Happy New Year!
I'm writing this for those
people who always seem to email me about things to do on New Year's
Eve after everything has sold out. Right now there are still places
available for front row seats to the greatest fireworks display on earth.
So start thinking about what you want to do for New Year's Eve now to
avoid watching it on telly afterwards and thinking 'I wish we had booked
Martin Place Children's
Concert and Tree Lighting - Thursday 28th November
Whilst we're on
the subject of Christmas, and let's face it, it's big and it's happening,
the annual lighting of the tree in Martin Place will take place next
Thursday 28th, at 6pm. If you're quick, the kids can still get an entry
in to win the chance to be the one who presses the button! (Colouring
competition entry closes Friday 22nd)
Christmas on the
Green at Hyde Park - Thursday 28th November 6:00pm - 8:30pm
On the same day,
Christmas on the Green is happening at Hyde Park. There will be a free
concert, with Christmas entertainment for all the family, plus a sausage
sizzle, craft activities and in true Sydney tradition, a fireworks display
as the sun goes down.
We have a new Sydney100
page for all the best things to do in the current month and for those
that follow it. Just have a look at the links on the top right of this
page under 'news'.
We will be keeping
these pages up to date, and will still send out a fortnightly
Newsletter to remind you of the key events, and keep you looking
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The Sands Annual
Busking By the Beach, Narrabeen - Sundays until 1st December
If you think you
have a talent worth spotting, then here's your chance. The first heat
for the Busking by the Beach competition is on this Sunday, 10th November.
Local celebrities will be judging the talent and those who make it through
will compete in the grand final on December 1st. Come and try out, or
just come for the entertainment.
Sands Annual Busking By the Beach
the Sydney Museum - Starts Saturday 23rd November
The new exhibition
at the Sydney Museum is big, and it's scary. Find out more than you
ever wanted to know about the origins of T-Rex and his extended family.
at the Sydney Museum
Corroboree - 14th
to 24th November
A Corroboree is
a ceremony of singing, telling stories and dancing. Corroboree Sydney
is a new annual festival to be held at various sites around Sydney Harbour.
It offers a unique experience of Indigenous culture, with leading Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians sharing
their creativity and their stories. Come and watch, listen or sing and
in the City Centre - From 21st November
Christmas is nearly
upon us again, or so the shops would have us believe. To enhance the
Christmas spirit, the city will be filled with the music of Christmas
carols. On Thursday 21st November, late night shoppers will be entertained
by the roving Christmas Choirs from 7pm. And they'll be back each Thursday
evening until Christmas to entertain you while you shop.
Choirs in the City Centre
The Rocks Village
Bizarre - Fridays in November and December
'A Friday night playground
of markets and mystery' - starts this Friday, November 1st in the Rocks.
With night markets and bizarre and mysterious performances happening
around you, and plenty of options to stop for food or a drink, the Rocks
is the place to be on Friday nights until Christmas.
Rocks Village Bizarre
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Rock Candy, The Rocks - Candy demonstrations every day
Here's one for
the kids. If you're in town, why not take a detour to Sticky Rock Candy
in the Rocks. They have a fantastic range of candies with intricate
designs throughout. Want to know how they get those pictures into a
stick of 'rock'? Then come along and watch a demonstration by the talented
confectioners. You can even create your own image.
- to June 2014
Lego is big on
the Christmas list in our house, and dominates the birthday presents.
And you know what? I really enjoy helping the kids with it. Sadly they
are old enough to pretty much go it alone with their Lego building.
Perhaps I could get a job like Ryan McNaught? He is the only Lego certified
professional in Australia, and following the success of his Lego Colosseum
in 2012, he's back with his pint sized version of the Ancient Greek
Acropolis. It’s on display from July at the Nicholson Museum at the
University of Sydney. Definitely worth a look for all those Lego fans
out there, young and old.
on the Hawkesbury River and hitch a ride on the Riverboat Postman
The grand Hawkesbury
River, the watery divide between Sydney and the Central Coast, is much
driven over, less visited. This is a shame as it has dramatic and elegant
beauty to it and is steeped in history. You can get a sense of what
a wonderful place this is with a visit to Brooklyn, just off of the
F3 Freeway and a greater appreciation by getting yourself onboard a
cruise, hiring a boat or by going kayaking.
Sydney100 has always
listed a number of Sydney's top markets. In addition to the old favourites,
many new markets have sprung up around town. An award winning local
market guide has been set up to keep us all advised of what's happening.
Consequently we have added them to the list as a catchall for any markets
worthy of a listing.
out of Sydney
Yes I know we have
mentioned this before and we will probably mention it again but the
whales are coming and they will keep on coming until one ventures into
Sydney Harbour. When that happens the media will make a big splash with
the story, they like this kind of thing because they can recycle lasts
years report. Anyway, the danger is the news coverage fills up on the
whale spotting boats for a month. So if you want to see a whale, possibly
with her calf, don't leave it too long.
whale watching "cruise" is in town. Be quick, seats are going
fast - along with the rest of the boat.
Late Night Libraries
Have you been to
the library of late? Well you will be able to soon, not night club late
but it's all a bit raunchy for a library. As more and more books have
gone digital, libraries are reaching out more to get people in through
the front door.
Surry Hills Library
Surry Hills started
the late trend and its caught on with a number of other libraries opening
their doors for adults only entertainment. We could be laughing all
the way from the library with comedy, some weighty, serious topics with
some sex, violence and famous people thrown into the mix.
Your local Library
So ask your local
librarian what he, or she, has any late nights planned - you might like
of the Olympic Stadium
The London Olympic
Games maybe over, well actually it is definitely over, sorry, but you
can still watch the London Paralympics and / or visit the scene of Sydney's
triumphant games in 2000.
Best Games Ever
the 'best games ever' at the time, the Sydney Games provided the blueprint
and people for the successful London 2012 Games. Olympic
Park is listed at No. 48 on the top 100 list.
Ok, it's still
a little chilly, but there are some things well suited to the cooler
weather. You could see a whale for instance, as they migrate during
the spring months. You could also see a ghost(?). Why are ghosts more
common in winter? Because they love the cold. How do we know this? What
do people say when they see a ghost? Suddenly, the air got colder..
Ghost Tours - listed at No. 42
Not Quite Cabaret
Not Quite Cabaret
has all the credentials of a great Thursday night out in Balmain.
This is beers and giggles of a different variety. There are a huge number
of cafes and restaurants in Balmain to grab a bite to eat from first.
You could even catch a ferry to get there.
Justice and Police
Museum - Circular Quay
Now 'Wicked Women'
has finished and in it's place is the return, of 'City of Shadows'.
This even more wicked exhibition will shine light upon Sydney's past
"wrong doing" and "illicit pleasures".
and Police Museum
Free old Movies
- Every last Sunday of the month - The Newington Armory Theatre - Sydney
Chilling out and
watching an old movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon, particularly if it's
wet, is good for the soul. Cinewest is going for the "they don't
make ém like that anymore" variety. If it's not doing it
for you and/or it's stopped raining, there are far worse places to be
than Sydney Olympic Park. Go for a bike ride, skateboard, fire off an
arrow or fly on a trapeze. Back on the chill theme, you could just take
a stroll and catch the ferry back into town.
Just another day
out with Thomas - Thirlmere
Thomas and his
steamy friends are on track for another big day out. You can expect
to meet Thomas (Hi Thomas, how are you doing?..), take a "genuine
steam train ride" in Donald the black engine and watch Henry shunt
those 'Troublesome Trucks'.
A really useful
If you are, or
know a small engine who is, into Thomas then you'll probably find this
event really useful. You'll even meet the Fat Controller. But before
we get too steamed up, you'll have book your train ride beforehand and
it costs. Tickets go on sale online. Beep, Beep, all aboard!
another day out with Thomas
Art After Hours
- The Art Gallery of New South Wales - Every Wednesday - 5pm - 9pm
The late Wednesday
night opening features a free events program with films, talks, performances,
food and wine, alongside the exhibitions.
- permanent and temporary - are open.
•The ArtBar is open late and serves wine and an evening-themed
menu from 5pm.
•The Gallery Shop and Research Library are open until 8.45pm.
•The Members' Lounge is open and also serves evening refreshments.
•Parking: The Domain Carpark is open until 9pm. Parking is also
available along Art Gallery Road.
•Complimentary Bus - From the Gallery to Martin Place every 15
minutes, from 7.15pm until after the last film.
After Hours - The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Australian Reptile Park
Reptile Park is a mere hour's drive north of Sydney and yet many Sydneysiders
have never been. There are many Aussie animals to meet, along with all
the amazing reptiles. You might also decide to make use of the good
picnic and BBQ facilities and children's play park.
Reptile Park - listed at no. 30
The Wiggles are
back at the Powerhouse Museum
are attempting to keep everybody happy with this reincarnation of the
Wiggles Exhibition. Grown ups, and older kids, can investigate the rise
and rise of The Wiggles whilst the kids play and interact with high-tech
interactive exhibits. The fact that the Wiggles Exhibition is free with
museum entry might also please Mum and Dad.
Wiggles Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum
Manly What's On
Manly is one of
the top places to visit in Sydney with an abundance of natural attractions.
It is also host to many excellent events and festivals including the
Manly Jazz Festival and the Manly Food and Wine Festival. Below you
will find a link to the Manly Council Events Calendar and a link to
the top things to do in Manly and Sydney.
things to do (No.1, 4, and 5)
Beast or Beauty
Barangaroo will look like in 4 years time(?)
Not an event as
such but in the Tele and SMH so worth a mention. Not everybody loves
the idea of the development but you can walk and jog where no one could
easily walk / jog before so we listed the "Barangaroo Walk".
It is only at the bottom of the pile as it's not finished yet. Let us
know what you think of Barangaroo. Good, bad or just plain ugly. Maybe
we shouldn't list it at all..
Skip, Skip, Skip
But you could just
walk, all the way from Barangaroo in fact, or drive and when you get
there, swim it. The local water-hole, The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool,
has had a bit of a refit. Beyond that, Woolloomooloo is an interesting
place with a mix of new, old and rich. From Finger Wharf, the hang out
of celebs and the well-heeled, to the local pubs and public housing
estates. Well worth a stroll, a swim, cappuccino or even lunch with
a spot of people watching.
Botanic Gardens - Free Twice Daily Guided tours
Explore the world
of plants and the history of Sydney's magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens
with a knowledgeable Royal Botanic Gardens volunteer
guide. Tours are held daily at 10.30 am (except Christmas Day, Boxing
Day and Good Friday) and take approximately one and half hours to complete.
Head for the Information Booth outside the Gardens Shop at the Palm
Botanic Gardens - Free Guided tours
The big Summer
School holidays are creeping up on us again and whilst we all love spending
time with our little darlings, I'm sure there are just a few of us who
breath a sigh of relief when it's all over. We've tried to make it a
little easier for you, with a list of all the great activities in Sydney
especially for your kids over the school holidays. Check out our school
holiday page, and also take a look at the Christmas
in Sydney page for things that are not just for the kids.
What's on North
It's been a long
week, been working hard, time for a break. Lets get out of here and
and Top Activities
There is more top
entertainment and magical activities in Sydney for you to enjoy. Just
follow these links to Festivals
and the top things to
do in Sydney.