The Ten Best Things Happening in Sydney This Weekend

Everything that’s fit to see and do in Sydney this weekend.
Tom Clift
July 31, 2015
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    MCA Artbar Curated by Renny Kodgers

    Friday, July 31, 2015

    MCA, Sydney

    Friday, July 31 @ 7:00pm

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    The Bleeding Tree - Griffin Theatre Co

    Friday, July 31 - Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst

    Friday, July 31 – Saturday, September 5

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    Underbelly Arts Festival After Dark Art Party

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Cockatoo Island, Sydney

    Saturday, August 1 @ 5:00pm

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    Seventeen - Belvoir

    Saturday, August 1 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Belvoir St Theatre Upstairs, Surry Hills

    Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, September 13

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    Saturday, August 1 - Monday, August 31, 2015

    Various locations across Sydney

    Saturday, August 1 – Monday, August 31

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    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Thursday, July 30 - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    Thursday, July 30 – Wednesday, September 2

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    Underbelly Arts Festival 2015

    Saturday, August 1 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Cockatoo Island, Sydney

    Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2

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    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Metro Theatre, Sydney

    Saturday, August 1 @ 8:00pm

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    Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-Tra-Aliens

    Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, October 18, 2015

    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, The Rocks

    Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, October 18

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    Reclink Community Cup 2015

    Sunday, August 2, 2015

    Henson Park, Marrickville

    Sunday, August 2 @ 12:00pm

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    'Challengers' in Australia: Zendaya, Josh O'Connor and Mike Faist on Making a Sexy Must-See Tennis Drama

    "The tennis is the sex", explained the three stars of Luca Guadagnino's new film when they hit Sydney to chat about love triangles, getting competitive and more.

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    Goodbye Raja: Potts Point's Vibrant Indian Fine-Diner Is Shutting Its Doors for Good in May

    The Raja crew announced the news via the restaurant's Instagram, with its final service on Saturday, May 4.

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    Inner West Hop Harvest Fest

    Wednesday, April 24 - Sunday, April 28, 2024

    Various locations across Sydney's inner west

    Look no further for an excuse to hop on a beer crawl as ten local breweries whip up limited-edition brews for this five-day festival.

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    Coming Soon: Urbnsurf's First Sydney Surf Park Has Started Pumping Out Waves Ahead of Its May Opening

    The 3.6-hectare site is the brand's second in the country, and features a lagoon about the same size as the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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    Tokyo Confidential Takeover at Rekodo

    Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Rekodo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar, Barangaroo

    The one-night-only pop-up brings classy house party vibes and elegant Japanese cocktails to one of the city's stellar listening bars.

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    From Tyler, The Creator to Kid Cudi, Here's the Set Times for Coachella's Second 2024 Livestream

    Missed Coachella's first 2024 weekend? Stream along from home across its second three-day run, which is jam-packed with must-see sets.

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    Happy Endings Hour at Hey Chú

    Friday, May 24 - Wednesday, April 24, 2024

    Hey Chu, Sydney

    Drop in for a pre-payday meal with dishes and cocktails under $10 at the late-night Southeast Asian joint.

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    Now Open: JAM Is Merivale's New Tokyo-Inspired Record Bar on George Street That's Home to 15,000 Vinyls

    Taking cues from Tokyo's listening bars, this George Street newcomer boasts a wide-spanning collection of records with Japanese snacks to pair. 

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    The 'Fallout' TV Series Is Such a Smash That Prime Video Has Already Renewed It for Season Two

    After becoming the platform's most-watched season of TV since its 'Lord of the Rings' series, this video game-to-streaming adaptation will return.

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    Vivid Food's 2024 Lineup Features Top International Chefs, Fire Kitchen at The Goods Line and a Messina Milk Bar

    Manoella Buffara of Brazil's Manu Restaurant will get cooking in Sydney — and Michelin-starred chefs Max Coen, Sally Abé and Ivan Brehm are on their way, too.

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    Now Open: Melbourne's The Happy Mexican Has Launched Its First Sydney Outpost Inside a Chippendale Stalwart

    Sydneysiders no longer need to trek to Melbourne to enjoy some of Australia's best Mexican — now, you'll find it inside the beloved Lansdowne Hotel.

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    'The Witcher' Has Locked in Season Five Before Season Four Even Arrives — But That's Where It's Ending

    Liam Hemsworth is taking over from Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix fantasy hit's final two seasons.

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    Park Chan-wook's Iconic Thriller 'Oldboy' Is Being Turned Into an English-Language TV Series

    After writing and directing the original South Korean movie, which was based on a Japanese manga, the filmmaker will produce the new TV version.

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    Now Open: The Magical 'Harry Potter' Forbidden Forest Experience Has Arrived in Australia

    The Briars Community Forest on the Mornington Peninsula has been turned into a 'Harry Potter' and 'Fantastic Beasts' haven.

  • Hey Chu

    249 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

    Tuck into an enchanting Disney-themed degustation at NEL, catch the final days of 'West Side Story' on Sydney Harbour or hit up Nico for an Italian feast with bottomless booze.

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    Ousmane Sembène — A Revolutionary with a Camera

    Wednesday, June 5 - Sunday, June 16, 2024

    Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

    Sydney Film Festival's 2024 retrospective pays tribute to the father of African cinema, screening nine of the Senegalese filmmaker's features and three shorts.

  • Narrabeen Beach

    Ocean Street, Narrabeen

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    Riffing on 70s TV to Create Aussie Horror's Next Hit: Cameron and Colin Cairnes Chat 'Late Night with the Devil'

    Stephen King couldn't take his eyes off Australia's latest horror sensation. 'Gremlins' director Joe Dante is a fan. The filmmakers behind it talk us through their unnerving hit.

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    Meet Naala Badu: The Art Gallery of NSW Has Finally Named Its $344-Million Extension That Opened in Late 2022

    AGNSW's original building, which boasts a sandstone facade dating back to the 19th century, also has a new moniker: Naala Nura.

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    'Bridgerton' in Bowral: This NSW Town Is Enjoying a Week-Long Regency-Themed Transformation

    You can feel like you're stepping inside 'Bridgerton' just by travelling to the Southern Highlands — and if you can't make it, this is what it looks like.

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    Strathfield Festival

    Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4, 2024

    Strathfield Square, Strathfield

    Celebrate the diverse community of Western Sydney with three nights of multicultural food and entertainment in Strathfield this May.

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    'Dune: Part Two' Has Been Fast-Tracked to Digital While It's Still Unleashing Sandworms in Cinemas

    Journey to Arrakis from your couch with Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler — and oh-so-much sand.

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    Now Open: Kirra Point Holiday Apartments Is Your Sleek New Gold Coast Place to Stay with Stunning Beach Views

    This coastal precinct has already scored a pub, and an oceanfront dining and drinking spot with cabanas — and now it boasts accommodation, too.

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    Concrete Playground Has Submitted Two Panels for SXSW Sydney 2024 — and You Can Help Make Them Happen

    We're keen to dive into the state of socialising and hospitality at this year's SXSW Sydney, and back up our 2023 panel on youth, information and the digital age — and we need your votes.

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    UpTown Is the New Sydney Precinct That's Been Established Behind Circular Quay to Help Revitalise CBD Life

    The part of town in the CBD's north now has a new name as part of a $38-billion renewal, which is transforming the area into a thriving cultural hub.

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    The Woman in Black

    Tuesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 18, 2024

    Theatre Royal Sydney, Sydney

    This spooky page-to-stage ghost story is back to haunt Sydney, as starring Australian actors John Waters and Daniel MacPherson.

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    'The Woman in Black' Is Bringing Its Spooky Onstage Ghost Story (and Its 2024 Australian Season) to Sydney

    Catch Australian actors John Waters and Daniel MacPherson take on the page-to-stage adaption at Theatre Royale Sydney this winter.

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    Three Exclusive Travel Packages to Book If You Want to Experience the Best of Melbourne's RISING Festival

    We've teamed up with RISING to create these one-of-a-kind travel packages to Melbourne's epic winter festival.

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    Now Open: Fabbrica Pasta Bar Has Returned with an 80-Seater Venue in A Tavola's Old Darlinghurst Digs

    The new Fabbrica Pasta Bar maintains its famed pasta, top tipples and elegant charm, while also carrying on its predecessor's legacy.

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    PADDO(collective) Live Music Week

    Wednesday, May 1 - Sunday, May 5, 2024

    Various Paddington venues

    For five days you'll find live music and dining deals across some of Paddington's most popular venues.

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    Australia's Biggest-Ever Yayoi Kusama Retrospective Is Coming to the NGV with a Brand-New Infinity Mirror Room

    Summer 2024–25 in Melbourne means dots, pumpkins, a world-premiere mirror room and 180-plus Yayoi Kusama works.

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    'Parrtjima — A Festival in Light' Is Back in the Red Centre for 2024 — and This Is What It Looks Like

    If you haven't already put this dazzling First Nations festival in the Northern Territory on your must-attend list, this is what you're missing out on.

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    Sarah Snook Just Won Best Actress at the Olivier Awards for Sydney Theatre Company's 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' 

    Shiv Roy isn't the only part that the 'Succession' star is winning awards for — here, she plays 26.

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    The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Week

    This week, hit up Ben & Jerry’s for a free cone, tuck into all-you-can-eat charcoal chicken or catch fantastic flicks at this year’s Inner West Film Fest.

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    Maroubra Beach Markets

    Sunday, May 5, 2024

    Broadarrow Reserve, Maroubra

    A new market is launching in Maroubra and will happen on the first Sunday of every month.

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    Navigating the Wasteland to Bring a Gaming Smash to TV: Walton Goggins, Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten Chat 'Fallout'

    Prime Video's long-awaited take on the hit post-apocalyptic game is finally here — and its three leads told us all about it.

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    Heirloom Pop-Up

    Monday, April 22 - Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Arthur Surry Hills, Surry Hills

    Chef Connor Denton is serving up a seven-course menu inspired by moments and memories at Arthur in Surry Hills.

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    Bottomless Bao at TIVA

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    Tiva, Sydney

    This underground lounge in Sydney's CBD is hosting a weekly night of bottomless bao and prawn crackers every Wednesday.

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    A Beginner's Guide to the Greek Islands

    Salty swims in turquoise waters, halloumi cooked to perfection (no squeaks here, thanks) and seemingly eternal sunshine? Welcome to your next Greek Island holiday.

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    Snack Kitchen Pop-Up

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    Snack Kitchen, Elizabeth Bay

    Icebergs is coming to Potts Point this weekend.

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    Godzilla Alert: A Second Season of 'Monarch: Legacy of Monsters' Is on the Way — and So Are Multiple Spinoffs

    Because there's no such thing as too many Godzilla TV shows, the 'Monsterverse' is beefing up its small-screen output.

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    Free Margaritas by Flecha Azul at The Dolphin

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills

    Marking the premium tequila brand's arrival in Sydney.

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    Coachella's 2024 Set Times Are Here So You Can Livestream Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and No Doubt

    Without leaving the house, let alone travelling to California, you can catch Tyler, The Creator, Blur, J Balvin, Ice Spice, Reneé Rapp, Dom Dolla and more.

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    News You Can Use: Nine Things That Happened in Sydney This Week

    Here's all of the restaurant openings, tour announcements and city news that caught our attention over the last seven days.

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    Inner West Film Fest

    Thursday, April 11 - Sunday, April 21, 2024

    Various locations across Sydney's inner west

    Back for its second year — and bigger — this Sydney film festival features flicks starring Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Rachel Sennott and Jacob Elordi.

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    Sydney's Inner West Film Fest Is Back for Its Second Year in 2024 with a Longer Run and Star-Studded Lineup

    Catch new movies starring Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri and Jacob Elordi — and a free outdoor session of 'Napoleon Dynamite'.

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    Dopamine Land

    Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, July 21, 2024

    Uptown, Brisbane City

    This interactive multi-sensory experience that's all about making you feel happy is making its Australian premiere in Brisbane.

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    Winter Feast, the Nude Solstice Swim, Genesis Owusu, Marlon Williams: Dark Mofo's 2024 Gap Year Has Them All

    The Mona Gala, a new exhibition, a multi-storey nightclub and late-night tunes are all happening in Hobart this winter, too.

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    Coastal Culture: Hit These Central Coast Events For a Weekend Adventure This April

    Bookmark these family-friendly events for any upcoming trips up north.

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    Origami — Folding Light and Sound

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    Edogawa Commemorative Garden, East Gosford

    A night of experimental light, sounds and art performances is coming to Gosford Regional Gallery.

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    Central Coast Creative Spaces — Grace Agnes Art

    Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 28, 2024

    The Village Green, Toukley

    This Central Coast native artist is setting up in a gallery space for three months of workshops and events for all kinds of creativity.

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    Outdoor Movie Nights — 'Lilo & Stitch'

    Friday, April 12, 2024, Saturday, April 13, 2024, Friday, April 19, 2024 and Saturday, April 20, 2024 

    Various locations around the Central Coast

    One of Disney's all-time greats is touring the parks of the Central Coast with four outdoor screenings this April.

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    Melbourne's Citywide Winter Festival Now or Never Is Returning for Its Second Year in 2024

    Mark your diary: after 2023's debut fest proved a success, this event is bringing back its music, performances, installations and talks in August.

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    Sun, Sea and Sand Adventures: Three Must-Do Adventures in Beautiful Los Cabos

    Make your trip to Mexico truly memorable and swap the Cancun craziness for the slower, more luxurious destination on the sparkling Pacific.

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    Antique and Collectors Fair

    Sunday, June 16, 2024, Sunday, August 18, 2024 and Sunday, October 20, 2024 

    Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Glebe

    Check out this collectors market for a unique find.

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    Acclaimed Spanish Restaurant-Turned-Museum El Bulli Is Becoming an Airbnb for One Night Only

    Famous chef Ferran Adrià is opening up the unique spot with Mediterranean sea views for two people, and for free — but you do have to make your own way there.

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    The Kana Club Pop-Up

    Saturday, April 13, 2024

    Deus Cafe, Camperdown

    'My Kitchen Rules' alum Arrnott Olssen is hosting Kana Club, a one-night pop-up at Camperdown's Deus Cafe featuring a Fijian feast.

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    An IRL 'Fallout' Vault Has Popped Up in Sydney and You Can Visit It — But Only for One Day 

    Experience life underground, away from the wasteland, at this one-day-only pop-up to coincide with the 'Fallout' TV series hitting Prime Video.

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    High School Mightn't Be Easy, But Binge-Watching Your Way Through 'Heartbreak High' Season Two Is

    Netflix's revival of the hit 90s Aussie TV series is back for a second spin — and this new whirlwind of teen chaos is just as engaging.

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    Civil War

    Thursday, April 11 - Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    Author-turned-filmmaker Alex Garland adds another unforgettable movie to his directorial resume, diving into a divided America with Kirsten Dunst playing a war photojournalist.

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    Get Ready for an Absolute Blast: 'Fallout' Is the Latest Superb Small-Screen Adaptation of a Hit Video Game

    Whether you’re an avid fan or a newcomer, this is a trip to the wasteland worth taking — and boasts an exceptional cast.

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    Late Night with the Devil

    Thursday, April 11 - Wednesday, May 1, 2024

    Various cinemas in Sydney

    Led by a hypnotic David Dastmalchian as a talk-show host, this found-footage standout set in the 70s is an Aussie horror delight.

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    Pyrmont Festival

    Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19, 2024

    Pirrama Park, Pyrmont

    The two-day food and wine event is returning to showcase the best of NSW produce.

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    Sydney Spirits Festival

    Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12, 2024

    Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

    Industry experts are coming together to celebrate our favourite spirits.

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    Retro Run

    Sunday, July 28, 2024

    Sydney Harbour, Sydney

    Run back in time at this 80s and 90s-themed race.

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    All-You-Can-Eat Charcoal Chicken

    Saturday, April 13 - Sunday, December 29, 2024

    Henrietta Charcoal Chicken, Surry Hills

    Featuring hot chicks, crispy chips, creamy toum, fattoush salad, Henrietta’s signature hummus, and pickles.

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    Luke Mangan's Raid The Cellar

    Friday, May 3, 2024, Friday, August 23, 2024 and Friday, October 25, 2024 

    Luke's Kitchen at Kimpton Sydney, Sydney

    The superstar chef is bringing an ultra-luxurious champagne pairing experience to his restaurant in Sydney's Kimpton Margot Hotel.

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    German Film Festival

    Wednesday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    Select cinemas in Sydney, Various locations

    In 2024, Sydney's annual celebration of German films is serving up brand-new gems and a Werner Herzog retrospective.

  • Edogawa Commemorative Garden

    36 Webb Street, East Gosford

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    California Dreamin': What Makes Mammoth Mountain an Epic Snow Destination

    For keen snowboarders and skiers, California is emerging as one of North America's top destinations — and Mammoth's got a lot to do with that.

  • Tiva

    68 King Street, Sydney

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    Ski Cali: A Guide to PalisadesTahoe Resort

    For the passionate snowboarder and skier, PalisadesTahoe is a criminally underrated resort to add to your hit list.

  • Snack Kitchen

    95 Macleay Street, Elizabeth Bay

  • Arthur Surry Hills

    544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills