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Best Sydney Streets to See Christmas Lights 2020 (Part 2)

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Stanhope Gardens 6 Tilbury Avenue: this display is off the charts!   Westleigh 10 Tomah Place: often described as a gingerbread house, this display is said to be seen from outer space!   Kellyville 44 Mawarra Crescent: this house has a gorgeous themed display featuring inflatable decorations and is raising money for the Leukemia Foundation. 17 Womboyne Avenue:…

Why do we celebrate Christmas like we do in Australia?

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Australians get into the festive spirit in a variety of ways, but there are some staples of an Aussie Christmas: a non-stop food fest, possibly an outdoor activity and a necessary kip in the afternoon. One senior historian says this style of Christmas has its roots in the mid-1800s, when early settlers longed for home…

Best Sydney Streets to See Christmas Lights 2020 (Part 1)

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See your children’s faces light up by visiting some of your local festive light displays—a magical (and affordable!) way of getting the whole family in the Christmas spirit this year. These Sydney streets are some of the best to make a beeline for; renowned for their epic (and we mean, epic) light displays. Bondi 5 Waratah…

The best big burger in Sydney…. the Triple Double

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Once upon a time in Sydney, burgers—at least as we’ve come to know them—were pretty hard to come by. We’re talking those hefty, layered, over-the-top, dripping, saucy, American-style stacks that currently grace your Insta feed. A few years back, these guys didn’t really exist. We’ve largely got Mary’s, Chur Burger, and Dan Hong to thank for kicking things…

Room 8 in the Russell Hotel…sleep there if you dare

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This is known as the most haunted hotel room in Australia, said to be inhabited by the ghost of a sailor murdered by a prostitute. The ghost supposedly only appears to women sleeping alone, recreating the circumstances of his death. Employees have said they felt like they were walking through a cobweb, like they were…

Welcome to Wonderland!

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The third pop-up bar by the good people at The Wonderland Bar is an extravagant Christmas decorated bar decked out with baubles, tinsel, bows, wreaths, trees, and every other kind of Christmas decoration you can possibly think of. No square centimetre of the venue has been missed, with even the walls decorated in candy cane…

Enjoy A Sydney Christmas Dinner In The Dark

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We can all appreciate the atmospheric experience of dining by candlelight, but why not take it a step further and dine entirely in the dark? Do you think that you could distinguish between flavours without actually seeing the meal in front of you? Psychologists have studied the impact that eating in the dark has on…

X marks the spot

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But if you’re looking down at your treasure map, (ie, your phone), you’ll walk right on by because Button Bar is hiding even though it’s in plain sight. But hey, that’s part of what makes this local treasure such a great find in Surry Hills. The other part is that it’s pirate-themed and who doesn’t…

Brunch has never “looked this good” before.

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That’s possibly because you never had brunch at 35 metres high in the sky, and never while going round and round on a Ferris Wheel while taking in 360-degree views. Good news, Darling Harbour’s resident giant wheel is hosting brunch in one of its cabins for two, three or four people. The food is supplied…

Have you seen my mummy?

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The Chau Chak Wing Museum is free to visit! But that’s not the best news for Sydney’s newest museum, which opened just this week in the middle of the University of Sydney. The purpose-built space, designed by Sydney-based design studio Johnson Pilton Walker, now houses three distinct collections that, until now, were showcased separately and…