The Sydney Writers Festival will be on from 22nd to 28th May 2017, and the programme is now available on their website if you love reading and talking about books!
The Sydney Film Festival will be on from 7th to 18th June 2017, so if you plan to stay for a while, do visit their website. The Sydney Film Festival is one of the world's longest-running film festivals, and is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar. The 12-day Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animation from around the world in venues across the city.
Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world's most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails. The multi-award-winning winter festival of light, music and ideas returns to illuminate Sydney with exciting new precincts to explore, mesmerising new light art to inspire and plenty of entertainment for everyone. This spectacular festival has grown into the largest of its kind in the world. In 2017, Vivid will be bigger and better than ever, offering an expanded program of multi-genre music, more stimulating ideas from global thinkers and creators, plus dazzling light art across the city. Join in the fun and experience it for yourself! Vivid opens on Friday 26th May, so visit www.vividsydney.com to check the program.
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For wonderful acoustics in a more intimate space, try Sydney’s City Recital Hall at Angel Place https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/
Directly behind Angel Place are some of the city’s most popular restaurants and bars.
For Australian, Indigenous and international art, visit the Art Gallery of NSW www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au or the Museum of Contemporary Art, www.mca.com.au at Circular Quay. The MCA marks the gateway to The Rocks, www.therocks.com the site of first British settlement in Sydney and the southern pylon of our beautiful bridge.
Alternatively, just stroll across the bridge’s eastern pathway for amazing views of the harbour and Opera House.
Or, for a Sydney Harbour cruise: http://www.sydney.com.au/cruises.htm
Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens are directly to the east of the Opera House and a very short walk from Circular Quay and the CBD. Stroll around Farm Cove to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – the most perfect and popular point for photos of the Opera House and Bridge…
Ferries from Circular Quay will take you to Manly and its famous beach, or to Watson’s Bay for fish and chips at legendary Doyle’s (on the beach or on the wharf), or a drink at the Watson’s Bay Hotel. Spectacular views of The Heads (the entrance to Port Jackson, aka Sydney Harbour) are a short walk up to the Gap from Watson’s Bay.
SECRET TIP: You'd have to be a Sydneysider to know about this one,
CLICK HERE to read more about this 2 hour (6 km) walkbut this is one of the most spectacular walks in the city - take a ferry from Circular Quay to Mosman Wharf, and then bus number 230 to Balmoral (or take the ferry to Taronga Zoo and start your walk there) ... Balmoral is on the lower North Shore, and is one of Sydney's gems.
To blow away the cobwebs, take a bus (or train and bus) to famous Bondi Beach, turn right (southward) on the promenade and continue along the cliff tops to beautiful Tamarama, then on to the cafes and restaurants of Bronte. If that’s not fresh air enough, wander through picturesque Waverley Cemetery and complete the 6 kilometre coastal walk at Coogee Beach with its iconic seawater baths (Wylie’s and McIver’s, the last remaining women-only pool) and still more pubs and restaurants.
Buses will return you to the city from any of these locations.
Cyclists can visit www.sydneycycleways.net for information about bike hire, cycle routes and maps around town.
For much more information and links to news about Sydney go to www.sydney.com
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