From the bright lights of Vivid Sydney to disco-fuelled food feasts and must-see gigs – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. Make sure you don’t miss a thing with our top picks of things to do throughout the rest of June*.
If there’s one place in the world where inspiration shines bright, it’s Vivid Sydney. Returning for its 11th year, the world’s best light artists, music makers and brilliant minds share their creativity in illuminating form with locals and visitors alike for 23 days and nights over May and June.
From now till 15th June
Samsung is returning to Vivid with its Electric Playground and Studio transforming Circular Quay’s First Fleet Park. Within the playground is a sky walk offering an excellent vantage point of the Vivid lights, a light slide and much more. The Galaxy Studio, in collaboration with Instagram, will help you capture the perfect Insta moment in front of the Field of Hearts installation, and there’ll be meet-and-greets with artist in residence, George Rose.
From now till 15th June
First Fleet Park, Circular Quay
Vivid Sydney’s dazzling Light Walk extends to this iconic amusement park, which will once again come to life with brilliant shapes, patterns and colours to illuminate the promenade and rides. Roving street performers with LED light-embellished costumes will set the scene for a fun and festive Vivid experience for the family. The Ferris Wheel will form part of the installation ‘A Kaleidoscopic Tale’ where 3,000 LED lights will illuminate the ride every night.
From now till 15th June
1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point
Din Tai Fung is bringing a whole lot of colour and fun to this year’s Vivid celebrations with the launch of a limited-edition Giant Rainbow Dumpling. The single giant dumpling, seven times larger than Din Tai Fung’s regular xiao long bao, is a fun and sure-fire way to refuel before wandering through the streets of Vivid.
From now till 6th June
Broadway, Chatswood, Miranda, North Sydney, Pyrmont and Sydney CBD
One of Barangaroo’s top restaurants, 12–Micron is collaborating with globally renowned French Champagne house Perrier-Jouët to deliver a dine-in-the-dark series that will creatively combine gastronomy, music, art and light in an immersive dinner event. Transforming 12-Micron’s private dining room into a stunning light exhibition, the incredibly unique dining experience includes five courses, each expertly paired with Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
From now till 15th June
$190 per person
Tower 1, Level 2/100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Blacklight is an illuminated dessert bar led by Sydney dessert leaders Gelato Messina that will blur the boundaries between food, art and architecture that will awaken all of your senses. The ultraviolet dessert bar, located in a black cube, will showcase Messina’s collaborations with Darling Square eateries Edition Coffee Roasters, Bubble Nini and DOPA by Devon Café. Together, they have created a rotating menu of delectable glow-in-the-dark desserts.
From now till 15th June, 6pm-11pm
Darling Square, 60 Tumbalong Blvd, Haymarket
EAT & DRINK
Bopp & Tone are getting their groove on this month, bringing together the soulful sounds of jazz with their signature Mediterranean feasting plates. Look forward to a six-course shared lunch menu of delicious crowd favourites, including the likes of char-grilled rib eye on the bone and Cobia kingfish crudo, accompanied by a live jazz soundtrack and two hours of bottomless bubbles, bellinis and beers. If you’re feeling ultra-fancy you can upgrade your lunch to include bottomless Perrier Jouët Champagne.
Saturday 15th June, 12pm-2:30pm
$85/pp (inc. six-course shared set menu and two-hour of bottomless bubbles, bellinis and beers); or upgrade to a lux Perrier Jouët Champagne package for $150/pp
60 Carrington Street, Wynyard
Rockpool Dining Group restaurants will be taking the classic Negroni to the next level, with each venue putting its own unique spin on the famous Italian cocktail for Negroni Week. From classic blends to modern twists, each restaurant will donate $1 from every Negroni sold during the annual fundraising event to OzHarvest, which diverts waste food from the hospitality industry to people in need.
From 24th June till 30th June
Rockpool Dining Group venues
Chin Chin Sydney has joined forces with popular artist and designer, Frida Las Vegas and event stylists Valiant Events to create Smoke and Mirrors. Chin Chin’s basement event space will be transformed into a fantastical vision of the glamour, excess and decadence of 1980s Sydney through the themes of art, interiors and dining.
From 12th June till 29th June, bookings from 5pm till late Wednesday-Saturday
69 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
This winter, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta celebrates the Return of the Classics, bringing back all your Italian favourites to keep you toasty warm. The Da Orazio team will be showcasing seven classic pastas that will take your tastebuds on a tasty trip throughout the regions of Italy.
From 3rd June till 21st July 2019
75-79 Hall St, Bondi Beach
Bopp & Tone will host its second Chef’s Table Dinner this month. The 11-course dining experience offers diners the rare opportunity to get a front row seat and taste an exclusive menu prepared and served by Bopp & Tone’s head chef Sa Va’afusuaga. Guests will be guided through each dish from the quality ingredients and detailed preparation to cooking and serving, creating a unique and intimate dining experience. With only six seats available to book, make sure you get in quick!
$120 per person
60 Carrington St, Wynward Park
Merivale is once again celebrating Sydney with the return of 49 per cent off ALL drinks this June. The drinks offer is available at all bars and pubs across Merivale’s expansive and diverse portfolio. From rare whiskey at J&M to cocktail pitchers at Coogee Rooftop, crisp rosé at The Newport, martinis at Bar Topa, Champagne at Hotel Centennial, Negronis at Palmer & Co and beers on tap at The Royal – guests can taste their way through the group’s extensive drinks offering.
June, 5pm-7pm daily
Participating Merivale venues
Sydney’s favourite Japanese hotspot, Toko Sydney, is set to bring back its boozy lunch menu – yes, that’s ramen and bottomless prosecco every Saturday during winter. Slurp up the delicious and soul-warming ramen options on offer like truffle and yuzu, while sipping on your choice of endless prosecco or rosé.
From 1st June, 12pm-3pm
Ramen – $16
Bottomless prosecco or rosé – $30 per person
490 Crown St, Surry Hills
Who said spritz was just for summer? Fratelli Fresh is mixing things up on its winter menu, giving Aperol lovers the chance to supersize a spritz into a 1.5-litre glass. This Aperol Spritz is not for the faint-hearted. This coveted drink is big enough to share and impressive enough to earn some Insta-love. Come in on a Wednesday and you can order one for just $20 – super fun!
Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD, Moore Park, and Walsh Bay
Sydneysiders don’t have to run around to try and find their happy hour for oysters – or on what day they can find a deal. Cherry has locals (and travellers alike) covered for the finest Sydney Rock oysters in town for only $2.50 a pop!
Until 23rd June
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
This month, hundreds of Sydneysiders will gather together for a night of spectacular entertainment, in an effort to raise much-needed funds for youth organisation Weave.
Guests will be treated to live performances on the night by local artists including Kobie Dee, a community-sourced art wall, silent auction, wishing wall, and a live auction featuring unmissable prizes like a trip for two to Morocco and a VIP experience with The Australian Ballet.
Every dollar raised will help uplift and spark positive change in the life of children and young people, through improving opportunities, nurturing relationships and creating meaningful connections. A night for a good cause, why not?
Thursday 20th June, from 7pm
Doltone House - Darling Island: 48 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
FKA twigs will be headlining Carriageworks in a one-night only performance, as part of Vivid Sydney. The critically-acclaimed performer has created some of the most genre-bending musical artistry of her generation. Alongside her music, video has been a central part of the artist’s storytelling – she directs the majority of her own music videos to tell deeply personal and exciting stories, while also redefining how artists communicate on film. This concert will be her only Sydney performance and a must-see for music fans.
9th June, from 8pm
245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Merivale has announced the return of See Sound, a season-long series of free live music events presented by Furphy. Bringing together the best local music from Sydney and beyond, the live sessions will feature big-name acts, hotly tipped local bands and good-time DJs at three of Merivale’s crowd-pleasing venues all winter long.
From June (check the venue schedule)
The party for music lovers, Curve Ball is back again for another Vivid Festival. Co-presented with Fuzzy and Carriageworks, Curve Ball will feature Hayden James with Mallrat, Set Mo, Touch Sensitive, Young Franco and Cassian. This day-long music festival is an absolute must to add to your diary.
Saturday 8th June, 2pm-10pm
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Sip on Poor Toms gin while you recover from Saturday nights mistakes at Scat Sundays. Drink and food specials all afternoon along with a side of Darcy Justice on the decks.
Sunday 2nd June, 2pm-8pm
6 Chalder Avenue, Marrickville
For a cultured night out on the town, you can’t go past Soultrap. This month they’ll be kicking off a series of live classical performances featuring a selection of world-renowned musicians, to combine two great loves – classical music and cocktails. Music lovers will be serenaded by the soothing symphonic sounds of brass, strings, wind and rhythm, as they dine on cheese and charcuterie in Soultrap’s intimate underground setting.
With a series of dates running throughout June and July, there’ll be performances from award-winning violinists, string quartets and Latino saxophonists, among many more. If you’re looking for a date night with a difference, this is it.
Thursday 6th June 6pm-8pm; Monday 10th June 3:30pm-5:30pm
Tickets from $39 pp, or $129 for the ultimate experience which includes table seating, cocktails and cheese & charcuterie
70-72 Campbell Street, Surry Hill
In the mood for some tunes? You’re in luck, because Sydney’s live music scene is strong. There are brilliant venues dotted all over the city and surrounds, from huge theatres and pubs to underground bars. Sit back and soak up the atmosphere at these eight live music venues.
FESTIVALS & MARKETS
There's something fishy going on in this autumn. Seafood lovers prepare to unite, casting its net this month is The Star's ultimate seafood festival, where world-class chefs will be cooking up a storm celebrating all the delights of the sea. From lobster and scallops to bass and Moreton Bay bugs, crustaceans of all kinds will be served up in exquisite form.
Chefs included on the bill run the gamut from Peter Robinson, Executive Chef at Flying Fish, to celebrity chef Luke Nguyen from award-winning eatery, Fat Noodle, who will be chopping, frying, searing and steaming endless iterations of the crustacean form. Be sure to arrive hungry and work your way around the cornucopia of fresh, fishy delights.
9th May – 23rd June
The Star Sydney- 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Kings Cross Flower Market
This inner-city market steps it up a notch every Sunday in an area that is already so bright and vibrant. Come Sunday, the iconic El Alamein Memorial Fountain is brimming with stalls chock full of fresh flowers. Let your inner-florist shine as you make your way through the markets, creating your perfect posy.
Every Sunday, 9:30am-2:30pm
Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay Street, Kings Cross
Head to the Tramsheds on Sunday for their weekly Growers Markets. Featuring a selection of seasonal produce, you can also check out their schedule of workshops and masterclasses with cheesemakers and chefs. Better still, there’s live entertainment and plenty of delicious cafés and restaurants for an afternoon bite and tipple.
1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
From paddock to plate, Sydneysiders have a bit of a penchant for fresh produce and homemade wares. And where better to snap up some wholesome, artisan goodies than at a farmer's market? From the South Coast to the Central Coast, and even as far west as Mudgee, source the region’s best produce at these bounteous foodie bazaars.
LONG WEEKEND GETAWAYS
A luxury farm-stay cottage has just opened on Jamberoo Valley Farm, a working permaculture farm nestled in the green pastures of the New South Wales South Coast. Just two hours south of Sydney, this beautifully designed homestead boasts spectacular views of the valley right out to the ocean and offers the perfect getaway from the daily grind of inner-city living.
From $800 per night
185 Wallaby Hill Rd, Jamberoo
As one of Australia’s well-travelled tourist spots, Byron Bay comes steeped in adventure and charm. From spiritual healing to hikes and wildlife trails, to buzzing culinary hotspots, this free-spirited beachside gem really has it all. From whimsical Moroccan-style hideaways to spruced up Manhattan-inspired motels, take inspiration from our Insta-worthy edit of luxury hideouts in Byron, guaranteed to deliver on your next coastal getaway.
We may be biased, but Sydney really does have it all: a sparkling harbour, postcard-perfect beaches, a thriving food and cultural scene, and big-city sophistication. The city meets the sea in a beautiful way, and locals count themselves lucky to live here. While you could spend a lifetime exploring every nook, cranny and cove, if you’re entertaining out-of-towners or just want to get to know your city, here’s our insider’s guide to spending two fun-filled days in Sydney.
Want to go camping with all your creature comforts? Welcome to glamping. The ultimate back-to-basics getaway, glamping allows you to sleep under the stars while enjoying all of life's little luxuries like, you know, a comfortable bed and hot water. There’s no pitching tents or lugging around a car’s worth of supplies – all the hard work is done for you, so all you need to do is show up, and get ready to feel grounded.
Thanks to our coast-meets-country landscape, Sydneysiders have plenty of plush glamping spots to choose from. These are our favourite sites in and around Sydney.
There’s no denying our harbour city is a visual feast for the senses, sometimes you just need to escape the buzz, even if it’s just for a few hours. If you’re keen to swap gridlock traffic for the big open road, take your pick of our favourite scenic drives just outside Sydney.
FITNESS & WELLNESS
If you want to stick to an exercise routine, it has to be fun. Enter: dance fitness. These classes not only break a sweat and flood your body with endorphins, but they do it in the most distracting way. As you’re busy moving, shaking and bopping, you barely notice that you’re working out and boosting your flexibility, coordination, strength and confidence. It’s the most fun you’ll have while exercising.
Keen to crank up the heat in your next yoga class? Sydney is flush with yoga studios, and more than a handful heat up their rooms, so you can stretch and sweat your way to inner zen (and an outer glow) before heading back to the real world. Brave the 40-degree heat at Bikram or sweat it out with heated vinyasa – these steam-filled studios will help you master your yoga like a pro.
Still procrastinating your New Year fitness goals? We're right there with you. Colder, darker mornings are not usually conducive to early morning workouts. So, if, like us, you can't face dragging yourself out of bed for a 5am run in the dark, we may have found the incentive to get you excited about fitness again. Introducing the 30-day Pilates Challenge from MPower Pilates. Designed to give your body a total recharge, this intensive plan encourages you to workout at least four times a week – although if you do sign up, you have unlimited access, so feel free to attend more if you wish!
As well as unlimited access to to all classes during June – mat, reformer and equipment – there will be two health and lifestyle workshops hosted by inspiring guest speakers, pre- and post-competition testing, nutritional advice, a goodie bag worth $250, plus you'll be entered into a draw for the chance to win their surprise grand prize.
Not for the fainthearted, this is a challenge after all, but as famously quoted by the founder, Joseph Pilates himself,
“In 10 days you will feel the difference, in 20 days you will see the difference, and in 30 days, you will have a whole new body”.
Where do we sign up?!
1st – 31st June 2019
Shop 7, 1-7 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach
Sydneysiders are spoilt for choice with places to sweat, stretch, and supercharge both the mind and body. Whether you want to walk out feeling relaxed or reinvigorated, Sydney’s studio circuit has you covered. From yoga and meditation centres to infrared saunas and holistic gyms, Sydney’s blissful wellness hangouts bring about a sense of balance. They’re health havens, where you can escape the demands of the daily grind, de-stress, and focus entirely on yourself. So, to help you achieve your inner zen, we’ve rounded up the best fitness and wellness centres in Sydney. Book in and bliss out…
When it comes to scenic walks, we Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice. From Palm Beach to Coogee, strap on your hiking shoes, hit the trails, and take in Sydney’s spectacular harbour and coastline.
ARTS & CULTURE
Tennessee Williams' classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is coming to the Sydney theatre stage at the end of this month. The esteemed cast lead by renowned Australian actor Hugo Weaving will bring to life this explosive tale of a Southern family on one hot night on the Mississippi Delta.
Monday 29th April-Saturday 8th June
Sydney Theatre Company, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
A thought-provoking exhibition, From where I stand asks viewers to consider the relationship between power and participation. To highlight these themes, the photographic artworks look closely at how this continues to impact Indigenous Australians.
From now till 14th July 2019
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney
Printed from the museum's collection of glass plate negatives, the images on display in Capturing Nature showcase the impact of photography on science and art. These never-before-seen photographs of the Australian Museum's natural history collection, between 1857-1893, highlight how developments in technology helped advance research and scientific discovery.
From now till 21st July 2019
Free with general admission (From $8)
This eagerly anticipated display will showcase this year’s finalists, of which there are 51 artworks in total, featuring a mix of well-known and not so well-known faces that make up our Australian culture, including authors, artists, sports stars and politicians. No doubt the exhibition will bring about different opinions as to which entry was most deserving of the $100,000 prize – though the official winners have already been chosen, seeing Tony Costa’s portrait of Lindy Lee take out the top prize, along with Tessa MacKay’s portrait of David Wenham winning the Packing Room Prize.
From now till 8th September 2019
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney