From the seashore to the Blue Mountains, the capital of New South Wales boasts its landmarks and natural beauty. The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are the shapes that come up when you imagine Sydney or they might already be stuck on your fridge door. Having a "barbie" on Shelley Beach, North Bondi Beach, or any other beaches and parks, may be something your friends recommend.
Listing places to go would seem pointless. Sydney has too many touristy spots worth your feet to step on. You can just roam the city like an aimless nomad and you will still stumble upon interesting places.
This autumn and winter, Sydney is more ripper than ever. Though we are in the cooler months, the long list of events will lure your social and adventurous side. From seeing a thought-provoking exhibition, laughing out loud to a play, to watching your favorite sports team, your stay will never go out of style.
Let's start with must-see events that are ending soon, such as Vivid Sydney. The annual 23-day festival of light, music, and ideas transform Sydney into a stunning outdoor art gallery, with innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy.
Until June 17, you can choose among the large selection of Vivid Light, Vivid Ideas and Vivid Music events. See the "Supernova" installation made of glowing cantilevered umbrellas at Bulletin Place bar. A collaborative work by artists from Australia, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand, Argentina, Sri Lanka and Italy, the installation represents the sudden and bright birth of a star that shifts into the Milky Way.
Another event you should not miss is the Sydney Film Festival. From June 8 to 17, cinematic masterpieces from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations and animations, are showcased. It is the perfect way for you to get acquainted with movies from the Land Down Under because this six-decade-old festival reflects the historic development of the Australian film industry.
Besides the extensive schedule, you can also join the discussion about "Diversity on Australian Screens" for free at the Town Hall this Friday (16/06). Filmmakers behind "Australia Day" and "Ali's Wedding" will talk about the state of multiculturalism in Aussie films.
Moving on to sports, Gunners fans can rejoice in delight because their beloved football club will visit drop by Sydney's ANZ Stadium next month. During its tour, Arsenal Football Club is set to play against Sydney Football Club on July 13 and Western Sydney Wanderers on July 15. Tickets will surely sell out fast for one of the world's oldest football clubs, so you should grab them fast.
If you're in the mood for something old and legendary, visit "Titanic the Exhibition" at Moore Park. Until Sept. 22, you can experience the sights, sounds, smells and stories of being aboard the iconic ship.
Besides seeing the recreated interiors up close, as as well as over 300 artefacts dating back over a century, there will also be memorabilia from James Cameron's Oscar-winning 1997 movie we all love.
After seeing the remnants of a tragedy, it is best to lift your spirits with a comedy. If you are familiar with the 2005 British movie "Kinky Boots," you must be delighted to know that after Broadway and West End, the musical adaptation is finally hitting the Capitol Theatre's stage now until Aug. 13.
Follow a young man's quest to save his family's shoe factory, featuring Tony and Grammy-winning songs by Cyndi Lauper and choreography by the talented Jerry Mitchell ("Hairspray," "Legally Blonde: The Musical"). Your stay in Sydney will wrap up on a high note.
Are you ready to hop from one exciting event to another in Sydney? It is that easy to reach the city. All you need to do is plan your trip, book show tickets, and obviously your travel itineraries. Garuda Indonesia has prepared special deals for your Sydney trip, with economy-class return trip starting from Rp 7,432,100 ($721). Get into your planning mode by browsing the best deals at www.garuda-indonesia.com/australia.