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Best Splash Zone – Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre

For the ultimate aquatic experience, a trip to this $40 million facility is a must. On the aquatic side of things, the centre comprises three indoor heated pools and a spa. On the fitness side, there’s a health club, a sauna and steam room, an extensive cardio and weights area, a group fitness studio, and […]

Best Live Music – Oxford Art Factory

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory, owner Mark Gerber created OAF as a hub of music, art, performance and partying. As a live music venue, it has spawned the careers of many home-grown musicians and constantly bills edgy, alternative, local emerging acts. Its prime location in the club strip of Oxford Street, has made it home […]

Best Art Workshop – Cork & Canvas

If you want to change up the usual dinner and club scene, why not try something artistic?  Cork and Canvas specialises in painting workshops for art enthusiasts of all skills and styles, providing a great night out and art lesson all in one. Did I mention the wine? C&C are BYO licensed, so you can […]

Best Local Club – Petersham RSL

The great thing about RSL clubs is the consistency and value they deliver, and that is certainly true about Petersham RSL. You can come in and have a generous meal with a glass of beer or wine at Platform 7 Brasserie followed by coffee and cake at the cafe; buy some raffle tickets; put a […]

Best Picnic Spot – Royal Botanical Gardens

Spread over 30 hectares next to Circular quay, there is no better place to spend a sunny day than in the Royal Botanical Gardens. With photo-perfect views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this green sanctuary among the city skyscrapers, accessorised with spectacular flora, beautiful water features, and an impossibly picturesque harbour backdrop is […]

Best Urban Oasis – The Grounds of Alexandria

Looking for an escape from the city? Head a little way south to this former industrial precinct from the 1920s. Within the original brick walls, The Grounds offers restaurant and bars, a bakery and patisserie, coffee roasters, an animal farm, a florist, markets and more in a cosy garden atmosphere. You can shop for quality […]

Best Late-Night Markets – Chinese Markets

Although it’s typically bustling throughout the day, Chinatown really comes alive on Friday nights. Each Friday night various stands pop up within Chinatown and the sweet aroma of Asian cuisine wafts through the air. From trinkets to dumplings, there’s a stand to feed every need at great prices, indeed! But even if you’re not in […]

Best International Dance Experience – Dance Central

Dance is regarded as a specialised feat of coordination, available only to the physiologically gifted. However, at Dance Central they believe everyone can dance. They have an open door policy to an amazing range of workshops, including familiar favourites like hip-hop, contemporary and ballet. If you’d rather try something with an international flavour then sign […]

Best Hidden Treasure – Wendy’s Secret Garden

Cross over the Bridge and turn left, walk the short distance to Clark Park and then through to the hidden world of Wendy’s Secret Garden. The scenery surrounding the garden is spectacular with views down to Lavender Bay. The garden itself is filled with a unique collection of artefacts and sculptures as well as an […]

Best Commercial Art Gallery – Harvey Galleries

Operating three galleries around Sydney, with a fourth opening soon, Harvey Galleries aims to share their enthusiasm for art of all genres. The artworks they show and sell include some of the best-known Australian and International artists, from the figurative narrative of Charles Blackman to the surreal sculpture of internationally renowned Chen Wenling, and will […]