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Shark Mission has you finding out everything you need to know about these magnificent species with new, giant interactive touch screens. Climb inside the jaws of a Megalodon shark and marvel at the humungous 7.4m replica of the Great White Shark, sometimes referred to as the King of the Ocean, to get a sense of the sheer size of these majestic creatures. For the ultimate test of bravery, take the plunge into the all new Great Barrier Reef exhibit and snorkel amongst the various reef

sharks, sawfish and tropical fish. This brand new Shark Reef Snorkel encounter doesn’t require any previous diving experience, so you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures of the sea. Kids can even get involved with the new interactive quiz trail in a hands-on game that reveals a shark’s diet. Open daily 9am-8pm (and open from 8am during January). To book visit sydneyaquarium.com.au or call 02 8251 7800.

travelers and locals alike saving you 50% on admissions. The Sydney Museums Pass makes it easy to experience four of Sydney’s most unique museums including Museum of Sydney, which offers a wonderful overview of Sydney’s history, bridging the two plus centuries between the colony’s first few days and modern Sydney. Hyde Park Barracks Museum is a a World Heritage listed convict site, and the perfect place to experience convict Sydney handson. Susannah Place Museum, an untouched working-class terrace row, which is now a museum that tells the story of its former residents and of The Rocks, which was one of Sydney’s

toughest neighbourhoods. And the Justice and Police Museum, Sydney’s home of crime. From bushrangers to razor-gangs, the darker side of our history is evocatively told. Combined, these museums capture the history, people, cultures, places and events that have made contemporary Sydney. It’s never been easier to explore our beautiful city! To find out more about this all new value-packed pass head to sydneylivingmuseums. com.au or call 8239 2211 Passes are also on board Sydney Explorer Buses, at Sydney Visitors Centres in The Rocks and Darling Harbour and at select Hotel Concierge.


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What’s new THIS SUMMER AT TARONGA ZOO their play in the new Lemur playground. The Lemur Forest Adventure gives you the opportunity to observe the highly social Ring-tailed Lemurs and discover their forest home. Lemurs are truly fascinating, intelligent and social creatures. PLUS from February be on the look-out for 55 life Stop 1 SEE THE brand new state sized Rhino Sculptures HOP of the art Lemur Forest installed across Sydney ON HOP Adventure exhibit at and beyond for the OFF Taronga Zoo, where community art project you can play like lemurs. Get the Taronga Wild! Rhinos For chance to see this fascinating more info go to taronga.org.au troop in action and mirror or call 9969 2777

Sol LeWitt brightens Sydney Sol Lewitt: ‘Your mind is exactly at that line’ is on show at the Art Gallery of NSW from 20 February to 3 August. A pioneer of conceptual art and one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century, LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings

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What’s new Celebrate The Year of the Horse

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New Year official guided tours run by experienced Mandarin and Korean speaking guides, in honour of the Year of the Horse. The tour will take you on a journey through the World Heritage listed site and will give you a glimpse inside the world famous performance theatres and foyers, home to 1,800 performances each year. You will receive a personalised prosperity card to share good wishes with family and friends and gain access to special shop offers to bring luck from the Opera House to yours. Then share a meal with family and friends and feast on our traditional Yum Cha feast, the perfect end to your tour. Tours available between 9am - 5pm from 24th January to 14th February 2014. Lucky Red Sunset unguided tours offer

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“The spirit of the horse is recognised to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able”. It’s Party time at the Sydney Opera House. Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, running from 24 January - 9 February. This vibrant arts festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free! Don’t miss the spectacular Twilight Parade which will light up Sydney streets on Sunday 2 February, with the very popular Dragon Boat Races commencing the following Saturday and Sunday. Sydney Opera House is leading the celebrations with Lunar


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Take a short ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD to Cockatoo Island; Sydney Harbour’s largest island and one of Australia’s most fascinating historical sites. Cockatoo Island is easy to explore by foot. The island’s rich convict and shipbuilding history are fascinating. Explore at your leisure, stopping in for lunch or a coffee at Societé Overboard Cafe or the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre or enjoy a

traditional wood fired pizza at The Island Bar. You can camp overnight on the harbour’s edge or take a short break in one of the luxury houses or apartments, which have been described as “one of the world’s most spectacularly located campsites”. Cockatoo Island is open to the public daily and entry is free. More info at cockatooisland.gov.au.

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Meet the family and walk amongst the dinosaurs In a world first, Australian Museum presents Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience showcasing the newly-revised tyrannosaur family tree. See over 10 life-size dinosaur specimens on display including one of the oldest tyrannosauroids, Guanlong wucaii. You will also find a dramatic array of fossils and casts of Tyrannosaurs including never-before-seen specimens from China. The exhibition is designed to provide a snapshot of dinosaur life and how they became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth. There are heaps of activities for the whole family to enjoy including the Australian first immersive multimedia experience featuring large scale immersive projection of dinosaurs running through Sydney streets. The exhibition runs 23 November 2013 to 27 July, 2014. To find out more head to tyrannosaurs.com.au

CELEBRATE in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with Autumn Vibes. It’s an

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Autumn Vibes is a free event full of music, art and dance. There will be plenty of

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symphonic movie sound with the music of John Williams (27 Feb to 1 Mar). Shudder to Jaws, laugh with E.T., soar with Superman, relive the courage of Oskar Schindler to name a few. And in March, fire your imagination with Russian Daydreams and the music of Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev (12 to 15 Mar) and then Beethoven’s Fifth – with perhaps the best-known opening notes in musical history (19 to 21 March). For more info go to sydneysymphony.com

AUSTRALIA DAY is a national public holiday in Australia, commemorating the arrival of the first fleet of british ships in 1788. Celebrations on Sydney Harbour feature a huge line up of events including ferry races, tall ships, sailing regattas, best dressed vessel competitions, fly-overs and much more. Captain Cook Cruises’ is offering front row seats to all of the harbour action

aboard the awesome MV Sydney 2000. If you’re in Sydney for Valentine’s Day why not make the most of Captain Cook’s Valentine’s Day Cruise, which has seen many beautiful marriage proposals and has hosted more engagements and anniversaries than any other cruise operator in its 44 years of operation. More info captaincook.com.au or call 9206 1111

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City of Shadows Due to popular demand, the City of Shadows exhibition has returned to the Justice & Police Museum and will be on show until June 2014. The exhibition has been updated with new stories about some of its most fascinating photographs. This exhibition casts both an

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Hyde Park Barracks was once the nerve centre for the world’s largest system of convict transportation. Over 50,000 of the colony’s 80,000 convicts passed through its gates between 1819 and 1848. A fascinating exhibition at the

enchanting & disconcerting light on the shadowy underworld of Sydney. Whether you’re a lover of crime, photography, fashion, cars or even streetscapes, City of Shadows is a must see. Open on weekends only and is included in the Sydney Museums Pass. Find out more at sydneylivingmuseums.com.au Hyde Park Barracks Museum tells the story of their crimes, the punishments they endured and the contributions many of them went on to make in Australian society. The magnificent World Heritage listed building is the only convict barracks from Governor Macquarie’s era to have survived. You’ll find the barracks at the southern end of Macquarie Street, near Hyde Park. It’s open from 10am each day. Entry is included with the Sydney Museums Pass (see page 10). Go to sydneylivingmuseums.com.au or call 8239 2211


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The world class Sydney Jewish Museum explores and illustrates the depth of the Jewish religion, tradition and culture, Australian Jewish history and the contribution of Jews to Australian society. This remarkable museum ensures through education, academic research and the display of artefacts and memorabilia, that the Holocaust and its uniqueness in history is never forgotten. See many

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inspirational exhibitions including Anne Frank – A History for Today. This informative exhibition makes use of over 200 images from the Frank family photo albums and quotations from the her unique diary. The personal story of Anne and her family is told in the context of the historical events of the time. Exhibiting from March until June 2014. Museum entry is free on the first Sunday of every month. For further details head to sydneyjewishmuseum. com.au

James Morrison and Emma Pask, from The Voice plus loads more! Twilight at Taronga Zoo is a fully licensed event so BYO alcohol is not permitted, but there is a delicious array of food and beverage options available so grab your friends, pack your picnic and get ready to enjoy this special concert series. Make planning your Twilight picnic even easier by selecting a Taronga Piazza hamper for two inspired by Giovanni Pilu For more info visit twilightattaronga.com.au or call 1800 675 875.


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parties influenced a generation of younger documentary photographers. Entry is free and running until 11 May 2014. more info visit sl.nsw.gov.au

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Seahorse Safari A brand new Seahorse Safari is waiting for you to explore. The safari includes the chance to search for fossils, a 3D find-the-seahorse landscape and a seahorse activity book for kids to track their journey around the aquarium.

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Aquarist for a Day Ever dreamt of understanding the mysteries of marine life? Or fancied yourself as a bit of a fish fanatic? You can now get your hands wet with the new Aquarist for a Day course.

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9 – 26 January

Sydney Festival Exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent the city is in full celebratory mode. Sydney Festival presents the biggest and best of the world’s performing and visual arts, all coming together in an avalanche of artistic activity. For a full program of the activities. sydneyfestival.org.au

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EXPLORE the gritty underbelly of Sydney’s Kings Cross during the 1970s. There’s an exciting new exhibition showcasing at State Library NSW; Kings Cross 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie Ellis. This evocative series of black and white images by renowned Australian photographer Rennie Ellis features 24 original prints from the State Library’s unrivalled photographic collection. The images featured were taken over the summer of 1970-71 by Ellis while walking the streets of Kings Cross with fellow photographer Wesley Stacey. His candid shots of the rich and famous and their


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Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul 7 Mar – 15 JUn

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Viking raiders and traders A wonderful series of Viking activities for adults and families. Meet Viking re-anactors, in ‘Meet a Viking’, Journey back in time to learn about life and everything Viking in ‘Viking Village’ Cool off in the water adventure playground & battle it out through a maze of Viking forts in ‘Viking WetWorld’.

Viking Longship & Vikings Beyond The Legend Climb aboard the Jorgen Jorgenson! The ship provides a genuine sense of life at sea 1,000 years ago for. For a detailed program of activities and fun happenings head to

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27 December - 2 February

The truth about Vikings Daily except Mondays at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm, 20 minutes duration. Join three highflying Vikings Sven, Bjorn and Astrid – for an action-packed, circus comedy show that is full of facts and falsehoods about Vikings.

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St George Open Air Cinema Located on Mrs Macquarie’s Point against a spectacular backdrop overlooking the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The three storey high screen emerges from the water in front of a 1900 seat grandstand with surround sound. stgeorgeopenair.com.au

Until January 28

One Direction in Wax The phenomenally successful boy-band and biggest pop sensation on the planet have joined the Madame Tussauds Sydney family. Get up close and personal with these super stars!

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19 December - 26 January

Go WILD This Summer Put on your Akubra on and journey to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for the ultimate Australian animal adventure in the heart of the city! Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of the most loved, feared and unique Aussie animals.     WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo WILD-LIFE.com.au Until 16 February

Born to Concrete Visual Poetry from the collections of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the University of Queensland and State Library of NSW. Enjoy a Enjoy a playful and striking collection of 75 artworks illustrating the rise of experimental concrete poetry in Australia – from the mid -1960s to the present.This free exhibition will definitely appeal to people’s whimsical side with its witty visual wordplay. State Library sl.nsw.gov.au

January – April

Daily Free Guided Walks Explore the world of plants and the history of Sydney’s spectacular Royal Botanic Garden with one of our experienced Volunteer Guides. Daily 10.30 am – 12pm. Bookings required for organised groups.Two special guided walks are being conducted to acknowledge Australia Day (26 January) and ANZAC Day (25 April) 10.30 am –12 pm. Meet at the Garden Shop. Enquiries T: 9231 8134 Royal Botanic Garden Sydney rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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Eat Your History: A Shared Table Take a fascinating stroll through eight homes that capture the different ages of Sydney’s food culture from 1788 to the 1950s. Nothing reveals Sydney’s rise from convict colony to cosmopolitan city as deliciously as a look behind the doors of our kitchens and dining rooms. Museum of Sydney sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Until 6 April

Suburban Noir The exhibition breaks the tradition of presenting Sydney as mere visual splendor. The photographs, set in film, along with artworks from15 artists capture the spaces left behind: a moody catalogue of empty roads, desolate interiors and everyday fragments of life in these hard-bitten slices of Sydney. Award-winning crime writer Peter Doyle investigates the sinister side of suburban Sydney: murders, car crashes, larceny and other dark deeds. Open daily. Museum of Sydney sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

20 – 22 January

Pizza Plants Take your taste buds on a delicious adventure to find pizza ingredients growing in the garden. Plant some yummy herbs and then use plants to make your own mini-pizza! For 6 to 13 year-olds. Daily: 1.00 - 2.30pm. Booking essential. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

26 January 7:15am to 9am

G’Day Australia Day with a Koala Breakfast Start Australia Day with festivities in the heart of the city! With a traditional Aussie barbeque breakfast, cuddly iconic Australian koalas, kid-friendly craft activities, fun party games and more, guests are guaranteed a great start to their morning. Advanced bookings required WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo WILD-LIFE.com.au

2–26 January

Dinosaurs in Sydney Activities Meet the dinosaur puppet show (Meet Winny, our life-sized Muttaburrasaurs dinosaur), Chomping T. rex craft (Sink your teeth into this activity as you make your own chomping T. rex, every Friday and Saturday), Cookie-making class (22nd Jan, time to get your hands dirty and unleash the prehistoric chef within!). Australian Museum australianmuseum.net.au

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Australia’s Lucky Gem….Opal You can explore and experience true uniqueness of Australian opal and discover the true secrets of opals and explore Sydney’s only opal cutting experience at Australian Opal Cutters. AND on the 24th Jan is ‘Mystic Queen of gems’ Discover exquisite collection of Australian South Sea & Tahitian pearl jewellery and explore this mysterious world of pearls to discover its natural beauty.

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1 – 28 February

Month of Love at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo As a part of Darling Harbour’s Month of Love Celebration, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s special activities, animal encounters and keeper talks are not to be missed.   WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo WILD-LIFE.com.au

24 January to 9 February

Celebrating Chinese New Year Sydney Opera House welcomes you to celebrate the Year of the Horse. We have special Chinese New Year tours, a beautiful lucky horse sculpture on show to impart well wishes for you and your family, an abundance of lights and lanterns and a special yum cha lunar feast to share with your family and friends. Sydney Opera House Sydneyoperahouse.com.au

31 January – 2 February

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Mozart Following sold-out concerts in 2012, one of the world’s greatest violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to perform three delightful Mozart concertos. Not to be missed! For bookings, phone 8215 4600 and quote #9078 for What’s On in Sydney special pricing. Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House sydneysymphony.com

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Taronga Wild: The Rhinos Are Coming! Watch out for 55 life-sized rhino sculptures installed across Sydney and beyond for the community art project, Taronga Wild! Rhinos. The sculptures will form a trail to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo and surrounds until April, 2014. Taronga Zoo taronga.org.au/wild-rhinos

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This amazing film captures the essence of the Great White shark that is often maligned and is, unfortunately, on the verge of extinction. This spectacular fish is an iconic

predator, the creature we love to fear. Great White Shark 3D explores the Great White’s place in our imaginations, in our fears and in the reality

Until 9 February

America Painting A Nation The most expansive survey of American painting ever presented in Australia. With over 80 works, ranging from 1750 to 1966, this exhibition will cover more than 200 years of American art, history and experience. The Art Gallery of NSW artgallery.nsw.gov.au

6 - 23 February

Tino Sehgal : This Is So Contemporary Tino Sehgal is known for his innovative works that consist purely of live encounters between people in museums. This 29th Kaldor Public Art Project is presented in association with the Art Gallery of NSW. Art Gallery of NSW artgallery.nsw.gov.au 12 – 15 February

Absolutely Beethoven Chief Conductor David Roberson conducts a thrilling Beethoven-inspired program including Beethoven’s dramatic Seventh Symphony which provided the music in the emotional finale of the movie The Kings Speech. For bookings, phone 8215 4600 and quote #9078 for What’s On in Sydney special pricing. Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House sydneysymphony.com


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encounter between man and shark. Great White Shark 3D starts 9th January at IMAX. You can experience watching this movie on the world’s BIGGEST screen. If you love action then you’ll love RoboCop, which starts 6th February at the IMAX. This film takes you to the year 2028 where multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years - and it means billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. While you’re in Sydney be sure to visit IMAX Sydney. IMAX always has the best viewing. For a complete list of session times head to imax.com.au

14 February

WILD Valentine’s Day Dinner at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Go WILD and explore your romantic side at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo this Valentine’s Day! And what better way to spoil that special someone than an intimate dinner for two in a unique setting under the stars. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo WILD-LIFE.com.au

February – April

Dandy Lions A Garden playgroup exploring nature through gardening activities, nature-based art and craft, stories, songs and Garden adventures. Tuesdays and Thursdays during school term. Bookings essential: 9231 8134 Royal Botanic Garden Sydney rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

22 & 24 February

Elektra Dreams. Nightmares. Murder. Revenge. Hear R. Strauss’s Elektra in all of its true glory with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Sydney Dance Company. Featuring the sensational Christine Goerke in the title role. For bookings, phone 8215 4600 and quote #9078 for What’s On in Sydney special pricing. Sydney Opera House sydneysymphony.com


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Until 23 February

Yirrkala Drawings Vibrant crayon drawings, produced by senior ceremonial leaders at Yirrkala in Arnhem Land in 1946-47, are displayed for the first time alongside the work of their descendants in this important exhibition. Art Gallery of NSW artgallery.nsw.gov.au

27 Feb – 1 Mar

The Music of John Williams Experience the best of symphonic movie sound. From Superman to Star Wars, Schindlers List to E.T, hear all your favourites of John Williams’ music. For bookings, phone 8215 4600 and quote #9078 for What’s On in Sydney special pricing. Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House sydneysymphony.com

7 February – 2 March

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras The Sydney Mardi Gras is the world’s premier gay and lesbian cultural festival. During the Grand Parade, thousands of people make their way down Oxford Street through Sydney’s Darlinghurst on colourful floats, with huge crowds cheering on in support. mardigras.org.au

8 - 9 February

Dragon Boat Races See another side of Chinese New Year at the Dragon Boat Races. Enjoy all the thrills and excitement of non-stop racing over two days. Up to 22 people in each boat paddle to the beat of the drum in a hard fought competition to reach the finish line. sydneychinesenewyear.com

1 March - 11 May 2014

Artist Colony: Drawing Sydney’s Nature This free exhibition features a lavish showcase of 100 rich and evocative natural history drawings from the State Library’s TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby collection.They illustrate the excitement Europeans felt for Australia’s natural world which sparked a creative outpouring that provided evidence of the abundance of new and exotic species in the colony. State Library sl.nsw.gov.au

12 Mar – 11 May 2014

ARTEXPRESS 2014 A dynamic and popular exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the art making component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts, 2013. It includes a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and timebased forms. Art Gallery of NSW artgallery.nsw.gov.au


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SUMMER IN THE GARDEN Explore the world of plants, immerse yourself in this spectacular botanic garden and have a fabulous time with us over summer: Pizza Plants school holiday program 20 – 22 January The Tomato Festival Sydney 1 and 2 February Autumn Vibes music day Sunday 9 March Daily Free guided walks For more information visit rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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the Hunter Valley winegrowing region. To the west the city is backed by a section of the Great Dividing Range which runs all the way down the east coast of Australia. The part of the range behind Sydney is called the Blue Mountains – now designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage area for its stunning natural beauty. South of the city you’ll find the Southern Highlands, Wollongong and the South Coast – home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastal towns in Australia. So there’s a lot to see and do around Sydney other than the city itself. Like most world cities Sydney is served by an excellent public transport


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system, made up of fast electric trains, clean air-conditioned buses and a hard-working fleet of harbour and river ferries. The system is reliable and easy to use, and extremely costeffective since the introduction of the MyMulti tickets. This ticket gives unlimited travel on all government trains, buses and ferries for just $21 per day, or $60 for a whole week with a MyMulti 3 ticket. And the best thing is that MyMulti covers an enormous area – up to the Hunter Valley, out to Katoomba and the Blue Mountains in the west and south to Wollongong and Kiama. It also covers all public transport in and around the city and suburbs, with the exception of the hop-

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Get your bearings around town on one of the red Metrobus services. There are a number of different Metrobus routes criss-crossing the city – from places like Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction, Chatswood to Bondi Junction or Mosman to Newtown and Sydenham – so wherever you are they’ll have you into town fast. They often link with train stations and are high-frequency, running every 10 minutes in peak hour and roughly every 15 – 20 minutes during the middle of the day, in the evening and on weekends. You can purchase MyMulti tickets at any train station or from Sydney Buses TransitShops at Circular Quay, Carrington Street at Wynyard, in York Street outside the QVB and at Railway Square. They are also available at all Sydney Ferries ticket offices and from

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entrance to the Sydney Tower Eye is on the 5th Level of the Westfield shopping centre on the corner of Pitt, Castlereagh and Market Streets. Once you’ve bought your ticket and checked in you’ll enter the new 4D cinema. This unique film, included in the ticket price, unveils a whole new dimension to Sydney – its spectacular footage transporting you along the beaches, around the harbour and right inside the landmarks and events that are such an integral part of the city. The experience is taken Stop 3 to the 4th dimension by evocative in-theatre HOP ON effects like wind, water HOP OFF and fire bringing the whole scenario to life. Once you’ve seen the film metres above street level. Here you’ll be whisked by a lift up sweeping views of the Sydney to the Observation Deck, 250 metropolis stretch out for

The Sydney Explorer bus stops are within easy walking distance to each of the venues and literally on Hyde Park Barrack’s doorstep. For more info See page 10 View from Sydney Tower Eye

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miles and miles around. And point out all the city’s historic the whole experience is made and geographic landmarks even more interesting since from this high-adrenaline they’ve installed new highvantage point. Then comes powered binoculars and multithe real test. If you’re game lingual touch screens to enough you can venture Stop 3 out on to glass-floored give you an array of facts about what you’re seeing. HOP platforms suspended ON HOP above the city streets OFF But if you’re ready for 268 metres below. It’s like a bit of adventure you walking on air! Sydney can do more than just look out Tower Eye is open every day from inside the observation deck from 10am. Skywalk starts at the Sydney Tower Eye. If every day at the same time. you’re up to the challenge you And they’re both even better actually walk around the outside value these days with one of of the Tower on Skywalk. the new Ultimate Sydney Harnessed to a safety rail and Experience pass combining dressed in a special protective entry to Sydney Tower Eye and suit, you will be taken around Skywalk with a visit to SEA Skywalk’s external walkways LIFE Sydney Aquarium and by expert guides who will WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and


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every 15 – 20 minutes all day. You’ll find the route marked in red on the map inside our front cover. The first Sydney tour bus leaves Circular Quay at 8.30am every morning and the last tour finishes around 7.30pm at night. There are 26 stops altogether on the city Explorer route, including the main shopping district, Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera House, Hyde Park and the Australian Museum, the fish markets, half a dozen attractions around Darling Harbour, and of course The Rocks and Circular Quay. The 24 hour ticket is also valid on their sister service, the Bondi and Bays Explorer.


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This bus starts at Central Station from 9.30am daily and heads on out to Bondi beach through Kings Cross and Paddington, returning via some of Sydney’s most exclusive homes in Vaucluse, Rose Bay and Double Bay. You can switch between the City and Bondi services, and hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like throughout the day. The combined ticket covering both services is just $40 for 24 hours – great value in anyone’s language. Full professional commentary is available in English or, on select buses, in 7 languages plus a kids’ channel. You can buy tickets on the bus , online or at the Sydney Visitor Centres and selected hotels. For more info call 9567 8400 or go to sydneyexplorer.com.au

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Sydney’s particular personality via a changing exhibition program. While you’re there check out the new exhibitions; Eat Your History: A Shared Table exhibition and Suburban Noir (see page27). Remember Entry is included with the new Sydney Museums Pass (see page 10).To find out more head to sydneylivingmuseums.com.au


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A few blocks up Macquarie Ellis and Born to Concrete: Visual Street will find you at the Poetry from the collections of State Library of NSW the Heide Museum of Modern which is so much more Stop 12 Art and the University than a book lovers dream. of Queensland (open HOP You will discover that until 16th Feb) and Artist ON HOP the State Library hosts Colony: Drawing Sydney’s OFF world-class exhibitions, a Nature (opening on modern café, book shop and 1st of March and running to a dynamic events program 11th May) These fascinating which is open to the public. exhibitions are a must see. The library also offers free More info sl.nsw.gov.au Wi-Fi and more than 2,500 free ebooks to download. A highlight is the recently opened AMAZE Gallery, a permanent gallery where you can experience some of the most iconic, beautiful and quirky artifacts from the Library’s extraordinary collections. Some of the exciting new exhibitions on now are Kings Cross 1970 to 1971: Photographs by Rennie


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THE SYDNEY Explorer hop-on hop-off bus will also take you to the venerable Australian Museum. The Museum’s extensive collections cover natural history and anthropology, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, mineralogy and palaeontology. The museum is home to literally millions and millions of different items – the insect collection alone has around four million

specimens. There’s an eclectic mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions designed to educate and entertain visitors of every persuasion, like the new Dinosaurs exhibit which uses today’s digitalage technology to bring a 230-million year old story to life. There are also fascinating Behind the Scenes Tours which take you to restricted back-of-house areas where


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A MAGNIFICENT exhibition Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum of Kabul, is proudly being featured at Art Gallery of New South Wales from 7 March to 15 June. This exhibition – with more than 230 priceless treasures, some thousands of years old – offers a rare opportunity to discover the surprising, untold story of the long and extraordinarily Stop 11&14 rich culture that is HOP Afghanistan. For ON years these artefacts HOP OFF were thought lost or destroyed as war and instability shook the country. Discover the stories of bravery that protected these precious artifacts of gold, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware and other ancient works of art. For more info go to artgallery.nsw.gov.au or call 9225 1744.

scientists are conducting research into life on planet Earth – but bookings are essential. The Australian Museum is on the corner of College and William Streets. And don’t forget What’s On readers enjoy a 20% discount on adult general admission tickets. it’s open 9.30am to 5pm daily. More info at australianmuseum.net.au or call 9320 6000.

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Get your bearings You can’t visit Sydney without experiencing the Sydney Opera House, the world-famous landmark and the centre for creativity and Stop entertainment in Sydney. HOP You can choose between ON HOP a range of different tours OFF when you visit the Opera House. One popular tour is The Sydney Opera House Tour, which takes you beneath the famous sails and right into the theatres, venues and hallways where magic happens.

Follow your guide on a one hour journey and discover the stories behind the creation of this iconic World Heritage site. 10 The tour is available in English, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. It operates between 9am and 5pm every day and you don’t need to book – just turn up to the Box Office. Another great choice is the Backstage Tour.This is the only tour that grants you unprecedented VIP backstage


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access to the Sydney Opera House and is a once-in a-lifetime opportunity to experience the real-life dramas behind this celebrated performing arts centre.Your personal guide will raise the curtain on what really goes on beyond the spotlight and reveal industry secrets you won’t hear anywhere else. Walk in the footsteps of legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cate Blanchett, Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Foo Fighters. After your tour, you can re-live the moment by taking home an official photo souvenir or find the perfect gift, quirky one-off piece, or inspiring show memorabilia from the Opera House’s own gift shop. This January, Architects of Air return to the Sydney Opera House forecourt with their new inflatable walk-in sculpture, EXXOPOLIS, an immersive ‘luminarium’ – a structure that contains light like an aquarium contains water – made up of a

labyrinth of tunnels and spacious domes. For more information on Summer at the House, visit: sydneyoperahouse.com/ summer. Of course, no visit to the Opera House would be complete without taking in a show. When you’re booking show tickets, the helpful folk at the Sydney Opera House box office will do all they can to find the perfect show and the best seat for you. For more information on Summer at the House, visit: sydneyoperahouse.com/ summer or call 9250 7777


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Get your bearings Mandarin Climb BridgeClimb now offers The Mandarin Climb, featuring local Mandarin speaking guides.The climb departs daily at 3pm and offers Chinese visitors a chance to fully participate in one of Australia’s iconic experiences.

ANOTHER THING that’s high on most people’s ‘must do’ lists these days is BridgeClimb – the guided walk up the catwalks, ladders and arches that lead to the very top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Robert De Niro, Cate Blanchett and Pierce Brosnan are just a few of the more than 3 million people who have made ‘the climb of their life’. It’s

absolutely safe, incredibly thrilling and uniquely ‘Sydney’. For the past 15 years most climbs have taken around 3½ hours – including pre-climb preparations and de-briefing – but since the opening of the Climb Base and Visitor Centre at the southern end of the Bridge in Cumberland Street in The Rocks, BridgeClimb has been able to offer The Express Climb that takes just over two hours – perfect if you’re on a tight


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Mardi Gras Disco Climb schedule. Whichever length you choose, all climbs take you to the very top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and all are available at dawn (limited departures) during the day, at twilight and at night. But they’re all very popular so early booking is advisable to make sure of getting a time slot that suits your schedule. For bookings phone 8274 7777 or go to bridgeclimb.com

Supporters of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival can enjoy BridgeClimb’s first ever Mardi Gras Disco Climb which offers climbers the chance to danceoff with their friends on a stage like no other; the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, running between 17 February and 6 March 2014.This fun and original climb is in celebration of 2014’s Mardi Gras Festival and is a chance to fully participate in the internationally renowned festival whilst enjoying one of Australia’s most popular experiences.


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Get your bearings For those of you seeking the ultimate thrill, exciting memories and stories to tell friends and family well look no further than Skydive the Beach and Beyond. The Sydney-Wollongong drop zone is just one hour south of Sydney and they provide free midweek return transfers from Sydney CBD. Tandem skydive from Australia’s highest altitude of up to 15,000 feet, directly over North Wollongong beach. Experience the ultimate thrill of freefall at over 200 km/hr for up to an insane 65 seconds, and then float under canopy for 5-7 minutes soaking up spectacular views of Wollongong and the southern Sydney beaches.You will experience unbeatable views of some of the most stunning scenery Australia has to offer. Or you could take a short day trip from the Sydney CBD and tandem skydive at the Hunter Valley or Central Coast locations. What’s On

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in Sydney readers receive $30 off their tandem skydive – there’s no better reason to book a skydiving adventure today. Skydive the Beach and Beyond also offers great DVD and photo packages so your freefall doesn’t have to end. Ever. Now you can experience a thrilling Tandem night skydive. Skydiving at night takes the experience to a whole new level. Perfect for those looking for their next adventure, you’ll plunge into darkness on your own secret mission above the ‘Gong, while most are tucked up in bed! Night jumps are priced at $440 per person. Have a party in the sky and book this once-in-alifetime experience now. For more info phone1300 663 634 or skydive.com.au


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A SISTER service to the Sydney Explorer – the Bondi and Bays Explorer – runs from Central Railway every day. This tour goes through Kings Cross and Paddington and on to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach before returning to the city via the posh Eastern suburbs of Vaucluse, Rose Bay and Double Bay. You can hop-on and hop-off the bus at any of the stops along the way, and switch between the Sydney Explorer and the Bondi and Bays Explorer where they intersect in the city – all for one ticket price, the ticket is valid for 24 hours. For more information call 9567 8400.

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YOU CAN also get to Bondi on the Bondi Bendy 333 service. This government bus runs from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach. Tickets must be pre-purchased before boarding but you can use your MyMulti pass on the Bondi Bendy. There are more than 170 ticket outlets in the CBD but the smartest idea if you’re a visitor and wanting to use public transport is to buy a MyMulti ticket, which covers everything except hop-on hopoff tourist buses, the station access fees at the AirportLink train stations plus a couple of non-government ferry services.

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Need more info? Re-confirming your flight home? YOU SHOULD re-confirm your outbound flight with your airline 72 hours prior to departure. And remember, these days all overseas airlines ask that you check-in at least two hours before scheduled boarding time to allow for heightened security checks. You’ll need to allow about 30 minutes to get to the airport by taxi from the city, but only about 10 –12 minutes if you use the AirportLink train. You can catch the AirportLink from platform 23 at Central Station or from Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James or Museum stations in the city. Trains start running at about 5am and continue until around midnight – roughly every 10 minutes in peak hours and every 15 minutes at off-peak times. But if you can’t make it to one of the city train stations there’s the Airbus Airport Shuttle bus service,

which will pick you up from right outside your city or nearcity hotel and take you to either the domestic or international terminals. These buses also run from early morning until late at night, and you’ll save $2 per person if you pre-book by phone and show them the advertisement on the previous page when boarding.

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for visitors in Sydney. The largest one is the Sydney Visitor Centre conveniently located in the heart of one of the most popular tourist precincts on the corner of Argyle Street and Playfair Street in The Rocks. The helpful staff there can assist you with any queries from 9.30am until 5.30pm every day and also offer a booking service for tours, and accommodation. There’s also a Sydney Visitor Centre at Darling Harbour located under the freeway behind the IMAX Theatre. THE FRIENDLY folks at Itoursntix  are the leading experts in sightseeing tours, travel experiences and attraction passes Australia wide. With a wide range of carefully selected activities, attractions and the best things to do in Sydney & Beyond. Their friendly customer service agents will ensure that

your holiday is complete without breaking the budget. For Sydney Sightseeing they offer the official Sydney Attraction pass using an iVenture Card, which not only offers savings of up to 50% off general admission at top attractions but it also save’s valuable holiday time with express entry at some of Sydney’s most visited attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Australian National Maritime Museum and many more. Each pass comes with an iventure Smart card, a city map & an attraction guide to help you see more and save. Itoursntix are located in Darling Harbour at Shop 191, Harbour Side Shopping Centre and open Daily from 9am to 8:30pm and at Circular Quay Shop W1, underneath Circular Quay train Station Open Daily from 8.30am to 6:00pm. Call 1800 355 537 or itoursntix.com.au


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Need more info? Essential Information: Travellers with disabilities are well catered for in Sydney. More info: Cityofsydney.com.au OR Sydneyforall.com Spinal cord injuries Australia: .................................................1800 819 775 Wheel Chair accessible Taxis: ....................................................... 8332 0200 Transport info Hotline: ...........................................................................131 500 Useful Information: Sydney’s area code: ...........................................................................................(02) Australia’s country code: ....................................................................................61 To dial overseas dial: .......................................................................................0011 Public Transport: Transport info line: 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au Airport Link Trains airportlink.com.au 02 8337 8417 Sydney Explorer Hop on Hop off bus 02 9567 8400 Emergency Information: Emergency services, from any phone dial: ............................................000 or dial 112 from a GSM handset. Police assistance line : ..............................................................................131 444 Hospitals: St Vincents Hospital Darlinghurst : ............................................ 8382 1111 Sydney Hospital city: .......................................................................... 9382 1111 Sydney Childrens Hospital Randwick: ...................................... 9382 1111 Royal North Shore Hospital St Leonards: ............................ 9926 1111 Taxis: ABC Cabs: ..........................13 25 22 Legion Cabs: .................. 13 14 51 Manly Cabs: ........................13 16 68 Premier Cabs: ............... 13 10 17 RSL Taxis: .........................9581 1111 Silver services: .................133 100 Taxis combined:.................. 133 300 City of Sydney 02 9265 9333. Anytime, anyday.

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Sydney and its surrounding areas are full of fun and vibrant places to check out on your travels. Here’s your guide to what’s best on the water.

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SYDNEY IS built around a beautiful natural harbour, with much of the foreshore dedicated as National Park. Easy walking trails abound, and some of the best views of the city can be had from the heights around Vaucluse (on the route of the Bondi Explorer bus) or from Bradley’s Head near Taronga Zoo. But you don’t have to just look at the harbour from the shore, because Sydney is well-served by a wide variety of excellent harbour cruises and ferry

services. Most cruises depart from Circular Quay or from the eastern side of Darling Harbour near the Sydney Aquarium wharf. The choice ranges from short jaunts of about one hour to cruises lasting a whole day or evening, from simple crossharbour ferry-boat rides to luxury excursions on million-dollar yachts. Or the thrill of seeing giant whales up close. We’ve listed a selection of the best we could find on the next few pages. Enjoy!

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Harbour fun in the sun WHETHER IT’S a day trip to Taronga Zoo, a seafood lunch off Watson’s Bay or an elegant dinner on the water for 2 or 2000, there is a Captain Cook Cruise for every budget and occasion. Sydney’s largest fleet of cruise and sail boats and rocket ferries offer a choice of more than 20 cruises daily from No.6 Jetty Circular Quay and Pier 26 Darling Harbour.

The award winning twohour Coffee Cruise, featuring personalised commentary and morning or afternoon tea is justifiably world famous. It departs every day at 10am & 2.15pm. Cruise aboard the magnificent MV Sydney 2000 for breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner. High Tea is a favourite with the girls while the boys just love breakfast with the lot. A


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lunch cruise is the best way to combine million dollar harbour views with spectacular dining. For the starry eyed romantics cocktails, sunset or evening dinner cruises are hard to beat. Four decks, five dining rooms and a range of menu and entertainment options for every event and budget. For bookings phone 9206 1111 or visit www.captaincook.com.au Why not take a spin around the harbour on Captain Cook Cruises’ new Red Rocket Hop On Hop Off Harbour

Explorer Service! You can’t miss these shiny new rockets as they zoom between Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo, Watson’s Bay, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Luna Park, Manly and Darling Harbour. The rockets leaves every 45 minutes from Jetty 6, Circular Quay and Pier 26, Darling Harbour. Twenty-four hour tickets are available from $45 for adults with optional addons for Fort Denison, Shark Island and Manly from $7 per person. Visit captaincook.com.au


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You’ll love the daily seal shows at Taronga Zoo

Visit Taronga Zoo ‘The Zoo with a view’ Situated right on the shores of Sydney Harbour is Taronga Zoo. Its beautiful grounds offer breathtaking harbour panoramas as well as the largest collection of native and exotic animals in Sydney with over 4000 Australian and exotic animals, including Sumatran Tigers, majestic

lions and a growing family of man’s closest relative, the chimpanzee. You’ll see koalas, kangaroos, platypus, echidnas and a seal show – plus an amazing free-flight bird show where the birds swoop above out over the famous Sydney Harbour against the city skyline. Taronga


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Zoo is home to a breeding herd of Asian Elephants, including three elephant calves that can be seen playing with their mothers and aunts in their special paddock. And you won’t be able to miss the beautiful giraffes which have the best views in Sydney. Check out the NEW Lemur Forest Adventure which just opened in December last year. You can enjoy 20 keeper talks and shows daily. For a closer encounter, choose from the Nura Diya Aboriginal discovery tour, the behind-thescenes Taronga Wild Australia Experience, or other interactive guided tours The easiest way to get to Taronga Zoo from the city is a 12 minute boat ride. Regular commuter ferries run from Circular Quay all day, while Captain Cook cruises and the Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper operate hop-on, hopoff cruises from both Darling

Harbour and Circular Quay. Taronga Zoo is open from 9.30am daily and these days you can even stay overnight at the Zoo’s popular ‘Roar and Snore’ luxury camping experience. Download the free audio tour app for more information on our animals. Visit Taronga.org. au or call 9969 2777 to plan your visit.


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Summer on the harbour has never been easier, now with Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper stopping at all the major destinations on Sydney Harbour. This hop on hop off service is a great way to see all the harbour has to offer over summer. This convenient service can get you to the Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney Zoo, Watsons Bay and Manly all day with services departing every hour. The open top vessels are the best way to get a 360 degree view of the

all the harbour sites. Catch a morning ferry from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, pop over to the Zoo and spend a couple of hours there before rejoining the boat across to Watsons Bay for a famous fish and chips lunch. Take a stroll around Watsons Bay before hopping back on the ferry across to Manly. Enjoy the afternoon at Manly or make an extra stop at the hidden Quarantine station boasting one of the best beaches in Sydney Harbour. Spend the afternoon


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Enjoy Australia Day and Valentines Day celebrations on the water.

in Manly and catch one of our fast ferries directly back to Sydney. All of this for only $55, including your entry into Taronga Zoo and Skyway pass. You may just want to pop across to Manly and while you’re there why not visit the Manly Sea life Sanctuary Buy your entry to Manly Sealife Sanctuary when you get

your Eco hopper ticket in advance and your ferry to Manly is free. This is the only service to cover all of Sydney Harbour, including Manly, offering 2hr sightseeing & 24hr or 72hr Hop on Hop off ticket choices. For tickets or more info please visit sydneyharbourecohopper. com.au


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THESE DAYS you’re able to get to Manly by fast ferry from either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. It’s a quick, comfortable journey in these modern air-conditioned vessels – in fact the whole trip takes less than 45 minutes from Darling Harbour and about 15 minutes

IF YOU DO nothing else while you’re in Sydney you must dine at least once on Sydney Harbour. Captain Cook Cruises’ flagship MV

from Circular Quay. Light refreshments, tea and coffee are available on board and there’s a licensed bar. For full details and timetables call 9583 1199 or go to manlyfastferry.com.au. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is much more than just an

Sydney 2000 is the most prestigious vessel on the harbour and is synonymous with luxury dining afloat. The 5pm Sunset Dinner is perfect


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aquarium – it’s animal conservation in action. There’s plenty to see when you walk through the underwater tunnels, with huge sharks, stingrays and sea turtles swimming all around you. Plus there’s the fantastic Little Penguin cove, interactive rock pool, beautiful fish displays and guided tours included in the admission price. Open every day from 10am - 5.30pm. What’s on in Sydney readers save 10% off admission. GET YOUR adrenaline pumping and swim with the sharks at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. This is the home of Shark Dive Xtreme, one of the world’s only guaranteed extreme underwater shark encounters. Diving with sharks at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is an exhilarating experience. The colony of Grey Nurse Sharks range in size from 1 to 3 metres, and when you

do your shark dive with Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, you get to enter their domain - without cages! Sound scary? The 2.5 hour experience includes a 30 minute dive in Shark Harbour, the 4 million litre ocean tank. Friends and family are able to watch all of the dramatic action from the safety of the underwater viewing tunnel. For further details head to manlysealifesanctuary.com.au

for pre-theatre dining while at 7pm you can choose between the Captain’s Club Dinner featuring live entertainment or the Gold Dinner – truly

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GIFTS ¦ JEWELLERY ¦ FASHION ¦ BARGAINS ¦ BEAUTY ¦ LUXURY

Shopping & Dining Sydney Shop to your hearts content in Sydney and surrounds! If you love shopping then you’re in the right place! In the city centre you’ll find Westfield Sydney located on Pitt Street. Westfield is the place to go for extreme shopping; you’ll find four massive floors of food and fashion.Take a stroll through the historic Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade, most popular for their tastefully restored interiors. Down town shopping abounds in Castlereagh, Elizabeth and King Streets which have the world’s most famous designer brands, including Chanel and Gucci. Here you’ll also find Australia’s two largest department stores, Myer and David Jones.You can also find Top Shop on the corner of King and George Streets. If you’re looking for the ultimate bargain then head to Direct Factory Outlet

(DFO) located in Underwood Rd Homebush. Also check out Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre at Drummoyne; it’s the only place in Sydney where you can shop whilst enjoying the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and browse through a huge range of fashion, food and lifestyle brands. If you’re looking for trendy boutiques, then head to Paddington’s streets which are lined with clothing, furniture and high end stores. For more colourful bohemian shopping, stop in at the inner city suburb, Newtown. Newtown is full of vintage fashion, music stores, bookshops and antique stores. Sydney is also renowned for hundreds of unique and different markets.The best place to locate these markets is at marketscentral.com.au, your ultimate guide to all of Australia’s fantastic markets!


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Australian quality Opals are a great Aussie souvenir While you’re in Sydney we recommend you stop in at The Australian Opal Cutters, where you’ll find amazing opal pieces made from 100% Australian opals. The Australian Opal Cutters have over 30,000 gorgeous pieces including opals set into jewellery as rings, pendants, earrings and thousands of loose opals with every piece polished and set to perfection! When it comes to opal cutting these guys know their stuff! They have designed and manufactured superb world-class pieces for Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge; Princess Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, all of which were commissioned by The Australian Monarchist League. The best part is you don’t have to be royalty to afford these amazing opals, as Australian Opal Cutters buy directly from the mines and are able to pass the savings Stop 4 on to you. All the fine jewellery comes with a certificate

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world’s largest cinema screen, and to a host of other visitor attractions including the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the Powerhouse Museum, Wild life Sydney Zoo, the Chinese Garden and the National Maritime Museum. For up-tothe-minute information call at the Sydney Visitor Centre at Darling Harbour, between

the IMAX Theatre and the playground, or call them on 9240 8788. The first port of call on most people’s visit to Darling Harbour is usually SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Nowhere else will you find a bigger display of Australian marine life – including one of the largest collections of sharks anywhere in the world.

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THE ROCKS is one of the toughest neighbourhoods? You city’s most exciting shopping, can find out more about the dining and entertainment history of The Rocks by visiting precincts. It was the site of Susannah Place Museum. the first colonial settlement in Here you’ll discover the stories Australia in 1788 and has been of the hardworking families home to colourful characters who lived there. Built in 1844 and events for hundreds of and located in the heart of The years. Today The Rocks is a Rocks, this untouched workingvibrant, contemporary area class terrace was continuously of lively hustle and bustle occupied until 1990, and was set against a backdrop of home to more than 100 historic splendour. FINDING different families. Nowadays THE ROCKS is easy. It’s at The Rocks is a popular area the northern end of with much to see and do Stop 25 including the the city, near Circular Quay and only a short Ken Duncan Gallery, HOP ON walk from the Opera where you can see HOP OFF House. The Sydney Australia’s best landscape Visitor Centre is a good photography. The place to start your visit. Have Rocks is also known for the a chat with the helpful staff, unsurpassed souvenir shopping and off you go! You’ll find the in Sydney. We recommend Sydney Visitor Centre at the heading to the Australia Opal corner of Argyle and Playfair Cutters for the highest quality Streets. It is open seven days a opals and pearls in town. Be week ffrom 9.30am till 5.30pm. sure to visit The Rocks markets Did you know The Rocks where the streets are lined was once one of Sydney’s with stalls every week end.


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Go WILD This Summer at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Walk through iconic Aussie habitats and encounter some of the most loved and feared animals that call Australia home. Come face-to-face with Rex, one of the world’s largest crocodiles, walk amongst kangaroos and wallabies, cuddle up to cute koalas for an unforgettable photograph, bravely hold a python, watch a butterfly hatch from a cocoon and more. This unique Zoo also features interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining daily shows, captivating daily feeding sessions and enhanced walk-through habitats. WILD LIFE Sydney ZOO

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The experience at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo will last around two hours and you’ll find heaps inside! They have an extensive schedule of feeds, talks and shows taking place every day, meaning there’s always something happening, no matter when you visit. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is right next door to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds and is open from 9am every day (last entry 5pm). And you can SAVE if you buy a multi ticket to the other attractions from WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. For more information phone 9333 9288 or visit WILD-LIFE.com.au

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Tandem Jetpack Experience, where you can experience flying from the new twin seat jetpack. The Australian Flagship Jetpack training and Flight Centre is now open at the Sydney International Regatta centre in Penrith.There are picnic areas so the whole family can enjoy the experience with you! To book go to jetpackadventures.com.au, or call 0474 538 722.


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Madame Tussauds Sydney has launched more exciting wax figures to join their ever growing collection at the Darling Harbour attraction. Katy Perry, one of the most flamboyant and colourful performers in the world, joined the A-list line up at Madame Tussauds Sydney. The outfit she is wearing is undoubtedly show stopping and has been specially created by Katy’s own costume team to ensure it’s totally accurate. Guests will have a very special chance to get right next to an iconic pop star dressed in one of her famous show costumes. Katy is a huge hit. Not to be outdone, the iconic boy band One Direction can now call Madame Tussauds home. The boy band has been top of the list on Madame Tussauds Sydney’s most requested, since opening in 2012 and now the devoted Directioner’s prayers have been answered. The One

Direction wax figures will be on show until January, 28 when they continue their tour on to Tokyo. Madame Tussauds Sydney allows you to step into the world of celebrity where you can meet, greet, chat up, photograph and even hug your favourite celebrity, all whilst enjoying a range of fun interactive experiences. With 9 exciting zones and over 70 wax figures you can jump on stage with Kylie or Gaga, rub shoulders with the most powerful politicians, have an on-screen interview with Oprah and even test your sporting skills against the greats. For more information madametussauds.com/sydney


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WHILE YOU are down at Darling Harbour you simply must check out the amazing IMAX Theatre. IMAX’s crystal clear images, ten times larger than the traditional cinema format, will blow your

mind with pictures so real you want to touch them, effects so powerful you can actually feel them. There are now IMAX theatres scattered around the globe, but the one at Sydney’s Darling Harbour has the biggest screen in the world — it’s more than eight storeys high! There’s a wide variety of films showing every day, and What’s On in Sydney readers save 20% off admission with this voucher. For session times call 9281 3300.

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ONE OF our favourite spots in Darling Harbour is the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Museum houses one of the largest fleets of any museum in the world. You can clamber over the submarine Onslow and the destroyer Vampire, see Spirit of Australia – Ken Warby’s boat that still holds the world

water-speed record – and climb aboard the superb replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour when she’s in port. There’s an interesting program of special exhibitions, entry to which is usually included in museum entry. And you’ll save 20% with the special offer on this page. The Maritime Museum is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily.

to the public when in port. The ship is one of the world’s most accurate maritime reproductions. It was built and launched in Fremantle, Western Australia on the 9th December 1993. When you come on board Endeavour you may Stop 19 voyages regularly in wonder whether Australian waters and HOP James Cook and his invites paying voyage ON crew have just stepped HOP crew on board to OFF ashore somewhere on experience 18th their voyage, so accurate is century sailing. It’s a great the historical representation way to meet like-minded of shipboard life during the adventurers from Australia 18th century. The table is set, and all over the world, and clothes are hung and the cat take in the beauty of the high is slumbering. seas. For more info go to The HMB Endeavour replica anmm.gov.au


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Get WET ’N’ WILD Sydney This is the biggest ‘n’ best water theme park in Sydney with over 40 slides and attractions. Adrenaline seekers will enjoy 360 Rush, a 40ft free fall and 360 degree loop experience, or T5, which swirls through a 60-foot dark funnel. Wet’n’Wild Sydney also includes family friendly attractions like Wet

‘n’ Wild Jr. featuring kid-sized versions of the park’s more extreme attractions and The Beach, Australia’s largest wave pool with over 6,8 million litres of water. You need to experience Wet’n‘Wild Sydney! More info visit wetnwildsydney.com.au or call 133 386.

A visit to Sydney is not complete without a visit to Sydney’s oldest and largest market. Paddy’s market is 150 years old, and is not only popular with tourists, but with locals as well. Make sure you take some time to check out the hustle and bustle of Paddy’s Markets which offers an experience like no other. The endless variety of merchandise at this Market

will keep you happily excited. We love Paddy’s because it is not just a market; it’s also an Australian icon with an incredible history and lively atmosphere. You can find Paddy’s at Haymarket and Flemington. Get along and browse the endless aisles of Paddy’s. And don’t forget to grab a famous Paddy’s bargain. Opening hours and info go to paddysmarkets.com.au


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Ferrython on Sydney Harbour Nothing quite compares to Australia Day on Sydney Harbour, with that cavalcade of colour and craft! With the famous Ferrython vessels streaking to line honours, it’s really the perfect playground for Aussies and visitors alike to celebrate the day. Join in the buzz of activity and

Find your fortune in Sydney. While you’re out and about experiencing all The Rocks has to offer, make sure you stop in at The Argyle Oracle, the meeting place of talented psychics in Sydney since 1993. If you dare you can have your own personal reading with a gifted psychic and find out what the future has in store for you or browse through the vast range of crystals, books, incense,

excitment on Sydney Harbour. Cheer on your favourite ferry, dressed to the nines, as they rush for the finishing line. For more information visit Bass & Flinders Cruises at australiadaycruise.net to see available cruises or call 02 95831199

jewellery, oils, mythical statues, tarot and divination artefacts. The network of English, German and French speaking, psychics provides readings using Tarot, Palmistry, Astrology, Numerology to name a few. Readings are held in private rooms providing a supportive and restful environment.To book your psychic reading phone 02 9247 4982 or go to argyleoracle.com.au


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A visit to Sydney is not complete without a visit to Manly. Located at the northern end of Sydney Harbour, a short 30 minute ride by regular ferry or just 20 minutes by Fast Ferry from Circular Quay. Manly is known for it’s Village Lifestyle, cafes and restaurants. The sparkling beach is beautiful and boasts great swimming, surfing, walking and simply hanging out. There are plenty of attractions too. Visit Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, which gives you a chance to meet some of Australia’s biggest sharks right up close and learn all about our precious marine life. If you’re brave enough you can even get to dive with the Grey Nurse Sharks at Shark Dive Xtreme.You don’t need a diving certificate as they give you plenty of training before the dive, but advance bookings are essential. If diving with sharks is not for you, why not visit the Penguins in the new Penguin Cove? Manly is a breeding habitat for little penguins. The local population is around 60 breeding pairs, and they come ashore to nest every night between July and February.The

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local area has been declared a critical habitat for the population. For full details and bookings call 8251 7877. At the core of the relaunch, Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary has opened a new rehabilitation facility for sick and injured sea life. A testament to the need for this facility is the attraction’s recent success in caring for two adult green sea turtles that were rescued on the Northern Beaches. Now able to stay submerged and swim normally, staff are preparing for the final stages of their rehabilitation in the coming months. If you’re already in Manly the best place to get more information about many of the other Manly attractions is the Manly Visitors Bureau in front of Manly Wharf. It’s open seven days, or just call 9977 1088 to speak to a helpful staff member.


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Take a walk along the easy walking tracks through virtually untouched bush land and enjoy stunning views of the city, harbour, and ocean. Discover Australia’s Memorial Walk, which commemorates Australia’s involvement in conflicts around the world over the last 150 years. Or wander through the Third Quarantine Cemetery where over 240 people were buried between 1881-1919. Stop off for coffee or lunch at Bella Vista Cafe, open seven days a week. A fascinating 45-minute guided tour through North Fort’s WWII tunnels and gun

emplacements is an exciting addition to your trip. The Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 4pm, and North Fort Tours take place on Sundays. Meet at North Fort, behind the Bella Vista Cafe. For more information on Northhead Sanctuary Manly go to harbourtrust.gov.au

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Must see THERE ARE also plenty of things to see and do in Sydney’s west, which is the geographic heart of Sydney and a melting pot of multiculturalism. One of the ‘must see’ things to check out is Featherdale Wildlife Park. Featherdale has recently welcomed the arrival of two Tasmanian Devils. The 2 year old brothers, Saxon and Vandal recently arrived from

Western Australia and are part of the Tasmanian Devil Insurance Population. This vital programme has been developed to build a sustainable captive population of Devils, free from the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease which has decimated the Tasmanian wild population in the past two decades. Visitors can see Saxon and Vandal during their visit to Featherdale. Featherdale has also achieved success for the sixth year in a row with the arrival of four Southern Cassowary chicks, an endangered species native to

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the tropical regions of North Queensland. Featherdale plays a vital role in the captive breeding of the Southern Cassowary and once old enough, the four chicks will be moved off to other wildlife parks and zoos in the country to become part of a Managed captive breeding program. The koala breeding season is well under way at Featherdale in the koala breeding habitat. Each year, the Park welcomes up to six joeys that can be seen climbing on their mums’ backs in the koala nursery. Visitors are able to meet koalas face to face throughout the day in the koala sanctuary and yes, you can cuddle up to them and take photos for free. Kids will also love petting all the baby animals in the farmyard nursery. Featherdale is home to one of the largest collections of Australian animals in the world, including thousands of native birds, reptiles and all of Australia’s unique mammals. You can hand-feed the kangaroos, wallabies and emus and get right up close to bilbies, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes and lots and lots of Australia’s scariest reptiles... there’s even a four-and-a-half metre man-eating saltwater crocodile, but they sure won’t let you hand-feed him! This award-winning wildlife sanctuary is conveniently located in a beautiful natural


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THE World heritage listed BLUE MOUNTAINS AREA is not to be missed. The Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions were affected by horrific bush fires during mid 2013. Thankfully the fires were controlled and extinguished by our brave and skilful Fire Department and State Emergency Services. The Blue Mountains is truly a wonderful place that’s full of fun activities for the whole family. Summer in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region offers a diverse range of vibrant events including Grand Arch, followed by Leura Shakespeare Festival - January 11 to 25, The Lady Luck Festival celebration of everything 1950s - January 1 to 18, and Wines of the West - January 2 to 26 at Katoomba. The Roaring 20s Festival and all that Jazz - February 1 to 22 will feature an opulent program of events at venues throughout the region including vintage fashion parades, high teas, costume balls, vintage transport and jazz. Find out more at visitbluemountains.com.au. One of the best ways to explore the Blue Mountains is with the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: you can hop on – hop off at your own pace! Book your ticket at explorerbus.com.au Whilst you’re exploring the Blue Mountains, stop in at SCENIC WORLD and hop on the Scenic Railway - the world’s steepest train, jump on Scenic Skyway , the tallest single span cable car in the world, or the Scenic Cableway, the

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The Hunter Valley BASED IN the heart of the Hunter Valley at the Newcastle Sport Parachute Club – Australia’s oldest skydiving club – Skydive the Beach and Beyond Hunter Valley is located only seven minutes from the birthplace of Australian shiraz, the renowned Wyndham Estate. Skydiving over the Hunter Valley wine country from up to 14,000 feet is mind blowing. You’ll experience 60 seconds of life-changing freefall, then float under canopy for 5-7 minutes soaking up spectacular views of the famous Hunter Valley vineyards. And if you’re ready to learn to skydive solo, sign up for an Accelerated Freefall (AFF) course – our drop zone is the birthplace of Australian skydiving. In the Hunter Valley, you’re in safe skies with a skydiving network in operation for over 14 years. So push your boundaries with a Skydive the Beach and Beyond skydiving experience you’ll remember

forever. You’ll get spectacular views of this world-famous wine region and the Hunter River, Great Lakes and Lake Macquarie as you float gently back down to earth. And there’s plenty of opportunity for a spot of wine tasting after the jump. For more information about skydives over the Hunter Valley phone 1300 663 634 or go to skydive.com.au And What’s On in Sydney readers will save $30 with this special coupon. If you don’t have your own car you can get to the Central Coast and the Hunter by fast electric train with a MyMulti day pass. These extremely cost-effective tickets cover all forms of public transport in the Greater Sydney region except hop-on hop-off tourist buses, a couple of non-government ferries and the station access fees to the Sydney Airport stations. For full details go to www.131500.com.au or phone the Transport InfoLine 131 500.


CLIMB ABOARD CAPTAIN COOK’S HMB ENDEAVOUR*

EXPLORE ONE OF THE LARGEST MUSEUM FLEETS IN THE WORLD Spectacularly located on the Darling Harbour waterfront, here you’ll find lively exhibitions, tall ships, Navy warships, a submarine and beautifully restored historic vessels. DARLING HARBOUR 9:30AM TO 5PM DAILY • ANMM.GOV.AU • (02) 9298 3777 *A full-scale reproduction of Captain Cook’s famous ship (when in port)


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