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Sydney showcases family fun this Easter

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Keep the kiddies (big and little) entertained this Easter school holidays with Sydney’s jam-packed event’s calendar, plus a round-up of the best places to find tip-top hot cross buns, and of course, chocolate!

The Great Garden Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney this Easter long weekend!

Follow the trail – children run around the beautiful gardens between five activities such as an egg and spoon race and an egg hunt. There will also be a family photo opportunity at the end with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera!

Where:  The Calyx, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Rd
When:   Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April; Choose a start time between 10am and 3pm (should take 45 minutes to complete)
Cost:  $18/child

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Sydney Royal Easter Show

Every Easter, the country and city join together at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Show is a twelve-day celebration featuring agricultural competitions, animal experiences, live entertainment, carnival fun, shopping and much more.

Some great events to check out with the kids include the Baby Puppy Competition and the Alpaca Promenade!

Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 12th – 23rd April
Cost: At the gate – adult $43, child $27

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Sydney Easter Parade

Join thousands of other Sydneysiders celebrate the true meaning of Easter and have a great day filled with lots of fun for the whole family.

Sydney Easter Parade is expected to attract over 3,000 paraders this year. Fun features to look out for include giant inflatables, animal costumes, marching band, stilt-walkers and many creative and colourful displays.

Where: Hyde Park, Sydney.
When: 22nd April, all day.

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Ferry to Taronga Zoo

This is hands down one of the best experiences you can enjoy with your family whilst visiting Sydney. Children love riding the ferry; for many, it is the first time on a boat!

Hats are on and parents smother their kids in sunblock. It’s full steam ahead for Taronga Zoo, where the animals have the finest views in the world.

One of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals.

Taronga Zoo is 12 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry.

Where: F2 – From Circular Quay, Wharf No. 4 to Taronga Zoo Wharf (Mosman).
When: Sydney Ferries services depart Circular Quay every 30 minutes.
Cost: Plan your trip here

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Best hot cross buns in Sydney

Easter would not be complete without a hot cross bun. But you know what is even better? A freshly baked, buttery hot cross bun!

Black Star Pastry in Newtown fills their hot cross buns with fat juicy sultanas, raisins, and fragrant chunks of orange peel, as well as a special touch – a Frankincense glaze. Plus, they are vegan-friendly!


At Sonoma outlets across Sydney their ‘not cross buns’ are marked with an ‘S’ instead of an ‘X’. Just the ticket for people who are a little skittish about heavy peel content. The Sonoma ones are made with a mix of sultanas and dried cranberries, which add extra sweetness. They go light on the citrus, too. For an extra 50c they’ll toast and butter them for you, or you can have jam for a dollar.

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Best places for chocolate in Sydney

Some of our favourite spots for chocolate in Sydney include Adora in Rose Bay, serving up over 40 chocolate products from truffles to chocolate lollipop sticks; Belle Fleur in Rozelle, always with an impressive window display (Easter is no exception!) and Kakawa in Kings Cross, where, as soon as you walk inside, the warm, dry scent of toasting nuts, praline and cocoa hits you. There’s nothing fancy about the shop, which doubles as a chocolate factory, but their wares are second to none, with a mind-boggling range. And the best part? Kakawa is a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Potts Point!

Travel Tip: To travel on the ferries and all other public transport in Sydney you need an Opal card. Opal allows you to travel on all public transport in Sydney for $15 per day for an Adult, $7.50 for a Child and $2.50 for a Pensioner. They are available from most newsagents, convenience stores and the Transport Information shop opposite jetty 5 at Circular Quay.

Easter Weekend in Sydney

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Uncategorized

Why Easter is actually the best time to visit Sydney.

 

If you think Easter is just a holiday for kids, think again! We’ve put together a bunch of grown-up activities and places to hit over the Easter long weekend.

 

Best places for chocolate this Easter in Sydney

Some of our favourite spots for chocolate in Sydney include Adora in Rose Bay, serving up over 40 chocolate products from truffles to chocolate lollipop sticks; Belle Fleur in Rozelle, always with an impressive window display (Easter is no exception!) and Kakawa in Kings Cross, where, as soon as you walk inside, the warm, dry scent of toasting nuts, praline and cocoa hits you. There’s nothing fancy about the shop, which doubles as a chocolate factory, but their wares are second to none, with a mind-boggling range. And the best part? Kakawa is a five-minute walk from Holiday Inn Potts Point!

 

Where to get a drink on Good Friday?

So, you’ve arrived in Sydney for your long weekend getaway. Time to slide into holiday mode, and enjoy a beverage or two! Only one problem: it’s Good Friday, and it’s the one day of the year when booze is least available. So, before you head out around town in a desperate state of alcohol-deprived panic, what are your options?

Head out to these breweries, easliy catch public transport from your hotel, which will serve up their local brews and craft spirits from midday.

Both Rocks Brewery and Bar in Alexandria and Archie Rose Distilling Co., Rosebery are open all Easter long weekend from midday till late.

Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival

Get dolled up and get trackside at Royal Randwick on Stakes Day Saturday 20th  to celebrate the finale of Autumn Racing in Sydney.

It is always a stellar day, with live entertainment, award-winning hospitality, pop up bars, photo moments and much more! Don’t forget to pre-purchase your ticket, (general admission $24) as it includes complimentary travel on Sydney train, bus and rail.

 

The Grounds at Easter

The Grounds of Alexandria has everything from a café, garden, atrium, markets, florist through to a sustainable garden. An epic spot for a coffee, or a cheeky cider over the long weekend.


It has become something of a little wonderland, especially in the summer, when the place is bustling with families roaming the markets, people sitting around the fountain in the gardens and friends catching up over brunch. You’ll even find kids playing with the pets on site including pig Kevin Bacon, pony Turbo, goats Goldy Horn and Margoat Robbie as well as the chickens.

 

 

Don’t want to venture too far from your hotel room? Investigate these spots within walking distance!

Eats in Potts Point

The Farmhouse is a four-minute walk away, where a communal table for 20 serves the kind of unfussy, uncomplicated food that defines idyllic country living. Four courses of produce-driven, wholesome selections are offered via a seasonal menu (scrawled on the window each morning), and there are only two sittings.

The New Hampton is even closer – two minutes walk – with a old-world, European charm, weave your way through the maze and find the hidden nooks to snack on forest mushroom arancini and buttermilk chicken wings. The restaurant has a menu of comforting, French-inspired classics with an elegant wine list to match.

Drinks in Potts Point

Eau de Vie is housed in the back room of The Kirketon Hotel, you need to stroll through another bar to reach this den dedicated to the cocktail.

The drinks list is compiled by the bar team, who read like a who’s who of Australia’s best. Drink creation is meticulous, with a focus on table service and a succinct bar menu that cleverly forces you to order another round to quench your salty thirst. After a few of these cocktails, it will thankfully only take you three minutes to walk back to Potts Point Holiday Inn.

 

Jangling Jack’s is a two-minute stroll away. This New Orlean’s inspired joint is dimly lit and moody in all the right ways, while appealing to both visitors and Kings Cross regulars.

The narrow space stretches back along the gorgeous bar, lit with speakeasy-style lampshades and surrounded by 1930s blues posters. Choose between high tables, lounge in the back booths or take advantage of the best spot in the house and dine at the bar. In all aspects, this place is cool without being pretentious.

 

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Chinese New Year 2016

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations are always a highlight on the Sydney events calendar and 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever. Welcoming in the Year of the Monkey, the 20th annual Sydney Chinese New Year Festival will run from the 6th to the 21st of February, with over 80 events taking place in Sydney.

The Chinese calendar officially starts on Monday, 8th February 2016, on the night of the second new moon during the solstice. This year the “Fire Monkey” will make its first return in 60 years (1956).  Known for its fun-loving nature, the monkey is perfectly aligned with the celebrations that take place during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. 

The Monkey marks the ninth sign on the Chinese Zodiac. The number nine can be connected to mischief, ambition, adventure, intelligence and more. It’s also considered to be one of the luckiest numbers in 2016.  

To help plan your Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, here are the events that you don’t want to miss:

Lunar Lanterns
For the first time in the festival’s history, the streets of the city will be illuminated by huge lunar lanterns. Each of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac will be created into giant glowing lanterns that will light a path across the city and harbour of Sydney.

The Monkey will light up against the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House. The Rabbit will take up residence out the front of Customs House. Here you’ll find 22 extremely well dressed rabbits practicing Tai Chi.  Dawes Point and an iconic Sydney landmark, the Harbour Bridge, is where artist Fan Dongwang’s representation of The Dragon zodiac will be placed.

The path then weaves up from the harbour and into the heart of the city where The Ox will light up Martin Place and Macquarie Street.  Featuring piglets and all, a patchwork Pig takes its place down Pitt Street. The exterior and forecourt of the Queen Victoria Building will feature The Tiger. 

The stunning display then continues in the beautiful Hyde Park with The Horse, The Rooster and The Rat lanterns placed around the area.  The Snake, The Goat and The Dog can be found down towards Haymarket in the centre of Chinatown, each lantern is highlighted with a unique twist.  

As well as passing the lanterns, your journey along the lit path will see you come across some amazing and traditional Chinese banquets and feasts, along with community performances, special parades and more.

Dragon Boat Races
11th and 12st February from 9am to 3pm at Cockle Bay Wharf 

Dragon Boat racing is of special significance in Chinese culture and its tradition is a long-standing one, with over 2,000 years of history behind the race. Being the largest race of its kind in Australia with 3000 plus competitors, the Dragon Boats draw a huge crowd of spectators down to the viewing pontoon at Cockle Bay Wharf. The atmosphere over the weekend is something to be experienced with the cheers of the crowd and the beating of the drums providing an exciting background to the spectacular 12 metre-long vessels racing through the waters of Darling Harbour.  

Lunar Markets
Evenings from 4th to 14th February at Pyrmont Bay Park

Celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year with 11 nights of delicious food, drink and entertainment in Pyrmont at the Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets. Asian cuisine and culture takes centre stage during this pop-up festival in the park.

For more information about the other events happening during the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival click here.

Where to Stay
For international and domestic travellers heading to Sydney to experience the festival first hand, Potts Point is the ideal place to stay. With the centre of the city located just a short walk away and public transport on our doorstep, you can be in Chinatown in less than 30 minutes. Stay Convenient to the 2016 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and enjoy overnight accommodation, full buffet breakfast for two in Sirocco Restaurant and parking for one vehicle. If you’re looking to stay a little longer in Sydney and explore some of the other amazing sights we’ve got you covered with our Stay Longer, Pay Less package.

2016 American College Football Opener: University of California vs. the University of Hawaii

Posted on January 5, 2016 by Sports, Sydney Events

College-Football-Sydney-Cup

Sydney has definitely scored a touchdown as American Football prepares to return down under for the first time since 1999. Whether you’re an ARU or NRL fan or an avid follower of College Football, this is a one-off special event you simply don’t want to miss. With all the hype soaring around the NFL code in Australia recently, American College Football takes it to another level with some of the best young talent in the game set to hit our shores in August.

Two elite Division 1 teams, The University of California Golden Bears and The University of Hawaii Warriors, will face off in the opening game of the 2016 NCAA College Football Championship. You can catch all the action of the ‘Sydney Cup’ at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 27th of August 2016. As well as laying claim to being four time Conference Champions, the Rainbow Warriors will  perform their “Tika Tonu” haka before the match, a ritual that won’t be lost on Australian sporting fans.

The head coaches, Sonny Dykes for Golden Bears and Chris Naeole for the Warriors, plus their offense, defense, special teams’ coaches, players, cheerleaders, marching bands, medical staff and mascots will all be along for the ride.

The game will be watched by what is guaranteed to be a sell-out crowd of over 80,000 fans at ANZ Stadium and by a prime-time audience of 30 million in the United States.

What You Need to Know
American College Football isn’t just any old game; it’s a culture in its own right with fierce rivalries, die-hard fans and a huge international following. Playing College Football for these student athletes directly impacts their chances of a professional career, with most being drafted straight out of University. It paints a picture of how high the stakes really are in this game.

127 universities are split into geographic conferences across the United States, which form Division One of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. Cal Bears fall into the “Conference of Champions”, Pac-12, whilst the Warriors form part of the Mountain West Conference.

Both Universities have highly recognised football programs and a rich history in the game. University of California, Berkley, hold five titles in their name, whilst University of Hawaii football program has been operating for over 100 years. 

Why Stay in Sydney
With this being the only College Football Game being played in Australia, its worth making the trip to Sydney to see it live. You’ll enjoy easy access to ANZ Stadium from Holiday Inn Potts Point, with the underground train station located directly across the road from the hotel. Plus, you’ll be just a short walk or one stop away from the heart of the city and all the famous landmarks. For avid sporting fans, August is set to be a blockbuster month with the Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup Match between the Wallabies and All Blacks taking place the week before. And the NRL and AFL season both in the home-stretch towards the final series.

Accommodation and Tickets
With tickets already selling fast, we recommend you book your tickets and accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment. For tickets and further information about the Sydney Cup game click here. To celebrate the College Football Opener we’re offering great rates on accommodation including full buffet breakfast. Click here to learn more.

APIA International Sydney 2016

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Uncategorized

Sydney International

Sydney’s summer of sport heats up in January with the APIA International Tennis Tournament at Sydney Olympic Park. From the 10th – 16th of January, Tennis’s highest ranking players and rising superstars will battle it out on the courts for a place in the final, and ultimately the million dollar prize.

As part of the Emirates Australian Open Series, the APIA International is one of the best tennis experiences on offer in Sydney in 2016. It’s followed by The Grand Slam Series, which kicks off just a few days later in Melbourne on the 18th of January.

The Players
Aussie Samantha Stosur is back for her 10th APIA International Tournament, along with defending champion Petra Kvitova, and the number 2 women’s player in the world, Simona Halep. Spectators can expect some fast paced and nail-biting matches from the likes of Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov, Agnieszka Radwańska and more.  

The Tournament
Whilst the full schedule is yet to be finalised, the singles final series will take place as follows:

Wednesday 13th January – Women’s Quarter Finals
Thursday 14th January – Men’s Quarter Finals and Women’s Semi Finals
Friday 15th January – Men’s Semi Finals and Women’s Final
Saturday 16th January – Men’s Final

For tickets and general information click here

Kids Tennis Day
There’s something for the little tennis fans and aspiring players with Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Tennis Day returning on Sunday, 10th January. The kids can get up close with their favourite characters like SpongeBob Squarepants (who lives in a pineapple under the sea), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (heroes in a half-shell), and Dora (the explorer). With face-painting, competitions, giveaways, live character shows and more, the kids are in for a day they’ll never forget.

Stay Longer, Pay Less
Don’t miss a second of the action at Sydney Olympic Park this summer with our Stay Longer, Pay Less package. When you book your Sydney holiday of five consecutive nights or more with us you’ll save up to 20% off your accommodation. Long stay guests also enjoy buffet breakfast daily in Sirocco Restaurant and up to 20% off all day dining and laundry services.

The easiest way to get to the Tennis Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is by public transport. With the underground train station located directly across the road from the hotel, you’ll not only enjoy easy access to matches but to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and city centre as well. Click here for further transport information for the APIA International Tournament.

See the Flaming Lips at the 2016 Sydney Festival

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Sydney Festival

Celebrating all things cultural, Sydney Festival is back and better than ever in its 40th year. Running from the 7th to the 26th of January, this year’s program showcases huge international names like The Flaming Lips, Alan Cumming, Joanna Newsom and more.

There’s plenty happening over the 3 week-long festival and to help you plan your itinerary we’ve highlighted some of the top events happening in January:

JOANNA NEWSOM
Joanna Newsom is an astonishing harpist and singer, who is set to take the Opera House by storm this summer with her new masterpiece, Divers. She is performing again in Australia for the first time in five years, making it an event you don’t want to miss.

Dates: 21st January at 8pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
For tickets and more information
click here.

ALAN CUMMING SINGS SAPPY SONGS!
The award-winning actor, singer and author is bringing his brand new show to Sydney in 2016. Singing along with an Australian rock band, it promises to be a wild and entertaining evening in true Alan Cumming style.

Dates: 8TH and 9th January 2016
Where: Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at Hyde Park
For tickets and more information
click here.

SUMMER SOUNDS IN THE DOMAIN, THE FLAMING LIPS
This free summer music experience is open to everyone and anyone right in the heart of Sydney at The Domain. The Flaming Lips, an alternative American rock band, are famous for their psychedelic sounds and intricate live performances. This is one to add to the top of your Sydney Festival itinerary.

Date: 9th January 2016 from 5pm
Where: The Domain
For more information
click here.

A DECIDEDLY UN-DISNEY CABARET, MEOWS MEOW’S LITTLE MERMAID
You can expect a rouge, cabaret style take on Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale of The Little Mermaid from this Australian actress, dancer and cabaret performer.

Dates: 6th – 17th January 2016
Where: Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at Hyde Park
For tickets and more information
click here.

STAY LONGER, PAY LESS, AND SEE MORE THIS SUMMER
Holiday Inn Potts Point is the perfect base for you to experience the very best of the 2016 Sydney Festival.  Enjoy easy access to the city and all the performances, exhibitions and shows with public transport right on our doorstep. We’re offering savings of up to 20% when you stay five consecutive nights or more with us. Plus, you’ll also enjoy daily buffet breakfast in Sirocco and up to 20% off all day dining and laundry. We’ve got everything you need for a memorable summer holiday in Sydney.

Christmas in Sydney

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Christmas in Sydney

Christmas in Sydney
Starting from late November the city of Sydney turns into a magical wonderland with a five-week long celebration of all things Christmas. From giant interactive Christmas trees to the largest free carolling concert in Australia, there’s no better place to be this festive season.

Carols in the Domain
Australia’s largest free Christmas concert, Woolworths Carols in the Domain, is back for its 33rd year. This year the likes of Johnny Ruffo, Adam Brand and Samantha Jade will be performing your favourite Christmas carols all night long. The Domain does get very full early on so we recommend you make a day of it. Pack your picnic blanket and chairs along with plenty of food and head down in the afternoon to grab a prime position in front of the stage.  It’s just a few minutes’ walk down the road from the hotel, allowing you to avoid the hassle of parking in the city.  It is a free event, however special VIP tickets will be released to the public. For more information, head over to their website.

Martin Place Christmas Concert & Tree Lighting
A giant interactive Christmas tree will become an eye-catching feature in Martin Place from November through to Christmas Day. The branches will be all lit up with messages tweeted and texted in from all around Sydney. The tree will be lit by the Lord Mayor and Santa on Thursday 26 November 2015 starting from 6pm. Following the official lighting of the tree, a free children’s concert will take place with performances from the cast of The Sound of Music, Anthony Callea, Sam Moran and more. The interactive tree will stay lit up with messages of Christmas spirit right up until the big day, meaning you can go and view it whenever you like or send in your own message.

Christmas Projections
The exterior of some of Sydney’s most historic buildings will come to life with Christmas themed projections every evening throughout November and December. The Old Sydney GPO, Sydney Town Hall, 341 and 343 George Street, along with Challis House in Martin Place will light up from 8:30pm every evening. After an evening of Christmas shopping in Pitt Street Mall or Westfield Sydney, head down to Martin Place or George Street and watch these enchanting projections light up.

Christmas on the Green
Hyde Park is the place to be on Thursday 26th November if you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained. Hosted by Saturday Disney, this free children’s concert kicks off at 6pm and features plenty of arts and crafts, entertainment, food, desserts and there’s even a puppy play-pen thanks to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

Christmas at the Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
Picture a giant Christmas tree covered in 82,000 crystals and 65,150 lights sparkling bright in the historic Queen Victoria Building. Located under the dome of the QVB, the 24 metre tall Swarovski Christmas tree took a whopping 102 people 44 hours over 3 nights to complete.

Stay Convenient to all things Christmas in Sydney
Stay close to the heart of Sydney this festive season. Just a 15 minute walk or one stop on the train will take you right into the heart of the city, where you’ll be able to easily access all the above events and more. Enjoy overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast for two in Sirocco and complimentary parking with our Stay Convenient package. Make this festive season extra special and book a Harbour View room when you stay with us.

Summer of Cricket | KFC Big Bash League, Commonwealth Bank Test Series and Victoria Bitter One Day International Series

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Sports

KFC Big Bash

It is set to be the ultimate summer of cricket in Sydney with the KFC Big Bash League returning for its fifth season and the Commonwealth Bank Test Series and the Victoria Bitter One Day International (ODI) Series bringing the West Indies and India international teams to our shores.

The 2015/2016 Domestic Twenty20 Cricket Competition, the Big Bash League, will run from 17 December – 24 January and see 35 matches played over 39 days across Australia this summer. Each three hour long action-packed match will showcase the best domestic and international cricketers along with some huge hits, amazing catches and explosive bowling.

Some of the big names to watch out for this series include current Australian captain Steve Smith, controversial former England player Kevin Pietersen, leading fast bowler Mitchell Starc and wicket keeping veteran Brad Haddin.

A special international edition of the KFC T20 game will see the Australia International Cricket Team take on the Indian Team in three separate matches in January 2016.

 

Sydney Cricket

 

Upcoming Fixtures in Sydney

KFC Big Bash League
Sydney Thunder VS Sydney Sixers
Thursday 17th December 2015
Spotless Stadium at 7:40pm

Sydney Sixers VS Hobart Hurricanes
Sunday 20th December 2015
SCG at 4:20pm

Sydney Sixers VS Melbourne Stars
Sunday 27th December 2015
SCG at 7:10pm

Sydney Sixers VS Brisbane Heat
Sunday 10th January 2016
SCG at 7:25pm

Sydney Sixers VS Sydney Thunder
Saturday 16th January 2016
SCG at 6:10pm

KFC T20 Cricket International Series
Australia VS India
Sunday 31st January 2016 (Third T20 Game)
SCG at 7:15pm

Commonwealth Bank Test Series
Australia VS West Indies
Sunday 3rd – Thursday 7th January 2016
SCG at 10:30am

Victoria Bitter ODI Series
Australia VS India
Saturday 23rd January 2016 (Fifth ODI)
SCG at 2:30pm

For more information, tickets or additional fixtures in Australia visit cricket.com.au.

Stay close to all the action
Enjoy easy access to the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park and Sydney Spotless Stadium at Olympic Park when you stay at Holiday Inn Potts Point. Stay convenient to all the cricket action happening across the city with overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast for two in Sirocco and car-parking all included in our package.

Explore Art and About in Sydney This Spring

Posted on September 23, 2015 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Art and About

Art and About | Friday 18 September to Sunday 11 October 2015
Sydney becomes a canvas for creativity and storytelling during the month-long Art and About festival-style program with temporary pieces of art and exhibitions taking over laneways, streets and parks across the city. Now in its 14th year, Art and About is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Sydney.

Art and About

Image Credit: Emerald City to Oz

 

The program is jam-packed this year with things popping up in all kinds of unusual spaces across the city. We’ve picked out just a few of the highlights to help you plan out your Art and About experience when you’re visiting Sydney.

Art and About

Image Credit: Newtown grafitti


The Terrace: Free Entry
For just nine nights, 18 – 27 September, Sydney Town Hall Terrace transforms into a live music venue celebrating Sydney’s music scene. From special acoustic sets to indie-pop and Latin jazz, this year’s line-up is especially diverse. Entry is free each night, however we recommend heading in a little bit earlier and it is first in best dressed when it comes to snagging the best spot.

Australian Life: Free Entry
Hyde Park North becomes a public outdoor gallery showcasing twenty-two photographs that portray Australia through the eyes of its people. The idea of this thought-provoking exhibition is to get us to reflect on how we see ourselves. One of the favourite free exhibitions at Art and About we recommend you add this one to the list and check out the finalists in the Australian Life competition. If last year’s competition is anything to go by then this is one not to be missed.

Near Kin Kin: Free Entry
The towering 21 metre high bamboo forest returns to the forecourt at Customs House Square again in 2015. This awe-inspiring piece is created by Cave Urban using organic materials from a farm in Queensland, just outside of Kin Kin, hence the name. Our tip is to take the time to view the sculpture from both the outside and the inside for two different perspectives.

Art and About

Image Credit: Emerald City to Oz

 

Art After Hours: Adults $15.00
Venture into the Art Gallery of NSW after hours on Wednesday 7th October from 5 – 10pm to view the Julia Margaret Cameron photographic portraiture exhibition. In addition to view the exhibition of over 100 photographs from Cameron’s portfolio, there will be a series of talks, live music and events on the evening. For more information and for tickets please click here.

There are plenty more special events and exhibitions to see across the city throughout the month-long Art and About celebration along with a few events continuing on into 2016. Make sure you view the entire program for the full list.

Stay Entertained in Sydney These School Holidays

Posted on August 16, 2015 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Taronga Zoo

Spring is the perfect time to visit Sydney. The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining and there are plenty of events happening across the city to keep the whole family entertained. With school holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of the top activities and places to visit with the kids so you can make the most of your family’s time together:

Sydney Harbour

 

  • Taronga Zoo

What’s not to love about Taronga Zoo? Whether you’re a four year old or a forty year old, we guarantee you’ll enjoy this amazing day out. Home to over 4000 animals from 350 different species, there is plenty for the kids to see and learn with interactive talks, shows and animal encounters happening across the zoo each day. Make sure you keep the camera handy as there will be plenty of photo opportunities of the little ones (and we don’t just mean the animals).  You can make an entire day of it with a scenic ferry ride across from Circular Quay and a picnic lunch overlooking Sydney harbour.

  • Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Something as simple, easy and hassle-free as a picnic in the gardens is the perfect way to enjoy some quality time together as a family. Just one stop on the underground train and a short walk away is where you’ll find the Royal Botanic Gardens. All you need to do is find the perfect spot under the shade of the trees with a view of the harbour to spend the day. The kids can run around on the grass, whilst you and the rest of the family tuck into a delicious picnic lunch. If you’ve got a little horticulturist on your hands then there are guided walks and maps all around the park loaded with lots of interesting information.

  • Luna Park Sydney

Luna Park is the ultimate playground for both adults and children alike and is another great option for a family day out. It’s where everyone goes for a bit of fun and amusement. The little ones can pilot their own Space Shuttle, or wave to Mum and Dad as they go round on the Whirly Wheel. For the big kids and big kids at heart (we’re looking at you Mum and Dad) take a spin on the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster or hold onto the edge of your seat on the Hair Raiser. Luna Park is easily accessible by public transport with the underground train station located adjacent to the hotel.

  • A trip to Bondi Beach

Just two stops and a scenic bus trip away is where you’ll find one of Australia’s most famous beaches, Bondi. The kids can learn how to surf, go for a boogie board, swim in between the red and yellow flags or run amuck in the sand. The legendary Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a great option for those with active kids as they can explore the rock pools and beaches along the 6km trail. Make sure you slip, slop and slap if you’re planning to be in the sun for the day.

Festival of the Winds, an exciting show of colourful kite creations, takes place on Sunday 13th September. If you are in Sydney during this time it is something you and the family must go and see.

  • Sydney Explorer Bus

The Sydney Explorer bus is an ideal option for those visiting Sydney for the first time or for those that are looking to cross multiple items off the sight-seeing list. There are a whopping 34 stops on the bus route covering off areas including Potts Point, Darling Harbour, Bondi, the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Circular Quay and more. If this sounds like something you’d like to do then make sure you check out our Family Getaway package which includes tickets for the Sydney Explorer Bus.

Sydney Harbour

 

A School Holiday Short Break
Take a mid-week break with the kids and discover all that Sydney has to offer. With spring festivals and events in full swing in September, there is no better time to plan your next trip to the city. Enjoy a little more space and time to explore when you travel during the week, plus you’ll also save on accommodation.

Our deluxe, family and harbour view rooms are the perfect choice for family travellers looking to stretch out during their stay. Interconnecting rooms and rollaway beds are also available at the hotel. With overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast and Sydney Explorer Bus Tickets for 2 adults and 2 children, you have everything you need for a memorable stay thanks to our Family Getaway package.

Kids Perks at Holiday Inn Potts Point
Not only do kids stay and eat free at Holiday Inn hotels, we’ve just partnered with Nutrition Australia to create our brand new healthy (and oh so tasty) kids menu. All the dishes featured on our kids menu have been carefully selected and designed to provide your kids with a healthy and nutritious meal that also tastes as good as it looks. There’s something for Mum and Dad as well with our brand new seasonal and fresh menu on offer in Sirocco Restaurant.

Our kids welcome pack will ensure they never forget their stay at Holiday Inn Potts Point. Equipped with a travel journal and postcard, the kids can tell their friends and family back at home all about their amazing trip to Sydney.