Here are a few links to help you find out what to see and do in and around Sydney. It’s by all means not the ultimate list, yet includes some of my favourite things.
Links will be updated on an ongoing basis. Please let me know if any have expired.
General info sites:
http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au - Time Out Sydney has a great e-newsletter. Purchase the magazine at newspaper stands throughout the City.
http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au - Official events page from the City of Sydney.
http://www.liveguide.com.au/Sydney - Gig guide for music, theatre and arts.
My favourite Sydney events:
http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au - The Sydney Festival is fantastic each year. So many free and low cost things to do.
http://australianmuseum.net.au/ - Wildlife Photographer of the Year travels from the UK to the Australian Museum every year .
http://www.tropfest.com/ - Australia’s largest short film festival is held in Sydney’s Domain every February.
http://www.cityrail.com.au - Search for train, bus and ferry information. The maps and fare locator are handy.
http://www.webjet.com.au – Use the price match function and then book on the actual airline page to save yourself the booking.
Local fashion & art:
http://www.sticksdesigns.com/ - My friend, Shereen Khan, designs amazing leggings, shirts, and pants and has an ever expanding collection
http://www.claudioraschella.com/ - Claudio Raschella Photographer
http://www.facebook.com/onesmallleap/ – Bekk McQueen makes amazing vintage inspired shoes
http://www.kaboodledesigns.com.au/ - cute collection of accessories, purses, and notebooks
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Australian-Designers-Market/163130080364707?ref=ts&v=wall#!/pages/Young-Australian-Designers-Market/163130080364707) – Young Australian Designers Market at Paddington Town Hall.
http://www.paddingtonmarkets.com.au/ - The famous markets at Paddington, not far from the city.
Bead shops & jewellery stores (I’m an addict):
http://www.iloveyou.net.au - Fantastic bead shop on Parramatta Rd, Leichardt.
http://www.2beadornot2bead.com/ – My new favourite bead shop close to home.
http://www.diva.net.au/ - Contains a store locator. Pretty much every Westfield shopping centre has a Diva.
http://www.dfo.com.au/homebush/ - Hide your credit card when you go to the Homebush outlet of DFO (i.e. Direct Factory Outlet).
http://www.birkenheadpoint.com.au/ - Another excellent outlet shopping mall.
Sydney bands & music:
http://www.lior.com.au – I love Lior!
http://www.thirstymerc.com/ - Thirsty Merc are even more amazing live than on their CD’s.
Venues & guides:
http://sydney.edu.au/seymour/ - The Seymour Centre, near Sydney Univsersity.
http://www.enmoretheatre.com.au/- The Enmore Theatre, near Newtown.
http://www.thebasement.com.au/ - The Basement is Sydney’s most famous jazz club and is near Circular Quay.
http://www.moshtix.com.au/ - Moshtix.
My favourite Australian travel writers & books include:
http://www.brianthacker.tv/blog/home/ - Brian Thacker is originally a Pom but I’ll claim him as an Aussie. His memoirs are hysterical. Sleeping Around recounts his travels around the world by sleeping on people’s floors and couches after meeting them on couch-surfing websites.
http://penelopegreen.com.au/ - I love Penelope’s books about culture shock in Italy.
http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780143007715/hellas-and-back-my-modern-day-greek-tragedy - Lara Penrose made me laugh and cry about moving to Greece.
http://www.dymocks.com.au/productdetails/ProductDetail.aspx?R=9781863253260 - Great read about moving to India from Sarah McDonald.
http://www.paris-expat.com/interviews/8-03_st.html - Link to an interview with Sarah Turnbull, author of best seller, Almost French.
http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Strange-Country/Mark-Dapin/book_9781405038720.htm - Mark Dapin’s Strange Country will make you laugh.
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