Topic: Sydney Events

Easter School Holiday Activites Sydney

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

School holiday activities in Sydney ┃Sydney Royal Easter Show

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

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 this year include the Kids Carnival, featured daily at Olympic Boulevard. Enjoy the gentle turn of the carousel or the fun of racing down the rainbow Super Slide. You can hop on one of these less intense rides with the kids or have a rest in the shady seating area where catering (and coffee) is close at hand. For those looking for a unique experience, try the highly anticipated Kyle & Jackie O’s Haunted House! Located on Showground Road and open from 9:30am each day, Sydney’s breakfast due have created 13 rooms with 16 trained actors and 12 animatronics that will take you on a spine tingling journey, that will have you screaming for more.

Our hotel is located within the tranquil village of Potts Point, located on the train line to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Utilize the T4 Eastern Suburbs line from Kings Cross (opposite the hotel) to Central Station, before switching to the T7 Olympic Park line. Access your trip finder at


View the official show guide

Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 1st – 12th April
Cost: General admission tickets are from – adult $40; child $25; concessions: $30; family: $118 (2 adults + 2 children)

Note: Early bird tickets are available here prior to 31 March 2021.

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School holiday activities in Sydney ┃Sydney Royal Easter Show


Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Aqua Egg Hunt

This Easter Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is providing a little Watsons twist on your normal egg hunt with a hunt in the water. Get ready to dive in at Watsons Bay beach and collect your chocolate Easter eggs at their epic Aqua Egg Hunt! Register here. 

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Watsons Bay every day from 11am – 2pm. Why not make a day of it and complete the Hermitage Foreshore Walk , one of Sydney’s great coastal walks. Start at Nielsen Park and take in the views of Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the grounds of Strickland House along the way.

Holiday Inn sits just 15 minutes from Vaucluse, which can be accessed via private car or public transport via New South Head Road. Please speak to our friendly reception staff for more details.

Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
When: Sunday 4th April, 9 am
Cost: FREE

Aqua egg hunt ┃Watsons Bay Sydney ┃School holiday activities in Sydney


Enjoy the Australian Wildlife

Another great activity to enjoy with the family is a trip to one of the many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Sydney. Meet your favourite animals, learn more about them, while nurturing a love for the planet with your family. Some of our favourite places include Taronga Zoo, Sealife Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney Zoo, and Featherdale Wildlife Park.

School holiday activities in Sydney don’t come much bigger than Taronga Zoo. It’s impressive diversity of 4000 animals, including some rare and endangered species of animals are memorable moments to capture. Lions have returned to Taronga to take their rightful place as Kings of the African Savannah! Across the Savannah plains in a stunning new habitat known as ‘The Waterhole’, families can get up close and personal to five iconic species of animals that call the African Savannah home. These include Lions, Giraffes, Zebras, Meerkats and the small distinctive featured Fennec Fox.

To ensure safety across the zoo, visitors must register before visiting the Zoo. Family ticket prices, includes a 20% ‘booking online’ saving. 2 adults + 2 children: $124.80, 2 adults + 1 child: $101.60 or 1 adult + 2 children: $85.60.

Taronga Zoo is now accepting Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.

Save $25 on all online ticket purchases, animal encounters, our Wild Ropes experience and on food and beverages!

Your $25 vouchers can be used when purchasing Zoo tickets online, by entering the unique code into the Promo Code box as you purchase your ticket(s). For purchases in-grounds at any of the food and beverage outlets, retail stores for animal experiences or in-grounds tour locations, you can scan your voucher to redeem your $25 discount when making your payment.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney ┃School holiday activities in Sydney

Credit: @tarongazoo Facebook


Savour some of the best hot-crossed buns from Flour And Stone


Flour and Stone creates all their food delights with a careful touch to ensure perfection and their hot cross buns will not disappoint those who pay a visit to 43 Riley St, Woolloomooloo across the Easter long weekend. This year, while international travel is unfortunately not on the cards, Flour And Stone is taking you to Florence this Easter, by giving their hot cross buns a pan di ram (which means “rosemary bread”) twist.

Take a morning stroll down William Street from the hotel and make a right onto Riley street. Once you’ve picked up your Easter delights made from fluffy brioche bread, grab a takeaway coffee with the family and extend your morning walk through Woolloomooloo Wharf and up the Butler Stairs, one of three main stairs linking Potts Point to Woolloomooloo.

Flour & Stone Woolloomooloo ┃School holiday activities in SydneyCredit: Urban List


Travel Tip:

Save 25% off your Easter school holiday accommodation at Holiday Inn Potts Point


Holiday Inn Potts Point is gifting 25%* off your next stay to all IHG Rewards members when you book these Easter school holidays more than 3 days in advance with no initial deposit. Families will also receive:

  • Access to accommodation in one of our spacious Deluxe Family rooms (upon individual selection during your booking) – which can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children comfortably. Cots and rollaway beds available, on request. All rooms have baths.
  • Complimentary assisted buffet breakfast, plus accommodation for children 17 years & under (applicable between Friday 2 – Sunday 18 April 2021 only*).
  • Colouring competition, plus kids crafts & games provided at Sirocco Restaurant during breakfast hours (applicable between Friday 2 – Sunday 18 April 2021 only*).
  • FREE cancellation until 72 hours prior to arrival.

View our offer

*Conditions apply


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.


Christmas Magic in Sydney

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

We’re closing in on the holiday season and though there won’t be any snow, it’s yet going to be a magical Christmas. Your eyes will feast upon beautiful fireworks, light shows and decorations. Your ears will tingle with the jingles and carols in the air. Smells of sweet and savoury treats will get you salivating.

Come join in on the merrymaking and have a wonderful Sydney Christmas.

The Season’s Christmas Hotspots in Sydney

The Martin Place Christmas Tree will be up from 23 November until 1 January. This is the tallest Christmas tree in NSW so don’t miss out on checking out this temporary fixture with over 11,000 LED lights.

It’s not going to be a silent night as choirs will be singing carols under the tree from 6-8:30 pm. Different choirs will alternate performing the carols each day until New Year’s Day. This includes the Salvation Army groups, Australian Girls Choir, Cantabile Chorus, and more.

The fun doesn’t stop once the singing does as the colours and lights will continue to bedazzle every 15 minutes from 7 pm until midnight. While you’re enjoying the hustle and bustle, Sydney’s skyline will also be lit up with majestic fireworks. It sounds like a marvellous time, doesn’t it?

Aside from the Christmas tree, another lighting spectacle will be going up on the 23rd until the 1st of January. Ever wondered what it would be like to walk under a canopy of Spider-man’s web strings, that too lit up brightly? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out because it’s the return of the Canopy of Light., which will house 85,000 LED lights and not one, not two, but 10 two-metre-high stars!

Pitt Street Mall between Market and Kings Street will be also have fantastic illuminations and have a mixture of cuisine and musical attractions. On King St, you’ll find mobile cafés, popcorn carts and food trucks serving everything from Yum Cha to pastas, burgers and gelato. Pitt Sreet will play host to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir performing Thursday and on weekends leading up to Christmas Day.

Another great annual event that you can attend Carols by the Sea on 11 December in Bondi Beach. Young, local musicians will start off the night followed by carol singing. Along with your Christmas cheers, you may want to bring a rug to sit on.

As you inch closer to Christmas day, do find the time to check out the fabulous Lights of Christmas at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square in College Street. This lighting extravaganza will turn the St. Mary’s Cathedral into a dynamic artwork every day from 7:30 pm to 12 am starting from 5 December up until Christmas day.

Also, be sure to check out Australia’s largest free Christmas concert. We’re talking about Woolworths Carols in the Domain, which will be held on 21 December in 1 Mrs Macquaries Road. A variety of artists will be performing for your whole family to enjoy.

Pack your own picnic or simply buy the tasty options that will be available throughout the area in each of these hotspots.

Free Christmas Sydney Events

The Christmas Magic in Sydney isn’t limited to various hotspots but is also enhanced by the various Village Christmas Concerts that the City of Sydney produces. You can even bring your pets to these events but do note that these areas will be crowded.

For example, Alexandria Village will hold its Christmas concert on 13 Dec from 6:30-8:30 pm at Alexandria Park, Buckland Street, Alexandria. Nay Nay will be hosting this and kids are encouraged to join in the holiday spirit of Sydney Christmas.

Community barbeque, gelato, and coffee will be available for purchase in these events. Of course, Santa isn’t too far behind and will make an appearance in each event. The concerts will end with a glittering fireworks display.

Sydney’s newest village will host the Green Square Christmas Fair on 14 December from 6-10 pm at Green Square Plaza, 355 Botany Road, Zetland. Wander around this wonderland and see if you can catch up with Santa again, who’s rumoured to make a special appearance here as well. The final moments of the fair will crescendo into a lovely fireworks display. It’s definitely going to be a good time with friends, family, and even your little ones.

As we near Christmas, the Village Church at 122 Johnston St, Annadale will host several events that are free for the general public to attend. If you’d like a pleasant evening of carol singing and communal merrymaking, check out Carols on the Green, where the singing starts from 7:30 pm until 9 pm on the 22nd of December.

The next day, on 23 December, the Village Kids Christmas commences. This is especially for preschoolers but even infants can enjoy the festivities. You too can participate in the Christmas songs, carols, an interactive nativity, games and much more. Food will be available for purchase.

If you’d like, you can attend the Village Church Christmas Eve service on 24 December from 9-10 pm. A free Christmas themed supper will be available after the Christmas Eve service. The Christmas day service will be held from 9:30-10:30 am the next day. After this, you’re free to attend the community Christmas lunch that they’ll be hosting.

Sydney Christmas Accommodation Options

Our special ‘Sun-Sational’ Summer package offers overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people across Christmas and Boxing Day. Free parking for one car and a special late 1pm checkout applies. *Late checkout eligible on both days.


Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney.

Christmas Shopping and Boxing Day Sales in Sydney

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney Shopping, Sydney-Attractions

Boxing Sale Sales - Sydney

Don’t wait until the last day to Christmas to make your Christmas shopping list. The very merry season of Christmas is returning to Sydney and it’s time to go shopping for those red, green and white gifts and decor!

But if you aren’t sure where to shop for your next Christmas tree then don’t worry. We’ve got you covered all the way up till the Boxing Day sales! Get into the Christmas spirit, rally up with your troops and head over to some of Sydney’s best Christmas markets and Boxing sales.


Carriageworks Christmas Farmers Markets

Photograph: Jacquie Manning

Christmas Shopping

Carriageworks Christmas Farmers Market

The weekly produce-driven events are back at it again this festive season as they’ll be hosting a special Christmas edition Carriageworks farmers market. Altogether over 120 local producers are artisans are expected to gather on Saturday, December 22, with everything from ham and lamb to fresh fruits, veggies and cheeses. Get your fill of some of the best Christmas puddings available while buying a food-themed gift from one of the gift stalls.

Carriageworks Christmas Farmers Market is set to take place on Saturday, December 22 from 8 am to 1 pm at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015.

Cambridge Christmas Markets at EQ

If you’re looking for something different this Christmas then you’ll probably enjoy the Cambridge Markets hosted by Moore Park locals at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

The event begins on Saturday, December 15 and will feature over 150 boutique stalls of the finest quality. Shop for items including festive food, toys, wares, apparel and many more at this family-friendly event that also features kid activities with live music on offer. The grown ups, on the other hand, are free to enjoy a drink from EQ’s own The Urban Winery which serves some of the finest wine in town. The event will also include a wintery Christmas exhibit, courtesy of Off-Piste Ski and Snowboard complete with their own Santa and snow. Enjoy a special Ski & Snowboard Simulator experience, the perfect gift for the snow lovers in your life! Finally, expect a special appearance from the one and only Santa which includes some of the best Christmas Carols.

This exciting event will take place in the Entertainment Quarter, Lang Pde, Moore Park on December 15, 2019, from 8 am to 5 pm.


Kurnell Christmas Markets, Sydney

Photograph, (supplied)

Kurnell Christmas Market

This year, Shire will be receiving Christmas cheers before the actual Christmas Day as the Sydney Cambridge Markets come to the area for the first time. The event will feature 150 of some of the most creative and artistic stalls that will include sustainable goods and Christmas wares. As well there will be a bounty of gourmet hot food vendors and produce stalls. Finally look for face painting, live music and hot food stalls to complete the family fun day out. Find everything you’ll need this Christmas from great gifts for your friends and family to awesome and creative decor ideas this Christmas.

Visit the Kurnell Christmas Market at Bonna Point Reserve, Kurnell starting November 25 from 10 am to 4 pm.


Boxing Day Sales

Sydney CBD

Head on over to the Sydney CBD to get your hands on some of the best Boxing Day deals after Christmas. You can speak to the stores directly to get more information about the sale. Stores at the CBD in Westfield Pitt Street are generally open from 7 am to 9 pm while the ones at Strand Arcade open from 9 am to 6 pm.

Westfield Bondi

Find the best deals at Westfield Bondi with great deals on Myer and David Jones, Woolworths, ALDO, General Pants Co., Glue Store, Marcs, Mimco, Oakley and many more. Stores open from 7 am to 9 pm.

Westfield Warringah Mall

The newly-renovated Warringah Mall in Westfield will be offering awesome Boxing Day Sales deals on David Jones, Myer, Witchery, Glue Store, General Pants, Sass & Bide, Camilla, Glassons, Forever New, Woolworths, Coles and many more. Check out their stores on Boxing Day. You can also learn more about the deals at their store which opens from 8 am to 6 pm.


Sun-Sational Summer at Holiday Inn Potts Point

‘Sun-sational’ Summer Sydney Accommodation

Our special ‘Sun-Sational’ Summer package offers overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people across Christmas and Boxing Day. Free parking for one car and a special late 1pm checkout applies. *Late checkout eligible on both days.




Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney.

All you need to know about the Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition Sydney

Posted on November 7, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

The world’s largest free public exhibition is back in Bondi Beach from 24 October through to 10 November 2019. We’re talking about Sculpture by the Sea, which will have over 100 sculptures made by Aussie as well as international artists. The coastal path will yet again turn into a snapper’s paradise.

Founding director David Handley explains that artists, on average, spend about AUD 25,000 to build these magnificent sculptures. You’ll be able to witness them in all their glory at various sites along the Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk. This encompasses Marks Park, Mackenzie’s Bay /Gaerloch Avenue and ends at Tamarama Beach and Park.

For primary and secondary level students, the exhibition has education programs that range from $175 to $400. Artist spotlight talks are also available. Students with disability get a Tactile Tour in accessible areas in Marks Park free of cost but bookings are essential. You can email to enquire about the booking.

For others with a disability, Sculpture by the Sea has a Tactile Tour system in place. This time around, they will have 36 Tactile Tours over 10 days which will include 460 participants and 169 carers. Booking will be required for this and you can do so by enquiring through or calling +61 2 8399 0233. If you’d like the walking tour map that Sculpture by the Sea designed, you can get one on their website.

Hired buses and coaches will drop off and pick up passengers at the public bus stop on Campbell Parade, South of Bondi Beach near Sandridge Street at the bottom of Bondi Road. The organizer has requested that you do not stop at any of the public bus stops in the area unless it’s a hired bus or coach. Fines will apply if you do not comply. Also, you can’t access Tamarama by private bus or coach.

From the Campbell Parade designated area, to start the tour at Notts Avenue, you should turn right towards Bondi Beach and right into Hunter Park. This should take about 3 minutes. To enter the exhibition at Marks Parks you will need to turn left and walk along Sandridge Street and left again into Fletcher Street. It’s approximately a 5-minute walk.

The Full Course – Sculpture by the Sea

The full course is of moderate walking difficulty and it should be no problem for those who are fine with some stairs and walking a bit over a kilometre. You’re advised to tread carefully as there are uneven paths, steep steps with and without railings, grassed areas, concrete paths, sand, as well as sandy and /or wet walking surfaces.

The Easy Route – Sculpture by the Sea

If you’d like the easy route, you start on Cher Street and loop back from Marks Park. This will not include any stairs and is also accessible to people with disability. The Tactile Tour drop off and pick up point is on the intersection of Kenneth Street and Marks Lane, and the meeting point is only a short way off in Marks Park. You can find accessible toilets in Marks Park and Tamarama. Emergency procedures are also in place in the venue, with staff and volunteers available who are trained to deal with such situations.

While visiting, you can get a catalogue for $12 from the people at the information marquees to learn about the artists in the exhibition. You can also drop by Sculpture by the Sea’s free weekend Aqualand Artist Talk, which they will host every weekend of the exhibition from 10 am to 3 pm in Marks Park or Tamarama. Bookings are not required and you can get the details at the Exhibition Site Office in Marks Park and at the Exhibition Information and Merchandise Kiosks.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular visitor, you’re sure to be enthralled by the incredible sculptures that will decorate Bondi Beach only for a short while.

Sydney Accommodation  – ‘Sun-Sational’ Package

Be on board with our special ‘Sun-Sational’ Summer package and have a scintillating experience. In addition, enjoy the magic of Sydney’s Christmas lead up with our New Years holiday to follow. The city will then transformation across the Sydney Festival through theatre, music, circus and visual arts.

Package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people. Free parking for one car and a special late 1pm checkout. *Late checkout eligible on both weekends and weekdays.

  • Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney


Melbourne Cup in Sydney

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Hotel Deals, Sports, Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Melbourne Cup at The Lagoon - Wollongong Melbourne Cup at The Lagoon - Wollongong


Planning a quick getaway to Sydney for the Melbourne Cup Week? Check out these great venues to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day while savouring the best that Sydney has to offer. Venues range from ticketed events to alternative options associated with stand up non ticketed events.

Race Day at Randwick Racecourse

Established as the longest-standing racing venue in Australia with over 150 years of racing history, Royal Randwick is hosting a separate race day on Melbourne Cup day. As the crown jewel of racing in Sydney, Melbourne Cup day at Randwick Racecourse is, without a doubt, a major highlight. The day is not only embedded in the Melbourne Cup Sydney schedule but also a prominent race day on the yearly calendar.

The Agency Cup Raceday will feature nine race fixtures, including action from Flemington featured on the courses big screens. Dance music favourites Sneaky Sound System will perform live in the Theatre of the Horse after the race, while in-demand DJ Young Franco will headline in Pony Palms.

This November, get back on track at the venue for an opportunity to join in on the celebration. There will be a wide playground of sports, culture, fashion and cuisine options on offer.


The Vic on the Park

The Melbourne Cup is headed to the Inner West as The Vic on the Park brings the Cup Day to Sydney.

Love a good drink and nibbles that’ll get you in the party mood? You’ve made your way to the right place. Enjoy some of the best drinks and mouthwatering pub meals.  All while placing on-site bets and enjoying the race on the big screen. The resident DJ has you covered with great tunes that’ll set the mood to celebrate your winnings! Join the party at the Vic on the Park.

For $50pp you’ll enjoy a glass of Chandon Brut or Furphy on arrival plus a shared three-course set menu.

The Royal George

There’s no place in the world as lively as an English pub and The Royal George delivers this with a loud and lively English-style pub experience! It’s the perfect getaway to go grab lunch with your mates on Cup Day.

If you’re in the CBD then head on over for a fun get together. There’s room for punters and a pool table where you can enjoy a friendly game while watching the race live on screens. Celebrate with awesome classic pub lunches at awesome prices. These including the special Cup Cocktail for $10 after 12 pm. The perfect combination to enjoy the big race with your mates and have a casually great time!

Our Potts Point Hotel is located a short 10 minutes away. To reach The Royal George across Melbourne Cup Sydney week, simply take the Eastern Suburbs line from Kings Cross Station to Martin Place Station. All that is left is a short 5 minute walk through Martin place onto George Street.

Melbourne Cup - Palings Bar - Merivale Sydney CBD


Palings Bar

In the CBD of Sydney and no plans for Melbourne Cup? Paling Bar on level 1 of the Ivy is extending the courtesy of having walk-ins to watch the big race at no added cost. The Melbourne Cup will be screened live with DJ’s playing party tunes to take you from day until night.

There’s a lot to choose from on the menu, from deli-style snacks inspired by all corners of the world, to hearty main meals from the grill.

Melbourne Cup Live Stream - Sitchu


The Newport

If you’re not into the hustle and bustle and loud, lively crowds, then the Newport in the Northern Beaches may be what you’re looking for.

The lower grounds don’t need reservations but if you want a great spot close to the bar and the screen then make sure you get to this venue early. Get yourself a pint and if you’re a punter yourself then an on-site TAB is always at your disposal. Dressing up for Cup Day also has its merits.  They have their own fashion competition, Fashions on the Field, where you can grab awesome prizes. So, get away from the city and grab yourself a seat at the stunning Newport venue.

The Paddington Package, Sydney - Melbourne Cup - Merivale


The Paddington

Fancy a casual lunch with your mates this Melbourne Cup Day? Look no further than one of Paddington’s most beloved establishments in Sydney to enjoy a filling lunch with a few cocktails on the side.

With a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial or Furphy on arrival, who would argue that this venue doesn’t deliver. The wide banquet-style menu and fancy drinks create a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the Melbourne Cup Day in a pleasant environment. Don’t forget the cocktails! The cocktail list at Paddington’s is popular for being extensively brilliant.

The Paddington sits at 384 Oxford Street and is within walking distance from your Sydney accommodation in Potts Point. Alternatively guests can take an uber to the venue, which would take 5 minutes.

Ms. G’s

What do you imagine when we say – champagne, DJs and cheeseburger spring rolls? Ms. G’s is a favourite down in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and is sure to bring lots of fun to your Cup Day celebrations.

Treat your tastebuds to a party of creative treats while enjoying race day unlike anywhere else. There aren’t many places where you can enjoy the Melbourne Cup as much as Ms. G’s. The eight-course banquet by Dan Hong is a steal and comes with a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial on arrival! Keep the party going until night rolls in, both on the dancefloor and in your mouth.

How about Sydney’s own Everest Race

Australia’s most exciting thoroughbred racing event is set to take place this year at the Royal Randwick in Sydney. The race, which is worth a massive $13 million dollars in prize money, is the richest turf thoroughbred horse race in the world.

The success to attract many buyers for the racing event is the work of an amazing concept that it launched. To get into the racing field, you’ll need to buy a slot which comes with a 3-year commitment at $600k annually. The buyers can, however, nominate their own horse into the race, or have the privilege of negotiating with owners of other horses by cutting them a percentage of the prize money on offer.

Even if you’re not buying, the energy surrounding the event is sure to get you excited for the races. Be sure to catch Australia’s most exciting race at the Royal Randwick in the middle of the Everest Carnival in Sydney.


Weekend Special Accommodation Package

Try enjoying a ‘Weekend Special’ package across the carnival, which includes overnight accommodation and buffet breakfast for two at Sirocco Bar & Restaurant.
*Late checkout is also available (upon availability). Upgrade to one of our Harbour View RoomsOnce you’ve soaked up the views, relax in your kind bed with deluxe bedding and choice of soft or firm pillows.

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

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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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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

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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!

Best Team Activities in Sydney

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Best group activities in SYdney - Holiday Inn Potts Point guide

A successful business needs much more than just individual grit. It needs a perfectly coordinated team that can work together to accomplish a common goal.

Team-based activities after gruelling sessions of work, or even after a meeting or conference can be a great way to relax, improve coordination, develop relationships and boost the overall morale among team members.

This holds especially true for businesses and corporations in an increasingly challenging work environment of today. If you’re from the inner cities of Sydney or organising a business conference in Sydney, then these six team-building activities may just be what your team needs!

  1. Putt Away at Holey Moley

Holey Moley Darlinghurst, Sydney

Putt away your stressful work documents with a round of mini-golf at Holey Moley. The mini-golf course has nine epic pop-culture holes that will keep you busy and entertained. The round of mini-golf also comes with cocktails for visitors on arrival but the good times don’t end here. After you’ve worked up an appetite tallying the scores, stone-baked pizzas will be waiting for you on the side. It’s a great way to blow off some steam and bond with your team. We also have a special Day Conference package offer for our Business customers. Please click here to find out more.


  •     A uniquely themed nice hole circuit to putt your way around
  •     Delicious cocktails and stone-baked pizzas
  •     Nine holes of golf at Holey Moley Darlinghurst, located opposite the Holiday Inn Potts Point
  1. Solve Puzzles in an Escape Room

Virtual Reality Rooms - Sydney

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Escape rooms are infamous for their intriguing puzzle-solving and team-work experiences. Not only does it test your wits but it also tests your skills as a team. Analyze your team’s coordination while solving exhilarating puzzles before time runs out.

If you’re not up for the traditional escape rooms then the Virtual Reality Escape Room may be what you’re looking for. The VR escape room features even more epic games and puzzles from shooting enemies and flying through space to solving advanced puzzles in a single mind-blowing virtual reality experience. Work together with your teammates to completes all tasks in under 60 minutes.


  •     Solve intriguing puzzles within a time limit
  •     Play a variety of puzzle-solving and team-based games in VR
  •     Test your wits and teamwork skills to the max


  1. Attend a Wine Tasting Event

Holiday Inn Potts Point, Sydney group wine tasting

Every team deserves a good reward for their efforts and a fun wine tasting class with a casual dinner vibe would be a great way to do just that. Taste a variety of delicious European wine and cheese in the tasting masterclass facilitated by wine experts. The venue is taken care of so all you’ll need to do is bring your team along and relish the experience. Learn about fine wine while bonding with your mates over a glass of some of the finest wine.

Try Dolton House at Australian Technology Park. Explore Italian + Aussie-Italian wines region by delicious region, discover your favourite new Prosecco, Barolo, Amarone or Chianti. 


  •     Wine and cheese tasting masterclass 
  •     Meet winemakers + importers, learn all about the grape varieties


  1. Take a Private Paint and Sip Classes

Paint and Sip at Cork & Canvas - Sydney

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Looking for a unique and fun night out with your team? Get a bottle of your favourite wine and join a session of painting with your friends. A talented artist will guide you every step of the way as you create your very own masterpiece. Bring out your inner artist, no experience required! You’ll definitely be surprised what you’re capable of. One of the most popular spots located in the nearby North Sydney suburb Crows Nest is ‘Cork & Canvas’. Being the first studio in Australia to pair bubbles and brushes, it is a well known workshop led by professional artist Ben Walsh.


  •     Explore your creativity with a painting class
  •     BYO drinks and nibbles
  •     Perfect for team building


  1. Cook a Meal for the Homeless

If you’re looking for an activity to build your team, why not do it while giving back to the community?

‘Our Big Kitchen’ gives you the opportunity to cook a meal for disadvantaged people across Sydney. This community-run kitchen turns rescued food into wholesome meals for those that are in need. All you’ll need to do is pop on an apron and help out in a variety of kitchen duties. From preparations and cleaning to cooking and packaging, the opportunity to serve the community is a great way to bond with your team. This fun, hands-on experience is rewarding in itself as you’ll also get to improve your culinary skills while helping others.


  •     Learn to cook wholesome balanced meals
  •     100% of all proceeds from this experience go back to ‘Our Big Kitchen’ to help run the charity 
  1. Group Spa Day

Day Spa Group Packages - Zen Day Spa

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What could be more relaxing than a hot oil massage or facial at a 5-star spa? A fun spa day with professional therapists is the ultimate day out to rejuvenate your team! The massages and treatments are tailored to one’s needs so there’s no doubt that the day will leave everyone relaxed and recharged. A great addition to the treatment is the option to arrange pregnancy massages, for members who are expecting, and champagne and cupcakes if you’re willing to pay that little extra.


  •     Choose between a hot oil massage or rejuvenating facial with a shoulder massage
  •     5-star spa with experienced therapists
  •     Pregnancy massages available upon request
  •     Champagne and cupcakes are available for your team at an additional cost


Best Meetings and Conferences – Holiday Inn Potts Point Sydney

Are you planning a meeting or event? Take advantage of one of our special offers including a fun team building or social activity at Holey Moley or receive a plan to win with our special 5% reduction off your teams bill with our ‘Discount or Dontate’ offer, when you make a group booking of 10 or more.


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Apollo 11 Exhibition Sydney – A Giant Leap for Mankind

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Sydney Events, Sydney-Attractions

Photograph of Apollo 11 Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum Australia. Photograph of Apollo 11 Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum Australia.


“This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On July 21, 1969, these words from astronaut Neil Armstrong echoed across the world as he took his first steps on the moon. The moon landing was a defining moment in human history and for good reason. 50 years on, the whole world celebrates this momentous event as we plan out mankind’s next step in the exploration of space.

The Apollo 11 Exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with over 200 items from the historic event. The exhibition explores the elements that made this historic moment possible and its impact on science, society and design as we see them today.

However, the exhibition is not just for science or space lovers. It has something in store for everybody!

Beyond Apollo

The exhibition celebrating the historic moon landing goes beyond history as the audience are treated to a lecture from the Apollo 11 Exhibition curator Sarah Reeves on the Museum’s vast collection of items from space.

Curious visitors have the opportunity to discover mankind’s journey through space and learn about the Apollo missions and beyond to the cutting-edge discoveries of space exploration. They also get a chance to look at the moon, planets and stars through the solar telescope on the forecourt with the Sydney Observatory astronomers.


Sarah Reeves, Apollo 11 Exhibition curator - Powerhouse Museum, Australia.


The digital planetarium then offers visitors an up-close and personal view of the galaxy like you’ve never seen it before. The detailed view of the stars, planets and space takes you on an otherworldly journey visually.

However, if the planetarium wasn’t amazing enough, there is a lot more to learn at the Apollo 11 Exhibition.

Explore Mars

Exploration of Mars has been a topic of discussion in science and space exploration for a long time. The exhibition has recreated the Martian surface and visitors are able to see Mars rovers transverse through this reanimated terrain.

Museum of the Moon

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing would be incomplete without the moon. So, the exhibition will also feature a presentation on Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon.

The installation is a seven-metres spherical artwork which combines detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, along with the moonlight and surround sound composed by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. He has also created music and soundscapes for large scale public artworks.

Each centimetre of the seven metres spherical sculpture represents 5 km of the moon’s surface. The installation which has toured to several countries overseas is an experience that will remain with you for a lifetime.

Zero Gravity

Also, any space exhibition would be incomplete without the ever-popular zero-gravity experience. So, visitors also have the opportunity to drop-in to the zero-gravity exhibit and experience the wonders of gravity like an astronaut.

Space Odyssey Tinkertoreum

The exhibition hosts a lot of ideas and new technology that will excite any space exploration enthusiast. However, the exhibition also offers activities that can spark a child’s creative interest in science.

The Space Odyssey Tinkertoreum is an out of the world playground for kids and lets them use their imagination and create things freely. From building their own rovers, buggies and mobiles to creating a space pod as a team, to watching a robot rove through the museum, the Tinkertoreum is a great place for kids to explore their imagination while also learning to appreciate the miracles of science.

The next time you visit the Apollo 11 Exhibition, remember that they have something special for the kids as well.

Key Exhibits

The exhibition will feature items from the Museum’s vast space collection from around the world. Some of these key items include a feed horn used on the iconic CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope which was responsible for receiving some of the first images of the moonwalk; and parts of the Redstone Rocket that put the first American into space.

With the advancement in virtual reality technology, visitors now have an incredible opportunity to watch the moon landing from the unique perspective of Michael Collins, the third astronaut who remained in orbit aboard the Command Module during the moon landing. This virtual experience was developed in partnership with UNSW’s iCinema using innovative 3D modelling from the Smithsonian Institute.

Best Family activity in Sydney this winter

There’s no better place in Sydney for families to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and experience the mysteries of space with your family than at the Apollo 11 Exhibition. They have truly been successful in bringing the Apollo mission back to life.

The hotel is a short 15 minutes away from the Powerhouse Museum, which is the major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney, It is located in the old Ultimo Power Station building.



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