Being the commercial centre and the largest city in Australia and Oceania, Sydney has become a magnet for culture. With all the wealth enjoyed by the thriving middle and upper classes of this cosmopolitan and dynamic metropolis, there is no shortage of places to enjoy some poignant culture Down Under before heading out into the hinterland in search of Aussie’s most famous natural attractions.
In that spirit, here’s how to fill your days and nights in the Harbour City with enriching cultural experiences that will give you a sense of what makes the people down here tick…
Catch A Show At the Sydney Opera House
You may want to file this one under “duh”, as it seems like an obvious thing to do, but you’d be surprised at how many people just click a picture of this iconic building, and then just go on their merry way without stopping to consider that there just might be some worthwhile cultural exhibitions that go on here once the sun sinks below the horizon. Indeed, this much celebrated hall of the performing arts carries out shows year round, with acts including theatre, concerts, symphony performances, and of course, productions of many famous and new operas!
Take In The Latest In Theatre And Performing Arts At Carriageworks
Formerly a series of railway workshops as recently as 1989, this site was refurbished starting in 2003, with Carriageworks opening to artists and admiring members of the general public in 2007. Here, patrons of the performing arts can enjoy puppetry, dance theatre, visual art displays and many other stimulating experiences. Located next door is the Everleigh Market, where one can peruse many organic and artisanal foodstuffs and crafts grown and created by local farmers and artists.
Stroll Amongst Aussie Masterpieces At The Art Gallery Of New South Wales
Those that like admiring imitations of life via paint and canvas should make time to explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This museum’s claim to fame is its collection of Aboriginal art, which is the largest in the world. In addition to this, this gallery also has a healthy collection of contemporary Australian, Asian and European pieces, making it an excellent way to hide from the intense Sydney heat in mid-summer, as temperatures often approach 40c here at the hottest time of year.
Paint The Town Red: Sydney’s Lively Nightlife
After all the culture grazing that you’ll do during the day, it’s likely that you’ll be seeking a few drinks to digest what you’ve experienced with your travel partners. Depending on your interests, there are several places to go within Greater Sydney. Those seeking the club vibe should make for King’s Cross, while those seeking to rub shoulders with the after work crowd on a Friday should head to the Central Business District. If you’re seeking some same sex attention, Oxford Street has this cities greatest concentration of LGBT themed drinking establishments, while those seeking to sip on Australia’s trendiest microbrews would do well to head to The Rocks.
Sydney Is A Happening Place
Being the biggest population centre of a country has undeniable advantages when it comes to culture, nightlife and other trendy attractions. As such, make time to experience some of the best of Australia’s culture before setting out for the nation’s popular attractions further afield.