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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
October 27, 2020
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Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
October 27, 2020
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Sydney activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
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Destination NSW

TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF SYDNEY'S BEST JACARANDA TREES

According to one urban myth, Sydney's jacarandas are the work of an unknown hospital matron who sent every new mother home with a seedling. Another states that soldiers brought the trees home as gifts on their return from World War II. The problem is that there's no evidence for either. So no one really knows how Sydney came to have so many.

What we do know, though, is that, come late October, the city begins to transform into a vision of purple, as hundreds of jacarandas bloom. But they don't hang around for long — the flowers typically peak in mid-November and usually disappear by early December. So, if you're keen to see them, nows your chance.

Circular Quay, The Rocks, Paddington, Lavender Bay, and Hunters Hill all have wonderful Jacaranda-filled areas to explore. Wander down Paddington's most famous jacarandas line Oxford Street, or venture into its purple-covered suburbs. The Rocks' heritage-listed sandstone provides a particularly striking backdrop and you can turn your adventure into a lovely day-date walk by starting at the Royal Botanic Gardens and following the Harbour shore line to The Rocks.

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'Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop', installation view by Anna Kucera.

VISIT THE 'LINDY LEE: MOON IN A DEW DROP' EXHIBITION

With Sydney home to so many galleries, museums and art spaces, there's no shortage of arty date ideas to add to your calendar, now that IRL cultural events have returned to the city. One to bookmark for the warmer months: a retrospective exhibition on multidisciplinary artist Lindy Lee that's taking over leading contemporary gallery MCA Australia until late February 2021. Titled Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop, it's the most comprehensive exhibition by the artist to date.

The celebrated Australian Chinese artist has a practice spanning over four decades and works in everything from painting to sculpture. Her Chinese ancestry underpins much of her art; Lee's works are inspired by Daoism and Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism philosophies and she often examines the connection between humanity and nature. From flinging molten bronze and burning paper to allowing ink to spill and rain to transform surfaces, Lee's process is varied, experimental and inquisitive.

Expect more than 70 works, including huge installations, vibrant wax paintings and metallic structures — and rarely seen works from the artist's personal collection. You'll also spy a few new commissions, one of which will be proudly exhibited on the museum's outdoor forecourt.

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TUCK INTO ALL THE OYSTERS FOR $1.50 A POP

As any Sydney seafood aficionado should know by now, The Morrison has a constant focus on the not-so-humble oyster. But when the month-long Oyster Festival takes over, that focus turns into an overwhelming obsession.

From Thursday, October 1 through to Saturday, October 31, the Sydney bar is a shucking shrine to the freshest oysters around. And one of the major drawcards is Oyster Hour. Between 6pm and 7pm every single day, you and your date can eat as many oysters as you can handle at just $1.50 a pop.

Throughout the month, Chef Sean Connolly is conjuring up his favourite oyster dishes, including the Million Dollar Oyster topped with snow crab meat and caviar, fried chicken po' boys with oyster mayo and a oysters served with the likes of fermented chilli XO sauce and Tanqueray gin and tonic.

Plus, if you have some extra cash to splash, you can have oysters paired with bottomless bevs on weekends during the month. Rock up on Saturday and Sunday and you can down a dozen oysters with two hours of bottomless bubbles for just $55 a head. Or you can upgrade your bubbles to GH Mumm for $155 a pop. Bookings are recommended for this.

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GO ON AN INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURE WITH HOTEL BELLA LUNA

Go on an out-of-this-world adventure with the new interactive theatre experience Hotel Bella Luna. Marrickville's Flight Path Theatre is hosting the world premiere of this immersive sci-fi comedy from Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, November 7. During the performance, audience members are encouraged to participate and assist staff of an intergalactic hotel as they try to uncover a mystery and save the hotel.

As you move through three rooms of the Hotel Bella Luna, you can influence the performers by puzzle-solving and voting, creating a unique performance each night. While participation is encouraged, those looking for a more passive theatre-going experience can enjoy the production without directly getting involved.

The performance has been designed around a COVID-safe plan in order to adhere to social-distancing guidelines and create a safe and comfortable environment for the attendees.

Tickets are $23 for concession and $28 for general audience, with five percent of all total profits being donated directly to Pay The Rent, an organisation that financially supports First Nations peoples and communities.

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GO ALL OUT

INDULGE IN ICEBERG'S DECADENT HALLOWEEN DINNER

Bondi's Icebergs is usually known for its stunning beach views and breezy blue and white palette, but, this Halloween, it'll transform into a haunting scene from a Stanley Kubrick film for a decadent and slightly spooky dinner.

Taking place on Saturday, October 31, the extravagant evening will include a seven-course meal, theatrical cocktails and an intimate performance by Sneaky Sound System. And it comes with a fairly extravagant price tag, too: $400 a head.

If you've got that kind of money to drop on a luxe date night — we're not currently spending any cash on overseas jaunts, after all — read on. At the dinner, you'll eat your way through the likes of coral trout tartare with green ants, David Blackmore wagyu bresaola with pig's blood crackers, squid ink spaghetti, suckling pig and truffle salad all created by Head Chef Alex Prichard. You certainly won't be leaving hungry — or thirsty for that matter.

While the ticket price doesn't include drinks, a range of horror film-inspired cocktails will be on offer. Sip on a chilli-spiked watermelon drink that's served on fire, a blood red cocktail inspired by that hallway scene from The Shining and a black gin fizz.

The dress code is black tie, but, as it's Halloween, a little fake blood and fangs wouldn't go astray. Bookings are essential and can be made over here.

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Top Image: Destination NSW

Published on October 27, 2020 by Concrete Playground

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