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MADAMA BUTTERFLY AT THE OPERA HOUSE The opera that inspired “Miss Saigon” on the world’s most famous stage.

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12 TOP 5 Carriageworks Winter Night Market

14 CALENDAR The top events for July

18 INSIDER A new look for one of the country's oldest jazz clubs; Childish Gambino (finally) comes to Sydney; and more!

24 ONE BLOCK Woolloomooloo

26 AROUND TOWN The perfect day in Manly

8 AUSTRALIAN ART Where to find boundary-pushing Australian artists

28 HAROUR TOWN Cruising iconic Sydney Harbour


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40 Explore 58 Maps 44 Sights Skating At Sydney festival in front of St Mary's Cathedral (page 17).

COVER: Mariana Hong as "Madama Butterfly" at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Georges Antoni.


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Although it doesnʼt get too cold in Sydney, the harbour city still knows how to get down in the snow. This month, the grounds in front of picturesque St Maryʼs Cathedral have been turned into a European-style wonderland thanks to Skating At Sydney, complete with an ice-skating rink and Alpine Bar (page 17). Continuing the northern theme, head to The Rocks this Bastille Day weekend to find the streets fi lled with fairy-light-strewn chalets peddling hot chocolate and gingerbread men (page 17). Of course, there's also plenty to do for those looking to escape rather than embrace the chill. This month is the last chance to see “The National 2019: New Australian Art”, which is still on show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (page 14). We also take a look at where to discover the best of Australian art throughout the year (page 8). See you around town!

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Q: What is your favourite place to enjoy water views?

A: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. What a spectacular location to enjoy a sitdown meal with a glass of ice-cold wine or even a takeaway fish and chips to enjoy in the park. Relax and take in the water views on a nice day itʼs an unforgettable experience. Q: What is an underrated Sydney destination?

A: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, a national park about one-and-a-half hoursʼ drive from Sydney, best to enjoy with a fullday tour experience with Sydney utBack tours These include a bus tour and a scenic catamaran cruise from which you can admire all Aboriginal rock engraving sites. A real underrated Sydney destination, which this day tour makes more accessible. Q: What is your favourite meal to have out (and where can we find it)?

A: Hmmm! What a di cult question love all foods and all avours ately was invited to a tasting dinner at a newly opened ndian restaurant just down the road from the Amora Hotel Jamison, The rand avilion As walked in was astonished with the peculiar décor and a huge variety of authentic, delicious ndian dishes My favourite dish was the chicken biryani, a unique

combination of chicken with rice and ndian spices served hot and baked. Don’t forget to try the fresh mango lassi, amazing! Q: What is your favourite thing to do for free in Sydney?

A: The Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk. All you have to pay is the bus fare using an pal card Catch bus 333 (limited stops from Alfred Street Circular Quay, only about minutesʼ ride, get o at Bondi Beach, head up towards Bondi Baths and start the walk. Enjoy the views and do it at your own pace—fast or slow—and take time to sit and watch the water views love it especially during the Sculpture by the Sea e hibition at end of ctober to early November—but it will be memorable and enjoyable any time of year.

Australian Art on the Map Your guide to discovering Australian art and artists in Sydney. By Kirsty Sier.

WHEN IT COMES TO CULTURE, Australia can be a pretty bizarre place. We have historically spent a lot of time looking outwards instead of appreciating what’s in our own backyard. But in recent years something seems to have shifted, with Australian galleries both major and minor not only investing heavily in Australian artists, but also taking them overseas, where they have established themselves as “household names”. In recent years, many of our major galleries have staged seasonal blockbuster exhibitions that have revolved around emerging and established Australian talent—a phenomenon that seems to be increasing in frequency. Thankfully, this seems to be true for both non-Indigenous Australian artists and for Indigenous Australian artists, whose work is becoming more visible, and whose gallery representatives are becoming more accountable. From conceptual Australian artists with trails of international exhibitions such as Patricia Piccinini, to contemporary artists breathing fresh air into traditional forms, such as Indigenous artist Betty Kuntiwa Pumani,



who just took out the $50,000 Len Fox Painting Award 2019, this country has a wealth of homegrown talent ripe for unearthing. Here are some of the significant galleries in Sydney who have invested heavily in Australian artists.


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART One of the major Sydney galleries, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in The Rocks has a habit of eschewing international blockbuster exhibitions in favour of supporting emerging Australian talent. More often than not, this risk-taking pays off, and the gallery has developed a reputation as a launching pad for exciting new work, as well as a magnifying glass for artforms and artists who may have been overlooked by other major galleries in the past. In addition to hosting groundbreaking contemporary exhibitions such as “The National 2019: New Australian Art”, MCA also has an impressive permanent collection with a focus on living Australian artists, with a strong commitment to work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. 140 George Street, The Rocks.

COOEE ART Australia’s oldest exhibiting Aboriginal art gallery, Cooee Art has staged more than 400 exhibitions of Indigenous art since it opened in 1981. The Cooee Art stockroom—which services two retail locations, the original Paddington shopfront and the second Bondi Beach gallery—contains more than 3,000 works of art from more than 150 individual artists, covering a wide range of regional styles. The gallery specialises in historically important bark paintings, 19th- and 20th-century artefacts and early desert boards as well as works of contemporary Indigenous art from renowned artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tommy Yannima Watson and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Regular exhibitions are held alongside a rotating collection of artworks for sale. 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi Beach. 326 Oxford Street, Paddington.


Artspace in the historic waterside suburb of Woolloomooloo was first established in 1983 as a space with a clear objective: to act as an alternative to major Sydney galleries such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Run by artists, the space was used as a place of refuge for multidisciplinary creatives whose work didn’t fit into the agenda of more traditional galleries. Decades later, Artspace still functions as a breath of fresh air; with its commitment to testing new ideas, it’s more capable of surprising its audience than most. As well as its exhibition space, Artspace also provides a literal home to many artists, whose occupation of the multi-level warehouse is jointly supported by the gallery and the government. The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

To put it plainly, Kate Owen Gallery is huge. Easy enough to miss when walking past on street level, it occupies three sprawling levels in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Rozelle. The focus of the gallery is Indigenous artwork, split across well-known and collectable Australian Aboriginal artists, and more contemporary items. Many of the works are large in scale and beg viewing in person to appreciate their depth and intricacy of colour. In addition to a huge collection of works on display, Kate Owen Gallery also puts on regular exhibitions of new work by established Australian artists. 680 Darling Street, Rozelle.

ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY Little known to the general public, commercial gallery Roslyn Oxley9 is a heavyhitter in the Australian art world. Owner and founder Roslyn Oxley is credited with launching the careers of some of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, and is widely known in the industry for her fine eye and enduring relationships. Roslyn Oxley9 is the Australian home of artists such as Bill Henson, Patricia Piccinini, Dale Frank, John Wolseley, Del Kathryn Barton and Imants Tillers, all of whom have exhibited extensively with the gallery. Any exhibition here is a cultural landmark of sorts. 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington.


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ABORIGINAL ART GALLERIES Another veteran gallery, Aboriginal Art Galleries has been representing Indigenous art and artists in Sydney for 28 years. Until earlier this year, the gallery had two shopfronts—one in Circular Quay and one in the Queen Victoria Building—but the founding family has recently decided to focus their attention on the Queen Victoria Building gallery. The collection on exhibit within this space demonstrates a mixed focus on emerging Indigenous artists, and artists who are nationally and internationally renowned. Alongside a selection of paintings, visitors can find traditional and contemporary crafts, artefacts and didgeridoos, all of which are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Shop 47–51, Level 2, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney.



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Discover Sydney's best eateries at Carriageworks' Winter Night Market. 2


Witness the deathdefying feats of "ZIRK!", Russia's big top circus spectacular. 3




Put on your eating pants for Frenchies Daily Degustation, a ďŹ vecourse degustation at Frenchies Bistro and Brewery. 5


From dream pop to classic rock, tune in to free live music every Thursday and Saturday at Golden Age Cinema.


See work from Australia's art stars at the country's most prestigious portrait award, The Archibald Prize.

Until July 21

The National “The National 2019: New Australian Art” is a comprehensive survey of contemporary Australian art. Representing both emerging and established artists, this mammoth exhibition is a chance to discover the household names of tomorrow. Museum of Contemporary Art. 14

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Muriel’s Wedding Iconic Australian film "Muriel's Wedding" is once more brought to the stage after a completely sold out 2017-18 season in Sydney. This stage musical follows the daydreaming Muriel, who spends her time fantasising about the perfect wedding—the dress, the church, the attention. The only thing missing is a groom. More than just a rom-com, this laugh-out loud production is a rollercoaster of highs, lows and ABBA hits.


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Madama Butterfly


The timeless story of “Madama Butterfly” is re-told in a new production by Opera Australia. This tale of helpless, hopeless love is enhanced by elaborate costumes, a transcendent score and choreography by national living treasure, Graeme Murphy AO. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney.

July 5–14

Sydney Cabaret Festival The inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival is set to be a show-stopper. Over 10 nights, more than 40 performances will take place at a number of venues across the city. From night one, when the festival opens with an "AllStar Gala" hosted by festival director Trevor Ashley, the acts will continue to grow in size and impression. Highlights include a performance by "The Original Dreamgirl", Jennifer Holliday; and the "Cheeky Cabaret" ensemble performance by the creators of international smash hit, "La Soirée".

IN JULY WOW Festival (July 10–14) Live performances, interactive installations, outdoors adventures and crafty workshops are all part of this year's WOW (Way Out West) Festival program. Targeted at kids up to the age of 15, this five-day event at Casula Powerhouse is dedicated to hands-on fun and exploration in all its forms.

Body Remembers (Onging) "Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers" is the longawaited showing of artist Tracey Moffatt's work from the Venice Biennale 2017. Through sepia-toned photographs and video work, the artist reflects on a matrilineal history of servitude and experiences of colonisation, using an isolated pastoral setting to present a vexed internal landscape.

Dead Central Today Central Station is alive with movement, ferrying people across the city and out of town. But before the turn of the 20th century, the land upon which it now sits was occupied by less animated inhabitants. Until 1901, a vast cemetery sprawled across Elizabeth, Devonshire and Pitt Streets, containing what was estimated to be well over 30,000 bodies. The “Dead Central” exhibition at the State Library of NSW explores the forgotten past of Sydneyʼʼs busiest station, digging up histories and stories that are told through a fascinating 35-minute audio recording. 16

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Harry Potter in Concert

(July 10–13) Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry gets a musical makeover when the Sydney Symphony Orchestra plays a live score to accompany a viewing of the film at Sydney Opera House. Even if you've seen "Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince" a hundred times, Nicholas Cooper's mesmerising score will bring it to life in a new way.



Instaculture (Ongoing) Long before Europeans landed on the Australian continent, Indigenous voices were present, forming the culture, wisdom and stories of the nation. The "Instaculture" installation by artist by Wayne Quilliam at Darling Quarter is a deep-dive into these stories through rich photographs, presented as part of NAIDOC Week. Peppa Pig Playdate

(July 13–21)


Everyone's favourite playmate, Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at the ICC this month, along with some of her friends. Fans are invited to explore Peppa's house, play on the pond, and even hang out with Peppa herself.

Until July 21

Skating At Sydney Festival t might not snow in Sydney, but that doesnʼt mean you have to miss out on a true winter e perience or Skating At Sydney estival, the area in front of the breathtaking St Maryʼs Cathedral will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a winter food market, an Alpine Bar, and an ice-skating rink where you can skate the night away under the stars not to mention the glow of the city skyline Cathedral Square, Sydney sydneyskatingat com au

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French Feast-ival The Rocks looks a bit different this month. Artificial snow is falling, carolers are singing, the streets are lined with lightstrewn chalets and the smell of gingerbread fills the air. As part of the Bastille Festival, The Rocks is hosting a French Christmas in July market, with 25 authentic wooden chalets— imported especially from Europe—that contain everything from hot mulled wine to cheesy raclette to fresh crêpes. A mini ice skating rink will be set up to entertain the kids.




One of the countryʼs oldest jazz clubs gets a life-saving reinvention. THERE WAS A PUBLIC OUTCRY when it was announced in 2018 that The Basement one of the countryʼs oldest a and blues clubs would be closing its doors But in a win for the cityʼs nightlife culture, the venue was saved by Sydney hospitality legends ake Smyth and enny raham, who own other beloved venues such as The ansdowne and The nicorn The Basement has since re-opened its doors as Maryʼs nderground The reinvented venue stays true to its roots as a a refuge while opening the oor to a wider variety of live music acts The food and drinks menu has also gotten a relatively fancy facelift, with dishes including whole lobster, caviar, an Australian-focused wine selection and a neat list of house cocktails Mon–Sat 5pm–late. 7 Macquarie Place, Sydney. 18

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Create two masterpieces with your hands at this fun, colourful and raucous "Boozy Finger Painting Workshop" led by local artist Stephen Evans. Not for kids, this class will be fuelled by glasses of red wine provided by local cellar Cake Wines. Warning: more body parts may become involved depending on how many drinks are consumed. July 12. Work-Shop, cnr Cleveland and Eveleigh Streets, Redfern. For more great food in the city visit


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KIDS’ PASTAMAKING A hands-on workshop for pint-sized pasta masters. A HANDMADE MEAL is

one of life's simple pleasures, and it is the pleasure of handmade pasta in particular that Sydney Italian restaurant Flour Eggs Water wants to teach to the next generation. At the two-and-a-half hour “School Holidays Kids Pasta Workshop”, budding chefs will learn all the skills they need to make a pasta meal from scratch using ust three ingredients our, eggs and water The class will be led by celebrity chef and Flour Eggs Water founder Eugenio Maiale, who has been behind a number of leading Italian restaurants in Sydney. Participants in this school holidays workshop will learn about essential kitchen etiquette translation no cut fingers , seasonal eating and how to make pasta step by step Theyʼll also go home with their own pasta, a lour ggs ater apron and a full stomach from the two-course Italian feast that will be provided as part of the class cost. July 11. Flour Eggs Water, Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge.


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OSCAR AND LUCINDA A wild and dreamy Australian love story reimagined as opera.

“Oscar and Lucinda” is the implausible and beautiful story of scar, a disenfranchised preacherʼs kid, and ucinda, an orphaned young heiress. When the two meet on a boat bound for colonialera Sydney, they are attracted by a mutual wildness and a penchant for risktaking, eventually embarking on a far-fetched dream to build a cathedral of pure glass and transport it across the desert. This story is now reimagined as a moving opera set within a suitably grand industrial venue From July 27. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.


Foals July 17

SZA July 19

Childish Gambino July 24

Math-rock juggernauts Foals play Sydney's Hordern Pavilion after a creative streak that has seen the creation of not one, but two new records.

Genre-blurring force, SZA, has become one of the most important voices in modern R&B. This month she plays Sydney's Hordern Pavilion.

Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning artist Childish Gambino plays Qudos Bank Arena as part of his supposed last-ever world tour.


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Based on a farfetched true story and the hit film featuring Tom Hanks and Leonardo Di Caprio, “Catch Me If You Can” is an ingeniously criminal musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Filled with boyish charm, wiley escapes and close calls, this four-time Tony Award-nominated production is brought to life by the same producer as “Cry-Baby”, “High Fidelity” and “RENT”. From July 19. Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Elizabeth Bay. For more great

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Live music with a view like no other!

Watch the sun go down as you listen to an intimate acoustic performance 134 metres above the sparkling harbour SATURDAY & SUNDAY TWILIGHT CLIMBS


THE PROMISED LAND Michael Armitage makes his debut at MCA. memory, current a airs, popular culture and ast African history are woven together in the lush, large-scale paintings of Michael Armitage, one of enyaʼs most e citing young artists iving and working between airobi and ondon, Armitage uses oil paint and ubugo bark cloth a material often used as a burial shroud by the Buganda people in ganda to create richly coloured works that reference themes of sensuality and intimacy alongside violent politics and current a airs Despite a career tra ectory that has catapulted Armitage to international recognition, The romised and at Sydney s Museum of Contemporary Art MCA marks the artistʼs first ever solo e hibition in Australia The show will emcompass work from recent years, including a suite of new paintings that re ect on the enyan elections that took place in Ongoing. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks. NARRATIVES FROM FOLKLORE,


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Here Is Your Horizon The practice of Pacific adornment has moved beyond traditional mark-making to encompass modern technologies, digital identities, movements, imagery and even relationship building. The diverse experiences of this tradition are explored in the exhibition "Here Is Your Horizon" at experimental artspace, Cement Fondu. These installation pieces will be complemented by a performance program curated by Woven Kolektif, an artist group that explores Australian-Indonesian connections. Until July 21. Cement Fondu, 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington. For more great exhibitions in the city visit




BLACK SAINT OF REDFERN A deep-dive into the history of an icon at Cooee Art. ALTHOUGH LOCAL INDIGENOUS ACTIVIST Mum Shirley passed away in the late 1990s, her legacy of compassion, courage and optimism is literally painted across the city, such as in the various mural portraits that adorn street walls in Redfern. To mark 21 years since her passing, Cooee Art Gallery is staging an e hibition in Mum Shirlʼs honour, drawing upon the rich visual record that has been left behind as a catalogue of this iconic life. “Mum Shirl: Black Saint of Redfern” is the second exhibition dedicated solely to Mum, and consists of powerful historical photographs and paintings that continue to keep her spirit alive. July 4–25. Cooee Art Gallery, 326 Oxford Street, Paddington.


52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS "52 Artists 52 Actions" was an ambitious, year-long project that started as a movement on a global scale. From January 2018 to January 2019, 52 artists and artist collectives were engaged to create an "action"

that responded to their own physical location—one for each week of the year—that was shared with an online audience. From Bangladesh to Korea to Turkey and across Australia, the rich collection of resulting works is now on display at Artspace—an opportunity to see the diversity of contemporary practice across the Asia-Pacific. Ongoing. Artspace, 43-52 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.



Around the cove from Circular Quay and removed from much of its foot traffic, Woolloomooloo is a local gem with plenty of fine dining options along the waterfront. If it's views you're after, you can't go past China Doll, a stylish pan-Asian restaurant offering fine fare and cocktails in an historic wharf setting. Riley St Garage is where New York grit meets Sydney's fresh seafood: an art deco warehouse famous for its Oyster Bar and raw food menu, with decor inspired by the Meatpacking District. Casual but no less delicious, Smoking Gun Bagels offers wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels with experimental toppings such as wattleseed and peanut butter with macadamia brittle.

 China Doll 4-6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

 Riley St Garage 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo.

 Smoking Gun Bagels 129 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo.

Drink From small bars to historic pubs, Woolloomooloo caters to the full spectrum of watering hole experiences. Peekaboo Bar is what would happen if Alice and The Mad Hatter went to a bar: a moodily lit and eclectic


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rabbit hole with a neat but exciting cocktail list and more atmosphere than you could poke a stick at. On the lighter side, Frisco Hotel is a nautical-themed pub with a rum-heavy drinks menu, daily fresh seafood and endless water views.  Peekaboo Bar 120 Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo.

 Frisco Hotel 46 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo.

Ponder Artspace showcases the future of art within an historic Sydney setting. Located in the heritagelisted The Gunnery building—used as a squat by artists through the '70s and '80s—the gallery exhibits work from the next generation of contemporary artists. For performance, Old Fitz Theatre—located beneath The Old Fitzroy Hotel—is at the forefront of Sydney's emerging theatre scene, and is where to discover rising stars after a fine pub feed.

 Artspace 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

 Old Fitz Theatre 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. For more things to do in Woolloomooloo go to



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Manly’s beachside locale has over 150 bars, cafés and restaurants to explore, some with fireplaces to keep off the winter chill. Discover Ground Zero, with its fantastic breakfast menu, comfy seats and quaint fireplace or enjoy a schnitzel and mulled wine around a cosy fire at the waterfront Bavarian Bier Café.

Manly has an abundance of drinking holes ranging from local pubs with views to quirky and elegant wine bars. Enjoy the inspired drinks menu with a cosy writer’s den atmosphere at Hemingways, or experience a green apple, kiwi fruit and white flower sake at Sake Restaurant & Wine Bar.

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 Bavarian Bier Café Manly Wharf, Manly manly-wharf/

Play Whale Watching Season has started! There are a variety of choices to suit everyone, from high speed boats to catamarans, all seeking the best antics from migrating whales and/or dolphins. Let us help you find the right one. With the weather starting to get a bit chilly, warm up by hiring a bike, we have many varieties to chose from including cruisers, tandems and electric bikes. For a more sedate activity, visit the Manly Art Gallery and Museum, West Esplanade, Manly where the art works often relate to the beach culture of Manly and the Northern Beaches.

 Hemingways 48 North Steyne, Manly

 Sake Restaurant & Wine Bar Level 1, Manly Wharf, Manly

Explore It’s a spectacular ferry trip from the City across to Manly. When you arrive, be sure to visit Hello Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre to grab your free map and quiz the friendly staff. Check out the brand new locally designed Manly Vibe T-shirts or take a guided walking half hour tour of Manly. If you are the more adventurous type, book an activity such as surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and much more.

 Hello Manly Manly Wharf Forecourt

Top: Harbour sunset. Middle right and bottom: Manly Wharf. Middle left: Manly – the Official Booking and Information Centre.


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Sea and the City

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. The first settlers set up camp here 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


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as breathtaking fireworks displays take 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, 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 there is no shortage of options. 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 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.


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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. “Christmastide” on July 14 showcases hearty winter feasts from the northern hemisphere. Book a Whale Watching cruise online and save up to 38% from $55. Cruises operate daily and include a whale guarantee and expert commentary. For a great-value, full-day adventure try the Taronga Zoo or SEA LIFE Aquarium Whale Watching combo. 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

departing daily from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay—is the obvious choice for the experience of a lifetime. The three-hour Discovery Cruise takes you on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale-watching boat, ensuring a comfortable ride over three levels with wrap-around decks. For thrill-seekers, the twohour Adventure Cruise takes you on a 27-seat high-speed craft. Both cruises reach whales in lightning speed, with a 99% success rate or your next cruise free. The My Fast Ferry 48-hour Hop On Hop Off Pass is great value, with five services included in one pass that gives you access to the best of the harbour: Manly, Darling Harbour, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Fort Denison, Quarantine Station, Circular Quay, Rose Bay, Pyrmont Bay and Milsons Point. This ticket has the most inclusions, highest frequency and longest operating hours. It also includes unlimited travel on Manly Fast Ferry. My Fast Ferry and Whale Watching Sydney ticket offices are located on Wharves 2 and 6 at Circular Quay, Manly Wharf and Darling Harbour, Pier 26 shop 2B. Their friendly staff can advise you on how to get the most out of your time on Sydney Harbour.

W HE RE TO B O O K :  MY FAST FERRY. Harbour Sightseeing cruises departs Wharf 6, Circular Quay and the Fast Ferry Service to Manly departs Wharf 2, Circular Quay.


Tel: 9583 1199.

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

Cruises operates two fast vessels daily, with OpalPay cards accepted on all ferry services. The northern migration of humpback whales is in full swing, meaning curious whales coming right up to boats to say hello! With more than 25 years’ experience and a fleet of custombuilt whale-watching vessels, a Whale Watching Sydney cruise—  WHALE WATCHING SYDNEY. Tel: 9583 1199.  CAPTAIN COOK CRUISES. Departs Wharf 6, Circular Quay and Pier 26, Darling Harbour. Tel: 9206 1111.


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


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outback that lures the opal miner 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.

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

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

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 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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Vollé Jewellery Opals, pink diamonds and South Sea pearls are the jewels that Australia is known for, just as they are the jewels that have established Vollé Jewellery as one of Sydney's not-so-hidden treasures. Located around the corner from Sydney Town Hall, the store is an icon of the city's retail landscape, known for its original, hand-crafted jewellery pieces that use a range of precious national gemstones. Vollé's collection spans delicate, modern items to bold statement pieces, all of which are created to accentuate the natural beauty of the gem. Customers can also choose unset gems and have personal pieces designed in-store. Cnr York and Druitt Streets, Sydney. 9269 0898.



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. 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


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and calibre. The staff are 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. 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 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.


One of the most predominant fashion houses in the world, Gucci has its Sydney home on the luxury level of Westfield Sydney. Gucci represents the pinnacle of Italian craftsmanship and is known for quality and attention to detail. Shop women’s and men’s clothing, handbags, jewellery, accessories and more. Shop 3012/4004, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney. 1300 442 878. 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.



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 stationery, and both Chinese and Japanese books and magazines. Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney. 9262 7996.

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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.



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. 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 more than 100 years, they offer a wide range of top fashion brands including Cue, Tony Bianco and Wayne Cooper. 436 George Street, Sydney. 8015 6580.



The only luxury duty- and tax-free destination in Sydney stocks more than 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.



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

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From 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. 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.

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almar Antiques is a second generation family business dealing in fine antique ewellery, watches and pocket watches from the eorgian, ictorian and dwardian eras as well as Art Deco and Retro

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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Shop for world-famous brands at their worldfamous basement prices. Basement Level, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. 9261 2674.



To discover the mystical, unique Australian opal look no further than the experience and passion of this third-generation family business. Celebrating its 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. 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 welcoming tradition of a bygone era. Giulians offers quality pieces of original design and remarkable beauty, designed to last through the generations. Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, Shop 4, 199 George Street, Sydney. 98 Harrington Street, Sydney. 9247 5630.


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Kalmar Antiques is a second-generation, familyowned 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. 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. THE NATIONAL OPAL COLLECTION

As one of Australia’s leading opal companies,

this centre houses the 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. 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. 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. 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.



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 more than 120 leading 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. 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.

ARMADALE 1003 High Street, Armadale VIC 3143 / +61 3 9822 1777 HAWTHORN 714 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122 / +61 3 9815 0703 MELBOURNE 1A, 268 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 / +61 3 9663 1441 SOUTH YARRA 125 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC 3141 / +61 3 9820 2088 SYDNEY QVB Shop 40, L1 QVB George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 / +61 2 9267 6476


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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. 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. 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. QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING

More than 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.


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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. 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. WESTFIELD SYDNEY

Westfield Sydney offers more than 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. Cnr Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney. 8236 9200. WORLD SQUARE

Offering fresh and prepared food, a unique selection of fashion, homewares, lifestyle items and services with more than 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.

AUSTRALIAN OPALS OPAL MINDED is the one and only opal jewellery

ALTMANN + CHERNY. To discover the mystical

store in Sydney that operates its own mines, and the

Australian Opal look no further than the experience

only one in the world with an extensive collection

and passion of this third-generation family business.

of award-winning opals from Jundah-Opalville in

Celebrating their 70-year anniversary in 2018, Altmann

Queensland. Established in 1989, this luxury boutique

+ Cherny is internationally recognised as the oldest

grew out of the familial opal-mining tradition with

Australian opal specialist.

roots in the opal fields of Coober Pedy in the 1960s. Nowadays, Opal Minded’s founder and director,

From humble beginnings, two refugees from war-torn Europe, John Altmann and Rudi Cherny were

John Bernard, personally chaperons his opals from

fascinated with Australia’s national gemstone, the opal.

the moment they see the daylight for the first time

They established Altmann + Cherny and became leading

in millions of years to the moment you fall in love

authorities on this unique gem. In 1956 an amazing opal

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

was added to their private collection. Now on permanent

with Opal Minded’s talented multilingual team,

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

delivers bespoke jewellery designs, which turn

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

heads worldwide.

gem opal as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

Opal Minded is conveniently located in the

Today, Altmann + Cherny continues to share the

historical The Rocks precinct. Open seven days

magic of Australian opals. Continuing her grandfather’s

a week, Opal Minded delights in offering special

passion, Fiona Altmann and her team will share their

services such as by-appointment or private shopping

knowledge and help you create memories of Australia to

experiences, at your request or convenience. Trusted by TripAdvisor travellers. OPAL MINDED 55a George Street, The Rocks. Open daily 9am–6.30pm. Tel: 9247 9885.

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: 9251 9477.

GIULIANS—Uniquely Australian. Exceptional jewels

VOLLÉ JEWELLERY—For beautiful Australian opals,

of the highest quality are designed and handcrafted

pearls and pink diamonds, go where locals love to buy.

exclusively for you in Giulians’ on-premise studio,

Vollé Jewellery specialise in the most beautiful and

featuring Australian opals, South Sea pearls, precious

uniquely crafted jewellery for men and women. Their

gems, pink and white diamonds. Giulians, established in

experienced pearl, opal and pink diamond specialists offer

1966, has an enviable international reputation. For more

an unparalleled jewellery experience, outstanding quality,

than 50 years this family business has devoted several

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

generations to understanding their clients’ needs.

winning designers, highly trained multilingual sales staff

This long and personal journey has positioned the

and a truly unique interactive video experience will guide

Giulians name at the forefront of the jewellery industry.

you through the wonders of Australia’s greatest treasures.

Gary Coffey, Giulians’ creative director, embraces each

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

client encounter as if it were his most important to

lead by gemmologists and diamond graders about the

date. His designs are expressions of unique style and

unique qualities of Australian gemstones in a pleasant

craftsmanship. Enjoy the luxurious ambience in Giulians’

and relaxed atmosphere. They have loose gems and

store while you discover the secrets of Australia’s

jewellery to suit every budget, from simple yet stunning

opals and precious gems. In a relaxed and unhurried

gifts, to major investment pieces of incredible beauty

atmosphere family members and staff warmly welcome

and value. Vollé has a strong market presence and superb

visitors with specialist training. Conveniently located on

international reputation. Every gem purchased comes with

the fringes of the historic The Rocks district, Giulians is within walking distance of Sydney’s five star hotels. GIULIANS Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 199 George Street, Sydney. Open Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. Tel: 9247 5630.

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


Art Hot Blood Not for the faint of heart, “Hot Blood” at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery is the most provocative exhibition ever to be held in the space. Drawing on the work of Chinese artists across multiple generations, the exhibition confronts the uncomfortable truths of our age through reinventing art traditions, embracing new technologies and challenging social taboos. Highlights include a giant, house-like installation filled with dancing video game characters and a strangely sensual video involving a fish. Ongoing. Wed–Sun 10am–5pm. White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale.

Aboriginal Art Galleries is Sydney’s largest collaborative of Indigenous art galleries, presenting more than 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. Queen Victoria Building, Shop 47–51, Level 2, 455 George Street, Sydney. 1300 385 862.


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Located in the heart of Katoomba, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is an important regional destination. The centre is divided into three spaces


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. brett-whiteley-studio


Paddington’s new contemporary art space, Cement Fondu, is not your typical gallery. This experimental space is dedicated to pushing the envelope in terms of the types of artwork they hang on their walls, drape from their ceiling and install in various ways across their two levels. Cement Fondu’s year-round program of visual art exhibitions features performance, dance and music by local and international artists, and their gallery shop is always a treat. 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington. 9331 7555. HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY & ARTS CENTRE

Ben and Hazel Broadhurst secured the land that is now Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre in 1945. Set amidst landscaped gardens in the southern Sydney suburb of Gymea, Hazelhurst is today an arts destination that appeals to the whole community, balancing major art events and exhibitions with a theatrette, a community gallery and a café.




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.

designed to deliver diverse and innovative cultural programs: the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba Library, and “Into the Blue”, a permanent interactive exhibition that explores the history and natural landscape of the area. In addition to exhibitions, the centre hosts regular discussions and workshops and is home to a Gallery Shop and Gallery Café. Level 1, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba. 4780 5410.


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.


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.




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The Broadhurst’s two-storey cottage is now Hazelhurst’s artist-in-residence and digital media studio. 782 Kingsway, Gymea. community/hazelhurst 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.


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. If you get hungry, there is a café onsite that serves exceptional scones and jam. 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. 4751 1067.


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. 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

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each year, and admission to the gallery is free. 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale. 8399 2867.



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. The gallery is also one of the best places in the city to see high-level international art exhibitions that rotate on a seasonal basis. Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney. Special exhibitions may be ticketed. 1800 679 278.

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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 focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. With a continually changing program of cutting-edge exhibitions, stimulating events and a significant permanent collection, 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.


Explore Sydney Light Rail The Sydney Light Rail network is a fast, easy and clean way to get around the CBD and inner-western suburbs. Currently in the process of a mammoth expansion throughout the inner-city suburbs—including the muchanticipated line through Town Hall and into Surry Hills, which is now in the testing stages—the existing network runs from Pyrmont near The Star Sydney casino all the way to Dulwich Hill in the inner-west, past stations such as Jubilee Park, from which it is an easy walk to popular attractions such as Tramsheds and Sydney Fish Market.



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.

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.


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. EAST COAST CAR RENTALS

With great online deals and low rates, East Coast Car Rentals makes 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).


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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, New Year’s Eve and, this month, floating views of Vivid Sydney. 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.


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. 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. 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. 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.

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


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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. 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. 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 operates 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.



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.


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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 Gardens’ 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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Departing daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Shop 4A, Clocktower Square, cnr Argyle and Harrington Streets, The Rocks. 9247 6678.

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. 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.




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.

Water Taxis Combined pick up and drop off from any location on Sydney Harbour, including ferry wharves and public pontoons. They offer competitive pricing, and a wide fleet of boats, perfect for any occasion and any size group. 9555 8888.


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.

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.

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Sights Day and Night on the Reef The latest exhibition to arrive at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium takes visitors on a journey north to one of Australia’s most precious wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, without leaving Sydney. "Day and Night on the Reef” employs state-of-the-art digital technology to recreate the phases of the reef across its natural 24-hour cycle. The largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit in the world, this interactive attraction contains everything from marine turtles to swarms of jellyfish and a bioluminescent beach. When the lights go down, witness the phenomenon of coral spawning while night-time predators swarm. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, 1–5 Wheat Road, Sydney.


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 three 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. DARLING HARBOUR

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. SYDNEY OBSERVATORY

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

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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. TARONGA 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. WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

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.



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. 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,

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

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



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, seven 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. 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. 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 and plenty of sunny lawns to set up a picnic, Centennial Parklands is a playground for both adults and children alike. It is one of the few inner-city parks with horse-riding facilities. Entry via Oxford Street, Paddington. 9339 6699. 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.


Food One-Metre Pizza at Fratelli Fresh Everyone knows you need more carbs in winter. To celebrate the season of comfort food, Fratelli Fresh has launched a menu of super-sized indulgences, including one-metre-long pizzas and the Super Spritz, a 1.5-litre bowl of Aperol Spritz. As per usual, the new menu will showcase an abundance of seasonal produce, such as the quattro stagioni pizza, with its crisp sourdough base topped with house-made tomato sauce, salami, capsicum, artichoke and mushroom; pappardelle with 12-hour slow-roasted beef cheek ragu; and salads made using a combination of winter leaves, zesty vinaigrettes and fragrant herbs. The menu will be available at all Fratelli Fresh restaurants throughout Sydney. Buon appetito! Various locations throughout Sydney.

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. 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.



Steakhouse Although 6 Head

only recently opened along the historic Campbells Cove promenade, its roots stretch back to the First Fleet, when the newly settled colony developed a reputation as a great cattle pasture and Australia became known for its steak. Led by renowned executive chef Sean Hall, 6 Head sources cuts from three of Australia's finest meat purveyors—Collison & Co., Mayura and Tender Valley— to ensure diners get the best quality steaks infused with trademark nutty flavours and aromas. 7–27 Circular Quay West, The Rocks. Sun–Thurs 12–10pm Fri–Sat 12–11pm. 8629 8866.


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. BAR PATRÓN BY ROCKPOOL

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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 and Poncho de Granada. 2 Phillip Street, Sydney. Daily midday-late. 9259 5624. 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.




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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— from casual to upscale, catering to breakfast, lunch and dinner— 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 Bar Ombré by SMC. Alfred Street, Circular Quay. 9256 6900.


Steakhouse Located 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—not to mention an outstanding wine list— 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.


Modern Australian Relax by the

harbour with uninterrupted views and discover one of the Sydney Opera House’s best-kept secrets. With an inventive menu showcasing local seasonal produce and relaxed table service dining, Portside Sydney features a stylish interior with indoor furniture and 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.



Indian The Spice Room in

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, in a restaurant setting that is all antique tables and soft golden lighting. Ground floor, The Quay Building, 2 Phillip Street, Sydney. Daily lunch midday–3pm and dinner 5–10.30pm. 9251 7722.



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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.



Modern Australian This stylish and intimate restaurant offers guests an indulgent culinary experience with 360-degree revolving views of the city, so impressive that the venue is named for them. With dark mahogany finishes and soft ambient lighting, 360 Bar and Dining provides a breathtaking setting high above Sydney. In the kitchen, traditional techniques are combined with contemporary flair to create seasonally changing menus that take advantage of the best in fresh and local 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.


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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. 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 has 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. dining-bar FRATELLI FRESH

Italian Fratelli Fresh is

Sydney’s leading provedore, 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 mix 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. INDU

Indian/Sri Lankan Go on

a journey to the Indian subcontinent at INDU. The 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 spicecrusted tuna, pomelo and tuna belly pickle. There’s also a great range of cocktails as well as their signature gin and tonics. Friendly staff are always on hand to help choose between options. 350 George Street (entry via Angel Place), Sydney. Mon–Fri midday–late and Sat 5pm–late. 9223 0158. 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 hand-picked soundtrack of classic tunes playing from Nirvana to Portishead, Kid Kyoto 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. KINGSLEYS AUSTRALIAN STEAKHOUSE

Steakhouse Located in the 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. 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– Fri 7am–midnight, Sat 5pm– midnight. 9241 2008.

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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. 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. 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 tapasstyle 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. 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. 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 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. SYDNEY TOWER BUFFET

Modern Australian Sydney

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.

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Daily lunch 11.30am– 3.30pm (last seating 2pm) and dinner 5–10.30pm (last seating 9pm). 8223 3800. THE TEA ROOM QVB

Traditional High Tea What

better way to capture a 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 Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney. Morning tea Mon–Fri 10am–midday. Traditional afternoon tea daily 10am–close. 9283 7279.



Modern Australian Set in

Darling Harbour’s bustling Cockle Bay Wharf with elevated water views, 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.


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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. GEORGES MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL

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. HUNTER & BARREL

Modern Australian Hunter

& 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. MEAT DISTRICT CO

Modern Australian At Meat

District Co, the hanging cured meats, fall-off-thebone ribs and fresh-made bread will leave nothing

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. HARBOUR KITCHEN & BAR

Modern Australian Sprawling across the balcony level of Harbourside, Harbour Bar & Kitchen (HBK) offers







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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. PLANAR

Modern Australian 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 on offer, and the venue has recently launched Pasta Masterclasses, which can be privately booked for groups of ten or more. Shop C08, Ground Floor, ICC Sydney, 1A Harbour Street, Sydney. Daily 7am–12am. 9212 6789.

western ingredients to provide a fresh change of pace, whilst keeping some 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.


Steakhouse Steersons offers

Japanese Sorenzo brings

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


premium quality in all aspects of their dining experience—from the restaurant setting, which has panoramic water views, to the excellent steak. The range of steak cuts on offer is 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.



Modern Australian There is a

compelling argument for Bills having single-handedly launched the smashed avocado craze. Whether or not this is true, there’s no doubt that this Surry Hills café is a Sydney dining icon. Come for a coffee, stay for the famed ricotta pancakes with a view primed for people-watching along Crown Street. 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills. Mon–Fri 7am–10pm Sat–Sun 7.30am–10pm. 9360 4762. HOPPER KADE

Sri Lankan Hopper Kade

Harbour Dining at its Best Daily Dinner, High Tea and Lunch cruises.

Circular Quay Wharf 6 Darling Harbour Pier 26 Barangaroo King St Wharf 1 02 9206 1111


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 Lankan-spiced 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 with a base of biryani rice topped with pickle, coconut sambol and a choice of fillings such as beetroot curry or spiced chicken.



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253 Crown Street, Darlinghurst. Tue 11am– 3pm, Wed–Fri 11am–3pm and 5–10pm, Sat–Sun 8am–3pm and 5–10pm. MAYBE FRANK

Italian Maybe Frank is

equal parts wood-fired pizzeria and intimate cocktail bar—though we recommend sampling both halves of the equation at once. Inspired by old-world Las Vegas glamour and specifically the good-times spirit of the Rat Pack, this Surry Hills venue serves up traditional Italian pizza the way Nonna used to make and cocktails she’d never dreamed of. 417–421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. Tues–Thurs 5.30– 11pm, Fri–Sat 12–11.30pm, Sun 5–10pm. 9357 3838.



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. THE GREEN LION

Vegan Located in the inner-

west suburb of Rozelle, The Green Lion is said to be Australia’s first pub offering a 100% plant-based menu. You’ll get all your regular pub favourites but with a vegan twist. Try their


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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. THE ROYAL OAK BALMAIN

Modern Australian Tucked

away in the back streets of Balmain you’ll find a 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. TRAMSHEDS

Around the World

Filled with top-notch restaurants and food provedores, 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. A number of events and hands-on workshops are also held in the space. 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge. Daily 7am–10pm. 8398 5695.



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. SAKÉ MANLY

Japanese Saké Manly serves

signature Japanese flavours and seasonal drinks at Manly Wharf Rooftop. Dine in the 300-seat 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 and sake. Manly Wharf Rooftop, Manly. Mon–Thu midday– 3pm and 5–10.30pm, Fri–Sat midday–3pm and 5–11pm, Sun midday–9pm. 8099 7076.



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. 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.



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


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.


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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.



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Argyle Kitchen. 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks. Daily 11am–late. 9247 5500. 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 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. 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 TexMex 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. 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


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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. MUNICH BRAUHAUS

Bavarian Located in

Sydney's historic The Rocks district, Munich Brauhaus is a traditional Bavarian bierhaus where guests can dine, drink and party like Oktoberfest never ended. Try a variety of exclusively imported Bavarian Biers from hefty glass steins and sample the hearty menu, which includes a huge Bavarian tasting platter complete with pork belly, hausmade sausage, schnitzel and trimmings. Order a massive plate of traditional apple strüdel to finish. Cnr Argyle and Playfair Streets, The Rocks. Mon– Fri 11am–late, Sat–Sun 9am–late. 9247 7785. 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.


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.



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. WATER LIMOUSINES CRUISE & DINE PACKAGES

Modern Australian Water

Limousines’ “Cruise & Dine” packages get you to Sydney’s best waterfront restaurants in style. The

packages offer a choice between five restaurants on Sydney Harbour, all of which have in common a Top Chef Hat award for excellence in food. Luxury transfers between venues are conducted in a Water Limousines vessel and include a complimentary glass of French champagne or premium beer and a three-course à la carte lunch or dinner at the venue. 8004 5412.



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.



Modern Australian

A magnificent seaside dining experience, this historic 1830s mansion offers a contemporary all-day menu alongside million-dollar harbour views, beautiful interiors and exceptional service. As Watsons Bay Wharf is just a stone's throw away, a trip on a Sydney ferry is recommended as a scenic route to lunch. 9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay. Breakfast and lunch Fri—Sun from 8am. 9337 1226.




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Scene Jack and the Beanstalk Australian musical theatre darling Lucy Durack stars in the new pantomime rendition of fairytale classic “Jack and the Beanstalk”, which hits the majestic State Theatre stage this month. This is the sixth and biggest production from director and producer Bonnie Lythgoe, and will feature 3D technology that takes audiences right into the castle of the giant. Other members of the star-studded cast include Hi-5 member Lachlan Dearing as Jack, and “Kath & Kim” actor Peter Rowsthorn in the role of King Crumble. July 12–21. State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney.



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


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The views don’t get much more iconic than at the Harbour View Hotel. Located in The Rocks under the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the name says it all. 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 get much better than this. 18 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. 9252 4111. IVY

Recently revitalised, City Tattersalls Club’s venerable Lower Bar has become a CBD hotspot. Since opening 95 years ago, it has hosted legends such as former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and sporting legends Dennis Lillee and Dawn Fraser. Its new redesign brings 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 whiskies, cocktails and classic beers. 194–204 Pitt Street, Sydney. Mon-Wed 11am–10pm, ThuFri 11am–11pm. 9267 9421.

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 venues including Pool Club, Ash St. Cellar, Palings and Felix. 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.

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: schnitzels, sausages, pork belly and their famous crispy pork knuckle. All these Bavarian treats are served to you in a classic bier hall atmosphere with staff dressed in


traditional Bavarian costume. Cnr Playfair and Argyle Streets, The Rocks. 9247 7785. 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. 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

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doughnuts and their famous sea urchin and orange jam toastie. 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney. 8587 5400. ZEPHYR SKY BAR

Overlooking Darling Harbour and Barangaroo, the Hyatt Regency’s Zephyr Sky Bar is known for its cutting-edge “levitating” drinks presentation, where custom-made and seasonally-inspired creations are served direct to your table in a smoking, levitating glass. Hyatt Regency Sydney, Level 12, 161 Sussex Street, Sydney. 8099 1234. ZETA BAR

Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar is an exclusive escape in the heart of the city. Try their award-winning cocktails or sample their share platters, pizza and bar snacks. Level 4, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney. 9265 6070.



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, spectacular architecture and world-class casino, there’s always something to see and do at The Star. 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont. 9777 9000.



The Australian Ballet is Australia’s premier ballet company and regularly performs new and classical

works at the Sydney Opera House. Committed to artistic excellence and led by artistic director David McAllister, The Australian Ballet is renowned on the world stage. Performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney. 1300 369 741. BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE

Bangarra is one of Australia’s leading dance companies bringing contemporary Indigenous culture to the world 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. OPERA AUSTRALIA

Australia’s premier opera company, Opera Australia, brings world-class productions to the Sydney Opera House stage, with a varied program that is testament to their artistic depth. Between intricate costumes and astonishing staging, a night with Opera Australia is one to remember. Performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney. 9318 8200. SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Led by chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra offers a wide variety of world-class 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.



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. 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. 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 opulent interior with its architectural embellishments 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. 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 cutting-edge musical acts to classical symphonies and everything in between. Bennelong Point, Sydney. 9250 7777.



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— as well as emerging talent— across both the Upstairs and Downstairs stages. 18 and 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills. 9699 3444. 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, Hugo Weaving and Mia Wasikowski. The Wharf theatres, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. 9250 1777.



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SYDNEY CIT Y MAP LEGEND Art Gallery of NSW ................... I12 Australian Museum..................H17 Barangaroo Reserve ..................B6 BridgeClimb ................................E6 Capitol Theatre ......................... F21 Circular Quay .............................. F8 Chinese Gardens ......................D19 Chifley Plaza............................. G11 Cockle Bay.................................D16 Darling Harbour........................C16 General Post Office ..................E12 Hyde Park ................................. G15 Hyde Park Barracks Museum ................................... G13 Harbourside Darling Harbour........................C16 King Street Wharf.....................C13 Luna Park ....................................E1 Madame Tussauds Sydney .....C14 Market City ................................E21

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Martin Place .............................. F12 Museum of Contemporary Art Australia ................................E8 Museum of Sydney .................. F10 National Maritime Museum...... B14 Paddy’s Markets .......................E21 Powerhouse Museum..............D21 Queen Victoria Building...........E16 Royal Botanic

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Garden, Sydney........................H10 SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium....C14 St Andrew’s Cathedral .............E17 St Mary’s Cathedral .................H14 State Library of NSW .............. G11 State Theatre ............................ F15 Sydney Central Plaza ............... F15 Sydney Harbour Bridge .............E3 Sydney Observatory ..................D8 Sydney Opera House ................ G5 Sydney Tower........................... F14 Sydney Town Hall ....................E17 Sydney Visitors Centre .............E9 The Galeries .............................. F16 The Star .....................................A14











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 There's arguably never been a better time to be drinking wine in this country. Young Australian winemakers are flooding the scene and introducing exciting and experimental varieties, while fine-tuning the well-known. Here's where to get your hands on the best. For more great wine bars in Sydney visit


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Love, Tilly Devine If there's one name that's synonymous with the vibrant Sydney wine scene, it's Love, Tilly Devine. The wine bar was opened seven years ago with a mission to showcase upcoming Australian winemakers, many of them biodynamic. The 300-strong wine list is almost exclusively Aussie, with the exception of a few international ring-ins. There's also a tightly curated food menu of small items to pair with.

Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant You know you've done something right when your nickname is "The Wine Whisperer". This is Stu Knox, 2012 Sommelier of the Year and founder of Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant. Known for running around the venue in red sneakers handing out samples, Stu is dedicated to showcasing small, handcrafted wines— sometimes natural, sometimes unusual and always delicious. Although wine is taken seriously here, it's also made fun.

Nomad From the most well-known wine regions to far-flung places you've never heard of, expect a comprehensive introduction to Australian winemaking at Nomad. The aim of the venue is to bring a cellar door atmosphere to Surry Hills, meaning you can try the best drops from the hardest to find Australian producers without leaving your bar seat. Best of all, much of the list is by the glass so you can experience as much as possible.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst. 9326 9297.

111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. 9232 2767.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills. 9280 3395.


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Indulge yourself with beautiful Opals, Pearls and Pink Diamonds at the store locals prefer... 149 York Street, corner with 80 Druitt Street (opposite QVB and Town Hall), Sydney Tel: 9269 0898. Open Mon–Sat 9.30am–7pm, Sun 10.30am–6.30pm




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