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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sydney and NSW Uncovered, October 2012

Dinosaurs Take Up Residence At Taronga Zoo

A Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Australia’s own dinosaur, the Muttaburrasaurus, will join lions, giraffes and seals at Taronga Zoo from 1 November. The 16 life-size and life-like robotic dinosaurs are travelling all the way from North America to Sydney for a new exhibition - Dinosaurs in the Wild. An encounter with these moving, roaring dinosaurs is included in the standard entry ticket to Taronga and tells a very important story about how humans can help prevent extinction of wonderful creatures today like the Tasmanian Devil and Sumatran Tiger.

Dress All White For The Night

For the first time ever,Sydney will play host to the spectacular event, Dîner en Blanc® on 27 October. Launched by a group of friends more than 20 years ago in Paris, this impromptu pop-up dinner now brings together over 10,000 people each year, in cities such as New York, Barcelona, Mexico City and Singapore. Bring your own gourmet hampers and dress in your best whites for a dazzling picnic outdoors. The location remains secret until the day of the event. Registrations to attend the Sydney event are open now at

Plunge Into SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Discover treasure in a pirate den, touch a sea urchin and get up close to stingrays at the new look SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. The 1.5 million litre Oceanarium is home to 1700 marine animals from 16 unique species, and now boasts the largest variety of sharks and rays in the world. The $10million renovation also includes 14 newly-themed zones as well as interactive and educational experiences.

Australia’s First Dedicated Children’s Theatre Opens in Darling Quarter

The Darling Quarter Theatre has opened with a focus on introducing young people to the arts. The 236-seat theatre in Darling Harbour is the only purpose-built performance space for children in Australia and complements the existing playground and community green at the Darling Quarter. The new space is home to Monkey Baa Theatre Company which is dedicated to presenting quality theatre to young audience.

Parramasala Announces 2012 Program

Now in its third year, Parramasala, Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, has an exciting four day program celebrating South East Asian culture from 8–11 November. Staged at various venues in Parramatta, the schedule features an opening night Bollywood-style party, a wide variety of contemporary music, comedy, delicious cuisine, hawker market stalls, a South Asian film program and free outdoor entertainment. The façade of Parramatta Town Hall will be illuminated throughout the festival with stunning digital projections by Australia’s internationally famous masters of the art form, The Electric Canvas.

New Touring Route In Regional NSW

The Backroads Trail takes travellers on a self-drive journey through the Riverina and along the Murray River from Moama to Barham, weaving together themes of heritage, environment, food, wine and culture. Be delighted by delicious produce, stunning sculptures, leafy bushland walks, relaxing river cruises and country hospitality. The area offers quirky events for a truly memorable experience from the monthly Koondrook - Barham Farmers Market, the annual Caldwell Craft Community Market and the annual Mathoura Fishing Competition.

Sydney in Summer: Love Every Second

Sydney is a dynamic city, always evolving and setting new trends in dining, entertainment, fashion, arts and lifestyle. Here are some of Sydney's best new things to do over summer that will inspire and move you. Read more

Experience The Fresh Face of Bondi

Bondi is buzzing in the lead-up to summer, with new cafes, shops and markets popping up all over this iconic beachside village. Freelance stylist and passionate Bondi local, Jason Grant reveals his favourite things to do in Bondi.Read more

Snowball Into Summer

There is plenty to do in the Snowy Mountains this spring and summer. Read on for a must-do list of things to see and do.Read more

Sydney Events

ARIA Week, Sydney, 26 - 29 November: This year the inaugural ARIA Week event is a week-long celebration of live music events, conferences, master classes and forums. Check out amazing live performances throughout the week and join the conversation through the conferences and forums that will be attended by Australian and international leading music industry figures.Read more

Regional Events

Jazz In The Vines, Pokolbin, 27 October: A picnic with good friends, fantastic food and great Hunter Valley wines all wrapped in the beautiful surroundings of the Brokenback Mountains. Darren Percival from The Voice will perform live for the 20th Anniversary. Sit, relax, indulge and enjoy Jazz in the Vines style.Read more

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