What's On in Sydney
The Phantom of The Opera
Cameron Mackintosh’s bold new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece will make its debut at the Sydney Opera House in 2022.
Biennale of Sydney
The 23rd Biennale of Sydney will have over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events as part of the 2022 edition, open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022. The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will feature new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith, Marguerite Humeau, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongside Australian participants such as Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding. The list of participants extends beyond the realm of the visual arts and includes bodies of water and their custodians around the world including Australia, Bangladesh and Ecuador.
Great Southern Nights
With a star-studded line up of Australian artists performing hundreds of COVID-safe gigs in hundreds of venues and towns right across NSW, there’s a good chance you’ll find a Great Southern Nights gig near you. Celebrate the return of live music by getting out and supporting your favourite band.
Hello Kitty Town
Sydneysiders don't need to hop on a plane to celebrate the bow-wearing, feline-resembling animated favourite for the next three months, with Darling Square hosting a huge Hello Kitty-themed street festival.
Casa Aperol
Empire Lounge is transforming into a tropical oasis complete with cocktails courtesy of Maybe Sammy and Aperol
Inside the Tide
Over 20,000 plants have been installed, including one of the largest vertical green walls in the southern hemisphere
Edward the Emu
Edward and Edwina both wonder if there is more to life than being an emu but after adventures beyond the enclosure, they discover that the best thing you can be is… you!
Ping Pong WoW
Fling! Bounce! Fly! Drop! Scoop! Join us for free Creative Play these April school holidays and find out what happens when we let 2,000 ping pong balls loose in the Centre for Creativity!

Top Things to Do in Sydney


If there was an official award for Australia’s most beautiful capital city, Sydney would win every time. It’s gorgeous – with iconic landmarks, harbourside homes spilling down to the water’s edge, and the kind of relaxed, outdoor lifestyle that makes it the envy of cities around the globe (and some closer to home too).


But Sydney’s beauty isn’t just skin deep. It runs to the very core of the city, and there are some easy ways to discover it.


You could join the locals for an early morning stroll along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, find yourself a patch of grass for a picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden or Hyde Park, attend one of countless festivals and gallery exhibitions, or even just hop aboard the ferry out to Manly to witness the city’s sapphire heart – Port Jackson Bay – at its most enchanting.


Keen to uncover more top things to do in Sydney? Here are some of our favourites.


For history buffs


As Australia’s oldest European settlement, it goes without saying that Sydney is brimming with history. Simply walking amid its maze-like streets can reveal a wealth of important sights. When you’re ready to delve deeper, Sydney Museums Pass is a great way to experience 10 of the city’s most fascinating museums, including Hyde Park Barracks. The Australian National Maritime Museum is another must-see, complete with its own submarine and destroyer! 


For the family


It may be a concrete jungle, but Sydney is still home to its fair share of wildlife. At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, housed within a distinctive building at Darling Harbour, you can get up close with a variety of animals, from koalas to crocodiles and the prehistoric-looking cassowary, which normally calls the Daintree Rainforest of northern Queensland home. Kids prefer something higher-tech? Entermission, a VR escape room with added special effects like the smell of gunpowder and heat on your face, could be just what the doctor ordered.


For the adventurous


Dialling up the adrenaline, Oz Jet Boating is a fast, furious, and heart-racing way to see the city sights – and a great option if you’re short on time too. Departing from Circular Quay, the 30-minute ride twists, turns and nose-dives its way past icons like the Sydney Opera House. A slower pace more your style? Grab a bike from Manly Bike Tours and enjoy a self-guided ride along 20kms of scenic pathways. With idyllic beaches and reserves to explore, plus ample spots to stop enjoy a dip or stop for fish ‘n chips, it’s an underrated gem!


For the curious


Sydney is full of stories. Tales from its convict past; urban legends that terrify and delight. The Rocks Walking Tour is a fun way to dive deeper into the oldest part of the city, exploring its origins and architecture, plus the stories of people who once called it home. If lost or vengeful spirits are more your style, the Haunted Sydney Ghost Tour is for you.


For architecture fans


We’ve all seen the majestic sails of the Opera House from a distance, but how many can say we’ve explored the hidden depths of its interior too? A 60-minute guided tour is a ticket to discover the history and stories of this local landmark, and access areas normally off-limits to the public. Rising 250 metres above the ground, and with 360-degree views of the city, Sydney Tower Eye is another must-visit. Time your visit for ‘golden hour’ for a real treat!


The Rydges Sydney Explorer Pass, powered by CityXplora, is your passport to more amazing attractions, tours, dining, and entertainment, all curated by local travel experts.