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The Coolest Things to Do in Sydney This March

From espresso martini festivals and hilarious comedy galas, to new venue openings and bottomless brunches – Sydney has plenty to keep you occupied this month. So you don’t miss a thing, here are our top picks for things to do throughout the rest of March*.

*For the best things to do this weekend, check out our weekend guide here.

EAT & DRINK

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Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits

Cellarmasters are hosting Australia's first female only drinks festival this month, to tie in with International Women's Day weekend. Celebrating Australia's most talented makers and producers, taste your way around 75 wines, beers and spirits, all produced by leading women in the industry. And you'll also get the chance to meet them too, with brands like Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Archie Rose and Philter Brewing all making an appearance at the event. 

8th-9th March

From $37.50

Australian Technology Park- Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

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10th Birthday, Spice Temple Sydney

It's been a decade since Spice Temple first landed in Sydney, and to mark the occasion they'll be throwing a month-long celebration, offering guests a special anniversary menu throughout the entire month of March. Curated by Neil Perry and Executive Chef Andy Evans, the celebratory menu has been designed to reflect Spice Temple's most cherished dishes – think dried chillies, delicate, hand-made dumplings and silken noodles.

All month long

$99pp (Paired drinks- additional $55pp)

10 Bligh St, Sydney 

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Bottomless Brunch, Barzaari Chippendale

Starting Saturday 9th March, Barzaari Chippendale at The Old Clare Hotel will launch a weekend bottomless brunch that celebrates the flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean. Chef Darryl Martin has curated a menu of dishes that take you on a cultural journey through the flavours of Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and surrounding countries. From Baked Eggs and a Mezze Plate, to Rainbow Trout and Spatchcock, the menu is served family-style making it the ideal location to get your friends together for a long and bountiful meal.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm

Brunch is $75 per person, including two hours of bottomless spritzes. (Add an extra hour of spritzes for $30 per person). 

3 Kensington Street, Chippendale

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Tayim x The Turkish Drop

On Wednesday 27th March, Tayim is hosting a one-night-only collaborative dinner with Turkish wine merchants, The Turkish Drop. Expect a sensory overload as you feast on Middle Eastern fare. Indulge in seven-courses, each matched perfectly with wine produced in vineyards across Turkey. Tayim Head Chef, Ran Kimelfeld, has crafted a one-off menu for the evening, with enticing dishes including Charred Octopus Shish, Grilled Duck Breast accompanied by Smoked Fig Puree and Lamb Spare Ribs paired with Fire Roasted Eggplant.

Wednesday 27th March

$110pp, bookings essential

Nurses Walk, The Rocks

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Build, Shake & Stir with Jameson, Della Hyde

It’s never too early to celebrate the luck (and good whiskey) of the Irish, and with St Paddy’s day just round the corner, Della Hyde has partnered with whiskey merchants, Jameson to host an exclusive masterclass. Head down to the basement bar on Wednesday 13th March, and enjoy an evening dedicated to Irish whiskey lead by an official Jameson ambassador. Expect whiskey tasting and tales, along with a hands-on lesson on how to build, shake and stir two signature Jameson cocktails.

Wednesday 13th March, 6pm,-9pm

$55pp, bookings essential

34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

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The Latest Bar Openings

From intimate Inner City hangouts to out of town brew houses, March welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to Sydney. Swill a beautiful wine at eliza food & wine in Darlinghurst or head across town to Elettra, for cocktails and good vibes. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your 2019 calendar is crying out for. 

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Black to Beaches Espresso Martini Festival, Manly Spirits Co.

Manly Spirits Co. Black to Beaches Espresso Martini Festival is set to land 16th-17th March, and as an ode to the espresso martini, they'll be showcasing their new coffee liqueur, Blackfin Cold Brew. The boozy festival line-up will feature a series of interactive masterclasses including: an espresso martini making masterclass; a behind-the-scenes tour into how coffee liqueur is made with made with head distiller Tim Stones; and a sensory immersion session with coffee roasters Seven Miles. All that learning is bound to leave you hungry, so Manly’s favourite newcomer Peanut Butter Jelly has designed a menu featuring an array of coffee liqueur-infused dishes to match the selection of caffeine-laced drinks. Espresso martini taco anyone? 

16th- 17th March, from 2pm

$60pp

Manly Spirits Co. Distillery- 4A/9-13 Winbourne Rd, Brookvale

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Celebrate Australia, Mode Kitchen & Bar

Celebrating Australia’s rich palette of vibrant produce, Four Season's elegant eatery Mode Kitchen and Bar, has launched an exciting new dining series that shines a light on the country's talented growers and suppliers. The collaborative series crowned “Celebrate Australia”, will kick off with a brand new menu that heroes South Australia’s extraordinary range of food and wine. With its diverse micro-climates, multi-faceted landscape and distinct regions, the picturesque state grows and nurtures some of Australia’s finest citrus fruits and berries, premium sustainable seafood like Pacific oysters, mussels and Hiramasa Kingfish, fresh organic vegetables and high-quality meats including salt bush lamb, beef and kangaroos. 

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney- 199 George St, Sydney

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Meet the Maker, The Butler

Juniata’s bar at The Butler in Potts Point has teamed up with Sydney wine gods, Captains of Trade, to host a very special ‘Meet the Maker’ event with Manuel Filgueira of Los Nadies Vineyard, Uruguay. This free event is an exclusive opportunity to meet, chat and drink with legendary Uruguayan wine-producer, Manuel Filgueira, and sample wines from his small winery in Los Nadies. Some of the wines available to sample and buy on the night include; Picardia (Skin-contact Chardonnay & Gerwurz), Equilibrio (Malbec & Merlot) and Impetu Tannat (Merlot).

Wednesday 13th March, 7pm-10pm

Free

123 Victoria St, Potts Point 

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Wear Pineapple, Get Free Pineapple Meals, Jamaica Blue

To celebrate the launch of Jamaica Blue's new pineapple themed menu (jerk chicken tacos, cheesecakes, iced teas and breakfast bowls), they’re slinging free meals and drinks to anyone that comes in to their stores wearing anything pineapple patterned. Best outfit post on socials also goes in the running for the chance to win tickets, flights and accommodation to the Big Pineapple Fest on the Sunshine Coast - this year’s festival sees a fresh line up including Peking Duk, Broods, PNAU, Vera Blue and Thundamentals hitting the stage on 25th May.

Saturday 16th March 

Westfield Bondi Junction

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Celebrating a Decade of Fine Dining, Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

Not all birthdays are created equal, and Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney's 10th birthday is definitely one for the calendar. To celebrate, the team have curated a special birthday menu that will be available throughout March, featuring some of the dishes that Neil Perry, Head Chef Corey Costelloe and this decadent fine-diner are best-known for. 

All month long

$135pp (wine pairings available for an additional $55pp)

66 Hunter St, Sydney

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The Newest Restaurants You NEED to Book 

To whittle down your January list, we’ve taste-tested our way around town to reveal the best new restaurants on the Sydney dining scene. Pop into Canton Kitchen in Castlecrag for a taste of Cantonese cuisine or head to the city for a Greek, seafood feast at 1821. Take inspiration from this drool-worthy edit. 

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Meat March, NOLA Smokehouse & Bar

From Friday March 1, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, will launch Meat March, their homage to all things meaty. This month-long mega meat fest has seven different meaty events and offerings, with each item influenced by the New Orleans, Louisiana flavours that are at the heart of NOLA Smokehouse and Bar. On Saturday nights they will be serving up a Pork Feast. The star of this nine-dish (plus sides) shared dinner is a spectacular pit-roasted pork belly complete with crispy crackling. Get in quick before tickets sell out.

Saturday nights during March 

$95pp (Groups of 8+)

Level 1, One International Towers Sydney- 100 Barangaroo Ave, Cnr Barangaroo Ave & Shipwright Walk, Barangaroo 

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Fratelli Fresh

Happy Hour

Make the most of summer with Fratelli Fresh’s recharged happy hour menu. Classic Italian bites and refreshing drinks, spritzes and cocktails are on offer for $3 - $6 between 3pm and 6pm every weekday. A range of appetisers includes three cheese arancini, bruschetta with Roma tomato, onion and basil, and fried zucchini flower stuffed with five cheeses. The tempting happy hour drinks menu features negronis, espresso martinis, Aperol spritzes and Fratelli house wines, beers and spirits. 

Gelato Happy Hour

Gelato Happy Hour happens every day from 3pm to 4pm at Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour, with scoops of artisanal, house-made gelato on offer for just $2.50. Diners can choose from black forest, cookies and cream, blueberry and yoghurt, tiramisu, espresso, chocolate crunch, rum and raisin, mascarpone and figs, Nutella, hazelnut salted caramel, pistachio, snickerone, vanilla, coconut, and raspberry and passionfruit sorbet. 

Alexandria, Bridge Street, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter, Walsh Bay and Westfield Sydney

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Bottomless Rosé, NOMAD

What better way to while away your Saturday afternoon than with a bottomless rosé feast.  Still one of the best bottomless offerings around Sydney, guests can enjoy two hours of bottomless rosé surrounded by great food and great company. The current menu serves up moreish burrata with fennel jam and extra virgin olive oil, zucchini flowers with truffle honey and pecorino, and Ranger Valley rump cap with bbq sugar loaf cabbage, and bagna cauda. 

Lunchtime every Saturday

$75pp

16 Foster St, Surry Hills

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Elettra Pop-up

For limited time only at Sydney Town Hall,  the exclusive caterer for Sydney Town Hall, Restaurant Associates, has teamed up with the City of Sydney to launch the pop-up series called Elettra. Working together closely with local suppliers like Archie Rose and Young Henrys, Elettra is a new, unique, diverse, outdoor bar, right in the heart of Sydney. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine, or a refreshing cocktail, while being admiring the beautiful view from the Marconi Terrace. Better still, arrive between 4pm-6pm to make the most of happy hour- $6 house beer and wine.

Fridays, from 4:00pm

Sydney Town Hall - Druitt Street Entrance

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Book in a Brunch Date at one of Sydney's newest cafés

Calling all coffee fiends and obsessive Instagrammers: gather in tow for the ultimate weekend brunch date. For an Insta-worthy affair, Alexandria's Went to See the Gypsy does this trick, while those who are in need of plant-based eats and Turkish coffee, Khamsa Café  in Erskineville has all your cravings covered. These are the cafés crying out for your attention this month.

ARTS & CULTURE

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Sydney Design Festival

Leading design experts from Australia and around the world are set to arrive in Sydney this week for the Sydney Design Festival 2019. The Sydney Design Festival offers 10 days of tours, workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, markets, open studios, podcasts, keynote presentations and installations from across the vibrant local and international design community. Curated and produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), this year’s festival theme 'Accessing Design' challenges designers to broaden the definition of design and collaborate across disciplines and cultural divides. 

1st-10th March

Venues around Sydney

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Bumble Me Tinders, Della Hyde

As part of Della Hyde’s devotion to making Sydney laugh, they’re hosting an exclusive one-night only showing of US comic Patrick Melton’s internationally touring show,  Bumble Me Tinders. Co-hosted by Patrick Melton (Comedy Central, Spike, VH1) and Kyle Legacy (Laugh Mob co-founder), Bumble Me Tinders features a hysterical line-up of single comedians sharing their real life experiences of navigating the modern dating world and the trials of apps, ghosting and shifting cultural expectations. 

Thursday 7th March, from 7pm

$30

34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

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Heaven and earth in Chinese art treasures from the National Palace Museum Taipei

This latest exhibition to arrive at the Art Gallery of NSW provides a unique opportunity to see some of the highest artistic achievements across 5000 years of Chinese history. Rarely seen outside Taipei, Heaven and earth in Chinese art presents a series of 87 artworks including paintings, calligraphy, illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics, jade and wood carvings, dating from the Neolithic period to the nineteenth century.

Until 5th May

From $14

Art Gallery of NSW

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The National 2019: New Australian Art

Opening in March, these three high-profile galleries will showcase the work of 65 new and established Aussie artists who work in a diverse range of media. You can expect to admire a lot of contemporary art that’s not only intricate and complex, but also speaks to what’s happening in our world. We’re already fans of the Art Gallery of NSW’s selection, which presents 24 artists – 65% of whom are women.

29th March – 21st July

Free

The Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks 


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Destination Sydney Re-Imagined

Sydneysiders, this collab will make you love this city even more. The exhibition is spread across three galleries, and features 130 works from nine Aussie artists whose careers were inspired by the Harbour City. Think Ken Done, Ethel Carrick Fox and Adrian Fent (Manly Art Gallery & Museum), Roy de Maistre, Robert Klippel and Michael Johnson (Mosman Art Gallery), and Jeffrey Smart, Nicholas Harding and Wendy Sharpe (S.H. Ervin Gallery). As a local, you’ll no doubt see some familiar spots!

Until 17th March

Ticketed

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery

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The Whiteley at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Brett Whiteley was a homegrown hero. In 1999, his mum established the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, which gives young painters the chance to travel to Paris and explore Europe to develop their talent – just like her son did. (He won the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship back in 1959).  On display at The Rocks, this intimate exhibition features a few of Whiteley’s works, plus those of 20 of the scholarship-winning painters.  

22nd March – 5th May 2019

Ticketed

S.H. Ervin Gallery

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Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul explores the Australian landscape and a sense of place through the genius of Arthur Boyd, considered one of Australia's most important artists. The exhibition features 60 paintings, drawn from the Bundanon Trust and including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years. 

Thursday 10 January - Saturday 9 March 2019 

Free

National Art School Gallery, Forbes St & Burton Street, Darlinghurst 

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Moonlight Cinema

Picnic-lovers, wine-lovers and movie buffs unite annually in Centennial Park for films beneath the stars at the Moonlight Cinema. A casual affair, bring your own basket of goodies, picnic blanket and even a bottle of wine. (Yes, BYO wine!) Otherwise get in early, snap up a beanbag and order movie snacks from the food trucks. Heaven. Our pick this week is the Oscar-award winning rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody- get ready to sing.

Until Sunday 31st March

Centennial Park, corner Carrington Drive and Broome Avenue, Paddington

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Sunset Cinema

On the northside of the bridge, when the sun begins to dip, North Sydney Oval transforms into pop-up cinema. Expect a mix of cinema’s cult classics and biggest blockbusters to light up the night. This Saturday night, watch the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic On the Basis of Sex- a feminist film for the 21st century.

Until Saturday 30th March

North Sydney Oval, Miller Street, North Sydney

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

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Rooftop Fridays at Coogee Pavilion

The end of the working week just got a whole lot better for the East with a brand new rooftop series at Coogee Pavilion. This summer, the stunning beachside oasis has launched ‘Rooftop Fridays’, a free party to welcome in the weekend in style. So grab the girls and get ready to groove to DJ’s from 5pm, dig into Mediterranean bites and sip on a glass of rosé or three. 

Fridays from 5pm

Free

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

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Twilight at Taronga

Celebrating all things summer and live music, the American Express Twilight at Taronga concert series is a must for all Sydneysiders. Set up on the lawn overlooking the harbour skyline, the series features a host of notable bands and acts from 1st February- 9th March. In the mood for a laugh? Get a ticket to Saturday night's Comedy Gala with The Umbilical Brothers, Dave Hughes, Cal Wilson and Nick Cody.

1st February- 9th March

Tickets from $73

Taronga Zoo

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Live Music Around Town

In the mood for some tunes? Even though the government is infringing on Sydney's live music scene, there are still some amazing venues flying the flag for live music. 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.

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LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS: Wine Machine

Wine Machine is a jam-packed day of music and wine appreciation. The stunning Hunter Valley wine region backdrop sets the scene for an amazing day celebrating our local produce and music. This year Hot Dub Time Machine takes the stage alongside Aussie legends The Presets and electronic maestro Hayden James. 

Saturday 23rd March

Tickets from $89

Roche Estate, Hunter Valley

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BUY TICKETS: Bluesfest Byron Bay

With its 30th anniversary looming, Bluesfest’s five-day spectacle is set to be a big one, with plenty of big names tipped to head the bill. A festival in the truest sense – less of the frills, more of the musical kicks – each year music lovers of all ages gather together in Tyagarah Tea Farm’s stunning Byron surrounds, to hear the reverberating pulse of blues, roots, country, pop, reggae, folk, hip-hop and jazz. A long list of musical greats have graced the stage over the years – think Bob Dylan, James Brown, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and Led Zeppelin – and next year is no exception, with the likes of David Gray, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Hozier and Paul Kelly, all set to take to take to the stage. Laid-back, family-friendly with a side serving of fun, this annual Blues-a-thon is a guaranteed must for any festival goer.

18th- 20th April

Price from: Day tickets $180; 3 day $450; 5 day $625

Tyagarah Tea Farm, Byron Bay

DAY TRIPS

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Road Trip

While there’s no denying our harbour city is a visual feast for the senses, sometimes you just need to escape the city, even for just 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.

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The Day Spa By Chuan, The Langham, Sydney
Day Spa

In need of a little pampering? Sydney has you sorted for every decadent beauty treatment your body desires. Self-indulgent packages abound, and with massages, facials and body wraps aplenty there has never been a better time to reward yourself (and your partner) with some well-deserved relaxation. From rejuvenating massage treatments to calming meditation rituals, we've rounded up the best day spas in Sydney that are guaranteed to calm the mind and soothe the soul.

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Wine Tasting

From iconic Semillons of the Hunter Valley to boutique wineries of the Southern Highlands, some of Australia’s best wineries are just a few hours drive outside of Sydney. Whether you’re a seasoned sommelier eager to swirl and swish unchartered drops, or you’re planning a wine tour for a memorable hen’s weekend, the 14 wine regions dotted across New South Wales are ready and waiting to be explored on these popular wine tasting tours.

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Hiking

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.

HOLIDAY

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Romantic Escapes

Planning a well-earned weekend escape with your partner? You don’t have to look too far. Whether you’re looking for a cute couples haven, a self-catered stay or adults-only accommodation, Sydney and its surrounds are home to a range of romantic retreats that are bound to tick every box. All you need to do is decide on a setting: beach or bush? Wine country or waterfront? Rolling hills or rainforest? Leave the city behind and treat yourself and your loved one to one of these blissful breaks that come dripping in romance.

Girls Trip
Girls' Trip

Girls' getaway, girls' trip, friend-cation – call it what you will, but the most important part of a girls' weekend, is spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. Whether it’s an annual tradition, an end-of-year reunion or just another trip with your closest pals – we’ve got your summer plans sorted. No matter where you choose to go, be it the countryside, the mountains or the beach, here are 7 genius ideas sure to suit every type of girl gang.

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Family-friendly vacations

Luckily for us, New South Wales is brimming with outstanding options for families hoping to score some R&R and that’s suited to even the tiniest of tots. From the Northern tip of New South Wales to the refreshing waters of the South Coast, there is a holiday spot to suit every kind of family year-round.  

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Skydiving, Wollongong
Coastline Adventure

With a burgeoning food scene, beautiful coastline and an impressive line-up of adrenalin-pumping activities, Wollongong and its surrounds are a haven of thrill-seeking activity. Positioned with the Pacific Ocean to one side and Illawarra Escarpment on the other, Wollongong is one of the best places to go if you’re looking for outdoor adventure. But if picnicking on the side of a cliff or jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet doesn’t quite do it for you, then maybe a bike ride or a surf lesson will. There are plenty of things to do for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. From rock climbing to scuba diving, head an hour and a half south of Sydney to find the ultimate adventurer's playground. 

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Solar Springs Health Retreat
Health Retreats

Burning the candle at both ends? Whether you're working too much or playing too hard, sometimes you just need a break away from the daily grind. Whatever your end goal – be it to lower your stress levels, lose weight, detox, or simply relax and unwind – we've selected our favourite health retreats in NSW. So get ready to relax, recharge and reinvigorate yourself at one of these next-level health havens.

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