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Best of Sydney 2017

We’re never tourists in our own cities, but perhaps we ought to be. Often there are things that stop us in our tracks — a snazzy bit of street art down a hidden lane; a perfect bowl of noodles with just the right amount of bite; the sky looking a certain way at a certain time of the day as the sun sets over the harbour; a dirty ibis crouched on top of a bin, pecking at the remnants of lunch.

BEST FUNKY NIGHT OUT – FREDA’S

Freda’s is full of awkward cool intercity types; braless and knitted jumpers, wearing velvet and round glasses – the kind loved equally by Gandhi and Trotsky. There are eclectic beats, funky jams and an indulgent menu with items like a cheese platter for people who can stomach eating in a pulsing venue where everyone’s squashed […]

BEST BOULDERING – 9 DEGREES

Bouldering is a form of indoor climbing that does not require ropes – so it’s a freer and more sociable experience. Unleash your inner Spider-man at 9 Degrees, a climbing space that is open and airy, and inviting. Unlike other gyms in Sydney which often focus on power and strength, the movement problems at 9 Degrees […]

BEST PICNIC SPOT – BARANGAROO RESERVE

Unveiled to much fanfare in 2015, Barangaroo Reserve nails practicality and scenery – there’s parking, disabled access, toilets and flat ground for that picnic blanket. Choose from uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour or the Harbour Bridge, or make a quick indoor detour to check out the latest exhibition at The Cutaway. If you weren’t organised […]

BEST STANDUP – CAFE LOUNGE

Monday sees one of the best stand up rooms in Sydney pack itself out for a night of non stop laughs. Tucked away at the intersection of Sydney’s frenetic Crown and Oxford streets, Cafe Lounge is a bohemian jewel with $10 entry and $12 pizzas with names like Nut King Cole and Mozzarella Fitzgerald. Order […]

BEST ICE RINK – CANTERBURY OLYMPIC ICE RINK

Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink houses a rink of olympic proportions. Whether you’ll be clutch shuffling along the side boards or gliding around like a pro, Canterbury Ice Rink will offer you skates with a smile. Realise your Winter Olympic dreams with figure skating lessons, ice hockey sessions or speed skating. Take a break from the […]

BEST DAY TRIP – COCKATOO ISLAND

Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, the UNESCO heritage-listed Cockatoo Island manages to make you feel like you’re worlds away. Explore the remains of the former penal settlement with a self-guided audio tour, take snaps of the well-preserved architecture or sit on the hillside and watch boats sail past on the harbour. There […]

BEST THEATRE COMPANY – SPORT FOR JOVE

If you’re after a refreshing way to enjoy Shakespeare — why not watch Shakespeare in a park? Renowned for putting on the open air Leura Shakespeare Festival and the annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival at Bella Vista Farm, Sport for Jove celebrates the classics but also departs from the Bard’s work, bringing seasons dedicated […]

BEST GALLERY – BRETT WHITELEY STUDIO

Hidden in the maze of Surry Hills streets, studio and home – turned museum and art gallery of celebrated artist Brett Whiteley is something every Sydneysider should at least pretend know about. It’s a serene space of art, meaning, representation and feeling. A special privilege granted to those who wander through its doors, the gallery […]

BEST SCENIC WALK – HERMITAGE FORESHORE TRACK

The Hermitage Foreshore Track is located in the Sydney Harbour National Park, an easy one hour walk with stunning coastal views of Sydney's harbour and islands. Start either at Bayview Hill Road or Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, and be sure to take your time and stop at the lookouts and photo spots along the way. […]