Live like a Sydney local
Here are a few of the attractions that help make Sydney what it is.
With a sunny, temperate climate and a creative can-do spirit, Sydney makes it easy to get out and enjoy life to the max, just like the locals do.
Dive into Sydney's alternative beach scene
If you're looking for an escape from the heat that's a bit out of the ordinary, you've got to visit Sydney's ocean pools. These picturesque swimming spots are nestled against the Pacific Ocean, so you can enjoy a safe, refreshing dip, with out-of-this-world sea views.
McIver's Baths in Coogee are strictly ladies only, and the entry fee is just 20 cents - the same as it's been since 1922. Or, if you're looking for a challenge, join the exclusive swimming club at Bondi Icebergs Club by swimming a lap of the ocean pool every week in winter, for 5 years straight... or just come for a casual visit.
Take an early morning dip at Bronte Baths, first opened in 1887 and one of Sydney's most photographed pools. Or avoid the crowds with an evening swim in the North Sydney Pool - you'll be practicing your freestyle right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There are over 100 ocean pools in Sydney so just ask the locals for their favourite spot.
Experience history, culture and shopping in one
Housed in the Eveleigh Rail Yard, Carriageworks offers up a little something for every sense. Regular exhibitions show off some truly world-class art, while performances from local musicians - such as the Aboriginal collective Klub Koori and the design and creativity festival Semi Permanent - are treats worth flying to Sydney for. Weekly farmers' markets offer delicious local breads, meat and veggies, as well as flower stalls loaded with scented wonders from the region.
Carriageworks is Australia's biggest multi-arts centre; a great stop for anyone with an appetite for culture. The unique venue is a heritage site complete with an original railway carriage and blacksmiths' workshops, giving the whole experience an authentic industrial feel. As a supporter of local creatives of every kind, the artists, stalls and performances change regularly, with new exhibits and features popping up all the time. To make the most of what's on offer when you visit, it pays to plan ahead.
Become part of a Sydney event
No matter what time of the year you visit, Sydney is always putting on a show. Whether you're looking for bright lights, high fashion or big tackles, there'll be something exciting happening around every corner. Here's a taste to get you started.
Vivid Sydney is the world's largest annual festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 days during May and June each year transforms the Harbour City with its unique colourful, creative canvas. Muriel's Wedding the Musical, 6 November 2017 - 27 January 2018, Muriel Heslop is back! In this highly-anticipated world premiere, the iconic Australian film is set to become an equally iconic laugh-out-loud musical. The glitz and glamour spills into the surrounding streets, as the famous and fashionable enjoy Sydney's trendy bars and cafes.
With venues that range from the Sydney Opera House to intimate alternative theatres, there's always a great live show to enjoy. In September, for example, the recently refurbished Sydney Lyric Theatre is hosting ‘Beautiful' - an award-winning Broadway musical about the life of singer-songwriter Carole King.
Other events you might like to plan your visit around include the Blackmores Running Festival in September, Sculpture by the Sea in October (with more than 100 sculptures along a 2 kilometre coastal walk) and NRL Grand Final in October, which captivate the country like the Superbowl does in America.