The Harbor Bridge, The Opera House, Darling Harbor and countless other awe-worthy, breathtaking sights grace the great city that is Sydney. However, there is so much more to explore. To get a true taste of everything this city has to offer, we are taking you on an ‘alternative’ journey to all the must-see cultural spots, so let the virtual tour begin.
Cork & Chroma
If your idea of culture doesn’t only involve looking at art but creating some yourself, Cork & Chroma is definitely the place you want to be. This is the place to have fun and unleash your creativity and perhaps an inner artist that’s lurking inside you. In this relaxed setting you can create art while sipping a glass of wine. Who knows, perhaps at the end of the day you will create a true masterpiece and discover that you’re a genius.
If your idea of a visit to a gallery is of a more traditional variety, and you want to know who some of the most prominent and promising Australian and international artists are, Outre Gallery is here for you. This is a place that caters to the alternative artistic taste, being an alternative gallery dealing in contemporary international pop, lowbrow, pop surrealism and underground art. If this sounds like your cup of artsy tea, then by all means, pay a visit.
Sculpture by the Sea
Moving away from Surry Hills onto the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach and see how this coastal walk transforms into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by Australian as well as artists from all over the world. This year the event will take place from October 19th to November 5th. Aside from mesmerizing art you will be able to enjoy the event’s Education Program, Aqualand Artist Talks and free Tactile Tours, so this is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.
Culture, food & co
In search for that perfect fusion of great art, food and drinks, the perfect spot is SoCal Neutral Bay. You can enjoy great barbecue as well as Mexican food if you have a taste for spicy things. To spice things up, this place is often home of great cultural events such as the The Museo of Miracles Art Exhibition that took place on May 4th, but in case you missed it, there is so much more in store for the future, so make sure you keep a an eye on this place.
Singapore in Sydney
Although the food isn’t limited to Singaporean, in Spice Alley you will definitely feel like you’re in Singapore. Tucked behind the Kensington Street laneway in Chippendale, the open-air courtyard serves up hawker style dishes from across Asia and so you’ll be able to enjoy your noodles with a side of star-filled sky. In case you’re wondering what else to try while in the Alley, our definite picks include the Koi Dessert Bar which, as the name says, offers some of the best deserts, both in flavor and aesthetics. There is also the Alex Lee Kitchen that serves the best roti in Inner Sydney and let’s not forget Bang Luck Thai Street Food which is famous for its gluten-free Thai delicacies.
Cockatoo Island is Sydney Harbour’s forgotten day trip, and we have decided to make it unforgettable again. This place definitely deserves more attention than it gets, and here’s why. First, there is a group tour that discovers the heritage of the island, uncovering a fascinating chapter in Sydney’s convict and early settlement history. For those even more curious as well as brave, there are evening ghost tours full of spooky stories. Aside from a great day of soaking up on Sydney’s culture, you can even spend the night. There are dozens of army green tents permanently pitched for those wanting to try island glamping. Aside from being glamorous, the tents are also positioned perfectly for idling away the night watching the ferry lights flicker on.