Topic: Arts and Culture in Sydney

Celebrating Sydney Pride with Mardi Gras Parade

Posted on February 7, 2020 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Love, it’s what makes the world go round, and this revolutionary emotion is also a path towards inclusivity and understanding for the LGBTQI+ community!..

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s most joyous and extravagant celebration of LGBTQI pride. The celebration brings a diverse and exciting line-up of events to soak up the festive atmosphere and enjoy the iconic surroundings of Sydney.

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade at Sydney Cricket Ground

Sydney Mardi Gras Festival 2022

The Mardi Gras Parade is among one of the most anticipated events during Mardi Gras It celebrates the colourful collision of creativity and culture across communities, uniting hundreds of thousands of revellers for the biggest night on the LGBTQI+ calendar. 200 mesmerising groups are set to dazzle and delight, inviting everyone into a world of all things queer, camp, glamour and glitz.

The parade is also a symbol of protest, standing up for those who have marched the streets over the past decades. It’s a demonstration of what truly matters to LGBTQI+ lives around the globe now, as we set sights into the future.

Parade Dates 2022

The Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday 5th March at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The move means that Mardi Gras organisers can adjust to whatever restrictions will be in place come Saturday, March 5, 2022 — scaling up or down depending on the permitted crowd capacity.

Enjoy the Mardi Gras experience

Mardi Gras is a religious holiday and a family affair. Drinks are available absolutely anywhere at any time of the day or night. There isn’t a strict dress code so you can pretty much wear anything you like. It has also sometimes been labelled as the greatest free show on Earth.

Not only are the parades on Mardi Gras Day arguably the most authentic and beautiful, but the warm up shows and after parties are also popular attractions that are coming to fruition in 2022.

kaftana Pool Party, Ivy Pool, Sydney

Steam your muumuus and dust off your chunky costume jewellery, Kaftana Party is back.  This year we’re the iconic Ivy Pool is being transformed into the ultimate retro summer daydream. This year the esteemed Best Dressed Awards will make their return, so pull out your best frocks and turn all the tricks. The night will also have an array of top producing local DJ’s to sweeten festive mood. Kaftana Pool Party 2022 will be held on Wednesday 23rd Feb 2022 between 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEDT. First release tickets remain on sale from $50 per person. Perched atop Ivy complex in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, Ivy Pool Bar is a little slice of heaven inspired by the Italian coastline.

Laugh Out Proud Comedy Event at Enmore Theatre, NSW

Silence your phones and grab your cocktails and enjoy a warm up set of laughs at the Enmore Theatre on Friday 25th February. Shining bright from Enmore Theatre, the one-night-only showcase will bring you a melting pot of fan favourites, funny faithfuls, and rising stars of the Australian queer comedy scene. Following sold-out shows in 2020 and 2021, snap up your tickets to the queerfully picked and appropriately outrageous Laugh Out Proud.

Mardi Gras Laneway After Party at Hotel Beresford Hotel, Sydney

Wrap up your Mardi Gras weekend with the campest curb-side tradition, Laneway.  Unite for one-last-time as we bid farewell to Mardi Gras 2022 with our beloved recovery party.  Spread across both levels of The Beresford and spilling out onto Hill Street, it’s bound to be an ending you’ll never forget.

Mardi Gras is working closely with NSW Health and the venue to deliver a COVID-Safe event.  For FAQs, visit

Sydney Hotel Accommodation for Mardi Gras

Make Mardi Gras 2022 a memorable one with our special promotion from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney. The IHG Hotel has all the modern comforts you would expect of a 4-star hotel, with an enviable location in the heart of Sydney, sparkling harbour views, an IHG Way of Clean policy to health and sanitisation, plus only a short 10 minute drive from the Sydney Cricket Ground and popular Darlinghurst dining outlets.

Celebrate your stay with up to 35%* off accommodation during the Sydney Mardi Gras at holiday inn potts point when you book by 31 January 2022.


Billy Elliot and School of Rock – Our Picks for Best October Sydney Arts and Culture Events

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events

Photograph of Billy Elliot The Musical, international production by Alastair Muir
Photograph of Billy Elliot The Musical, international production by Alastair Muir

Photograph: Alastair Muir

Look no further for your top cultural picks for October! We’ve got a list of the must-dos if you’re looking to get cultured and indulge in the arts in Sydney this October! From theatre to Oktoberfest or a military production, there is something for both family and friends to see.

Billy Elliot at the Sydney Lyric Theatre

The much-loved theatre classic, Billy Elliot, is set to return to Australian Theatres in October for its 10th Anniversary Tour. The inspirational story is of the eleven-year-old boy, Billy. His life takes a complete turn after he discovers his passion for dance. Billy Elliot won the hearts of the people living in a fictional mining town.  In the drama but has also won the hearts of over 12 million audiences from across 5 continents. The drama has now received over 85 awards internationally.

It should be fair to say that we’ve all awakened a passion for something we really want to do at one stage of our lives. Comparatively how far have we strived to attain that passion? The inspiring story behind Billy Elliot and his passion for dancing. They young boy has a dance sequence, which will have you on the edge of your seats.  From sheer joy to excitement as you will connect with some of the most amazing character work. In addition the performance execution will have you in ore.

Billy Elliot is one show you don’t want to miss this October! Catch Billy Elliot: The Musical commencing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from October 10 until 8 December 2019.

School of Rock: The Musical at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney

School of Rock the Musical

Photograph: Mathew Murphy

School of Rock: The Musical is getting ready to rock your socks off at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney this November. The musical is based on the hilarious hit film going by the same name. This is a treat for all ages with a team and cast of kid performers rocking out on stage, live!

The story follows the miserable life of washed-out rockstar Dewey Finn. Dewey has been forced to pose as a school teacher for a prestigious prep school. Whilst there, he discovers the talent for music among the students.  Dewey decides to teach the students how to rock out instead. But their journey into rock and roll will definitely have a few bumps on the way. Will Dewey’s band of inexperienced prep school students become the most awesome rock band ever? Equally will they be schooled by their parents and headmistresses?

Find that out as you enjoy 2 hours and 30 minutes of hilarious plots that will also move you in many ways. In addition, the performances by the awesome kids’ cast are by no means easy. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock: The Musical is set to hit the Capitol Theatre starting November 8. 


Oktoberfest in the Gardens at The Domain, Sydney

Image: Oktoberfest in the Gardens website

The world’s biggest beer festival is coming back to Sydney this October! Enjoy Oktoberfest in the Gardens on Saturday 26 October in The Domain, a short 15 minute walk from the Holiday Inn Potts Point.

The festival features, several attractions which will include food stalls and games.  Not to mention an array of the finest European beer and music, all in one place. Tickets are still on sale for the event through outlet moshtix.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburugh Military Tatoo to march in to Sydney


Australia’s love for the theatrical arts has inspired a large scope of performs and the military isn’t an exception! Witness the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The production will take place at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium from Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October 2019. This year, over 14 nations from around the world will be participating in the event. There will be record-setting 1521 cast members confirmed for the event. This will make this year’s Tattoo the largest ever in its 69-year history. Get your tickets today from Ticketek to join the largest Tattoo in Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo history as it celebrates its 70th turn.

Sculpture by the Sea

The world’s largest public exhibition is returning to Bondi Beach this October at the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney. The three-week-long exhibition will feature around 100 sculptures. Some of the best artists from Australia and around the world will feature in the event.  The 2 km coastal walkway will turn into into a stunning exhibition come the end of October. The Sculptures by the Sea exhibition will be up from October 24 to November 10, 2019.

The Makers and Shakers Market

The Makers and Shakers Market is a mid-sized biennial makers market that features a line of Australia’s established and emerging creatives. The market will feature a mixture of homewares accessories to interesting and delicious food. A day at the Makers and Shakers Market is a great way to get to know the product. Visitors will also learn the products origin and who the creator of the product is. The Makers and Shakers Market is coming to Sydney on October 12, 2019, at the Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville, NSW.

Good Food Month

Treat your taste buds in Australia’s biggest food festival happening in Sydney throughout the month of October. What could be more exciting that feasting on an eccentric line of food events?  Firstly masterclasses, secondly brunches, and thirdly the overall dining experience will be enjoyed at the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park. Treat yourself every day for a month to mouth-watering treats from some of the city’s most notable restaurants.

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Couple in Harbour View Room, Holiday Inn Potts Point

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Best Sydney Accommodation and Event for Oktoberfest 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Oktoberfest 2019 & 2020 Munich: Everything You Need to Know

Oktoberfest in Sydney

The traditional Bavarian Volksfest, Oktoberfest, is one of a kind! As the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair, over six million people from around the world attend. The annual event is held in Munich, Bavaria and Germany every year.

Oktoberfest, or the Wiesn as it is locally known as is a 16 to an 18-day festival. It runs from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. The event, which has been held since 1810, holds a special place in the Bavarian culture.

The Oktoberfest celebration, however, has made its way to several cities around the world. Each city has been able to model the festival according to the one celebrated in Munich.

Holiday Inn Potts Point Oktoberfest Event


Raise your stein to the world’s best beer festival! We are celebrating our love of everything Bavarian with an Oktoberfest Pop-Up Biergarten featuring beer and German food specials. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich this Oktoberfest why not revel in spring in Sydney.  Some of the most popular German flavours will be on hand at Sirocco Terrace. O’zapft is!

  • Location: Sirocco Terrace, Holiday Inn Potts Point
  • Dates: 21st September – 6 October (12 pm till late daily) 
  • Menu highlights: $4  freshly baked pretzels, $8 beer, $10 mulled wine + a full Bavarian menu

Click here to view the full menu

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Oktoberfest 2019 & 2020 Munich: Everything You Need to Know


What happens at Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is notorious for their German influences such as food, live music, lederhosen, and more importantly, the Oktoberfest beers. Large quantities of beer are consumed every year at the event. For instance, almost 7.7 million litres of beer was served at the 2013 installment of the event alone.

Attendees also get to enjoy numerous attractions, which include a wide assortment of side stalls. There are even games and even amusement rides on hand. A wide variety of traditional food stalls are also available at the event.

Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Gardens in Perth City


Oktoberfest in Australia

Aussies love their fair share of great beer and festivals so it’s no surprise that they have adopted the world’s biggest beer festival. Oktoberfest in Australia has been celebrated for over half a century now.

For instance, the Harmonie German Club in Canberra has been organizing three-day celebrations every year in October for over 45 years. The event has since moved across the border to Queanbeyan in New South Wales.

Australian universities are infamous for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. As students graduated, the celebration rolled over into pubs and restaurants in the university areas. However, after the 2012 Oktoberfest Party, the university council banned the celebration of the festival on university campus grounds.

Following the ban, a private event company called Nokturnl Events launched “Oktoberfest in the Gardens” in the Supreme Court Gardens. The event was held in Perth on 7 October 2011. The event has since expanded to other cities including Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Today, the celebrations attract more than 50,000 visitors annually making it the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Australia.

Growing Popularity in Sydney

Sydneysiders looking forward to celebrating Oktoberfest needn’t look any further as you can expect to find more than a few good options for Oktoberfest in Sydney itself. You can find an Oktoberfest celebration taking place nearby regardless of what part of the city you’re in.

Inspired by their love for traditional Bavarian celebrations and beer, the love of Oktoberfest has made its way to the inner cities of Sydney with popular events such as Oktoberfest in the Gardens taking place every year. The festival features several attractions from a variety of food stalls and games to an array of the finest European beer and music, all in one place. So, it’s no wonder that a crowd of people come from all over the world to join in on the celebration.

However, though Oktoberfest in the Gardens is a major attraction of the event, you can still find party bars and beer halls in Sydney to celebrate the Oktoberfest season.

Every Bavarian in Sydney – Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Manly Miranda and the Sydney CBD will showcase four of the best pier beers.  Taking place between 21 Sep – 27 October, you can find more details here.

Dust off your lederhosen and get your beers ready we draw closer to the return of the world’s biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest! For those looking for a more local experience, Holiday Inn Potts Point will also be celebrating the love of everything Bavarian.  There will be a special Oktoberfest Pop-Up Biergarten at Sirocco Restaurant & Bar, featuring beer and German food specials. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich this Oktoberfest why not revel in spring in Sydney with some German flavour at Sirocco Terrace. O’zapft is!

Sydney’s Potts Point Neighbourhood Guide

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney-Attractions

Couple outside Holiday Inn Sydney Potts Point


Within the heart of one of Australia’s most historic and lively cities lies a small oasis for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Potts Point is a small neighbourhood in Sydney which is located about 2 kilometres east from Sydney’s CBD. It sits east of the eye-catching Woolloomooloo, west of the historic Elizabeth Bay. In addition the lovely Garden Island and lively Darlinghurst situated to the north and south of the area, respectively.

One of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods, Potts Point is a a quieter location on the rim of Sydney’s busy heart. The inner-city vibrant suburb is a magical mix of elegant art deco architecture, late Victorian terraces and heritage mansions. It has a village-feel with its leafy streets, small laneways and hidden staircases. There is an element of surprise when panoramic views of Sydney’s harbour and skyline are revealed.

An exciting dining hub, the area buzzes with chic street cafés, award-winning and friendly neighbourhood restaurants, hip bars, artisan bakeries and boutique shopping. In fact the Sydney CBD is only a 15-minute walk away and the hotel is connected to Sydney’s transport network. It is only one train-stop away from Martin Place, to explore the museums, galleries, parklands and Sydney Harbour itself.

Things to do in Potts Point, Sydney

As a neighbourhood recognised for its architectural heritage from eras like the Arts and Crafts Movement, Potts Point offers the opportunity to explore Australia’s history through architecture.

Hayes Theatre

Governed by a board of leading experts in Australia, the Hayes Theatre Company aims to honour the vast history of Australian music theatre, its performers, and to guide the performers and creatives of the generation to come. The theatre in essence has provided a venue for independent producers to showcase new and re imagined musicals which have won several awards and acclamations. Visitors in Sydney may attend one of their shows which changes ever so frequently and are performed at a reasonable price.

Whats on at Hayes Theatre

Elizabeth Bay House

Equally important to The Colonial Regency-style Elizabeth Bay House is a great example of the arts and craft architecture of that era. The house has now been converted into a museum where people can take in the aesthetics of Australia in its former glory.

Potts Point Galleries

Being home to almost 20 unique antique and decorative dealers, the Potts Point Galleries offers visitors the opportunity to discover rare and eclectic collectables and art pieces from some of Australia’s most respected and qualified dealers and artists.

Garden Island

Garden Island is the site for an active Royal Australian Navy Base located to the immediate north of Potts Point. Garden Island was one of the first places where colonists made contact with the indigenous people of Australia. Before being used as a Navy Base, the island was merely some space given to sailors as far back as 1788 to grow vegetables, hence named Garden Island. The island also features the RAN Heritage Centre which is a museum showcasing 100 years of Navy history.

Holiday Inn Sydney Potts Point

Holiday Inn Sydney Potts Point flaunts sparkling harbour view rooms with plenty of outdoor terrace space on the edge of Sydney’s CBD. Located in King’s Cross, the hotel is perfect if you want to experience flourishing restaurants, scenic walking trails or a local theatre production.

Check out our special accommodation deals.

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.

autumn bucket list


#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.

autumn bucket list


#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.

autumn bucket list


#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.

Easter Holiday 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Uncategorized

Easter Holiday 2018

Easter Holiday 2018 is quickly approaching and Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney is super egg-cited for the upcoming celebrations. Take part in the festivities and experience the pastel colours, painted eggs, and family filled activities that load the city with joy and laughter.

Everybunny will enjoy these recommendations for Easter Holiday 2018 in Sydney

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Kick off your holiday festivities with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. This iconic festival is filled with family-friendly entertainment such as: a kid’s carnival, Grande parade, rodeo, farm animals, delicious food, and much more. Check out their website for more details.

When: 23 March to 3 April

Easter Holiday 2017

Sydney Royal Easter Show


Sydney Easter Parade 

Take part in this 20-year+ celebration at Hyde Park. Once known as the Easter Sunday March, this annual walk fills the park with love and praise. Enjoy a beautiful time with amazing people as you join in on the event

When: 2 April, 10am to 2pm

Easter Holiday 2017

Credit: Destination NSW

The Great Garden Hunt 

Join in on a fun-filled day of Easter adventures at The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, as they host their Great Garden Hunt.  From a map- guided egg hunt to photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny there is an activity for everyone.

When: 31 March & 1 April, 8:30am to 1:45pm

Mother and daughter feeding a goat at Furry Friends at the Kidtopia Festival 2016 in Parramatta Park, Parramatta.


Stay with Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for a family friendly experience that gives you convenient access to all of the festivities. Happy Easter from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney!

Chinese New Year in Sydney 2017

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Chinese New Year in Sydney

Chinese New Year in Sydney 2017


27 January 2017 – 12 February 2017

Celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Sydney with the year of the Rooster amongst the giant Lunar Lanterns which will light up the city. Festivities will centre around the Lunar Lanterns Hub in Martin Place and Chinatown on the southside of the CBD. With upwards of one million people expected to enjoy over 80 activities in the city across the Chinese New Year period, this is one of the largest celebrations outside of China.

There is something for everyone to enjoy, we are particularly looking forward to:

  1. Lunar Markets, Pyrmont Bay Park
    Enjoy the flavours of Chinese New Year at these evening food markets with live entertainment. Held from 27 January to 5 February and open late into the balmy summer evenings.
  2. Chinatown Lion Dances
    Traditional lion dances will be held most evenings in Chinatown and will feature a riot of colour and drum beats.
  3. Monkey Tales in the Garden, Pier Street
  4. Dragon Boat Races, held on the 11th & 12th of February at Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour.

Great for the whole family, the award winning Monkey Baa Theatre Company weaves a dazzling tale of a monkey and a flamboyant rooster in the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Enjoy the central location of Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney for your Chinese New Year getaway. Try our CNY flavours from our kitchen team including Salt and Pepper Calamari  with our Stay and Dine Package. This foodie package includes accommodation and buffet breakfast for two plus a $75 food and beverage credit per two night stay to enjoy in Sirocco Restaurant.

January Summer Stories

Posted on December 6, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

What January Summer Stories are available in Sydney.

Summer holiday time is approaching and dreams of long balmy nights are just around the corner. Whether you are visiting Sydney during December to indulge in the festive spirit or planning a January holiday or staycation, check out our recommendations for things to do and see. 

January – Summer Holiday Planning:

Moonlight Cinema 

Enjoy the warm nights with friends and family watching a movie under the stars. Be entertained with the variety of new releases and advanced screenings while relaxing with a snack and a drink from the bar. Remember to bring some cosy blankets to keep warm as the evening cools and a bean bag or low chair for the ultimate movie watching comfort.

Big Bash League 

Enjoy the thrills and spills of Twenty20 cricket at the SCG and Spotless Stadium. This fast paced cricket format is a fun summer day out for the whole family.

7 January – Sydney Thunder V STA – Spotless Stadium
9 January – Sydney Sixers V Melbourne Renegades – SCG
14 January – Sydney Sixers V Sydney Thunder – SCG
18 January – Sydney Thunder V Adelaide Strikers – Spotless Stadium

Chinese New Year
From 27 January to 12 February celebrate the start of the Year of the Rooster with over 80 events across the city.

The festival will attract over 1 million people to create an atmosphere not to be missed. Martin Place and China Town will host the main festivities and the whole city will be illuminated by giant lunar lanterns.

#DoMoreofWhatYouLove and create your #SummerStories with us here in Sydney. When planning your December and January getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here.

What’s On In November

Posted on November 7, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Long spring days and frequent sunshine makes November a beautiful time to explore Sydney. Here are some of things we are most looking forward to.

Saturday 5 November & Sunday 6 November
Get a behind-the-scenes pass to some of Sydney’s most iconic and unique buildings. Sydney Open occurs annually across a weekend and shares not only beautiful architecture and innovate design but also the stories behind the creation and occupation of these spaces and buildings. This year there are more than 50 buildings open from the CBD to Barangaroo, Walsh Bay and The Rocks.
To find out more about Sydney Open and to book tickets visit


Thursday 10 November & Saturday 12 November
This November, Carriageworks and the City of Sydney present HEARD•SYD by American artist Nick Cave, marking the first time the renowned artist has presented a major work in Australia. Over two days, Nick Cave’s spectacular and seminal work HEARD•SYD will feature over 60 Sydney-based dancers and musicians bringing to life 30 colourful, life-sized horse-suits.

Public Performance Details (Free To Public):
Thursday 10 November: 5PM Pitt St Mall, Sydney
Saturday 12 November: 10AM & 12PM Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Redfern


Sunday 27 November 2016

For those looking for an athletic challenge the Ironman is taking place at the end of the month.
The course is runs along the feet of the Blue Mountains, with parts of the picturesque Penrith Lakes used for the swim component. The final cycling leg of the race has great views for spectators and riders alike.

For more information, visit:
When planning your November getaway to Sydney, check out our accommodation specials here

Burst into Spring

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Bursting through the last days of August with the site of spring so close you can touch it, brings an excitement that has been on hibernation since April. We’ve discovered the some of the best things to hit Sydney during the warming months of Spring.

September School Holiday
The final break before school’s out for another year, all across Sydney are attractions for the whole family

Spring school holiday program at the Australian Museum

Join the Australian Museum these school holidays for Asaro Mud Men mask-making and a dinosaur bonanza!

Date: 24 September 2016 – 09 October 2016

School Holidays at the Powerhouse and Sydney Observatory

Each school holidays is an opportunity to learn, discover and play at the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory. There are full day workshops, fascinating exhibitions as well as drop-in activities for all ages. Best of all, children under 16 years get FREE general admission!

Date: 24 September 2016 – 10 October 2016

School Holiday fun at the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House has life-changing stories for students of all ages this school holidays.

Date: 22 September 2016 – 09 October 2016, everyday

The Festival of Dreams

“At the festival you can make yourself a priority in a judgement-free zone and work on your own wellbeing, personal understanding and, from that, determine to become the best you can be and live your dream life.”

The Festival of Dreams is being held from Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion in the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter.

The festival is open from 10am to 6pm daily and general admission one-day adult tickets are $25 at the door and $20 online. A two-day pass is $40 (door) or $30 (online) and a three-day pass is $55 (door) or $45 (online). Children under 12 are free.

Night Noodle Markets
A key highlight on the Sydney Good Food Month calendar is the Night noodle Markets at Hyde Park. With over 40 Asian inspired hawkers stalls to choose from, get lost in all the sights, smells and sounds of one Sydney’s institutions. Live music and DJ’s will also be on hand so you can dance off all the tasty treats.

WHERE Hyde Park, Sydney

WHEN Oct 6–23, 2016

Mon–Tue 5:00pm–9:00pm
Wed–Thur 5:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 5:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 4:00pm–10:00pm
un 4:00pm–9:00pm

COST Free entry 

Sculptures by the Sea

In it’s 20th year Sculpture by the Seas is the worlds largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. Set along the beautiful and picturesque Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, you can see over 100 pieces of work from artist from Australia and the rest of the world. Trains to Bondi junction can be easily access from Kings Cross station, only meters from Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney.

WHERE Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk

WHEN Oct 20 –Nov 6, 2016

COST Free entry