Live like a Sydney local

Sydney is unstoppable, and nobody knows that better than the people who live there.

Here's our local's guide to finding a great Sydney moment at any time of the year.

Major Sydney events coming up

No matter what time of the year you visit, Sydney is always putting on a show. Whether you're looking for bright lights, a great night out or world-class sport, there'll be something exciting happening around every corner. We've picked out some highlights from the upcoming Sydney events calendar to get you started.

Hamilton the Musical

The record-breaking musical Hamilton is now showing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer winning show blends Broadway theatre with hip hop, jazz, blues and R&B to tell the story of America's unlikely founding father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton has created a revolutionary movement in theatre and sparked global discussions around culture politics and education. Tickets are selling fast, so don't delay.

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival

Enjoy the good life in the Hunter Valley wine region with a festival that serves up wine and food experiences you'll never forget. The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival spans two whole months, with a series of themed activities throughout May and June. That means plenty of scope for you to book a delightful sojourn that includes cellar doors, gourmet dinners, vineyard tours, winemaking workshops and cooking classes.

Shopping the way the locals like it

Everyone knows Paddington; it's been the mainstay of alternative Sydney shopping for years. But have you discovered some of the other inner-city suburbs? We have a few recommendations, based on where the locals like to shop in central Sydney.

  • Right next to Paddington, Surry Hills is the place to add to your vinyl collection or buy an edgy piece of art
  • Newtown is bohemian and arty, with food and fashion to match. Wander down King Street to discover vintage shops, themed boutiques and healthy cafĂ© food that is truly delectable
  • Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet, because everyone loves a bargain or three. This brand outlet area has close to 200 stores and you can get there by Shopper Hopper ferry, which leaves from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour
  • Balmain, which is also accessible by ferry, for fashion, homewares and jewellery. At Balmain Markets, held the second and fourth Saturday of every month, you can hunt for vintage fashion, pre-loved books, antiques and collectables
  • Rozelle on the weekend. The open-air market every Saturday has a bit of everything; there's great food too

History, culture and art at Carriageworks

Housed in the Eveleigh Rail Yard, Carriageworks offers up a little something for every sense. Regular exhibitions show off 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. A Saturday farmers' market offers 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 and 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. The artists, stalls and performances change regularly, with new exhibits and features popping up all the time.

Keep exploring Sydney

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