating 15 years of muddy adventures in marine style, plunging into the aquarium for daily meet and greets from April 1 to 30. All visitors will embark on their underwater

Fairy Magic returns to Illawarra Fly these school holidays, just in time for little helpers to find treetop homes for their fairy and elf friends. Children from across the land are called to participate in a magical journey to find ten enchanted fairy homes, lovingly built by the team at Men’s Shed. Once these have all been found, visitors can test out their own wings by taking the 500-metre-


SCENIC WORLD The Blue Mountains are beautiful at any time of year but autumn is particularly spectacular, as the tree-filled valleys become awash with shades of yellow, orange, silver and gold. Just in time for this stunning natural spectacle, “Sculpture at Scenic World” will transform an ancient rainforest into an outdoor art gallery from April 13. With more than 25 world-class sculptures to be exhibited against the iconic backdrop of the Three Sisters rock formation, “Sculpture at Scenic World” is the perfect excuse for an escape filled with art and nature. Cnr Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba. scenicworld.com.au

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long, 25-metre-high Treetop Walk over the rainforest floor or soaring through the canopies on the high-flying zipline tour. 182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill. illawarrafly.com

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY From April 13 to 28, Tinkerbell and her band of magical fairies will transform the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney into an enchanting land of song and dance. Run by Shakespeare Australia, this retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a cheeky romp through the worlds of theatre and fairy-tale, with guests invited to join the fun by dressing up. If you can’t make the show, the gardens are always alive with activity, with a line-up of special events and a sprawling lawn filled with perfect trees to picnic under. Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

The Sydney Family Show attracts families from all over the country with its jampacked schedule of entertainment. Running from April 13 to 28 this year, visitors are invited to get amongst the animals at the Animal Nursery and Shimano Fishing Tank; get blown away by the daring feats of aerialists, jugglers and acrobats in the big top circus; try their luck at a wide range of games; and indulge in classic carnival foods such as fairy floss and Pluto Pups. Don’t miss the "Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt" on Variety Easter Fun Day, Tuesday April 16. Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park. sydneyfamilyshow.com.au

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN Visitors are invited to take a trip back in time at Elizabeth Farm’s colonial kitchen. For four days only throughout April (Tuesday 16 and 23 and Wednesday 17 and 24), kids between the ages of five and 12 have the chance to live (and cook) as in ye’ old times, baking damper, churning butter and making lemonade under the guidance of Elizabeth Farm’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. Since spaces are limited, it’s best to pre-book. Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

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(Top left) Flying Tigers at the Sydney Family Show. (Top) Kids in the Kitchen. (Middle) Tinkerbell & The Dream Fairies. (Bottom) Peppa Pig, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

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FIND THE BEST ON DARLING STREET, BALMAIN, ONE BLOCK AT A TIME

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You’re spoilt for choice in Balmain with more than a dozen watering holes nearby. Unity Hall Hotel is the place for jazz with a regular band that’s played since 1970. The colonialera London Hotel offers a long verandah where you can watch the world go by. A short walk from the ferry is East Village Balmain with a shaded beer garden beloved by locals.

Take your time as you browse the shelves of Hill of Content bookshop. Helpful staff, a wide range of books and regular author signings —this is how a bookshop should be. Brays Books has been run by Phillip Bray since 1969 and it’s a joy to visit this proudly independent bookshop.

 Unity Hall Hotel

 Brays Books

292 Darling Street, Balmain. unityhallhotel.com.au

 London Hotel

268 Darling Street, Balmain. brays-books-balmain. business.site

234 Darling Street, Balmain. londonhotel.com.au

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 East Village Balmain 82 Darling Street, Balmain. eastvillagebalmain.com.au

Eat Black Lizard café offers seasonal menus with an upstairs balcony, Kafeine takes its coffee seriously and the food is tasty, while Euforia has sweeping views of the harbour and the Harbour Bridge.

 Black Lizard 336 Darling Street, Balmain. blacklizard.cafe

 Kafeine 260 Darling Street, Balmain. kafeine.com.au

 Euforia 58 Darling Street, Balmain. euforiabalmaineast. cafeleader.com Clockwise from top: London Hotel; Brays Books; Kafeine; Leona Edmiston.

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With a retro feel, Johnston and Bell has a range of floral dresses that look like they've come from an Audrey Hepburn movie. Iconic Aussie designer Leona Edmiston has a self-named clearance outlet in the heart of Balmain, while Strelitzia is a local institution, supplying cutting-edge pieces by local and international designers.

 Johnston and Bell 364 Darling Street, Balmain. johnstonandbell.com.au

 Leona Edmiston 483 Darling Street, Balmain. leonaedmiston.com

 Strelitzia 327 Darling Street, Balmain. strelitzia.com.au For more things to do in Balmain go to wheretraveler.com

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245 Darling Street, Balmain. collinsbooks.com.au


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AROUND TOWN FIND THE BEST IN MANLY

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Manly’s beachside locale has over 150 bars, cafés and restaurants to explore. Check out the laneways and discover Vice Burgers Manly serving delicious American Style Burgers with delicious sides. Another choice could be Surf City Jaffles, a small café showcasing some of the best jaffles and coffee in town.

For summer cocktails and local hotspots, explore the beach and harbour side venues of Manly. Enjoy Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm at Donny’s, or try a Kombucha Cocktail from Manly Wine right opposite Manly Beach.

Whistler St + the Corso, Manly, Sydney. instagram.com/ viceburgers_manly/

 Surf City Jaffles 18a Whistler Street, Manly. facebook.com/ surfcityjaffles/

Shop Spoilt for choice in Manly, browse the funky boutiques, from designer clothing to surf wear or check out the unique open-air weekend markets 9am-5pm, featuring local designs, art and fashion (weather permitting).

 Budgy Smuggler 1a/22 Darley Rd, Manly. budgysmuggler.com.au

 Manly Market Place Sydney Road, Manly. Manlymarketplace.com.au

7 Market Pl, Manly. donnys.com.au

 Manly Wine 8/13 S Steyne, Manly. manlywine.com.au

Explore Manly was recently voted on Tripadvisor as the Best Beach in Australia for the second year running! So why not get on down to the beach and grab a surfing lesson or explore Cabbage Tree Bay Marine Reserve with a guided snorkel tour by Ecotreasures. Want to stay dry? Why not bike the beach front then head on up to the North head national park. Looking for more local, insider’s knowledge? Drop into Hello Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre to grab your free map and hit the friendly staff up for all your booking and activity needs. While you’re there, check out the awesome locally sourced, unique gifts they have on offer.

 Hello Manly Manly Wharf Forecourt. Clockwise from top: Manly Wine; Manly Bike Tours; snorkelling at Manly; Manly peninsula.

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Harbour Town Spectacular fireworks, an internationally renowned yacht race and a world famous opera house. SYDNEY’S ICONIC HARBOUR HAS pretty much seen it all since Lieutenant James Cook arrived aboard the Endeavour in 1770 and named it Port Jackson. It was here that the first settlers set up camp in 1788 and the harbour has been an important part of city life ever since, used for transportation and recreation. Little wonder it is widely regarded as the greatest leisure harbour in the world. On any given day, the harbour is alive with boats of all shapes and sizes, be it passenger ferries, state-of-the-art yachts or kayakers. This is particularly true during the traditional Boxing Day launch of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, when hundreds of craft follow the racers out of the harbour. And on New Year’s Eve, there’s no better spot to be than on a boat beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the breathtaking fireworks display takes place in the skies above. While the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are its two most famous landmarks, the harbour has plenty more sights up its sleeve. Circular Quay, Luna Park and Anzac Bridge are all accessible and visible from the water along with hundreds of bays, coves,

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beaches and waterways. Several islands can also be found in the harbour, the most notable being Fort Denison, Shark Island and Cockatoo Island. With so much to see and do, it pays to plan ahead and the good news is that there are plenty of ways to get out on the water, designed to suit all budgets, time frames and interests. Multi-award winning Captain Cook Cruises offers premium dining, sightseeing, ferry and whale-watching cruises. The Harbour Story cruise combines premium sightseeing with the stories of Sydney’s most fascinating characters every day at 10am and 2.15pm from Circular Quay. Upgrade to the premium package including a glass of sparkling wine, morning and afternoon tea selections and coffee to order. Sydney’s official Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass includes up to 11 stops and up to two days to visit them. These red rocket ferries zoom between Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watson’s Bay, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Luna Park, Manly, Maritime Museum, Barangaroo, ICC Sydney and Darling Harbour with commentary. Start your journey from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Manly and save up to 75% on attraction entry with a Captain Cook cruise and attraction combo ticket including entry to Sydney’s most popular waterfront attractions. The company’s flagships Sydney 2000 and John Cadman 2 take Sydney Harbour dining to an impressive level. A comprehensive range of lunch, high tea and dinner options operate daily with a choice of contemporary Australian buffet, à la carte, and six-course degustation menus. Once a month, lunch on Sydney Harbour turns gold. Hosted by Captain Cook Cruises in partnership with Australia’s finest food and wine producers, the Gold Lunch is a unique dining experience. The cruise includes a seasonal six-course menu and a superior beverage selection. “Harbour Spice” on April 7 showcases the best of Asian cuisine, Australian wines and Asian beers.

Featuring a multi-cultural Asia-Pacific menu with dishes from China, Thailand and the Pacific. Barangaroo Fast Ferry is the new direct service between Manly and Barangaroo, Sydney’s newest and most exciting city precinct. From the calm headland reserve to the urban energy of the retail centre, Barangaroo is a place to meet, work, dine or relax. Captain Cook Cruises operates two fast vessels daily, with OpalPay cards accepted on all ferry services. See Sydney’s top harbour destinations with the one great value ticket, My Fast Ferry’s Hop On Hop Off Pass, which offers unlimited travel over a 48-hour period to seven iconic destinations: Manly, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay and the historic (and somewhat spooky at night) Quarantine Station. This ticket offers the most inclusions for your dollars spent, has the highest service frequency and the longest operating hours, so you don’t get stuck during a day trip with no way to get home again. The My Fast Ferry ticket also includes unlimited travel on the popular Manly Fast Ferry. If you only have a short window to see Sydney Harbour, take a one or twohour cruise. They're available daily, with regular departures from Wharf 6 Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, and include glimpses of all the harbour highlights. For those who are keen to see iconic Manly Beach, take the fast ferry and be at your destination in only 18 minutes, with services departing every 20 minutes from Circular Quay, Wharf 2. My Fast Ferry ticket offices are located on wharves 2 and 6 at Circular Quay, Manly Wharf and Darling Harbour, Pier 26 shop 2B. If you're not sure which is the best option for seeing all the sights, chat with the helpful My Fast Ferry staff about how to get the most out of your time on Sydney Harbour. Opal Cards are accepted on most My Fast Ferry services. You can also book trips ahead of time online at myfastferry.com.au

W HE RE TO B O O K :  CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES. Departs Wharf 6, Circular Quay and Pier 26, Darling Harbour. Tel: 9206 1111. captaincook.com.au barangaroofastferry.com.au  MY FAST FERRY. Harbour Sightseeing cruise departs Wharf 6, Circular Quay and to Manly departs Wharf 2, Circular Quay. The My Fast Ferry App is a free download for iOS and Android from myfastferry.com.au/app Tel: 9583 1199. myfastferry.com.au  SYDNEY HARBOUR ECO HOPPER. Tel: 9583 1199. ecohopper.com.au

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Australian opal is not only the world’s most fascinating and colourful gemstone, it can also be a sound long-term investment.

Fire from the Outback CALLED ‘THE RAINBOW STONE’ by Australia’s Aboriginal people, opal is without doubt one of nature’s most remarkable gifts. It is now recognised as one of the five precious gemstones in the world, along with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, and is an excellent investment. While small amounts of opals may be found in other countries such as Ethiopia, Mexico and the USA, Australia produces more than 90 per cent of the world’s supply. The romance of the opal is in the gem’s incredible ability to expose an infinite number of colours, forever moving with the light. Mined in the outback of Australia across three states, it is as much the call of the outback that lures the opal miner

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and keeps them going. Scorched landscapes and blazing red sunsets, the night stars from horizon to horizon, this is a hauntingly beautiful country that penetrates one’s soul. The elusive opal was formed millions of years ago when liquid silica filtered down into the faults and fissures of sedimentary rock. When the water content evaporated, tiny spheres of silica remained and over time were solidified. The intensity and combination of colour occur with such variety that each gem has an individual character. In 1964 the CSIRO (Australia’s national research laboratories) unlocked the riddle of why opals have such colours. Opal is composed of minute particles of silica in closely packed

spherical aggregates. It is the varying arrangement of these particles (and, of course, cavities) that causes the reflected light to be split into the full range of colours of the spectrum. There are three main production areas in Australia for mining opals. There’s the bright and beautiful Queensland boulder opal which is mined around the Quilpie area in Western Queensland. Lightning Ridge in New South Wales is the home of the famous black opal which derives its name from the colour of the nobbies or pieces of rough opal in which the gems are usually found. The third area is Coober Pedy and Mintabie in South Australia. Coober Pedy is an Aboriginal name, meaning ‘white man in a hole’, which describes


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(Opposite page) Jewellery designed by Fiona Altmann, Altmann + Cherny. (Above left) Opal jewellery from Giulians. (Above right) Opal jewellery from Vollé. (Left) Opal ring from Opal Minded.

The intensity and combination of colour occur with such variety that each gem has an individual character.

exactly what miners still do today— live underground to escape the fierce heat of summer. This is where the white or milk opals are mined. The value of an opal depends on the amount and brilliance of the colour, preferably being evenly distributed across the face of the polished gem. The greater the spectrum of colours from red to violet, the better, with crimson, reds and orange being rarer than the greens and blues. Milkiness, cloudiness or greyness detracts from the value. Ideally, the greater the number of colours, the more prized the gem,

and if these are arranged in a block pattern, more value is added. The extremes are pin-sized dots of colour (pinfire) to one large sheet of colour (broadflash) covering the whole stone. The elusive ‘harlequin’ is the ultimate in this form but is very rare. Shapes of the finished opal vary according to the characteristics of each stone. Boulder opal is usually cut in baroque or free form, whereas seam opal is at its best presented in cabochon (domed) form. If you are buying an unset opal, it is important to consider the way it will eventually be worn. For example, some opals will offer a better play of

colour when worn vertically, as in a brooch or pendant, whereas others are best flat, as in a ring setting. There is a great deal to consider when investing in your opal, but expert advice is available for your complete pleasure and pride in an ever-inspiring piece of jewellery. Above all, buy the opal colour that appeals to you. Enjoy your purchase, knowing it’s geologically millions of years old, but will give you pleasure every day of the year. Opals—truly nature’s own fireworks!

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Find Attention to Detail at 124 Shoes Not for your ordinary wardrobe update, 124 Shoes in Sydney’s The Galeries is one of only three stores in Australia (the other two are in Melbourne) selling meticulously handcrafted artisanal shoes. Entering 124 Shoes is akin to stepping back into a time before mass-market production. Dedicated to sourcing limited quantities of crafted footwear and leather goods from Italy’s finest manufacturing regions, the store itself maintains the same approach to service as they do to hand-selecting each pair of shoes, emphasising personalisation and attention to detail. Why not create your own stylish pair with their made-to-order service. The Galeries, Shop RG14, 500 George Street, Sydney. 9267 1246. 124shoes.com

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124 Shoes’ Sydney boutique stocks a beautiful handselected collection of artisan manufactured men’s and women’s footwear, bags, belts and leather accessories. 124 Shoes is dedicated to providing customers with the finest Italian and European handmade artisan shoes. Their philosophy is to provide a personalised service to those who have a deep appreciation for authentic footwear in limited quantities. The Galeries, Shop RG14, 500 George Street, Sydney. 9267 1246. 124shoes.com ET AL

Et Al has a cult fashion following as an Australian label that is well-known for its relaxed tailoring and timeless pieces that transcend gender, age and calibre. The staff are

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enlightening and provide a personalised styling service with extensive knowledge of the Et Al aesthetic. Et Al offers men’s and women’s clothing with an extensive size range available. Shop 40, Level 1, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9267 6476. etal-australia.com GORMAN

Australian fashion label Gorman brings fun and colour to their cool clothing. From dresses, tops, pants and jackets, to funky socks and shoes, Gorman offers a very unique and colourful take on Australian style, often in a range of quirky patterns and colours. Shop 18, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9269 0992. The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney. 9261 0971. gormanshop.com.au

MARINA RINALDI

Marina Rinaldi has been the leading plus-size fashion brand for over three decades. Designed with more curvy women in mind, Marina Rinaldi offers everything that one would expect from MaxMara’s sister company. From the world’s most desirable coats, daytime and evening wear, to flattering cuts and a thoroughly Italian sense of how to wear fashion. Shop 10, Upper Ground, Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney. 9221 5544. world.marinarinaldi.com SMOOTH

Smooth is Australia’s premier age-positive, sizepositive brand. Designers Amanda Owens and Catherine McQuade met in the 80s when Cathy’s pop group Deckchairs Overboard played at Amanda’s nightclub,

Stranded. They became best friends and in 2000 launched Smooth, designing elegant but funky pieces for women over 40. 100% Australianmade, they offer an exclusive range of both special event and casual wear. 139 George Street, The Rocks. 9252 7451. smoothaustralia.com.au

BOOKS AND MUSIC

BOOKS KINOKUNIYA

In the heart of the city, stop by the enormous Books Kinokuniya and browse their extensive collection of manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books and children’s literature. This Japanese chain also has a great range of Chinese books and magazines. Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney. 9262 7996. kinokuniya.com.au


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DYMOCKS

This Australian book retailer has a huge flagship store on George Street offering three floors of every genre imaginable. There’s a large selection of children’s books downstairs, as well as a variety of stationery and gifts. Relax with a book at the café on the second floor. 424 George Street (between King and Market Streets), Sydney. 9235 0155. dymocks.com.au

DEPARTMENT STORES

DAVID JONES

David Jones is the oldest department store in the world that is still operating under its own name. An Australian institution, its fashion shows are the main highlight of every fashion season. It is here

that you'll find a range of leading Australian fashion designers, such as Camilla, Carla Zampatti and Zimmermann. Don't miss the spectacular underground food hall! 86–108 Castlereagh Street and 65–77 Market Street, Sydney. 9266 5544. davidjones.com.au MYER

Myer is Australia’s largest department store group. They stock everything from fashion, accessories, beauty and fragrances to electrical goods and homewares. A leader in the fashion and style stakes for over 100 years, they offer a wide range of top fashion brands including Cue, Tony Bianco and Wayne Cooper. 436 George Street, Sydney. 8015 6580. myer.com.au

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T GALLERIA BY DFS

The only luxury duty- and tax-free destination in Sydney stocks over 150 brands to choose from, including exclusive collections and a wide range of local products. This is your trusted source for the finest in fashion and accessories, beauty and fragrances, watches and jewellery, and wines and spirits, all at highly competitive prices. Bilingual staff are on hand to offer product expertise. 155 George Street, The Rocks. 8243 8666. dfs.com/en/sydney

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MARIMEKKO

A visit to Finnish design house, Marimekko, is a treat for all design lovers. From

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their bold colourful designs to their quality crafted homewares, Marimekko is renowned the world over. Pick up delightful design pieces including clothing, shoes, fabric, bags, crockery, glassware, bedding and more. Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre, Shop 2011/2012, Level 2, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney. 9222 4356. marimekko.com.au VICTORIA’S BASEMENT

As the largest retailer in the Queen Victoria Building, Victoria’s Basement has created an inviting shopping bazaar stocking the city’s finest selection of premium giftware, crystal, china, collectables, homeware and kitchenware at heavily discounted prices. Shop for world-

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Kalmar Antiques, where you can hold a piece of history in your hand. KALMAR ANTIQUES, top floor Shop 23, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney. Open 7 days.

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famous brands at their world-famous basement prices. Basement Level, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9261 2674. victoriasbasement.com.au

JEWELLERY

ALTMANN + CHERNY

To discover the mystical, unique Australian opal look no further than the experience and passion of this third-generation family business. Celebrating their 70-year anniversary in 2018, Altmann + Cherny is internationally recognised as the oldest Australian opal jeweller. The extraordinary artistic talent of Fiona Altmann is highlighted in her stunning jewellery designs. The shape and colour of the opal is carefully considered when designing the setting to highlight the natural beauty of the opal. 18 Pitt Street, (Circular Quay) Sydney. 9251 9477. altmanncherny.com.au GIULIANS

Visit this family-owned European-style jewellery salon and discover exceptional pieces handcrafted from Australian opals; South Sea pearls; and pink, champagne, cognac and white diamonds. Giulians’ highly trained, multilingual staff will welcome you to a relaxed atmosphere that recalls the intimacy and tradition of a bygone era. Giulians offers quality pieces of original design and remarkable beauty. Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, Shop 4, 199 George Street, Sydney. 98 Harrington Street, Sydney. 9247 5630. giulians.com

KALMAR ANTIQUES

Kalmar Antiques is a secondgeneration, family-owned business that has made a name for itself as one of Australia’s leading antique stores. Dealing in elegant, antique jewellery from the Georgian era of the 1700s to today, they also deal in fine quality clocks, pocket watches and wrist watches from such brands as Rolex, Omega and Cartier—just to name a few. Shop 23, Level 2, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9264 3663. kalmarantiques.com.au LONGINES

Introducing the Longines DolceVita collection, where steel and gold combine to embody glamour and grace. Inspired by the concept of la dolce vita, the new range of watches is an homage to the sweetness of life. Longines has blended rose gold and steel in the new collection to create an elegant, feminine range. The solid rose gold crown and the touch of pink on the dial match the rose gold and steel watch band. The DolceVita models are also offered in a version set with diamonds. These timekeepers are available in four sizes and house a quartz movement. Each watch features a silvercoloured “flinquè” dial and a steel and rose gold cap bracelet. Shop for your own timepiece at the Longines boutique in the Queen Victoria Buidling. Shop 10-12, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9267 0065. longines.com.au THE NATIONAL OPAL COLLECTION

As one of Australia’s leading opal companies, this centre houses the

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finest collection of opal specimens on display anywhere in the world. A must for overseas visitors interested in Australia’s national gemstone, entry to this museum is free. Walk through the opal mine and watch opals being cut, while the showroom displays the largest range of opals and opal jewellery anywhere in Australia. 60 Pitt Street, Sydney. 9247 6344. nationalopal.com OPAL MINDED

The Opal Minded store was founded in 1989 and grew out of the continuing family tradition of opal mining of its founder, John Bernard-Benny. Directly from its own mines in Queensland, Opal Minded offers an unmatched collection of mesmerising Jundah-Opalville opals, which have benchmarked Australian boulder opals since the late 19th century. Opal Minded’s classic and contemporary designs captivate and impress. 55A George Street, The Rocks. 9247 9885. opalminded.com TAG HEUER

This prestige watch brand uses the finest Swiss watchmaking traditions to create quality timepieces. The Sydney TAG Heuer boutique in Pitt Street Mall stocks a wide range of sporting and elegant timepieces. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is the Swiss watchmaker’s signature Chronograph. With a 45mm steel modular case and a contemporary sports design, this dynamic timepiece features TAG Heuer’s in-house Calibre Heuer 01 movement. Available from TAG Heuer

boutiques and online. Cnr Pitt and Market Streets, Sydney. 8223 6200. tagheuer.com.au VOLLÉ JEWELLERY

In the heart of Sydney lies Vollé Jewellery, your passport to the most beautiful Australian opals, South Sea pearls and Argyle pink diamonds that Australia has to offer. Vollé offers an unparalleled jewellery experience for international visitors, who are taken back to the Victorian era as they browse the comprehensive range, with everything from small gifts to precious and rare Australian gems. 149 York Street, (cnr 80 Druitt Street), Sydney. 9269 0898. vollejewellery.com

SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

BIRKENHEAD POINT OUTLET CENTRE

Sydney’s original and largest outlet centre is situated just 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD by the Shopper Hopper from Circular Quay or Harbourside, bus, taxi, car or water taxi, and offers up to 70% off regular retail prices. Birkenhead Point is home to over 120 of your favourite national and international brands including Hugo Boss, Oroton, Nike, Country Road, Calvin Klein, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sheridan, Levi’s, Peter Alexander, The Academy Brand, Hype DC, Tommy Hilfiger and Brooks Brothers. 19 Roseby Street, Drummoyne. 9812 8800. birkenheadpoint.com.au THE GALERIES

This boutique shopping haven is where shoppers go to find one-off pieces. The slick minimalist design features four levels and a central piazza area.


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Welcome to the Smooth Story: Amanda and Cathy met in the 80’s when Cathy’s band Deckchairs Overboard played at Amanda’s nightclub ‘Stranded’. Two girls in a male dominated universe they became instant best friends. In 2000 over a bottle of bubbles, they formed Smooth to design for women like themselves (NOT GIRLS), who enjoy life, colour and style. Smooth’s emphasis is on: Natural fibres

Flattering, luxury looks ●

A playful attitude for ALL SHAPES AND SIZES ●

Proudly and entirely Australian made ●

Amanda Owens

Open 7 Days

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Smooth is located at 139 George St, The Rocks, Sydney Visit smoothaustralia.com.au Ph: 02 9252 7451


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Speciality shops include Books Kinokuniya, Sydney’s largest global bookstore; MUJI; JB HiFi; The Body Shop; and fashion stores including 124 Shoes; Incu; and Carhartt. 500 George Street, Sydney. 9265 6800. thegaleries.com HARBOURSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE

Harbourside is located on the water’s edge of Darling Harbour, with stores specialising in one-off pieces from local designers and artists, and best of all, Harbourside is open until 9pm every day. With more than 30 eateries, there’s also a mouth-watering array of international cuisine with Eat Street and the Promenade Eatery offering everything from a quick snack to an indulgent dinner. 2–10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour. 8398 5700. harbourside.com.au PITT STREET MALL

Pitt Street Mall, located in the centre of the CBD and nestled beneath the iconic Sydney Tower, is the heart of Sydney shopping. Linking shoppers with Westfield Sydney, The Strand, MidCity, flagship fashion boutiques and major department stores like Myer, it is a destination in itself. Pitt Street, Sydney. pittstreetmall.com.au QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING

Over 100 years old, this stately icon fills an entire city block. Housing some of Sydney’s most stylish fashion boutiques, art, jewellery and antique stores, restaurants and cafés over five levels, QVB is a truly chic shopping experience. 455 George Street, Sydney. 9265 6800. qvb.com.au

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THE ROCKS

Wander the historic cobblestoned laneways and charming streets of The Rocks and discover a hidden world of funky boutiques and luxury brands. The Rocks is the home of bespoke fashion where you’ll find something that’s a perfect fit just for you. You can buy unique jewellery, clothing, Australian art, photography and authentic Indigenous artefacts. George Street and surrounds, The Rocks. therocks.com STRAND ARCADE

This iconic structure is part of Sydney’s history, with fashion, jewellery and accessories on display. The Strand is home to

Australian designer fashion boutiques including Alex Perry, Akira and Lover, while jewellery stores include Dinosaur Designs, Mondial by Nadia Neuman and Victoria Buckley Jewellery. 412–414 George Street, Sydney. 9265 6800. strandarcade.com.au WESTFIELD SYDNEY

Westfield Sydney offers over 300 fashion, lifestyle and food speciality stores, delivering an unrivalled shopping experience in the heart of the CBD. The centre is divided into a series of distinct precincts, such as luxury, urban, Australian and international designers. Stores include TOD’s, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Zara, CHANEL, Ignazia, Carla Zampatti,

Secrets, Mulberry, Prada, Zimmermann and more. Corner Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney. 8236 9200. westfield.com.au/sydney WORLD SQUARE

Offering fresh and prepared food, a unique selection of fashion, homewares, lifestyle items and services with over 90 specialty retailers, World Square is located on the CBD’s bustling George Street and spans three levels of an entire city block. Enjoy lunch in the relaxing Open Air Square, which is surrounded by restaurants and cafés. 644 George Street, Sydney. 8275 6777. worldsquare.com.au


AUSTRALIAN OPALS GIULIANS—Uniquely Australian. Exceptional jewels

OPAL MINDED is the one and only opal jewellery

of the highest quality are designed and handcrafted

store in Sydney that operates its own mines, and the

exclusively for you in Giulians’ on-premises studio,

only one in the world with an extensive collection

featuring Australian opals, South Sea pearls, precious

of award-winning opals from Jundah-Opalville in

gems, pink and white diamonds. Giulians, established

Queensland. Established in 1989, this luxury boutique

since 1966, has an enviable international reputation. For

grew out of the familial opal-mining tradition with

over 50 years this family business has devoted several

roots in the opal fields of Coober Pedy in the 1960s.

generations to understanding their clients’ needs.

Nowadays, Opal Minded’s founder and director,

This long and personal journey has positioned the

John Bernard personally chaperons his opals from

Giulians name at the forefront of the jewellery industry.

the moment they see the daylight for the first time

Gary Coffey, Giulians’ creative Director, embraces each

in millions of years to the moment you fall in love

client encounter as if it were his most important to

with them in Sydney. John’s wife, Renata, together

date. His designs are expressions of unique style and

with Opal Minded’s talented multilingual team,

craftsmanship. Enjoy the luxurious ambience in Giulians’

delivers bespoke jewellery designs, which turn

store while you discover the secrets of Australia’s

heads worldwide.

opals and precious gems. In a relaxed and unhurried

Opal Minded is conveniently located in the

atmosphere family members and staff warmly welcome

historical The Rocks precinct. Open seven days a

visitors with specialist training. Conveniently located

week, Opal Minded delights in offering such special

on the fringes of the historic Rocks district, Giulians is

services as by-appointment or private shopping

within walking distance of Sydney’s five star hotels.

experiences, at your request or convenience.

GIULIANS

10am–5pm. Tel: (02) 9247 5630. giulians.com.au

Trusted by TripAdvisor travellers. OPAL MINDED 55a George Street, The Rocks. Open daily 9am–6.30pm. Tel: (02) 9247 9885. opalminded.com

VOLLÉ JEWELLERY—For beautiful Australian Opals,

ALTMANN + CHERNY. To discover the mystical

Pearls and Pink diamonds, go where locals love to buy.

Australian Opal look no further than the experience

Vollé Jewellery specialise in the most beautiful and

and passion of this third-generation family business.

uniquely crafted jewellery for men and women. Their

Celebrating their 70-year anniversary in 2018, Altmann

experienced pearl, opal and pink diamond specialists offer

+ Cherny is internationally recognised as the oldest

an unparalleled jewellery experience, outstanding quality,

Australian opal specialists.

Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 199 George Street, Sydney. Open Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat–Sun

and incredible value for money. At Vollé, their award-

From humble beginnings, two refugees from war-torn

winning designers, highly trained multi lingual sales staff

Europe, John Altmann and Rudi Cherny were fascinated

and a truly unique interactive video experience will guide

with Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal. They

you through the wonders of Australia’s greatest treasures.

established Altmann + Cherny and became a leading

Visit Vollé to learn, without any pressure, from their team

authority on this unique gem. In 1956 an amazing opal

lead by Gemmologists and Diamond graders about the

was added to their private collection. Now on permanent

unique qualities of Australian Gemstones in a pleasant

display at Altmann + Cherny’s Pitt Street showroom, “The

and relaxed atmosphere. They have loose gems and

Olympic Australis” is the world’s largest and most valuable

jewellery to suit every budget, from simple, yet stunning

gem opal as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

gifts, to major investment pieces of incredible beauty and

Today, Altmann + Cherny continues to share the

value. Vollé have a strong market presence and superb

magic of Australian opals. Continuing her grandfather’s

international reputation. Every gem purchased comes with

passion, Fiona Altmann and her team will share their

a certificate of authenticity and an international guarantee. VOLLÉ JEWELLERY 149 York Street, corner 80 Druitt Street (opposite QVB and Town Hall), Sydney. Open Mon–Sat 9.30am–7pm, Sun 10.30am–6.30pm. Tel: (02) 9269 0898. vollejewellery.com

knowledge and help you create memories of Australia to take home that will last for generations. ALTMANN + CHERNY – OPAL SPECIALISTS 18 Pitt Street, (Circular Quay) Sydney.Open Mon–Fri 9.30am–5:30pm, Sat–Sun 10am–4pm. Tel: (02) 9251 9477. altmanncherny.com.au

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Art Seven Sisters at Kate Owen Gallery A stellar show at Kate Owen Gallery this month, “Seven Sisters” depicts the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of the Napaljarri-wanu Jukurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming), a tale of lust, love, passion and anger. Experience the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters, who travelled across land and sky in an attempt to escape from the ancestral Jakamarra man who was in love with them. This epic narrative is explored from the perspective of a number of Australian Indigenous artists, culminating in an exhibition of works that are as intricate as they are expansive. “Seven Sisters” participating artists include Athena Nangala Granites, Andrea Adamson and Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi. April 13 to May 12. 680 Darling Street, Rozelle. 9555 5283. kateowengallery.com

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (4A) presents a dynamic program of Asian contemporary art. With a focus on art that addresses the Asian-Australian experience, as well as fostering an understanding between different cultures, 4A is a hidden arts gem near the city’s Chinatown precinct. 181–187 Hay Street, Sydney. 9212 0380. 4a.com.au ABORIGINAL ART GALLERIES

Aboriginal Art Galleries is Sydney’s largest collaborative of Indigenous art galleries, presenting over 140 artists from which to choose. They have on offer Aboriginal artworks, didgeridoos, sculptures, totem poles and other artefacts. View a large variety of beautiful affordable or investment artworks by Dorothy Napangardi, Walangkura Napanangka, Minnie Pwerle and Kudditji Kngwarreye. Opera Quays, Shop 13, 2 East Circular Quay. Queen Victoria Building, Shop

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47–51, Level 2, 455 George Street, Sydney. 1300 385 862. aboriginalartgalleries.com.au AMBUSH GALLERY

aMBUSH Gallery is an award-winning gallery space that programs an innovative collection of artworks and art activations. The exhibitions engage and entertain audiences, whilst providing sustainable futures for emerging and established artists. 4A James Street, Waterloo. 8399 0707. ambushgallery.com ARTSPACE

Delivering an array of art that challenges both ideas of our times and the audience, Artspace is located within the historic Gunnery building at Woolloomooloo. Artspace presents a range of exhibitions and public programs that deepen our understanding of contemporary art. 43–51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo. 9356 0555. artspace.org.au BRETT WHITELEY STUDIO

Brett Whiteley Studio was the workplace and home of Australian artist, Brett

Whiteley (1939–92). The studio is complete with his unfinished paintings, art equipment and collections of reference books. There are changing exhibitions of the artist’s works including paintings, drawings, sculpture and graphics. Also on display is memorabilia such as photographs, objects, postcards, furniture, his music collection and sketchbooks. 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills. 9225 1881. artgallery.nsw.gov.au/ brett-whiteley-studio KATE OWEN GALLERY

Located 10 minutes from the CBD and spread over three levels, this gallery stocks a huge range of contemporary Indigenous art of note including pieces from Gloria Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle and Emily Kngwarreye, and a host of other accomplished and emerging artists. Offering personalised service, their friendly staff are on hand to assist with any queries you may have. 680 Darling Street, Rozelle. 9555 5283. kateowengallery.com

NORMAN LINDSAY GALLERY

Located at Faulconbridge in the beautiful Blue Mountains, the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum celebrates the life and work of Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), best known for his classic children’s book “The Magic Pudding”. Explore the landscaped gardens, then head inside the historic sandstone cottage which is now home to an exhibition of Lindsay’s work, including watercolours, sculptures, and memorabilia. 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. 4751 1067. normanlindsay.com.au ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY

This well-known contemporary art gallery is owned by Roslyn Oxley. The gallery is a strong supporter of modern art displaying international and Australian artists. Artists from past exhibitions include Brook Andrew, Del Kathryn Barton, Fiona Hall and Patricia Piccinini. 8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden Street), Paddington. 9331 1919. roslynoxley9.com.au

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Art WHITE RABBIT GALLERY

White Rabbit Gallery is home to an impressive collection of contemporary Chinese art. Founded by Kerr and Judith Neilson, it focuses on works produced after the year 2000. There are two new exhibitions hung each year, and admission to the gallery is free. 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale. 8399 2867. whiterabbitcollection.org

MUSEUMS

ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia’s most significant and popular museums, offering five levels of art. Experience the extensive collection of Australian art, Aboriginal art, the Asian wing with works from China, Japan and South-East Asia, and European art from the Renaissance to Victorian times. Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney. Special exhibitions may be ticketed. 1800 679 278. artgallery.nsw.gov.au MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA

The MCA is Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art, dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world. With a continually changing program of exhibitions and stimulating events there’s always something new and inspiring to see. 140 George Street, The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm except Wednesday 10am–9pm. Free admission. Special exhibitions may be ticketed. 9245 2400. mca.com.au

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Explore The Rocks Walking Tours There’s no better way to get amongst the history of Sydney than a walking tour of The Rocks, one of the city’s most heritage-rich areas. The Rocks Walking Tours does the hard work for you, leading you to a mix of iconic landmarks and hidden gems—all while providing a running commentary of fascinating local tidbits. Not just educational, you’re also guaranteed breathtaking scenery as you walk along the Sydney Harbour shoreline and all its famed landmarks. 10.30am and 1.30pm daily. Tours leave from Shop 4A Clocktower Square, cnr Argyle and Harrington Streets, The Rocks. 9247 6678. rockswalkingtours.com.au

CAR RENTALS

CRUISES

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BARANGAROO FAST FERRY

Wherever you are going Avis will help get you there with a wide range of vehicles available to hire. For a stressfree car rental experience, you can rely on Avis. 136 333. avis.com.au

Barangaroo Fast Ferry is the new direct ferry service between Sydney’s Barangaroo city precinct and Manly. Barangaroo’s vibrant urban energy makes for an ideal place to meet before a trip to Manly, or to relax and dine at the array of harbourside bars and restaurants. OpalPay Cards accepted. King St Wharf 1, Barangaroo. captaincook.com.au

BRUNEL

Brunel Worldwide Chauffeur Drive is a boutique luxury transport service. Capture the exciting atmosphere of Sydney in the air-conditioned comfort of a Brunel chauffeured car. They offer personalised touring around Sydney and its environs, including airport transfers. Enjoy luxury limos in Sydney, with total security, privacy and confidentiality. 1300 855 955. brunelchauffeurdrive.com.au EAST COAST CAR RENTALS

With great online deals and low rates, East Coast Car Rentals make booking a hire car easy. They have new or near-new models available from a variety of reputable manufacturers including Hyundai, Toyota and Honda. 151 William Street, Darlinghurst. 200 O’Riordan Street, Mascot. 1800 EAST COAST (1800 327 826). eastcoastcarrentals.com.au

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CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES

Discover Sydney’s most famous icon—the beautiful Sydney Harbour—on a Captain Cook Cruise. With a range of award-winning dining and sightseeing cruises, the official 2-Day Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer Pass can take you to up to 12 destinations, with special cruises held for big events such as Australia Day and New Year’s Eve. You won’t want to miss a minute of what Sydney’s amazing harbour has to offer. Wharf 6 Circular Quay, King St Wharf 1, Manly Wharf & Pier 26 Darling Harbour. 9206 1111. captaincook.com.au

FANTASEA

Fantasea Cruising offers a wide variety of harbour cruise experiences, from hop-on hop-off cruises, to morning tea cruises to water taxis. Enjoy a variety of classic Aussie touches on the Sydney Harbour Snapshot Cruise. You’ll get up close and personal with various iconic sites in the harbour. 1800 326 822. fantasea.com.au MY FAST FERRY

My Fast Ferry is the perfect way to explore Sydney, and with so many options available there is sure to be something for everyone. Book online at myfastferry. com.au or purchase tickets directly via the MyFastFerry app. The EcoHopper 24-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass visits popular harbour locations: Manly, Darling Harbour, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison, Quarantine Station, Circular Quay, Rose Bay, Pyrmont Bay and Milson’s Point. If you are heading to Manly, catch the fast ferry. It only takes 18 minutes and services depart every 20 minutes from Wharf 2. Harbour Sightseeing cruise departs Wharf 6, Circular

Quay and to Manly departs Wharf 2, Circular Quay. 9583 1199. myfastferry.com.au ZOO EXPRESS

The Zoo Express makes getting to Taronga Zoo fun, as it lets you relax and enjoy the scenic feast of the Harbour. The Zoo Express includes your return rocket ferry with commentary, entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car. Zoo Express leaves from Darling Harbour, Watsons Bay or Circular Quay and departs approximately every 30 to 45 minutes. Tickets are available from Captain Cook Cruises. 9206 1111. captaincook.com.au

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION For trip planning, routes and maps for all public transport in Sydney, including trains, buses, light rail and ferries visit transportnsw.info BUSES

There are major bus terminals at Wynyard Station (York Street), the Queen Victoria Building (York Street), and Railway Square. Buses operate right across Sydney, with


Explore priority routes in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) along Elizabeth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street. To travel on public transport in Sydney, you will need an Opal Card. Don’t forget to tap on and tap off! transportnsw.info FERRIES

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Circular Quay is the main ferry hub in Sydney with ferries departing from a number of wharves. From Circular Quay you can travel by ferry to numerous tourist destinations including Cockatoo Island, Barangaroo, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Manly. transportnsw.info LIGHT RAIL

The Sydney Light Rail network links the hub of Central Station with Sydney’s inner-west via Pyrmont, Glebe, Leichhardt North, and Lewisham West right through to Dulwich Hill. Sydney Light Rail is a comfortable, convenient and efficient mode of transport. Tap on and off with your Opal Card when you use light rail. The network is currently being extended through the CBD. Road closures and diversions are in place. transportnsw.info OPAL CARD

Opal Card is an electronic ‘smart card’ ticketing system used throughout the public transport system in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Illawarra and the Southern Highlands, which allows easy and convenient travel across the ferry, rail, light rail and bus networks. Simply tap on at the start of your journey before you board, then tap off

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as you are leaving. Opal Cards can be purchased from various retailers throughout Sydney. opal.com.au TRAINS

Sydney Trains has eight lines, each colour coded for easy identification. In the City, trains run through the City Circle line from Central on to Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James, Museum and back to Central. Sydney Trains operate throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. NSW TrainLink serves more than 480 destinations by train and coach throughout NSW. Intercity trains link the South Coast, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Hunter regions of NSW. Regional trains and coaches link the Southern, Western, North Western and North Coast regions of NSW as well as linking Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane. transportnsw.info

TOURS

AAT KINGS

AAT Kings brings Sydney and surrounds to life with a range of half day and full day tours. Discover the majestic Blue Mountains, explore the scenic Hunter Valley wine region, visit Australia’s capital Canberra or see Sydney’s fabulous city sights. You’ll enjoy stress-free travel, luxury air-conditioned coaches, expert commentary and all the must-see highlights. Their friendly and engaging Driver Guides will enhance your experience with stories, local knowledge and a sense of fun. AAT Kings also offers select free hotel pick-ups so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your day. 1300 228 546. aatkings.com

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ABORIGINAL HERITAGE TOUR AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS SYDNEY

Head to the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and learn all about the area’s Indigenous heritage on an Aboriginal Heritage Tour. Join your Aboriginal tour guide to learn about the Cadigal people—the traditional owners of the Sydney city area. Depending on the season you’ll forage and eat Australian Bush Foods as you walk and talk. Learn about the diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney region with an Aboriginal guide in the heart of the city. Uncover the Royal Botanic Garden’s rich Aboriginal heritage by exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts and tastings of bush foods. Mon–Sat 10–11.30am (excluding public holidays). Meet at the Garden Shop, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au BONZA BIKE TOURS

For a guided bike tour around Sydney head to Bonza Bike Tours. These tours offer a fun, safe way to get around, with their guides showing you where to go. Try the Sydney Classic tour to take in all the city’s famous sights, or perhaps try the Sydney Harbour Bridge ride and ride across this marvellous icon. 30 Harrington Street, The Rocks. 9247 8800. bonzabiketours.com SEGWAY TOURS

Take a guided Segway Tour at Newington Armory in Sydney Olympic Park. Zoom around the historic grounds of the Armory for

a fun outdoor adventure. You can cruise up and around on paths, through grassed areas, around old bunkers and heritage-listed buildings and travel across a variety of different terrain. Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park. 1300 85 99 83. segwaytours.com.au SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND TOUR

Sporting fans will love the Sydney Cricket Ground Guided Walking Tour, which takes you all around the famed Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Allianz Stadium and SCG Museum. It is available to the public most days of the year (some blockout days apply when events are on) and caters to all sports lovers. You’ll get to visit the television commentary box, get your chance to be a journalist in the press rooms, and take in the incredible views from the top of the grandstands. Then you’ll get a fascinating look into the history of this marvellous venue at the SCG Museum. Mon–Sat at 10am. Tours depart from the Venue Services Office, Gate A, Allianz Stadium forecourt, Driver Avenue, Moore Park. scgtour.com.au SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOURS

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and completed in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most famous structures. You can now see inside the world’s most recognisable sails on a variety of Sydney Opera House tours. The Sydney Opera House Tour is a classic choice and it runs daily, offering an up-close look inside this architectural gem. Visit areas off-limits to the public and uncover the

stories and history behind this special building. The Sydney Opera House Tour is also available in different languages including Mandarin, Japanese, German, French, Spanish and Korean. Explore behind-the-scenes on the Backstage Tour. Walk through the performers’ rehearsal spaces and hear insider secrets. The Taste of the Opera House tour only operates monthly but is a foodie’s dream as you wine and dine your way around the Sydney Opera House’s restaurants and bars, including Portside Sydney and Bennelong. Visit the Welcome Centre or Box Office to book tours. Sydney Opera House. Tours leave every half hour from 9am–5pm daily. 9250 7250. sydneyoperahouse.com/tours THE ROCKS GHOST TOURS

For a fun, spooky, and educational time try a Rocks Ghost Tour. Their adult tours operate every night of the week, and you’ll learn about the hauntings, hangings and murders that have occurred in the area. Beware of strange sightings and spiritual encounters. Tours nightly. 9241 1283. ghosttours.com.au THE ROCKS WALKING TOUR

Explore the history of Sydney on The Rocks Walking Tour. These tours are both entertaining and informative as you walk the cobblestone streets of The Rocks and learn about the area’s unique past from your friendly guides. You’ll get to wander down hidden alleyways, discover secret nooks and crannies, and understand the living history and heritage of Australia’s first British settlement. Departing daily at


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10.30am and 1.30pm. Shop 4A, Clocktower Square, cnr Argyle and Harrington Streets, The Rocks. 9247 6678. rockswalkingtours.com.au

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES The city’s Visitor Information Centres are one-stop shops for all your visitor information needs. Staff are on hand to assist visitors with maps, brochures and other information regarding activities and travel around Sydney and New South Wales, including a free booking service. SYDNEY VISITOR CENTRE

Centrally located in the historic Rocks area, Sydney Visitor Centre is a great

starting point when exploring The Rocks. Shop 1–2, The Rocks Centre, Corner Playfair and Argyle Streets, The Rocks. Daily 9.30am–5.30pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). 8273 0000. australianvisitorcentres.com.au/nsw HELLO MANLY INFORMATION AND BOOKING CENTRE

As soon as you step off the ferry in Manly, head to the Hello Manly Information and Booking Centre for advice on what to do, where to go and how to spend your time in this coastal town. Manly Wharf Forecourt, Manly. Daily Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, weekends 10am–4pm (except

Christmas Day). 9976 1430. hellomanly.com.au

WATER TAXIS Water taxis are an easy and convenient way to crisscross the harbour, whether heading out on a day trip or needing a safe way to return home after a night out. There are a range of different water taxi companies available in Sydney to take you from shore to shore at a moment’s notice. H2O MAXI TAXIS

Professional and reliable on-time service awaits at H20 Maxi Taxis. If you have a large or small group, this is a safe and fast way to transport them across the harbour. 1300 420 829. h2owatertaxis.com.au

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Fantasea Cruising operates the Yellow Water Taxis on Sydney Harbour. They offer a large and safe fleet of yellow water taxis to get you around the harbour, whether you are in need of a harbour shuttle or a sightseeing cruise. 1800 326 822. yellowwatertaxis.com.au

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Sights Behind the Scenes Sensory Tour Eschewing the "do not touch" rule of many botanic gardens, the latest tour experience at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney draws you into a tactile world of textures and aromas. The "Behind the Scenes Sensory Tour" allows you to touch, taste and smell unique and visually stunning plants. Be lead by an experienced guide and unearth hidden stories on this 1.5-hour behind-the-scenes walking tour. Gain exclusive access to the private glasshouses, home to rare and priceless exotic subtropical plants and capture spectacular photos of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Every Tue & Fri,11am–12.30 pm, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

BONDI BEACH

Australia’s most famous beach is popular no matter what time of the year it is. The golden sands and gentle blue waves are great for swimming and learning to surf. Walk along the shore, take a dip in the water or relax on the sand—Bondi Beach is Sydney at its best. Campbell Parade, Bondi. BRIDGECLIMB

Located on Sydney Harbour Bridge, BridgeClimb is one of the city’s favourite pastimes. More than 3 million people have ventured across the catwalks, ladders and arches to get to the 134-metre-high peak, looking down over the shimmering harbour and across to the immense city skyscrapers. 3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. 8274 7777. bridgeclimb.com COCKATOO ISLAND

Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage island located in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Explore the island through its

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numerous walking paths and tunnels, and learn more about the convict history of this former ship building dockyard. You can even stay overnight in the campground. Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. 8969 2100. cockatooisland.gov.au DARLING HARBOUR

This waterside precinct is renowned for its vast array of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum and a children’s playground. From the city, walk down Market or Bathurst Streets and across the footbridge. 9240 8500. darlingharbour.com FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK

Located in Sydney’s west, Featherdale Wildlife Park is a hands-on wildlife experience with a focus on animal education. From koalas, kangaroos and wombats, through to snakes, crocodiles, lizards, birds and more, you’ll get

to see so many animals up close. You can even have a personal encounter with a koala, owl, reptile or dingo. 217–229 Kildare Road, Doonside. Daily 8am–5pm. 9622 1644. featherdale.com.au LUNA PARK SYDNEY

Luna Park is Sydney’s top entertainment precinct of many faces! Bring the family and enjoy a day of fun on The Wild Mouse—Sydney’s favourite rollercoaster, the ferris wheel, Coney Island, mirror maze or the numerous other rides and attractions. 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point. Opening times vary, check online. 9922 6644. lunaparksydney.com MADAME TUSSAUDS SYDNEY

The world-famous wax attraction Madame Tussauds Sydney allows you to get up close and personal with over 70 of the world’s iconic celebrities and our very own Aussie stars! With nine exciting, interactive zones Madame Tussauds combines glitz and glamour with incredible history.

Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 10am–6pm. madametussauds.com.au/ sydney/en/ MANLY

One of Sydney’s favourite beachside suburbs is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. The trip on the Manly Ferry is spectacular and once in Manly, there is so much to do. Take a surf lesson, go for a dip, hire a bike and ride along the beachfront or stroll around to beautiful Shelly Beach and go for a snorkel. Then there are the many restaurants and bars in which to sit back and relax by the seaside. Manly. 9976 1430. hellomanly.com.au THE MINT

The Mint is one of Sydney CBD’s oldest public buildings and is an historic coining factory. The building was constructed in 1811–1816 as the south wing of Governor Macquarie’s General Hospital for convicts. The hospital became known as the ‘Rum Hospital’, because it was built in exchange for exclusive rights for three merchants to import

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45,000 gallons of spirits to the colony. 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Mon–Fri 9.30am– 5pm (closed weekends). 8239 2288. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/ the-mint PYLON LOOKOUT

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge then head up to the 200 stairs to the Pylon Lookout for mindblowing panoramic views. There is an exhibition inside the pylon where you can learn more about the construction of the bridge. Cahill Expressway, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney. Daily 10am–5pm. 9240 1100. pylonlookout.com.au THE ROCKS

This historic precinct is located north of the CBD,

between Circular Quay and Walsh Bay. Wander the cobblestoned streets and discover the many stories from The Rocks’ convict past at The Rocks Discovery Museum. Check out the markets at the weekends, then head to one of the many restaurants and bars in the area. Be sure to drop by one of The Rocks’ historic pubs for a drink or two with locals. The Rocks. therocks.com SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUARIUM

Be taken on a journey of amazing discovery through 14 themed areas, including the tropical Bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, South Coast Shipwreck, Dugong Island and more. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is also home to the world’s largest

collection of Australian aquatic life. Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour. Daily 10am–7pm. sydneyaquarium.com.au SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

The star of our New Year’s Eve fireworks and probably the most photographed man-made structure in Australia, the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 as the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. More than 200,000 cars travel over the bridge every day. Climb up the 200 stairs in the South East Pylon to the lookout and check out the museum inside. SYDNEY OBSERVATORY

The Sydney Observatory at The Rocks is consistently ranked by Sydneysiders as one of the city’s favourite

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attractions. It’s the place to enjoy a starry night, watch a 3D show, and learn about the universe. The Observatory is also a favourite romantic destination for locals and runs shows by day and by night. 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point. 9217 0111. sydneyobservatory.com.au SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

An easy train or ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD will get you to Sydney Olympic Park. Built for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sydney Olympic Park is now known as one of Sydney’s major sporting and entertainment venues. There are lots of familyfriendly activities to enjoy and plenty of green spaces to explore. Australia Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park. 9714 7888. sydneyolympicpark.com.au SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Garden Art Month Come to the Royal Botanic Garden this April to celebrate nature as a powerful inspiration for artists.

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The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognised buildings in the world. It was designed by architect Jørn Utzon and opened in 1973. Today it is home to a huge program of events encompassing music, theatre, dance, ideas, comedy and more. You can take a tour and learn more about this masterpiece, or stop by the famous Opera Bar for a drink and bask in the glory of this architectural beauty. Bennelong Point, Sydney. 9250 7111. sydneyoperahouse.com SYDNEY TOWER EYE

If you’re in Sydney for a day or even a lifetime, the views from Sydney Tower Eye make for an unforgettable experience! At 250 metres tall, Sydney Tower Eye offers stunning, uninterrupted 360-degree views of Sydney and its famous landmarks.

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Level 5, Westfield Sydney, Market Street, Sydney. Daily 9am–10pm. sydneytowereye.com.au

Open Sept–Apr only, check website for opening days. 427 Reservoir Road, Prospect. wetnwildsydney.com.au

TARONGA ZOO

WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo showcases over 4,000 animals from all around the world. Get nose to nose with everything from emus to elephants and lions to lizards. There are regular shows and feeding times, with great photo opportunities. Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Sep–Apr), 9.30am–4.30pm (May–Aug). 9969 2777. taronga.org.au

Journey around Australia on an all-Aussie animal adventure at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Come face to face with one of the world’s largest saltwater crocodiles at the amazing Kakadu Gorge. Explore the Kangaroo Walk-About, meet koalas in Gum Tree Valley and more! WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo features interactive displays, entertaining keeper talks and enhanced walkthrough habitats including Koala Encounters and Butterfly Tropics. Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 10am–5pm. wildlifesydney.com.au

THE GOODS LINE

The Goods Line is Sydney’s answer to New York’s High Line. Running from Railway Square near Central Station, through to Darling Harbour along an old freight railway corridor, the pathway is an urban retreat. Walk past the University of Technology Sydney’s architectural masterpiece, the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, known to locals as the “paper bag” building. Along the way take a seat at one of the bright communal picnic tables, or have a fun game of table tennis. From Railway Square, Ultimo to Darling Harbour. WET’N’WILD SYDNEY

Get wet at Sydney’s biggest water theme park—Wet’n’Wild Sydney! Enjoy action-packed rides like 360Rush, featuring 360-degree looping water slides to The Surf Deck, where you can learn to catch a wave. The whole family will enjoy The Beach, Australia’s largest wave pool, and Boomerang Bay.

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AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

Australia’s first public museum is dedicated to exploring and understanding the world. Their exhibitions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Collections not to be missed include First Australians and Wild Planet. 1 William Street, Sydney. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9320 6000. australianmuseum.net.au AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

Australia’s dedicated maritime museum is located right on the water’s edge at Darling Harbour. Their core exhibitions explore maritime aspects of Indigenous culture, European exploration, immigration, sport and leisure, defence and Australia’s maritime links with the USA. Climb aboard the HMAS Vampire, Australia’s largest museum

vessel and the last of the country’s big gun ships. 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. 9298 3777. sea.museum MUSEUM OF SYDNEY

The Museum of Sydney is on the site of Australia’s first Government House, built in 1788 by NSW’s first Governor, Captain Arthur Phillip. The buildings’ foundations were successfully excavated by archaeologists in the 1980s and are now a centrepiece of the museum. The museum extends over three floors, exhibiting colonial history, documents, furniture and art, and Indigenous culture. Corner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney. 9251 5988. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/ museum-of-sydney POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

The Powerhouse Museum contains a unique and diverse collection that spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. Their programs have a strong focus on the ideas and technologies that have changed our world, and the people who created them. 500 Harris Street, Ultimo. 9217 0111. maas.museum THE ROCKS DISCOVERY MUSEUM

This family-friendly museum tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-European days to the present. Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, the museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens to bring the history of the area alive.

Kendall Lane (enter via Argyle Street), The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm. 9240 8680. therocks.com SUSANNAH PLACE MUSEUM

Susannah Place has been home to more than 100 families throughout history. Learn their stories in this original terrace of four houses that has survived modern development. Don’t forget to pick up a unique souvenir at the delightfully re-created 1915 corner shop. 58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks. Daily 2pm–5pm. 9241 1893. sydneylivingmuseums.com. au/susannah-place-museum SYDNEY JEWISH MUSEUM

The Sydney Jewish Museum, located in the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst, documents and examines the history of the Holocaust. It stands as a memorial to the six million murdered Jews and the millions of nonJewish victims. It also tells the history of the Jews in Australia and illustrates the richness of Jewish life by showing its traditions. The Sydney Jewish Museum provides an eye-opening experience for all visitors through its permanent and temporary exhibitions. 148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst. Sun 10am– 4pm, Mon–Thu 10am– 4.30pm, Fri 10am–3pm (closed Sat). 9360 7999. sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au

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AUBURN BOTANIC GARDENS

These sprawling urban gardens cover 9.2 hectares and feature a range of unique plant and animal life. The gardens are popular for picnics, and every August Auburn


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Botanic Gardens hosts its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Corner Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn. cumberland.nsw.gov.au/ auburn-botanic-gardens

Enter via Argyle Place or Towns Place, Walsh Bay. 9255 1700. barangaroo.sydney

AUSTRALIAN BOTANIC GARDEN, MOUNT ANNAN

Stroll through 78 acres of magnificent landscaped gardens housing Australia’s most extensive coolclimate collection. Themed displays include the Plant Explorer’s Walk, the ancient Gondwana Forest with prehistoric Wollemi Pines and the southern hemisphere’s largest rock garden. Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah. Mon–Fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat–Sun 9.30am–5.30pm. 4567 3000. bluemountainsbotanic garden.com.au

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is Australia’s largest botanic garden with more than 416 hectares for visitors to discover. The Garden features themed areas such as the Wattle and Banksia gardens, 7 kilometres of mountain bike trails and more than 20 kilometres of walking tracks. Narellan Road, Mount Annan. Daily 8am–5pm (until 7pm during summer). 4634 7900. australianbotanicgarden. com.au BARANGAROO RESERVE

Barangaroo Reserve offers spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, ANZAC Bridge and surrounds. The six-hectare headland has been planted with over 75,000 trees and shrubs. Stroll around the foreshore on the Wulugul Walk, lie back on the Stargazer Lawn or bask in the vast multipurpose space of The Cutaway.

BLUE MOUNTAINS BOTANIC GARDEN, MOUNT TOMAH

CHINESE GARDEN

A gift from China’s Guangdong province in 1988 to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is one of the few traditional gardens of its type in existence outside mainland China. Pier Street, Darling Harbour. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Apr–Sep), 9.30am–5.30pm (Oct–Mar). 9240 8888. chinesegardens.com.au

HELLO MANLY – OFFICIAL BOOKING & INFORMATION CENTRE The Forecourt, Manly Wharf T: (02) 9976 1430 visit@hellomanly.com.au www.hellomanly.com.au Monday–Friday 9am–5pm Weekends & Public Holidays 10am–4pm. ● Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

CENTENNIAL PARKLANDS

Centennial Parklands is a beautiful recreation area in the middle of Sydney’s iconic Eastern Suburbs. Home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, Centennial Parklands is a playground for both adults and children alike. It is one of the few inner-city parks with horse-riding facilities as well. Entry via Oxford Street, Paddington. 9339 6699. centennialparklands.com.au HYDE PARK

Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park, and one of its most well-known. Located in Central Sydney, it is the perfect spot for a picnic or if you just want a break from the bustling city streets. You’ll also find that Hyde Park is home to numerous special events throughout the year. Elizabeth Street, Sydney. NUTCOTE

Nutcote is the harbourside home of renowned Australian author May Gibbs (1877-1969). It now houses a museum and beautiful garden. Gibbs is a classic children’s author and illustrator best known today for “The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie”. 5 Wallaringa Avenue, Neutral Bay. Wed–Sun 11am–3pm. 9953 4453. maygibbs.com.au PADDINGTON RESERVOIR GARDENS

Housed below street level, the Paddington Reservoir Gardens are a secret hidden treasure of the city. The reservoir was a vital source of water for residents in the 19th century, today it has state heritage listing status. Stroll through the gardens,

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which are reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and enjoy a sense of peace from the bustling city streets above. 251 Oxford Street, Paddington. cityofsydney. nsw.gov.au ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY

Come into the gardens and discover hidden botanic treasures set against one of the most magnificent vistas in the world. Offering arguably the best views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, a visit to Sydney isn’t complete without a walk through the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. Daily from 7am, check website for seasonal closing times. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au WENDY’S SECRET GARDEN

Loved by locals and garden enthusiasts, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a secret no more. Hidden away in beautiful Lavender Bay, the garden was created by Wendy Whiteley, wife of the late Australian painter Brett Whiteley. In the aftermath of her husband’s passing, Wendy put all her effort and grief into clearing the overgrown land near her home. She then began creating the garden, in a very painterly way driven by colour and aesthetics. Today, the garden is a spectacular testament to Wendy with its lush greenery and beautiful views offering a sense of peace and tranquillity. Lavender Street, Lavender Bay. wendyssecretgarden.org.au

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Food Gateway Sydney Just moments from Circular Quay, the Gateway Sydney complex offers an array of dining options, from a food hall on the ground floor to casual dining establishments on the first and second floors. First-floor offerings include the Burger Project by renowned restaurateur Neil Perry, Tokyo Laundry and Neptune Palace. On the second floor, there’s Jimmy’s Recipe with Asian hawker-style cuisine, Hurricane’s Grill and Salt Meats Cheese—and much more! Make sure not to miss Sydney’s favourite dessert bar, Gelato Messina. Mon–Fri 7am–11.30pm; Sat–Sun 7am–11.30pm. Alfred Street, Sydney. 9256 6900. gatewaysydney.com.au

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BARZAARI CHIPPENDALE

Eastern Mediterranean Barzaari Chippendale is now open on the ground floor of The Old Clare Hotel. It offers delicious modern Eastern Mediterranean cuisine from Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Barzaari’s menu is best designed for sharing and includes beef short rib with chermoula, hummus and salted sumac onions; and a beetroot and turnip tart with fresh curd, mustard seed and pumpkin à la grecque. Try Barzaari’s signature sandpit coffee and baklava, with safflower and whole almond ice cream. The Old Clare Hotel, 3 Kensington Street, Chippendale. Tue–Sat lunch 12pm–3pm and dinner from 6pm. Sun lunch only 11am–3pm. 8277 8533. barzaari-chippendale.com.au SPICE ALLEY

Asian Spice Alley is Sydney’s not-so-secret hidden dining laneway offering some truly authentic Asian cuisine. You’ll find Spice Alley in Chippendale’s Kensington Street offering several hawker-style eateries under a ceiling of lanterns. Try Singaporean dishes at Alex

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Lee Kitchen, Vietnamese at Viet, Thai Street Food at Bang Luck, Malaysian at Old Jim Kee, Cantonese at Hong Kong Diner and Japanese at Kyo-To. 18–20 Kensington Street, Chippendale. Sun–Wed 11am–10pm (last orders 9:30pm), Thu–Sat 11am– 10.30pm (last orders 10pm). 9281 0822. spicealley.com.au

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ARIA

Modern Australian Aria is an award-winning restaurant by famed Australian chef Matt Moran. Aria provides a fine dining experience with striking harbour and Sydney Opera House views, a seasonal tasting menu and extensive wine list, served in an intimate and elegant dining room. Aria first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly regarded and awarded both locally and internationally. 1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay. Lunch Mon– Fri midday–2.15pm, Sat midday–1.30pm (vacate by 4pm), Sun midday–1.45pm (vacate by 4.30pm); Dinner Mon–Fri 5.30–10.30pm, Sat 5–11pm, Sun 5.30–10pm. 9240 2255. ariarestaurant. com/sydney

BAR PATRÓN BY ROCKPOOL

Mexican Bar Patrón by Rockpool is a modern Mexican restaurant. It features a menu of quintessential Mexican favourites such as empanadas, tamales, quesadillas and tacos; soups and small plates of esquites and tostadas; tortas and traditional sandwiches; and larger plates of enchiladas, enmolada con pollo and shared taco platters. A delightful range of pastries and desserts are handmade on site daily. Cocktails deliver a refreshing take on classic Mexican drinks, such as the Paloma, Cantarito and Ponche de Granada. 2 Phillip Street, Sydney. Daily midday-late. 9259 5624. barpatron.com.au BENNELONG

Modern Australian Considered one of Sydney’s best restaurants, Bennelong pairs Australian fine dining with the best views in town. Executive chef Peter Gilmore showcases an incredible menu filled with an array of the finest Australian produce. Bennelong offers

à la carte dining, as well as the relaxed Cured & Cultured counter, ideal for a casual meal and a glass of wine. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Restaurant hours: Lunch Fri–Sun midday–2.30pm, dinner Sun–Wed 5.30– 9.30pm, Thu–Sat 5.30– 10pm. 9240 8000. bennelong.com.au GATEWAY SYDNEY

Around The World This dining precinct at Circular Quay offers a bustling hub of eateries to explore. Open seven days a week, Gateway Sydney is home to more than 25 eateries that focus just as much on the theatre of creating a dish as they do on serving the best quality produce. Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just a coffee and afternoon treat, head to Gateway Sydney to try out favourites like Roll’d, Din Tai Fung, Four Frogs Creperie, Burger Project, Chat Thai, Mad Mex, Gelato Messina or Zumbo. Alfred Street, Circular Quay. 9256 6900. gatewaysydney.com.au


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Modern Australian Relax by the

Indian The Spice Room in

the lobby of the iconic InterContinental Sydney, The Meat & Wine Co has spared no expense in bringing this spectacular steakhouse to Sydney Harbour. Rustic wooden walls, original arched windows, luxurious leather seating, and stone features make this the ideal setting for business meetings and romantic dinners alike. Shop 12, Lobby, InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Circular Quay. Lunch and dinner Sun–Thu midday–10pm and Fri–Sat midday–11pm. 9252 7888. themeatandwineco.com

your visit to the Sydney Opera House with a meal at Opera Kitchen. Enjoy casual creative fare with panoramic harbourside views. Choose from burgers, sliders, hotdogs, fries, seafood, sandwiches, salads, sushi, dumplings and Asian cuisine. They also have a wide drinks menu so you can sit back and relax, sipping a cocktail under the sails of the Opera House. Lower concourse level, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sun–Thu 7.30am–10.30pm, Fri–Sat 7.30am–12am. 9250 7111. sydneyoperahouse.com

harbour with uninterrupted views and discover one of the Sydney Opera House’s bestkept secrets. With an inventive menu showcasing local seasonal produce and relaxed table service dining, Portside Sydney features a new look interior including stylish indoor furniture, creating a relaxed lounge space for those looking for an intimate, casual dining experience. Offering pre-theatre dining and high tea as well as brunch, lunch and dinner, Portside Sydney is the perfect place to unwind while looking out over Sydney’s famous harbour. Western Broadwalk, Sydney Opera House, Sydney. Lunch Mon–Fri from 11.30am and dinner from 5pm, Sat–Sun from 11.30am. 9250 7220. portsidesydney.com.au

the heart of Circular Quay serves a combination of Indian street food from old Delhi such as Jhal Muri and Mumbai Papdi Chat alongside upmarket dining with Royal Banquets and Tandoori delicacies such as Chicken Tikka Hyderabadi and Paneer Sizzler Skewer Ajwaini. The exotic colours and heady aromas of spices are combined perfectly to create a sublime taste for all patrons. Ground floor, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip Street, Sydney. Daily lunch midday– 3pm and dinner 5–10.30pm. 9251 7722. thespiceroom.com.au

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Squire’s Landing is a two-storey restaurant and brewhouse with a freestanding microbrewery at Circular Quay. With incredible panoramic views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge it is the perfect spot for a meal and drink by the harbour. There are three separate dining spaces all offering menus with unique modern Australian flavours, inspired by the legend himself, James Squire, a convict on the First Fleet and Australia’s first brewer. Hearty pub classics are on offer including burgers and steaks, while the upstairs restaurant serves a seasonal menu using fresh local produce. Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay. 8014 5661. thesquireslanding.com.au

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360 BAR AND DINING

Modern Australian This stylish and intimate restaurant offers guests an indulgent culinary experience with 360-degree revolving views of the city. With dark mahogany wood finishes and soft ambient lighting, 360 Bar and Dining provides a breathtaking setting with an unbeatable backdrop. In the kitchen, traditional techniques are combined with contemporary flair to create seasonally changing menus utilising the best in fresh produce. Reception Level 4, Westfield Sydney, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney. Daily lunch midday–4pm (last seating 2pm) and dinner 5.30–11pm (last seating 9pm). 8223 3883. 360dining.com.au

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BOTANIC GARDENS RESTAURANT

Modern Australian The picturesque Botanic Gardens Restaurant is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining in exquisite garden surrounds. Enjoy a lunch during the week, or long breakfast on the weekends, and indulge in quality food with their seasonally changing menus. The café provides an excellent casual spot for lunch with a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, baked goods and excellent coffee. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney. Restaurant: Lunch daily midday–3pm, breakfast Sat–Sun 9.30am– 11.30am. Cafe: Daily 8.30am– 4.30pm. 1300 558 980. botanicrestaurant.com.au CITY TATTERSALLS CLUB

Modern Australian Located

in the heart of the CBD, City Tattersalls Club offers a selection of dining experiences. Zest Kitchen is housed in an open-air atrium and serves a fresh, modern menu, while Legends Diner had a fun ambience with its retro-inspired diner and snooker room. Zest Kitchen, Sun–Wed 7am–9pm; Thu–Sat 7am–9.30pm. Legends Diner Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. 194–204 Pitt Street, Sydney. 9267 9421. citytatts.com.au/ dining-bar FRATELLI FRESH

Italian Fratelli Fresh is Sydney’s leading providore, specialising in fresh produce and serving authentic Italian fine food. The menu heroes the very best of Italian cooking, where simplicity meets robust flavours and fresh produce. The portions are generous and the menu is

extensive with beautifully blended wines to complement a mixture of savoury dishes, pastas and pizzas. Buon appetito! 11 Bridge Street, Sydney. 9259 5692. Shop 8, 16 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9259 5674. 52 Mitchell Road, Alexandria. 9259 5691. Level 5, Westfield Sydney. 8099 7055. 118 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest. 8099 7070. 211 Bent Street, Moore Park, Entertainment Quarter. 8099 7069. ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour. 9259 5600. fratellifresh.com.au

is a feast for all the senses. The menu is divided into different musical sections. Go “Raw & Unplugged” with the beef tartare ‘teriyaki flavour’, nashi pear and whipped katsuobushi, or take to the “Main Stage” with the Soundgarden-inspired ‘Black Hole Sun’ pork belly with nori jam, apple and pickled radish. 17–19 Bridge Street (entry via Bridge Lane), Sydney. Mon–Fri midday–late, Sat 5pm–late. 9241 1991. kidkyoto.com.au

INDU

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Indian/Sri Lankan Go on a journey to the Indian subcontinent at INDU. Their flavoursome menu of cuisine from Sri Lanka and southern India is fused with modern influences. The menu is divided into sections for easy choosing and is designed to share. Try the pan-seared scallops in a shell with cauliflower purée, cumin, finger lime and green mango pickle, or the inventive squid ink hopper with spice-crusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle. There’s also a great range of cool cocktails as well as their signature gin and tonics, and the friendly staff are always on hand to help choose. 350 George Street (entry via Angel Place), Sydney. Mon–Fri midday–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. indudining.com.au KID KYOTO

Japanese With a serious nod to the iconic music of the 80s and 90s, Kid Kyoto is a modern Japanese restaurant inspired by the Izakaya bars of Japan. With a handpicked soundtrack of classic tunes playing from Nirvana to Portishead, Kid Kyoto

KINGSLEYS AUSTRALIAN STEAKHOUSE

heart of Sydney CBD, Kingsleys Australian Steakhouse is housed in a former candle factory. Enjoy a perfect steak and a glass of wine in this rustic steakhouse. They believe in serving premium quality beef in a simple manner allowing true flavours and textures to shine. 29A King Street, Sydney. Lunch Mon–Fri midday– 3pm, dinner Mon–Sat 5.30–10pm. 9295 5080. kingsleysauststeak.com.au MATTEO DOWNTOWN

Italian Enjoy true Italian flavours in the heart of the city at Matteo Downtown. This is a bigger and bolder concept restaurant than its sister venue, Matteo Double Bay. Matteo Downtown captures the fast-paced vibes of city life and is open all day for breakfast, lunch, aperitivo, dinner, and drinks late into the night. The venue has a dedicated mozzarella and antipasti bar and features more earthy, rich dishes from Northern Italy, along with simple traditional dishes. You can relax and sip on a selection of wine, beer, spritzes and Negronis. 20 Bond Street, Sydney. Mon–


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Greek Set in the heart of

Sydney CBD and part of the Medusa restaurant family, Medusa Greek Meze brings Greek street food to Sydney. You’re invited to sit back and relax within a warm and comfortable setting, as you sip Greek wine and people watch while indulging in the authentic flavours of Greece. 111 York Street, Sydney. Mon– Fri 7.30am–10pm. 9283 2423. medusagreekmeze.com.au MEDUSA GREEK TAVERNA

Greek From the sun-soaked hills of Greece comes Medusa Greek Taverna. Traditional family recipes and farm-fresh ingredients

combined with the love of authentic Greek cooking is what you will find at this restaurant in Sydney CBD. Owned and operated by Peter Koutsopoulos, Medusa Greek Taverna succeeds in creating a true Greek experience. 2 Market Street (Corner Market and Kent Streets), Sydney. Lunch Mon–Fri midday– 3.30pm, dinner Mon–Sat 5.30–9pm (last booking). 9267 0799. medusagreektaverna.com.au MÉJICO

Mexican This modern Mexican treasure is in the heart of Sydney’s busy CBD. Méjico is a funky, contemporary restaurant that places a huge emphasis on fresh, mouthwatering ingredients. Most of the menu is tapas-

style and designed to share, but there are larger mains available too. The table-made guacamole with plantain chips is a must, or why not try the grilled ocean trout tacos, or the highly popular corn lollipops. The friendly staff are always on hand to help with ever-important menu decisions and for drinks, there’s a huge range of tequila to choose from, as well as cocktails, sangria and wine. 105 Pitt Street, Sydney. Mon–Sat midday–late. 9230 0119. mejico.com.au THE PAVILION

Modern Australian The Pavilion is seated on the edge of The Domain directly opposite the Art Gallery of NSW. The Pavilion offers a uniquely

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shaped curved building, with modern interiors and leafy garden vistas. With an emphasis on fresh produce, the seasonally changing menus are crafted with a modern Australian flare, offering guests quality food matched with attentive service. 1 Art Gallery Road, Sydney. Restaurant: Daily 9am–3pm. Kiosk: Daily 8am–4pm. 1300 300 278. pavilionrestaurant.com.au SPICE TEMPLE

Chinese This city restaurant is at the forefront of modern Chinese dining. It focuses on dishes from China’s lesser known regions. The dark and intimate surroundings add to the mystique, while the menu definitely favours those

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who enjoy a hit of spice. With incredible service and divine food, Spice Temple lives up to its name. 10 Bligh Street, Sydney. Mon–Wed midday–3pm and 6–10.30pm, Thu–Fri midday– 3pm and 6–11pm, Sat 5.30– 11pm and Sun 6–10pm. 8099 7088. spicetemple.com.au SYDNEY TOWER BUFFET

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Tower Buffet offers diners over 60 freshly prepared dishes from a range of cuisines, including modern Australian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and a selection of fresh seafood, not to mention the DIY dessert bar. Attentive and friendly service is matched with spectacular 360-degree views of the city, making this a unique dining experience for locals and visitors alike. Reception Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney. Daily lunch 11.30am–3.30pm (last seating 2pm) and dinner 5–10.30pm (last seating 9pm). 8223 3800. sydneytowerbuffet.com.au

Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. Morning tea Mon–Fri 10am–midday. Traditional afternoon tea daily 10am–close. 9283 7279. thetearoom.com.au

DARLING HARBOUR/ KING STREET WHARF

BLACKBIRD

Modern Australian Set in Darling Harbour’s bustling Cockle Bay Wharf, Blackbird uses the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering burgers, stone-oven pizzas and more. The modern Australian menu is not only satisfying but also adventurous in an atmosphere that exudes sociability. Balcony level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 11.30am–late. 9283 7385. blackbirdcafe.com.au

CASA RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Italian Head chef Romano has used his Italian history and heritage to create unique dishes to suit the tastebuds of Sydney locals and visitors alike. You will enjoy delicious classic Italian food made from Sydney’s freshest produce, with a great wine list to match. Lunch specials, available every day, include a range of authentic Italian dishes for under $20 while for dinner, the wood-fired pizzas and calzones are a must. Each bite of this hearty fare will have you transported to Italy. 42–48 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Daily 11.30am–late, Sat–Sun breakfast from 8.30am. 9279 4115. lovecasa.com.au

GEORGES MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL

Mediterranean Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill sources the finest produce to create its flavoursome dishes. Georges’ simple and unique concept is mixed with flare and ambience stems from the heart of the Mediterranean, giving visitors a special dining experience. With stunning views of Darling Harbour, signature cocktails and unique wines, Georges will definitely seduce your tastebuds! Wharf 3, The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Lunch Mon–Fri midday–3pm, dinner 5.30–10.30pm and lunch Sat–Sun midday– 4pm, dinner 5.30–10.30pm. 9295 5066. georgesrestaurant.com.au

THE TEA ROOM QVB

Traditional High Tea What better way to capture the sense of occasion than with the time-honoured ritual of traditional afternoon tea. Indulge in a truly unique experience from Royal Albert fine china and British silverware settings, to the delectable selection of petit fours prepared by the award-winning patissier. Traditional afternoon tea includes a set selection of sweet cakes and savoury pastries, selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with preserve and cream and a wide selection of tea or coffee. Level 3, North End, Queen

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HUNTER & BARREL

Modern Australian Sprawling across the balcony level of Harbourside, Harbour Bar & Kitchen (HBK) offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Sydney city skyline from every seat in the house. HBK is a world-class dining experience paired with a luxe outdoor bar scene. The menu offers the finest charcoal oven meats, seafood and vegetables, as well as innovative smaller share plates. Shop 437 & 447, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2–10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour. Mon– Fri 10am–late, Sat–Sun 9am–late. 9280 2029. harbourbarandkitchen.com.au

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& Barrel is a sophisticated take on the hunter’s way, where ancient ritual combines with raw elements of nature in a modern setting. Inside, you can hear the crackle from the fire, smell the meat smoking and see the stacks of coals by the pit. With abundant food offerings— including braised soups, slow-cooked meats, pies, and hearty stews prepared by their signature coal and spit rotisserie—Hunter & Barrel is the perfect place to feast with friends and family. Tenancy 303, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. Sun–Thu midday–10pm, Fri–Sat midday–10.30pm. 9264 9888. hunterandbarrel.com

District Co, the hanging cured meats, fall-off-thebone ribs and fresh-made bread will leave nothing to be desired. Their menu features tender and juicy steaks, slow roasted ribs, succulent burgers, the freshest of salads and irresistible desserts. Shop R3, 11 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour. Daily 11am–late. 9299 9762. meatdistrictco.com.au

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Modern Australian Conveniently located on the ground floor of the ICC Sydney in the heart of Darling Harbour, Planar is the perfect spot for a bite to eat any time of the day or night. From prawn lollipops and TexMex nachos to burgers, stone-baked pizzas and mains like American pork ribs and Australian shredded wagyu, there’s something on the menu to cater to everyone’s tastes. Tempting desserts and a wide variety of drinks are also on offer. Shop C08, Ground Floor, ICC Sydney, 1A Harbour Street, Sydney. Daily 7am–12am. 9212 6789. planarrestaurant.com.au SORENZO

Japanese Sorenzo brings

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contemporary Japanese flavours to Darling Harbour for guests to experience whilst taking in the calming waterfront views of the harbour. Ranging from sashimi to wagyu steaks, Sorenzo encompasses ever-changing Japanese cuisine by infusing Japanese flavours into western ingredients to provide a fresh change of pace, whilst keeping some

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Japanese favourites for the traditionalists. Shop 347, Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2–10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour. Daily lunch midday–3pm, dinner 5.30pm–late. 9211 9550. sorenzo.com.au STEERSONS

Steakhouse Steersons offers premium quality in all aspects of their dining experience—from the restaurant setting to the excellent steak. Their steaks are second to none in quality, taste and texture; they are succulent and sumptuous and matched by an impressive and extensive wine list featuring Australian and imported wines. If you are a steak lover, then a visit to Steersons is a must. 17 Lime Street, King Street Wharf, Sydney. Daily lunch midday–3pm, dinner 5.30–10.30pm. 9295 5060. steersons.com.au

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HOPPER KADE

Sri Lankan Hopper Kade serves a modern take on Sri Lankan cuisine. They fuse traditional Sri Lankan flavours with western cooking techniques and Australian influences. Their signature hoppers are made in-house from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. The hoppers are naturally dairy- and gluten-free, filled with free-range egg and new additions such as Lankanspiced 12-hour beef brisket and pulled pork. The menu also features roti wraps, a Sri Lankan roti filled with biryani rice, pickle and hung yoghurt and biryani plates made

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with a base of biryani rice topped with pickle, coconut sambol and a choice of fillings such as beetroot curry or spiced chicken. 253 Crown Street, Darlinghurst. Tue 11am– 3pm, Wed–Fri 11am–3pm and 5–10pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3pm and 5–10pm. hopperkade.com.au

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3 WEEDS

Modern Australian This renowned local gastro pub in Rozelle offers a modern take on contemporary Australian cuisine, offering pub classics as well as multicultural fare. Try the delicious baked whole barramundi with sweet and sour pumpkin, quinoa, ginger, chilli, soya and pickled carrot; or the classic grilled scotch fillet with three mustard butter, chips and salad. 197 Evans Street, Rozelle. Kitchen: midday–late. 9818 2788. 3weeds.com.au THE GREEN LION

Vegan Located in the innerwest suburb of Rozelle, The Green Lion is said to be Australia’s first pub offering a 100% plantbased menu. You’ll get all your regular pub favourites but with a vegan twist. Try their vegan version of burgers, hot dogs, pizza, lasagna, chicken schnitzel, “seafood” baskets, nachos and more. Upstairs at The Red Lion Hotel, 726 Darling Street, Rozelle. Wed–Thu 6–9pm, Fri 6–9.30pm, Sat 12.30pm– 9.30pm, Sun 12.30pm– 8.30pm. thegreenlion. com.au THE ROYAL OAK BALMAIN

Modern Australian Tucked away in the back streets of Balmain you’ll find a

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gem of a pub, The Royal Oak. It is one of Balmain’s oldest pubs and offers a substantial modern Australian menu and ye olde charm. Choose from snacks and share plates, quality cuts of meat, salads, and pub favourites like the beef and Guinness pie with mash. 36 College Street, Balmain. Daily 11am–late. 9810 2311. royaloakbalmain.com.au TRAMSHEDS

Around the World Filled with top-notch restaurants and food providores, Tramsheds is the perfect pit stop for the hungry diner with many options to choose from. The Tramsheds site is the former home of the Rozelle Tramway Depot which was originally built in 1904. Inside the building you’ll find a mix of restaurants that all focus on food, sustainability and community. Restaurants include Belles Hot Chicken, Flour Eggs Water, Osaka Trading Co, Gelato Messina, Bekya, Butcher and the Farmer, and Fish and Co. 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge. Daily 7am–10pm. 8398 5695. tramshedssydney.com.au

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EL CAMINO CANTINA MANLY

Tex Mex El Camino Cantina is a 365-seat restaurant and dining terrace on the rooftop of Manly Wharf. Dine on tortilla chips and vibrant salsas, soft shell tacos topped with piquant ingredients, sizzling chargrilled fajitas, burritos fat with fillings, and hot buffalo wings. All while drinking classic and frozen margaritas, local, regional and Mexican draught and

bottled beers, or choose from over 100 tequilas and mezcals. Manly Wharf Rooftop, Manly. Daily 11am–late. 9259 5600. elcaminocantina.com.au SAKÉ MANLY

Japanese Saké Manly serves signature Japanese flavours and seasonal drinks at Manly Wharf Rooftop. Dine in the 300seat restaurant with views of Manly Cove. The menu specialises in Izakaya-style food with a selection of made-to-order nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls. Unique Manly dishes include bite-sized sashimi with veggie cones and crisp fish tempura with tartare sauce. The drinks list showcases numerous Japanese whiskies, spirits and gins, including sake by the glass, carafe, bottle and flight. Manly Wharf Rooftop, Manly. Mon–Thu midday– 3pm and 5–10.30pm, Fri–Sat midday–3pm and 5–11pm, Sun midday–9pm. 8099 7076. sakerestaurant.com. au/manly

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GUNNERS’ BARRACKS

Modern Australian/High Tea This former military barracks was originally designed and constructed in 1873. Grand Pacific Group restored and re-opened Gunners’ Barracks in 2005 as a stunning dining and events venue. With views across Sydney Harbour and interior features including hand-printed Florence Broadhurst wallpaper, Czech crystal chandeliers and ornate antique furniture, Gunners’ Barracks truly is a unique world-class dining experience.

End of Suakin Drive, Georges Heights, Mosman. Devonshire, morning and afternoon tea from 10am weekdays. Afternoon tea from 10am weekends. À la carte lunch from midday Mon–Fri. 8962 5900. gunnersbarracks.com.au BURNT ORANGE

Modern Australian/High Tea Located in the beautiful Sydney suburb of Mosman, Burnt Orange is housed in a stunning sandstone mansion overlooking Sydney harbour. Their café is open daily serving yummy breakfast, lunch, high tea and afternoon tea. The menu focuses on buying the best quality ingredients from the top suppliers in Sydney and they change their menu seasonally. 1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman. Mon–Fri 8.30am–4pm and Sat–Sun 8.30am–5.30pm. 9969 1120. burntorange.com.au

THE ROCKS

THE ARGYLE

Modern Australian With six unique spaces under the one roof, The Argyle is perfect for any occasion. Whether it be cocktails in the sleek and stylish Belvedere Bar, drinks in the relaxed lounge or a private party in the intimate surrounds of the Reibey Room. You can even grab a delicious lunch or dinner at The Argyle Kitchen. 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Daily 11am–late. 9247 5500. theargylerocks.com THE CUT BAR & GRILL

Steakhouse Housed within a heritage cellar in the heart of The Rocks, The Cut Bar & Grill was inspired by New York’s super-chic steak restaurants. The menu


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MUNICH BRAUHAUS Munich Brauhaus is an energetic modern Bavarian Bier Hall located in the heart of The Rocks. Be transported to Bavaria as you raise a stein of pure bier and celebrate with the live Oom Pah-Pah Band. The impressive menu at Munich Brauhaus offers up hearty, satisfying traditional favourites including crispy pork knuckles and schnitzels alongside a stellar selection of hand-crafted burgers, haus-made hot dogs and craft salads. Perfect for groups of all sizes, Munich Brauhaus boasts a large bustling Keller Bar and an impressive array of imported, pure biers and schnapps as well as a new range of Bavarian inspired craft beer. Cnr Playfair and Argyle Streets, The Rocks. Tel: 9247 7785. munichbrauhaus.com

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SAKÉ RESTAURANT & BAR One of Sydney’s most awarded contemporary Japanese restaurants, Sake Restaurant & Bar serves contemporary Japanese cuisine that mixes new style sushi with classic Japanese dishes. The menu, created by Executive Chef Shaun Presland, features the finest sushi and sashimi. Drop in for cocktails, pull up a seat at the sushi bar, or settle in for an evening and savour the experience. Lunch and dinner Monday–Sunday. 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Tel: 9259 5656. 33 Cross Street, Double Bay. Tel: 8017 3104. Manly Ferry Wharf. Tel: 8099 7076. sakerestaurant.com.au

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celebrates the very finest cuts of prime Australian beef and sustainable seafood and the dishes are cooked to perfection and matched with impeccable service and fine wines. 16 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–Fri lunch midday–3pm and dinner 5.30–10.30pm, Sat 5.30–11pm, Sun 5.30–10pm. 9259 5695. cutbarandgrill.com EL CAMINO CANTINA

Tex-Mex Located in the heart of The Rocks precinct, El Camino Cantina boasts two huge bars featuring fully restored 1957 Chevy trunks, complimentary fresh salsa and chips and a large dining room, all with an explosive Tex-Mex meets rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Think muscle cars, motorbikes and neon signs with glimmering lights. It’s all about big, bold flavours as well as freshly blended margaritas. 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Mon–Thu midday–midnight, Fri– Sat midday–1am, Sun midday–10pm. 9259 5668. elcaminocantina.com.au FISH AT THE ROCKS

Seafood This family-owned restaurant features images of the early 20th-century fishing boats on its walls, while the menu includes exquisite offerings such as the chef’s signature dish of whole baked baby barramundi stuffed with prawns and vegetables, as well as traditional seafood offerings of oysters, lobster, prawns and scallops plus the daily specials board. 29 Kent Street, The Rocks. Lunch Mon–Fri midday– 2.15pm, dinner daily 6–9.15pm. 9252 4614. fishattherocks.com.au

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MUNICH BRAUHAUS

Bavarian Munich Brauhaus is a traditional Bavarian bierhaus where guests can dine, drink and party like Oktoberfest never ended. Located in Sydney’s historic Rocks district it is a bier lover's delight. Try the venue’s signature Munich Lager as well as a series of exclusively imported Bavarian Biers. The menu includes crispy pork belly, pork knuckle, spicy squid and haus-made sausages. Cnr Argyle and Playfair Streets, The Rocks. Mon– Fri 11am–late, Sat–Sun 9am–late. 9247 7785. munichbrauhaus.com PONY LOUNGE & DINING

Modern Australian Pony’s

open-plan kitchen features a wood-fired Argentinian grill and the interior includes heritage brick walls, woven art hangings and pendant lights hung from the original timber ceiling. The outdoor deck has a stylish bar and communal dining table, perfect for cocktails, sharing small plates with friends, or a more intimate dinner for two. The Rocks Centre, cnr Kendall Lane and Argyle Street, The Rocks. Daily lunch midday–3pm, dinner from 5.30pm. 9252 7797. ponydiningtherocks.com SAKÉ RESTAURANT & BAR

Japanese Saké Restaurant &

Bar combines funky décor and delicious Japanese cuisine to create a truly exciting dining experience. Top executive chefs deliver an intriguing blend of new-style sushi and classic dishes in a stunning contemporary space. The bar serves 50 kinds of sake as well as a selection of contemporary cocktails. 12 Argyle Street, The

Rocks. Lunch Mon–Sun midday–3pm, dinner Mon–Thu 5.30–10.30pm, Fri–Sat 5.30–11.30pm and Sun 5–10pm. 9259 5656. Also located at 33 Cross Street, Double Bay. Lunch Mon– Sun midday–3pm, dinner Sun–Thu 5.30–10pm, Fri–Sat 5.30–11pm. 8017 3104. sakerestaurant.com.au

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Modern Australian/High Tea Dining on Sydney’s

shimmering harbour is a must and Captain Cook Cruises offers premium dining onboard Sydney’s most prestigious cruise ships. A comprehensive range of lunch, high tea and dinner options are available over four decks and private dining rooms. For the ultimate dining experience try the Gold or Platinum Penfolds dinner options including six-course degustation dining and a selection of Australia’s most celebrated wines. Circular Quay, Wharf 6 and Darling Harbour, Pier 26. 9206 1111. captaincook. com.au

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WALSH BAY KITCHEN

Modern Australian Walsh Bay Kitchen is located in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant arts and theatre district at Walsh Bay. Their innovative menu features Australian fare and produce from Sydney’s finest providores. The Walsh Bay Kitchen bar offers a space for pre-theatre goers and locals to meet. 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tue–Sat lunch from midday, dinner from 5pm, Sun dinner from 5pm, as per performances. 1300 368 801. walshbaykitchen.com.au

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LUKE’S KITCHEN

Modern Australian

Prominent Australian chef Luke Mangan brings you Luke’s Kitchen, a showcase of seasonal Australian produce. The venue is a neighbourhoodstyle eatery and the kitchen is led by Sydney chef Mathew Leighton. The space features a contemporary palette of earthy green and blush pink is the backdrop to warm pendant lighting, and retro finishes including a beaded curtain and a floral screen. Wed–Fri 4pm–late, Sat 10am–late, Sun 10am–4pm. 8 Danks Street, Waterloo. 9002 5346. lukeskitchen.com.au

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DUNBAR HOUSE

Modern Australian A magnificent seaside dining experience located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, in the expansive grounds of Robertson Park, Watsons Bay. This historic 1830s mansion offers a fresh and contemporary all-day menu seven days a week, whilst boasting million-dollar harbour views, beautiful interiors and exceptional service. As Watsons Bay Wharf is just a stone's throw away from this iconic venue— one of Sydney's oldest standing buildings—a trip on a Sydney ferry is recommended as a scenic route to lunch. Reservations are strongly recommended as the restaurant fills out understandably quickly. 9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay. Breakfast and lunch Fri—Sun from 8am. 9337 1226. dunbarhouse.com.au


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MAYBE FRANK Maybe Frank Surry Hills and Maybe Frank Randwick offer some of the best pizzas and cocktails in Sydney for daily dining, Sunday drinking and for a little day-dreaming of your next adventure to their beautiful mother land. Traditional Italian eats with a modern mark are at the heart of the menu, utilising the highest quality ingredients found locally and abroad. The cocktail collection has been created by some of the best bartenders in the business and is short, sharp, sexy and seasonal. Join us at both venues for all-you-can-eat pizza every Tuesday night for just $20pp with the purchase of a drink. Open Tuesday to Sunday, closed Monday. Shop 9, 417-421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. Tel: 9358 3560. 69 Perouse Road, Randwick. Tel: 9398 8061. maybefrank.com

EL CAMINO CANTINA Get ready for legendary Tex-Mex, rockstar Margaritas and a killer Rock ‘n’ Roll playlist when you enter this Tex-Mex Cantina in the heart of The Rocks. El Camino Cantina is unashamedly Tex-Mex (not Mexican): from the food to the drinks and from the music to the décor. The tacos fly out of the kitchen and tequila flows ’til the early hours with over 100 tequilas and mezcal to choose from! The venue itself is like no other in Australia, a massive bar, dining room and dedicated 27 club lounge flooded with enough neon lights to light up the Las Vegas strip, and two restored 1957 Chevy trunks overflowing with complimentary chips and salsas. Walk-ins welcome and bookings available online. 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. elcaminocantina.com.au

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Scene Saké Restaurant & Bar’s gin bowls A supercharged gin bowl has become a favourite fix at the award-winning Japanese restaurant, Saké The Rocks, as well as its other venues—Saké Manly and Saké Double Bay. The team has produced a range of new infusions that hero the best Australian and Japanese gins, alongside bespoke tonics and a range of botanicals. Not only do they taste beautiful, they also look exquisite. Each gin bowl is served over ice in a voluminous, stemmed Copa glass that enhances the aromatics. Saké The Rocks. Mon–Thu midday–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Fri midday–3pm, 5.30–11.30pm; Sat midday–3pm, 5–11.30pm; Sun midday–3pm, 5–10pm. 9259 5656. sakerestaurant.com.au

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BUTTON BAR

This dining and nightlife destination is located in the historic Rocks precinct. Housed in the 1820s Argyle Stores building, The Argyle features six bars over two levels. With a huge program of events, including live music, DJs, special food offers and more, there’s always something happening at The Argyle. 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. theargylerocks.com

The iconic Australian Heritage Hotel is located in The Rocks. This is a beer lover’s paradise as it offers more than 120 Australian craft beers, with 20 rotating Australian beers on tap. Relax amongst locals and try one of their famous gourmet pizzas like the “Coat of Arms” (half-emu and half-kangaroo) or “The Australian” (crocodile and vegetables). 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. 9247 2229. australianheritagehotel.com

Located in inner-city Surry Hills, you’ll find the pirateinspired Button Bar. You are guaranteed a good time here, with singalongs and cocktails like the “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “Sneaky Tiki Time”. 65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. houseofpocket.com.au/ bars/button-bar-surry-hills/ venue-details/

ARTHOUSE HOTEL

With its ornate furniture and rich artwork, this refurbished 1836 School of Arts building is one of the city’s most inspirational venues. The venue features four separate bars, various art exhibitions, burlesque and cabaret nights, life drawing as well as DJs and club nights. From the Attic Bar, to the modern Verge Bar and Graffiti’s ornate art deco stylings, there is something and somewhere for everyone to enjoy. 275 Pitt Street, Sydney. 9284 1200. arthousehotel.com.au

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BLU BAR ON 36

For an incredible panoramic view of Sydney, head up 36 levels of the Shangri-La Hotel to Blu Bar on 36. For a romantic date high in the sky, or simply a special evening to remember, you’ll find great service, a cocktail list from their worldchampion mixologists and a divine bar food menu, all with the most insanely beautiful city view capturing the sparkling harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. 9250 6000. 36levelsabove.com.au

CRUISE BAR

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of Circular Quay at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, you’ll find Cruise Bar. With iconic harbourside views across to the Sydney Opera House, and a relaxing vibe, Cruise is the perfect pit stop on your travels. The ground floor bar is full of buzz and good vibes, while upstairs Junk Lounge offers an Asian inspired food and drink journey. Level 1, 2 and 3, Circular Quay West, Sydney. 9251 1188. cruisebar.com.au GAZEBO

In the back streets of Potts Point, you’ll find Gazebo. Lounge in the courtyard or dine from their delicious Italian menu. From the cocktail list, try

the Limoncello Spritz, it will transport you straight to the Amalfi Coast. 2 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay. 0419 496 011. gazeboelizabethbay.com.au GIN LANE

Head to Chippendale’s Kensington Street and you’ll discover the fantastic small bar, Gin Lane. It is housed in an 18th Century terrace house, and is based on a 17th Century Gin Palace. This unique bar serves over 80 different gins and a wide selection of whisky and scotch too. Try the “Watering Can” cocktail with gin, Pimms, soda, ginger ale and fresh fruit—it’s delicious! Kensington Street, Chippendale. ginlanesydney.com.au THE GLENMORE

The renowned Glenmore is always popular, and with a rooftop like theirs, it’s easy to see why. They have a traditional ‘public bar’ on the ground floor with a historic feel, a cocktail bar and dining rooms on the first floor, and the now iconic Rooftop Bar on the top floor. With 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour you can soak up the sun in

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the day, and relax by the glittering lights of the city at night. 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. 9247 4794. theglenmore.com.au GRAIN

The Four Seasons Hotel Sydney takes hotel bars to the next level with their refined ground floor bar, Grain. Celebrate the fine craft of drinking with an extensive menu of boutique beers, carefullycrafted cocktails and one of Australia’s largest whisky selections. There’s bar food to share, from cheese platters and charcuterie boards to main meals and delicious desserts. Lobby Level, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney. 9250 3118. grainbar.com.au

get much better than this! 18 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. 9252 4111. harbourview.com.au HENRY DEANE

Located at the top of Hotel Palisade, Henry Deane is a sophisticated bar spread across two floors, with exquisite views over Barangaroo and the harbour. Their gorgeous cocktail lounge will have you grinning with a menu full of exotic options including the ‘No way Frose’ and ‘SunKissed Spritz’. Pair these with food choices from their menu including oysters, seafood and desserts. Hotel Palisade, 35 Bettington Street, Millers Point. 9018 0123. hotelpalisade.com

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NOLA SMOKEHOUSE & BAR

Recently revitalised, City Tattersalls Club’s venerable Lower Bar has become a CBD hotspot. After opening 95 years, it’s hosted legends such as former prime minister Gough Whitlam and sporting legends Dennis Lillee and Dawn Fraser. Its new redesign is bringing history back to the inner city, with a new bar featuring live music on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. And check out Lower Bar’s impressive bar selection, which includes blended whiskies, cocktails and classic beers. 194–204 Pitt Street, Sydney. Mon-Wed 11am–10pm, ThuFri 11am–11pm. 9267 9421. citytatts.com.au

Nola is a celebration of all things New Orleans. Famous for their Southern BBQ menu, head to the bar and try a Sazerac cocktail, or perhaps you are game for one of their special Whiskey Flights. Level 1, International Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South. 9188 3039. nolasydney.com

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MARBLE BAR

The gorgeous Marble Bar at Hilton Sydney was built in 1892 and restored in 2005. Today it is a lively underground bar and live music venue, with live music from 7pm every Thursday to Sunday. Try a drink from their prohibition-inspired menu. Level B1, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney. 9266 2000. marblebarsydney.com.au

HARBOUR VIEW HOTEL

ivy is a leading dining, entertainment and retail destination in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. It is home to award-winning restaurants, their famous rooftop pool bar and numerous event spaces. ivy venues include Pool Club, Ash St. Cellar, Palings, Felix, The Royal George and Uccello. ivy’s world-class design, impeccable service and great food ensure that you’ll have a memorable night out. 330 George Street, Sydney. 9240 3000. merivale.com.au

The views don’t get much more iconic than at the Harbour View Hotel— the name says it all really! It is located in The Rocks under the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first Harbour View Hotel was built in 1843 and demolished to make way for the bridge to be built —it was originally located where the granite pylons now stand. Head up to the rooftop cocktail bar or dine at the restaurant, it doesn’t

Level Seven is a New Yorkinspired rooftop bar at the heritage Primus Hotel. Featuring lush green areas, nautical cabanas and twinkling fairy lights, it is a stylish destination, where you can sit back and enjoy champagne, oysters and house-crafted cocktails. 339 Pitt Street, Sydney. Open Sep–Apr (closed to the public May–Aug). 8027 8000. primushotelsydney.com

HACIENDA SYDNEY

With exotic harbour views, Hacienda Sydney is perfectly placed for an afternoon cocktail or two. With its cool plantation vibe and pastel colour palette you’ll be at ease. Choose from their rum-inspired cocktails or feast on the share menu. Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney. 9256 4083. haciendasydney.com.au

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MUNICH BRAUHAUS

It’s Oktoberfest all year round at this Bavarian-style bar in the heart of The Rocks. Enjoy their premium imported Bavarian beers and delicious German menu which includes all things pork, including schnitzels, sausages, pork belly and their famous crispy pork knuckle. All these Bavarian treats are served to you in a traditional bier hall atmosphere with staff dressed in traditional costumes too! Cnr Playfair and Argyle Streets, The Rocks. 9247 7785. munichbrauhaus.com

OPERA BAR

Perhaps Sydney’s most famous outdoor bar, Opera Bar is a must-do on any visit to Sydney. Perched in the shadows of the iconic Sydney Opera House, it is located on the Lower Concourse and provides epic picture-postcard views of the city, harbour surrounds and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sit back and bask in the city’s glow with a cocktail in hand, and feast on bar snacks, salads, delicious mains, meat and cheese platters, or freshly shucked oysters and seafood. Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse, Bennelong Point, Sydney. 9247 1666. operabar.com.au POCKET BAR

As its name suggests, Pocket Bar is a small bar located in the back streets of Darlinghurst. The intimate venue serves up bar food like cheese and meat platters, and delicious polenta truffle fries. 13 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. 9380 7002. houseofpocket.com. au/bars/pocket-bardarlinghurst/venue-details/ THE SQUIRE’S LANDING

Head to James Squire’s flagship microbrewery in Sydney, The Squire’s Landing. With incredible panoramic views of the Opera House and Sydney

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Harbour Bridge it is the perfect spot for a meal and drink by the harbour. Grab a glass of your favourite James Squire brew or try one of their limited releases. The Squire’s Landing’s Head Brewer also crafts exclusive small batch brews onsite, so there’s always something new and unique to try. Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay. 8014 5661. thesquireslanding.com.au SMOKE ROOFTOP BAR

Located atop Sydney hotspot, Barangaroo House, you’ll find Smoke Rooftop Bar. It’s the place to head to watch the sunset, cocktail in hand. Match your drinks with a bar menu of delectable snacks, including brisket doughnuts and their famous sea urchin and orange jam toastie. 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney. 8587 5400. barangaroohouse.com.au ZEPHYR SKY BAR

Overlooking Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, the Hyatt Regency’s Zephyr Sky Bar is a unique rooftop destination. It is known for its cutting-edge “levitating” drinks presentation, where seasonally-inspired creations are served directly to your table in a smoking levitating glass. Custom vermouth-inspired cocktails, vintage rums and signature drinks such as the Strawberry Spritz and freshly-pressed Grapefruit Martini can be paired with mouthwatering snacks. Hyatt Regency Sydney, Level 12, 161 Sussex Street, Sydney. 8099 1234. zephyrbarsydney.com ZETA BAR

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heart of the city. Try their award-winning cocktails, or sample their sharing platters, pizza or bar snacks. Level 4, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney. 9265 6070. zetabar.com.au

BOWLING

ARCHIE BROTHERS CIRQUE ELECTRIQ

The party is well and truly alive at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Think a fun fairground vibe mixed with arcade games, tenpin bowling, laser tag and Dodgem cars. Head to the in-house diner for burgers, monster shakes and fries. 75 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria. archiebrothers.com.au KINGPIN DARLING HARBOUR

Centrally located at Harbourside Shopping Centre, you’ll find Kingpin Darling Harbour. They offer 20 bowling lanes across four zones as well as laser tag, arcade games and pool tables. Enjoy an electric atmosphere of food and fun—may the best bowler win! Harbourside Shopping Centre, 2-10 Darling Drive, Sydney. 13 26 95. kingpinbowling.com.au STRIKE KING STREET WHARF

With ten bowling alleys, karaoke and escape rooms, Strike Bowling at King Street Wharf is the place to be for a good time. Dine on pizza, chicken wings and hot dogs or kick back with a cocktail in the waterside lounge before you head to the bowling alley and score a strike or two! 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney. 1300 787 453. strikebowling.com.au

BREWERIES

BATCH BREWING COMPANY

Sydney’s own Batch Brewing Company have made quite a name for themselves with their collection of small batch hand crafted brews. They have a wide range on tap, plus more varieties bottled, so there’s sure to be something to take your fancy, from their ‘West Coast IPA’ to the ‘Marrickville Roots Ginger Ale’. 44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville. 9550 5432. batchbrewingco.com.au

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THE STAR SYDNEY

The Star Sydney is a huge entertainment complex, and a memorable night out for all. From their finedining restaurants, cool bars, luxury boutiques, live music, large theatre and world-class casino, there’s always something to see and do at The Star. 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont. 9777 9000. star.com.au/sydney

CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE

THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET

The Australian Ballet is Australia’s premier ballet company and regularly performs new and classical works at Sydney’s home of the arts, the Sydney Opera House. Committed to artistic excellence and led by Artistic Director David McAllister, The Australian Ballet is renowned on the world stage. See the likes of Principal Artist Amber Scott in action, whilst recent international guest ballerinas include the likes of America’s Misty Copeland. Performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney. 1300 369 741. australianballet.com.au

BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE

Bangarra is one of Australia’s leading dance companies bringing contemporary Indigenous culture to the world’s stage. With a focus on culture and music, Bangarra is led by Artistic Director Stephen Page and features performers with a proud Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander background from across the country. Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9251 5333. bangarra.com.au OPERA AUSTRALIA

Australia’s premier opera company, Opera Australia, brings world-class productions to the Sydney Opera House stage. From the likes of “La Boheme” and “Aida” to musicals like “Evita” and “The King and I”, Opera Australia’s varied program is a testament to their artistic depth. With intricate costumes and astonishing staging, a night with Opera Australia is one to remember. Performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney. 9318 8200. opera.org.au SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY

Sydney Dance Company brings modern Australian dance to the stage. Led by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela, the company regularly performs original works and programs by leading choreographers from around the world. The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9221 4811. sydneydancecompany.com SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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concerts and events. Enjoy classical performances of Beethoven and Mozart, modern pop and rock performers accompanied by the Symphony, and iconic movie soundtracks brought to life in rich, vibrant sounds. Performances at the Sydney Opera House and City Recital Hall, Sydney. 8215 4600. sydneysymphony.com

DISTILLERIES

ARCHIE ROSE

Archie Rose is Sydney’s first independent distillery in over 160 years, producing gin, vodka and a collection of whiskies. This fully operational distillery also offers patrons a trendy on-site bar. Surrounded by whisky barrels, the bar offers the full range of Archie Rose products in a unique space of copper touches and relaxed charm. 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery. 8458 2300. archierose.com.au

LIVE MUSIC

ENMORE THEATRE

Located in the inner-west suburb of Newtown, the Enmore Theatre is Sydney’s home of live music. From the latest indie bands to big name musicians, the Enmore is the place to see the best bands in town from local Aussie acts to international stars. The venue also hosts numerous stand-up comedians and comedy events throughout the year. 118–132 Enmore Road, Newtown. 9550 3666. enmoretheatre.com.au METRO THEATRE

This intimate theatre on George Street is an iconic live music venue. You know you’ve made it in Sydney’s music scene

when you headline a gig here. Whether you like rock, indie, alternative, hip hop or a bit of everything, there’s always a diverse line-up of acts on stage at the Metro. 624 George Street, Sydney. 9550 3666. metrotheatre.com.au STATE THEATRE

From grand musicals and stand-up comedy to classic concerts and pop stars, the majestic State Theatre in the heart of the city has seen it all. This iconic venue opened in 1929 and features elements of Gothic and Art Deco architecture. The magnificent interiors and beautiful chandeliers are a must-see. The State Theatre also hosts movie premieres and is home to the annual Sydney Film Festival. 49 Market Street, Sydney. 9373 6655. statetheatre.com.au SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

It doesn’t get much better than seeing live music at the sublime Sydney Opera House. From the hallowed halls of the Concert Hall, to a summer night out in the open-air of the Forecourt, it’s always a very special experience. Choose from cuttingedge musical acts to classical symphonies and everything in between. Bennelong Point, Sydney. 9250 7777. sydneyoperahouse.com

MAGIC

THE GENTLEMAN MAGICIAN

Every weekend, Bruce Glen, The Gentleman Magician enchants and amazes audiences at his Magical Soirées at Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. Reminiscent of the captivating events of

the famous ‘salons’ in 19th century Europe, this has become a ‘must see’ event for locals and international visitors. Guests are greeted with champagne and gourmet canapés, before being transported back to a time when performers were summoned to entertain Europe’s elite in the parlours of their grand salons. This is an entrancing evening of world-class magic and captivating Australian stories. 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays, Sir Stamford Circular Quay Hotel, 93 Macquarie Street, (Cnr Albert Street), Sydney. Bookings essential. 1300 033 599. gentlemanmagician.com.au

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BELL SHAKESPEARE

Bell Shakespeare is Australia’s premiere theatre company performing the works of William Shakespeare. Founded by the legendary John Bell, the company has been bringing Shakespeare’s words to audiences since 1990, always pushing boundaries and challenging expectations. Sydney Opera House, Sydney. 8298 9000. bellshakespeare.com.au BELVOIR

One of Sydney’s most acclaimed theatre companies, Belvoir, is based in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. Delivering an innovative program of dynamic Australian theatre featuring some of the country’s best actors, playwrights and directors, across both the Upstairs and Downstairs stages. 18 and 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. 9699 3444. belvoir.com.au

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HAYES THEATRE COMPANY

For the best in Australian musical theatre head to Hayes Theatre Company in Potts Point. This small theatre is home to some big name shows, programming new and innovative musical theatre and cabaret. Hayes Theatre Co is a not for profit company, named after Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes. 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point. 8065 7337. hayestheatre.com.au SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY

Sydney Theatre Company (STC) presents a diverse range of shows throughout the year from classic plays to new, Australian productions at its own theatres at The Wharf and at the nearby Roslyn Packer Theatre. Australian acting luminaries to grace the STC stage in recent years include Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving. The Wharf theatres, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9250 1777. sydneytheatre.com.au

WINE BARS

HANDPICKED CELLAR DOOR SYDNEY

In the heart of funky Chippendale, you’ll find Handpicked Wines’ urban cellar door. Stop by for a wine tasting or try a tasting flight and uncover new wines from different regions. Enjoy a selection of cheese and charcuterie, and take home some wine from the Wine Shop. 50 Kensington Street, Chippendale. 9392 9190. handpickedwines.com.au

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 There are any number of reasons to enjoy late-night dining in Sydney. It may be due to an over-long movie, a late show at the Sydney Opera House or just some unexpected hunger pangs. These three nosheries are perfect for night owls looking for a feed. For more great late-night dining venues in Sydney visit wheretraveler.com

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Golden Century Smack bang in the middle of Chinatown, Golden Century has been serving Chinese seafood dishes for decades. Frequented by politicians, rock stars, chefs and everyone who’s anyone, this restaurant has a real buzz. While its seafood is legendary, the non-seafood dishes are a joy, particularly the Peking duck. The day starts with an extensive dim sum service at midday and the doors don’t shut until 4am. The one dish you must try is the XO pippies.

Frankie’s Pizza Come for the pizza, stay for the rock ’n’ roll! From the front this venue looks like a typical pizza parlour, but out the back is where it all happens. At heart, Frankie's is an old-school rock venue with live bands, rows of pinball machines, an extensive list of beers and plenty of noise. The house band plays every Monday and karaoke nights are not to be missed. Open from 4pm to 3am, 6 days a week. The one dish you must try is the pepperoni pizza.

City Extra A Sydney institution, City Extra is open 24 hours a day, 365 days year. It serves good, hearty fare–fish ’n’ chips, burgers, schnitzels and T-bones–that will satisfy the hungriest of patrons. Sit outside and you can look out over the harbour, just an arm’s length away. The full menu is available at all times and late-night guests are often joined by hospital workers, opera goers and students. The one dish you must try is the Journo burger with the works.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney. 9212 3901. goldencentury.com.au

50 Hunter Street, Sydney. frankiespizza bytheslice.com

Between Wharf 3 and 4, Circular Quay, Sydney. 9241 1422. cityextra.com.au

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