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Spring Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Night Noodle markets

Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and this spring it is all about food festivals in Sydney.

Night Noodle Markets




#1 Sydney Good Food Month
1-31 October, various venues

This October is Good Food month in Sydney and to make it even more special and delicious it’s the 20th anniversary of Good Food month so there’s lots to celebrate. An annual favourite returns, Night Noodle Market, with the exotic smells of an Asian hawker market filled with all things delicious and trendy. The Palm Springs inspired pop-up restaurant Hyde Park Palms will also return and will be where you could meet, hear from or taste food from notable foodie names such as Neil Perry, Bill Granger, Stephanie Alexander and Ross Lusted.

Hyde Park Palms


#2 Cake, Bake & Sweets Show
23 – 25 November, ICC Darling Harbour

Sweet tooths unite, this is one you are not going to want to miss! This event is perfect for both bakers and eaters of all things sweet, cake and pastry. Eat and shop way across the Producers Marketplace, stocking up on sweet treats for both you and your kitchen! Plus, learn something new from the line-up of workshops, demonstrations and culinary stars both Australian and international across the 3 day event.

#3 Food Festivals

Still hungry? Some other food festivals during spring we are looking forward to.

Sydney’s Food Writer’s Festival, 15 September, The Mint
For book readers and food lovers, this one-day event brings together a host of industry professionals both in the kitchen and behind the pen. Tickets essential.

Sydney World Rice Festival, 29 & 30 September, Showring Entertainment Quarter
Did you know that rice is one of the most widely used ingredients in the world! Come and celebrate multiculturalism through food, beverages and music.

Oktoberfest in the Gardens, 27 October, The Domain
Enjoy the atmosphere of Oktoberfest with beer halls, German food and live roving entertainment. Tickets essential.

Spring dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your spring getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious winter events. 


Are you ready to run?

Posted on July 25, 2018 by Sydney Events

Get on your marks runners, Sydney is about to spring into exercise with a calendar of upcoming active events. Holiday Inn Potts Point will give you easy access to your course of choice with our central location plus the perfect place to recuperate and unwind afterwards.


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12 August
From Hyde Park to Bondi Beach. Full distance: 14km

Be part of the world’s largest fun run! Join over 80,000 people in this unmissable event for serious runners and fun runners alike. The iconic course starts in the city in Hyde Park before heading right past the hotel and under the famous Coca Cola sign here in Kings Cross. You then head towards the half way point which is the infamous Heart Break hill which will test your physical and mental fitness! Then you are heading towards the beach as the course follows the shape of the coast line around to Bondi Beach. With entertainment along the way and the City2Surf Expo there is lots to love about this event.

Pub2Pub Charity Fun Run & Festival
26 August
From Dee Why Beach to Newport Beach. Full distance: 13km

Explore the Northern Beaches whilst raising money for charity, what could be better! If the full 13km course is not quite your flavour there are also a 6km course and the more family friendly 3km course. The full length course will see you set off from Dee Why Beach, the middle length course from Warriewood and the 3km course from Mona Vale, all ending at New Port Beach.

Sydney Half Marathon
26 August
3 lap course around Sydney Olympic Park. Full distance: 21.1km

Was running a half marathon on your 2018 bucket list, now is a good chance to tick this off before the year slips away! This event also features a 7km and 4km fun run options as well for those who are training or have set smaller running goals for the year.

Sydney Running Festival
16 September
From Milsons Point to Sydney Opera House. Full distance: 42.2km

If you are ticking marathon courses off your running to do list, then this is one to prioritise. The full 42.195km Sydney Marathon is a showcase of Sydney icons as you run over the Harbour Bridge and finish at the Opera House. The festival includes others events for all fitness levels including the 21.0975 Half Marathon, the 10km Bridge Run and the 3.5km Family Fun Run.

The Colour Run Sydney
7 October
Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park. Full distance: 5km

This event is all about fun! Five kilometres of multi-coloured excitement. This year the run is superhero themed so go find your cape and get ready to be a human rainbow. The new colour zones feature double the colour and the course also features foam clouds!

Seven Bridges Walk
28 October
Loop circuit from Milsons Point. Full distance: 28km

Love the outdoors, the exercise, the distance but not the running? Then this event is for you! The Seven Bridges Walk is a giant loop through right the way around Sydney, both north and south of the harbour. This is a great chance to see the sites of Sydney those famous and those less well known. The course features 7 villages and you can start your walk from any of them. The villages are also linked by buses if you need to take a break during your walk. The course will take around 5 hours if you are an active person, for those taking it at a more moderate pace or stopping for breaks it could take up to 8 hours.

Ready, set, GO! Book your accommodation now for easy access to these Sydney Running events and recuperate in comfort afterwards. View our accommodation promotions here.

Images courtesy of Destination New South Wales

Beautiful Trauma: Pink in Sydney

Posted on July 4, 2018 by Sydney Events

Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018

Pink is taking over the world again with her newest world tour Beautiful Trauma in support of her 7th studio album. With over 160 shows across America, Europe, Asia and Australasia this is one not to miss. Renowned for her high energy, spectacular stage shows, this tour has also received rave reviews. Beautiful Trauma arrives in Sydney this August with 9 shows playing throughout the month.

Pink 2018 Concert Dates in Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena:

  • Friday 3 August
  • Saturday 4 August
  • Monday 6 August
  • Tuesday 7 August
  • Thursday 9 August
  • Saturday 11 August
  • Sunday 12 August

But that’s not all, then she’s back!

  • Saturday 25 August
  • Sunday 26 August

Qudos Bank Arena is accessible from the hotel by both public transport and car, have a chat to our knowledgeable front desk team to get directions to and from the stadium.

Buy your Pink tickets here. Plus, make your night out at Beautiful Trauma extra special and book your Pink accommodation at Holiday Inn Potts Point now, view our accommodation specials here.

Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018

Winter Bucket List – SEE Edition

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Sydney Events

Winter Bucket List

There are so many events in Sydney to keep everyone entertained. Winter kicks off with Vivid but it doesn’t stop there, here is our winter bucket list of events to get you excited.



#1 Sydney Guitar Festival
9 to 19 August, various venues
Guitar players and music lovers will be thrilled with this years line-up including Australia’s most iconic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The 10 day event will also feature Kaki King, the Grigoryan Brothers, Purple Haze and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee. Venues include The Factory Theatre in Marrickville, The Concourse in Sydney’s north and the renowned Enmore Theatre.

Winter Bucket List


#2 Curtain Up: Upcoming at the Theatre
June to August, Sydney Opera House
Enjoy a night of live entertainment, throughout the winter months Opera Australia presents Lucia Di Lammermoor, Rigoletto and Aida. Also, the whole family can enjoy Wilde Creatures and The Great Illusionist.
Other events we are looking forward to include Snow White by Ballet Preljocaj, Solange in concert, an orchestral George Michael tribute, Funny Girl The Musical in Concert and stand-up comedy from Celia Pacquola.

Winter Bucket List


#3 NRL & AFL: It’s Getting Serious
That last weekend in September is creeping closer and closer, which means each game for both codes of football is getting more and more crucial throughout the winter months. NRL plays at ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium and AFL plays at the SCG for Sydney Swan’s home games and Spotless Stadium for GWS Giants games.

#4 Sydney Film Festival
6 to 17 July, various venues
Immerse yourself in cinema with more than 200 films being screened across the festival. Featuring movies you won’t find in big cinema complexes plus the 12 films which are selected for the official competition. Enjoy the unique venues such as the State Theatre, Dendy Newtown, Art Gallery of NSW and The Ritz Cinema Randwick just to name a few. The Sydney Film Festival Hub is located at Town Hall, stop at the bar featuring local gin, wines and ale, experience VR as well as talks and Q&As.

Winter Bucket List


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Ready to start exploring? Plan your winter getaway to Sydney now. 


Winter Bucket List – DO Edition

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Sydney-Attractions

Winter Bucket List

To help you put together your discovery itinerary, here is our winter bucket list of events where you can explore some Sydney’s iconic locations.




#1 Museums & Galleries
Until 9 September at Art Gallery NSW, the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition is a popular attraction. The Archibald prize is one of Australia’s most recognised and prestigious art awards and is bestowed upon the best portrait painting.

Powerhouse Museum presents an exploration of men’s fashion in Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015. You can see more than 130 items from luxury fashion houses. Until October 14, discover how fashion is powerful and is not just for women.

Winter Bucket List


#2 Bondi Winter Magic
28 June to 29 July
Sydney’s beaches aren’t just for summer. With mild winter days often occurring, Bondi is just as beautiful is winter as in summer. Returning again in 2018 is Bondi Winter Magic a month long celebration of the spectacular location that is Bondi. Ever been ice skating whilst staring out a white sand and turquoise ocean? Now you can! Sizzling in summer and sparkling in winter, enjoy Bondi during the cooler months with a host of activities the whole family will love.

Winter Bucket List


#3 Bastille Festival
12 to 15 July, The Rocks & Circular Quay
Celebrate all things French in this four-day Bastille Festival full of delicious food and wine and entertainment. The festival will see four food villages, eight wine bars and beer gardens, 14 live concerts, DJ sets, a cabaret show and more than 40 street performances all day and night from circus to country-folk dances and music. Some unexpected treats include a Christmas in July market and Le Cinema where you can enjoy mulled wine and popcorn with a cosy blanket in your deck chair in this outdoor French cinema.

Winter Bucket List


#4 Travel Back to the Ice Age
Until July 22
The Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age at the Australian Museum has been extended to July 22. This exhibition is exclusive to Sydney and will take you back in time a staggering 42,000 years and see Lyuba, a real preserved baby mammoth.
Winter Bucket List


Ready to start exploring Sydney? Plan your next getaway to Sydney and start ticking these destinations off your #winterbucketlist. 


Image credits: Art Gallery NSW image courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Winter Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Winter Bucket List

Keep warm this winter by eating your way through Sydney with these tasty events. 

Winter Bucket List




#1 Sydney Tea Festival
Sunday 19 August, Carriage Works
Tea lovers unite! This annual event features an extensive tea market where you can stock up on not only tea but also tea-inspired food, homeware and teaware. Tea workshops and tea talks happen across the day, other interactive experiences include the DIY tea blending station and the tea tasting table.


#2 The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GAPS)
2 June, Sydney Showground
If you consider yourself something of a beer connoisseur, aficionado or casual imbiber then the GAPS Beer, Cider and Food Fest is a day out you will enjoy. Where else you can try 170 different beers and ciders whilst also enjoying street food and trying your hand at Holey Moley mini golf? There is also an indoor ferris wheel, performance art and a silent disco to keep you entertained.

Winter Bucket List


#3 Sydney Beer & BBQ Festival
29 June to 1 July, Entertainment Quarter
This is the first year this delicious three-day eating and drinking event comes to Sydney. The festival is made up of four different, ticketed sessions including two eating, drinking and music events on Friday and Saturday night, an industry or serious beer-lover event on the Saturday afternoon and a family-friendly event on the Sunday afternoon.

#4 Cheese Lovers Festival
16 June, Centennial Park
If you are serious about cheese then this is one event you won’t want to miss. Cheese is the obvious hero of the event but you will also enjoy wine, craft beer and cheese condiments. A great chance to try some new flavours, stock up on favourites and enjoy a gouda day out with friends.

Winter Bucket List


Winter dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your winter getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious winter events. 



Images courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Autumn Bucket List – DO Edition

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Sydney-Attractions

autumn bucket list

Explore iconic Sydney and charming Potts Point this autumn, to help you get started here is our autumn bucket list to start your discovery itinerary. 



#1 Discover Hidden Magic

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We love sharing our secret faves that you might not know about and this one is extra mysterious. Pull the curtain back on the secret world of magicians at Sydney Museum’s Australian Museum of Magical Arts. The museum is described as a “library of magic, a collection of magical paraphernalia and illusions”. The whole family will get lost in a world of magic with the interactive exhibitions in the museum plus enjoy magic live at the Magicians Cabaret theatre.

Plus, if you love illusion and mystery, Las Vegas Entertainment is presenting House of Magic with two shows on April 14th. Featuring three of Australia’s foremost illusionists, get ready to be amazed! Family show at 2pm and adult show at 8pm.

#2 Museums and Galleries

autumn bucket list


Closing May 19, this is your last chance to see Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age at the National Museum. This exhibition is exclusive to Sydney and will take you back in time a staggering 42,000 years and see Lyuba, a real preserved baby mammoth. While you are there, explore the permanent exhibitions including the ever-popular dinosaurs.
Another must-see before it closes is the interactive explosion of colour and light that is the Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park exhibition. This exhibition at Powerhouse Museum must finish 30 April.

Go star gazing with the Sydney Observatory Night Tours where you can use the telescope to stare into the heavens, experience the Planetarium and tour the dome.

#3 Shopping

autumn bucket list


We love discovering local shops. The Little Candle Shop is an easy five-minute walk from the hotel and is a haven of beautiful scents. Close by is The Family Jewels where you can find unique jewellery including some stunning gemstones. Located right between those stores on MacLeay Street is our favourite fashion boutique Mon Petit Chou, the staff always make shopping a delightful experience. Keeping with the French theme, on the way back to the hotel treat yourself to some to-die-for pastries from Croissant D’Or.

Ready to start exploring? Plan your autumn getaway to Sydney now. View our autumn accommodation deals here.


Image credits: All images courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Autumn Bucket List – SEE Edition

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sydney Events

autumn bucket list

This autumn, there is also a host of new shows and live entertainment plus lots of on-field action for the sport lover. Autumn means the return of AFL and NRL, watch your team battle it out for victory in one of Sydney’s great stadiums. Also, immerse yourself in Vivid and experience the city in lights with a spectacular calendar of special events to support. If you’re lucky enough to get one of our Harbour View rooms, you will have front row seats to the harbour’s nightly display of colour. To help you plan, here is our autumn bucket list of Sydney events.



#1 Vivid

autumn bucket list
Watch Sydney sparkle from 25 May to 16 June as the city is bathed in lights for Vivid. Iconic attractions turned into nightly sound and light shows and interactive art installations pop-up throughout Circular Quay all underpinned by a calendar of special events and concerts.


#2 Curtain Up: Upcoming Theatre

Enjoy a night of live entertainment with these upcoming shows.


#3 AFL & NRL Kick Off

autumn bucket list
Autumn means the return of AFL and NRL.

The AFL fixture includes:

  • April 1  – Sydney Swans V Port Adelaide – SCG
  • April 20  – Sydney Swans V Adelaide Crows – SCG
  • April 28  – GWS Giants V Brisbane Lions – SPO
  • May 5  – Sydney Swans V North Melbourne – SCG
  • May 12 – GWS Giants V West Coast Eagles – SPO
  • May 19 – Sydney Swans V Fremantle – SCG
  • May 26 – GWS Giants V Essendon – Spotless Stadium

The NRL draw includes:

  • 2 April – West Tigers V Eels – ANZ Stadium
  • 8 April – Eels V Panthers – ANZ Stadium
  • 12 April – Roosters V Rabbitohs – Allianz Stadium
  • 19 April – Bulldogs V Roosters – ANZ Stadium
  • 22 April – Eels V Sea Eagles – ANZ Stadium
  • 25 April – Dragons V Roosters – Allianz Stadium
  • 26 April – Rabbitohs V Broncos – ANZ Stadium
  • 29 April – Eels V Wests Tigers – ANZ Stadium
  • 6 May – Roosters V Sea Eagles – Allianz Stadium
  • 11 May – Bulldogs V Eels – ANZ Stadium
  • 13 May – Rabbitohs V Dragons – ANZ Stadium
  • 18 May – Eels V Warriors – ANZ Stadium
  • 27 May – Wests Tigers V Bulldogs – ANZ Stadium


Ready to start exploring? Plan your autumn getaway to Sydney now. View our autumn accommodation deals here.




Image credits: All images of Vivid courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Autumn Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Restaurants and Bars, Sydney-Attractions

autumn dining holiday inn potts point

Are you ready to eat your way through Sydney? This autumn, Sydney is full of tasty dining events, to help you plan here is our bucket list of autumn dining events that are delicious and memorable. 

autumn bucket list




#1 Bush Food Experience
14 April & 12 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Get back to basics and discover uniquely Australian produce at Centennial Park. Here you can learn about the world’s oldest living culture with an Aboriginal guide who will show you how to gather fruit, seeds and vegetables. You will learn about traditional food preparation and get inspired to infuse these flavours in your cooking.

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#2 Taste of the Opera House
April 8, May 6 & June 3, 10.45am to 2.30pm

Eat your way around Sydney’s most iconic landmark. The tour departs from the Stage Door of the Opera House and starts with a cocktail making class at Opera Bar accompanied by fresh seafood and charcuterie. Lunch is served at Portside Sydney with matched wines and finishes with dessert at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong.

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#3 Food Festivals & Tours

Crab Carnival – March 19 to April 15, The Morrison, Sydney
For the fifth year, The Morrison and chef Sean Connolly bring to you a month-long crab-tastic feast.

The Global Table – 6 May, Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction
Nothing brings people together more then food and music. This is a great day out for the whole family to taste food from around the world with multicultural entertainment and kids activities.

A Taste of China Town – Taste Tours
Explore China Town with an expert and discover flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Taste Tours run three-hour walking tours which wind through China Town as your guide tells stories and introduces you to diverse Asian cuisine.

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#4 Carriage Works Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning

Located just outside the city and an easy train trip away in Redfern, Carriage Works is a must-visit for market lovers. Each Saturday there is a Farmers Market full of local produce and artisanal goods. Plus, every Monday evening from the 16th of April to the 16th of July, hear from Sydney’s food community. The three month series of talks will centre around the role today’s restaurants play in taking care of the environment.

Autumn dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your autumn getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious autumn events. View our autumn accommodation deals here.




Image credits: All images courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Summer Bucket List – SEE Edition

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Sydney Events

Sydney Australia Day

Sydney is renowned for being the home of exciting events and this summer is no exception. This December immerse yourself in the festive spirit throughout the city and then come December 31 get ready for one of the best New Year’s Eve experiences in the world. If you’re lucky enough to get one of our Harbour View rooms over this iconic evening, you will have a night to remember with front row seats to the fireworks over the harbour and off the bridge.

The start of 2018 will see a huge line up of summer sport and fun family events to celebrate Australia Day. To help you plan, here is our #summerbucketlist of Sydney events.


Summer of Sport & Australia Day

Sydney Australia Day
  • The Ashes, Fifth Test, Australia V England, 4 Jan
  • One Day International Series, Third ODI, Aus V Eng, 21 Jan
  • T20 International Series, First T20, Aus V NZ, 3 Feb
  • Sheffield Shield, round 7 on 16 Feb & round 8 on 24 Feb
  • Big Bash League: 23 & 26 Dec and 13, 18 & 23 Jan

Celebrate Australia Day on January 26 in Circular Quay with a host of annual events from the Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony, the ferrython, Harbour Parade flotilla and Australia Day Concert.

‘Tis The Season – Christmas in Sydney

Sydney Christmas

It’s not Christmas until the tree in Martin Place is all lit up, you can also see you own Christmas message in lights on tree. While you are visiting the 21m tree also make sure to try the pop-up GPO Dessert Bar for some festive indulgence.  The next stop should be St Mary’s Cathedral so see The Lights Of Christmas which run nightly from 7.30pm kicking off with a choir performance.  If you love live music and carols make sure to visit Martin Place any night of the week and Pitt Street Mall Thursday nights and weekends.

The jewel is Sydney’s Christmas crown is the iconic Carols in the Domain. This year will mark the 35th year and the spectacular show will take place on the 17th of December.

New Year’s Eve in Sydney – Welcome in 2018 Right

Sydney New Year's Eve

Our New Year’s Eve celebrations are known across the world. Preshow entertainment starts from 6pm with an air and water show, after 8.30pm there is a local ceremony by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and at 9pm the family fireworks light up the sky. At 9.15pm be dazzled by the Harbour of Light Parade as water craft dressed in lights dance across the harbour. Finally, the main event at midnight the 12-minute firework display with fireworks being launched from Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and 7 barges in the harbour.

Time to enjoy some Sydney events? Plan your summer getaway to Sydney and start ticking these events off your #summerbucketlist. View our summer accommodation deals here.


Image credit: All images courtesy of Destination New South Wales